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Just Right by Dana

Author: Dana danae_b
Title: Just Right
Rating: G
Theme: Some like it hot
Elements: 234 words
Author's Notes:
Summary: It's hard recovering one's appetite after long deprivation.
Word Count: 234

Just Right

It was his favourite thing at breakfast, plump hot sausages... most
especially as they'd been fried up with eggs, onions and cheese, fresh crumbling bread with butter and honey, and slivers of summer apples all crisp and cool. It was just enough, and not too much... having only been allowed broth at first, and not even much of that, he'd learned at least one lasting , and knew what he had now was something to savour.

If only he could bring himself to eat.

The broth had been thin, and lacked in flavour, though he'd been told
it was good for him, and would help him build his strength. It was
nothing compared to his mother's cooking, though – oh, what a thing to think! For all he'd done, and what small things he had endured, he felt suddenly like a child. In all his years, he'd never thought his mother's breakfast-scramble would drive him to weep.

So he took a breath. Scrubbed his cheek. Scraped with his fork, and
took a bite.


It was just hot enough, and there was just enough flavour; he
swallowed, blinked, then laughed. 'It's just as I remember.'

'See, I told you,' Estella said, smiling. 'Food still tastes as it ought.'

Fatty nodded. And thus, being the first real breakfast he'd had in at least a year (in truth, it had only been months), Fatty took his time.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
I still love this! And I could almost smell the food cooking.
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Oh, well done. At first I thought it was Frodo, but this was just perfect. I never thought about this particular event, but it must have been quite wonderful for him.
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
I love this! But you had me fooled; I was sure it was Frodo or Sam, lol!
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
I fell into the trap, too. I thought it was Frodo, or maybe Pippin after the troll. I hadn't thought that much about Freddy and the lockholes either. Great job, Dana.
Jul. 21st, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
That's lovely. I can picture it perfectly.
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Oh this little piece is packed with emotions, but not only that, your description of the food made me quite hungry. It reads like a true homecoming piece and it is so wonderfully conveyed.
Jul. 21st, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yummy, I don't normally care much for sausages, but I'd like to try these!
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
This is wonderful! I thought perhaps this was Frodo at first, but it's marvellous that it's about Fatty. For hobbits, nothing is worse than being deprived of good food. He would want to savor that first meal.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
NOW I HAVE TO GO GET A SNACK, even though I know it will not be as delicious as what you've described. I loved how you surprised us w/ Fatty, nice to see him get some attention. :)
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Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
it must be daunting to see the food you have dreamed of and craved so desperately sitting there in front of you and know that this may change forever your memories of them... will they taste as good as you dream?
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Poor Fatty! I hope his full appetite returns soon.
Jul. 25th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Oh--just perfect! Just perfect! Hooray for Estella! Freddy deserves this!
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