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Now officially impetuous--fully two hundred words posted to LJ. (Have a look at Lyra's lovely banner!)

I have now posted my second Aerin drabble for the Communications challenge at Tolkien weekly.

You can also find it here below:

Title: Reading the Signs
Characters/Pairing: Aerin and Brodda's sister (OFC)
Rating: PG13
Warnings: reference to non-con and subsequent trauma
A/N: Chronologically, this comes before the preceding drabble in this sequence.


Brodda has decided to call it marriage. Later on, that word will carry meaning, although it will never mean what it should. It cannot.
Here and now, swarthy skin and rough black hair translate into nightmare, oppression, force. Any Easterling touch, any outstretched hand causes Aerin to recoil. Blindly, she flees to the outhouse, seeking refuge in noisome solitude.
Slowly, regaining her vision, she learns to read other signs again: uneasily lowered female voices in the background, hesitant gestures of assistance. Broddun sets a piece of honeycomb in a wooden bowl on the table near Aerin’s elbow: sympathy without words.
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