Title: Red gold
Character: Halbarad, Pelennor
Warning: AU, sequel, self-indulgence continues
Disclaimer: I'm neither JRRT nor related to him; please don't sue.
The Dog Days are merciless. The river itself seems sluggish, the air so thick one could cut it with a knife. Harlond is idle, while more northerly, folk take to Anduin for relief.
But Halbarad welcomes the heat. Aching bones quiet; joints mute their protests. Today, he decides, and at midday makes his journey.
Pelennor spreads before him, uneven in patches, scarred, but the farmers have returned, and the ashes he mourned have grown barley fields to feed a city.
Costly grain, more dear than all Erebor’s wealth. Halbarad breathes deep, looks east, and his smile is flinty – Thus vengeance!