Good update. Did not see that coming till just before it actually came out! Boy is Brandon in Trouble!!
Author's Response: Too right! Now he has literally two realms against him (Greenwood not even included as Thranduil is not aware of the situation yet) and a very angry Maia, not to mention the great eagles...
And I am delighted that I managed to surprise you! Not only because it's good to stay at least a little bit unpredictable, but also because I was somewhat afraid that I'd overdone it or that it was too clichéd or far-fetched.
Thanks for the review!
Almost mised this chapter (although it sickened me) It was well written and I felt Erestor's terror! A bit of a cliffy, too. Just remember...we have a deal... ;) ~G
Author's Response: Thanks, Gwaelinn.
I knew that this chapter would not be ... well-liked? And I mean that's ok, it is non-con after all. I had some problems with it, too, though somehow I didn't want to delete it once it was written, it just didn't seem right.
Honestly, I had no problems at all to write it but somehow could not edit it later on - usually I'd write a chapter and then practically rewrite it after a few days of thinking, going over language and correcting errors and generally embellish it, which somehow didn't work here. This chapter only made me lose my muse and I needed more than a month to complete the chapters that lead to this scene and this chapter itself ("Welcome Home", "Like The Dove Against The Falcon" and "Rage").
At some point I thought of deleting it completely but after I put so much time in it, that just felt wrong; and I think it is important, especially after I had Fiondil behave so nice and caring and sweet and dare I say lovable; I wanted to remind everyone who Fiondil really is, what he is: cruel, ruthless and insane.
Anyway, if that reassures you: this will be the only non-con scene in Scarred Fate and I don't plan to write something similar in the next stories that I'm maybe going to write, seeing as I didn't really enjoy writing it.
I hope you'll like the coming chapters better.
Haldir's got a crush *gleeful smile*
Author's Response: :D yeah, it seemed a perfect match somehow ... and I thought you all needed a little silver lining in this dark story.
Interesting...very interesting! I am hooked and looking forward to the next update--love a good mystery ;)
Author's Response: My heartfelt thanks and welcome to the story!
now you know what I think of twists and turns! Just keep it all organized :) You're doig a great job...just remember our deal...;}
Author's Response: Thank you so much! It's just: I am getting somewhat nervous again as my little showdown approaches and I am not sure if I overdid it and I find myself constantly worrying if I overburden my reader's patience... (you can just ignore my little rambling attack again, you know, I get them once in a while ;-) )
And our deal: I will see to it that Erestor and Elladan are happy in the end, so you'll see to it that Hesgar comes out happy, okay? I'm afraid I can't promise something else. But I'm not above begging for him ;-)
If You had better have a REALLY GOOD plan if Erestor actually bonds with that slimy sorry excuse of an Elf! Great chapter though...liked the length as it kept the story flowing. Looking forward to more!
Author's Response: I am working on it! I promise I have a plan, and it IS starting to get to it's end: finally the knots start to unravel and I am getting all my chess pieces into their proper positions.
For me as a writer the really fun part has just started. Some of the following chapters have now been waiting for months to be shown to another pair of eyes...
And I am really glad: my cockatrice seems to get the reaction I wanted him to get. Just wait for the next chapters...
Thank you again!
Well done again! Now I am beginning to suspect a potential father for our dear counselor...and by the way--I love Thalion :)
P.S. a curse on Erestor's Uncle *pfut, pfut*
Author's Response: I'll join you in that: Fie upon Brandon! (I love that word since reading some of Shakespeare's works... ;-) ). But to be honest, when first writing this part I had Lindir have a burst of temper over Erestor's stubbornness and because he accepted his fate so easily. I was kind of angry with him for that myself... that sounds so weird, being angry over the behaviour of a fictional character which I have made behave that way in the first place. hmm ... anyway, I got over it and deleted the temper-tantrum ;-)
We learned from the best! Wonderful update...I never saw the turn of events coming--hmm, maybe Erestor knew about the traitor? Will patiently await the next update...now off to write another chapter myself. :)
Author's Response: :D Thank's again, I was hoping to surprise you all, but it will get more twisted in future chapters, that I promise you! I needed a map where I drew the travelling routes of each of the parties involved to plan everything out and a huge chronological table with the events and still I got confused sometimes; but then again, sometimes I didn't write for a month or longer and that didn't help much either...
Thank you!! I noticed the change in font immediately and appreciate it. It made the letters flow/read much easier :) Again, a well written chapter and I look forward to more...hint hint
Author's Response: You are welcome ;-) And did you coordinate your comments with Melda? It almost seems as if you two are rotating to get more chapters ;-) Ah well, since I gave her chapters for her nice reviews I'll give you another one, too. If I'm running out of new chapters (part three of the series is not yet written), then that is your problem, isn't it?... :D and thank you very much for your review, I'm just noticing how much that can mean to an author
I read this this morning and now have a moment to comment...this cliffy isn't so bad (esp. cause I see you updated!) anyway, I am notorious for my cliffhangers so I cannot be too hard on you. This story is just so...so...intense and I just want more and more. Well, off to read the new parts :)
Author's Response: Awww, that must have been one of the nicest things I've ever been told about any story I've written so far... So thanks again ;-) And don't worry, together with The Bitter Glass you have only just seen little more than a half of what is already written. Looking forward to show you all the rest of Scarred Fate.
Great job! but such a cliffy...where's Erestor and the answers to all the questions?
The only off comment I have is that the script used for Erestor's letter is a bit difficult to read--but I changed skins and that helped.
Looking forward to more!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review and I am so sorry for the cliffhanger ;-). Didn't really do it deliberately. It just would have been such a long chapter if I had put it together with the second part... Thanks for the tip with the font by the way, I am going to change that during the next few days.
