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Exile (NC-17) Print

Written by Alcardilmë

19 February 2012 | 8769 words | Work in Progress

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Chapter Nine – Warm Arms

He felt the sun on his face; his eyes still refused to open. Probably best else the sun blind me. When was the last time I saw it?

“Boromir. Can you stand?”

“I can. I will.” He felt a strong arm wrap around him. He pushed against the ground and found his feet. He swayed but a little. The warmth of Théodred’s body engulfed him.

“What happened? How did you come here?” The Marshal whistled to one of his men. “Bring a cloak. Boromir, you must be covered.”

Boromir slumped against Théodred’s chest. His friend’s arms tightened. “I lost my focus and was taken.” Literally. “I… No one knows I am here.”

“Faramir must be beside himself.”

“Why do you say that?” Boromir’s spine bristled and he pushed himself away from the comforting warmth.

“Boromir.” Théodred raised his arms in a gesture of peace. “You look terrible. You’ve lost weight. You’re covered in filth. You’ve been beaten and it is plain to see you’ve been a prisoner for some time now. Do you think your brother is not worried?”

“Of course. I… I misunderstood.” He fell to the ground.

Shouting for water, Théodred knelt and took Boromir in his arms. “I will take you to Minas Tirith, Boromir. We should be there by nightfall.”

“No!” Boromir grabbed Théodred’s tunic. “I cannot go back.” He swallowed convulsively.

“Then I will take you to Nardol. It is close.”

“No, Théodred.”

“Boromir… Halifirien is a long ride. Would you prefer I took you there?”


Water was brought and Théodred helped Boromir. He then stood and turned to his second. “Order the company to split. Half will stay with me while I care for Boromir. The other half will escort Hildelith’s body to Aldburg. Were any of the other women found?”

“No, my lord.” Gram said. “Not even their bodies.”

Théodred lowered his head. “Bema! Could they have been eaten?”

“A possibility. The cave was littered with bones.”

“I only heard one woman’s scream,” Boromir strained to speak. His throat still burned. “I think none other were brought to the cave.”

“Very well. Gram, when you are finished with this task, return to me. We will traverse the Great West Road.”

His second saluted, called out the orders, and soon half the company rode off.

“Set up camp. I want a basin in my tent.” Théodred turned to Boromir. “We will have you comfortable shortly. A bath, I suppose, would be nice?”

“Théodred,” Boromir whispered and his friend dropped to his knees.

“You are sore tested, dear Boromir. Keep your courage a little longer. I will bathe you myself.”

Boromir leaned into Théodred’s chest and wept. His gratitude overwhelmed him. “Thank you,” he managed to say.

“Hush. Speak no more. The tent is up.” The Rohir stood, picked up Boromir, and walked into the tent. “You weigh no more than Éowyn,” he sobbed. “What else have they…”

“They did the things beasts do to men,” Boromir choked. “Think upon it no further. Have you salves?”

“I do. Bema, Boromir. I cannot fathom how this happened. Where was your escort? Your personal guard?”

Boromir coughed. “I will say no more, Théodred. Leave me in peace for the nonce.”

Nodding, Théodred placed Boromir on a low cot. A basin, filled with hot water, was brought in and Théodred began the long process of bathing Boromir.

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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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