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Returnverse. Legolas' party of elves, a dwarf, and The Key, set off to explore their new lands. Ithilienne, left behind...
The Story of Aule's Firstborn by Ellynn Teen
Durin I Deathless was the very first dwarf Aule had created. He lived a very long, successful and glorious life, and achieved...
Half-brothers in heart, full brothers in blood by FirstAmazon Mature
My (rather optimistic) view on the complicated relationship between Fëanor & Fingolfin. A romance. Warning: this...
~ Fragments of Fate And Fire ~ by Spiced Wine Mature
This will be a collection of fics, commissioned art, and gapfillers to flesh out events within my Dark Prince/Magnificat...
Fit for a Prince by Narya General Audiences
In which some Elves of Dorthonion learn a thing or two about cheese-making, and about Eldalótë.
Seven Stars and Seven Stones by ziggy General Audiences
Seven Stars and Seven Stones   Tall ships and tall kings Three times three, What brought they from the foundered...
~ A Crown of Ash ~ by Spiced Wine General Audiences
Set directly after A Throne of Shadows, with the Clouds now gutted by fire, events move to the north-west of Scotland. The...

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Penname: curiouswombat [Contact]
Real name: Voirrey
Membership status: Member
Member since: July 24, 2011
Beta-reader: Yes

Female and not as young as I used to be... Much of what I write is part of a long on-going series and is centred on the Elves - mainly of Ithilien. Other stories dot around - sometimes more Elves. And I also have a soft spot for the Rohirrim.

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Title: Five Things That Never Happened to Sauron by Russandol
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 3]

Five short AU scenes with a twist starring Sauron, in five different locations. Each of them harder to write than the previous one!

Warning: Kinky slash in the fourth ficlet "Victory for Mirkwood".

1st Place, Ficlet: Elder Days & Smaug's Treasure, MEFA 2011

Category: Fiction
Characters: Celebrimbor, Eonwë, Sauron, Thranduil
Content: AU, Character Death, Drama, Kink
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 668 | Read count: 2784

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Published: June 30, 2011 | Updated: June 30, 2011

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: June 29, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Five Things That Never Happened to Sauron

Clever - and even cleverer that they make such good reading that the conceit behind them remains there, rather than drawing the eye.
And how different things may have been had any one of them come to pass...

Author's Response:

Oh, I'm pleased you like them. Yes, Sauron's choices and motivations have always intrigued me, and he makes an ideal trigger for AUs. As to the missing letters, it was painful to consider every single character, so I'm glad my choices don't seem contrived to you.

Thank you for stopping by to leave a review, curiouswombat!

Title: Morning Yearning by Alquien
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 5]
Summary: Family ties are the most complicated relationships.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Fingon, Galadriel, Gil-galad, Maedhros, Maglor, OFC, Orodreth
Content: Het, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 2934 | Read count: 2769

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Published: July 02, 2011 | Updated: July 02, 2011

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Date: January 02, 2014 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

What a wonderfully tangled web! Certainly works for me.

Title: The Letter by Alquien
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 7]
Summary: A thank you note provides unexpected insight.

B2MeM Day Twenty-Eight: Gondor. Today's Challenge: There was no avoiding it; the letter had to be composed...
Category: Fiction
Characters: Legolas, Thranduil
Content: Gen
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: No | Word count: 966 | Read count: 3010

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Published: July 02, 2011 | Updated: July 02, 2011

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: November 20, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is a very clever bit of writing - not just a 'cute elfling' tale, but one with an interesting little sting of foresight in the tail. I really enjoyed it.

Author's Response: I'm very glad you enjoyed this. 'Little Legolas' is always fun to write, especially when he has glimpses of the future. Thank you so much for the kind words.

Title: A Dawn Of Many Colors by Pink Siamese
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 141]

How many books out of worlds and worlds out of books? This is the story of Janet Lambert, a thirtysomething college student, as she travels out of her own world and into the Tolkien multiverse and beyond.

Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Boromir, Faramir, Fëanor, Frodo, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, OFC, OMC, Orc, Samwise "Sam" Gamgee, Sauron, Thranduil
Content: AU, Drama, Dubcon, Explicit Sex, Het, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 110 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 139144 | Read count: 319238

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Published: July 02, 2011 | Updated: May 26, 2017

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Date: July 27, 2011 Title: Chapter 86: Chapter 86 - The Doorway (III)

In theory I am meant to be uploading some of my own writing to the site. Practically I am totally distracted by reading your fantastic tale...

Author's Response:

Thank you much! I would normally enthuse more but I am post-op (had my gallbladder out this morning). I'm happy that you're enjoying it. :-)

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Date: September 06, 2011 Title: Chapter 93: Chapter 93 - The Other

Oh - good cliff-hanger...

Author's Response:

::bows:: Thank you, thank you very much. ^_^

Title: Renascence by Kenaz
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Legolas embarks on a journey in an attempt to stave off his sea-longing, and discovers that oft the unbidden companion proves the best company.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Elrohir, Legolas
Content: Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 11163 | Read count: 4667

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Published: July 03, 2011 | Updated: July 03, 2011

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Date: April 16, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Renascence

This is beautifully written - I am so pleased that it cropped up in the random story box. There are some beautiful turns of phrase - "a struggle between leaf and tide", "an expression that seemed to ride an improbable line between sincerity and mischief." especially, and the star-steered fight in the forest is wonderful - and, I think, truly unique.

Author's Response:

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

Title: Memories of Trees by Vaysh
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 2]
Summary: After the quest the hobbits rest in Minas Tirith, passing the time with story-telling. One afternoon when Merry talks about Fangorn, he remembers a walk with his grandfather in the Old Forest.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Frodo, Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, Peregrin "Pippin" Took, Samwise "Sam" Gamgee
Content: Slash, Vignette
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 4008 | Read count: 2229

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Published: July 04, 2011 | Updated: July 04, 2011

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Date: October 11, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Memories of Trees

This came up in the random story and I clicked on it. Seeing that Azalais had beta'd it I thought it would certainly be worth a look and I must say that it is lovely - such beautiful imagery, such a sense of being, and of both loss and gain. The whole story, itself, has that sense of being sun-warmed and drowsy - just lovely.

Title: And The Woods Responded by WindSurfBabe
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 12]
Summary: Aeve did not believe in elves - nor did she need to. But when war threatens to claim those she holds dear, she remembers the old stories. Are there truly immortal beings dwelling in the ruins nearby? Can they help her? And at what price?
Category: Fiction
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Glorfindel, Lindir, OFC, OMC
Content: Drama, Het, Romance
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 15 | Completed: No | Word count: 39255 | Read count: 32991

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Published: July 05, 2011 | Updated: July 04, 2012

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Date: November 28, 2011 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 12

Such a rich and fascinating tale, this - a pleasure to catch up as I snatched a lunch break.

Author's Response: Well, I'm glad I could make your lunch break better - Eru knows it's important, whether the day's good or bad :P Thank you for reading and reviewing, it's heart-warming to see that people still follow this despite the ultra-slow updating on my part *is shamed*... Take care, WSB

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Date: July 05, 2012 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 14

I've been catching up - and that is a wonderful last line for a chapter!

Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it, even though it's been so slow in coming! :P Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Title: No More Despair by WindSurfBabe
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 2]
Summary: There are different kinds of pain, and some are more difficult to face than others. Written for September '09 Teitho Challenge "Crossroads".
Category: Fiction
Characters: Éowyn
Content: Drama
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 729 | Read count: 2408

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Published: July 05, 2011 | Updated: July 05, 2011

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: July 10, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: No More Despair

I think this is an excellent insight into what she may well have thought at this point - well written!

Author's Response: Thank you for the compliment, I am glad you'd think so. Thanks for reading & commenting!

Title: ~ Earthblood ~ by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 15]

~ After the Last Alliance, Vanimórë traveled deep into the Harad, to the great desert trade-city of Sud Sicanna. He took the throne with violence, slaying the corrupt Sultan; he meant to rule until Sauron took form again and called him back – as Vanimórë knew he would.

