63. Risks and Benefits (Finduilas)
For the 2007 Faramir Creation Day Challenge at the Henneth Annun Yahoo Group.
Risks and Benefits
Finduilas fingered the string of tri-colored undistinguished beads. She never deigned to move the marker, but, as Denethor insisted, her maids faithfully advanced it one bead a day. Her husband had come home from a summer-long absence and it rested two days into the white forbidden time. She gritted her teeth. Another ten days before Denethor would trust himself to share her bed. Finduilas lusted for his lean, strong body and the touch of his lips. The risks were not unwelcome: another miscarriage, or another child to suckle at her breast. She pushed back the marker three beads, then another.
A/N – I have no idea how Gondorians managed birth control, but perhaps their "wise and skilled healers" could have come up with something like this: Cycle Beads
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