This is a moving take on Celebrimbor and Orodreth, in that situation. You make Celebrimbor seem very vulnerable here. And I really like your characterization of Orodreth; "oddly square" is a very neat touch.
The description of the thunderstorm is a very effective background to this discussion.
(Presumably Curufin would not betray his son as long as Celebrimbor agreed to subordinate everything he is or wants to his father's oath, but that is a truly terrifying condition, especially considering how the Oath has twisted already by this point.)
Author's Response: Thanks, Himring - I'm glad you liked Orodreth. I really enjoyed writing him; I actually surprised myself. And I'm pleased you think the thunderstorm worked; I worried it might be a bit of a cliché, but I liked it, so I left it!
"(Presumably Curufin would not betray his son as long as Celebrimbor agreed to subordinate everything he is or wants to his father's oath, but that is a truly terrifying condition, especially considering how the Oath has twisted already by this point.)" - I agree, I think as long as Celebrimbor was prepared to do whatever it took to help his father fulfil the Oath then Curufin wouldn't have betrayed or harmed him, but that's still frightening, and not something I think Celebrimbor would have wanted to submit to.
Thank you very much for reading and commenting :)
Oh this was interesting!
I am a Finrod fan, and Finarfin .... (so I bristled slightly at Celebrimbor calling him a coward!)
cant stand Beren, leading Finrod off to his death for something that was not what Finrods oath was about at all.
I love how you pointed out Maedhros was true to Fingon despite the oath. The only one, really, that managed that. Yes, he could not prevent the ship burning but he tried.
Sad to think in the end the dark got Celebrimbor after all, by trickery.
I do think Celebrimbor is right . . . Curufin would have chosen the oath over him. Seperating was the right choice.
Really enjoyed this slightly different look at dynamics following Finrod’s death!
Author's Response: Thanks, cheeky! I am a Finrod fan too, and I think Finarfin is underappreciated - Celebrimbor's snapped insult here isn't my view, or even his really, but he's hurting and I think certain members of his family probably represented Finarfin to him in this way as he was growing up, so it's left an impression. And yes, so sad that the darkness took Celebrimbor in the end :( he didn't deserve it. I'm so glad you enjoyed this little one-shot - thank you for commenting! :)
this is such an interesting view of this timeframe, Narya! I have not really come across a fic about the interaction these two have after Celegorm and Curufin leave. It is an awkward situation for them both and you've really captured that. It's really heartbreaking to think Celebrimbor's fear and deep trepidation regarding even his father's relationship with him, because of the Oath. And Orodreth feeling out of his depth really comes across well. But even in this brief moment between them there is so much veiled hurt, waves of animosity and yet still love and an understanding between them.
Author's Response: Thanks, Nelya :) it's not something I'd seen before either, which is partly why I wanted to explore it. I know, I am a huge fan of the sons of Fëanor, but I do think that Celegorm and Curufin must have become so terrible and twisted by this point that even their close family would be afraid of them. I'm glad you think I captured it well - I see Celebrimbor as much younger than Orodreth, so in the years they spent in Nargothrond together I think Orodreth probably looked out for him and made him welcome, hence the loyalty you see here.
H, poor Celebrimbor, for it to come to this: to be afraid of his father, yet the Oath twisted everything even love.
So sad, and thought-provoking, Narya
Author's Response: Thank you. Yes, it is heartbreaking to think of - I wanted to explore why he chose not to go with Curufin into exile, and this is where it went.
Narya, This was such a lovely gift. Thank you.
Despite it being a little heartbreaking, I loved it.
It was so different having Celebrimbor in tears over the whole affair in Nargothrond. And yet why wouldn't he be? Why wouldn't he shed tears for the love he bore his father and uncle and grieve over what they had done and what they had become. With the Oath rearing its ugly head, they must have seemed strangers to him at the end. :(
A wonderful read.
It made my day. :)
Author's Response: You're very welcome, Gabriel. I hope you had a lovely birthday. I'm not sure what started me off thinking about Celebrimbor after the betrayal in Nargothrond, but once I started thinking about it I had to write something...at some stage I will write a longer fic that explores the betrayal in more detail, and we will see exactly what Celegorm and Curufin became (though doing that will probably break my heart). I also surprised myself by really enjoying writing Orodreth; he's not a character I gave much thought to before. I'm so pleased you liked it - thank you very much for your lovely comments :)