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Death and Life by Golden

Author: Golden
Title: Death and Life
Rating: PG (for mentions of killing)
Theme: The Ides of March
Elements: Starter sentences: It was the noise that was the biggest surprise.
Author's Notes: Beta by Dreamflower 
Summary: Beregond considers his actions at the hallows
Word Count: 380


It was the noise that was the biggest surprise. My sword had cut through the skin of men before, but never have I taken away the life of a friend.

He gurgled, he gasped, he fell with a thud limply to the ground.

I stood there stunned for a moment, staring down at the dead man lying upon the cold stones, observing how hot blood still painted the white floor red.

He had a son and a daughter, nearly the same age as my own children, Bergil and Borlas.

My head was spinning. Since Pippin had come to me, since he said, that I had to decide between my orders and Faramir I knew my life would not be like it was before, no matter what decision I made. I knelt down, searching in Minatan´s coat for the key, which I needed to get to Faramir. When my fist closed around the wanted item I also closed my eyes and begged the man´s forgiveness, before storming away.


It was the noise that was the biggest surprise. I had already heard many noises during the siege. People screaming in pain, people praying, people gasping for air and people giving a last sigh before death took them away, but this silent noise, between all the others, was new and hopeful.

Faramir breathed in deeply the scent of the leaves, which this man, whom I had not met before, but that I felt obliged to from the first moment, had send me to fetch for him.

With every taken breath life returned into Faramirs body and the shadow of death slowly left his features.

The man turned to my father. “What is your name?”

“Beregond, Sire” answered my father.

“The Lord Faramir is out of danger now, Beregond, but I want you to take care of him, till I return.” My father nodded and the man smiled, before leaving to go to the beautiful lady and Pippin´s friend, who had also been brought from the battlefields earlier.

The End


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 16th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, Golden--such a proper contrast. Alas for Minatan's death, and that he felt it necessary to oppose Beregond's mission so! And alas that Beregond had to kill one he'd ever considered a friend. But as a result Faramir had the chance at least to recover.

Beautiful imagery.
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
This was an excellent story and I love the way you explore Beregond's feelings.
Mar. 17th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
I really do like what you did with your prompts, dear! And an excellent use of your story starter!

I do think that it would have meant the world to Beregond to know that the man he sacrificed his honor for would live.
Mar. 17th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Having to kill someone you know: worst thing ever. *chills*

And the lack of noise/noise in the second response was fascinating and masterfully done!

Thank you!
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Few would argue that Beregond didn't make the right choice, but it certainly can't have been easy for him to apparently cast aside all bonds of word and honour and raise his sword against his fellows. And the contrast with the second part is great.
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my, Golden, this was beautifully written!
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