Author: Cinzia

Nominator: Galadriel

2008 Award Category: Races: Men

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: male/male kissing and UST; voyeurism

Summary: "One day, he would have to cease his watching." In the Year 2998 of the Third Age, Strider the Ranger finds himself fascinated with the heir of the Steward and his kingly companion.

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Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 6

This is just an achingly beautiful story in so many different ways. First of all, as a Boromir/Theodred girl, I adore the imagery of the young, resplendent princes, [the fair, blond son of the King of the Mark; and the son of the Ruling Steward of Gondor, a darker flame next to the light brilliance of his taller friend], already good friends and companions of the heart, [seeking in each other peace and solace from the blood and the dreadful excitement of the fight.] These are the two that I have written, and love seeing others write as well (and especially welcome when written as well as this.) The idea of Aragorn as a silent witness to their tryst, aching with loneliness and longing, not only for their unabashed pleasure in each other but also for their joyful companionship is quite vividly drawn, and almost painful to read. Aragorn's fascination with Boromir, the foreknowledge that this splendid young man holds the key to his future, for good or ill, and his guilt and shame over his incipient desire is well depicted, a lovely melancholy note.

Reviewed by: Galadriel  ✧  Score: 6

This is a shockingly gorgeous story, where fate and love intertwine to make something far more powerful than any one man can withstand. Theodred and Boromir's affection is beautifully set against a backdrop of strife and war, and the rationale for their need to be alone and unfettered by duty fits perfectly into the larger plotline. Watching Aragorn slide into something dangerously close to obsession is fascinating, and his desire for Boromir -- as his Steward, and as something more -- is very clearly communicated to the reader. I'm especially enamoured with the idea that this young man is the key to his kingdom, and that that simple fact has set spark to tinder, uncovering more than a simple desire to learn about the boy that could potentially stand in his way.

Reviewed by: Savageseraph  ✧  Score: 3

Ah, I'm quite taken with the Rohan/Gondor love. Aragorn's feelings as he is watching the younger men are so strong. The longing and conflict and doubt so intense. So real. And those last six paragraphs, yeah, they are just beautiful both in presenting the Boromir/Theodred relationship and in crystallizing Aragon's feelings.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 3

I've never read this author before, but most must definitely find more of these works. What a glorious moment - and I love the foreshadowing - I really hope there is a sequel written to this somewhere. The clandestine moment and the peaking.... my goodness. Very well written - I can't wait to find more!

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

we each have our guilty secrets, but this was a shareable pleasure.