engarian (engarian) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Tripping Over Memory by Erulisse

Title: Tripping Over Memory
Challenge: Petrology - Slate
Author: Erulisse (one L)
Characters/Pairing: Nerdanel
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Book/Source: The Silmarillion

Disclaimer: Tolkien built the sandbox, 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.

Tripping Over Memory

Nerdanel backed away from the chalked marble block. Catching her foot on the raised edge of a slate floor tile, she fell backward. Prone, she looked upward at the vaulted roof.

She saw her sons' signatures inscribed on a beam. Each one had labored to build her studio when she had moved away and they often visited her. I must ask Curufinwë to reset this tile when he visits again. It's not the first time I've tripped over it.

Then memory struck heavily and she recalled their Oath and their flight. An unacknowledged tear streaked its way down her cheek.
Tags: author: erulisse, challenge: petrology: slate, character: nerdanel
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