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The WIP Meme

January 16th, 2012 (10:58 pm)

It seems I need an operation -- they're going to remove my gall bladder at the end of March. In the meantime, it would be in my own interest, apparently, to lose weight.

No shit, Sherlock!

Anyway, inspired by curiouswombat, I thought I'd do the WIP meme. I have two WIPs at the moment, but one is Top Secret and can't be revealed until it's posted at hp_kinkfest in February, so I'll have to show you the other one. It's sort of unbeta'd, in the sense that I haven't revised it 2 million times yet, only about 1.9 million...

Hentmirë broke the wax seal and unrolled the papyrus. “Little Cuz,” she read, “I am in deep trouble and everyone else has abandoned me. Hesyrë.

There was a long silence.

Then Legolas said, “‘Cuz’?”

“Short for ‘cousin’,” said Hentmirë. “He is my father’s brother’s son.” She seemed unusually subdued.

Legolas turned to the messenger. “Can you tell us any more about this trouble your master says he is in?”

“He is always in trouble,” sighed Hentmirë, before the young man had had a chance to reply. “He takes after his father in that respect.” She leaned across the table, picked up the little spinning top, and dropped it back into the box.

“He is being held prisoner, my Lord, by the King of Biridiya,” said the messenger.


“Because,” said Hentmirë, “he has no doubt swindled the King of Biridiya out of his Crown Jewels.”

Legolas looked to the young man for confirmation.

“I do not know, my Lord,” said the boy, quietly.

“Of course,” said Hentmirë, “I shall have to go to him.”

Legolas glanced at Eowyn; she responded with the tiniest of nods. “Well, Gwendithen,” he said to Hentmirë, “Eowyn and I shall of course come with you, and I am sure that Gimli will be only too happy to accompany us.”

“Of course I will, lass.”

“Thank you,” said Hentmirë, with a sad smile. Then she added, almost too softly for even Elven hearing to discern, “Then Hesyrë can ruin all of us.”

* * * * *

“Prisoner Vardamir is working in the tile workshop,” said Master Hisaelion. He nodded to one of the guards. “It will take a few moments to fetch him, my Lord.”

“Tell me about him,” said Legolas as they waited. “Does he give you any trouble?”

“Oh, no, my Lord. No. He is not an enthusiastic worker—few of the prisoners are—but he follows orders, and the quality of his work is acceptable. Though there is one thing about him, my Lord,” he added, after a slight hesitation, “which may seem a little strange: whereas the other Elves tend to avoid contact with Men, and Men mostly avoid the Elves, Vardamir seems to enjoy Men’s company.”

Legolas nodded, thoughtfully; the door opened, and he turned.

It had been almost two years since he had last seen Vardamir, and the change was shocking. The timid, broken creature he remembered, who had held himself as though always anticipating a blow, now stood tall and confident, and moved with grace.

Legolas was not sure that it was a good sign.

“I shall leave you, then,” said Master Hisaelion. “But I will be just outside, should you need me.”

“Thank you, sir.” Legolas saw the ghost of a smile twitch Vardamir’s lips. “Take a seat,” he said.

Vardamir sat down, stiff-backed, with his hands upon his thighs.

“Do you know a man called Hesyrë son of Ezana?” asked Legolas.

Vardamir said nothing, but Legolas could see that he had piqued his interest. “I need you to tell me everything you know about him,” he explained. “If you co-operate, I may be willing to reduce your sentence.”

“He was a regular customer,” Vardamir admitted.

“Go on.” Legolas already knew that Vardamir, having fled from Eryn Carantaur wanted for attempted murder, had found refuge in Far Harad, where he had befriended a man named Wolfram, and that the pair had hired themselves out, specialising in kidnappings and other ‘disappearances’.

“Hesyrë has a legitimate business,” said Vardamir, “importing exotic fruits from the Biridiyan Islands, but that is just a cover for his real business.”


“Smuggling,” said Vardamir. “Draughts and potions, poisons, potent weeds. Some of the potions are worth ten, perhaps twenty times their weight in gold...”

“What did you and Wolfram do for him?”

“Mostly collected debts.”

“With violence?”

Vardamir shook his head. “Wolfram seldom needed to resort to actual violence.”

“Are you still in good standing with Carhilivren’s villains?”


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: January 16th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Swearing inside

Oh yes! I remember Vardamir - and Hentmirë's cousin sounds very, very, interesting.

Sorry to hear about the gall bladder - hope it is all very straightforward when the time comes.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-)

I have plans for Hesyrë, and the King of Biridiya's going to be quite interesting, too...

Apparently, they should be able to do it with keyhole surgery, but they won't know until they try!

Posted by: Artemis' Chew Toy (tattooedraven)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Michael Sheen

I had my gallbladder removed about 9 years ago, still have the scar in my bellybutton to show for it. :D

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)

I already have a scar in my bellybutton from sterilisation, so they'll have to cut somewhere else! Do you feel better for it?

Posted by: Artemis' Chew Toy (tattooedraven)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Kitties: Miss Peach

LOL! Then we'll have two matching scars! Because yeah I actually have 2 scars in my bellybutton, one for sterilization and the other from gallbladder surgery.

Well it's been so long since I had it done but yeah, once you learn how to cough and sneeze after surgery (until your healed) it eliminated a lot of belly ache and back ache too.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)

LOL, snap!

Great! Back ache's my main problem -- it feels like someone has punched me --but the doctors all seem surprised by that!

Posted by: Artemis' Chew Toy (tattooedraven)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Coffee: Batman of course

Neck and upper back ache are both referred pain centers associated with gallbladder problems. Mine was right up under the left shoulder blade that just about drove me crazy! Then as soon as the operation was done, no more pain. :D

I hope it helps you too.

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)

From what I understand from people who've had their gall bladder removed you do feel a lot better afterwards. Loosing weight is so tough (especially with your dodgy knee!). Good luck!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-)

I have actually lost 2 stone since summer, but no one seems to have noticed!

Posted by: sistermine (sistermine)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 07:50 am (UTC)

Hard luck re the operation. Not a pleasant prospect even when it's a standard procedure. When will you have to have it done?

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)

I woke up terrified this morning -- I think I must have had a dream I couldn't remember! The operation's on 30 March.

Posted by: sistermine (sistermine)
Posted at: January 18th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)

Poor you! That doesn't sound fun when your subconscious starts taking over and stealing your dream-time.

Good luck with the weight loss in the meantime.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 18th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 09:17 am (UTC)

These are intriguing snippets!

I hope the gall bladder thing goes well.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)

Thank you! Very few of my f-list are into LOTR (or HP, for that matter), so not many people read my stories, but I'm at the enthusiastic stage with this one.

And thank you!

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)
Balloons Fullest

Sorry to hear about your gall bladder! I hope you'll recover quickly and without (too much) discomfort.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 17th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-) If it's like the operation I had on my knee, the worst part is the anaesthetic!

Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry to hear you have to have an operation and I hope it goes smoothly for you. *hugs*
Here's to being pain free, soon. And good luck with the weight loss.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)

Thank you :-)

I'm a bit stressed about the operation -- not with fear, exactly, more with not being able to be arsed. I said to the woman who booked the appointment for me, "I was expecting tablets..."

As for the losing weight, hmmm, I think I'll need luck!

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