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Always  by Citrine 6 Review(s)
Anso the HobbitReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/31/2005
Oh, squee! Wee!Merry story and with some angst to boot! Reading this made me one very happy hobbit. Bilbo's letter was wonderful and Frodo is so happy but this is a tough time for both him and Merry. More soon, please! :D

Author Reply: I'm workin', I'm workin':o) Just gotta figure out some plot difficulties and kick the muse into gear. Wee!Merry angst, ahoy.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/27/2005
Aw poor Merry - and how bitter-sweet for Frodo.

ArmarielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/26/2005
Cute, funny, sweet and sad all at the same time.....a lovely little piece. The teasing, the desk, the baby bunnies, and the rain........

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DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/26/2005
Yes, this is the Frodo and Merry I see, as close as, or closer than, brothers, yet Frodo *needing* to be away from Buckland, and *needing* what Bilbo can give him: undivided attention. It's so beautiful the way you showed Merry's concern for the baby rabbits, tying into the letter that Frodo wrote for him...

Lovely; sad, but lovely...

Author Reply: Yes, it has to be that way, Frodo has to 'find his place', but man, that would've been so painful. I can't imagine that Merry would've taken Frodo's leaving very well, and Frodo knows that, too. To me, this is Frodo's final departure from childhood, leaving Brandy Hall and Merry. But that's one of the great truths of Tolkien, isn't it? Growing up hurts, and parting is inevitable.
Wow, the profundity, lol. Thanks, Dreamflower:o)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/26/2005
Yes, these are our Frodo and Merry, Frodo needing to find his place but fearing the hurt for his brother-cousin, seeking to reassure and explain and protect even then.

And love the little rabbits being part of the symbology of the story, and the fear of the separations to come....

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/26/2005
This is lovely. The love between Bilbo and Frodo, and Frodo and Merry, just shines off the page. You beautifully show, through dialogue and action, the age difference (mental and emotional) between Frodo and Merry. And this...

"Fireworks!" Merry crowed, tugging on Frodo's arm. "What else does it say?"

Frodo smiled again and held the letter high over his head, far out of Merry's reach. "He says, be good enough to put that bothersome Brandybuck imp into a sack and throw him down cellar before he arrives. And that you reek like a Marish cheese-"


Awwwwww.

Author Reply: Double awwww: Thanks Shirebound! Frodo turned out a bit more sweetly rotten, in a kindly, big-brother sort of way, than I intended. I'm glad to see that it worked and didn't seem too mean:o)

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