Petal: 8. Gratitude

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8. Gratitude

A drabble and a half....150 words;)

VIII. Gratitude

"And...and...I got big, and helped him pull the goat from the pit," Butternut sputtered, "and what do you think he said? 'Thank you!' 'Thank you' indeed! Of all the...Why are you laughing?"

For his sister Bittersweet was falling over giggling, and Petal laughed also, albeit gently.

"'Tis considered polite amongst Mortals," she explained, "to thank one for a favor. To Fairies, to thank one means one is forgetting the good deed, and wanting something to guarantee remembrance. But 'tis different with Mortals. They think it rude not to thank one."

Butternut thought this over.

"Well," he sniffed, "I'm glad one of us has lived amongst them, and knows their ways. However, you certainly won't catch ME doing so. I'm minded to tie a knot in his hair while he sleeps."

"You would do better to paint a gold streak in it," Petal suggested.


A/N:  Tangles in the hair, or "elf-locks" were once thought to be the result of fairy mischief.

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: Armariel

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/04/14

Original Post: 07/10/11

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