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Four hours after I awoke, I learned that my father was dead.  I knew that I should weep, but no tears came, only shock that the world no longer held my closest kin within it.  That world was gone forever.

I turned my head to the window and beheld the returned sun.  I remembered that our King had come back and guided me out of the darkness.  A Northern stranger had renewed my life and given me what my father could not - hope.  I pushed my grief aside, and clung tightly to that hope, and so could sleep again.


Four days after I awoke, I overheard not only word of the true nature of my father's death, but of the death he had ordered for me.  Grief and anger warred within me.

Heartsick, I fled my chamber. I wandered the Houses of Healing, combed its library shelves. But for once, no scroll or tome could ease my unrest.

I finally entered the garden.  I walked awhile, then stood still, savoring the sun's welcome touch.  And in the next moment, I saw the White Lady for the first time; and my heart forgot its sickness and sought to allay hers.


Four months after my awakening, I greeted my lady's brother on his return to Minas Tirith.

I showed Éomer the chambers where Éowyn would one day live with me.  Aided by my kinswoman Lothíriel, I had begun to have the most dreary furnishings removed from the Steward's quarters.  'Twas important, my cousin counseled, for a young woman's comfort in a new dwelling, to have her own possessions at hand.

I suddenly wondered what my father would think of his bedchamber wall being adorned by the armor of my Rohirric bride.  And just as suddenly, I realized I did not care.

 


Four years have passed since I woke to a changed world.  I now hold lordship and land and the King's friendship.  And even dearer dreams are fulfilled in my wife and our son.

Elboron spoke his first word today.  He called out "Adar!".  I praised him and kissed his soft baby cheek, even as I was assailed by sorrow.  For I remembered the bitter hour when I had last called the twenty-sixth Steward Adar, and then our bleak, final leave-taking.

Grief returned, like a torrent of spring rain.  At last, as I held my son, I wept for my father.

 

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Story Information

Author: Raksha

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 10/03/06

Original Post: 09/23/06

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nrink nrink - 04 Oct 06 - 6:42 PM

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Hi Raksha,

Wow, four lovely drabbles! I like the symmetry of the four taken together, and to me, the last is the best.

nrink

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laureleaf - 15 Oct 06 - 7:52 PM

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That was a beautiful way to show how grief always runs its own course...time is irrelivant to the ability to face, cope with, then finally let go.

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Agape4Gondor - 22 Nov 06 - 7:24 PM

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Raksha,

I really loved this little 4-parter. The last two were difficult to read.... one for the lie he told himself... and one for the truth revealed.

Thank you.

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Imhiriel - 07 May 07 - 12:17 AM

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I can't remember if I ever commented on this, but I just re-read it and it's still as beautiful and poignant as when I first read it.

I like the progression of time - such an original concept, and it fits so well into the canon chronology and the development of your story and Faramir's coming-to-terms with his father and the grief over his death.

Imhiriel

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Raksha The Demon - 24 May 07 - 9:24 AM

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Ch. 1: Marking Fours

I can't remember if I ever commented on this, but I just re-read it and it's still as beautiful and poignant as when I first read it.

I like the progression of time - such an original concept, and it fits so well into the canon chronology and the development of your story and Faramir's coming-to-terms with his father and the grief over his death.

Imhiriel

Thanx much, Imhiriel.  I think the anguish over not only his father's death but Denethor's last deeds, would have been too great for Faramir to really process in a few days or weeks, especially since he almost immediately would have had pressing duties to perform as well as having to deal with Eowyn.  Denethor's actions in ROTK regarding Faramir would probably have taken his son many years to understand, if indeed he ever could completely understand them, but he at least could finally grieve for his father.

I'm glad you liked the piece!

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Elena Tiriel - 28 Jul 07 - 5:02 PM

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Oh, my, Raksha!

What a breathtakingly powerful series of vignettes.

I was so relieved when Faramir was finally able to mourn... and it brought tears to my eyes, too.

Beautifully done!

- Barbara


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