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Title: Waiting
Author: gardnerhill
Word Count: 200
Pairing: None. More of a tripling, really...
Rating: G
Author's Note: A soldier's life is hurry-up-and-wait. So is his death.



WAITING

"Ha!" Merry made one last move with his counter.

Boromir shook his head ruefully and conceded. "I do not think I shall win a single game before your kinsman joins us."

"Not if Pippin lived a hundred more years -- even Frodo lost to me all the time."

"Frodo." Boromir lowered his gaze.

Merry met his eyes as he reset the stone and stick counters in the board drawn in the dust of the Road. "Your Ring-lust and your attack spurred Frodo to go to Mordor alone, when nothing else would. You too have your share in the destruction of that foul thing, son of Gondor."

Boromir nodded and smiled a little. "I am pleased, at least, that my sword lessons brought aid to Minas Tirith and Rohan at their time of greatest need."

"I'm also pleased that your name fits a hobbit very well. Boro Brandybuck is now Master of the Hall."

Their laughter was joined by a high clear voice singing a Gondor march.

"Ah, the King has dismissed him from his service at last. I didn't think he'd live out the month. Now we can start out, and see where this Road will end." Merry stood. "Hullo, Pip!"

Date: 2006-10-17 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] citrine2.livejournal.com
Ooh, I love to read all the different author-interpretations of 'what comes after'. It's sad to see Boromir still feeling remorseful and guilty, but it's nice to know that Merry, Pippin, and Boromir are heading off into the next world together, and nice to see Merry comforting him-even fallen heroes had their part to play. This is (allow me to be twelve;o) rather awesome.

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