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Fic: A Visit With Old Friends - Hobbit Smut "What Dreams May Come" Challenge - Hobbit Smut Fan Fiction Challenge Community
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Fic: A Visit With Old Friends - Hobbit Smut "What Dreams May Come" Challenge
Name: danachan
Title: A Visit With Old Friends
Challenge: Hobbit Smut "What Dreams May Come" Challenge
Word Count: 1,338
Rating: PG-13/R.
Pairings: Merry/Pippin (through someone else's eyes)
Other pairings: You'll see.
Warnings: slash, some sexual content, a bit of voyeurism, a hint of het, oh, and non-canon not-exactly-angsty character death (you'll see)
Summary: You'd think they'd worry that there was someone about to watch.
Notes: This was, well, inspired - I wrote it out in one go. I'm also kind of fond of it, which doesn't happen all that often. (And you should know, given how I all the time whine.) It's post-quest, if you wanted to know. And somewhat bittersweet, I've been told.

My beta would like to remain anonymous, but I'll be thanking her anyhow. She's the best.


You'd think they'd worry that there was someone about to watch - the bedroom window is thrown open, and all about seems brisk and cool, and the light that slants in, pale, spills at their feet. But they're just as they always have been, even if they've changed - and they've made a mess of each other and are laughing, giddy in their afterglow where they lie entangled with each other, on their bed. And there's not a worry about (at least, not one that can be seen or heard), that someone might happen upon them happening upon each other, if by chance they travelled off the lane - but they are tired, certainly, and not thinking of all else.

Not that they know I'm about, or that I'm looking (I gave up on discreet, oh, not that that would matter). No one ever knows I'm about. And no, if you think I'd come off the lane, I've not. I'm not such a sneak, that I'd peek in through opened windows (or open them all the way, if the shutters had been left ajar).

No, I'm standing at the room hearth, instead, where the fire snaps and sparks. You heard me right - I'm standing in their room.

Now, no matter what you might think, this isn't my first visit to Crickhollow (and I don't often go walking into other hobbits' bedrooms, whatever you might assume). I remember a long-ago day, in specific, September in the air (much like it is now), my cousins all gone off or at least half-cracked - well, I wasn't sure if I'd ever see Merry and Pippin again, and Frodo had been so set on leaving and never coming back. I might not have sat about and been in on all their plans, Merry and Pippin and Freddy, too, but I still knew - Freddy, at least when it came to him talking with me, had little that could keep his mouth shut. And I was only joking, only kidding with him, all those times I told him I didn't want to hear.

Do you hear me, Freddy? Well, you would, if you could. I'm sorry I was always such a blind, block-headed fool. But I thought it better than being cracked, too. Ah, if I could tell you all this, I would.

Anyhow, this isn't my first visit here (nor my second, or even third), for all I never spent much time around when I was still alive - oh, I'd not mentioned that, had I? I'm quite dead now - ah, for almost three years. I don't recall it all well at all, other than that I did, in fact, die - suffice to say, I'd have been better off with Freddy, even if I'd ended up stuck in the Lockholes, too.

Well, at least I'd not be dead.

But that's hindsight for you, and I certainly am quite dead. There's no warmth, nothing else, but memories and shadows, and dust in the air. Oh, I make it all sound so sad, and so dramatic, but it's probably best that this is how it's ended - oh, I've my regrets, I've plenty, but there's no good trying to change what's gone and done. You might think - so, why their bedroom, of all others (well, it's Merry's, as they don't always share) - a ghost about, and sneaking in where he's not wanted. Well, it's cold out there (or so I imagine - well, I might not feel it, but I still do know. I don't feel much, these days, as it's more what I recall), and it's warmer here - anyhow, it's not as if I've been watching them intently - it's been nice to look about the house.

If I was being watched, well, I know what you'd be thinking.

I do keep getting sidetracked - I never was so scatterbrained, when still alive. But this is not my first visit to Crickhollow - I sat with Freddy here, a life ago (and I mean that more than I should), when our cousins had rode off to who knows where, and we had been the ones left behind. Well, Freddy had, perhaps. Not having been in on it all, I couldn't exactly say that I'd been left behind - overlooked, and gratefully so, as I'd wanted no business with what came outside the Shire.

