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In the quiet forests of Doriath, the sunlight was falling dappled through the leaves high above. The birds were singing, the branches were rustling, small animals were hopping happily through the undergrowth. A slight breeze whispered through the trees, and a small brook murmured nearby. All in all, perfect day in the forest.

Galadriel, however, was unable to enjoy it.

"I feel disgusting," she complained, pulling sharply on her reins to steer her horse around a small bush. "Do you people never wash?"

Her Sindar guides looked offended, but were unsure how to respond. She was a high lady of the Noldor, after all. As usual when in need of guidance, they turned to their lord.

Celeborn sighed quietly and gave Galadriel a mild smile. "We will be in Menegroth very soon, my lady. Be assured that King Thingol's halls have very beautiful baths."

A frown marred the loveliness of Galadriel's face. "We will be in Menegroth in two days. I feel disgusting now." She huffed out a breath and pulled her horse to a smart stop. "Surely there is somewhere I can at least perform minor ablutions near here?" she asked, turning in her saddle and frowning at Celeborn as he drew to a halt beside her.

Celeborn looked to their guides. "Is there a river or stream nearby?" he asked.

One of them nodded. "The brook we can hear widens to a small river quite suddenly a little further down this trail, my lord," he said demurely. "If the lady wishes, she can bathe there."

Galadriel looked mildly horrified. "Bathing in a stream?" she hissed, her eyes narrowing.

Their guides shifted uncomfortably. Celeborn indicated that they should take the lead, and spurred his horse to a gentle walk behind them. "Surely you have had to do such things before?" he asked as she drew level with him again. "There were no bathing halls when you arrived from the Grinding Ice, I imagine?"

Galadriel sniffed. "Indeed. But I had my smith make a bath tub, which my ladies would fill with heated water in my tent."

Celeborn allowed himself a private smile. That is so like her. "Did you allow your brothers use of this amazing innovation?" he asked, amused.

Galadriel laughed suddenly, and then looked quite surprised that she had done so. "Of course not!" she exclaimed. "They could most certainly take themselves to the river. If I'd let even one of them use it, my maid would have been scrubbing the dirt out for weeks! Besides, Finrod alone would have insisted on sitting in there for hours upon hours, to make no mention of the rest of them."

Celeborn laughed softly. "Indeed. You are most justified in your actions."

Galadriel gave him a look that was faintly suspicious, and would have spoken had a guide not called, "My lady, the river is good for bathing here!" from up ahead.

She spurred her horse into a trot and soon came to the riverbank, where she gracefully dismounted and looked disdainfully upon the river. Celeborn joined her. "Will this be suitable?"

She sighed heavily. "In the circumstances, I suppose."

Celeborn nodded. "Take the horses a small way through the trees," he said to the guides, "Make a fire to cook some game. We may as well stop here for the evening, if the camping looks suitable to you." The guides nodded and disappeared through the trees.

Galadriel gave him another suspicious look. "And what are you intending to do yourself, Lord Celeborn?" she asked.

He shrugged. "I thought I would also take the opportunity to rid myself of the dirt of the road."

Galadriel pointed imperiously towards a bend in the river, hidden from their current position by a growth of brambles. "Well, bathe over there then," she commanded, "I am not going to bathe in the presence of an ellon, no matter how honourable he may be."

Celeborn stifled a laugh and bowed. "As you wish, my lady." He disappeared around the patch of brambles.

Sighing again, Galadriel removed her cloak and spread it on the ground, leaving her boots next to it. Checking once again that no one was within sight, she removed her leggings, tunic and shirt, and laid them on her spread cloak before stepping speedily into the river. She let out a harsh gasp at the iciness of the water, cursing under her breath.

"Is everything alright, my lady?" Celeborn's voice drifted to her from around the bend. She swore she could detect a hint of stifled laughter in his tone, so she simply made a non-committal noise and tried to adjust to the freezing temperature. It didn't appear to be getting any warmer, and now her toes were definitely numb. She washed herself at an alarmingly fast rate, gasping and panting from the cold, then skittered out as fast as her now jellied legs would carry her. Once on the grass she collapsed to her knees, and then realized she didn't have anything in the way of a towel.

"Damn it," she muttered. What an oversight! She hugged herself, feeling her teeth begin to chatter. "C-c-celeborn?" she stuttered, "D-do you h-have s-s-some kind of towel?"

There was a silence. "I have a spare cloak," he said brightly after a pause, "Will that do?"

"Y-yes."

A piece of thick cloth came flying over the brambles. She snatched it up hastily and wrapped it around herself. Not a moment too soon, it turned out, as Celeborn himself appeared shortly afterward, fully dressed and looking refreshed. "The river is chilly this time of year, is it not?" he smiled.

Galadriel brought the full force of her formidable glare to bear on him. "Celeborn. I am not yet fully dressed."

