21. Living rock
A stone has no heart, no feelings, it is said. Perhaps not, and yet...
I may have been before I became aware, but the first I know is change, separation… being.
Then becoming, changing again. Edges, slivers, grains of loss, and when it ends, I am yet somehow more than plain rock. I am also aware of not-me, for it is not-me that changes me. The not-me is also aware, I know, but unlike me. It makes others like me, and we are placed together.
Approval from the not-us, and then warm air and cool wind, and so we sleep.
We are woken by a swaying.
Too much heat.
Something in me cracks along a deep fault, yet I am still whole. Then a tearing away.
I am alone.
Cool air around me, until I strike something harder than I am, and the fault gives way. Parts of me break loose, scatter and are gone.
Cold liquid seeps over my surface, and widens the cracks of my fall, and I lose even more of myself.
Yet I still am, and I remember.
Deep they delved us, fair they wrought us, high they builded us; but they are gone.
The last line is a direct quote from The Fellowship of the Ring; the Ring goes south.
This double drabble was written for Maeglin's birthday. His request included:
...a story featuring 'nonstandard' sentient beings of Tolkien's world; e. g. dragons, vampires, werewolves, eagles, horses of the Mearas, etc. - but not Men, Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Trolls, Maiar, etc. Any setting (either in place or time) is fine.
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