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Terra Incognita/No Man's Land

Not intended as a set but they worked out that way. Off the beaten path, so I hope I am not breaking any rules. :-)

Title: Terra Incognita
Author: Branwyn
Characters:
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Source: Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
Disclaimer: Just a wide-eyed tourist in Tolkien's MiddleEarth.
Note: Written for aliana1's birthday a few weeks back.


Rain clattered on the dugout roof and ran in muddy rivulets down the walls. The smell of coffee and woolen socks rose from the small stove.

“The lieutenant? He’s not a bad sort, as officers go. But when I first saw those books of his, I thought they were written in German — that gave me a turn, it did! The lieutenant says it’s some old kind of English.

“Then he’s always drawing maps, so finally I get up the nerve to ask. ‘Sir,’ says I, 'is that the eastern front?' He just gives me the oddest smile and says, ‘Yes.’”

Title: No Man's Land
Author: Branwyn
Characters:
Rating: G
Warnings: character death
Source: Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
Disclaimer: Just a wide-eyed tourist in Tolkien's MiddleEarth.
Note: Written for the AU challenge.


"What was he doin' way out here?"

The corporal picked up a lantern; behind cracked glass, light flickered for a moment then faded. "Signals officer. Stranded when the 11th pulled back. Look for his tags or some papers."

The private held up a small notebook. "Lieutenant To...Tolkine? Sounds like a kraut."

"Let me see that." An eight-pointed star was drawn below the owner's name. Like the compass rose on a map, the corporal thought. A raindrop hit the paper and ran in a trail of ink. He carefully tucked the notebook in the breast of his tunic. "Get his feet."
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