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Spiced Wine
07/27/17 09:41 am
Oh, I am so very sorry to hear about Nightwing. One of the first stories I ever read, and she was also such a lovely person. :(
ziggy
07/26/17 11:37 pm
@Naledi, I left a review on To See A World on ffnet, just felt I had to mark her passing in some way.
Spiced Wine
07/26/17 07:57 pm
I hope you had a wonderful time, Alquien {{Hugs}}
Alquien
07/26/17 03:23 pm
Hi everyone! I'm back, and I had a great time! Now to unpack, nap and eat some more lol -- back eventually! ::hugs to all::
Naledi
07/25/17 08:53 pm
I was only thinking about her earlier today. It's such a tragedy. RIP Nightwing.
ziggy
07/25/17 05:26 pm
Some v sad news for those long serving fanfic writers and readers; Nightwing passed away 2 weeks ago. Cancer. May she have rest now.
Naledi
07/25/17 12:36 pm
Yay - Glad you're getting better, Ziggy. And a Black Arrow update - what more could I ask for?
ziggy
07/25/17 12:33 pm
Hello sparkyTAs! You too:) And Spiced! Just posted a silly chapter of Black Arrow to say thank you to everyone:) I am loads better.
SparkyTAS
07/25/17 05:05 am
Ziggy, so glad you're back and doing well.
Spiced Wine
07/23/17 09:34 pm
I'm so glad to hear that, Ziggy! Take it easy :)
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Penname: UnnamedElement [Contact]
Real name: Elizabeth
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Previously, all my fanwork has been published elsewhere. It can be found linked at my "website" on this profile. I enjoy stories on Faerie and have thus created an account. Previously published fanfiction will not be uploaded to Faerie, but new content may be published after on another site. I can be found under the same username as a fanfiction-writer elsewhere.

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Title: Diplomatic Relations by Naledi
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 11]
Summary:

Elrohir has promised to do nothing to endanger the fragile treaty between Imladris and the Greenwood. But that was before Legolas started to dance half naked beside the bonfire.


Category: Fiction
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Legolas, Thranduil
Content: Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 2492 | Read count: 2143

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Published: September 24, 2012 | Updated: September 24, 2012


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: May 08, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Diplomatic Relations

This was lovely! I love your interpretation of wood-elves, a whiff of fey magic. And your writing is beautiful and strong and compelling. I am looking forward to reading more of your work!

Author's Response:

Oh thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I always enjoy writing Wood-elves and their customs :)



Title: Homeless Wanderer by Alpha Ori
Rated: Explicit [Reviews - 5]
Summary: The Quest leaves Legolas without a purpose, with no sense of where he belongs, or where his home lies - like a ship adrift upon the high seas.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Elrond, Erestor, Gandalf, Gimli, Glorfindel, Legolas
Content: Angst, Explicit Sex, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 5142 | Read count: 1254

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Published: April 03, 2015 | Updated: April 03, 2015


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: May 06, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Homeless Wanderer

This was well done thematically (you didn't drop any of your threads!) and so well-written. And, bonus prize a meaningful sex scene! I just really enjoyed this piece. Thank you for writing and sharing! I look forward to more.

Author's Response: Well thank you! Meaningful sex is always nice, but if it's meaningless and has Legolas in it, well I have no complaints, either :))) Thank you for reading, I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)



Title: The Exile by Naledi
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 18]
Summary:

After the Battle of the Five Armies, Legolas arrives in Imladris, with serious consequences for more than one member of the House of Elrond.


Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Elrohir, Legolas
Content: Angst, Romance, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 3 | Completed: No | Word count: 6256 | Read count: 1618

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Published: January 20, 2016 | Updated: June 03, 2016


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: May 17, 2016 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

What a lovely story! I am just loving this. Your narration is strong and your PoV shifts are so solid. I love your characters in this and am enchanted. Looking forward to more, as you post. :)

Author's Response:

Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it. As I've mentioned to other reviewers, I haven't given up on this story, but RL is demanding most of my time at the moment, so updates will be slow. I hope to get the next chapter out in the not too distant future...

