SheBit (shebit) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Telling Tales

Title: Telling Tales
Author: SheBit
Source: LotR
Disclaimer: Tolkien created them and then did mean things to them. I try to play with them in between the canon angst.
Author's Note: For the Rage challenge. The first draft was about 135 words and it really was a shame to lose those 35 words - a lot of character stuff had to go. There's a little gift in there for fileg.

The lad ducked as the book flew past his head. Eyes flashing, he traced the leather-bound tome’s path.

“What’s this? You nearly hit me!”


“Not good...”

The child’s tear-streaked face halted him suddenly.

“What’s happened?”

“Father won’t tell me a story! He used to, but not any more - not since...”

“I know, little bird.”

He prised another book from rage-numbed fingers and pulled the boy to him, wrapping him in lean arms, holding him until the sobs abated.

“Maybe I could tell you a story.”

“It wouldn’t be the same.”

“I know. Maybe you could tell me a story.”
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