Until After

Author: Dana

Nominator: Dana

2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: War of the Ring

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: Rated for slash content.

Summary: And, really, it wasn't that he wanted home, but something familiar would be a welcome relief.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 10

A lovely prelude to [Years After and a Sea Between]. I really like the way Dana manages the perspective--at once distant, so that we are onlookers, and yet so close to Pippin and his only apparently straightforward reflection on the quest and the deepening relationship between him and Merry. It allows for a tone of familiarity that strikes exactly the right note for me for these two--Merry being at once confidant less mature and (perhaps?) less intimidating in a way than Frodo, yet able (and likely!) to say exactly what Frodo would tell him at certain moments. Their 'courtship', moving in fits and starts so that the moments of actual exploration and growth *with* each other move astonishingly quickly, in a rushed manner befitting the circumstances of the stages of the quest, but also incredibly dragged out and interrupted by those same circumstances. Things are rather disjointed--talking comes after loving, and Pippin is deserted (though it's he who is taken away, in fact). Emotion is chaotic, yet the narrative style restrains it, orders it, and somehow cuts it down to size--hobbit size, which, if that means the hobbits are, as Pippin realizes, in over their heads far sooner than their larger companions, seems also to mean that they come to grips with that fact more quickly. Well done, Dana! Enjoyed every moment of it!

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 6

Another wonderful story that Dana tells in a lovely stream of consciousness style, a style in which she writes like no other. Beginning in Moria, Pippin’s thoughts guide us naturally through the beginnings of he and Merry becoming more than cousins, more than friends, and the sporadic nature of their courtship is dictated because of the demands of the Quest. But their new relationship becomes more and more until by the time they are together in Minas Tirith it is clear that they have given their hearts to one another. The bit where Pippin awakens in Cormallen to Merry’s kiss is lovely, and his words to astonished Merry were perfect: ["Oh, I love you, fool of a Brandybuck," he said. "You thought that I would leave."] And he drifts to sleep again, with Merry’s voice in his ears, anchoring him to the knowledge that the Quest is over and that they need be separated no longer. Just beautiful!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 4

This is a story of slash, but it is told very sweetly, and mildly, and more than slash it's a story of love and desperation. From Pippin's point of view, we see the gradual change in his and Merry's relationship on the Quest, and how it is fueled by the fear of separation, and sweetened by being reunited. That they loved each other was never a doubt, but it was how they loved each other that the Quest changed. Very thought provoking.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 2

Oh, this was very lovely. I loved Pippin's innocent charm, and his patience in waiting for just the right time for the right kind of kisses.