Thanks for taking the time to review :)

 



Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: June 04, 2016 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

What a fantastically-paced chapter. Your description of movement and action is superb in this, and your details--particularly of "kingfisher blue" to describe eyes--are so lovely. The tension in this is palpable and the push-and-pull between Legolas and Elrohir is fascinating. I also very much enjoyed Arwen and Elrohir's interaction at the beginning of the chapter, particularly arwen's comment about "if I ever fall in love you will know all about it." Such a great sibling rapport demonstrated in such a short scene. Well done! Take your time with writing this since your real life is busy--this story deserves your measured care and attention! Thank you for writing and posting.

Author's Response:

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it and that the tension worked for you. Thr trouble about writing so slowly is I started to lose all sense of how long the action was taking, so I'm glad it came across okay.

Thanks for your lovely words and for taking the time to review :)

 



Title: Greeting the Dawn by Linda Hoyland
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 1]
Summary:

During the siege of Gondor, an old woman awaits her fate


Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, OFC
Content: None
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 2536 | Read count: 478

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Published: March 26, 2016 | Updated: May 02, 2016


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: May 06, 2016 Title: Chapter 2: Of Cats and Kings

I relish in reading your tales. Your writing and grammar is so solid that it takes you out of the experience of the words, and elevates you to a simple state of experience. That's skillful! I thoroughly enjoyed falling Idril around with you. I am looking forward to reading more of your work!!

Author's Response:

Thank you so much. I'm pleased you enjoyed this story and became engrossed in the tale. I hope to post more soon. I do intend to read more of your story, but am having ongoing Internet problems. Thank you for being such a loyal reader.



Title: The Council of Errors by cheekybeak
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 49]
Summary: When Elrond calls a council everybody comes, even Legolas. But why is he in hiding? Just what has he done? Sequel to Deep and Meaningful.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Gimli, Glorfindel, Legolas
Content: None
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 12 | Completed: No | Word count: 21967 | Read count: 3663

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Published: April 22, 2016 | Updated: February 17, 2017


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: February 16, 2017 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

This was absolutely hilarious. Can't wait to read the next chapter!



Author's Response:

Hi! Didn't know you were reading this. Glad it was funny, sometimes I really don't know! 



Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: February 16, 2017 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11

'"Fine!" He cried, "Fine! Now I know exactly where you all stand I will be off shall I? Don't want to clutter up perfect Imladris any longer with an eccentric wood-elf now do we. Get off me!" He shrugged off Elrohir's desperate attempt at comfort. "Why don't you find someone more sen' hilarious! This is gold. And the way you keep up with your characters and storylines is always impress!



Author's Response:

Poor Legolas. He has a real inferiority complex when he is in Imladris and is very aware of his somewhat chaotic energy....all my versions of Legolas are a bit hyperactive and distractable. There is nothing worse they could do to him than discuss his flightiness behind his back. 

And poor Elrohir. Because this is Walls of Glass Elrohir and so very, very insecure. 



Title: The Darkness in Your Heart by cheekybeak
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 57]
Summary: Legolas begins a new life in Ithilien but not all who go with him are eager and he brings with him pain that cannot be ignored.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Elladan, Elrohir, ╔owyn, Faramir, Gimli, Legolas, OFC
Content: Angst, Character Death, Het, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Challenge: None
Series: Darkness
Chapters: 30 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 65377 | Read count: 9550

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Published: May 04, 2016 | Updated: September 11, 2016


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: May 05, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh I loved the changes you made in this, especially the bit about the Haradrim (your transition from their arrival to the diplomacy to your OC looking around at dead men was flawless).

I am so looking forward to seeing what happens with this story, and how your characters will--and have before--cope with unexpected tragedy. Indeed, they are not unfamiliar with grief, but it is a very intimate kind we feel here, and you tap into these universal understandings of loss so unbelievably well that it startles. (a good thing!)

As for a het!Legolas, you could honestly write about Legolas becoming best friends with a porcupine and I would probably read it. I just *adore* your characters.

I am, of course, looking forward to more. Thank you for writing and posting!

Author's Response: OMG, am I completely crazy that I now have a yearning to write a crack fic about Legolas and a porcupine?! I am glad you liked the Haradrim changes. They were only a little thing but I thought it made more sense for the elves not to be wandering around randomly killing men. I am glad the grief feels believable. It is my biggest fear, that it seems forced or trite.



Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: May 15, 2016 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Loving this, as always. Your characters are always so multidimensional and unpredictable in the most marvelously understandable of ways. I am, of course, looking forward to the next chapter.

Author's Response: Thank you! You know ....to me they are completely predictable but I guess thats because I know their internal motives and you guys often dont! .....like I know the ending....well actually in this story, as far as these two go I dont. I haven't decided yet if they make it work or not.



