Challenge: Petrology - Marble
Author: Erulisse (one L)
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.
Nerdanel chose her tools and began roughing out the sculpture she had chalked onto the red marble. She stroked down the stone, loving its cool satin smoothness. Fine grained with a scattering of pyrite, it sparkled with subtle splendor.
Exhaustion finally hit, and she blew out the hanging lamps wishing for the brilliant light of Laurelin. Gathering some of the smaller shards and several sheets of sanded paper, she sat at her kitchen table. She began to round some marbles from the statue's cast-offs. Although her own sons were now gone, there were other children who would appreciate the gift.