Author: Aeneid

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Gondor: Original Characters - First Place

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: erotic content

Summary: Inspired by plasticChevy's wonderful epic, "The Captain and the King" this is an unofficial "missing scene": Boromir and Gil's first night together.

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 10

I have never read Plastic Chevy's story "The Captain and the King". It's a personal thing; I cannot read 'Boromir lives!' stories, no matter how masterfully written; it's the same reason why I can't bring myself to read Adraefan, though from the reviews I have read it's a very good story, too. Getting back to "Sight", I mention all of this because your piece worked fine for me withoout ANY knowledge of Plastic Chevy's piece (except for the fact that Boromir survives Amon Hen, which I gleaned from her summary). You give just enough background information that the narrative functions on its own, though I am sure I would have enjoyed it on a higher level if I was familiar with the larger piece. And you seem to have a real feel for how to make erotica "work". It was so nice to see Boromir in a heterosexual relationship. Not that I am necessarily against slash (I enjoy Boromir slash as much as the next girl *evil grin*), but I do like the idea of him being able to settle down and create a family. And I think, if Boromir did choose a wife, it would be someone like Gil, who was very "real" if you know what I mean. Which brings me to the other thing about this piece that makes it work so good. Boromir is very strongly in character. Gil is the kind of woman who I can see Boromir being attracted to, and every aspect of this piece is uniquely Boromir. If the leading man was Faramir or Aragorn or Pippin or whomever, it would all proceed so differently. Combined with a knack for exposition without overwhelming the narrative, beautiful sensory detail, and leaving just enough to the imagination (not over-explaining), this is probably one of the best (canonical character)/OFC romance pieces that I have ever read. Bravo! (And can I respectfully request more stories about Boromir and Gil? Or even more romance pieces from you? You are so good at this!)

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 9

A mundane scene: a chilly evening, bedtime, an invalid and his attendant. That the invalid is our own beloved Boromir, and that his attendant is a forthright young woman, quickly lift this tale far beyond anything else we’ve encountered in the fandom. This is most definitely an AU Boromir, (inspired by PlasticChevy’s “The Captain and the King”) where he not only lives but suffers blindness, helplessness, insecurity. Aeneid’s marvelous characterization skills (for Aeneid lives and breathes Boromir in any and all possible moods) bring this unfamiliar Steward glowingly to life. The writing is gorgeously atmospheric– every detail, every phrase carefully crafted to create a hushed, expectant, mood . The love scene – for that is the purpose of this tale, to fill in a rather large gap left by the original author – is breathtakingly beautiful, exquisitely understated, and so, satisfyingly erotic. “He used his hands to see, running them over her, feeling every curve, while she guided him, so that his kisses were slow and meaningful and sometimes clumsy…” Who wouldn’t want to be Gilthaethil? And who, reading this, wouldn’t bless Aeneid for making it all so wonderfully real?

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 6

Very well done interlude. I never made it all the way through "The Captain and the King", certalnly not to Gilthaethil's introduction into the story. But you don't really need the background; there's enough here, and hinted at in the margins, referring outward, that you know there is a context and have a sense for what's important. I liked the fact that smell becomes so important to Boromir, now blind, and also that he manages, that he's tough enough to come back from the dead, essentially, and learn to live a completely different life. But that's still hard, and Gilthaethil's companionship gives both of them the warmth they otherwise lack, it seems. Nice gap-filler, even if all we have are hints of the gap to either side.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 5

I'm a big fan of plasticchevy's The Captan and the King. This scene brings Boromir and Gil back the way I remember them. Great visualization of Boromir's handicap. I like the contrast between his mood in the beginning, when he is lost to his surroundings and the difference, when Gil gets him out of his world. His way of "seeing" with his hands and picking up on Gil's reactions without really seeing her. Finally we get to see what his eyes look like. I always wondered what was left of his eyes.

Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 4

Mmmmm, I just love this. Unofficial or not, it fits very well with Plasticchevy's story. Gil's quiet nature is captured *very* nicely, and Boromir' s moroseness with his blindness manifests in a wholly believably fashion. There is also a lovely way with detail - the window with the faulty latch, the description of smells and tastes, etc. -- and the actual physical act is evocative and rather poignant.

Reviewed by: Cheryl  ✧  Score: 2

This is a wonderfully written story! The words are woven together perfectly and create a story that I can clearly see in my mind. A beautiful read!