Title: Ode to an Aloe
Characters: Gwen, Merlin
Summary: Gwen bought a new plant for the apartment.
Warnings: future abuse of a plant
Word Count: 200
Prompt: 353, impulse
Author's Notes: If anyone is unaware, aloe vera juice/gel is AMAZING for simple burn treatments. If you do not have a cat or dog in your home, I recommend you have at least one plant. They’re easy to take care of and hard to kill. Aloe IS poisonous to dogs and cats, though, so if you have pets just buy the gel already bottled.
Gwen set the pot in the windowsill, turning it this way and that, trying to figure out the best way to orient the little aloe plant to get the best sun. The leaf on one side was a bit smaller than the others, so maybe that should be the side closest to the window. On the other hand, maybe it would be better if the smaller leaf was closer to the heat of the flat and not the cool window. She was still considering when Merlin entered the kitchen.
“Cute plant, Gwen. Mum always has one of them.”
“It was an impulse buy, Merlin. It just sort of called out to me.”
Merlin shrugged as he put the kettle on the burner. Gwen watched while he huffed because the pilot light had gone out and he dug around in the drawer for matches to light the stove. She sighed as he jumped back a little to get away from the whooshing flame when the gas caught, shaking his hand. She understood why Hunith always had an aloe and she silently apologized to the smaller leaf. It was definitely going to be the first to go, probably sooner rather than later.