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Dead Leaves and Beetles, by Zdenka

Author: Zdenka
Title: Dead Leaves and Beetles
Rating: G
Theme: June Bug
Elements: Beetle
Summary: Even before their fatal quarrel, Saeros is exasperated by Túrin's lack of grooming.
Word Count: 300


It was one of Túrin’s rare appearances at the King’s table in Menegroth. Saeros looked down the hall and frowned at Túrin’s unkempt appearance. “Will no one teach this mortal how to behave?” he said to those nearby. “It is an insult to the King, to attend his feasts in an old, dirty cloak and with mud on his boots.” Some things could be excused in one who came from the wild north, but Túrin had come to Doriath as a child, and Saeros thought he should have learned better by now.

“He is one of Beleg’s march-wardens,” one of the other counsellors said peaceably, “and like Beleg himself, they often prefer the wilderness to the King’s halls. If their manners are also a little wild, their hand is deadly against our foes.”

Saeros sniffed. “Beleg,” he said, “may choose to crown his head with a living garland rather than a circlet of gold and gems, but he does not sit at the King’s table with dead leaves caught in his hair!”

They all glanced at Túrin involuntarily. He was staring gloomily into his plate and poking at his food rather than eating it.

“Look at him,” Saeros said scornfully. “You would think someone had served him worms and beetles, rather than the finest dishes from Thingol’s kitchens. Though he may grub under a log for beetles when he is in the wild, for all I know!”

One of his cousins wrinkled her nose. “Enough, Saeros. This talk of beetles is ruining my appetite.”

“It ruins my appetite to look at him,” Saeros retorted.

“Then turn your head the other way! The rest of us wish to eat in peace.”

Saeros cast one more disapproving look toward Túrin, who seemed not to notice. “He could at least comb his hair.”

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blslarner
Jul. 7th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, how apt a picture your words paint here, and good use of your prompt! Well, well done!
lignota
Jul. 9th, 2016 02:37 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it!
dreamflower02
Jul. 7th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
Túrin is perfectly characterized in this; so is Saeros.
lignota
Jul. 9th, 2016 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!
hhimring
Jul. 8th, 2016 07:34 am (UTC)
Yes, it seems quite likely that this sort of thing had been going on a while and that Turin didn't even notice until Saeros insulted his mother and sister!
It's a pity that the others don't shut Saeros up more firmly before he takes things too far for his own good.
lignota
Jul. 9th, 2016 02:39 am (UTC)
It is indeed, though from his reaction to Mablung I'm afraid Saeros still might not have listened. I'm glad it seems plausible to you.
lin4gondor
Jul. 10th, 2016 01:05 am (UTC)
This scene fits their two characters so well. I can imagine there were many times like this, with Saeros annoyed at Turin for whatever reason, and making sure everyone else knows about it!
lignota
Jul. 10th, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad it seems plausible.
silver_trails
Jul. 11th, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
Very nice! They are both very much in character.
lignota
Jul. 11th, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
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