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A while ago I have been gifted with a very delightful and enriching e-mail exchange with one of my reviewers, randy_o. Randy was discontent with the way I portrait Legolas in my Mael-Gûl universe and wished for a Legolas with "a little more fight in him".

So, Randy offered to write a different and much darker version of how the relationship between Legolas and Aragorn could have played out in my setting, and since I am always thrilled to see a different vision, I was thrilled by the offer. The result is a very chilling piece of Darkfic: "The Night that Covers Me" by randy_o.

Make no mistake: the characters in this tale are very different from mine, and Randy's tale is definitely not how it happened in my world. There is little love left in that alternative vision between Aragorn and Legolas, and there is very little comfort and even less hope to be found in this grim universe Randy describes, save the cold prospect of revenge.

But the chilling aspect is that this is how things could have been, were Aragorn just a little less aware of Legolas' needs and just a little more content with the status quo and with his own role as a master.

And the flashback scenes are absolutely to die for...

So, let me invite you to a very different and very chilling tale set in the Mael-Gûl universe:

The Night That Covers Me by randy_o.

Warnings: slash, BDSM, torture, implied rape, very disturbing thoughts, and general heartbreak. I mean it!
All comments should go to the author. Enjoy!

--Aislynn

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surreysmum
Jun. 25th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Aislynn, I have read and commented on randy_o's story at her LJ, but I just wanted to add here that I truly admire your generosity as an author in not only allowing but promoting the AU's-to-an-AU that your powerful story engenders. It is a real tribute to the strength of Mael-Gul that others feel inspired to grapple with your troubled, captivating world.
crowdaughter
Jun. 25th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hi, Surreysmum!

Well, Randy's story deserved the promotion, as did your wonderful and stunning drabble, "Mercy". I do believe that fanfiction is about sharing, and the wonderful thing about playing in another's sandbox is that it is an already established universe known by many others and so you can take different views and share your visions of it with the other writers playing in that box. So why not as well share the many different 'little boxes' we create while playing in the parent box? And Randy's vision, as dark as it is, is truly powerful!

BTW, Thank you for your wonderful beta work withoout which my story would have been so much more clumsy and probably never have reached the point where it is now!

Greetingsto you and Cheers,

Aislynn
randy_o
Jun. 25th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Le Hannon, Hiril Mhuin!
Randy was discontent with the way I portrait Legolas in my Mael-Gûl universe and wished for a Legolas with "a little more fight in him".

Nay, Mistress Crowdaughter -- rather, I was devastated and heartbroken to see Legolas in such straits. You portray the agony of slavery all too well.

Even I, with my abiding hatred of servitude and the effect it has on the human (or Eldar) spirit, foresee a certain unclouding of Legolas's mind once the fell influence of The One Ring has been removed.

It is a tribute to your greatness of spirit and your generosity that you allowed me to present this rather twisted tale. I thank you.

Your Humble Servant, Randy
crowdaughter
Jun. 25th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Le Hannon, Hiril Mhuin!
It is a tribute to your greatness of spirit and your generosity that you allowed me to present this rather twisted tale. I thank you.

You give us a very powerful and chilling different view at this setting, and you also enrich us with powerful and very compelling background scenes. It is I who have to thank you here.

Greetings to you, and Cheers!

Aislynn
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