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Twice Twenty  by Dreamflower

Title: Blue Eyes
Theme: Set #1; Theme #17 “Eyes”
Genre (s): General
Pairing (s): N/A
Rating: G
Notes: Pre-Quest, no particular time period
Summary: Three drabbles; Merry, Sam and Pippin think about Frodo’s eyes.

My earliest memory is a pair of blue eyes. I wasn’t old enough to even know words for what I felt, seeing those eyes filled with love and sadness. I knew those eyes. All I wanted to do was drive away the sadness in them. I felt a fierce joy when I could bring a smile to those eyes.

I was seven years old when I first saw fury in those eyes, directed at one who had dared to hurt me. The offender dealt with, Frodo turned my way. “My brave Merry,” Frodo said, and my heart swelled with pride.

I suppose I weren’t much past being a faunt the first time I seen them blue eyes. Mr. Frodo was just a lad--maybe the same age as my older brother Halfred, as it seemed. He was sitting there on the back step at Bag End, a faraway look in them eyes. He didn’t see me there at first, staring at him. Then he saw me and smiled, though his eyes was still sad.

“Hullo. And who are you?”

I took my finger out of my mouth. “I’m Sammy,” I says.

“Frodo Baggins at your service, Sammy. Shall we be friends?”

If you talk to Merry or Sam, they’ll talk about the sorrow in Frodo’s blue eyes. I know-- it’s often enough I’ve seen it myself.

But there’s something else in those eyes--something Tookish, for all they are blue rather than green. Something I recognize; I see it in the mirror. Merry may be half Took, but his eyes are Brandybuck through and through. But Frodo’s eyes have that curiosity that makes Tooks want to know what lies around the corner: a new road or secret gate. Merry fears Frodo leaving the Shire one day. I look forward to joining him.

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