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The Longest Night by Hours Gone By

Author: Hours Gone By
Title: The Longest Night
Rating: G
Theme: International Fanworks Day
Elements: Varrda
Author's Notes:
Summary: The longest night of the year is the perfect time to admire Varda’s creations.
Word Count: 200

Solstice evening was crisp and cold, a winter’s sunset burning itself out in the west and throwing long shadows over the elves in the snowy clearing. They were gathered around small fires, clustered in groups that broke spontaneously into song and just as suddenly dissolved into laughter or storytelling, or parted to greet another set of friends. Children, excited more by the chance to stay up late than a winter’s celebration of the Star-Kindler, darted through the crowd.

The stars began to come out, the crowd grew quieter. Fires were banked, children were brought back to parents, food and drink was finished or set aside. Those who had been at the edge of the clearing drifted closer to the cluster at the center, and those who had brought instruments tuned them softly.

The sky turned dark blue, and still darker as the assembled elves fell silent, waiting. At last the daylight had gone completely and the sky had turned a deep velvet black, was covered in a wealth of winter-bright stars.

There was a long moment of perfect quiet as each gazed up at the stars and gave silent praise to Elbereth. Then, as one, the elves broke into song.

Comments

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karri_kln1671
Feb. 15th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I can empathize. It was quite difficult to drag myself away from my own stargazing last night.
hours_gone_by
Feb. 16th, 2015 01:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've been missing the stars, my area of the world has been slammed with storms and grey skies for a while now.
shirebound
Feb. 15th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. I felt that I was right there with them.
hours_gone_by
Feb. 16th, 2015 01:14 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
baranduin
Feb. 15th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
This felt so Elvish to me, both giving a glimpse of something ancient (where are they? When are they?) and something completely immediate and present. Lovely!
hours_gone_by
Feb. 16th, 2015 01:16 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
dreamflower02
Feb. 16th, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
How lovely!
hours_gone_by
Feb. 16th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
periantari
Feb. 16th, 2015 03:14 am (UTC)
That's beautiful description. Thank you.
hours_gone_by
Feb. 16th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much.
kayleelupin
Feb. 16th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
Exquisitely done! I wish I could go stargazing in that way, but here in the big city there's way too much light pollution to really appreciate Elbereth's stars.
hours_gone_by
Feb. 16th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I grew up just far enough outside the city there wasn't much light pollution and I miss the clearer view of the stars.
talullahred
Feb. 16th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful way to be a fan. Lovely moment, there. :)
hours_gone_by
Feb. 17th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you. ^_^
mrowe
Feb. 17th, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
That's certainly a fandom I share with the Elves - I love stargazing (I'll spare everybody the singing, though)
hours_gone_by
Feb. 17th, 2015 10:04 pm (UTC)
Me too - to both the stargazing and the singing!
engarian
Feb. 17th, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
Lovely and a celebration still carried on today throughout the world. I enjoyed your progression as each group fell silent, awed by the majesty of the skies above.

- Erulisse (one L)
hours_gone_by
Feb. 17th, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much.
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hours_gone_by
Feb. 17th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^
blslarner
Feb. 24th, 2015 02:23 am (UTC)
What a lovely, inspiring celebration! So well drawn!
hours_gone_by
Feb. 24th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
Thank you!
lignota
Apr. 3rd, 2015 05:53 am (UTC)
This is beautifully written.
hours_gone_by
Apr. 4th, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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