Characters: Halbarad and Aragorn
Source: Pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien created Middle-earth and all of its inhabitants – Kortirion borrowed them for this drabble.
The hearth was almost untouched; the skillet of bacon lay undisturbed amid the turmoil of the camp, now oddly silent. The pan of day-bread had fallen in the fire, but when Halbarad righted it, the bread was only a little burnt – enough for six Rangers... now there were only two.
Aragorn sank to the ground beside him, chest heaving, bloody hands shaking with the aftershock of battle. They stared at the meal... long minutes ago they’d been comrades making breakfast... now... there were four corpses and a dozen dead goblins.
"We... we should eat it anyway."
Aragorn, blank-eyed, nodded wearily.