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A Vexing Foe by Linaewen

Author: Linaewen
Title: A Vexing Foe
Rating: G
Theme: June Bug
Elements: gnat
Summary: In the course of his journey, Boromir encounters a foe he cannot defeat.
Word Count: 225

A Vexing Foe

The setting sun glowed behind the clouds on the horizon and a faint breeze stirred the vast fields of tall grass.  Boromir raised his head, seeking the breeze to cool his hot face.  He had been trudging across the grassy plain all day, his progress broken only by a few small streams that meandered through the grasslands.  It had been a hot, miserable day, made worse by the clouds of gnats that swarmed above the heads of waving grass, just at face height.  Boromir had been forced to cover his mouth and nose with a spare shirt from his pack to keep the insects from tormenting him, but they continued to plague him in spite of the protection.  These flying insects were a foe he could not defeat.  He sighed in vexation as the lowering sun lit upon a large cloud of the insects just ahead; there was no way forward except through the army of gnats amassed against him.  He had no choice but to face them, and hope that his path would soon take him out of the grass fields to a hill where he could feel wind upon his face once more and be rid of the annoying gnats that continually swarmed about his face.

Boromir tied his shirt more tightly over his nose and mouth, and plunged forward into the cloud.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 7th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
Gnats are a hassle! They do swarm just where they are not wanted.
Jul. 10th, 2016 01:43 am (UTC)
They really do! Even when they don't bite you, they still are very annoying.
Jul. 8th, 2016 12:30 am (UTC)
Sometimes it's the smallest foes -- or smallest allies -- that make the most difference. :)
Jul. 10th, 2016 01:44 am (UTC)
So true! Boromir probably learned that lesson several times over, with both small foes and small allies.
Jul. 8th, 2016 08:22 am (UTC)
Oh I feel for him. They don't bite me but I can get quite hysterical when I have to go through a swarm. Poor Boromir. It's not an enemy you can fight with a sword.

Edited at 2016-07-08 08:22 am (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2016 01:46 am (UTC)
I can imagine that even Boromir felt a bit hysterical after having to walk through swarms all day!
Jul. 9th, 2016 02:36 am (UTC)
I liked this -- it's a vivid set of descriptions. And poor Boromir, that sounds very aggravating. Especially frustrating for Boromir, who wants an enemy that he can fight and see.
Jul. 10th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! Boromir would definitely rather fight an enemy that can be defeated by a weapon. Gnats just have to be endured.
Jul. 9th, 2016 07:16 am (UTC)
Poor fellow. He may not have gone through the Midgewater Marshes with Strider, four Hobbits, and a pony, but he has his own tortures to endure on his own journey to Rivendell.
Jul. 10th, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
I wonder if he would have fared well enough, as he was likely protected in a similar way to Aragorn. Even so, I think it's best to deal with gnats that are simply annoying and not biting, then midges that are both!
Jul. 11th, 2016 03:35 am (UTC)
Gnats are indeed a vexing foe, aren't they? I hate them, too!
Jul. 13th, 2016 11:38 am (UTC)
They sure are -- I ran into some yesterday, literally, and I thought of Boromir's frustration!
Jul. 13th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
Poor Boromir! His sword was no use here!
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