Five Minus Two Equals...: 3. The Bad Place

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3. The Bad Place

Walking the corridors of the temple, I feel something I have not felt for centuries- fear.

Whatever evil it is that dwells in these loathsome halls has twisted even the music of Creation to its own ends, warping reality into horrible, horrendous parody. Hideous faces leer at me from the walls, hideous, hateful faces that twist and shift even in the unfaltering light of my staff, faces that should not be, faces that cannot be.

"This is a bad place."

My brother shoots me a glance as I mutter under my breath and I pretend I do not see it, but although I can ignore his gestures I cannot ignore his words.

"We could always have waited, brother."

I turn and look back at him, his cool grey gaze the one thing unwavering in this monstrous place.

"We could have, brother, but it would have been too late."

He shrugs.

"Then onwards we must go, must we not?"

I cannot answer, cannot meet his gaze. I know he is right, but this place...

"Be it bad place or not."

I finally meet his gaze, and see tears sparkling there.

My decision is made for me there and then and I nod, though it pains me to do so.

Always he has been the one with words when I have faltered in my deeds.

Onwards we press into the temple, my fear mastered...

...for now.


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: Aruthir

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 04/05/14

Original Post: 04/03/13

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