The Ides of March: 17. Cherry Blossom

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17. Cherry Blossom

Author's Notes: A series of word and A.S. Byatt-inspired prompts.

Cherry Blossoms

At last, the air wrapped her in an embrace like a cloak instead of the wool to which she had become accustomed during this valley winter. She walked in the garden and stretched her shoulders, delighting in the play of under-used joints and tendons, the warmth on her arms and hair after days where the closest she came to warmth was tucked up as near the fire as she could without sitting in it or tucked up in bed, curled so tight on her side that she woke with aching knees and a stiff back.

There was looseness in her muscles now and a delightful anticipation. With the warming weather would come messengers, visitors, life and movement the way the Bruinen danced despite the crust of ice still clinging to its banks.

The trees were in bloom, and she carefully picked the tiny, white blossoms from her hair before she stepped back inside, slipping them into her pocket like a secret.

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: Marchwriter

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 2nd Age - Rings

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/12/12

Original Post: 06/07/11

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