Title: Simple Turn of Fate (Destiny's Twist) by Arasa17
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

The Dark Lord Sauron plots to conquer modern-day earth once Arda is his. His plans go awry however, when Lord Elrond interferes, and he kidnaps a young nurse instead of a Marine officer.


Category: Fiction
Characters: None
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, Het, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 6 | Completed: No | Word count: 30548 | Read count: 1739

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Published: May 05, 2016 | Updated: July 16, 2016


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: May 05, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I adored your dialogue in this, and your paragraph breaks are very effective. There's an easy humor between the two characters here--like you have been writing them for a long time, instead of this being your first fanfiction!--and it was lovely to read. I am generally resistant to reading 10th walker stories, but your writing in this won me over, and I am eager to see what will happen.

Also, great last sentence. And I liked the outside perspective on Elrond in the brief comments we got in dialogue here. :)

Only piece of feedback: look in future chapters at your adjectives--if you've used one word in particular a couple of times, or in a similar manner, consider diversifying your word choice. What can you say besides 'spattered,' 'speckled,'for example? Check for phrases that you intend to mean one way, but that might come across differently based on general intrepretations of phrases 'Spitting up behind,' for example. maybe it is only because I spend a lot of time around kids--or maybe it is cultural (I speak US English)--but I definitely started thinking about spit-up instead of the absolutely gorgeous scene you were previously painting!

^I only point this out because your writing is so strong and lovely, and that's the only thing that really slowed me down or pulled me out of it at all!

Thanks for writing and posting!

Author's Response: Unnamed Element, whomever you may be, you are a gift to fanfiction authors. I speak US English too, born and raised, and I can see where some phrases can cause confusion to a reader. I try to keep these down, but it's hard to prevent using 'coined' phrases, while keeping them clear at the same time. Like I said to the first reviewer, I apologize for any odd moments or awkward spots. You see, I'm used to having lots of time, sometimes months, to write ahead and then reread and edit my work. I think of this as wonderful practice for publishing real works, so criticize all you like. I appreciate it! :)



Title: So Sweet the Dying Song by Arasa17
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 20]
Summary: A broken hearted Faerie falls in love with a forbidden prince, without even knowing his name. When she saves his life though, breaking the laws of no interference, she must take material form and convince him that her kind don't exist, or face the consequences.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Legolas
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, Crossover, Drama, Het, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 14 | Completed: No | Word count: 64927 | Read count: 2691

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Published: May 29, 2016 | Updated: September 17, 2016


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: June 04, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Truly beautiful prose. And your word choice makes the emotions tangible. Well done! Thanks for writing and posting.

Author's Response:

Oh, thank you UnnamedElement! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. As always, thanks again for taking the time to review. It helps a lot.)



Title: I know better by Kalendeer
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

"Galadriel was the greatest of the Noldor, except Fëanor maybe, though she was wiser than he, and her wisdom increased with the long years."

In Valinor, Melkor is the first to tempt her with the prospect of besting her uncle.


Category: Fiction
Characters: FŰanor, Galadriel, Melkor/Morgoth
Content: Het
Challenge: None
Series: Souls of Cinder Verse
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1595 | Read count: 197

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Published: August 25, 2016 | Updated: August 25, 2016


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: November 25, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: I know better

So, I have not read Silm/HoME fic in a longgggg time, and I am glad I chose this piece as one of my first to ease back in with! I adore your writing, of course, first of all, linguistically. But I particularly loved the way you humanized (for lack of a bettet word) Artanis/Galadriel--the whole structure of the piece did thaT, but passing comments & particular syntactical choices really drove it home--she is relatable here, and it reminds us of the depth of her life and past. Provides motivations we were never really given--because, as you wrote, who asks the women of the house of finwe? I LOVED that line.

 

i also really appreciated--from a professional perspective--the way you represented grooming behavior as well as manipulative or abusive relationship dynamics. While at the same time giving us slivers of Galadriel's lust for revenge via power. But Melkor's treatment of Artanis gave me shivers, because personal and professional experience attest to your representation being horrifyingly accurate, and real. 

 

And the the tone was just lovely. Humorous and light with an underlying power that peaked at the perfect moments. Our elves and valar as we know them--passionate and sometimes dark. And better than how we know them, how many of us imagine them.

