Ashen faced, he listens, hears the twisted mouth as it savors the news. Théodred is dead. Behind my ailing monarch stands his slender support.
The tender shoot holds the promise of life—if only ...
One quick thrust...pale flesh squirms on my dagger point. Repulsed, I grind it under a booted heel.
Heavy lidded eyes flick o'er his onetime master, seeking fresher sustenance.
I reach for the redeeming blade ...
'...another Worm for killing ...'
There are several references in The King of the Golden Hall: Chapter VI of LotR: TTT: Book Three which provided inspiration for this. There is also the account given me by a friend, who cares pasionately about the trees on his property, of a rather nasty parasitic worm that bores its way into the trunk of a tree, eventually killing everything above it. He wishes it was so readily disposed of.
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