Love it! Gamling and Eomer crack me up in so many ways. Thanks for a fun chapter!!
Author's Response: You're welcome! I always see them as mentor/prodigy--Eomer may be king, but he is still quite young where as Gamling as already served one king and trained Eomer. There is a friendship and mutual respect between them.
just a moment *smacks Eomer on the back of his head*
I needed to do that, too. Somtimes he can really be .. well, himself. He just doesn't think of things. Though the idea of asking Beriedis if he could dance with Lothiriel is better than asking the princess directly but still, he definitely has to win Beriedis first. There is no way around her. So he has to start and at least try to get into her good graces. I mean, it may be hard, but it is not impossible. Come on man, don't pull your tail between your legs (no double meaning intended) and show her that you are made of harder stuff ...
Author's Response: Yah, does seem to need that now and again! Well, you'll jusst have to wait and see if he takes the advice and if he does, will she chew him up and spit him out...they say there is little diffence between love and war...I think Eomer would disagree claiming war is WAY less complicated and esier than love!
Lady Beriedis is... She... It... Yes, yes, I know: without her, this story would have been about two chapters long. Still. Infuriating woman. :-)
Author's Response: *BIG GRIN* I write my stories like real life...an we all have a Lady Beriedis of some sort in our lives! ;)
It was a very nice chapter, I am glad this ended rather smoothly. It could have gone completely awry.
Forgive me, but I simply cannot imagine Eomer doing it Beriedis's way. That would not really be him anymore. But maybe he can be it for a short time, he doesn't have to play a role forever ...
Author's Response: eomer may very well not have a choice but to do it Beriedis' way. She was appointed Lothiriel's guide and mentor and chaperone. According to the traditions of Dol Amroth (which I made up) it is Lady Beriedis who accepts suiters and presents them to Prince Imrahil who will then give the young man persission to court his daughter. As it seems Imrahil follows the tradition, it is doubtful that Eomer has a chance unless he can somehow come into good graces with Beriedis...it will get interesting and there are still a twists to come :)
Yeah, not really thought through, was it? Hmm ... but in the end, the peredhil will probably rather take the blame freely than having Eomer suffer because of their little harmless antics and accusing the queen and her brothers is something even Beriedis would surely avoid.
But I guess Imrahil could be a little miffed now...
Well, we'll see...
Author's Response: A little miffed? Oh he is less than please and Beriedis has no problem in calling the Queen on this. Arwen might be queen and elessar king, but they are new to the realm of Gondor and even newer to the traditions of Dol Amroth. This is interference on a personal level--not political. Now I just sent off the rest to my Beta so when she gets it back to me I will post (after Christmas) Have a great Holiday! ~G
I will take the blame, I would pay, if they only make it together and that watchdog loses. Give her a bone and let her be distracted.
I really think Beriedis needs to fall in love with someone who is below her station. Maybe she'll understand then, but I am not sure.
I knew that she is not stupid and that this ruse was well-planned but not very obscure. It had to happen. But I just know it will be a happy end and maybe the hurdles they have to take will make them the perfect couple =)
Author's Response: Funny you should mention Beriedis and Love in the same sentence...since I just sent the next segments to my Beta, you will have to wait so see who throws whom a bone. As for the less than well thought-out plan...nothing worth having comes easy. More when it comes back. Happy Holidays!!
"It was all so I could spend a moment of time with her." Seriously, so sweet. And in my head, he says it in a slightly wistful tone... Please, no apologies for any delays in updating - especially at this time of year. I check in on fan fic sites each night fully expecting nothing new, so it's a pleasant surprise to find an update. :-)
Author's Response: How you imagined he said it is how it was intended. I see Eomer as a strong, stubborn hot-headed warrior with a heart of gold and a gentle soul. He wants no trouble for Lothiriel even at the expense of his desire/happiness. More will post after Christmas (just sent the next part to my beta). Thanks for sticking with me on this journey! ~G
I think Beriedis stopped eavesdropping far too early. There would have been so many nice things to hear. I think it does her good not to know everything and believing something to be true which certainly is not. This could be funny
Author's Response: No, she stopped at the right time...for now. It might be funny...as long as you are not the one involved when she finds out the truth...enjoy the update!