 

hope this review makes sense--I am typing on a very old phone! 

 

thank you for writing and posting! 



Author's Response:

I am honestly impressed that you manage to write so much on a phone ! I can read on mine, but the fics always end up on a list to be reviewed later.

I am happy you liked this fic, because I think it's easily one of my bests ! I wanted to do a serie about the women of the House of Finwë, and Galadriel was a good place to start. I had very few headcanons about her at this point and wasn't really interested in her, but thinking about her for that fic was The Thing that made me like her, and start to build a Galadriel that I actually like (and I now have strong headcanons about Galadriel, Fëanor and Alqualondë).

I think Melkor was definitly manipulative, mostly because at this point he probably doesn't know how *not* to be manipulative with anyone, but I am not sure he could be called abusive, mostly because... well, I haven't decided what Melkor actually wanted to do with this relationship. When I was writing, I actually wondered how much of his behavior is for show and how much was sincere. I think he actually liked her (not loved her though), and chose this approach with her because he thought she was interesting, and didn't mind having a companion. Of course, she wasn't as high as the Silmarils or the Trees on his list of priorities, or perhaps he thought that she would follow somehow, or he would have the chance to get her back, or perhaps he didn't care. I really don't know what he really wanted (or if Melkor even knew what he really wanted), but headcanons can go from 100% manipulative asshole to "manipulative but may actually have felt something genuine here". I actually like this fic a lot because it can fit in all my verses.

Also, Melkor really hates Fëanor, so the fact that Galadriel hates him as well is definitly great for him ("yay let's bitch about him", great bonding time).

 

I am so happy you liked this fic ! I hope your come back will lead to many great reads !



Title: Where the Shadows Lie by ziggy
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 137]
Summary:

Not only the Three survive Sauron's fall, and not all darkness is vanquished. Sequel to Sons of Thunder. Warnings: loads of slash, dark lust, non-con/dubious consent, Sons of Feanor, dodgy Science.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

The One Ring has been destroyed and Sauron banished to the Dark with his own Master, Morgoth. But not all the Rings were destroyed with it; the Three made by Celebrimbor to counter the One are free now and there are artefacts still in the ruined cities of both Mordor and Eregion. And the fate of those lesser Rings is not known...yet. Against this, Legolas and Elrohir struggle in their new found love and not all is smooth. By any means.

 

 


Category: Fiction
Characters: Legolas
Content: Action/Adventure
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 16 | Completed: No | Word count: 67207 | Read count: 5337

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Published: October 30, 2016 | Updated: July 15, 2017


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: March 11, 2017 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 The Elendil

I have just gotten around to reading this, as I had been putting it off in fear that I would not be able to adequately keep up with it and appreciate it fully. Cheeky convinced me otherwise, and here I am, and thank goodness! This story is tremendous, as usual. The last line of this chapter is beautiful, and the sundering of twins so...satisfyingly canonically appropriate yet heartbreaking. This last line is killer, beautiful--I love the simplicity of the last too words left hanging with a comma. Looking forward to reading chapter 9 later today. Thank you for writing and posting!



Author's Response:

Thank you for such a lovely review, Unnamed Element- that's really nice to hear. It will, I think, have the deepest ramifications for so many if Elladan does indeed choose the way of men. I'm pleased it feels canonical though - that's hugely flattering!



Title: Fire Dancing Upon Our Souls by cheekybeak
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 210]
Summary:

Sequel to "The Hands of the King" AND "Darkness in Your Heart" Misunderstanding and heartache cause antagonism between Legolas and Elrohir in the years after the War of the Ring.


Category: Fiction
Characters: Aegnor, Aragorn, Arwen, Elladan, Elrohir, Faramir, Gimli, Legolas, OFC
Content: None
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 38 | Completed: No | Word count: 85151 | Read count: 11112

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Published: October 31, 2016 | Updated: June 30, 2017


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: March 15, 2017 Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 26

Review for Fire, Chapters 24 to 26

Note: I will comment on Erynion and Gimli more after your next update. Tried to focus my response a bit instead of just going "omg so good!" like I sometimes do.

So the issue of consent here is very interesting, and I didn't *really* catch it until the chapter in which Legolas is so utterly devestated, which is surprising, given my profession. I was glad you asked if I caught it, and I think a nuanced approach to consent is really important to represent in fanfiction.  Because there is so much I could go on about--but the idea of actually writing about all those things is utterly overwhelming and paralying so you would never get a review!--I am going to focus on consent and the relationships for the review.

