Ann (just_ann_now) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

For the "Sight" challenge - "Strong of Purpose"

Title: Strong of Purpose
Author: just_ann_now
Characters: Denethor, Unnamed Character
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: Not mine, merely borrowed.

Strong of Purpose

I'd heard tell that a person could grow old overnight when beset by worry or fear, but not believed it until I saw Lord Denethor stumbling from the Tower. His eyes were red-rimmed, unfocused; his hair hung limply about his shoulders. He seemed a hollow shell. What had become of our masterful Steward?

I drew back into the shadows, averting my eyes as he lurched past; but suddenly he stopped. Drawing back his shoulders, he stood erect and proud. Like heathen kings of old, he murmured, striding away with new purpose.

I felt sick with apprehension. Whatever did he mean?
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