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Rising to the Challenge  by annmarwalk

For the "Never Happened" challenge. Warning! Extreme AU.

Bitter Truth

The King took a long pull of his wine. The Steward watched silently, noting the slump of his shoulders, the weariness and pain in his eyes.

"Has Frodo ever spoken to you of …?"

"I know my brother tried to take the Ring, but Frodo became so distressed in the telling that I could not bear to press him. Were you there, also? Did you…"

Aragorn took a deep breath. "I was there, Boromir. I saw how your brother in his despair was bewitched, entrapped by the Ring. And it was my dagger that killed Faramir, not any orc blade."

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