You've written a very complicated series of relationships here, born out of significant stress, drama, and very real trauma. Your friendships, romances, daliances, and more are all coming together. The Legolas/Maewen, Maewen/Erynion, and Legolas/Elrohir web is becoming increasingly complicated, and it is this web that really throws the issue of consent into relief.

For is Legolas in a state to consent? Arguably not. I would say no. Wellness wise, mental health wise, and the differential in their power dynamics, here, as well and unwell...  Furthermore, Legolas does, in fact, not consent to Elrohir's touch in the Interlude, very clearly stating "Let me go," which is unequivocal rejection. Legolas then describes Elrohir refusing to let him go, being powerless, breathless and, ultimately, unable to say a thing besides Elrohir's name. (Could he not speak because he was overcome by desire perhaps? Some might argue, but for the sake of this, let's say it's a grey area.) What would he have said though had he been able to speak? What would he have said had Elrohir given him the chance to speak or to actively consent, having previously commanding he let him go? It is an exceptionally common occurrence for people to freeze when they are first being assaulted, sometimes then just "letting it happen" because it has already gone so far after they come into themselves again, especially when the other person's power has already been demonstrated to them (a firm grip that will not let go, for example).

Now did Legolas want to get with Elrohir? Yeah, I 100% believe that. Did he want it to happen this way? Eh, I'll venture to guess probably not, though in the state you have described, I'm not sure Legolas knows any of his desires,  truly.

Which takes us to two more points: 1) Maewen. 2) Personal autonomy. 

Maewen: As much as I love Maewen, she could have handled this a little differently. Maewen has asked Elrohir to help Legolas without Legolas knowing that--after years of their determinedly non-open relationship--she approves of this. So Elrohir comes to him and he not only does not consent to the contact, but he is also made to feel that it is a betrayal--for neither of them spoke to him of it first. And Maewen is his life partner. Should she not have told him? Eased his conscience, made him perhaps able to consent through a better understanding of what was happening? Though that is not a very Maewen-way to approach things. They are rather. . .hopeless at communicating sometimes. When they are on they are on, when they are off, they are not even on the same planet. FOr Maewen knows Legolas well--she knows he needs this to escape from the sea--but she does not know how to give it to him.

OR if it is even what he wants. Which brings us to...

Personal autonomy: Legolas is not well enough, it seems, to even know if he wants to be free from the sea. In fact, he states that without it he is nothing, once it is gone, that without it there is no "[he]." They took that choice from him. They did not even try to have the conversation with him about whether he wanted to try to rid himself of it by laying with Elrohir; they simply took the choice away from him and put the matter into their own hands. It is, in many ways, like assuming a person with a cognitive disability or mental illness that affects communication has no opinion on whether they continue to receive support to live independently or join a group home. Perhaps they enjoy the challenge of their daily life, perhaps the hell people assume they are trapped in is not a hell at all--perhaps it is a different reality, but it is freeing to them in their own way. This person has a personal assitant and a nurse, perhaps, 24-hours a day, or in shifts. It is perhaps not convenient for their family or for their caregivers or their lover, to be tied to their schedule as they live with their version of independence. The choice to put this person in a group home without adequately consulting them takes away that choice, their personal autonomy, their personhood, because that choice is not about what is best for the person with a cognitive disability or mental illness, but it is about what is best for the family/caregivers, what is best for their needs and what they perceive to be the best thing for this person, without doing the work to understand their perspective.

Legolas is an inconvenience to his family and friends right now. The decision to give Elrohir to Legolas is not so much about what Legolas needs, for Legolas has not expressed to Maewen or Elrohir what he needs. THe decision is about what they think is best for him--he will be better, he will be more normal when I think perhaps, for Legolas, after that trauma, there is no normal to return to... They think he will be better without the sealonging, but perhaps it is the one thing holding him together. We do not know, becauuse they did not ask him. They simply made him a person again in the way they thought he needed, without consultation, without asking, without informed consent or, indeed, even consent...!

So consent in your piece is not just about sex; it's about a person's right to decide about their own body and mental health, about their own life and future, and what, to them, defines a well-lived life. It is about autonomy and respect.  (Which harkens all the way back to Aragorn bringing him back in the first place. Legolas did not want to leave, but one has to wonder, how informed was he when he decided to turn back from Laerion? He was half-dead, afterall. Is Elladan, then, perhaps the only person who has not betrayed Legolas' trust thus far?)

