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18
Second Place

I'd forgotten about this one, until Denise reminded me. Then I had to search the Yahoo group to find it-I think the original is still trapped on my old computer.


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It is strange, not to be the center of attention. Boromir watches his Uncle Imrahil laugh with Faramir over some absurdity in a book of history. His brother is happy, animated in a way that is never seen at home. In Minas Tirith Boromir is the Stewards Heir, courted by everyone about him. Here he is but one of two cousins, with a slight preference given to the other.

Imrahil misses little, and later there is a private talk. I love you too, lad, but you know why it must be so, he says.

Boromir nods. I quite agree, Uncle.

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