The Ides of March: 7. Songs and Sunlight

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7. Songs and Sunlight

Author's Notes: Voltaire said that it's not enough to conquer: one must learn to seduce. Write a story or poem or create artwork where seduction plays a central role.

Songs and Sunlight

The light on her hair made him try when she asked.

The calluses were on the wrong parts of his fingers, and the first few notes when he set them to the strings pushed into the air like marsh birds, all lanky and awkward. She did not seem to notice. Slowly, slowly, as the sweat beaded under the soft linen he was still not accustomed to wearing, his fingers and wrists remembered their placement, his chest echoed the rise and fall of the harp's notes, and he slipped away from his self-consciousness, his self, into the melody and the golden light of afternoon in her hair.

The air around them swirled with a strange kind of power, the kind of power a battle drum wields, that sets a fire in men's hearts, bids them march and break themselves upon the enemy. It was the kind of power that could destroy him, he knew, those parts of him that he had gathered carefully together, piece by piece, on the march home where there had been no more music, no more singing. He would have sung now, if she had asked him. But she only smiled, knowingly. Her hair shone, broader, deeper gold, as if it had caught the music as well as the sunlight.

Something beat over him, like the strokes of great wings. The harp notes faltered, and his fingers fell away. If she noticed, she made no mention of it. She came to him and took up his hand, not minding the calluses, and thanked him for the song.

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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