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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby notlistening » Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:13 am

"Peregrin Took!” nl pounded on the door to his “private” suite. The self proclaimed “tallest of hobbits” was taking his sweet time getting ready for the red carpet. Nl and Mal had been bathed and dressed for a good hour now but enough was enough. “If you don't get out here in one minute, I won't be held responsible for the consequences of Mal's actions.”

Mal, being the chivalrous captain that he was, took out his gun and shot the lock from the door, then kicked the smoking remains open. He grinned then bowed, allowing nl in first.

Pippin was nowhere in sight...but there was the lingering smell of gunpowder that wasn't from Mal's pistol. A loud boom came from the balcony, followed by raucous giggling.

“Excellent! Let's get another one!” Pippin, his tartan tuxedo covered in black powder darted into the room. He skidded to a halt when he saw nl and Mal...and Mal's smoking gun. “Opps...”

“Took! What's taking you so gorram long? Are you making the thing?” Jayne stormed in from the balcony, holding the remains of a shattered firework. “Well, that does put a dampener on things.”

“Pippin, you are supposed to be walking the red carpet, not setting yourself on fire.” nl sighed and began rifling through his matched luggage for a replacement suit.

“I was almost ready...when I heard the festivities outside and well...you know my weakness for fireworks.” he hung his head, but the grin was still there.

“I also know your weakness for food...so if you don't get your butt onto that carpet and wow the judges, there will be no mushrooms, no apples, no tomatoes, not bacon, salted pork...or Longbottom leaf!”

Pippin face fell at the phrase “no mushrooms” and he was tearing his clothes off and putting the suit nl held up before their eyes. “Ready.” he announced, shining his shoes on the backs of his trousers. There was nothing nl could do about the wild hair, but she did hand him a damp flannel that Mal had fetched, bless the man.

“Okay, let's.....go.” But Pippin was already running down the hallway, slid down the bannister, scaring the herd of horses in the courtyard and sauntering up the red carpet almost before the MC could announce him.

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“Jayne, are we going to have a problem?”

“Hey, let's direct this conversation in a not-Jayne's-fault direction. I didn't make him do it. He was all...”Let's set the inn on fire and blame the varmits.” ” Jayne grinned ferally.

“Is that the direction you want this conversation to go in?” Mal asked, loading more ammo into his gun.

“I just don't like taking a lashing for what I ain't the cause of.” Jayne said, shrugging. “And shouldn't you be keeping an closer eye on your contestant? That one is more trouble than River ever was...which I kinda like.” Jayne popped a stolen cigar in his mouth and headed out of the suite.

Nl sighed. “he's right, Pippin warrants more than two eyes on him. So let's make sure he doesn't start anything we can't talk our way out of?”

Mal extended his newly washed arm for nl and led her downstairs to the red carpet entrance. There they saw Pippin somersaulting down the carpet and landing in front of the judges, a red rose clenched between his teeth. His hair was a frightful mess but no one seemed to care.

“okay, so he isn't without his charm.” nl admitted grudgingly.

“That's why you chose him this time around. And it's entertaining to have a rascal on our hands for a change...” Mal smiled winningly as they followed the irresponsible Pippin into the food hall. A loud scream was heard followed by a smashing sound.

“Well, it certainly won't be boring.” she agreed.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Cock-Robin » Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:50 am

Samwise came before the judges for his interview. "I began in my youth as a simple gardener. I made my journey to Rivendell, then to Mordor. At the very brink of the cursed land, I saw my destiny, to overthrow Sauron and to take Barad-Dur and make it delightful instead of a place of corruption, and now Mordor blooms like a rose.That is my place in the War of the Ring. Evil has been vanquished and benevolence rules in the garden of my delight." The soldiers cheered. "Hail, Samwise the Strong! The sun shines only for thee!"
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:47 pm

Calma jotted a few notes concerning the answers to the interview question then sipped her soda as she waited for the next contestant to step up to the podium. Archie slipped into a chair on her left and leaned in to whisper in her ear. “Still not sign of Saurman or JRR Tolkien or Turin.”

“Well, Professor Tolkien and Turin might not show because I forgot to put them on the entry list. I may have insulted them. Can't say what's holding up Saruman. The Bard said he'd be here. You did put the extra fire insurance on, right? That harp of his has a mind of its own and well.... you know.” she shrugged and took another sip of her soda.

