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The Ever-Present Past  by Grey Wonderer 11 Review(s)
GamgeeFestReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/23/2009
What a fun story, as usual! I rolled when Pippin was musing over Merry's intentions to murder him and Sterlyn! And Vinca telling him that coughing too much can kill you! It's a wonder Pippin grew up so normal. LOL! The ending was perfect. I'm glad Pippin remembered his promise to use the desk. He'll be an excellent Thain and so he needs an impressive desk. ;)

Author Reply: So, you think Pippin grew up normal, do you? hehehe

Glad you enjoyed this one. Dreamflower gave out a very good bunny for this. I did like the idea of Pippin sitting at that desk as Thain. It just kind of seems right to me.

Thanks for reading. Now hurry up and write more chapters of your current story. I really need to know what Frodo is planning. : )

melilot hillReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/22/2009
Marvelous. Pippin is so very, well, Pippinish in this story. Of course he's the one to stumble upon Gerontius' study. I wonder if anybody ever found out about the rude words he wrote in the dust. The Old Took obviously didn't notice them or didn't mind, seeing as he granted Pippin the desk :-)

Author Reply: That might just make a nice little side story. Someone is out in the garden and sees the words on the window and they start wondering who wrote them. I may have to give that I try. If I do, I'll credit you with the idea. I hadn't thought about that.
Glad you enjoyed this and thank you so much for reading and reviewing. You always see interesting things in these and make me think.

melilot hillReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 4/22/2009
Your prologue is as long as most of my stories were, LOL (yeah, I'm reading one of your fics again. Seems my interest in Hobbit fiction (specifically your Hobbit fiction) has been rekindled. Now let us merrily go down the path towards your actual fic *whistles* okay, shutting up now :-P

Author Reply: Awww, thank you. So nice to have you reading and reviewing again. I've missed you over here.
Most of my prologues are long. I seem to have too much to say these days. hehehe

You whistle very well. Enjoy the story.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/20/2009
Ah--YES! Perfect for these two! And I suspect that Gerontius would indeed approve of Pippin using his old desk, but wouldn't wish to share the view! Heh!


Author Reply: Glad you liked it. At the time they are in Fangorn Pippin says the rooms haven't been disturbed in ages nor changed but it doesn't say that later on some of the furniture, like say a desk, might have been moved. : )

Thanks for reading.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 4/20/2009
Perhaps not as fun as some of your prologues, but definitely well worth the reading! Will read with interest!

Author Reply: Thank you for reading this one. I really wanted to credit Dreamflower and the PippinHealer's group as well as my splendid Beta. This time, I had credit to give so I am glad folks are reading it.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: Prologue on 4/20/2009
Don't think that no-one reads your prologue!

It's always interesting to find out what inspired a story :)

Author Reply: This time I decided to do a straight prologue since other people were involved in getting this story written. I figured credit was due and the prologue is a good place for that. Thanks for reading it.

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/20/2009
A bird in the hand is worth more than two birds that aren't in your hand or something like that. Birds would have liked what he'd done to the pudding, Pippin thought amused. Birds just loved worms!

ROTFL!!! Pippin is just great!

You came up with the only logical explanation why Pippin would end up in Old Gerontius' office - he was fleeing ;-)

And I loved the little bit of information that Pippin did *not* tell Merry. It should remain in the family! But it also shows that the Old Took already likes the new Thain.

Author Reply: Oh, I am so glad you liked that part about the birds. I really enjoyed putting that little Pippin-ism into the story.

Yeah, I had to get Pippin into the Old Took's rooms somehow and so I figured that he might as well stumble upon them while hiding from Merry.

As close as the two cousins are, I do think that Pippin and Merry would both have a few little secrets tucked away somewhere. Glad you approve.

PipMerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/20/2009
GW, I just LOVE your young Merry and Pippin! They are just so full of mischief and fun! And it's mischief that doesn't really HURT anyone, so it's all good.

I really liked how Pippin made good on his word, and took Gerontius' desk and cleaned it up for his own use. I also thought it was good that he left the rest of the room the way it was, out of respect for the Old Took.

Good job!

Author Reply: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Pip.
Thank you for the lovely review.
I liked the idea of Pippin using the Old Took's desk during his time as Thain. Kind of like handing down something important from the past. I'm glad you liked that too.

ErulisseReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/20/2009
A really lovely story. One possible typo:

Why didn't Merry spend a bit of time killing Sterlyn first? After all, Sterlyn was in on the trucj

I'm not really sure what trucj is? You might want to correct that. Everything else looked great and it was a fun read.

Author Reply: I have corrected the typo. Sorry about that.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 1 on 4/19/2009
This is delightful and fun. I love how these two cousins communicate, and how potential death-by-worms evolved into reading aloud to one another, and a wonderful transition to later years when the two of them have this memory to share, and even more memories yet to be made.

Hadn't Merry ever heard that saying about the birds? What was it again? A bird in the hand is worth more than two birds that aren't in your hand or something like that. Birds would have liked what he'd done to the pudding

*snort* And tucked in here somehow... yes, I see them. Sheep!

Author Reply: Thank you and I'm glad you liked it. I have always liked the way guys can argue and then just put it all aside if something more interesting turns up. It's so much easier than a fight between two girls.

The idea of Pippin using the desk and it kind of coming full circle turned up late in the story. Glad you liked that.

Yeah, this time you got birds and sheep. The sheep didn't get a big part in it all but they were in danger so I guess the sheep-bit was my version of an unsolved cliff-hanger. I neglected to get the sheep out of trouble before the end of the story. I hope they are still speaking to me.

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