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12
Stone Under Hill

Day 12: Card: The Wheel of Fortune


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She met Otho after the funeral. She'd gone for a riverside walk, and there he'd been, and willing. She'd acted. By next summer, Lobelia quit Hardbottle as Mrs. Sackville-Baggins.

Then came Lotho; she'd thought that between Southfarthing and son, she couldn't want, that the stones would settle.

They hadn't.

They'd ground on, grown heavier: her boy, she'd thought, shouldn't want as she had. She'd do anything to spare him, and Southfarthing... it grew weedy in her eyes.

Then she'd seen Bag End a chance sight put flesh on Otho's coveting, and she'd felt the longing weigh her down again...

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