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Exile (NC-17) Print

Written by Alcardilmë

19 February 2012 | 8769 words | Work in Progress

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Chapter Twelve – He Has Some Fear of You

Faramir’s head ached from the riddle. No, the second riddle. The first was — where was Boromir?

“Let us rest for the night, Faramir.” Damrod offered a skin of water. “You have dreams. Mightn’t one manifest itself? We can hope it will bring answers.”

“I have had no dreams since Boromir disappeared.” Faramir drank and remounted. “A little further, Damrod. We have an hour of light.”

They rode south. Darkness spread across the land. A sliver of Anor lit the westward sky.

Mablung dismounted. “We cannot see further, Faramir. We must stop, else we pass a clue in the night.”

Faramir dismounted. “Let us search the nearby area after we light a fire.”

They lit torches from the hastily made fire. Mablung went east; Damrod trudged westward. Both had swords drawn. Faramir walked to the south.


He started at Mablung’s hiss. Running, he reached the man as Damrod joined them.

“There is a fire over this hillock. See the smoke? Someone camps.”

“Be slow, Faramir.” Damrod held his shoulder. “We know not who it is.”

Faramir stopped. “Caution I know.” He climbed the gentle slope. “Rohirrim,” he whispered when Mablung and Damrod joined him.

“Then we are safe.” Mablung began to stand, but Faramir held him back.

“Wait. Let us see who leads this group and why they are in Gondor uninvited.”

A sentry came close to the hillock and all three ducked. When he passed, Faramir raised his head. “Théodred,” he muttered. “Look. By that tent.”

The Marshal of Rohan stretched. The firelight shone on the Rohir’s blonde hair. The man called to someone by the fire and the distance was not so great. Faramir’s shocked groan, stifled by Mablung’s hand, responded as Théodred asked for more water for Boromir.

Faramir’s anger rose. He stood and marched forward, pushed the sentry aside, and charged into the camp. “You hold my brother captive?” he shouted. “What is this evil?”

Théodred’s chin caught the brunt of Faramir’s fist. He staggered backwards. Not one breath passed before Faramir was grappled to the ground by five Horse Lords.

“What ails you, Faramir? The world is all grown strange indeed when ally attacks ally.” Théodred rubbed his chin. “We are the cause of your brother’s rescue. He lies in yonder tent.”

Faramir pulled at the arms holding him. “Let me see him!”

“If you promise not to strike me again, I will order your release.”

“I will not strike. I beg your pardon. Why keep you Boromir from Gondor? From his home? From those who love him?”

Théodred motioned and the guards released Faramir. At Théodred’s urging, the Gondorian sat by the fire. The Rohir sat next to him. A guard handed them both flasks of ale.

“We rescued him from the rógin,” Théodred began, “and brought him here. I would not move him further for his wounds are many.”

Faramir rose in fright.

“Nay. He is well-tended. Think you the Men of the Mark so cruel as to leave him suffering?”

“Forgive me.” Faramir sat back on the rock. “Speak. I wish to learn from you more of it; for what concerns Boromir concerns me.”

“A band of rógin3 stole six of our women six months ago. We followed, found one discarded by the side of the road and buried her. When we found the cave, we discovered Boromir captive.”

“What did they do to my brother?”

“Unspeakable things.”

“I wish to see him.”

“He has some fear of you. I know not why.”

“I do. I must see him. Speak to him.” Faramir rose.

Théodred took his arm. “Be gentle, Faramir. He is dear to me.”

“Is he not more dear to me? I would see him. Alone.”

Théodred led him to the tent, opened the flap, and Faramir stopped.

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19 Comment(s)

Very interesting beginning! Please, continue!

— Anastassiya    Monday 12 July 2010, 6:13    #

Chapters 2, 3 & 4 are already in the can…. Glad you found this interesting.

Alcardilmë    Tuesday 13 July 2010, 3:52    #

It is so fascinating to see angst explored from inside Boromir’s head. Few authors tap into the elder brother’s thoughts and feelings.

— trixie    Thursday 22 July 2010, 5:54    #

Many thanks! I do so love getting into my character’s heads! giggles Rather naughty, don’t you think!

Alcardilmë    Sunday 25 July 2010, 4:11    #

Greedily waiting for chapter 3 and on! Great beginning, love the angsty Boromir. So far you do not betray what Faramir might be thinking on a certain matter, so it’s all doubly intriguing.

December    Thursday 29 July 2010, 18:55    #

Bless you! You know I am such a fan of yours. I cannot believe your tale, ‘Oxygen’ – just blew me away – incredible writing. I am soooo pleased to think something of mine makes you greedy! Again, bless you!

