Characters/Pairing: Frodo Gardner, Sam Gamgee
Disclaimer: Just borrowing Tolkien's wonderful characters. I promise to return them unharmed.
Frodo tried to duck past, but his father had eyes in the back of his head, seemingly.
"Come here, Frodo-lad."
Feet dragging, he did.
"You've been fighting."
"Yes, sir. Some lads called Frodo of the Ring a yellow-bellied coward," he said hotly.
"Did they now? And whyfore?"
"'Cause he didn't fight in the Battle of Bywater."
"No more Mr. Frodo did.”
“Hush.” A warm hand settled on his shoulder. “I’ll not scold you, for you’ve a quick temper like me. But never forget, Frodo-lad, that sometimes it takes the greatest courage of all not to strike a blow."