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Author: Dreamflower
Title: Heat Waves and Hobbit Wishes
Rating: G
Theme: Some like it hot
Elements: 333 words for a Fixed-Length-Ficlet
Author's Notes: This story came in at 491 words. I had to cut 158 words.
Summary: Minas Tirith is really hot in the summer; Pippin has a plan
Word Count: 333

Heat Waves and Hobbit Wishes

"My lord Steward?"

Faramir looked up at the Citadel's chamberlain, who appeared anxious.

"Yes, Ondahil? Is there a problem?"

"I am not certain, Lord Faramir. The Ernil i Pheriannath made a request of me..." His voice trailed off at the Steward's direct look.

Faramir shook his head. Ondahil was aware of the King's orders regarding the hobbits' wishes. "Is it unreasonable?"

"No, but it is unusual."

Faramir used a tactic favoured by his late father, staring at Ondahil until he explained. Faramir smiled. "So long as it inconveniences no one else, make it so."

Pippin found the other hobbits in the front room of the guesthouse.

Merry tugged at the collar of his shirt. "It's sweltering."

"Well, there's naught to be done about it, Mr. Merry," said Sam.

Frodo sighed. He too found the heat oppressive. The last few days had been miserable, and it was not yet Midsummer!

"Remember that cove in Buckland, where you taught me to swim, Frodo?" Merry added wistfully.

"Are you still going on about the heat?" Pippin entered, his face red, his curls plastered with sweat. "I've something to take your minds off the heat. Come with me to the Citadel? I want to show you something."

Although his companions grumbled, they were not proof against his coaxing. Soon the four were on their way up to the Citadel.

Pippin led them to the bathing rooms.

Frodo said "I agree that we are a rather smelly lot, but I can't see taking a hot bath now."

Pippin grinned, shedding his clothes, dove into the center of the bathing pool. His entry splashed the others.

"The water's cool!" exclaimed Merry.

Soon the three cousins were swimming about joyfully in the cool water, while even Sam sat on the step, up to his shoulders in cool water.

"I thought you loved 'water hot'", laughed Merry as he splashed Pippin.

"I like it hot, but I like it cold as well," crowed Pippin, as he dunked his cousin.


( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
What a delightful picture that makes!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
It does, doesn't it! It just seemed the best way to cool off our hobbits during a heat wave.*grin*
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
All four of them splashing and enjoying themselves! Love it.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
*grin* I'm glad you liked it! It's a fun scene to imagine!
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
This is such a sweet story. That Pippin is the clever one.:) I love it.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
He is clever, and I think, the only one cheeky enough to ask! Even if the others had thought of it, they would not have wanted to put anyone to any trouble. Pip just figured it wasn't *that* much trouble to put cool water instead of hot in the bath!
Jul. 21st, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
There's something about imagining the hobbits hanging out in Minas Tirith that makes me smile. And this is a delightful picture. Lovely.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I know! I love stories set during that time between Cormallen and going home! We get such a lovely gap there to fill!
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Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear! It must have been so much hotter there than in the Shire-- swimming would have been a treat!
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh and let's hope they start a new and wonderful trend in Minas Tirith: swimming pools! What a wonderful short fic Dreamflower.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Could very well be! Wouldn't that be nifty?
Jul. 21st, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I want to splash, too.
The staring tactic is worthy of Lord Vetinari, hehehe!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I think swimming and hot days just really go together!

As for the staring, I think there are some people for whom that tactic works really well. And Faramir would be one of them.

Edited at 2009-07-23 02:00 pm (UTC)
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
LOL, how sensible! :)) Nice ficlet!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *grin*
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
The hobbits make an unusual request? Nooooo! ;P This is such fun! And even Sam joined in! Once word gets out, they may well have more company. ;)
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
It's quite possible! Although a bath that's big enough for four small hobbits to swim in might get a little crowded if the Big Folk show up! LOL!

And I could see Sam just sitting on the step, enjoying the cool water and the sight of Frodo having fun.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)

Ooo! What a perfect fic for a miserably hot day. Hooray for Pippin!

Thank you
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, trust Pippin to think of replacing the hot water in the bath with cold! (Even if it did fluster the chamberlain a bit!)
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Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it, but I think the story you came up with was brilliant!
Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
you must have one to apprecitate the other. i have visions of them finding chunks of ice floating about.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, now *that* would be funny!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
This kept me in suspense, although I had suspicions that a cool bath might be involved. There's nothing like swimming in cool water with friends on a hot day!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, I had a whole scene of Merry reminiscing about swimming in the Brandywine I had to cut to get my word count down!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
That was fun!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thanks!
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
I so love the idea of Faramir using his father's expression in order to intimidate the disturbed servant into doing as asked by Pippin. And this must have felt so good to the Hobbits! Yes!
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