I'm left practically speechless after reading this- what beautiful angst! And the figurative language is abundant but not overdone and yet extremely fitting and graceful- very hard to accomplish. Very, very good!
Oh my. I actually have goose bumps. There is nothing I can say that will let you know how much that touched me. It was so beautiful. Please continue to write more stories like this! This is going on my favorites! Take care!
Although your lovely story brought tears to my eyes, I enjoyed it very much. Our dear Sam is the bravest, gentlest, sweetest of all beings in Middle Earth. Not a mean bone in his body. Thank you for writing.
Author's Response: I know some of my favorite stories are the ones that make me cry - seems counterintuitive, doesn't it? Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the story and pleased that you've taken the time to tell me so.