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A Catch along the Brandywine - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: A Catch along the Brandywine
Rating: G
Theme: Lazy Summer
Elements: 323 words
Author's Notes: For Mews and Celeritas for their birthdays!
Summary: At least one individual made a big catch along the Brandywine that lazy summer day!
Word Count: 323

A Catch along the Brandywine

“Do you think we’ll catch many fish?” Drogo Baggins asked Bilbo as they settled down on a fallen log on the edge of the Brandywine with rods, lines, and a small pot of earthworms between them.

“I can usually catch enough for a meal or two,” Bilbo promised, choosing a likely looking wriggler from the pot and threading it onto his hook. “And dear Primula will undoubtedly bring down a meal or two for us from the Hall while we fish. Although I suspect she will most likely head for the bay to swim after she brings us elevenses. Now, there always seems to be a trout or two lingering over there, right by that rocky outcrop where they’re protected from the main current. Try baiting your hook with that bit of bread I suggested you put in your pocket.”

In minutes both had lines in the water, and soon they were joined by their hosts, as both Gorbadoc and Rory arrived with their own gear, trailed by Rory’s son Saradoc who carried a large stoneware jug for the fishermen to share.

“I brought you a basket of bread rolls with chicken and cress for elevenses,” said a voice, and all turned their attention from their lines in the river to the lass with her basket. Primula was indeed dressed for swimming, wearing a shortened coarse shift such as the maidens from Brandy Hall favored for their play within the water.

Drogo’s eyes were caught by the vision of her, and his mouth fell open in surprise and pleasure. But, then she was a delight to look at in any costume she might choose to wear, Bilbo knew.

Sara elbowed Bilbo. “Drogo has a fish hooked,” he whispered hoarsely, giving the inattentive younger Baggins a sideways glance.

Bilbo laughed. “Oh, but Primula’s hooked a larger catch,” he murmured back. “I suspect that as of today Drogo’s bachelor days are well behind him!”


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Jul. 16th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
How delightful! I love how both of us went for trout fishing, although we weren't anywhere close in time frame :-) Cool waters?

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I suspect that the water felt quite cool that day, particularly now that Drogo's heart is now a bit fevered! Heh!
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
I agree with Bilbo on this!
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
As do I. If Drogo's attention was engaged already, he is now firmly caught by Primula's charms, I suspect! Heh! Nothing like a bathing costume to indicate a lass has a lovely shape!
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yes, it looks like Primula has made a very good catch indeed!
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
That she has, and I suspect she knew she was only setting the hook arriving just then with basket of elevenses in hand. Heh!
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
What a delightful story! And I love the little details you add that make this scene so easy to visualize.
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
And I thank you, Shirebound! Heh!
Jul. 16th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh ho! A fish well hooked, indeed.
Jul. 16th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Ain't that the truth! Heh! His interest is now serious, I think. Thanks, CW.
Jul. 16th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
You might think that 'delightful' is rather an overused word by your reviewers but it is the perfect word for this. Hot Summer day in the Shire in 2012? Where? And the rivers are running too high for good fishing!
Jul. 17th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
And I thank you, Liz. It was fun writing this one.

We just recovered summer after 24+ hours of thunderstorms, so today the temps are back in the seventies, which is quite hot for the Olympic Peninsula. Pups and I are staying in the shade as we can when I'm not working.
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Jul. 17th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
I doubt Primula will tell how deliberate her costume was. There's no doubt, however, that hers is the biggest catch of the day. Hope your birthday is joyful!
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
Just delightful!
Jul. 17th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
It was fun to imagine the one moment when Drogo realized he was now definitely in love with this woman! Heh!

Thanks so, Linda.
Jul. 17th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Definitely the kind of insight we expect from Bilbo! XD Great piece :D
Jul. 20th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you see Bilbo as I do! No longer the shallow fellow he was before his own adventure, and happy to see two of his kindred find one another.
Jul. 20th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Exactly - he's 'worldly', and he always was pretty sharp :D
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is so true! Bilbo may be a career bachelor, but he's not unaware of how others might end up caught by love, after all.
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