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Gratitude entry

Author: kimby1967:
Title: Remembrance:
Rating: G:
Element: Gratitude
Word Count: 446
On what would have been Boromir’s 45 birthday, Faramir reminisces about his brother to Eowyn. If the timelines are wrong please forgive me.:

Faramir was rarely late to the evening meal, and Eowyn was slightly miffed, especially as her skill in the kitchen was improving under the tutelage of their kitchen staff. She preferred to prepare their meals herself, despite her husband’s exalted position within the White City. Fall was coming and there was a bite in the air; she wrapped a cloak around herself and asked Eldmar, the guard who kept watch over their home, if he had seen Faramir.
“Last I saw him, he was walking toward the large pond just outside the orchard, My Lady,” the guard said with a bow. “He goes there each year on this day.”
Having just married Faramir six months previously, Eowyn was puzzled. “Why on this day? It is too cold for swimming or fishing.”
“Today is his brother Boromir’s birthday,” the guard said gently. “It is still a difficult day for him; I have known both of them since they were small. Perhaps if you kept him company…?”
The peach trees of Ithilien were bare this time of year; the few remaining leaves rustled forlornly on the branches and on the ground. Faramir stood on a dock that extended twenty feet out onto the pond, arms folded, eyes intent on the water. He looked up at his wife. “Eldmar told you where I was?” he asked. She nodded. “And why you are here.”
“Boromir taught me how to swim right here from this dock,” Faramir told her. “Well, if you can call grabbing me by my arms and launching me ten feet out when I was five. He stood there laughing while I coughed and spluttered and called him names that would have caused our mother to wash my mouth out with soap had she heard it.”
Faramir shook his head. “We competed in most things, Boromir and I. Naturally he had a head start in nearly everything, being older, in some things I can mention, and others I can’t.”
Eowyn’s mouth twitched. “Your discretion is appreciated, husband.”
“But we competed in nothing more fiercely than for our father’s approval. I was raised as an only child and so was my brother, you might say. My mother raised me, and our father raised him. You know how he reacted when Boromir was killed. But…my brother taught me so much and I will always be grateful.” He heaved a deep sigh. “How I miss him.”
Eowyn put her head on his shoulder as the horn call to change the guard echoed in the distance.

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lin4gondor
Nov. 23rd, 2014 04:21 am (UTC)
I can totally imagine Boromir would be the kind of brother that would teach someone to swim by throwing them in! :-D

This was a fun story, but also very lovely! I wonder if Eowyn will join Faramir on an annual pilgrimage to the pond after this? I have a feeling she will.
kimby1967
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
You never know-she might. Thanks, my friend.
lindahoyland
Nov. 23rd, 2014 06:58 am (UTC)
Poor Faramir. He loved Boromir so much. At least Eowyn can now be with him.
kimby1967
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
She was a very fitting mate for him, I think; I am glad they found each other.
talullahred
Nov. 23rd, 2014 07:10 am (UTC)
“Your discretion is appreciated, husband.” => lol, indeed. :)

This was funny and sweet (loved the glimpses at early married life) and also sad - poor Faramir, lost his mother who was his only parent, for what really counts. I'm happy that despite sibling competition Boromir and Faramir were friends. :)
kimby1967
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I like to think they were. The sibling bond is strong; rivalry just makes it interesting. :-)
periantari
Nov. 23rd, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
What a sad moment- but of course Faramir remembers the good moments with Boromir, glad eowyn is there for him.
kimby1967
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I am too. I think they were a good match for each other.
shirebound
Nov. 23rd, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
This is a very moving piece. Both of them lost so many loved ones, and can truly understand the other's broken heart.
kimby1967
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It was my first attempt at a piece strictly from a non-hobbit POV because I wanted to touch on the theme on the loss of a sibling and Faramir losing Boromir was best example I could think of.
karri_kln1671
Nov. 23rd, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Lovely! Thoughtful and insightful. I very much enjoyed reading it.
kimby1967
Nov. 24th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much; I appreciate the feedback.
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