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Elf-Writing, Part 1 by Celeritas

Author: Celeritas
Title: Elf-Writing, Part 1
Rating: PG
Theme: Out on a Limb
Elements: Beech
Author's Notes: The two parts of this story are technically a fusion between the two challenges I regretfully missed this year.  This one I signed up for but didn't get the inspiration for until last night, when I found the etymological connection between "beech" and "book"...
Summary: A young boy on the run takes a risk to save something important.
Word Count: 266
Elf-Writing
 
1. September 22, 1929 F.A.

He had only borrowed the book, he told himself at the time. He was planning on returning it, so it couldn’t have been theft. And besides, Teacher wanted him to learn how to read better, so Teacher couldn’t have minded.

But there was no school anymore, and no Teacher anymore, so he couldn’t return it. That’s why he was running.

But the Scary Folk running after him had longer legs. He didn’t know what they could want with him, but he’d seen what they’d done to the school, and Mummy and Daddy had hidden Home well and he knew if he came Home the Scary Folk would come Home, too.

He found a beech tree, with a big crack running down its bole. It had kept him safe once, when there were Dogs loose. Maybe this time…

He paused. He could hear footsteps behind him. Staying any longer was risky, but he knew they’d catch him if he kept running.

The crack was too big for him now. He should keep running. But all the other books were gone now, and the Scary Folk didn’t care for them. In a moment of decision he slipped the book into the crack.

He should keep running. But what if the book was lost in there forever? That wouldn’t do either! He drew his knife, and jabbed his initials into one root. He could see a form coming at him through the trees. Time was running out.

But if he was caught the book was safe and maybe someone would find it.

He ran.

Comments

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dreamflower02
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Goodness! The implications of what this reveals about this time in the F.A. is really quite frightening. You get across the hints of things gone dreadfully wrong, without really telling us what-- and you stay right inside the running lad's head.
labourslamp
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I have some ideas for what specifically might have gone wrong, but I think in this case leaving it up to the reader's imagination is a lot more dreadful.

Remind me to never, ever write this fic, or if I do, to at least take on a fluff project at the same time.
leianora
Jan. 26th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Never, ever write this fic! I have been thinking that it was Eldarion and that Aragorn would be hurt or dead or... aaaaaa! Not going to think about it anymore! Off to read a Shirebound fic.
labourslamp
Jan. 26th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Can't be; this is set almost 2000 years into the Fourth Age. Plenty of creepy possibilities, but that isn't one of them.

Pleased to have elicited such an emotional reaction, though!
2milkteas
Jan. 29th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
wow! Very intense and I hope desperately that he got away. Wonderful! I was enthralled by the piece.
labourslamp
Jan. 29th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope that he got away, too, but I honestly don't know if he did. And the piece is probably better like this as it reflects the forgotten tales of millions of people in the past.
blslarner
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:51 am (UTC)
Ooh! And his parents could hide Home? Most interesting! So glad he saved the book! Now to read the next part and find the fuller context.
labourslamp
Jan. 30th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Being able to hide Home might be a clue for some more context as to who this boy is... and possibly why he's on the run (but you've probably figured both of these out already, especially since you've read Part 2). Glad you found this interesting!
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
This was truly scary! I hope he escaped!
labourslamp
Jan. 31st, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope he escaped, too!
mrowe
Jan. 31st, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Eep! I can only add my hope that he got away...
wendwriter
Jan. 31st, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Brilliant - I was right there with the kid - but who was he running from?

Great stuff!
labourslamp
Jan. 31st, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
If I manage to return to this time period, I might be able to let more information slip... unfortunately that would involve a lot of very, very upset/sad readers!
labourslamp
Jan. 31st, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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