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Eucatastrophe: Summer Respite

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Eucatastrophe: Summer Respite
Rating: G
Theme: Summertime Blues
Elements: 315 words
Author's Notes: This story takes place in my “Eucatastrophe AU” in S.R. 1452. In this AU, the Three Elven Rings did not fade after the destruction of the One, but instead were freed, and gained even more power. Frodo was able to find healing and remain in Middle-earth, and Gandalf and the Elves were allowed to make return journeys to Middle-earth. (I know, I know…if only…)*
In this story, Frodo, at the age of 83, has retired to Minas Anor, where he hopes to finish his definitive book on the languages of Men and Elves. Merry’s son Peridoc, Pippin’s son Faramir, and two of Sam’s sons--Merry-lad and Pippin-lad--have accompanied him, for they are to spend two years studying at the Court of the High King. The four lads live with their Uncle Frodo and Gandalf in the same guesthouse where the Fellowship stayed after the War. This story takes place in the summer of their second year.]
Frodo: 84 (about 53 in Man-years)
Fam (Faramir) Took: 22 ( 14 in Man-years)
Perry (Peridoc) Brandybuck: 27 (17 in Man-years)
Merry-lad Gamgee: 25 (16 in Man-years)
Pippin-lad Gamgee: 23 ( 14½ in Man-years)]
Summary: Just a little summertime vignette in Fourth Age Ithilien…
Word Count: 315

Eucatastrophe: Summer Respite



Frodo sat next to his host on the grassy sward that led to the stony beach surrounding the cove, watching the children splashing and playing in the water beneath a brilliant blue sky.

"This reminds me of the cove off the Brandywine, where the Brandybuck fry learn to swim. Only it is much warmer here." He tipped his face to catch a stray breeze.

"Not so warm as the city," said Faramir.

"No, Minas Anor is sweltering this time of year," Frodo admitted. "Thank you for inviting us to visit. I'm afraid we hobbits were wilting."

"Not so rough!" Faramir shouted. His sons Elboron and Elemir were playing catch with his namesake, flinging young Faramir Took back and forth. The hobbit lad shrieked with laughter, and the lads' dog Billie barked, swimming back and forth in an effort to join the game. Perry Brandybuck was shouting "My turn, Fam!" Meanwhile, the Gamgee brothers Merry-lad and Pippin-lad seemed content to dive for the stones that Faramir's daughter Morwen was throwing into the water. She had been swimming with the lads earlier, but now stood upon the shore, wrapped in a towel.

"I am sorry that Mithrandir did not accept our invitation as well," Faramir said. "We would have been pleased to see him again also."

Frodo laughed. "I think Gandalf was looking forward to the peace and quiet of having the house to himself for a while. He loves the lads dearly, but four rambunctious hobbit tweens and a dog the size of a small pony make a good deal of commotion." He smiled. "Did you ever imagine a day like this, all those years ago when we parted —Sam and I on our way to Mount Doom, you bound for Minas Tirith and war?"

The Prince of Ithilien shook his head. "I can truly say, such an idea would have been beyond my wildest imagining!"

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foxrafer
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
Really love the idea of the overall universe, and I'm always fond of post-War stories where we get to see them relaxed and content. This is a beautiful scene, and makes me want to sit inside it and enjoy for a while with the Hobbits.
dreamflower02
Jul. 19th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
The "Eucatastrophe-universe" started out as a very short one-shot; I had never really intended to explore it more, but now I have perhaps a dozen stories set in it.

I have to confess, this particular one was something of a wish-fulfillment bit o'fluff. I'd love to be sitting there with Frodo and Faramir myself!
blslarner
Jul. 19th, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)
Oh, it sounds such a perfect day! I love the thought of Fam agreeing to play the part of the ball, and the idea of Billie-dog wanting to join the fun! And I can certainly appreciate Gandalf's desire to know a bit of peace and quiet while Frodo watches the fun and thinks on his own youth!

Lovely!
dreamflower02
Jul. 19th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
I could just imagine the two boys tossing the lad back and forth over the water! He'd be small enough that they could do so easily, but he's old enough to enjoy it rather than be terrified of it!

And I agree about Gandalf. When the scene first came to me, I wondered "Where's Gandalf?" and the answer seemed pretty obvious then, LOL!
engarian
Jul. 19th, 2011 09:38 am (UTC)
What a perfect summer day (I could wish for a similar body of water in our own heat wave right now). I can't blame Gandalf, a bit of peace and quiet would be a lovely gift as well.

- Erulisse (one L)

Edited at 2011-07-19 09:39 am (UTC)
dreamflower02
Jul. 19th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
You can lay this little scene squarely at the foot of the heat wave! It's sweltering, and has been for a month! A nice cool swim sounds wonderful.
shirebound
Jul. 19th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
Such peace and joy! How I love your E-verse. *happy sigh*
dreamflower02
Jul. 19th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
I love it too! *sighs with you*
someplacetobe
Jul. 19th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
This just sounds like such a lovely day!
dreamflower02
Jul. 19th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! With the heat wave we've been having, imagining hobbit-fry splashing in the water seemed very nice to me!
someplacetobe
Jul. 19th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
It'll seem very nice to me, as well, when I'm in summer!
dreamflower02
Jul. 19th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
We've had over a month straight of triple digit temps here-- mostly 103F (39.4C) and up and that's not counting the heat index.

someplacetobe
Jul. 19th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
I've regularly experienced those temperatures; I can see why the splashing of hobbit-fry would be a welcome thought!
blslarner
Jul. 19th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
While here in the rainy Pacific Northwest the temps creep briefly up into the seventies and then hide again in the fifties. The other evening I saw a temp of 38 on the readerboard for a bank! No heatwave here this year--just drippy weather that won't stay away for more than a day or two!
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dreamflower02
Jul. 19th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Nothing deep in this one at all-- just a nice fluffy bit of coolness!
lindahoyland
Jul. 20th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
I love the idea off this AU. What a delightful vision!
armarielrozita
Jul. 21st, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Very nice. Wish I was there.;);)
antane
Jul. 22nd, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
What a lovely story! Love that Frodo and Faramir have their chance to be together for some joy. Le hannon for this treat and sorry it has taken me so long to get here!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
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