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07 October 2009 @ 11:46 pm
Happy birthday alex_s9 ! I hope it is filled with gifts and cake and excellence!

And happy birthday dearest
vaysh , </span>it was such a joy to meet you last year and I wanted to write you something good, but am still, er, writing you something else for that other thing which you are kindly not nagging me about. So, if you can, forgive me for the following.

In the first decades that followed, Sam would sometimes travel out of the Shire. Never for long, you couldn't trust anyone with the cabbages, and there was an awful trend towards powdery mildew with the roses near the back of the house, where the elm had grown out to shade them. But Rosie and the children knew how to mix up a milk and chamomile spray, and Elanor and little Bilbo loved nothing more than to string elaborate nets to guard the veg against moths.

So he would travel.

He rode through the woods of Ithilien, where Legolas had raised trees that laced their branches through the sky. They sat under those branches at night and listened to the leaves as they spoke to each other. And he found peace there.

He walked through the Glittering Caves, and listened to their lord describe eleven different types of quartz. And then Gimli brought out good mead and better songs and they laughed through several days. And he found cheer there.

Finally he made his way to Minas Tirith, and sat in the hall of Elessar.

'Samwise Gardner,' the king said, sitting beside him. And the man who had once been a Ranger passed a plate of fruit to Sam and his daughters sang in the hall, and the old comrades listened and did not speak, because they did not need to say anything.

On the third day of his visit, they walked through the city, and after a little while, Sam recognised his surroundings. 'This is where Mr Frodo rested after Mordor!' he exclaimed.

'Yes, and where you sat watching over him,' said Elessar, smiling to himself.

'I knew he'd be all right,' Sam assured him.

'He had your love to see him through.'

'That he did, Mister Aragon.'

They walked together through the White City's streets for some half hour before Sam spoke again.

'It was never what you think, you know.'

'I think it was a close and loving friendship, Sam.'

'Well, yes, yes it was that. But not the other. He snored something terrible, you know. And under that nice hair, his feet had shocking bunions.'

Elessar did not laugh. For ten minutes, he did not laugh. Sam appreciated this. After ten minutes, the king cleared his throat. 'But Merry and Pippin?' he asked.

'Oh yes,' said Sam. 'Like rabbits.'

AutumnHearti_autumnheart on October 7th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Elessar showed inhuman restraint, which is no doubt a gift only available to one of his ancient heritage. I certainly laughed!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 7th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
That is because you are kindly indulgent of all my worst jokes :-)
lllazlllonglllazlllong on October 7th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
'But Merry and Pippin?' he asked.

'Oh yes,' said Sam. 'Like rabbits.'

They understand each other perfectly:D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 7th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's that Fellowship bond ;-)
libby_drew on October 7th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
You lie, Sam! And not about Merry and Pippin either.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 7th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
THE BUNIONS, Sansa! I mean, I won't pretend there weren't times. Whole moments, even, Perhaps several years spent hoping, pining ... but one look at those bunions and, well, let's just say that Rosie Cotton has beautifully neat feet and works hard to keep them that way.
Seshetasesheta_66 on October 7th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)

Love it!!!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 9th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear! I finished something! Yay!
silent hallucination: himitsualex_s9 on October 7th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the wishes!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 9th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
I hope you had a splendid day!
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on October 9th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I cleaned the bathroom! But worry not, I really enjoyed. The party's tomorrow.
Shivshiv5468 on October 7th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 9th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
The minute I wondered if I had it in me to write LoTR fic, it popped into my head whole and complete. I worry about my head.
snottygrrl on October 7th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
i totally ♥ you
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 9th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
It's mutual!
some kind of snark faeryshyfoxling on October 7th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 9th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
I decided it was all right to be cheap if one could do so with mild amusement ;-)
wemysswemyss on October 7th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Under the circs, I can only say...
... Crikey.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 9th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
Re: Under the circs, I can only say...
I didn't say it would be good, only that it was a gift!
Ali: Sendhilalicambs on October 7th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
snigger. :-)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 9th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
I know I should be finishing serious things. Alas ...
Pureblood Princess: elessarraitala on October 7th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
perfect! :)
Welcome to Ant Countryant_queen on October 7th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
'Oh yes,' said Sam. 'Like rabbits.'

I just spurted coffee all over the keyboard, thanks.
absdax: Jack Giggleabsdax on October 8th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
hehehe! fantastic!

am giggling like a maniac!first LotR fic i read in 4 years! LOL!

love that last line!!!
anna_wing on October 8th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
Oh, brilliant. And such nice characterisations of everyone!
Kareinakareina on October 8th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
Thank you, that was fablous!
pingridpingrid on October 8th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hahah! :D *makes rabbit noise* *realises rabbits maybe don't make any noise, so what was that one then?* *decides this is the internet and I can make up rabbit noises if I want to*
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on October 9th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
re: bunions
Brammers!! I *cough* just *cough* realised that you wrote LotR fanfic. For my birthday!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ It's a wonderful vision of Sam travelling to visit all the members of the Fellowship who are still in Middle-Earth. On that other thing, well, I'm all with Sansa on that one. As you well know. :) And on that other, other thing - no worries. It's done when it's done. Thank you, my sweet!


drgaellon on October 16th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Your mind, it is a terrible and wonderful place. I ♥ YOU.