Title:A Sign of Hope
Author's Notes: none
Summary: Faramir encounters Gandalf in his father's garden.
Written for the LOTR GFIC Community Challenge
In the sunny seclusion of the Steward's gardens, the old Wizard thoughtfully sat watching the birds searching for unwary insects.
“Am I disturbing you?” asked the young man.
“Not at all, my dear boy, I was thinking how people resemble birds,” said Gandalf. “Your father now reminds me of a hawk, for nothing escapes his attention.”
“An apt observation.” Faramir seated himself beside his friend. “Which bird do you associate with Boromir?”
“The jay; a colourful and sociable fellow.”
Faramir smiled as he watched the handsome bird strut across the lawn.” And what am I, Mithrandir? he enquired.
“I see you as a swallow, my boy,” said the Wizard.
Faramir looked slightly disappointed. The Swallow was a pretty and graceful little bird, but it seemed somewhat insignificant compared with the keen eyed hawk and handsome jay. Still, it was fitting enough for a younger son.
“Why so downcast?” asked Gandalf. “The swallow comes with the springtime as a sign of hope, so what bird could be finer? However long and dark the winter the swallows will always return. Now I must return to the archives.” With those enigmatic words, the Wizard rose from the bench leaving Faramir lost in thought.