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Taking Time to Listen by Linaewen

Author: Linaewen
Title: Taking Time to Listen
Rating: G
Theme: Nostalgia
Elements: "melancholy"
Summary: Boromir recalls a moment from the past that brings fond memories as well as regret.
Word Count: 300 according to Jarte (excluding title)

Taking Time to Listen

"I have no memory of this place!" muttered Gandalf, standing uncertain before three arched doorways, deep in the heart of Moria. He held up his staff, seeking some mark or inscription to aid his choice, but there was nothing.

"I am too weary to decide," he said at last. "As we all are, no doubt! Let us halt here for a time, while I consider."

They made themselves as comfortable as they could in that dreary place; those who had them got out their pipes. Boromir and Aragorn sat together on a top step, their backs to the rest of the Company. Boromir gazed silently out into the darkness and thought of home.

I wish I could get word to them, he thought. I wonder if they are well?

His thoughts turned as always to Faramir.  A memory stirred of Gandalf seated on a low wall in a garden of Minas Tirith -- even as he sat now, hunched over his pipe, blowing out wreaths of smoke into the air. Boromir had come upon him and Faramir as they spoke together during one of Gandalf's infrequent visits to the City. The wizard had been telling Faramir some fact of ancient history, while Faramir listened with great attention, face alight with interest. Boromir smiled fondly, remembering his brother's keenness; his melancholy mood lightened at the thought of Faramir's bright, eager eyes. They had urged him to join them, but Boromir had declined; he had been busy on some errand or other, and could not tarry. Now he regretted the missed opportunity to spend time with Faramir in a setting other than battle; he wished he had stayed to listen.

When I see Faramir again, vowed Boromir silently, we will sit on the wall together and I will take time to listen!


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 30th, 2015 08:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, Linaewen..."When I see Faramir again" was all it took to crush my heart. Little does he know now...*shivers* Beautifully done and very sad.

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
This is so poignant. I really like this memory of Boromir's. How he loved his home, and his brother.
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
I really liked this...a beautiful characterization of Boromir!
Dec. 1st, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh, man, don't do that to me! "When I see Faramir again..." How many times do we take moments for granted and then they never come again. This is very nicely done.
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
This is so heartbreaking. Poor Boromir.
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
Very poignant-- i would imagine that Boromir would think of Faramir throughout his time with the Fellowship. Awesome job!
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
Ouch! Beautiful, poignant, and bittersweet.

Don't you sometimes wish you could just grab Boromir by the shoulders and warn him of what's to come? *sigh*
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:22 am (UTC)
I wish he had had the chance!
But no doubt at the time that errand seemed a lot more urgent...
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:57 am (UTC)
I so agree with the rest--if only he HAD paused to join the two of them, had shared that moment with his brother and Gandalf. But I suspect that in the end, had he known he would not see his brother again, that one or the other would die in the battles each faced against the battle, that he would wish it to be Faramir who again had the chance to speak with Gandalf on ancient lore....

So bittersweet.
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:05 am (UTC)
Oh, ouch. We all have those missed chances that we hope to make up for someday. So sad that Boromir won't ever have the chance to spend time with Faramir again. *sobbing*
Dec. 1st, 2015 11:21 am (UTC)
Oh, dear, to think he died before he could see his brother again! Lovely story!
Dec. 1st, 2015 02:46 pm (UTC)
Sometimes my heart just aches for Boromir and for the man and their bright days together his little brother lost...thank you so much for this

Edited at 2015-12-01 02:48 pm (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
What a shame he never had the chance to sit with his brother again.

- Erulisse (one L)
Dec. 5th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
A touching moment -- you've conveyed the love between the brothers well. I like the vivid picture you've given us of these two scenes, and the regret for a lost opportunity.
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