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Air, Fire, Water  by annmarwalk

Spring After Winter

Sam dreams of rain.

The soft rain of early spring that sweetens the strawberries and coaxes the fresh green shoots of new barley from the earth. The rain that blesses and renews.

He does not wish to wake, if waking means ash and smoke and dust and the thought of watching dear Frodo die on this barren rock. The end of all things. And yet
He opens his eyes to the patter of raindrops on leaves, a tender breeze carrying a sweet, green scent, and the sight of Gandalf Gandalf? laughing with joy, a sound like water in a parched land.

2007 MEFA Award Winner Honorable Mention in Times: Mid Third Age Drabble

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