Nowhere, even in the South, whose people worshiped Morgoth and Sauron, were women treated so brutally as in Sud Sicanna, almost, Vanimórë thought, as though they were feared.
In the temple, overlooked by a statue of Melkor, lay a great stone used as an altar of sacrifice in blood rituals dedicated to the world's darkest, oldest God. The Azanti tribe said that before Men awoke he, whom they named the Black One Whom Enslaves, murdered the Mother of the Earth upon it.

Vanimórë came to know that something had indeed happened in that place, something so terrible it echoed through time.

Nothing in Vanimórë's fated life was chance. Something had drawn him to the wealthy, vicious city, something that knew whom and what he was...

A great horse leaped past them, galloped straight toward the altar, straight at Mokar. The rider's hand brought the stallion back on it's haunches, steel-shod forefeet raking air, before they came down with a clash on the stone.

Category: Fiction
Characters: OFC, OMC
Content: AU, Drama, Femmeslash, Het, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: Dark Prince ~ The Darkness Has Its own Light.
Chapters: 9 | Completed: No | Word count: 36725 | Read count: 24334

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Published: July 06, 2011 | Updated: July 06, 2011

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Date: November 30, 2011 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 ~ Piercing The Darkness ~

I am not always good at writing the reviews we all like to get - that pick phrases and ideas and give praise for them.

Especially when reading has kept me up a goodly way past my bedtime... which is a form of praise in itself!

So this is simply to say how engrossed I am in this story - how well it flows, and holds my imagination.

But, desperate to sleep now that I have reached the last available word, I can say nothing more sensible than that...

Author's Response: Oh, thank-you so much Curiouswombat. :) I am thrilled you like it so far. This story is actually on hold at the moment, but I do have to write the most vital part of the plot at some point to tie in with the series.

Title: The Protege by Alpha Ori
Rated: Explicit [Reviews - 38]
Summary: Legolas makes his first visit to the Spring Festival at Imladris. A diplomatic and cultural exchange between elven realms that proves to be one of the most memorable.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Galadriel, Gandalf, Glorfindel, Haldir, Legolas
Content: AU, Explicit Sex, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Slash
Challenges: Inaugural Glorfindel/Legolas Challenge
Challenge: Inaugural Glorfindel/Legolas Challenge
Series: The Protege
Chapters: 23 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 92714 | Read count: 132469

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Published: July 06, 2011 | Updated: April 11, 2012

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: April 10, 2012 Title: Chapter 2: The Greenwood

I too am reading slightly outside my usual area - and enjoying already the speculation, gossip and anticipation about this Legolas.

I like the hint of his strange and 'magical' powers both over and from nature, as well as his care for his people - and look forward to finding out more about him. Also I am looking forward to reading more about the relationships between Elrond, his family, friends, and his in-laws.

Sadly I will have to limit myself to a couple of chapters a night at the moment - I have beta-ing, Brit-picking, writing and even work to fit in :(

Author's Response: It's great to see you reading The Protege! I am currently re-editing it, as it had a few bugs, plus - even though I wrote it about two years ago, I look back on it now and find myself wanting to rewrite it. I still like it, but I am so reminded of how much I have learned over those two years when I compare it to Arcane Land. Re-editing is already around chapter 20 so it won't affect your reading. I am guessing you are not a big slash reader, and I must warn you that there are some pretty explicit slash and het scenes in the story - and even more in Arcane Land, but I hope that doesn't put you off too much :D Thanks for taking the time to review.

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: April 11, 2012 Title: Chapter 6: The Smiling Eyes of Elros

Ah - when I said it was good to read outside my usual zone it was in part that I try not to absorb too much of other people's ideas, if they write in the same general area that I do, as much as anything... It is fascinating, then to read your elves preparations for a spring festival - when 'mine' have most certainly got some similarities in the way that they celebrate their own festivities. But we both came up with our own celebrations long enough ago to know that neither has in any way influenced the other!
As for reading slash - I do sometimes, as long as there is, as there clearly is here, a story to go with it. But I find it can so easily get boring and repetitive as, no matter how you look at it, the options are always fewer if there are only males available...
'My' elves tend to be pretty much ambisextrous!

