The Consequences of Curiosity

Author: A L Milton

Nominator: Gandalfs apprentice

2006 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Gondor

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: Non-graphical references to sexuality.

Summary: *one-shot* Comedy. Aragorn has a delicate question for his Steward; the answer isn't quite what he was expecting. Gen, but with references to Éowyn/Faramir.

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Reviewed by: dkpalaska  ✧  Score: 10

This is a wonderful and very entertaining story. The author has a gift for writing smooth and rolling formal language. The conversation is handled well and written clearly and concisely, I thought, and I was never lost or confused despite the quick pace of the exchange. And the entire exchange is so funny: Aragorn trying to make sure his Steward is OK, curiously inquiring about the nature of the "exercise" after Faramir's reassurances... and then getting far, far more information than he ever wanted. His attempts to redirect the tenor of the discussion were deftly countered by Faramir's enthusiastic wish to reveal all concerning his and Eowyn's predilections. Or maybe he just wanted to torment Aragorn for bringing it up in the first place. Or both... I thought Faramir's description of his and Eowyn's "playacting" was truly inspired: the Shieldmaiden/Scholar; the Rider and Her Obedient Squire; the Lady Corsair and the Captured Emissary... Ah, the images these all brought forth... I could just see Aragorn's fingers turning white from gripping that ledger book, holding it up defensively in front of him like a shield, and getting an increasingly desperate look in his eye as Faramir went into more and more detail. Really, I was laughing throughout the entire story. It packs a lot of entertainment punch despite being so short.

Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice  ✧  Score: 4

A delightful take on "my hands are ungentle." I got a big chuckle out of it. My favorite scenario is The Lady Corsair and the Captured Emissary. And frankly it's nice to see some of the kink being attributed to het relationships! Why should slash have all the fun? Both Eowyn (off stage) and Faramir are totally in character here. Just one complaint: I really don't think Aragorn was as slow on the uptake as all that.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 4

Oh, how I laughed out loud at this. Poor Aragorn, trying to be a good friend without meaning to pry; Faramir, practically dying to gloat over the delights of married life. I don’t suppose Aragorn will look at many things in the same way again. “The Lady Corsair and the Captured Emissary”, indeed! I don’t think I could look Faramir and Eowyn in the eye again, either. Well done!

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

Well-written story. You handle the hint of eroticism well, and I can very easily see Aragorn’s discomfort! Diligent steward, indeed. And the particular roles mentioned, especially the last, seemed very in-character for F&E.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

LOL! I got a good chuckle out of this. Poor Aragorn. That was way more than he ever wanted to know about the private conduct of the Steward and his wife. I love Faramir here, as usual very persistant and when he starts something he sees it through, no matter the consequences ;-).

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Yes, this is one of those TMI moments that you know had to happen. It's also the only F/E of its type that I've managed to read without choking. Humorous, incongruously civilized, and an instance of even wise kings learning far more than they really wanted to know about a close and trusted associate.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 3

Oh my! I really enjoyed this! Perfectly suited indeed! I loved Faramir's enthusiasm about his activities, and the length of time it took for Aragorn to finally understand what Faramir was saying. The names for their various scenarios have caused me to speculate in a most unseemly manner!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

Poor Aragorn! Talk about TMI! But he DID ask! LOL!