Aearwen's Little Bits: 106. Waste

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106. Waste

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It wasn't fair, thought the former Master of Laketown as his hands caressed the leather of one of the two bags that held the golden coins.  That one thudded against his chest with one step, while the other banged into his back with the next in a rhythm that had him lurching, not walking.  Still, knowing they were close was both a relief and a frustration, as was the idea that such riches could be so easily within reach, and yet so useless in providing for his ease.

The corpse of his pony lay just far enough behind that he need not be bothered with the blowflies or the carrion birds.  But the thong that held the gold bags pendant over his shoulder was a painful bond indeed, and he rued the loss of the miserable beast he'd taken to speed his flight in the night.  He should have stolen a better steed!

This third day of his attempt to cross the Wastes promised to be as hot as the previous one, and his steps came slowly and dragged more and more as the merciless sun beat down on him.  All it took was a stone the same color as the sand, invisible to eyes burning from the sweat that dripped into them constantly, to have him fall face down in the dust. 

The Master raised his head to look with longing at the shimmer of water less than a hundred paces away.  It was an illusion, he knew now, one he had been chasing for hours. 

He struggled to regain his feet, but found that the only way he could actually rise was if he left behind the heavy bags of gold where they had fallen.

He fell once more only a few minutes later, and never rose again. 

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Aeärwen

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 09/03/11

Original Post: 11/08/08

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