Title: The Temptation of Knowledge
Author: Erulisse (one L)
Characters/Pairing: Celebrimbor, Annatar
Book/Source: The Silmarillion
Summary: In response to the prompt “borrow”, what did Celebrimbor think about when he was facing Annatar for the first time? Did he think he was borrowing trouble?
Disclaimer: Tolkien built the sand box; I only play with the bucket and shovel that he left for me. No money, profit or non, is made from the publication of this story.
The Temptation of Knowledge
I sat in my workroom looking at the tall, meticulously groomed elf standing in front of me. On my bench were his samples, jewelry, lamps and cunningly jointed figurines of a caliber and design that would rival Lord Aulë’s own work. Ereinion's warning letter lay in my drawer.
“I hope you will consider my admittance into the Gwaith-i-Mírdain,” he said smoothly.
“I would examine these closer,” I responded. “Return tomorrow and I will give you my answer.” But I already knew that although I might borrow trouble by admitting Annatar, I could not turn away from his knowledge.