Author's Response: Good!!! and so are mine. There is a little het in The Protege and Arcane Land. It just seems logical to me that living so long means that boredom is a major danger - plus, more time means less moral distractions - I think they would be a lot more natural and tolerant than mortals could ever be - you live and learn, as they say! So whereas your universe is het with a hint of slash, mine is slash with a hint of het -M'kay!!

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Date: April 12, 2012 Title: Chapter 8: The Nightcap

I do rather like this picture of Legolas with his piercings and his long green skirts...

One hopes he isn't going to unsettle the balance of power in this long-term triumvirate too much!

Author's Response: It is a different take on the traditionally rustic Sylvan look he is so often given. It often strikes me as unreasonable that Legolas should always be the 'reluctant prince', always hating the pomp and circumstance, hating his crown, etc. I would assume all those things would be well engrained upon a young prince - and so my character is fully at peace with his lot in life, moreover - he tends to revel in it!

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Date: April 15, 2012 Title: Chapter 9: The Turning of the Tide

And an excellent end to Part One it is too - just enough information to satisfy us, as well as Elrond and Glorfindel, and enough to make us happy to get straight into Part Two. The advantage of so many of us posting stories already complete, so no need to wait for that next section.

As for your comment about 'Princely Legolas' or 'I am an ordinary elf, really,' Legolas - I think the latter comes, in part, from canon. Although he is clearly described as King Thranduil's son the very first time he is mentioned in 'The Fellowship of the Ring', the title 'prince' is never attached to him and he seems happy to simply describe himself as 'a messenger'.

For myself - in a story a long way further on in my time-line than is currently here on Faerie, Galanthir says "Our Lord’s royalty comes naturally to him even if he sometimes casts it off for a while." I certainly think he is perfectly good at 'Lording and Princing' to use Tind

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Date: April 18, 2012 Title: Chapter 13: Protect and Defend

And now I am well into part two...

I do love the idea of kilt-wearing elves doing a haka - I'd always thought of it as a dwarf thing - but I can certainly enjoy the mental visuals...

And the developing relationships are fascinating - including the one between Legolas and Mithrandir. The battle-scene in the woods was very believable and easy to 'see' - and the consequences likewise.

Now to squeeze in another chapter whilst dinner cooks!

Author's Response: Good! I do like my elves in skirts, I just can't help it, and if they are doing a haka while they wear them, then I am a happy woman!! Legolas' relationship with his fellow protege will be an ongoing aspect of the whole series, as you will see, and I am glad the battle scene worked for you. It was one of the early ones, back when I was just starting out. Hope you don't burn your dinner!!

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: April 19, 2012 Title: Chapter 17: The Visitation

The image of the newly raised King is beautiful. Out of curiosity, who was the third figure with him and Yavanna?

(You can see where my pen-name comes from!)

Author's Response: You are, indeed, a curious wombat :D You know, originally I had that as Est

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Date: April 20, 2012 Title: Chapter 18: Aftermath

Hmm - I can see the extra curls might draw the eye, but his hair can't be that much longer can it? In chapter six you said it 'reaching down to the waistline of his spectacular skirts'. And I would say the small of his back is the back of his waist - actually, most males wear their lower garments below the level of the small of their back... I'm sorry - it's my compulsive beta coming out!

Author's Response: Hehehe, you DO sound like Mindirith, just the kind of thing she picks me up on! It is a tad longer, but it is more the thickness of it and the raster like weaves that Yavanna has so kindly woven into the top layer of it. It would now be somewhere around his bum - if that makes it any clearer :DD LOL

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: April 21, 2012 Title: Chapter 19: Good Politics

Good politics indeed! I would most certainly concur.

And we, of course, have the foresight to understand that moment between Legolas and Arwen - but it would be as confusing as hell for the rest... :)

Author's Response: You know, I actually went to take a look at that scene, just in case it was in some way confusing. It did not seem so to me, but I was a little unsure about how to interpret your words. I had asumed that it would be clear to those reading LOTR fanfic, and as you say, probably confusing to those that have no idea of LOTR - is that what you mean, or do you think the scene should be expanded in some way, made clearer?

