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: “Yet he must bear the blame. Fool! To keep it secret, for his own profit."” –LOTR III.11. ‘Darkness’ challenge.
Against all ingress of light, the high chamber of Barad-Dûr is sealed. Sauron hunkers in shadow before the palantír, granting no image to the one in Angrenost, and speaks to the wizard whose eyes are shut against the abyss:
«I’ve seen the person constrained atop Orthanc. Who is that?»
The other resists him for a time before ceding, «He is called Mithrandir.»
«And his true name?»
Saruman’s brow furrows.
Sauron is both impatient and amused. «He is a Maia, Curumo, of your ilk. I hope you have no lingering friendship for him. For I would see him in Mordor. . . . »