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Dancing In The Dark by Grundy

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History remembers Curufin as the villain. There are a few who think better of him. 

Written for the Taboo challenge. First chapter hits 'consequences' and 'ostracization and exile'. Upcoming chapters will mark off other squares. Will give warnings on chapters as appropriate.

Rated: Teens
Characters: Curufin, Galadriel
Challenges: Taboo
Genres: None
Warnings: Author Chooses Not to Warn
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Completed: No
Word count: 30750 Read: 2312
Published: February 06, 2017 Updated: February 08, 2018

1. Mithrim by Grundy [Comments - 6] (2007 words)

2. Ne'er Be Clean by Grundy [Comments - 1] (3277 words)

This chapter definitely covers the 'Unclean Things' square on the Taboo card. I feel like it flirts with a couple others but doesn't really deal with them head on.

3. People Like Us by Grundy [Comments - 4] (2452 words)

First and foremost, all credit to Himring, whose story Galadriel: There and Back Again gave me the idea for Galadriel's trick.

Also, while I've been making progress at a pretty good clip, it's only fair to warn that there probably won't be anything more for at least a week - I have a busy spell coming up and can't be sure I'll have time to write, let alone post anything.

Finally, I'm not sure I actually hit any squares on the Taboo card in this chapter. I think I danced in the vicinity of etiquette without exactly getting to it. (And maybe Obscene Gestures right there at the end if you squint...) Worry not, there's more taboos to come in future chapters.

4. This Hard Land by Grundy [Comments - 1] (2118 words)

I'd say this chapter hits Curses, Consequences, and Murder on the bingo board. (Or is murder reserved for non-Kinslaying killing?)


5. The Spaces Between by Grundy [Comments - 0] (3524 words)

This chapter checks 'ethnocentrism and prejudice', 'culture shock', and  'cannibalism' (discussion only - no actual eating of elves).

Also, warning: there is a brief discussion of orcs which mentions implied sexual violence/forced reproduction against elves. (Again, I would rather over-warn than under-warn.)

6. Let It Burn by Grundy [Comments - 0] (2478 words)

Not sure if this hits the 'murder' square or not in Taboo bingo - that depends on whether or not you subscribe to Fëanor burning his youngest son intentionally or accidentally.

Which is of course to say that they're talking Losgar in this chapter.

7. One Good Day by Grundy [Comments - 0] (2266 words)

Hits "Table Manners" on the Taboo bingo card. Possibly "Etiquette" also, given that 'nudity' wasn't a space.

Despite the nudity, no warnings this chapter - just good clean fun.

8. In Vino... by Grundy [Comments - 1] (3785 words)

Only just realized this chapter never got posted here!

This one hits 'weddings And funerals' and 'culture shock' on ye old Taboo bingo card.

9. Sweet Dreams by Grundy [Comments - 0] (3061 words)

WARNING - This chapter ends in an unpleasant place.   Non-con.

If you need more information, there is no violence and nothing graphic. Proceed at your own risk.

10. The Harsh Light of Day by Grundy [Comments - 1] (3308 words)

Right, all, this is the chapter I've had in mind since the very beginning when I said I would post warnings on chapters as appropriate.

WARNING: non-con/rape

I cannot be any blunter than that, so if you don't read that sort of thing, you should either skip this chapter entirely, or skip the first section (search for "Curufinwë to take you to the start of the rest of the chapter.) 

If anyone's still keeping track of taboo squares, this one hits 'incest', and probably 'violate Laws & Customs' as well. 

Also, I am thoroughly relieved to have this chapter done, as I've been avoiding writing the first section since September.

11. Picking Up The Pieces by Grundy [Comments - 0] (2474 words)