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Author: Erulisse (one L)
Title: Another Time, Another Yesterday
Rating: PG
Theme: Nostalgia
Elements: Yesterday
Author's Notes: Disclaimer: Tolkien built the sand box; I only play with the bucket and shovel that he left for me. No money, profit or non, is made from the publication of this story.
Summary:Running through the streets of war-torn Ost-in-Edhil, Helyanwë's thoughts are cast back to her escape from Gondolin, more than an age earlier.
Word Count: 150



Another Time, Another Yesterday


Acrid smoke and the stench of burnt flesh filled the air. She glanced at the swirling embers, the drumbeats oddly muffled now. Turning, she tripped, falling to the flagstones over a small body. Pushing back upright, she ran away from the dead toddler.

"Must find the tunnel, Idril needs me. Where are my children, where is Glorfindel?"

Gasping, she rested for a few seconds, then resumed her run, attempting to leave the sounds of war behind her. The growls of the enemy and screams of both warriors and victims grated equally on her shredded nerves.

"My babies. Where are my babies?"

An elaborate gateway loomed ahead through the darkling light. A low moan escaped her.

"No, that was another time, another yesterday, long ago. The past has caught up with me. All hope died long ago, now it is my turn." She walked slowly, entering the foyer of the Gwaith-i-Mirdain.

Comments

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kayleelupin
Nov. 30th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
*shivers* Oh, but this was haunting! Beautifully done, nettenya.

Kaylee Arafinwiel
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear, and how good to hear from you.

- Erulisse (one L)
shirebound
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC)
*sniff* One of so many sad, tragic days. Beautifully written.
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was fun to actually write again after almost a year away from it.

- Erulisse (one L)
nessrealta
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
This is really, really dark and angsty - I love it!
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, it was fun to actually write something again after such a long time away from the keyboard.

- Erulisse (one L)
curiouswombat
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ah - poor Helyanwë. This is really gut-wrenching.
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:09 am (UTC)
You've known my Helyanwe for many a year now. It was great to revisit a character I've loved for so long. Thanks for your kind words.

- Erulisse (one L)
silver_trails
Dec. 1st, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
Is she an original character of yours?
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:11 am (UTC)
Helyanwe has been an OFC of mine since 2011 - so a very long time. I've posted thousands of words of her stories over the years (and have hundreds of thousands of words of her story just in my computer that may never see the public eye).

- Erulisse (one L)
silver_trails
Dec. 1st, 2015 11:16 am (UTC)
I'll look forward to see more of her. Where can I find the first fics?
engarian
Dec. 2nd, 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
I have most of my fics posted on Faerie (http://efiction.esteliel.de/) and I guarantee quite a few of them are from my Helyanwe pathway.

- Erulisse (one L)
silver_trails
Dec. 2nd, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'll look for them!
ignoblebard
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:46 am (UTC)
Nice twist at the end. What happened to her children?
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:13 am (UTC)
In one of my stories from a few years ago (I've been writing her since early 2011, so it's been a while), she was fleeing Gondolin when her children were slain by arrows as Glorfindel fought the balrog. Their son and daughter, and of course Glorfindel himself, all died as they attempted to escape the doomed refuge.

Thanks for the kind words, it was rather nice to actually write again after almost a year away from it.

- Erulisse (one L)
ignoblebard
Dec. 1st, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
Well that's a downer. I know it does feel good to get back to writing after an absence though. Glad the muse is back.
periantari
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:06 am (UTC)
What a heart-wrenching scene. WOuld love to read more. :)
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:15 am (UTC)
There's a lot of Helyanwe peppered through my writings. I probably have the most of my stories on Faerie if you want to check some of them out.

I realized after the fact that you may not be aware of Faerie, one of the better Tolkien archive websites for fanfiction of all ratings. Here's a link if you're interested or didn't know where to find the website. http://efiction.esteliel.de/

- Erulisse (one L)

Edited at 2015-12-02 02:03 am (UTC)
dreamflower02
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
Oh how sad! Very vividly shown, I could easily picture the horrible scene.
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:17 am (UTC)
Thank you my dear. I blame you for the perfect challenge. It pushed me to sit at a keyboard and compose something other than my daily blog. *hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)
hhimring
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
The shock and terror might do that, yes, recall those old terrors to her. Poor Helyanwe, she's facing it bravely.
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:19 am (UTC)
Well, she is Feanorean - stubborn, talented, and headstrong. I'm not sure she's brave as much as resigned, but either way, she will take what is ahead of her as she must. Thank you so much for commenting!

- Erulisse (one L)
blslarner
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:03 am (UTC)
If the first thoughts were horrible to imagine, the snapping back to the realization that THIS is today while THAT was yesterday, and facing her own ending NOW has shaken me as much as it has her. What courage she shows in the end.
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:20 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, my dear friend. It really was a joy to actually write something once again and I love Helyanwe as a character so very much. It was a delight to return to her tale once again as well as participate in a LOTR Community Challenge.

- Erulisse (one L)
starbrow
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:15 am (UTC)
Oh how sad! And what a perfect illustration of the way Elves remember.
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:20 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comments.

- Erulisse (one L)
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