Great to see an update! Out of the frying pan and into the fire? More like into the fires of Mt. Doom! And that Eagle had better live and the twins and Erestor and...oh, well you get the point!! (otherwise, something might just happen to Hesgar.......) ;p
Author's Response: Thanks! Yeah, I know. It's like everything that can go wrong is going wrong in this story. But don't let anything happen to Hesgar! I have a sweet little chapter to appease you ;-) I think you’ll like it. And don’t worry, I couldn’t kill Landroval. He is needed to carry Frodo and Sam into safety in the future ;-) Furthermore I promised everyone a happy ending and I’ll stick to that!
It was sweet and I loved the little "name" thing. Especially since I, like many others, often call him Fin and never really take into account that there is a meaning to the syllable.
looking forward to more!
Author's Response: I know, most people use that abbreviation and I never considered the meaning behind that either and was just about to use it as well. I think it was when I started to search for a nickname for Erestor (which ended to be rusc and tôr and then later pen idhren) that I got the idea of looking for the exact meaning of the other names. This is my little satire about the fact that many people use the elven languages only to mix up Sindarin with Quenya, get the grammar all wrong and don’t consider the meaning of names, just using those that sound nice (I don’t exclude myself in that, I am sure there are mistakes in the few elven sentences or words I use and I only just started digging deeper, but I find it funny nonetheless). Anyway: I am glad you liked it and I hope you’ll like the coming chapters as well.
Okay, so he loves elrond and Fin *snicker* I think elladan is a better match so I'm going to root for him--even thought I know you already have it all mapped out and I am wrong.
Loved Arwen in this chapter (and to be honest, I'm not a fan of hers--at least as depicted in the movies) cute chapter and waiting for more :}
Author's Response: Yeah, I know. When I wrote The Bitter Glass I was determined to have an Eresor/Elrond/Glorfindel pairing. And then Scarred Fate changed everything. I never intended for Elladan to get so damn close to Erestor. But then it just so happened that he was captured along with the advisor (and that's really the way it was, I tried to change it, but couldn't find a logical possibility).
You know, I am contemplating to rewrite it to an Elladan/Erestor pairing. Haven't decided yet, though. If enough of you would prefer Elladan, I guess I will
I am glad though, that you like Arwen. She is a little brusque sometimes in my story, but a good person.
Well done my dear, well done! Love the tension, the deception, the challenges! Hoping for more soon!
Author's Response: Thank you very much, Gwaelinn! And I am going to update soon, probably on Friday, so hang on! ... and give me another chapter in the meantime, will you ;-) ?
It seems to me our stories, yours and mine, keep a very fragile balance of angst and romance to my current (re-)reading hours ;-)
Awesome chapter!! And no, the twins are not behaving dishonorably--for the life of an inocent is more important than a vow made under durress and blackmail!
I love erestor's cousin--his rather dememnted warped sence of love...he truely loves Erestor (at least in his mind)--sick! Looking forward to more and remember our deal...Sons of Rohan is not done yet so Hesgar is not entirely 100% safe.....*wicked wink*
Author's Response: I am very glad you see it that way. I normally dislike it when the protagonists in a story value honor more than a life. To me it seems like a highly *wrong* way to set one's priorities.
And I really am honoring our little deal: I saved Landroval and the twins! ;-) Now it's only Erestor who is in dire need of saving and I am coming to that ... in time. But don't do something rash, okay? Because it's going to get worse before it gets better ... ;-)
And the cockatrice (I love that nickname ;-)). Yeah, I like him, too, in that rather strange way ;-)
I guess with Brandon as a father he never really had a chance to turn out right. And there is no doubt about him loving Erestor, with everything in his being - body, mind and soul. They are just not soul mates and the cockatrice is too egoistic and ruthless to be understanding towards Erestor or not hurt him when it is meant to keep Erestor in line or when he thinks it would benefit himself.
Hot Damn! Thran is in trouble (as is everyone else) Awesome chapter and I loved how Gandalf tried to be diplomatic but finally had enough. So cannot wait for more!! *smirking the rest of the day from this* ~G
Author's Response: Yeah, the whole incident is just on the brink of becoming a political disaster what with the fragile relationship between Greenwood and Rivendell. Ah, but I love a good chaos! ;-)
And I am glad you liked Gandalf in this chapter. I guess his behaviour is the result of 400 years of pent up grief that is suddenly transformed into boiling rage, added to the shock of being a father without knowing it and the instinctual protectiveness towards his son... that is a huge amount of energy channeled into one single goal ... quite frightening with him being a Maia and all...
;-) Thranduil had no chance.
Thanks for the review!
I like your Thranduil...he certainly is not bery diplomatic in The Hobbit! Great update and just what I needed...now I can see a happy ending thought there is still a LOT of baggage to sort through!
Ah, finally had a chance to finish this!! Really liked it and it looks like Erestor is in for some help and support whether he wants it or not! Look forward the next story--when you are ready!
Author's Response: Thanks!
Yeah, I know, it's been 3 months since I finished Scarred Fate but I feel somewhat stuck at the moment and not sure how to proceed. Already 'Gates of Dawn' is longer then 'The Bitter Glass' and I'm not sure at all how to get to the turning point I wish to have.
But I'm making some progresses at last...
You are right though: Erestor is faced with some things he never thought to face (eager help and support amongst them) and is not really ready to accept them... that's actually fun to write ;-)
Glad you liked it and I hope you'll bear with me a little longer...
Ack!! You can't stop there!! Hope for an update soon...very good start.