dwimordene_2011 (dwimordene_2011) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Transactions challenge - The coin's two sides

Title: The coin's two sides
Author: Dwimordene
Summary: It turns out you can serve two masters...
Characters/Pairing: Gondorrim, Haradrim OCs
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Mature concepts
Book/Source: LOTR appendix
Disclaimer: I'm neither JRRT nor making money off this.

Lend: The coin's two sides

Next morn, Captain called muster.

“Remember well our duty,” Ránion told Poros's assembled soldiers. “We defend Gondor's integrity: maintain peace, keep Haradrim out. Clear?”

Someone shifted. Ránion turned sharply, stared...

“Sir?” Celbaran heard himself ask. “When the Khan's men come, these a-lehani – shan't they run?”


“And if they seek escape by the Crossings? Captain,” he asked, “must we lend our swords to Harad's vengeance?”

Silence, then: “Say rather, to Gondor's interests.”

Gondor's interests. Later, Celbaran spies the woman, wearily balancing squabbling children on either arm.

Appeasement is not peace, yet impoverished power, Gondor – they – will kill even for that.
Tags: author: dwimordene, challenge: transactions: lend, character: gondorians, character: haradrim
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