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Looking East by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Looking East
Rating: G
Theme: Nostalgia
Elements: yearn; -ing; -ed)
Summary: On Tol Erresëa Frodo yearns for friends of old.
Word Count: 300

Looking East

Frodo sat on a weathered log of driftwood, his arms wrapped around his left knee which was drawn up beneath his chin. It was unusual for him to be on the beach before sunrise, but he found he did not sleep so soundly as he once had now that he no longer had Bilbo's presence sharing their home. His cousin had been ready to leave the circles of the world, but he had exacted a promise from Frodo to wait for Sam.

Yet Frodo would still have waited; it would be too cruel for his friend to arrive on the Blessed Isle and find him already gone. Yet, these days he was filled with a yearning for Sam's company, and for that of Merry and Pippin and many of those he loved who were across the Sundering Sea, but Sam most of all. There was so much he wanted to share.

Gazing East, he watched as the indigo sky began to lighten and the twinkling stars began to fade. The rosy fingers of dawn heralded Anor's rising, plumes of lavender clouds streaked across bands of pink and pale yellow. She rode slowly higher, and soon it was full day. He supposed he should go back to the house and have a bit of tea and toast for first breakfast, but he did not fancy eating alone. He missed Bilbo's morning chatter.

He heard the swish of bare feet in the sand and turned to see Lady Celebrian standing behind him with a tray in her hands and a smile in her eyes. "Good morning, Frodo. I thought perhaps you could use some tea and company?"

He breathed in the scent of mint tea and honeycakes and smiled. The friends of now were beloved, too. He could wait. Sam was coming.


( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:57 am (UTC)
Oh Dreamflower, that's exquisite! The sunrise was so vividly described, I could just see it...I am so glad Celebrian could be there for Frodo. I'm sure Sam will come soon!

*hugs Frodo and Dreamflower*

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
Well, this is based in my "Ancestress" universe, and Celebrian became a very close friend to Frodo in his time there. Elrond was always closer to Bilbo, though he loved Frodo dearly as well, but I think Celebrian found Frodo to be a kindred spirit.
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:20 am (UTC)
I thought it was! I was half expecting Mirime to turn up instead of Celebrian, but Celebrian is just as welcome. :)

Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:48 am (UTC)
I considered bringing Mirime/Adamanta in, but decided not to confuse readers who might not be familiar with that story.
Dec. 3rd, 2015 05:52 am (UTC)
That's a good point :)

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:35 am (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:48 am (UTC)
*Hands you a virtual hankie*
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:20 am (UTC)
The wait would not have always been easy, but much easier with friends. Somehow, I imagine Celebrian resembling Galadriel very much at that moment (or perhaps I mean Cate Blanchett, barefoot on the beach, with a tray in her hands!).
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)
Yes, I think in her kindness, Celebrian would have very much taken after her mother.
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:27 am (UTC)
Oh, so very sweet! I love the realization that there are friends from now as well as those from then, and that each is comforting as well as worth cultivating. Lovely!
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
Well, you can probably tell this is set in my "Ancestress" universe. Frodo has made a number of friends there, and though he may pine for those of his friends he grew up with, he knows he's well-loved in Elrond's household, just as Bilbo was.
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:57 am (UTC)
What a lovely scene: a little hobbit on the beach at dawn, looking out and hoping that he'll see Sam someday soon. And I love that Celebrian senses that he could use some company.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
Yes, she's quite fond of Frodo, and in my 'verse, he's been living in her and Elrond's home for many years. She would indeed sense his loneliness.
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
It couldn't have been easy for him to live there without Bilbo and Sam. Very nice!
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
It wasn't; but he had many other friends to ease his loneliness there.
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:13 pm (UTC)
This was as gentle as I think this beloved hobbit needed for his healing. I loved the rhythm you had underlying this, as constant as the waves lapping the shore.

- Erulisse (one L)
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I wanted to capture the peacefulness of a beach at dawn.
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC)
He heard the swish of bare feet in the sand and turned to see Lady Celebrian standing behind him with a tray in her hands and a smile in her eyes.

Ohhh, I love that. You know how much I yearn for the hobbits to be loved and comforted, wherever they find themselves.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
Yes. Frodo doesn't lack for those who love him there: Gandalf, Elrond, Celebrian, Galadriel, and many others who have come to know him over the years (and in my 'verse, of course, there's his "grandmother").
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
That must have been hard on Frodo, to have Bilbo gone and to be stuck waiting for Sam! At least Celebrian was there to help him when he missed his friends and loved ones.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:56 am (UTC)
I think it was very hard; but at least he had many other friends to comfort him in his loneliness.
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Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! My Frodo never doubts Sam's eventual arrival.
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
What a lovely story! A wonderful little scene - I especially love your description of the sunrise.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! I loved that imagery, but was prepared to cut it for word count if I had to. I was so pleased that this story came in 4 words UNDER, so I only had to add a few words instead of cutting them as I usually do.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
This is excellent. You really set a mood with Frodo's vigil and the beautiful imagery of gazing out to sea while the light changes from early dawn to daylight. It's so touching to imagine Frodo waiting so faithfully for Sam, never knowing exactly when he would be coming. I love that Celebrian is taking such good care of him too. A very touching, but also uplifting, drabble.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! With nostalgia as the theme, I knew that if I wasn't careful, it could be a downer. I was so glad to find a way to end on a note of hopefulness.
Dec. 4th, 2015 04:22 am (UTC)
This was so beautifully written. I liked your description, i liked how you used the prompt and i liked the last bit of hope you had at the end.
Awesome job! :)
Dec. 5th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
Beautiful descriptions here! I feel like I can see the scene very clearly. I like the way you've made it both melancholy and hopeful.
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