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Aug. 14th, 2004

Here's my superstition fic. grey_wonderer, I didn't remember until I'd almost finished this that you did a spider fic last week. I didn't copy your idea, honest. Not killing spiders is just what came to mind when I started thinking about superstitions that hobbits might have had.

Spiders

“Frodo?”

“Yes, Merry?” Frodo turned to see that the small hobbit lad had climbed up into his bed to watch Frodo dress, rumpling up the covers in the process. “Here, climb down from there. I just made that bed and Mistress Salva will be very put out if she sees it in such a state.”

Merry slid off the bed and watched as Frodo smoothed the linens. “Frodo, you didn’t answer my question.”

“That’s because you didn’t ask it, you little goose.” Seeing Merry’s lip begin to quiver at that response, Frodo sighed a long-suffering sigh and gave the lad a smile. “What did you want to know, Merry?”

“Just now, when you found that spider, you picked it up and put it out the window. Why didn’t you kill it? I would have.” The seven-year-old puffed out his chest to show that he wasn’t afraid of any old spiders.

“Oh, you would have, would you?” Frodo couldn’t resist tickling the wee lad, and his nimble fingers soon had the younger hobbit doubled over, giggling and squealing breathlessly.

“St...stop, Frodo!” Merry gasped in delighted agony. “Don’t tickle me!”

Frodo gave one last tickle, which caused Merry to collapse on the floor, breathlessly trying to gather himself together. Finally, he sat up, looking very indignant.

“You still haven’t answered my question,” he insisted with all the serious determination a small child can muster up.

“Well, Merry, there are two reasons I put the spider outside instead of killing it. First of all, it was doing us no harm and there was no need for me to harm it. Second of all, it’s unlucky to kill spiders. They’re very helpful little creatures, you know. They eat the bugs that would otherwise eat the plants.”

Merry thought about this for a long time. “But Frodo, Uncle Bilbo must be the most unluckiest hobbit in the whole Shire, then,”and Merry’s eyes grew huge at the thought of all the bad things that might happen to his favorite ‘uncle,’ “after all, he killeded all those giant spiders when he was in M..m..milkwood.” His face scrunched up as he tried to remember the difficult name.

“I think you mean ‘Mirkwood,” Frodo corrected, “and that wasn’t quite the same. Those were a different kind of spider altogether than we get here in the Shire.”

“Different, how?” the little lad asked, creeping back up onto the bed.

“Well, they were too big to simply put outside,” Frodo answered, “and they were trying to kill Uncle Bilbo’s dwarves, besides. He had to do something to save his friends.”

“Oh. Alright.” Suddenly losing interest in this discussion, Merry jumped off the bed and grabbed Frodo’s hand. “Come on, we’ll be late for the picnic!”

Frodo spared one last look at the mussed bed before allowing Merry’s excitement to catch him up as well. Bilbo was here, the cooks had been working overtime to make enough food to feed a small army, and it was a beautiful spring day. With a happy laugh, he picked Merry up, tossing the giggling child in the air and setting him on his shoulders, before striding down the hall and out into the sunshine.

Comments

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grey_wonderer
Aug. 15th, 2004 01:24 am (UTC)
I know the spider story you mean I think. There was one with Sam and his father but it wasn't mine. Someone else wrote it but I can't think who it was. I haven't posted anything for a couple of weeks except a conversation story about camping for a challenge. I do like your spider story, though. It's very cute. I love little Merry stories and there aren't nearly enough of them. I don't think this story has anything in common with the other one except the fact that both have spiders and hobbits in them. LOL I enjoyed reading this.
auntiemeesh
Aug. 15th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC)
Sorry about that. That's what I get for not having double-checking things, lol. I'll have to go apologize to Tialys now for mistaking her story for yours. Anyway, I'm glad you liked this one. :)
grey_wonderer
Aug. 15th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
No problem. I couldn't remember who wrote it either. Just knew I'd read it and the it wasn't me. LOL I'm not good with spiders. They make me nervous. I really enjoyed your story and the other one though.
mollys_cousin
Aug. 15th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
This was so cute! I loved how Frodo let Merry and the beautiful spring day convince him to leave the messy bed:)
tialys
Aug. 15th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, Merry was so cute! Milkwood ^_^ I also loved how Frodo treated Merry.

Wonderful job!
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