ELrohir getting with Legolas is probably the best thing that could have happened for him, from an outside perspective. A treatment that relieves symptoms so that perhaps the true cause of those symptoms can be assessed. But the execution of that treatment... It was pretty horrific, and I can only imagine the chapters of trust rebuilding we have ahead of us, for they may have made Legolas even more vulnerable than he was before!

I know there have been times when I just wanted to force a client I was working with into treatment (read: yesterday, YESTERDAY I wanted this) because I knew it was what was best for their children and family but... That's not how consent works, and until it rises to such a level that it endangers the safety of others (a high threshhold indeed, unfortunately, in my jursidiction) I can no more make someone get help than I can charm my coffee into making itself! (And, interestingly, Legolas does not actually hurt anyone physically until AFTER Maewen and ELrohir try to fix him.)

 I am perhaps overthinking this, but... I doubt it, because you do not write one-dimensional things! I may have interpreted it differently, but there is something more there than meets the eye, for sure.

Gosh, I love your writing. There were a few places in these chapters where I literally held my breath from the beauty. The end of the Interlude and the beginning of that following chapter, for example. You have grown so tremendously in your writing. Your words and phrases and the flow and rhythm are compelling and arresting!

And what extraordinarily complex and believable characters you have created. Such a nuanced and multi-leveled dissection of consent would not be possible were your characters not equally and believably multi-faceted!

I can't wait to read your next update, mostly because I plan to reread everything from the Interlude forward before reading it. I love an excuse to reread! And I am really going to try to stay on top of reviews from now on, but I won't make any promises I can't keep... Thank you for writing and posting, Cheeky!



Author's Response:

The worlds best review...what more can I say? Well heaps....as you know ....in my email! 



Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: June 08, 2017 Title: Chapter 33: Chapter 33

I have finally taken the time to reread a chunk and catch up and it is marvelous. Legolas' situation was beginning to feel rather hopeless, but it is very clear that gimli is the perfect balm for him currently, friend-wise. Because, as Legolas says, gimli is "safe." Also, your maewen is so thoughtful in this piece, and elrohirs tenderness is almost painful to read, it is so sweet (in a good way); you've done the contrast in his treatment of Legolas very well. Gimli running w his inclination about E and L was a lovely touch. And the scene with eldarion in this last chapter was just tremendous, but you know what a sucker I am for Legolas and children. Can't wait for chapter 34! And I do hope I never get that behind ever again.



Author's Response:

So exciting to get a review from you! 

Yes, that is exactly it. Gimli is safe. He is Legolas' calm port in a storm. Legolas has suffered damage to his centre of emotional control and Maewen, Elrohir, Aragorn, they all have such strong emotions swirling around them...Legolas just can't cope with that. 

Gimli is a rock for him at the moment. 

Glad you liked that scene with Eldarion. I needed someone to point out to Legolas how horrendous it had been for everyone left behind as he was "dead" beneath those rocks, and Maewen and Elrohir certainly weren't going to tell him that. Innocent Eldarion was the only one who legitimately could. 

Change of perspective coming up soon. I think we need to go back to see what ticks on inside Elrohir's head. 



Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: November 03, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I have just written to you about this chapter, but I have to say... Truly beautiful, and utterly believable. I am so so so pleased you have decided to pursue this. Thank goodness for Faerie, am I right? :)



Author's Response:

Thank you! And yeah, Thank Goodness for Faerie, or this just wouldn't have happened. 



Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: November 20, 2016 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Absolutely fantastic chapter. Maewen and Legolas are endlessly fascinating, and the end of this chapter in particular was quite telling, of where each of them are in their own heads--they come together, but they are not together, for they act still so very separately.

this piece is just full of so much heartbreak, the potential for it, like potential energy, water just below boiling point. I am so very anxious for your next update--you truly never ever disappoint!!



Author's Response:

You are right, Maewen and Legolas—though in a much better place than when we saw them in Darkness—are still not right. They come together but they are not together is the perfect way of describing how they are at the moment. How much of this is down to Legolas' acute battle with the sea-longing right now I don't know yet. Maewen does suggest that they are more together, more connected, at times when Legolas is not struggling with the sea. So maybe it is just a symptom of that we are seeing. 