Alcardilmë    Friday 30 July 2010, 5:26    #

Yey, first to comment on chapter 3! I felt so sorry for Boromir reading this chapter, what with his misery and all, and I so wished something nice would happen to him – and then there’s this ending… Well, what can I say: again, I’m waiting for more, naively hoping something nice would happen to him in the next chapter…

December    Thursday 5 August 2010, 9:52    #

We can only hope that something nice will happen to Boromir and Faramir… both suffering in their own ways. Boromir has been fighting something he cannot see; perhaps this new enemy will clear his head! Thanks ever so much for commenting. Most appreciated.

Alcardilmë    Thursday 5 August 2010, 22:12    #

Great, great, another chapter!
I wonder if Boromir had given it any thought how insane with worry everybody would be made by his disappearance… And I really-really wonder what Faramir would think – and do – if he were to know the truth… And, naturally, I wonder what is going on with the unfortunate heir and his new er… acquaintances.
Glad to have had this update, and of course much looking forward to the next one!

December    Thursday 26 August 2010, 13:38    #

Thanks, December, for continuing to comment… and read… Poor Boromir – honor is of the utmost importance. And Faramir’s honor is to be guarded with his life… which he has now, in his mind, failed miserably.

Alcardilmë    Sunday 3 October 2010, 7:16    #

Oh, poor baby Boromir! I just discovered this story and it is FANTASTIC! :)

— cecilia    Sunday 3 October 2010, 8:57    #

Many thanks, cecilia, I’m enjoying writing this.

Alcardilmë    Monday 18 October 2010, 23:20    #

Alrighty, finally worked up the courage to read what happens to Boromir…
Er… I probably got one of those shock-resistant minds: it just refuses to fully take in everything that’s happened to him. The magnitude of it just won’t sink in… There’s still this thought that if now he’s treated with care, he’ll come to be just as before – which is obviously not how these things work… I mean, a single dose of what he’d been through can easily leave one messed up for life – and he’d been there, what, weeks? And so many people, too… He must be quite destroyed, although I can see how seeing it all as a deserved punishment would in part help him come to acceptance. And I’m wondering, too, what about… well, the physical side of the healing. The treatment he’d been subjected to is bound to have left his body in a rather irreparable state – what is he going to do about that…? One would think he’s already more than paid his due for putting Faramir’s honour in danger – I wonder if that’s occured to Boromir, too…

December    Tuesday 18 January 2011, 17:16    #

Gonna be a long haul on the healing end – but don’t you think Theodred might have what it takes to help our dear man? Wait till Faramir finally finds him, too.

alcardilme    Saturday 22 January 2011, 5:26    #

Yea, Theodred’s a good character: we know hardly anything about him, so really, one can make him into pretty much anybody. And anyway, that talk about healing is purely theoretical for now: I mean, I don’t even know whether you actually do plan for Boromir to get healed ;) What with Boromir being the tragic hero he is, it could go in any direction for all I know :) I just hope that, you know, he won’t have to go through the “axe” thing again…

December    Saturday 22 January 2011, 9:32    #

Hey, darling! How’s it going with this one?
After what poor B’s been through, I’d really love to see him on a happier path :)

December    Monday 11 July 2011, 7:53    #

Woohoohoo, call me cynical, but I’m getting the feeling Theodred’s going to make Boromir’s already somewhat miserable life only the more difficult XD How can Boromir handle so much love now, especially from someone who isn’t Faramir? Because, cleanse you inside out – that means what I think it does, does it…?

December    Saturday 19 November 2011, 9:14    #

More! More!
Also, me enjoy the dialogue :)

December    Wednesday 30 November 2011, 0:47    #

My dear, are you well? And… will there be more…?

I have commented on this story before, but now I am more on the edge than ever. I’ll be honest, I had expected a more straightforward development of events at the point where Faramir tracks Boromir down, something about healing, etc.
What I have found instead is more complicated, and more interesting to me, and also what I find to be much more real-life. Many shadowy issues they have, both the brothers. And Theodred… he knows Boromir well. Maybe too well for Boromir’s comfort. I don’t feel Boromir would be thankful to him for speaking to Faramir thus and treating Faramir thus. Especially since this chapter reveals to us that Faramir is still very young. He is spirited, and passionate, and very devoted, but… maybe he’s a bit too young to deal with all of this?
And what is his standing on Boromir’s feelings for him? So far we have heard nothing on this, except that what he has learned has not stayed him from searching for Boromir, and apparently has not cut off his love for his brother. But… I don’t know, I don’t like Theodred doing what he does, even if eventually it will lead to the brothers’ benefit. Boromir has suffered much, and Faramir has endured much worry, and no doubt he will be greatly pained when he learns what depths of suffering Boromir had been subjected to. I guess we could say Faramir too will sustain a mental trauma – and amid all of this, Theodred seducing/taunting him? Come on, Theodred, is this really what the young man needs at the moment?

December    Sunday 29 July 2012, 7:34    #

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