Kortirion (kortirion) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Unsung Heroes challenge: Carpenter: Maybes

Title: Maybes
Author: Kortirion
Characters: Estel, OFC
Rating: G
Source: AU pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien: this world belongs to him… just not this morsel.
Notes: Just couldn’t resist that opening line… OFC is my 'usual suspect' of course!

“If I were a... carpenter... And you a lady...”

“Instead of what? Thief? Spy? Whore?”

Her eyes were hot.

“No! You don’t steal... much, and you...” he gestured vaguely, “...only when you have to.”

She snorted, and poked their meagre campfire.

“...would you have married me, anyway?” He persisted.

“I am no princess.”

“But if my father hadn’t died, if I’d not gone to Imladris. If...”

“If I’d not runaway... not been taken by Haradrim. If Mithrandir hadn’t sent you...
You can’t live life as ‘maybes’.”

He nodded slowly, eyelids drooping.

Eventually, she thought him asleep, and whispered...

“...I would.”
Tags: author: kortirion, challenge: unsung heroes: carpenter, character: estel, character: ofc
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