The end of this chapter wasn't planned that way and I am in two minds as to what Legolas' motivations there were. Did he purposely use the physical closeness that Maewen is yearning for to distract her from her questions about Elladan? That would be quite manipulative if he did....and out of character....but possibly?? Or was he just as lonely as she was for their connection and it wasn't meant as a calculated attempt to distract. 

I will find that out as I write I guess! 



Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: December 25, 2016 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13

So THIS is what you referred to!! Well, I will forgive you, but only because it was so beautifully written. I stopped breathing for a few paragraphs and didn't notice until my asthma made me cough. Well done.

 

beautiful chapter. I'm interested to see how you write your way out of this one.

 

and an interesting almost parallel with Laerion falling for Legolas--who insists he was not to be seen as a child, worthy of sacrifice--and Legolas falling for the gondorian children. Laerion and Legolas are more similar than I think Legolas gives himself credit for.

 

thank you for writing and posting and merry Christmas!



Author's Response:

I have already written my way out of it!! Posting it as I finish writing this so it should be up here for you in the morning. Would never get myself into a hole like this without a plan B :-) 

Yes, Laerion and Legolas are more similar than either of them can see right now. And you are right. Legolas fails to link his death with Laerion's and see his brother is only guilty of doing exactly what he has just done. In fact you could say Laerion had more justification as Legolas was his brother...not a strange child on the street. But Legolas' anger here goes way back and he has been carrying it for a long time without admitting it. He needed to express it. 

And now he is faced with the loss of all his mortal friends at once when he is totally unprepared. How will he cope with this?! 



Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: February 14, 2017 Title: Chapter 23: Interlude

I have to say... what a catching chapter title, and what we had all been waiting for. I am rather looking forward to the next chapter.

 

tbis perspective into legolas' psyche and mental health was utterly devestating. What a battle he has been fighting all on his own, too exhausted to even accept help. 

 

I can only hope this sea can be burned away again. But how to make this tenable in the long run??? 

 

I continue to absolutely adore your writing. I cannot wait to read more. Thanks for updating and I do apologize for slacking off in my review-practice! 



Author's Response:

I know. Poor Legolas. He is such a beaten down mess. The worst he has ever been here. No wonder Elladan has been so exhausted and worried. So how to make it work, as you say, in the long run? Elrohir may be a quick fix but there are other issues waiting around the corner. 

There is still a way to go until the end! 



Title: I am an Elf by Arasa17
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 15]
Summary:

"My name is Legolas. I will not forget. I am an elf of the Woodland Realm, and I will find my way home." It was scrawled across his arm in blank ink. It was all he had left.


Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Legolas, OFC
Content: None
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 7 | Completed: No | Word count: 28595 | Read count: 1123

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Published: November 05, 2016 | Updated: December 12, 2016


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: November 20, 2016 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

Fantastic. Such lovely descriptive writing. Have you ever thought of writing YA novels? 

 

I really enjoyed getting both L and Kristy's points of view in these past few chapters. I hope we get to read more of Kristine in the future. 

 

Thank you you for writing and posting! 



Author's Response:

Ooh, thank you! Novels...Well, I don't think any wanna-be writer has never thought about it. But really I hate the pressure. Waiting, scrabbling for editors' time whether your work is good or not, always wondering if the whole thing is just plain stupid or egotistical... I'm finding I like fanfiction more and more. You get some level of appreciation with reviews, the same happiness from the actual writing. ...What's left? I don't need the money (well, everyone thinks they could use more:) But not in reality. Maybe in a few years. Anyway, thanks gain for the lovely review! :))



Title: Yes I Do by CassieHughes
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 4]
Summary: A fateful meeting ends as it was always meant to.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Legolas
Content: None
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 682 | Read count: 284

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Published: November 23, 2016 | Updated: November 23, 2016


Reviewer: UnnamedElement Signed
Date: November 24, 2016 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I think I stumbled upon this in the deep archives of Teitho many moons ago! So lovely. Beautiful language and well crafted little piece, and what a unique PoV. Loved this description of the percussion: "My heart beats faster, a full percussion now, drumming in my ears, so I can hear naught else. The world reduced to here and now. He and me. Gold and brown amongst the green. " 

 

thanks for for writing and sharing this here, Cassie!



Author's Response: Thank you so very much for the lovely comments.They mean a lot. I'm glad you enjoyed it.