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25 March 2009 @ 09:24 pm
B2MeM Prompt 25: Memories of Childhood  
Happy Gondorian New Year!

Drabble; Elrond, Elros, and Elwing; G.

Background: I'm a Navy brat. Multiple times during my childhood, Dad spent months away at sea (including traveling around the world) or across the country at his new station while my twin sister and I finished up the school year, or while he looked for a house. These seperations are some of my worst memories.


“When is Father coming home?”

I looked at Mother, who was standing next to me on the wooden dock as we watched a fishing vessel coming into port. Elros stuck his left thumb in his mouth. Mother sighed and knelt down, pulling us against her.

“He’s looking for a way to protect us all, Elrond. If he reaches Valinor, we won’t have to hide here anymore.”

“But you didn’t answer me.”

“I don’t know.”

She hugged us and stood up, taking our hands and leading us away from the water. I looked over my shoulder, wishing Father’s ship would appear.
surgicalsteelsurgicalsteel on March 26th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
Oh, this was well done - yes, they'd certainly miss their father, and with him away at sea, his comings and goings might be extremely unpredictable.
Independence1776indy1776 on March 27th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! Unpredictable is the best word, but I'm not even sure if they saw Eärendil at all. (Canon's rather vague on it.)
whitewave16: Nerdanel & Ambarussa by Lintalomewhitewave16 on March 26th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Oh poor little ones. Very nicely done.
Independence1776indy1776 on March 27th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
pandemonium_213: Curufinpandemonium_213 on March 27th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Definitely tugs at the heart strings. Reading between the lines in The Silm, it's reasonable to assume, I think, that Eärendil was often at sea and thus absent from his sons' lives. This drabble is a wonderful example of the intercalation of real experience into fiction.

Btw, I'm quite enjoying what you sent along. :^)
Independence1776indy1776 on March 27th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. As for the Silm, it could even be read that Eärendil left on just one voyage and didn't return. Very complicated, very messy, and far too heartrending.

*grins and wipes forehead* Glad to hear that it isn't too bad. Sending it out is one of the worst parts of writing…
Nefretwatersandwilds on March 28th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Very poignant -- and utterly adorable. :) I love it.
Independence1776indy1776 on March 28th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D