The One Hour Fellowship Writing Challenge
The Quiet Watch by Dandy
challenge: 1 hour..
The ring goes south time stamp 9:37
It was so cold. Like dripping icicles against the
bare skin. Icicles it was when I moved my bedroll and peered out from
the frosted covers. We had been traveling for three possibly four day
when the winter took a nasty turn and shoveled more snow onto us.
away the day.. Marching at night. There was no use for it.. It was my
to watch. I rolled out of bedrolls and went to stand next to Aragorn.
were to share the watch for the next few hours.
"Frodo? How are you keeping?" Was the first words out of his mouth.
I laughed.. How else would I be keeping? "Well
I am cold, and hungry and I think I have a hole in my blanket. Other
that things are miserable."
He laughed in return. "Yes I understand, Well the
sun is shining so it will be a little bit warmer today than the last
The snow was a bit of a surprise I must say. It seldom snows in this
But everything seems to be out of sorts this year."
"You're telling me?" I chuckled in agreement..Including
myself. Looking out over the sparkling snow drifts, I looked around.
one thing was certain we would see something long before it reached us.
would stand out against the fields of white around us. I huddled in my
and brought out my pipe and weed. Filling mine and handing the pouch to
We took a seat next to Bill and used him to block some of the wind.
After a half hour or so of silence. I asked Aragorn
a question that had been plaguing me for months. "How old are you
You do not seem much older than a myself. But then I.. I do not look my
either.. You told us once it would take years of crawling through muck
mire to look like Strider.. How many years?"
He turned to me in surprise. "Well Frodo I am far
older than you..8 decades I have seen, give or take a few years.. who
after awhile. I started out into the wild when I was twenty and have
found a place to rest. Rivendell was my home or what home I have.. and
it is difficult to go there these days. The Lady Arwen is there and I
it makes Lord Elrond uncomfortable to see us together."
I nodded. "Bilbo told me a portion of that tale.
But you are wrong in thinking that you are far older than I, for I am
myself. I once felt lucky to remain a tween.. now.." I shook my head..
We sat again.. both lost in our thoughts.. The
silence broken only by the mournful whispering of the wind..and soft
sound of the icicles on Bill's belly as they brushed together.
"Where have you traveled?" I asked him.. Wanting to get to know this
strange man that I have grown so fond of.
"Well I have ridden with the horsemen of Rohan.
Do you know they have horses that would put these mounds of white snow
to shame. Pure white, they shine with a magic of thier own and with
sleeker than a minks coat. If one were to run towards us now you would
be able to see it.. And I have been to Gondor.." He smiled, in memory..
you know.. I was a friend of the Old Stewart and was there for many
he pointed his pipe at Boromir and chuckled. "I once gave a ride to his
year-old grandson, though the grandson would not remember such things.
father is a good man, but we had a disagreement after the Old Stewart
so I left. I have not been back since."
I laughed quietly at the thought of a 4 year old Boromir. "Will you
He shook his head sadly. "No, I don't think so.
I will wait for him to rebuild his trust in me. It will happen
He shrugged.. "or not.."
"It will happen.. Look how long it took you to convince Sam, less than
a month.. and he is a hard nut to crack.."
Aragorn laughed again.. "And the only reason he
cracked was because we finally made it to Rivendell and the elves were
to convince him I wasn't a cutthroat.."
The thought brought a sad smile to my face. I wonder
what Bilbo would think of todays diary entry..And will we ever get back
time for him to read it.. Will we ever get back at all.. I went back to
my pipe in silence.. Suddenly I didn't feel quite like talking after
Challenge : Are we there yet? A trial of
Gandalf shook his head
in a amazement. How those
two younger hobbits could talk all night without losing their voices
beyond him. And now they have started in on this:
are we there yet
why does the moon glow
merry is touching me
he started it
i need to go to the bathroom
i wanna drink of water
can we make snow angels
you'll poke your eye out with that
told you so
he's looking at me
i don't want to carry my pack no more..
i need to go to the bathroom again
can i puuuuulllllleaseee have a drink of water
i want some candy
and some gum
he's not sharing
would you please tell pippin to stop looking at me funny
are we there yet?
can i hold the torch for a while
sam gets all the fun.. he gets to pet the pony
can i pet the pony
or better yet can i ride the pony
my feet hurt
i dont want to walk no more
you can make me
i am just going to sit here and pout
i am going to hold my breath
will you carry me
*stamping of feet*
wait for me
i want a post card
and a souvenir
and a soda pop
you just had one
are we please there yet
yes.. thought Gandalf.. it was going to be a long trip with those two..
I wonder if I could just sneak off for a bit when we get to Moria.
*dang I can't think of any more*