18. R - In Character (Radagast, Gandalf)
Prompt - R like a Radiant Radagast
Radagast, sitting amidst his favorite creatures in a shaded glen, became aware of slightly disapproving scrutiny from the visage of an old man dressed in grey.
"You have not yet grasped the spirit of what we are attempting here, have you, my friend?"
Radagast smoothed the feathers on the robin perched on his finger. "Do you say that, Olorin, because I prefer the company of these creations to that of either the first or second born children? Surely we have been commanded to move all living things of good will to valiant deeds."
The robin cheeped an agreement.
"Are these," he gestured to the birds, the fox cub hesitating at the edge of the clearing as if he would not be welcomed by the great brindled mastiff who lay panting on Radagast's feet, "not creatures of good will?"
"Of course they are. That is not what I meant."
"Between you and Curunír, the children are well cared for and the Ents – marvelous, are they not? – care for the plants and the trees. And old Tom, of course…"
"Radagast," Olorin began.
"Do you not find that the animals here are more in tune with us than were the ones in Aman? Much more intelligent and independent, I think. They need a protector. Why this little fellow here…"
"Radagast!" The exasperation in Olorin's voice finally brought Radagast to a halt. "Did we not agree to remain in the likeness of old Men?"
"Yes, yes." Radagast said. "See. A hand, fingers. Everything as it should be." He held out the hand with the robin still perched on it, and with a touch of chagrin noticed a bright radiance coruscating not only through the brown robes that clothed his arm, but also through his pale and delicate skin, and along his long, shapely fingers.
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