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Deep Summer - The Mad Hobbit

<y mind has gone completely blank as to how I'm supposed to tag this. I'm sorry.


<b>Author: The Mad Hobbit</b>
<b>Title: Deep Summer</b>
<b>Rating: G</b> 
<b>Theme: Lazy Summer</b> 
<b>Elements: 250</b> 
<b>Author's Notes: Coming from a very warm place as I do, I can understand Frodo’s need to do nothing. Being a bit hyper, I can also relate to Sam’s need to be occupied.</b> 
<b>Summary: Frodo fends off his eager serving lad on a hot day in Buckland.</b>
<b>Word Count: 250</b>


 (from Sam Keen): "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."

It was sizzling that summer, leaving even the most laid back lad or lass in utmost sympathy with a potato consigned to a boiling pot.
Frodo spent most of his daylight hours in a tree, estivating on a branch hanging over The Water, frequently in a languid stupor from which he could rouse himself only with the greatest effort.  It was, of course, seldom necessary to  do said rousing since everyone around him, save his little serving lad, shared his drowsy, dreamlike state.  Said lad, currently restive among the roots of his master’s roost, wondered how all the gentry languished so as he fretted at his own enforced idleness.
“Sir? Shouldn’t  we be doin’ somethin’ on this fine day, waterin’ the beans or weedin’ the tomatoes, or summat?” He pled, begging his master and Fate for the next chance to serve.
“No, Sam,” Young Frodo answered, thinking the effort the lad put into such a speech too much for the heat of the day. “Why don’t you settle in the shade for a while?”
“Shall I bring you a cold drink, sir?” Sam paced, wringing his small but able hands. “I think Cook had some molasses cookies in the kitchen. Wouldn’t a couple go down right smart?”
 “Not right now, Sam,” Frodo responded, too sleepy to lift his head from the branch where it slumped. “I think another nap is the order of the day.” Like the rest of Buckland, he shifted and sighed and dreamed another summer hour away.

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engarian
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
So cute! I loved the young Sam and his eagerness to please.

- Erulisse (one L)
the_mad_hobbit
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
I kind of rattled this one off, I'm afraid. I'll do better next time, I promise! 8-)

I base Little Sam on my son at the same age. I think they would have been very much alike.

Hugs,
Rach
someplacetobe
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Gosh, now I'm hungry after seeing those cookies mentioned!
the_mad_hobbit
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
LOL Sorry about that!

Hugs,
Rach
someplacetobe
Jul. 17th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
-L--hugs!- I had cookies to munch on afterward!
dreamflower02
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
That's OK! Tags are the only thing we mods *can* edit.

Poor Frodo, just wanting to relax, while little Sam is being so hyper! That's adorable! I love your wee!Sam!

BTW: You have some comments over at MPTT on your Cormallen story!
http://www.lotrgfic.com/reviews.php?type=ST&item=2131

Edited at 2012-07-16 02:58 pm (UTC)
the_mad_hobbit
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
Sam was brought up to serve from the day he was born. He knows nothing else, which is what makes the end of the book so sad.

I'll check out the other comments!
Hugs,
Rach
shirebound
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Sam has much to learn about relaxation! This is a sweet scene.
the_mad_hobbit
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! As I said before, I kind of threw this together. I'll do better next time, when I'm not getting ready to move.

Hugs,
Rach
blslarner
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Well, other than that if Frodo is hanging over the Water on a branch, I suspect they are in Hobbiton or Bywater rather than Buckland, I certainly love the images here! Dear Sam, and dear Frodo, wanting the lad to relax! I could gladly have dozed a bit on such a branch the other day, I'll admit. We are finally getting summer here in the great Pacific Northwest, after another damp and extended spring. Wish we could more easily share our rain with other parts of the country.
the_mad_hobbit
Jul. 16th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh! That was an editing error! Thanks for letting me know! While I was writing it I changed the location and just missed the reference. Not my first oops or my last! LOL

Hugs,
Rach
blslarner
Jul. 16th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Well, I ended up changing MY site from Bywater to Buckland, and have managed to miss such editing errors SO often in the last few years! But I so love the thought of Frodo on that branch over the Water, and a so eager-to-please Sam begging to be allowed to bring him SOMETHING! Heh!
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the_mad_hobbit
Jul. 16th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Sam's just so oriented to service that he can't be still. He needs to be doing something for Frodo, a desire that will come in very handy later.

Hugs,
Rach
lindahoyland
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
What a lovely glimpse of young Frodo and Sam!
the_mad_hobbit
Jul. 17th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! It was a bit rushed. I'm getting ready to move, but I'll do better next time.

Hugs,
Rach
burning_night
Jul. 17th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm very much in sympathy with how Frodo feels at this point - we're having a hot day today :D And Sam is really cute :)
the_mad_hobbit
Jul. 17th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
It's hotter in the north than it is down here and has been for a month now. Very bizarre.

Hugs,
Rach
antane
Jul. 20th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I so love Sam here, ever wanting to do something for his treasure. Sweet!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
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