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Like a Shadow of Shifting Silver by Kimberleighe

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The backstory to Waiting for the Thunder.  A story of Anairë and Fingolfin.


Chapter 9 posted!  As the Games grow closer, there's tension rising among the Eldar.


Rated: Teens
Characters: Anairë, Eärwen, Fëanor, Finarfin, Findis, Fingolfin, Finwë, Indis, Maedhros, Nerdanel, Noldor, Olwë, Original Character(s)
Challenges: B2MeM 2012
Genres: Adventure, Drama, General, Het, Romance, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Completed: No
Word count: 32815 Read: 6915
Published: March 18, 2012 Updated: June 20, 2017

Story Notes:

The title is taken from Conrad Aiken's poem "The House of Dust" (Part One, VI).  I cannot deny the inspiration that this collection of poems has lent to this, especially the following lines in regards to the Noldor.


Good-night! Good-night! Good-night! We go our ways,

The rain runs over the pavement before our feet,

The cold rain falls, the rain sings.

We walk, we run, we ride. We turn our faces

To what the eternal evening brings.

Our hands are hot and raw with the stones we have laid,

We have built a tower of stone high into the sky,

We have built a city of towers.

Our hands are light, they are singing with emptiness.

Our souls are light; they have shaken a burden of hours . . .

What did we build it for? Was it all a dream? . . .

Ghostly above us in lamplight the towers gleam . . .

And after a while they will fall to dust and rain;

Or else we will tear them down with impatient hands;

And hew rock out of the earth, and build them again.

--Excerpt from "House of Dust, part One, I"


Many B2MeM12 prompts may be fulfilled within.  I plan to list them all here.


Write what you know: A character you have something in common with // A character you dislike.

Women of the Silmarillion: Sisters & sisters-in-law // Women of the House of Finwë.

Relationship: Same-sex relationship // jealousy

First Lines: "The towers of -- aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel, cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods" (Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt).


1. Chapter 1: Of Horses and Half-Brothers by Kimberleighe [Comments - 1] (3984 words)

Hail to pandemonium_213 for grammar corrections & input. 

2. Chapter 2: Things familiar and friendly by Kimberleighe [Comments - 1] (3907 words)

Huge thanks to surgicalsteel, scarlet and pandemonium_213!


3. Chapter 3: The Art of Drinking Gratuitously by Kimberleighe [Comments - 0] (3517 words)

Continued thanks to surgicalsteel and scarlet for their help and support!

4. Chapter 4: Madly, madly by Kimberleighe [Comments - 2] (3689 words)

Credit to elfscribe, pandemonium and oshun for their suggestions and support!

5. Chapter 5: Confessions & Proposals by Kimberleighe [Comments - 0] (4331 words)

Thanks to the LC for their help, as always!


7. Chapter 7: Alqualondë and Audacity by Kimberleighe [Comments - 0] (5826 words)

Huge thanks to elfscribe for feedback and suggestions! 

Summary: The group travels to Alqualondë, and enjoys some friendly competition.

8. Chapter 8: Lazy Day Customs by Kimberleighe [Comments - 1] (2860 words)

Summary: There's tension among the Eldar as the Games grow closer.

Thanks to klose, mollyapple and oshun for looking this over!

9. Chapter 9: Lines in the Sand by Kimberleighe [Comments - 0] (1930 words)

It only took 5 years to post this...