4. Squeaky Wheel / a drabble
The noise of tortured metal, pleading over and over for relief, had drawn me from my bed. I stood, unguarded in that moment, half asleep, and looked into the bright black eyes that surely must regard me as its personal hamster-god.
It considered every movement of my hand as I let a drop of sweet oil fall against the shaft.
And bit me, drawing blood.
So, you win again, Thorongil. Even after all these years, I am to have not the slightest satisfaction.
I shall give the creature to my elder boy. He seems fond of dealing with little monsters…
For Dwim, to satisfy the “All Good Beasts,” “Monster,” and Drabble Mini-Challenge #2 (in honor of “In the Shadow of Númenor”) So many references for just 100 words… and to satisfy the cry “Won’t someone just write the damn hamster story?”
The title is also meant as a veiled homage to Lady Dwim herself, who has caused so many of us to exclaim, “OK, I’ll write the dratted thing, just let go of my leg!!”
My last line is not meant to represent me falling away from my new sensitive new-age guy way of looking at Denethor. Sometimes I can’t resist the moment…
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