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Woodwork Challenge - Ruler: No Straight Lines (by Himring)

Title: No Straight Lines
Challenge: Woodwork - Ruler
Author: Himring
Characters/Pairing: Original Characters (references to Maglor & Maedhros)
Rating: PG13
Warnings: References to violence and character death
Book/Source: The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings
A/N: Oderen, a woodcarver, and Emlinn, his musician wife, have survived a siege among the Feanorians during the Dagor Bragollach
Disclaimer: I'm not Tolkien--nor PJ--and none of this is for profit.

A Handful of Splinters

‘I hear you’re leaving’, says Turion.
‘Yes’, says Oderen. Emlinn has made him feel guilty about their departure—but are they not both of the Falathrim?
‘Ah. We don't talk about it anymore amongst ourselves… I killed two at Alqualonde’, says Turion.
Oderen recoils in shock. True, he was muttering behind Noldorin backs about doomed kinslayers, but he was thinking of rulers, nations…
Turion sees his reaction, shrugs proudly, resignedly, and walks away. And just like that, a friendship that had grown up unnoticed dies.  Oderen, worrying about his wife, had deluded himself that he had formed no ties.

A Frieze in the Hall of Fire

Emlinn has a mission: Maglor sent her out to carry his songs beyond the reach of Doom. Oderen has none, but when he puts stencil and ruler aside and starts carving, sometimes his memory informs his hands.  You cannot see it, but this rider vanishing into foliage is one-handed. Invisibly, this harp bears an eight-pointed star…
‘That’s Turion’s face’, says a voice at the bottom of the ladder.
He had forgotten that somebody here might know.
‘Yes. Have you learned what became of him?’
‘He fell at Sirion.’
‘Which side?’
‘Who knows? We stopped asking and mourned them all together.’

A/N: End of series (probably), but if you want to read how these events unfolded from Emlinn's POV, the story's here: The West Wind Quartet on SWG
Tags: author: himring, challenge: woodwork: ruler, character: ocs
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