Characters/Pairing: Saruman, Sauron
Book/Source: Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. No profit reaped by myself, aside from a wealth of intellectual giddiness.
Summary: "Further and further abroad he gazed, until he cast his gaze upon Barad-Dûr." -LoTR III.11. ‘Moonlight’ challenge.
Meta: For readers unfamiliar with this bit of Tolkien trivia, Sauron and Saruman were both originally Maiar of the house of Aulë, a fact this piece alludes to.
Only Isil’s pallid light dares the high chamber of Orthanc where the wizard contemplates the black orb.
--east over Anduin, to Ithilien under the mountains’ heels--
The same light illumines the higher chamber of Barad-Dûr as the dark form, twisted beyond redemption, turns from the window and stalks swiftly to the stone.
--where the wise seek no passage, but this time his eye is strangely drawn over the mountains, toward the distant tower--
Sauron grips the palantír with hand and thought. «You are familiar. Come closer.»
--where in guise of terror the foe, long-sundered friend of old, awaits--