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Author: bfb
Title: The Perils of Being the Littlest Took
Rating: G
Theme: Short and Sweet
Elements: 339
Author's Notes: This is my first time submitting to this group, so let me know if I did anything wrong!
Summary: Pippin makes a drastic move to evade his older sister’s sadistic clutches.
Word Count: 339

“Give it back or I’ll tell Mum!”

“Tell her what? That you wanted to eat a tart before supper?”

Pippin glared up at his sister, but said nothing in response. Pervinca had a point. He’d have to rescue the pastry without the aid of his mother’s justice. He gazed up at the high cupboard where it had been hidden and sighed, knowing that his options were few and not altogether pleasant.

“You know what you could do to get it back, though, don’t you?” said Pervinca with a smug grin as she folded her arms. Pippin frowned and wished that a game of Knights and Pirates had struck her fancy rather than a tea party.

“But it isn’t fair!” he cried, stomping his foot. “It’s mine! You can’t steal it and force me to play your silly dress up games!”

“Oh, I wasn’t going to dress you up today,” said Pervinca innocently. But then she pulled a ribbon out of her apron pocket and added, “Though now that you mention it, Pimmie has been working on a new dress all day. Perhaps we should invite her to play?”

Pippin began to back away in terror as his sister approached him, a look of demoniacal glee upon her face. He bumped into the counter and, seeing no other choice, started a desperate ascent up the shelves.

“What are you doing?” Pervinca’s annoyance quickly turned into worry as she watched the nimble lad climb. “You’re going to fall and break your neck!”

But Pippin was of single purpose now and only kept clambering higher. He was within arm’s reach of the infamous cupboard, when suddenly he was being plucked down and lowered to the ground.

“I was this close to rescuing my tart, Dad!” Pippin whined.

“And one day, you’ll be big enough to rescue all the tarts you like,” said Paladin with a smile. “But for now...” He took not one but two tarts out of the cupboard and handed it to his ecstatic children. “Just don’t tell your mother.”

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pearltook1
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, bfb! Typical siblings and a very wise father ;-)
blslarner
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Now, that I like, that Dad has joined on Pippin's side, but involves both of the children in the theft! And kept poor Pippin from being dressed up as a girl! Hee!
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clodia_metelli
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
That made me laugh! And remember being the eldest sister -- though I never dressed my little brother up (wish I had now, though). Naturally Paladin hands out tarts. ^^ Thank you!
shirebound
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
That's delightful. I do love this family, and their gentle, teasing ways.
gamgeefest
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
LOL! This is perfect! I too have had Pippin tormented with playing dress up with his sisters (having that many, and all older than him, you *know* it happened!). And Paladin allowing his children to have treats - so long as their mother doesn't hear about it - as a peace offering is in keeping with the future Thain.
foxrafer
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
This is adorable. It's such a lovely family moment, and really fun to imagine.
ex_lbilover
Jul. 19th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was very funny and sweet, and I lol'd at Paladin's 'Just don't tell your mother'.
wormwood_7
Jul. 20th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
Wonderful little scene. I think being a little brother with a certain type of older sister either makes you or breaks you.
lindahoyland
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
A lovely glimpse of Hobbit family life.
dreamflower02
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
LOL! Indeed, I am sure being the youngest in the family, and the only boy led to many a perilous situation for our young Took! Glad Paladin came along to save the situation. Somehow, I don't think Eglantine would have been nearly as accommondating! *snicker*
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
So Pippin and so Paladin, too! Very nice!!
someplacetobe
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
I couldn't help but laugh when I read it. Poor Pip but how lucky he was in the end!
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