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23 March 2009 @ 07:03 pm
B2MeM Prompts 8 and 14: Beauty and Seasons  
I'm still behind on B2MeM and I'm starting to wonder if I will ever catch up. :(

Double drabble, Maglor and Maedhros, G.

Fire

“I find it striking.”

Maedhros shot me a disgusted look. “The trees look like they’re on fire. Furthermore, Maglor, the leaves are going to fall off. Winter is death here. The trees only remind me of that.”

He stalked off, heading back inside. I continued standing on the ramparts, leaning against the cool stone in the crisp air, looking over the red and gold forest. I could understand why he felt as he did-- it reminded him of Father, though he would never state it. But to me, Middle-earth felt more real than Valinor. Here, life was precious, for we couldn’t know what would happen next. Father had been right; Valinor had been a cage. Now, even though we were at war and exiled, it was still more freedom than we had in the land of our birth. I could not fault Father for leading us here, though the manner of our departure… That I wished I could change. But there was no going back, only forward.

Forward into the fire of our lives, for though I knew we could not defeat Morgoth, we would willingly die trying, going out in last burst of flame.

Like Father.

Like the trees.
 
 
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surgicalsteelsurgicalsteel on March 23rd, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
The imagery in this is gorgeous!
Independence1776indy1776 on March 23rd, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! One thing about living in FL that I missed about Virginia was the color change. (Dad was in the Navy, so I only lived there for two years.)
surgicalsteelsurgicalsteel on March 23rd, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
That's definitely one of the best parts of living in Maine - the colors are amazing. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, so I'd never seen anything like it before my first autumn in New England.
Independence1776indy1776 on March 24th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm jealous-- one year I'm going to see the color change in New England. Technically, I grew up on the Gulf Coast, too-- the two years we spent in Virginia were the only two years I haven't lived on/by a FL base (except the first two years of my life in CA, which I obviously don't remember)!
Nefretwatersandwilds on March 24th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
I love the parallel between the fall trees and Fëanor -- very beautiful imagery. And I adore Maedhros' curmudgeonly-ness! :D

Those last two lines are just perfect, though.
Independence1776indy1776 on March 24th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
When I started writing, all I knew was the Maglor likes autumn and Maedhros doesn't. It was a surprise to find out *why*.

Thank you!
Nefretwatersandwilds on March 24th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I love it when that happens :P. If only characters were that co-operative all the time ;).
Independence1776indy1776 on March 24th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
If only!
whitewave16: Feany making shinies by Lady Ellethwhitewave16 on March 24th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Feany and fire has almost become synonymous to me. My favorite line is: "Forward into the fire of our lives, for though I knew we could not defeat Morgoth, we would willingly die trying, going out in last burst of flame." I just love your drabbles.
Independence1776indy1776 on March 25th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
That's my favorite line, too. :)

Thank you!
Rhapsody the Bard: Maglorrhapsody11 on March 24th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
And I am behind in reading your ficlets. This one is just stunning: the differences between Maedhros and Maglor are just very striking and their reasons for leaving Aman really speak to me. I had the impression that Maedhros longs for that golden cage and feels so wary. Maglor on the other hand feels like a free spirit (the way I always imagined him) and can just see beauty in almost everything, taking after his father a lot (Maedhros is perhaps a lot like his mom?).
Independence1776: Magicalindy1776 on March 25th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
You have reason to be!

Maedhros may long for it; I don't really know. But I do think he's tired of it all.

*smiles* I think we're going to have to agree to disagree about Fëanor-- I've always seen him as appreciating beauty (what Elf doesn't?) but that he's more practical than anything. In my 'verse, Maedhros takes after him more.
Rhapsody the Bard: Curufinrhapsody11 on March 26th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
I don't see where we're disagreeing about Fëanor actually. I see Maglor appreciating the beauty of Autumn and said he takes after his father like that ;) Whereas Maedhros just seems to be encaged by melancholy.
Independence1776indy1776 on March 27th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Gotcha! :)