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January 2014 Birthday Cards

Birthday folks: Is your birthday in January and you would be delighted by a little story gift from your fellow HASA members? Then state your request here in this thread. To collect your birthday cards in one place, you can create a birthday workshop story.

Authors: Let yourselves get inspired by the suggestions - a chance to be creative and to make a fellow HASA member happy at the same time! Just like the recipients, you can collect the stories you've written in a  birthday workshop story.

And don't forget to add your birthday cards to the 2014 Birthday Cards Challenge.

Here's a short recap on how to do that:

  • Add each birthday present as a chapter in your story, using the story name (and the birthday recipient if there is room) as the story chapter. If you can't fit the person's name into the chapter title, just include it as the first opening line in the chapter.
  • Be sure you give each chapter a number and set the status to public so everyone can read it!
  • Since most birthday card stories are pretty short, you might include the birthday recipient's wish for what kind of story she wanted. Paste it from the forum.
  • In your story summary, you can list out who you've written stories for if you like.
  • It's up to you on the order you want to give your chapters - Alphabetical by recipient, order by month chronologically, newest first, etc.

In case you need help or have a comment, question or suggestion, please post it here or send me an e-mail - I'll do my best to help.


January, 3rd - Imhiriel: I'd like to read non-romantic friendship fics between men and women. For example between Rosie and Frodo, or between Éowyn and Aragorn or between Ar-Zimraphel and one of her cousins among the Faithful. Age, species and place as you choose.

January, 7th - Jay of Lasgalen: Having just watched The Desolation of Smaug again, I'd like something about Thranduil and his experience/memories of dragons and dragonfire.

January, 17th - Aruthir: I'd like to ask for stories involving libraries or museums.

 

 

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My birthday is on the 3rd, and this year, I'd like to read non-romantic friendship fics between men and women. For example between Rosie and Frodo, or between Éowyn and Aragorn or between Ar-Zimraphel and one of her cousins among the Faithful. Age, species and place as you choose.

 

 

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My birthday is on the 17th, and if possible I'd like to ask for stories involving libraries or museums. Please?

 

 

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Aruthir's Note: Hope this is along the lines of what you wanted, Imhiriel...

*

"If I had ever married someone…"

 I smile down at him.

 "You alright there Mister Frodo?"

 He blinks once, twice…

 "Yes Rosie. I was… miles away."

 I shrug.

 "Miles away and long ago, I think."

 A smile spreads across his face now.

 "Aye."

 He gestures at my swollen tummy.

 "How long until…?"

 I shrug again.

 "A few months. We were thinking we might…"

 I trail off, transfixed by the stump where once was a finger.

 "You might…?"

 I smile, trying to hide my guilt.

 "We were thinking we might call him Frodo, begging your leave."

 Something glitters behind his eyes.

*

 

 

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My birthday was January 7th.  Having just watched The Desolation of Smaug again, I'd like something about Thranduil and his experience/memories of dragons and dragonfire.

 

 

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I'll get right on it, but for the moment, my story "Of Fire And Flame" might tide you over?

(Warning- it's MovieVerse...)

 

 

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Thanks very much, Aruthir! Rosie is a favourite of mine, so I especially liked that the story was told through her compassionate and observant eyes.

Imhiriel

 

 

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Aruthir's Note: Here you go, Jay- enioy.

*

The dwarves wonder why I urge caution.

 They are fools.

 Their desire burns bright and bold and beautiful, yes…

 …but dragonfire burns dire and dreadful and deadly.

 They sing of lost halls reclaimed…

 I hear ancient dirge sung anew.

 I saw all Erebor ablaze that day- saw Smaug the Great and Golden wreak horrid, hateful havoc upon all who crossed him that day…

 …and yet they wonder why I urge caution.

 I saw Man and Dwarf burn that day…

 I would not see Elves burn too.

 They think I am a coward, they think I am craven…

 They are fools...

 

 

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Happy belated birthday, Jay. Have some Thranduil:

Dragonfire. After the Dwarf was returned to his cell, Thranduil stared into his wine goblet. He had spoken harshly, perhaps unjustly. For all his flaws, Oakenshield had seen what a dragon could do. Over-confidence, then, not ignorance. Yet was that better?

Involuntarily, his hand went to his cheek, his own over-confidence written there. To the eye the illusion was perfect, yet touch was not easily fooled, and he knew every ridge and valley of scar tissue.

But it is not knowledge that holds me, he thought, but fear; fear that my realm and its people will burn as Dale did.

 

 

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 A longish drabble for Imhiriel and Aruthir both - the start of a friendship, in a library. I hope you don't mind sharing...

 Steps

Bilbo put down his pen with a sigh of frustration. He needed the genealogies of the First Age, but the book was on one of the higher shelves, out of reach unless he climbed one of the library's sets of steps or asked someone to give him a hand. None of the Elves working in the library were in sight though, and the steps were heavy.

I should remember to keep it with the other books I use instead of clearing it away every time.

Likely preparations for welcoming the Lady Arwen home kept everybody occupied, and Bilbo himself looked forward to finally seeing the lady who had so enchanted the Dúnadan. He wondered whether Aragorn realised, but when his friend had told him about her some years ago, not just his eyes, but his whole face shone. Quite a change in one who at times seems the dourest of men.  That made it all the more a pity that the Dúnadan wasn't here; he had gone off again in search of Gollum almost two months ago, only stopping by Rivendell to ask Bilbo to tell him yet again everything he remembered about the horrid creature.

After another look around to see if there was anyone he could ask for help with the steps, Bilbo got up to half-lift, half-drag the steps to where he wanted them.

He had only just started when an unfamiliar voice spoke and a long, slender hand reached to easily lift the steps off the ground. "Let me give you a hand. Where should it go?"

"Over there," Bilbo replied, "But I'm fine, honestly…" Elves! They should have bells on, so they can't sneak up on an old hobbit!

"Nonsense," the other interrupted him, cheerfully brushing over his objections. "Those steps aren't heavy. Now, where?"

"The First Age reference works," Bilbo gave in. He had caught a glimpse of the ring his 'assistant' wore and had more than a suspicion of who was helping him.

"Oh, what were you looking for?" she asked as she quickly climbed up the ladder, and Bilbo realised she couldn't have been back all that long, since she was still dressed in riding attire.

"The Genealogies," he replied.

A triumphant "Ah, there!" and she jumped down lightly, book in hand. "You must be Bilbo Baggins," she added.

"And you the Lady Arwen," Bilbo replied with a blush and a bow.

 

 

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Lovely, Nath- just the sort of thing I was looking for.

 

 

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Hi Nath,

I must have missed the notification for your story - a belated thank you from me! I really liked this "beginning of a beautiful friendship" (to steal the quote), just how un-assuming and natural Arwen immediately slips into Bilbo's life and his concerns. I also liked the brief mention of Aragorn's reaction to the very mention of Arwen.

Imhiriel

 

 

Re: January 2014 Birthday Cards

Glad you liked it:-)

 

 

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