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Title: Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose (The Great Auntie Pringle Took Remix)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02
Characters/Pairings: Merry, Pippin, Pervinca, Pimpernel, Aunt Pringle Took (OFC)
Summary: Young Merry, Pippin and Pervinca are overheard having a conversation…
Rating: G
Warnings: N/A
Word Count: 940
Disclaimer: All recognizable characters are the property of the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. No offense is intended, nor profit made.
Title, Author and URL of original story: Great Auntie Pringle Took, by [livejournal.com profile] ceshaughnessy.


Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose (The Great Auntie Pringle Took Remix)

I know they are there. They think I don't see them, hiding from me, spying on me, mocking me. Why should I care? I have my birds, my lovely birds who fly away on wings of freedom, who sing to me, and speak to me. But I can hear the children whispering.
The older lad – that Meriadoc – he's a sharp one, as Brandybucks often are. He has eyes to see in his head, which is wiser than his years. And the lass, she's pretty quick as well. Their whispers are more penetrating now.

"Well, perhaps she talks to birds because no one talks much to her." Pervinca squinted up her eyes as she studied the scene thoughtfully, tugging at her bottom lip. "Perhaps she's lonely."

Lonely? Why would I be lonely when I have my birds, and my Pepper?

"She's daft! Of course no one likes to talk to her, they're afraid her strangeness is catching."

"That's not very nice Pip." Merry frowned disapprovingly.

"Yes, that's really not like you to be so mean."


Ah, the youngest! No, you are right – that child usually never has an unkind word. But I smell his fear. He's afraid of me – afraid that someday he will become like me – and he's too young to know what to do with his fear.

"I heard she hears voices too."

"And has visions. I know. But Merry, that's why everyone thinks she's dotty!"

"But they call her eccentric."

‘"That's just to be nice. You know what they're really thinking."

"Well, I think she just likes to be the center of attention. She reminds me of you Pippin!"

"There's no call to be insulting Vinca."

"Oh! Oh, look! Auntie's doing her bird calls again!"

"And here comes Pepper straight away."


Yes, here comes my Pepper, my darling, my own. Such a sweet and lovely bird! He knows what to say to me!

The whispers, which had grown low, are louder once more: Bilbo doesn't like me? I smile to myself. If they only knew; Bilbo knows we are alike, he and I. We don't speak because we both know the world would only call both of us even more "cracked" than they already do. I caught Bilbo's eye, earlier today. He tipped me a wink.

And he knew – he knew I didn't mean to hurt his trinkets, even if they had been his mother's. "Don't fret yourself, Pringle-lass," he'd said. Lass! Though it's true he has many more years than I, he looks too young to be calling me lass – but he said, "don't fret yourself! I learned long ago on my Adventure that people are far more important than things, be they the finest jewel beneath the Mountain or no!"

Adventure! Poor Bilbo – everyone knows of his Adventure! But no one knows of mine! The day I met that old Man in brown, down in the Woody End, back when I was a chit of a lass! He's the one showed me birds have voices. Yes, my Pepper, you do have a voice, my lovely!

"Pip, we may think Auntie Pringle odd but we shouldn't speak ill of her."

"Vinca, I wasn't being mean! I was being truthful."


What a sharp denial! He knows that he was being mean, though he doesn't know why he said it.

"Well, I think we ought to – "

Perhaps the children would like to talk to you as well, Pepper, do you think? Let's go talk to them now, such sweet children, I could just pinch their cheeks..

"Um, Pip. Pip! She's heading straight for us! Run!"

"What? Every hobbit for himself!"

"Or herself!"


Ah now! There's no call for that! As if Pepper or I would bring them any harm…oh, well, they are gone now. I wish I could speak to the youngest one, young Pippin. I know what he fears, and I know, I have seen flashes – he is right to fear. That lad is in for an Adventure someday himself, and it will be far darker than anything the Shire can imagine.

Oh! Look! Old Snowy has got herself a new brood of ducklings! I do believe I should go and make their acquaintance.

They are young and fearful – look how they scatter at my approach. Their mother is calling, telling them I'm no threat, but they don't heed her.

Good heavens! My old legs are not so steady as they used to be, especially since that day long ago, when I fell on my head, and was freed. This water is cold, cold and wet and rather unpleasantly muddy. Everyone's running here and there, one more tale of how "dotty" old Auntie Pringle is. I smile to myself. The dottier they think I am, the dottier I am free to be.

