Characters/Pairing: Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast
Book/Source: Unfinished Tales
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. No profit reaped by myself, aside from a wealth of intellectual giddiness.
Summary: Saruman’s housewarming party was evidently a success. ‘Smile’ challenge.
Meta: ‘Smile’ was the first element of this challenge, but I’m using it belatedly here, as this plot didn’t come to mind until the second element.
Afternoon light rendered the hues of early autumn bright against Orthanc’s gaunt flanks. “Where are you bound?” queried Saruman.
“Pipe weed’s home! Mithrandir does go on about it,” said Radagast upon the cart.
“You might join us, Saruman.”
“Tempting, but I’ve only just moved in,” Saruman, craban on shoulder, said dryly.
“And that’s well. The shadow lengthens over the west. We’ve missed your insight.” Gandalf regarded his colleague seriously. “I’m glad your housewarming party did not inconvenience you overmuch, Curumo.”
Saruman smirked faintly.
Gandalf smiled and climbed onto the cart. It jolted away with a single burst of motley fireworks.