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last stop – friday fictioneers

May 1, 2013

This story is prompted for Friday Fictioneers – kindly hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields Come try your hand at a 100 word story. Here is today’s photo prompt

“Ahh, the last homely home.”

“Well, Dear not quite Rivendell. I suspect Elves and grey clad wizards have all gone west.”

“Was it dreadfully expensive?”

“It took a bit of the Smaug hoard, but we’ve some left. Look, I can roll your chair to the balcony and we can share every sunset. That Maple will rival any Mallorn in autumn, and dogwoods in spring shall surpass the splendor of Lorien.”

“Autumn… I’ll try I… I don’t know about spring.”

She took his hand and held it to her cheek.

“Every day shall be our treasure. What’s gold doesn’t always glitter.”

Glossary:
Rivendell — the house of Elrond Half Elven – described as perfect in every way
Smaug — The last of the great dragons, whose treasure hoard was legendary
Mallorn — A large silver tree
Lorien — the heart of elvendom on middle earth, ruled by Celeborn and Galadriel

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30 Comments
  1. Enjoyed the tale and references, Bill. I hope she makes it to see the dogwoods.

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    Sweet and poignant tale. You have made me want to read Tolkein again. It’s been a lot of years since the last time.

  3. Dear Bill,
    A little more depth to this tale than meets the eye on initial read. Without your explanation it dawned on me that these two share a bonded interest in Tolkien but there’s more to their story. A sweet story.
    shalom,
    Rochelle

    • thanks Rochelle – we all make a last stop sooner or later.
      What a beautiful building that was. Seemed like the proper place for them.

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  4. Ah you got me all nostalgic and Tolkienish … great sell, and you’d make Gaudi proud.

  5. Great stuff! After reading your story, I realized that building was very Tolkein-esque. Nice job.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/post-modern-ossuary/

  6. There’s an interesting twist on the picture. Great Middle-Earth homage. It looks like they’re making the best of it at least. πŸ™‚

  7. Aaaahhh..romance.

  8. “Surpass the splendor of Lorien,” good luck there buddy. I’ll give him some slack, though, since his wife(?) is obviously a hard sell.

    Always love a nod to LOTR. Thank you!

    • Agree on Lorien, but I think he’s trying to convince her to live through to the spring.

      Big LOTR fan of the books here. The movies were a legit labor of love, but poor Faramir…..

      thanks for stopping by

  9. I enjoyed your brief intro and like the other’s, am hoping for more! πŸ™‚

    • thanks Penny — alas their sojourn, or at least hers may not be long. LOTR fans that they are, perhaps they will be reunited across the western seas

  10. Beautiful last line.. Are you starting a new series?
    Which means I missed the end of the zombie tale!
    I have some catching up to do.. I’ll be back( and no bit like Arnold)

    • And no not* like Arnold.
      Auto-corrects are exasperating!

      • thanks! Not sure what – I am going to take my whole series of zombies and put it onto an e-book somehow as a 99 cent book. I want my daughter the art student to make me a few more drawings though.

  11. Sad overtones, Bill–really like your last line. Very sensitive.

    • thanks VB — liked your poem, very much and I agree with your point of view on that one.

  12. A lovely ‘feel’ to this piece. I felt as though I was eavesdropping… Such a pleasure to read..!

  13. Ah, a bit of Lord of the Rings to start my day, always a good thing.

    Just a couple small things…”Well, dear….” and “dreadfully expensive.” πŸ™‚

  14. Kind of a “steampunk” feel to it. Steampunk meets the Shire. With a taste of “Brazil” thrown in.

  15. This was a very touching story. Words can have so much power sometimes, when used so well..

  16. “homely home” makes me wonder what he’s been accustomed to. πŸ™‚ I suspect I’m missing something here so I’ll pop back later to see if all has been revealed.

    • in the lord of the rings tale, the last homely home is the house of Elrond Half Elven. Bilbo once described it as:

      “a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.” Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear and sadness.

      I believe in the common speech homely in this case meant to enhance the comfort of this magical dwelling…

      Quite a bit of this tale depends upon the LOTR as these two lived for the time in a pretend world. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  17. I had no idea that you had another blog! You have great stuff here…

    • thanks — the other blog is all true ( with a little polish ) so my kids will have it. This is poetry and fiction.

      thanks for stopping by.

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