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Short and Sweet Challenge: Camping Trip

Author: Lbilover
Title: Camping Trip
Rating: G (gen)
Theme: Short and Sweet Challenge
Elements: Fixed length of 144 words
Author's Notes: Originally I hoped to write something related to the word count, but this is what the muse had on offer. :)
Summary: Sam and three of his sons go camping.
Word Count: 144



Taking three active, mischievous lads camping was a challenge even for a patient father like Sam. What with settling tiffs, tending scrapes, and answering endless questions, it seemed an age before their campsite was set up, their supper—a half-dozen good-sized trout—caught and cleaned, and the fried fish and chips consumed.

Later, replete and content, they settled on the grassy hillside to watch the sunset, drowsy Hamfast on Sam’s lap, and Frodo and Pippin, yawning and nodding now, cuddled close. Twinkling lights appeared in the valley below, stars blossomed into brilliant life overhead, and Elf-like, Sam began softly to sing their praise.

Lulled by the simple melody, Ham, Frodo and Pippin were soon fast asleep. But Sam sat on, cherishing their sweet warmth against him, and silently gave thanks that his sons would always see the stars shining bright, undimmed by any Shadow.

~end~

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pearltook1
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
A lovely family moment, Lbilover!
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, Pearl!
blslarner
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, how perfect! Yes, Sam has learned to sing the praise of stars, and knows that his sons will rejoice in their light rather than labor with little sight of them!
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
And that must have been such a deep joy and relief to him.
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ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mews! There was something very comforting to me about imagining this scene. :)
clodia_metelli
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
That is charming -- what a wonderful moment! Thank you!
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! Thank you for commenting. :))
shirebound
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely. What a peaceful scene, so full of love and joy.
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Janet! Sam surely deserved many such moments with his children. (After he tired them out, that is! :))
gamgeefest
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
But Sam sat on, cherishing their sweet warmth against him, and silently gave thanks that his sons would always see the stars shining bright, undimmed by any Shadow.

Well done! No, his children will never need to know that horror, other than what they are able to imagine while reading the Red Book. What a lovely moment between father and sons.
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, GF! Can any father wish for more than that his children will never know the darkness that he lived through?
foxrafer
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful and that last line is is perfect.
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The last line came first when I was thinking of the story. :))
wormwood_7
Jul. 20th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
This is such a peaceful, gentle scene. I can imagine it vividly.
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm very glad you can. It was so vivid to me as I wrote it. Thank you!
lindahoyland
Jul. 20th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
What a lovely moment for Sam. I loved seeing him as a loving and contented father.
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
It was a very comforting scene to imagine. Thank you so much!
belleferret
Jul. 20th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Beautiful and perfect. I love the image of the lads cuddled against Sam while he sings of the lights of both the stars and those in the valley below.

*wipes eyes*
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was a lovely image to imagine, I have to say. *sneaks you tissues*
claudia603
Jul. 20th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Oh that last line packed a serious punch! Lovely!!!
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Claudia. I actually thought of the last line first. :))
aussiepeach
Jul. 20th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
How very lovely. I think the Professor would approve. :)
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You know, I could picture the Professor with his own children doing something similar. :)
addie71
Jul. 20th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
What a lovely scene with Sam and his sons. And none would know better than sweet Sam the horrors of the Shadow.
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly true. None would know better or appreciate more the peace and tranquility they are now blessed with. Thanks, Addie!
corazone
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
One of those awwww moments :-)
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Definitely! :)))
lavendertook
Jul. 20th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's sweet!
ex_lbilover
Jul. 20th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D:D:D
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