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Keeping Cool by Linda Hoyland

Author: Linda Hoyland

Title: Keeping Cool

Rating: G

Theme: Lazy summer

Elements : 199

Author's Notes: For all my readers who have been enduring a heat wave.

Summary: On a hot summer afternoon, Aragorn and Faramir are nowhere to be found.

Word Count: 199

These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain.

“Where might the King be found?” Aragorn’s secretary enquired. He mopped his profusely sweating brow with a large handkerchief.

“Is he not with Lord Faramir?” Arwen replied. She sat fanning herself beside an open window. It was hot indeed for one of her kind to feel it.

“The Steward’s study is empty too, my lady.”

“Is the business urgent?”

“Not really, my lady, but these trade reports need the King’s signature.”

“I will tell him when I see him, Bergon.”

Arwen wandered out into the private gardens. She had a good idea where her husband and his Steward might be.

She espied them lounging in a shady spot on the grass beside an ornamental fountain. Boots and stockings discarded, their bare feet dangled in the water. Their tunics too, were cast aside, and their shirts unlaced.

Arwen had not seen her husband so contented since the hot weather had started several days before. His heart yearned for the cooler northern climes during Gondor’s balmy summers.

Arwen smiled. Surely even the King and his Steward could sometimes enjoy a lazy summer afternoon? Loth to disturb the two men, she crept silently away. The reports could wait for another, cooler day.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I want a nice fountain handy - LOL. What a nice vision you presented to us here, Linda.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
This made me feel nice and warm!
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
Thank you.It was meant to be heart warming!
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
*grin* Such a lovely vignette! I love seeing these two noble men just relaxing through Arwen's eyes!
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm pleased you enjoyed Arwen's POV.
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Arwen is so wise. What a delightful scene to imagine.
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased you liked it.
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Lovely! :)
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Jul. 16th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
I would have loved to see the two most noble men in all of Gondor so engaged myself. Heh! Thanks so for this one, Linda!
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
I would have loved to see them too.I'm pleased you enjoyed this.
Jul. 16th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
I love that image of Aragorn and Faramir trying to keep cool.
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.
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Jul. 17th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
I was thinking of a very hot British summer back in the 70's. I went on a coach trip to a waterfall and as soon as we got there, everyone took off their shoes and paddled in the cool water! So I don't blame them either!
Jul. 17th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Definitely making me wish for a nice fountain or lake to cool myself in - it's boiling here today!
Jul. 20th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
I love how your portray the friendship and love between these two - how comfortable they are in each other's presence, a dear to one another and an honor on both their parts to know the other.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
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