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Author; nancylea57
Title:  Post Traumatic in Arnor
Rating: general
Theme:  some like it hot
Element: 206
Summary: An unspecific Gondorian is recuperating in Arnor  after what must have been a rough mission in Harad. 
word count: 206


 

 

Post Traumatic in Arnor

By: nancylea57

 

I walk out of the cave and toward the lake; the sun is just clearing the horizon. The air is crisp and pure, the scent of pine trees heavy in the breeze. Feeling the sweat lift from my skin, I hurry to the pier and dive from the end. Even half a year later, my nine months in Harad haunt me; the touch of sunlight on my skin burns, the very idea of returning to Minas Anor and the long dry streets terrify me; how can I survive without the cool waters of Lake Evendim to purify me? My Lord King is awaiting my return to his service but I still cannot find the courage to dress enough to be in polite society. Just last week I was able to slip on one of the tunics that they leave near the edge of the woods so that I could walk out and greet the rangers who bring me my supplies. A month ago I began to use the linen towels to wrap around my waist when I leave the water, but the act of tying a robe shut can trigger memories and blackouts.

And they say that some like it hot. Arghhhh!

Comments

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virtuella
Jul. 22nd, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
A clothes phobia? Curiouser and curiouser!
nancylea57
Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
clothes phobia? one way to see it, i was angling for he can't face the draping aspect of most clothing; maybe that he had been so badly burned that the touch of fabric causes friction.

thank you for commenting. ps like your friend, is it yours or just a looky loaner?
virtuella
Jul. 23rd, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Who, the snake? That was at the "pet's corner" in Longleat. It was quite heavy!
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nancylea57
Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
i really thought that the scent of pine would be one that you won't associate with harad. and yes most returnees from a war area would agree it was terrible...just some are more open to treatment and care.
shirebound
Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
That lake sounds so lovely. This is a very unique and creative piece!
nancylea57
Jul. 23rd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
doesn't it sound inviting for a summer lull.
claudia603
Jul. 23rd, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
It makes sense that the King would send people to recuperate at the lake! :)
nancylea57
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
i think depending on the severity; a decompression visit might be very helpful to most soldiers and career politicans.
lindahoyland
Jul. 23rd, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I liked this you capture the aftermath of the man's trauma well and his need to be cool.
nancylea57
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
thank you, glad you felt that.
addie71
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
That is beautiful. I could really feel the man's pain.
nancylea57
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
sprinkle with cold water and cuddle with sam and frodo until the pain eases, if it persist we may need to prescribe a dose of faramir and aragorn.

love your babies they is beautiful!
dreamflower02
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Poor man, to be so traumatized that he can't stand clothing! Your description of the lake is lovely.
nancylea57
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
thank you.
rhapsody11
Jul. 23rd, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
Gosh, poor veteran. You capture the trauma of a seasoned soldier so well.
nancylea57
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
i thank you.
foxrafer
Jul. 23rd, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
You can really feel this man's struggles and his lingering fears. Can't help feeling for him and even pulling for him to get better. Lovely and sad piece.
nancylea57
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
yes but he is seeing small advances
blslarner
Jul. 25th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Am glad to see that this odd treatment is indeed apparently the proper therapy for this individual. I can appreciate how he feels!
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