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1. Calm after the Storm

The fighting had been long and bloody under the shimmering moonstone-and-pearl sky.

Now Swan-knights and sailors alike were busy in the oppressive heat, patching up rigging so the captured ship could limp to Dol Amroth once the wind returned. Others were binding the vanquished Corsairs, none too gently, in the sweltering hold, where the clutter of small household goods, foodstuffs and other rather pitiful loot still bore silent witness to raids on some poor fishing-villages.

Imrahil, returned to his own vessel, stood bone-weary in the inadequate shade of the mainmast, discarding pieces of his scorching armour, thrusting swordbelt, surcoat and quilted tunic into his esquire's arms.

He tugged impatiently at his shirt-ties. Finally, laces only half-undone, he yanked the garment off, grimacing in distaste at the blood now mingling with his sweat on the white lawn. Next he stooped, chest bare, to pull off his boots.

Unclothed at last, he clambered nimbly a short way up the stays to look outwards, one hand shielding his eyes from the glaring sun, in vain search for some clouds, fervently hoping they would not stay becalmed for much longer.

Then, in a graceful arc, he dived towards the gleaming coolness of the Sea.

~*~

A/N:

27.11.06 Double-drabble inspired by an ...inspiring... conversation (read: daydreaming *g*) with Denise.


This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Imhiriel

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/04/08

Original Post: 04/19/07

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Calm after the Storm

Raksha The Demon - 06 May 07 - 1:37 PM

Ch. 1: Calm after the Storm

Who could resist Imrahil getting nekkid?  And I'm sure he'd be doing a swan-dive into the water. 

Excellent description of the post-battle activity; and, of course, of Imrahil's disrobing.  I hope the esquire got to take a dip too! 

Calm after the Storm

oshun - 06 May 07 - 9:10 PM

Ch. 1: Calm after the Storm

No complaints here--Imrahil the Fair, Elvish in his beauty. Inspiring use of short form.

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