Kortirion (kortirion) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Terrain challenge - rugged - 'Bath-house Tales' : Kortirion

Title: Bath-house Tales: Anticipation
Author: Kortirion
Character: Aragorn, the Ranger
Rating: G
Source: Pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s Grand Design... Kortirion’s doodle.

Aragorn quickened his pace... nearly there.

The land sloped away before him. Rugged, boulder-strewn, patched with dense forest, divided by tumbling streams, but here and there settlements still persisted. Fields were cultivated, timber felled, water harnessed for milling and... that great luxury – for the bath-house!

He strode onwards; thin plumes of smoke arose, pungently scented with burning pine-logs... not the queasy smell of war-pyres. Nearly home... He smiled to himself in anticipation – if there was one thing he loathed... it was cold-water bathing in the wilds.

‘We Rangers may be deemed a rugged people, but... little bettered a hot bath!’

Title: Bath-house Tales: Satisfaction
Author: Kortirion
Character: Aragorn, the Ranger
Rating: G
Source: Pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s Grand Design… Kortirion’s doodle.

They knew his ways, knew he valued his solitude, his time of small pleasures hard won... life was rugged enough, he deserved to take advantage of a small but cherished luxury.

Aragorn sank full-length beneath the hot silky water, his whole body revelling in the soothing delight – until he must breathe, emerging, sleek as an otter. He leant back, eyes closed... the tang of hot wood came to him, and the clean scent of soapy lather draining from his hair. He sighed blissfully.

A soft cough, he looked up. Halbarad stood beside him, with fresh towels... and a welcoming smile.

Title: Bath-house Tales: Reparation
Author: Kortirion
Character: Aragorn, the Returning King
Rating: G
Source: Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s Grand Design... Kortirion’s doodle.

Later, much later – he could recall with pleasure the delight of that hot silky touch against his skin, the pleasure of lapping warmth, the scent of heat... Out in the wild lands, with hard ground under his back and only chill streams to dip his hands and face in... he could recall the kiss of steam and the smell of clean hair... When faced with nothing but hard, rugged paths to follow, he cherished small memories of pleasures fleetingly taken...

He looked down... saw... but no...!

He would remember Halbarad as in times past - bearing welcome towels... and a smile.
Tags: author: kortirion, challenge: terrain: rugged, character: aragorn
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