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Author: bfb 
Title: The Melody Changes, But the Beat Stays the Same
Rating: G
Theme: Pairs
Elements: Boy, Girl
Summary: At Bilbo's Farewell Party, Frodo notices Merry doing something he's never done before and reminisces about the past.
Word Count: 100


The Melody Changes, But the Beat Stays the Same

Relieved of his guest-greeting duties, Frodo was finally able to sit down and eat when the music started up. Fortunately he remained at his table unmolested. He took the moment to look around and see what his friends were doing. And then he noticed Merry Brandybuck asking Estella Bolger to dance.

He smiled at how they had changed over the years. They were still very young, of course: Merry was still a spotty boy and Estella a doughy girl. But he remembered how Merry would pull her braids and how she would tattle on him.

He was not surprised whatsoever.

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blslarner
Nov. 16th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Ah, how they do grow up with time, though! Delightful that Frodo recognizes this would happen!
clodia_metelli
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Aww, sweet! Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
gamgeefest
Nov. 16th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Awww! This is so sweet! Love that Frodo wasn't surprised. I'm sure that Merry was. ;)
labourslamp
Nov. 16th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Eee! Merry's first step into growing up is so cute, and I love Frodo's lack of surprise. Thank you!
dreamflower02
Nov. 16th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
I love seeing this through Frodo's eyes, and his acknowledgement of Merry as "a spotty boy" and Estella as a "doughy girl". It's a fond notice of that awkward time everyone goes through in adolescence. I am sure he took note of every milestone of Merry's young life.

I also love that Frodo knew it would happen, LOL!
thunderatiger
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
I like this glimpse into Merry both as a boy and as a lad growing out of that boyish awkwardness. Same for Estella. And it's a nice change to read about hobbits on the cusp of great events (AKA Bilbo's disappearing act) without a hint of foreshadowing that this is about to occur. The only foreshadowing here is a romantic one.
lindahoyland
Nov. 17th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Just delightful
paranoidangel42
Nov. 17th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
That's great. I love Frodo's memories of Merry and Estella when they were younger.
antane
Nov. 17th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yep, true love is in the air! :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
mrowe
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Just sweet, and a pivotal moment in more ways than one.
someplacetobe
Nov. 26th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
I can't stop thinking about how sweet this is!
foxrafer
Dec. 11th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
This is very sweet, a lovely piece.
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