Kortirion (kortirion) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Containers challenge - Scabbard - 'Loose Scabbard': Kortirion

Title: Loose Scabbard, a drabble pair
Author: Kortirion
Character: Théodred, Boromir and OFC
Rating: G
Source: Middle-earth, pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien was also a gentleman... oh, and this world is his.

The roar of coarse laughter made Théodred turn; a serving-wench fought free of the brawny arms of a drunken smith. She banged the tray she clutched over his head – much to his friends’ raucous amusement. The inn-keeper scurried across to make peace, before turning to deal with the girl, who’d retreated to the kitchen door.

Théodred caught his eye, the inn-keeper hurried over

“Give it no mind Sirs; she’s naught but a loose scabbard.”

Théodred cocked an eyebrow.

“...meaning any sword will fit her.”

The Rohir’s frown made him scurry off.

“I like not these city ways, Boromir,” he said.

Awhile later, a young wench with a purpling bruised cheek threw open her mother’s door.

“Ma, Ma... you’ll never guess...”

The story poured out: her fight with the foul-breathed smith; how two outlanders stopped old Brekon, the tight-fisted sot, from hitting her and after, they’d have none but her fetch their supper - and they’d tipped with silver pennies. And guess what, Ma? One was really a lord of the Upper Circles... who said if she’d work hard, he’d apprentice her with a leather-worker... to make stays and scabbards for the Guard!

“Let them try calling me foul names then!”
Tags: author: kortirion, challenge: container: scabbard, character: boromir, character: oc, character: theodred
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