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Interlude, by Himring

Author: Himring
Title: Interlude: Evening
Rating: PG
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: n/a
Author's Notes: I'm very sorry but this went over the prescribed word limit. It's 4 x 100 words, not 3 x 100, but the prompt recurs in each of these four linked drabbles.
Summary: A vignette: a glimpse of an evening during Gil-galad's early childhood, before he was sent to Cirdan. Fingon is bringing up motherless young Ereinion with much help from Erien, who is an old friend of his (OFC).
Word Count: 400 words

Erien sighed as she unlocked the door, grateful to be home. In the hall, she kicked off her walking-shoes and pulled on warm slippers. Already, an imperious miaow had notified her that the resident cat, Tevildo the Seventh, had registered her arrival and demanded immediate food and attention.  Soon he was winding around her legs, reinforcing his demands.
‘I hear you,’ she said and smiled. However insistent, a grown, healthy feline was still less wearing to take care of than an energetic toddler.
Just a little broth, she thought, and then a nice rest in a chair by the fire...

She loved Ereinion. She had taken over his care at the times when he couldn’t be with Fingon quite voluntarily and she knew, already, that in the future she would look back on that decision with undiminished gratitude.
But Ereinion wasn’t merely a daring and imaginative boy, he was a Finwean. Who would have thought that would become obvious in a child so young?  Like Fingon—always a joy initially, but so hard to keep up with—all of the House of Finwe burned a shade too brightly.
And so, when evening came, Erien was glad she could go home.

Tonight, she had thought she would have to stay longer. Prince Maedhros had only just arrived; Fingon would wish to spend this evening with his friend. Instead, he had appeared in Ereinion’s rooms just as Erien was persuading Ereinion to go to bed—with Maedhros in tow.
Ereinion seized his chance. ‘Bedtime story?’
‘If you’re good!’ Fingon promised.
In no time, Ereinion was in bed in his nightclothes. Fingon looked across at Maedhros.
‘You told Father about ungrateful First Cat,’ Ereinion said hopefully.
‘That one was especially for him,’ Maedhros answered. ‘But, listen, Ereinion, here’s a story just for you…’

Renowned war-leaders of the House of Finwe sitting, one to the left, one to the right, on the edge of the bed of a child, telling bedtime stories...
Erien, curled up now at home by the fire, Tevildo purring on her lap, smiled again. But, abruptly, her mood sobered. Caring for Ereinion had thawed parts of her that had been frozen so long she had no longer been aware of it, since the Crossing of the Ice; she was thankful for that.
But we were promised songs, not survival. And I fear one day there will be songs about Gil-galad…

A/N: This is is set after the events of my story "The Chief in a Village", but it should not be necessary to know that story to understand what is going on in this one, except that it explains why Ereinion is motherless. Erien also features in my story "Naurthoniel", in which more is said about her experiences during the Crossing of the Ice.


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Nov. 18th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh, but I do like Erien! I'm afraid I haven't read much of yours before so I don't know Erien or Ereinion's backstory, but I do plan to find out! Are they at SoA or SWG, or somewhere else?

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 20th, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you like Erien!
The stories are all at SWG or MPTT or both.
Because I've read your ficlet "Dispelling Rumours", I'm afraid there might be an aspect to "The Chief in a Village" that you would disapprove of (although a large part of the story isn't about that subject).
However, there is this short B2MeM extract on Erien herself which you might enjoy:
Also, if you're interested in reading "Naurthoniel", that should be quite safe, so to speak, although I'm afraid Ereinion doesn't come into it, not being born yet.
Nov. 20th, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
I have difficulty, shall we say, with liking sexual relationships between same-gendered Elves, and especially relationships (straight or not) between Elves who happen to be first cousins (or half-first cousins). I'm pretty sure Tolkien put a flat no on both of those. I can see Maedhros and Fingon as close, loving brothers of the heart (same with Frodo and Sam), but not a sexual relationship.

Humans, I have no problem with same-sex partnerships (with the exception of those who are canonically straight, unless the premise is this is before they met their partner and they're curious - though I don't like graphic sex scenes, whether slash or het). Hobbits I'm undecided on, but Dwarves I wouldn't be surprised if homosexual behavior was common, since they have so few women as a rule. I think for me it's an issue of "would/can they do that".

That snippet about Erien is most intriguing! I think I would like to read "The Chief In A Village" despite the aspect, since it's not centered around said aspect. I'll certainly be checking out your stories! Thank you for sharing :)

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 20th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ok. I'm glad you want to give "Chief in a Village" a chance!
You can avoid the subject by skipping Chapter Ten, if you want.
Even in that chapter, there is no sex, unless an embrace (in a brief forward flash) counts.
Nov. 20th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
No, an embrace doesn't count. I'm sure it'll be fine :)

I meant to ask, what did you think of "Dispelling Rumours"?

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 20th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I thought: fair enough.

I don't think Tolkien ever saw them as a couple either. (On the part about forbidden cousins, he seems to have wobbled quite a bit more, in the course of writing the Legendarium.) But I just don't agree with Tolkien about everything, although some aspects of his work are so very important to me.

Writing fanfic is a strange business. I have written so much about Maedhros that it sometimes feels as if he's mine, but of course he isn't.
Nov. 18th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
Sweet and beautifully pensive at the same time.
Nov. 20th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I'm glad it worked for you! I do have a tendency to be pensive...
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:58 am (UTC)
I am glad she has found she can be grateful now, and that she delights in her charge. Alas that the Lay of Gil-galad should tell of his fall, however. Love that cats figure in each of the drabbles.
Nov. 20th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
It's not always easy to open up one's heart again after great loss, but it has its rewards.
And it is sad how relatively little we know of Gil-galad beyond how he fell--but many of us fanficcers have been striving to amend this!
(I'm so glad you like the cats. I wondered whether they might be a bit self-indulgent!)
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
I really like this glimpse into their home-life - from Tevildo the Seventh to Maedhros joining in with the bed-time stories.

Definitely better for the extra 100 words, too - that last line is exactly right.
Nov. 19th, 2014 08:26 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
And I'm glad that last line works for you!
Nov. 18th, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
These four were just lovely. I do like Erien so very much, and how she cares for Ereinion.

Nov. 20th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very glad you like Erien! OFCs can be a bit daunting to write!
Nov. 20th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
The contrast between the innocence of a child's bedtime and the stories of war leaders makes a chilling picture. The 'burning bright' is another great observation. I like this new-fit family. I think Ereinion will be happy here.
Nov. 20th, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for reading and commenting!

Yes, I think Ereinion is going to be happy--but sadly, only for a time until the war starts going badly and Fingon has to send him away somewhere safer.
I think Erien may go with Ereinion, though--I'm not quite sure yet, somehow--and in that case at least he won't have to leave alone.
Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
Erien of course is lovely. Oh and Tevildo the Seventh --- LOL! I need to make time to reread The Chief in a Village this weekend.
Nov. 30th, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you very much, Kei! I'm glad you enjoyed Tevildo the Seventh and the return to "Chief in a Village" territory!
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