Here come the children. "Thank you, Pimpernel," I say, taking the towel she offers. "I seem to be wet. How extraordinary!"

The young Brandybuck is offering a hand to me. Behind him I see Pippin, staring at me with his green eyes wide; fear is there, and something else – he flushes bright red. Shame – yes, a child so good at heart would feel shamed for the things he had been saying. He knew better. He gives me a half-smile, and I accept the unspoken apology, for he doesn't realize I heard his unkind words.

I wish I could warn him. But he'd say he didn't believe it, even though he would, and he'd be fearful again.

Besides, no warning will keep him out of his troubles, and he will come through them well. It's a shame I won't live long enough to see it.

Date: 2007-08-01 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rubynye.livejournal.com
I like Aunt Pringle through your eyes.

Date: 2007-08-06 02:42 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
Thank you! I just thought it would be neat to see what she was thinking!

Date: 2007-08-02 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mews1945.livejournal.com
I love her observations about Pippin. She's so wise, and Pippin is perfectly realized here, through her eyes and her vision of his future.

Date: 2007-08-06 02:46 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
She is wise, beneath all her "dottiness", isn't she? And she can see through Pippin's bravado here.

Date: 2007-08-02 02:58 pm (UTC)
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (pippin cheeky by danachan)
From: [personal profile] sophinisba
Seeing Auntie Pringle's side of the story is great. I like that she isn't bothered by what the young people think of her, just content with the magical life that she lives. I really love the last lines and the knowledge that a warning would do more harm than good. Good thing Pippin has Merry looking out for him too. :)

Date: 2007-08-06 02:48 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
I thought her side should be shown. She knows that her freedom to do what she wants comes at the price of her credibility, but she is quite willing to pay that price.

Pippin will always have a Merry looking out for him! *grin*

Date: 2007-08-03 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baranduin.livejournal.com
The dottier they think I am, the dottier I am free to be.

Excellent tactics on her part. I liked this very much!

Date: 2007-08-06 02:50 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
By losing her inhibitions, she's discovered that it comes with a certain amount of freedom--at the price of her credibility, of course.

Date: 2007-08-04 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceshaughnessy.livejournal.com
I love the new perspective on this tale! You did a marvelous job in showing Auntie's POV of the little ones' antics - very cool! I also liked the bit of foreshadowing regarding Pip's future with experiencing the second sight. It was very different to see Aunt Pringle's take on this. A lovely remix of my story - thank you very much!!
Cathleen

Date: 2007-08-06 03:00 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
I thought it would be very interesting to see what made her tick. Your hint of a change in personality after a blow to the head made me think that perhaps it had caused her to lose her inhibitions; her fascination with birds made me wonder if at some time she had met Radagast. I'm so glad you liked it!!

Date: 2007-08-06 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceshaughnessy.livejournal.com
Dreamflower, I had a feeling that maybe it was you who did my remix! The character of Auntie Pringle started out as my way of dealing mental health wise (my own!) with a whacko supervisor I had (who recently left the hospital where I work - I have a feeling they might have committed her somewhere....). I haven't done anything with her recently but I have always meant to bring her to life more fully in a story sometime. I love your interpretation - may I use the idea in further developing this character?
Thanks for the story!
Cathleen

Date: 2007-08-08 09:14 pm (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
I love your interpretation - may I use the idea in further developing this character?

LOL! I'd been looking all over for this question in my private email, before it dawned on me that you'd asked it in an LJ Comment! *shakes head*

Of course you can! She's *YOUR* OC, after all, *grin* But if you'd like to know the way I came up with the ideas I used here, and how I see them, feel free to email me!

Date: 2007-08-05 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danachan.livejournal.com
I do love her POV on what is going on, and what she knows versus what they were thinking (and saying). Also, her insight/foreshadowing regarding Pippin was very nice, too.

It makes me happy that she is just happy to live her life as she lives it.

Date: 2007-08-06 03:01 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
She does know very well exactly what's going on around her, and she doesn't let it stop her!
Really, she is quite happy for the most part!

Date: 2007-08-05 11:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] claudia603.livejournal.com
oh, I love seeing hte world through this auntie! :-)

Date: 2007-08-06 03:02 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
Thank you!!

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