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B2MeM Prompt and Path:Lost on the road, Red
Format:Ficlet
Genre:friendship
Rating:G
Warnings:None
Characters:Elladan, Elrohir, OFC
Pairings:None
Creator’s Notes:Tolkien provided the sandbox, I merely play with the bucket and shovel he left behind. No profit of any kind is made from my fanworks.
Summary:Young Daisy enters the Old Forest in search of wildflowers for her Mam. But the forest is filled with dangers and she’s only a young Hobbit. Who will come to her rescue when the path moves and she loses her way?


The Road That Was Lost Needed Finding

“How odd,” she thought. Daisy turned around in a circle, the first stirrings of panic striking her. Firmly clutching her resolve, she pushed the fear away once again. “I know there was a path here when I came in, I just know it!” She stomped her small foot on the forest floor in frustrated anger. She set her mouth firmly. “I’m not going to cry. No! Brave hobbits don’t cry. Da said that Samwise and Frodo didn’t cry, so I won’t either.”

A rustling sound came from her left and a small “Eep!” escaped her iron control. She gripped her gardening shears closer and pulled the basket holding wildflowers and a small spade to hang at her elbow. A tear threatened to fall, but she bravely held the blades of the shears out as a weapon. “Who’s there?” she called out in a trembling voice.

She had come into the Old Forest to harvest small wildflower plants that her mother loved. “Mam deserves to have these flowers for her Mid-year’s Day celebration,” she thought. “It’s been a hard year for her and she’s just getting over that coughing fit that came over from Hobbiton”. Her basket held several plants still holding clumps of dirt on their roots. “She’ll plant these in the pathway wall and they’ll brighten her days whenever she sees them”.

Daisy looked around her. Was it getting darker? Surely she had plenty of daylight remaining. She had entered through the Crickhollow Gate just a few hours after sunrise, the sun should be high in the sky. Suddenly she heard a clicking sound down the slope to her right as the rustling sound came again from her left. She was surrounded!

Panic finally struck and she turned and started running, only to bump straight into the legs of a tall person. “Oh!” she exclaimed as she fell over backwards. Strong hands came down to help her back up and the Big Person knelt down. Even kneeling he was taller than she was but he didn’t scare her quite as much.

“I’m so sorry, little one. Are you a Daisy, by chance?” the elf asked, for indeed, an elf is what he was.

The young hobbit gathered her dignity around her like a warm blanket and the elf’s eyes sparkled with humor, although he let no sign of it escape him. Standing as tall as she could, she acknowledged that she was indeed, ‘a Daisy’.

“You’ve got your parents quite worried, young mistress,” the elf said. “I’m glad my brother and I were in the area visiting a friend and able to join the search.”

“But I was right here!” she said, turning around in a circle. “Except, I can’t find my road home again. I know it was right here, but when I looked again, it was gone and everything was dark …” she then whispered “… and scary”. She straightened her shoulders and raised her chin. “But I was on my way home … I think ...”

“Little one, would you allow me to carry you atop my shoulders? You will see the beauty of this ancient forest while keeping safe, and I will be able to use my blade if needed. There are creatures living nearby that could harm you and I would rather that not happen.”

She nodded cautiously, then let out a short laugh. “Why are you making such a face? It’s funny,” she giggled.

“Oh, I was merely thought-telling my brother that I found you. He will wait until I’ve seen you to safety before we return to our friend. Now, how would you like to be one of the tallest creatures in the forest?” She nodded.

He swung the youngling around settling her atop his shoulders, then handed her the basket holding the wildflowers. The blooms were beginning to droop but would probably be fine with some tender loving care. “No pulling my ears or hair now, young one,” he admonished. “No choking either, I actually need to breathe.”

A giggle came from the young hobbit as she placed her basket, the bottom muddy from the ground, atop his head. “Go, horsie!” she commanded as she kicked her heels into his shoulders.

Elladan rolled his eyes, but gave in to the moment and snorted, then pranced away. His brother shadowed the pair, frightening away a giant spider and a wolf, both of which were disappointed at missing such a tempting meal as a young hobbit girl. In a short time, they came to the Bonfire Glade, and then within sight of the Crickhollow Gate. Elladan stopped and lifted Daisy down to the ground.

Again he kneeled and looked carefully at her, a serious mien on his face. “Now, you must go directly through the Gate. Your Mam is very worried about you and search parties have been looking for you all over Buckland. Do you have your basket, your tools and your flowers?” He was totally taken aback when the young child rushed at him and flung her arms around his head, planting a wet, sloppy kiss on his cheek.

“Thank you for finding me. I wasn’t lost, it was the road that was lost, but it needed finding.” She ran back to her basket, grabbed it, and quickly ran down the path to the Gate.

“Methinks you have found a friend,” Elrohir said as he joined his brother.

“There are many worse things in this world than to make friends with a Hobbit, brother mine,” Elladan responded, and the two turned around to return to the forest and the friend they had been visiting within it. “I wonder if she’ll remember this adventure as she gets older.”

“No telling, but she must have some Took blood in her. Such an adventurer!” Elrohir responded. The two chuckled, then loped away, moving deeper into the forest again. In a moment the glade was empty.

Date: 2017-03-04 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxrafer.livejournal.com
Daisy is such a wonderful character and I loved her interaction with Elladan.

Date: 2017-03-04 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayleelupin.livejournal.com
Daisy is so sweet! :) I loved how Elladan came to her rescue, and I agree, she must be a Took! Perhaps one of Faramir Took's sisters, even...or perhaps a daughter, since "Daisy" is such a Gamgee name (to my thinking, anyway) and Faramir Took married Goldilocks Gamgee (or Gardner) who has both an Aunt Daisy and a sister Daisy :)

Date: 2017-03-04 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
“Go, horsie!”

LOL, surely the first time anyone's ever said that to a son of Elrond! This is delightful. Indeed, it's the road that got lost. What a sweet lass, and what a marvelous adventure.

Date: 2017-03-04 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayleelupin.livejournal.com
"Noro lim, 'Roh!" perhaps? :)

Date: 2017-03-04 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayleelupin.livejournal.com
*hugs nettenya right back* I'm glad I got you to laugh. :)

I think Daisy would have gotten along splendidly with Arwen.... ^_^

*wonders what the Twins would make of Gloredhel, though Gloredhel's in my story, not yours, and they won't ever meet unless the Twins sail* Hmm...I have silly thoughts, nettenya. :)

Kaylee

Date: 2017-03-04 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindahoyland.livejournal.com
A most enjoyable story. I love young Daisy.

Date: 2017-03-06 06:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dreamflower
Aw, this was totally adorable! It's always been my headcanon that the twins were regular visitors to the Shire after the Quest, so this fits right in!

Date: 2017-03-12 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starbrow.livejournal.com
Oh my heart this was adorable. Elladan and Elrohir to the rescue! :D

Date: 2017-03-28 12:22 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lingwiloke495.livejournal.com
Aw, this was adorable! Such a brave little hobbit lass, though she got in quite a bit over her head. I especially love the bit about the road that needed finding, instead of her. With the Old Forest, I imagine she wasn't quite wrong about that...

Date: 2017-03-30 09:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fernstrike
This was so, so sweet! "Go horsie!" awww <3 Daisy is so endearing, stomping her foot indignantly and all :-) Always love stories with the twins, too!

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