But Freddy had needed the company, and I'd stayed for the day. I might not have made company the way my good friends are currently doing - both of them are still spent, but so lost in their loving, that they are touching and kissing and it is all so very nice, and slow, and I can just imagine the heat of it, and the feel and - ah - Merry just made the most interesting sound. I wonder what Pippin did, to warrant such a thing? Whatever it was (I'm already spying on them, though they've done enough spying in their time and I think that fair enough if the turn about that comes at long last), I hardly think its right to look closer than that. Anyhow, suffice to say, Merry seems quite pleased with what Pippin's done - or, moving cloth and then Pippin's laughing, again, soft and low - what he's doing still.

Yes, I do know this place, at least a little - funny, how the little things are the ones that you remember once, when everything else is gone. We'd ale that day, and Freddy had laughed, and Frodo might have been gone, but I still hadn't wanted to listen to it - whatever it was that Freddy would have said. So that's why I'm here, even if Freddy's long and far away - I wander a good deal, these days. Sometimes, I even follow after Freddy. But I'd rather not dog him like a shadow - he's his own life to live, and I know he'll live it its fullest.

See, Freddy, you fool. I do love you, even if you never got to know.

But Ruby will look after you, just like she told me when she said she'd be the one to marry you, and not me (well, it would be my little sister who'd be the one to see, and she'd made her jokes about it, though we never did do anything more than make our own jokes, too) - ah, I'll be coming to the wedding, whenever you set yourself at rights and approve of a date. I hope you don't mind if I don't stay for much more than that. But I want what's very best for you, and I think that Ruby is.

And you'll have Ruby, and Frodo has Sam and Sam's Rose, and Merry and Pippin - (Well, from the look of it and the sound of it, too - the bed as it creaks, and the sounds that they're making on their own as they move back into motion, still in a knot all twisted on their bed - Merry and Pippin are both taking very good care.) - all have each other, too. And you'll not ever be alone, even if that was what you wanted. Ruby'd not let you, and you know that as well - she's too keen at knowing what's best for those she loves, and too often she's just right.

I can only hope that Sam is as insistent as she, and Merry and Pippin are, too - well, I've no worries that Merry and Pippin would ever go again and leave each other, but Frodo can be a tricky one, and he'll need watching. I'd not want him slipping off, like he'd tried before - and that, I'd tell you that, Freddy, if I could manage. I'd tell Pippin and Merry, too, as I think they more need to know.

... this isn't my first time here at Crickhollow. While there's still life about it, I can't say it'll be my last.
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Comments
framianne From: framianne Date: October 31st, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bittersweet, yes, and all the little details about his life make it even more so. But it's lovely and feels so real, as everything you write.

I'm repeating myself, but I know that you love it. :)
danachan From: danachan Date: October 31st, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I do :)

Thank you, love.
rubynye From: rubynye Date: October 31st, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sweetie, you've outdone yourself. I love the slow easy winding loops this story curls into, from start to end.

*applause*
danachan From: danachan Date: October 31st, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
*blush, beams*

Ah. Thank you, my dear.

Folco just wanted to be written about... (And here I thought I'd be doing something funny, with hobbit zombies.)
teawith From: teawith Date: October 31st, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, a lovely ghost story, hon. A good reminder of those that paid the price, even with all the happiness he gets to watch...
danachan From: danachan Date: October 31st, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wanted a balance, you know? Joy surviving, but still, the POV pretty much says, well, this is something that was lost...

Also, glad you liked it. *grin* Thank you, lovey.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: October 31st, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
So *this* is the one you've been telling me about. It did come out lovely, my dear...
danachan From: danachan Date: October 31st, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, this one... *grin* Thank you. Was worried about it, you know, for all I was vaguely glad of having written it.
From: hyelandia Date: October 31st, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor ghostly Folco! He should have life and breath, instead of having to watch others. Well, I guess there have to be limits, but. *whine* Poor ghostly Folco.

I like this a lot.
danachan From: danachan Date: October 31st, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Folco, I know.