He looked surprised. "Oh."

He didn't move.

Galadriel made an impatient movement at him with her hand, catching the cloak sharply just before it fell open. "Leave. Go see to the horses or some such. Go!"

Celeborn bit his lip to contain a snort of laughter. Somehow the gracious lady of the Noldor reminded him of an angry chicken, hopping from foot to foot and waving her hand at him, the cloak flapping loosely around her lower thighs and a very angry expression on her face. "As you wish," was all he could choke out, before moving swiftly in the direction of the camp, muffling rather un-lordly giggles with the palm of his hand.

Galadriel turned back to the river and huffed as she rubbed the cloak over her shoulders. "Honestly. Males."
Introducing Galadriel the Angry Chicken ;)

Sorry for slight character assassination. Shall we say it's slightly parodied?
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Given that Galadirel is, according to Tolkien, the best, most capable and most beautiful woman in all of Middle-Earth, I can't really blame Celeborn for wanting to catch a glimpse of her like this.
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
He can be a sneaky guy when he puts his mind to it, to be sure...
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ThetaKoshei Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pahaha, awesome! The OOC actually works really well I think, and Celeborn (he needs a short nickname..) is perfect! Cheeky and yet gentlemanly and regal at the same time. :)
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Thank you! I was kind of worried about the OOC. Though I can almost, almost see Galadriel acting like that...
And Celeborn is cool and he knows it ;)
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ThetaKoshei Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeedy! 'Celeboring' is such an injustice!
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Indeed! He needs more love!! :heart:
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Gwenniel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Galadriel's actually pretty in character. :XD:
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
LOL, you would know ;)
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avi17 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
OOC (lazy XD): Best courtship ever. XD Right there.
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Aww, thank you! :hug:
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avi17 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Welcome! :glomp:
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
The only coherent thing I can say right now is 'what?!' XD

Seems I should go to sleep.

Have fun playing with them.
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
LOL, I'm going to take that as a sign of enjoyment XD

Sleep well.
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Ummm... Let's say I prefer IC stories, especially when the characters are my favourites. But you write very well.

Thanks! I did!
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Aye, it is completely non IC, so please regard it as such! I'll write them properly in character at some point, I swear.

It's bad that all I can think about atm is sleeping.
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
I'd like to see that day. XD

Umm... go to sleep?
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
I'll do it at some point I swear!!

LOL, I feel better now ;)
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
I'll keep you to your word... ;p

I hope so. After more than a week. ;p
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
I'll swear you an oath ;)

Aye, no more worries about me (for now)
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Embrethil Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What? Are our streams and rivers not good enough for little miss Noldorin princess? Hmph!


Tch, men! Human or otherwise, they're all the same. XD Poor Galadriel!
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Most certainly not! She must have the most glamorous bathing facilities, don't you know! ;)

Agreed! She does the best with what she has :lol:
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StrawberryJam1313 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Oh Galadriel xDDD This is awesome! Angry chickens are so... LOL xD
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Thank you!!! :hug: Don't know where that came from....;)
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Dreams-of-Arda Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
lol, I can totally imagine that! I just wonder who had to carry the bethtube through Helcaraxe, and wonder even more that he didn't throw it into the first chasm when Galadriel wasn't looking...
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
:hug: I imagined someone made it when they got to ME, but if someone lugged it over the ice....It was probably you :lol: I think Galadriel would toss the carrier into the chasm after it if that happened ;)
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Dreams-of-Arda Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Carrying it without getting a bath? NO WAY!
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
All I'm saying is: Beware her ear-pinching.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: This is epic! Sheer epicness. :D

OMG, I love Celeborn in this. :love: :squee:

Also, this has cheered me up after a horrible day....so thank you! :hug:
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Aww, thank you!! I kind of imagined he was just thinking her imperiousness was undeniably cute ;) (Probably wanted to give her a hug too ;) In my mind they knew each other for a bit before they became involved, i.e. when this is set, so she'd probably have bitten his head off, poor thing :D )

:hug: :hug: So glad you liked it!!
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :glomp: Yes, he probably was....(Lol, she might have. :D)

:hug: Of course I did, it's wonderful!
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Aww, thank you again!! Maybe I'll write them again sometime (seriously).
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome again! If you write them again some time, I will love it. :D
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Actually more likely to do Finarfin/Earwen something first, but I'll probably get round to these guys again!
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Either way, I can't wait to read it. :D
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Also lots of freaking angst planned. But I'm an angst girl at heart when it comes to writing. I lurve reading fluff, but when I write it it turns out crappy (mostly).
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JenniferElluin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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AliceRedstone Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
who are these then? 3^ is there something your not telling me?
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Burning-Nightingale Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
LOTR fanfiction, dearie ;)
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AliceRedstone Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. I see. ^^
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