As a character in a movie once said, "Ooh...I do love a good intrigue." Coming here and seeing this updated is always a treat at the end of my day. Thanks for that!
Author's Response: Sorry for the delay in responding---holiday madness and slow muses! I am glad updates brighten the end of the day! I have one more to post and then I have to wait for my beta so send some back. Enjoy!
I apologize for the fact that this review will be even shorter than your chapter, but I must get some sleep before braving the crowds to do Christmas shopping. And I don't really have that much to say, anyway, except that I do so love little plot twists like characters with the ability to reveal all getting waylaid. :-D
Author's Response: Short and sweet! Glad you like twists, because I am not done yet... enjoy the next part!
And the third review for you today. Yes, it was a bit short, but not too short. Filling gaps is the most difficult thing when writing, I know that, so you are forgiven =)
I hope at least this feud between Eomer and the twins settles fast, I think there will be enough going on with the princess and her watchdog ...
Author's Response: A fued with the twins would be bad...and it certainly would not help Eomer's cause!
Devil! And you are, don't deny it!
You know that really reminds me of the plot twists in the comedies of Shakespeare. You constantly have that itching in your hands as you desperately want to smack your forehead because of the evil twists of fate...
Gods, but how I love that ;-)
But still: poor Eomer, if there is something he is not good at then it is acting. Eowyn will immediately know that something is amiss, and that at her wedding...
Author's Response: to be mentioed in the same sentence as Shakespeare is an honor! Twists and turns are things I enjoy...
I've said this before but...poor Eomer!!
The line from the last chapter (please forgive my laziness in not looking it up to quote it correctly) about missing Eowyn whenever they were apart and how this time she wasn't coming back nearly broke my heart; but the image of him so sad he's trying not to cry... Poor man. Yes, I know it will all work out eventually, but still! *g*
Author's Response: Love is a painful road (perhaps why many do not bother to tred it). It will work out but not before boundries are pushed and patience tried! More posting soon, I promise ~G
I hate this page. I write a review, click on submit and what happens? NOTHING!
OK let me try to get it together again...
This chapter shows once again that people who are eavesdropping hear things they don't like, so true here. You are playing a game with me. I want to go and comfort Eomer but somehow I have the feeling I do not belong in this story.
Now that I can see Arwens meddling plan fully, I must say I like it, although tehre are so many ways in which this can go awfully wrong, especially if the twins are involved. But I really would love to see Beriedis if she finds out what is going on and ask myself if she would be protective enough to go against the queen.
And I hope Imrahil forgives his queen the little deception, after all it is for the happiness of his little flower and one of his important allies.
Author's Response: If I write you into the story I think that would count you as a MarySue--sorry. He really should walk away when he starts to hear things! Beriedis is no fool--despite what people may think--and she does take her sworn oath very seriously. Arwen's meddling in personal affair using her standing as queen might not be viewed favorable by Beriedis or Imrahil--although the prince's loyalty is bound to his king...the King of Gondor!
Hehe... Arwen, our little mischievous, manipulative minx. I love her!
Lady Beriedis is so not going to like this. The poor lady will probably think it a slight to *her* integrity... ;-)
But poor Eomer. Someone *has* to inform him quickly! Or he will be so withdrawn towards Lothiriel which will make her confused and miserable in turn...
Author's Response: Arwen and the twins meddling...nope not really a bright idea and yep, Beriedis will figure it out. As for Eomer...well, he really should quite over hearing things don't you think? Well, it should be an interesting wedding at any rate.
Congratulations - you actually made Lady Battleaxe amuse me (by playing right into Elrohir's (and really, Arwen's) hands!) and I didn't think that could be done! :-D
Love the line "the chaperone was planning on...well, chaperoning." I may be giggling at that for a while.
Oh, and back to the cloak-wrapping: I just think that seems like such a sweet and simple thing. And I'm a sucker for that.
