Fic: Clear Conscience (Epilogue) (for [ profile] claudia603)

Aug. 1st, 2007 03:53 pm
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Title: Clear Conscience (the Clear Shot Remix) (Epilogue)
Author: [ profile] dreamflower02
Characters/Pairings: Council of Elrond, the Fellowship, Faramir
Summary: What if Boromir and Faramir had met Frodo before the Quest?
Rating: PG
Warnings: AU (as was the original story), violence (of the canon sort)
Word Count: 8176
Author's Notes: There are several quotations in the story, indicated by italics. Unless otherwise marked by an asterisk, they are taken from LotR, the books; other sources are marked, and are taken either from the original story, or from the movie.
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: The Clear Shot, by [ profile] claudia603.

Chapter Five

Clear Conscience (the Clear Shot Remix)
Epilogue: Minas Tirith

Frodo sat upon a low stone wall, overlooking the Courtyard of the White Tree. It was rare for him to have a moment alone since the coronation – usually Sam was by his side, or one of his cousins. But Sam's presence had been requested in the gardens of the Houses of Healing, and both Merry and Pippin had duty that afternoon for their respective kings. In the meanwhile, he simply enjoyed basking in the spring sunshine. He closed his eyes, and swung his feet, and felt the breeze playing through his hair. Nights – nights were still difficult. But in the bright sunlight of day, he could be glad he was alive.

Suddenly he was aware of the presence of others. He opened his eyes, and smiled to see Boromir and Faramir standing before him.

"Good afternoon," he said. "It's good to see you."

"May we join you, Frodo?" asked Boromir.

At Frodo's nod, the brothers sat down by him, one on either side.

Frodo turned to Faramir. "Your foresight is remarkable, Faramir!"

"Why what do you mean?" the Man asked, amused.

"Well, here we are 'sitting on a wall in the sun' though we had been beyond all hope of ever seeing one another again!"

Boromir chuckled. "It is good to be together. I am more grateful than I can say to know that all of us came through this Quest, alive, if not completely unscathed. To have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat is no small thing."

"And it is a victory we owe to you, Frodo," said Faramir.

Frodo drew a deep breath, but let it out again slowly. He would not argue with his friends – he'd done too much of that lately. None of them seemed to understand his feelings of failure, for claiming the Ring at the last moment. Instead, he merely shook his head, and said "It was a victory achieved by many, and the two of you not least."

Faramir shook his head. "I did nothing remarkable."

"You allowed me to go my own way. I did not appreciate at the time what that could have cost you, but I have heard things since I came here that make me realize – you could easily have forfeited your life, allowing me to go on, not bringing me back here to face your father."

Faramir shuddered, and did not reply.

"And I owe much to you as well, Boromir."

"You owe me nothing, Frodo. I was one of the Company, and your friend, as well." Boromir shook his head. "If anything, I owed you my service, after nearly taking your life long ago."

"You more than repaid that debt, Boromir. You protected my cousins as best you could." Frodo stopped for a moment. "More than that, you resisted the Ring."

Boromir looked at Frodo in astonishment. "You know about that?"

Frodo nodded. "It was overhearing your own struggles that made me realize I could not continue to protect the Company from Its constant blandishments. Had I not known, I do not think I would have found the courage to strike out on my own. Though I did not find it possible to leave Sam behind."

Boromir flushed. "It should never have come to that. I should not have listened even for a moment."

"No, Boromir, you could not have stopped your ears, nor your mind. But you were able to keep your heart true – and for that you have a clear conscience."

Faramir smiled. "Aye, brother! And all has ended well for the West and the Free Folk in the end."

"It has, hasn't it?" asked Frodo, and for that moment in time, at least, he was able to cast aside all his doubts and enjoy the companionship of good friends.

Date: 2007-08-04 09:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
oh! oh! oh! This was sooooo lovely! I can so see this unfolding this way based on Clear Shot universe! I love your Boromir and Faramir, grown up, in the battle of their lives, and yet still touched by their encounter with Frodo so many years earlier! Thank you so much for this!!!!

Date: 2007-08-06 02:31 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
I really wanted to see how I could mesh your universe with canon, to come up with a way for it to work. It really seemed to me that if Boromir had a previous friendship with Frodo, he would have been much harder for the Ring to seduce, I do think!

Date: 2007-08-05 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What I love about this is that it seems like such a continuation of the original story (the universe, that is), but also showing how such an AU needn't stay as AU as it had as its start! (Also, it was nice to see the cousins here.) I also love how Boromir and Faramir and the earlier encounter with Frodo, that is still such a big and important part of their lives.

Nicely done, really!

Date: 2007-08-06 02:29 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
I'm glad you saw what I was aiming for here! And thanks for all your help with it!!

Date: 2007-08-06 02:01 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
And I had a niggling suspicion/thought that it might be you!!! But I didn't dare!

I really love this story!

Date: 2007-08-06 02:17 am (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
If you could have seen it before [ profile] danachan beta'd it, you would have been positive! She helped me by taking out some of my more, er, unique--formatting quirks; some of the little things that would have made you *positive* it was me!!

Date: 2007-08-09 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Artfully done! A wonderful tribute to Claudia's fantastic fic. I loved seeing it come full circle at last.

Date: 2007-08-10 08:32 pm (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
Thank you! I'm glad you felt that it complimented the original!

Date: 2007-08-16 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
WOW! This is amazing! I love Claudia's original, and your remix blends perfectly with her universe. Incredible job!

Date: 2007-08-16 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whoops! That was not the icon I wanted to use!
lets try this one instead!

Date: 2007-08-16 11:18 pm (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
Thank you! I really wanted to see if I could use her story as a springboard, and then afterwards stay as close to canon as possible, while still allowing Boromir to live. It was a really fun experiment! And the original story had such a fascinating premise to work with!


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