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Diminishing Reality, by periantari

Author: periantari
Title: Diminishing Reality
Rating: G
Theme: Pairs
Elements: back, forth
Summary: A scene from the chapter The Flight to the Ford
Word Count: 100
Author's Notes: This is the first idea that popped into my head when I saw “back and forth” so blame me for liking Frodo angst with the Morgul wound. ;)

He swayed back and forth as if he were in a rocky boat. He felt like he was still on the cusp of a bad nightmare where the living world was hard to discern. Cold pain still pierced his side and shoulder.

“Frodo! It’s time for another start.”

Blearily, Frodo opened his eyes and saw the worried eyes of his friends looking at him with grave concern. He should continue to hope and not let his friends despair so much.

“Hang in there, Frodo.”

The morning sunlight heartened him and he managed to smile back and say, “Let’s go on.”


( 26 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 16th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Painful, yeah, but he's pressing on despite all that. So if it's angst, it's not all angst. Good job!
Nov. 16th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! =)
It's hope too--i tend to like to end on a somewhat hopeful note.
Nov. 16th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
//He felt like he was still on the cusp of a bad nightmare where the living world was hard to discern.//

That's so vivid, I can really see that. Or rather, imagine the experience. Lovely drabble, thank you!
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading and leaving such a nice comment! I'm glad you liked it. :)
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Poor dear valiant, resilient Frodo! This is nicely written.
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks so much Janet-- always glad for your support. :)
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Angsty, yes, but I love the hope in it. It concerns me, though, that Frodo isn't looking for hope because of his own desires. He's looking for hope because he doesn't want his friends to despair. It's a powerful characterization stroke, albeit a self-defeating one for poor Frodo. Nicely written!
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
I think during the whole two week period from Weathertop to Rivendell was always a struggle for Frodo to think of his friends and not only himself... it's the selfless part of him that i've always adored.

It's an honor to get a comment from you for i've always adored your fics! Thanks so much for your comment. :)
Nov. 16th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Sigh...poor Fro'
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Indeed, poor Fro! :'(
Nov. 16th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Love that he was able to smile even then. It must be been so terrible then and you have captured that and his love for his friends in not wanting to worry them more.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Thanks so much-- i wanted Frodo to stay hopeful for his friends and i think he really did that in that chapter. :)
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Nov. 17th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! I have always adored Frodo for his strength- it's great that the books showed his more courageous side better.
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Poor Frodo. I like how he manages to be brave for the sake of his friends.
Nov. 19th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Thank yoU! I think that's the best part of his character! I think he definitely was very strong not for himself but for his friends too during the whole Quest.
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
And I do suspect that it was at least as much for their sakes as for his own that he fought the influence of the Morgul blade so. Well done!
Nov. 19th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! I always find it intriguing that Frodo resisted to the end and would love to read more fic about the Morgul blade. ;) (Perhaps what happened to the unfortunate Gondorian man who suffered from it and didn't resist and died...think it happened in 2nd age...)
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Nov. 19th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
THanks! I think friendships that were made during the Quest were integral to the Quest being completed. :)
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
True courage is a quiet thing, isn't it? I liked this very much.
Nov. 28th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm glad for this comment. :)
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with a bit of angst now and again:)
Nov. 28th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
I like that chapter for the angst that *can* be possibly written about it. :)
Nov. 26th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
I liked the imagery in this: standing on the cusp of a nightmare and then the morning sun with its heartening effects.
Nov. 28th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
I'm glad that worked for you! Thank you for your thought. :)
Dec. 11th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Such an interesting use of the prompts; thanks for sharing this.
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