Jay of Lasgalen (jay_of_lasgalen) wrote in tolkien_weekly,
Jay of Lasgalen

Scorched Earth

Title:  Scorched Earth

Author: Jay of Lasgalen

Characters: Thranduil

Disclaimer:  Tolkien’s, not mine.

Notes:  Written for the ‘Earth’ challenge.



                                              Scorched Earth


This part of the forest was burnt to the ground, and the stench of burning lingers in the air.  The soil is barren, bare; rising in a cloud of black dust as I work.


I feel the destruction of the trees in my heart, their suffering as a physical pain.  Yet still I work; digging, planting, watering, tending; so that the forest may grow again.


I turn to the last scorched patch of earth, and stop in awe.  A shoot of green is growing – unplanted, unwatered, untended, but growing nonetheless.


It is a sign.  Though all seems lost, life remains.


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