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19
Wayward

Prompt: Misty Mountains: Write a story or poem or create an artwork in which a character unaccustomed to acting as a leader must make an important decision.


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In Anduin's rushes lay two men, one asleep, the other fretting: river or road?

Anduin's a sure way south, guarantees water. The road...

Ailos longs for its evenness – and its bridges. Could they swim those east-running streams?

He considers his companion. He's no Westron: “Sunny,” Ailos calls him, for his praying sunward, dawn and dusk, and daily aches from helping Sunny hobble along.

A lamed Southron, can't walk, can't talk, likely can't swim...

Tears threaten. Why's everything on me? He's so tired...

Too tired: 'tis Sunny or Anduin...

“Damn you,” Ailos whispers.

Next morn, he leaves Sunny sleeping...

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Sequel to Beyond the Pale


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