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: April 21, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: The Noldor

Sorry - I meant it would be as confusing as hell for the rest of those in the story who heard it - Elladan, Elrohir and Haldir - and Glorfindel, when he found out - as it certainly would imply they were destined for each other - I thought it was very cleverly done by you.

Author's Response: Ah, ok, I thought you were talking about readers! Absolutely, indeed there will be a few comments on that one, not only in The Protege but in Arcane Land too, because whatever they have understood by their words, what is clear to them is that there was something important going on, some kind of foresight. This point is actually very important, not for this story or iindeed the next, but the third, as yet unwritten story - so if I ever get round to it, and if you are still reading, you will see the significance!! I am so glad you are still reading.

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Date: April 22, 2012 Title: Chapter 23: Acceptance

I am looking forward to The Harvest - and Legolas coming to term with that sword - and learning how to do his hair on his own too :)

I do think it is a shame that he is always in the more submissive role in their sexual encounters - considering his background as someone of power, and his new role as a ruler, I think it would be a good idea if he turned the tables on Glorfindel, and the others, and was the penetrator not the penetrated, the beater not the beaten, the biter not the bitten, at least some of the time! Perhaps this is because I am naturally about 50:50 dom to sub!

Author's Response: You know, that was always my intention, but when I come to writing the scenes, I get side-tracked. I do, however, have him quite the dominant one in all the het scenes, especially in Arcane Land, and then with other lovers - it is just with the Imladris circle that this happens. It is, however, sound advice and I believe another reader also mentioned this. Regarding Harvest, I am re-editing it and should be posting chapter one tomorrow. You could also go straight to Arcane Land, it wouldn't really matter one way or the other.

Title: For the Ladies by Erulisse
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 5]
Summary: A question is posed when Erestor observes Glorfindel’s wife teaching their daughter how to plait her hair. A drabble written in response to TW prompt “plait”.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Erestor, Glorfindel, OFC
Content: Humor
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 110 | Read count: 2377

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Published: July 08, 2011 | Updated: July 08, 2011

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: November 16, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aha! I always knew there had to a sensible reason for it...

Author's Response: Thanks, Curious. At least Asfaloth thinks that the reason is sensible. The rest of the world, obviously has its doubts - LOL. - Erulisse (one L)

Title: When Everything Stopped Making Sense by Ndil
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 58]

A ring can represent practically anything. Undying love, a silent promise, real friendship, commitment, but also nobility, worship or faith. There are rings that symbolize dependence, enslavement, eternity, and apparently there is one that stands for all that’s evil in this world. But let’s not forget a ring is nothing more than a piece of metal that fits nicely around a finger. It doesn’t even have to be pretty.

So don’t ask me why I ended up risking my life, going on this quest to destroy one. I mean, you can’t really blame me for getting caught up in things I don’t even believe in, right?

This is a tenth walker fic and English is my second language. It’s possible you’ll hate this story, but don’t forget you’re not obliged to do so. And seriously, I really like readers and absolutely love reviewers.

Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Boromir, Frodo, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, OFC, Peregrin "Pippin" Took, Samwise "Sam" Gamgee
Content: AU, Humor, Romance
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 32 | Completed: No | Word count: 98195 | Read count: 71315

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Published: July 09, 2011 | Updated: November 24, 2015

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Date: October 02, 2013 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23

**No one hugs, while having one hand on the hilt of their knife; that's just awkward and rude.**

That really epitomises the twins in this time, I think.

And Legolas' last line is perfect.

Author's Response:

It kind a was supposed to do that, yes :-) 

And thank you also for referring to Legolas' last line. It was my favourite bit of this chapter, so I'm glad you liked it too :-)

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Date: March 27, 2014 Title: Chapter 25: Chapter 25


Sorry - I am sometimes the queen of the very short review...

Actually, can I just say that the fight is really well written - and I can just imagine Legolas expecting everyone to just be able to find East.

Author's Response:

Sorry for the cliffhanger :-P Thanks for your review, which really wasn't that short at all :-P

I'm glad you liked it.

Reviewer: curiouswombat Signed
Date: December 07, 2014 Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 28

I really enjoyed this game of twenty questions!

Author's Response:

Good to hear :-)! Iris is full of questions of course. Thanks for reviewing!