Author's Response: I am glad to have amused...hopefully it will not be the last time she is amusing (I am having fun writing her!) I am sure she was salivating the moment Elrohir walked in! As for Claok wrapping...yah, romantic. Although it would wreak havoc on my rohirrim wrapping their cloak about a woman out of gallentry to keep them warm--however, in zee's story the cloak is clearly not just any cloak, but specifically the "Rider's Cloak" which might not be the same cloak worn as an outer cloak. Anyway, glad you enjoyed the chapter...more soon! ~G
oh, how I *love* Elrohír. Diplomatic yet mischievous... I am glad though they didn't send Elladan. That would have been something!
Beriedis will get a heart attack one day, I'm almost sure, poor lady. She's jumping to conclusions rather quickly, doesn't she?
I wonder what Lothiriel's brother would have to say to Beriedis meddling with his love life! I would think that in contrast to Lothiriel they would be self-confident enough to rebel...
Hey: what does a chaperone do if their charge is married? Will they simply try to take on another child to care for (most likely case, isn't it?) or will they be provided for by the family of their last charge or maybe join the household to further help the one they cared for?
Nice chapter, I wonder what Aragorn is going to say to his foster-family's scheming...
Author's Response: Yah, Elladan is often portrayed as more impaulsive and brash than his brother. I assure you Beriedis will not have a heart attack (though many may be hoping) Amrothos would chuckle at her comment and remind her that his father is alive and well so he has no need for her services. Now as to what happens, all your suggestions are very good. My initial thought had been that they would be free to pursue what every they wished although many might have remained on hand to help over see the nobles house or nanny for the children. Beriedis' fate will be revealed later. Aragorn would not really be thrilled and would rather not now as he does not want a national/political incident! I pretty sure he will be rolling his eyes when he finally catches on.
"The chaperone was planning on chaperoning". I have been giggling for five minutes already and still cannot stop. Well that is a good thing. Alright, let me try to type a coherent answer. Well I like the fact that you make Beriedis so really narrow-minded. It does not even come to her mind that a man or elf would ask a woman out without being a suitor. If the twins are now directly involved she will get ... something. I dare not think what it will be but I think she will fall unconcious when it will become official that Lothiriel "will be married off to Rohan." I mean, the twins trying to achieve something will be a funny thing.
I love this chapter.
P.S. I cannot access the page anymore where I used to read your story "Leading to Love". Do you post it on any other page? If yes, give me the name please. I would love to read on there, too.
Author's Response: Just keep in mind that meddling and the twins...well, not always a good thing. And Arwen may be queen of Gondor, but she is meddling in personal matters now...So, worried yet? I have desided to see just how hated Beriedis can be. It is getting to be most amusing since I know who it all ends! The other sight is down for a spell, but will apparently be back up soon. I will keep you posted. You can see if I arched it at OEAM...I don't remember but will check. I honestly do not remember where else I have it so I will get back to you. ~
Nice chapter, I can really sympathize with Eomer but his dislike for all the formalities and court life won't make it any easier for him.
But I guess the help of three mischievous half-elves who are well over 2700 years old should compensate for that ;-)
Author's Response: *laughs wickedly* They may over 2700 years old...but meddling is meddling and it never goes as planned... Eomer does dislike or rather is very unfamiliar with the day to day aspects of court life. It often makes him look rough around the edges but he is no fool and he is learning how to play the political games. Just got the next couple of chapters back so we will see how it goes. Just remember...things are never quite what the seem (at least in my stories) *wicked laugh*
Ooh, intrigue!! And may I just say that I think the line "find a girl, wrap her in your cloak, and let someone discover you in the morning" may be my favorite line of this entire story. Thus far.
Author's Response: Thanks! The cloak idea/concept is borrowed from my dear friend ZeeDrippy Vessel and her story "Rider of Rohan." Given everything going on in this story, I thought that idea fit perfectly for an ancient tradition that is looking pretty good right now! Can you see Lady Beriedis' reaction to THAT!?!? lol The intrigue is just beginning because nothing is ever that easy! Just waiting for more to come back from my Beta and then I can post! Hang tight! ~G