*kiss*

Thank you, love. Am glad you like this a lot.
aussiepeach From: aussiepeach Date: October 31st, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, it's Folco! The poor hobbit. There's a lovely wistful presence to this story, just like the ghost.
danachan From: danachan Date: November 1st, 2005 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I do like Folco. He rather insisted on being included. (I should probably write something, you know, where he's alive.) Glad you liked! Thanks.
maura_underhill From: maura_underhill Date: October 31st, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh, see, this is why Halloween is my favorite challenge of the year!

Oh, that just made me shiver. I love seeing them through his eyes, and knowing all that he knows - more than any one them knows. Oooh.>/i< *gets goose bumps* And you know what, his voice is just great. Thank you, this was refreshing!
danachan From: danachan Date: November 1st, 2005 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, reading your comment (which I have to admit, delighted me) made me remember that I wrote Halloween fic last year, but never posted it. Ouch.

I like Folco. I plan on writing about him more. (And writing about him, you know, when he's alive.) So, thank you.
claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: November 1st, 2005 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Delightfully haunting! And heh. THe voyeurism. A lot of voyeuristic ghosts around here! :-)
danachan From: danachan Date: November 1st, 2005 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, when you're dead, you don't really have much else to do -- I mean, besides watching the living :)

Thanks for the comment, my dear.
keye From: keye Date: November 1st, 2005 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
What a cleverly different approach. Very well done!
danachan From: danachan Date: November 3rd, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
abby_normal From: abby_normal Date: November 1st, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this is wonderful and yes, definitely bittersweet. Poor Folco. Though there are wose things he could be doing with his dead self than peeping in on Merry and Pippin. It's nice to think he gets some bit of comfort out of the watching and I'm sure the Dynamic Duo wouldn't mind, if they knew. I like this a lot, Dana. Thanks for playing.
danachan From: danachan Date: November 3rd, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do love playing. *grin* Thanks for having me, as always.

In another draft, the pov was more on Merry and Pippin, and not Folco, and there was Did you hear that? sort of thing going on -- where it was like they though, well, there could be someone listening...

I like this better, though.

(Also, thank you. Again.)
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danachan From: danachan Date: November 3rd, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. Am rather fond of it, myself. Glad you liked.
elanorgardner From: elanorgardner Date: November 4th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh! I love Folco and Fatty both and I want to see MORE of them! This is so luscious and lovely and soft and .... Well, it just FEELS ghostly, but in a warm and friendly ghost kind of way. Having had some personal experience with warm, loving ghosts, I can really accept and embrace loving "observers" like Folco here. *hugs him*

Your tone is just perfect -- detached but warm and loving at the same time! Unrequited Fatty/Folco is just priceless and you must give us more!

Thanks so much for participating in the challenge!

EG
danachan From: danachan Date: November 4th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Hullo! And thank you! (I mean that, I do.)

I really want to write more with Freddy and Folco. (And, you know, something AU to my general self-made canon, where Folco doesn't die before the Fatty/Folco can be anything but unrequited.) So, I'm glad you'd want to see more of them, too. *grin*

... *hugs you* Thank you, really. I always love a chance to play.
notabluemaia From: notabluemaia Date: November 10th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Folco's voice is so gently yearning, yet distanced. The poignancy of what love he has lost hints at stories that I would love to read; his distance here, while still able to appreciate the pleasures and love in this room, is very touching. Thank you, Danachan. It would be lovely to see more of Folco and his love...
danachan From: danachan Date: November 19th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I would really like to write more with them (actually, I have other things planned), so I'm quite glad you've enjoyed this little tale. Thank you.
elycia From: elycia Date: November 17th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is nicely crafted and quite poignant, and it really captures for me what it *means* to be a ghost, which is to say still having enough of one's soul tied up in earthly realms and earthly concerns not to be able or willing to go elsewhere. A very interesting read! Thanks for sharing.
danachan From: danachan Date: November 19th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah! You're welcome. And thank you, too. I really do like Folco, here, and how he still looks at things.s
mariole From: mariole Date: January 25th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Dana, this is gorgeous. I love the whole mood and feel of it-- wistful, loving, with an undertone of humor. Really amazingly good. Thank you.
danachan From: danachan Date: January 26th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much, Mariole. *smile*
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