8. There and Back Again - Ang's birthday drabble
"Lot Forty; four handsome dining chairs - "
Consternation in the noontime crowd. The red-faced Mister Grubb breaks off, open-mouthed, as astonished murmurs follow an indignant hobbit elbowing his way through the throng.
"Mister Bilbo!" an eager voice exclaims. "I knew you wasn't dead - "
"Dead?" retorts the late arrival. "Been away, vanquished a dragon, and back to tell the tale! Sackville-Bagginses bought up all my silver at bargain prices, have they?" He snorts. "Remember, Hamfast my lad: it does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near one."
He glances meaningfully at Lobelia, and winks.
"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him" - JRRT, The Hobbit, Chapter 12 (Inside Information)
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