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Heaven in the meantime

Prompt: Rivendell: "Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven." --Tyron Edwards.

Summary: Between death and heaven lies Pelennor and its detritus.


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Dawn over Erui Crossings saw widowed Morien lonely leaving home. Her sons had answered Minas Tirith's muster-call, and since then, she'd gone ghost-grey.

How hateful, the crows circling her field-corner! She took a shovel, went looking...

and found two haggard youths asleep there Southron and Dnadan.

Deserters!

Ai, my boys! Horror showed them abandoned, dying, and outrage raised the shovel Faithless murderers...!

One whimpered, heedless, dreaming: Nana!

Her insides cramped. Stricken, she stood, tears streaming forth, and could but think: Happy women, to whom they'll call and crawl!

Compassion spasmed Morien fled without forgiving, but left her daily fare behind.

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Nana! Mom!

In terms of timing, this episode would occur sometime between Pelennor and the announcement that Barad-dr had fallen, and of course well before all the names of the dead were known or could have been reported to far-flung families. Although there's no need (I hope) to read back-story for the drabble to make sense, in my mind, it's a sequel to Beyond the Pale.


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