Today at the drugstore...
stillhouse
dbalthasar
My insurance is making me switch drugstores to get my prescriptions covered, so I decided to take care of that this morning. As I was standing in line to talk to the pharmacist, I realized that a small girl - maybe 4? I'm a terrible judge of age at that size - was staring disapprovingly at me. Our eyes met, and she said, quite distinctly, "Hair's not supposed to be purple."

"Mine is," I said cheerfully. "I did it entirely on purpose."

Her mother was mortified. (Though I hope I made it clear I wasn't offended.)

Small people have large opinions.
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Speaking Ill of the Dead
stillhouse
dbalthasar
Yes, Antonin Scalia is dead, and his death comes with timing that makes one side-eye the gods' sense of humor. And the usual things are being said on all sides, including people complaining that "speaking ill of the dead" is archaic and doesn't apply to really bad people and anyway those people are dead and can't be offended anyway.

To speak ill of the dead doesn't affect the dead. It affects their already-hurting kin, their friends and families, whose feelings about the deceased may be as complicated as anyone's, but are overlaid by the shock and grief and all the complexities that come with losing someone to an apparently utterly unanticipated death.

We don't speak ill of the dead at least in these first few hours and perhaps even days so as not to hurt people who are already raw and hurting. We don't speak ill of the dead so as not to be cruel ourselves. Surely we can manage that.
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Fic: Aftershocks
thranduilendures
dbalthasar
A short fic, Thranduil/Bard. Set some days after the events of the Battle of the Five Armies.

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Fic: Ties That Bind
Three
dbalthasar
Two times Celebrimbor avoided his kin, and once he couldn't. Set at the end of the First Age, with apologies to purists for playing somewhat fast and loose with the timeline. ~3500 words.

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Three Meetings in Gondolin
Three
dbalthasar
Or: three times that Idril Celebrindal had dealings with Celebrimbor, while Gondolin still stood. PG, and for once no warnings apply.

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Metaphors
Three
dbalthasar
A  drabble on the theme of elves and dwarves. Celebrimbor/Narvi.

It is in the first giddy decades of their friendship that Narvi compares him to mithril, and then, with more consideration, to ithildin. Celebrimbor laughs, amused and flattered in equal measure: Narvi to him is stone in sunlight, the golden light of autumn on a drift of copper leaves. By the time they have known each other a century, the comparisons are fond familiar things. Narvi wears a beard-ring of Elven make, ruddy gold shaped like a pair of twisting leaves, and Celebrimbor keeps his notes in a folio of leather dyed black as his hair, whose cover blazes into glittering silver only in moonlight. They each think in terms of what they value, and what they have learned to treasure.

Fic: First Lessons
Three
dbalthasar
Curufin and Celebrimbor, The Silmarillion (and others), approx. 1095 words. Father/son relationships.

Curufin sends his son to the forge to teach him patience.

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Morning predators....
stillhouse
dbalthasar
There are hawk shadows
On the pond. The air goes still.
The water empties.
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Fic: A Minstrel of Gondor, Envoi
thranduil
dbalthasar
The final piece of this tale, many years later…

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Fic: A Minstrel of Gondor, 3
thranduil
dbalthasar
The next-to-last piece of this story, in which the minstrel makes a choice.

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