“Not to worry.” He winked as he sat back, folding his arms across his chest. “I took care of it all.”
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby notlistening » Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:06 pm

Pippin was almost drooling in front of the buffet table, he couldn’t decide where to start…and just as he reached for a stuffed mushroom, someone knocked the delight from his fingers.
“Hey…” he whirled on his attacker only to find his sponsor standing behind him. “It wasn’t me…”
“What wasn’t you?”
“Whatever you are about to blame me for.”
She smiled…he didn’t know of that was good or bad. “No, pet. You need to do your interview before the feast can begin.”
“Really? But I can’t think on an empty stomach.” His stomach growled in agreement.
“Well, you can have one mushroom cap and then head in. ONE!” She emphasised.
So with Pippin stuffing the mushroom in his mouth…and cramming a few in his pocketses, he headed to the interview room. He pushed the door open, finding the room almost pitch black.
“Hello? IS anyone here…” he slipped in quietly. Perhaps if they had left, he could go back to the buffet before all the salted pork was gone…
Suddenly he was bathed in a bright light…trapped like a dear caught in headlights.
“We’ve been expecting you Peregrin Took. Have a seat.” The light moved over to a lone chair.
Pippin swallowed the last of the mushroom, which now sat heavily in his stomach. Was this an interview or interrogation???
“You may begin when you are ready.” The voice seemed nice, kindly even. Perhaps it knew how nervous he was…
Pippin squirmed in the chair until he was comfortable and pulled another mushroom cap out of his pocket. He was about to take a bite when the light increased in intensity, almost scorching…
“But we don’t have all day so…” the voice wasn’t so kind now. “How did your youth influence your decision in the War of The Ring?”
“Well, being the youngest of the hobbit that set out from Hobbiton that day, I wasn’t fully aware of a War going on. It wasn’t until I was a squire of Gondor that I fully realised war was upon me, whether I liked it or now. Of course the palatir episode did give me a clue that Sauron was altogether basically evil. And Denethor wasn't a particularly nice guy either. “ Sweat beaded on his brow and under his arms in that suit. He needed to stop babbling and finish up. “So while I have been a bit hasty in a few of my decisions during that time, I believe saving Faramir was probably the best thing I did during the war.”
There was no response. “Can I go now?”
“Are you still there?” he asked after another couple of uncomfortable minutes.
“You may go.” The kind voice said…so Pippin hightailed it out of the room and into the sweet coolness of the Inn.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:35 pm

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Get in your swim gear then grab a boat, canoe, or Kyak and race your way down the River Ringlo.


"Did you ever go boating before?" Tooks asked.

"Um. No."

"Great. I'll get a life preserver."
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby IrisBrandybuck » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:40 am

Iris was watching the contestants enter and a few go for their interview when something occurred to her.

"Bob...did you walk the red carpet?"

The hobbit swallowed whatever he'd just stuffed in his mouth. "Ah, no. No, I came straight here. Shadow said it was important to be prompt."

Turning to the leopard, she said, "And you were supposed to make sure he walked the carpet!"

Iris didn't know cats could roll their eyes until just that moment. "I told him he needed to be prompt to the red carpet entrance. Is it my fault he only heard what he wanted?"

Sighing, Iris reached behind Bob and untied his napkin. "Swallow. Wipe your mouth. Take a sip of water. Now, go do your interview...make sure they get a good look at your outfit!"

Turning to Shadow, she added, "And go with him. Make sure he doesn't get distracted. Or lost. Or whatever. I have to see about the next part..."

Shadow snorted, but obeyed, standing, stretching and then lazily following Bob across the room. Iris had to admit Bob did look pretty dapper.

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Bob found he was shaking from head to toe as he approached the judges table. The ladies were beautiful, the men handsome...and Salem...well, he couldn't help admiring that sleek coat and beautiful eyes... Suddenly, he felt something solid under his hand and looked down to find Shadow had slipped her head under his hand. "You're going to do fine," she said. "Just keep petting me, and answer honestly."

"Right."

"Mr. Bob Ninnyhammer?" the eldest of the beautiful ladies began. "Can you tell us, please, what your role was in the War of the Rings?And how did your youth help you?"

"Well...ah...you see, I wasn't involved. Not directly, if you understand me. I worked with Mr. Barliman Butterbur, bless his soul, and we were lucky enough to avoid most of that nastiness. But I met Mr. Frodo and the others, and helped care for their ponies before they were chased off, and helped them pack for their journey...found Mr. Sam some nice apples I did...and then, during the war, some unsavory characters came about on a regular basis. Mr. Butterbur, he put me in charge of security at the inn. I bought new locks and such, and got stout staves for everyone, and set up a watch. In fact, the town council asked me to help organize the town watch too! When the war finally ended, I got to see Mr. Frodo and all his friends come back and I was proud to have done my part, so to speak, even if it was just a little bit."

There, that wasn't so bad. The judges were smiling. Shadow was purring. Salem was glaring...at Shadow.

Oh, well...
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ladykat » Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:27 am

LK watched as Bob approched the judges' table. The poor hobbit looked terribly nervous....she glanced at Salem and understood why. “Stop glaring!” she whispered, giving the cat a nudge wih her elbow. “You're upsetting him!”

“I'm not glaring at HIM! ” Salem growled back in an undertone. LK looked back at Bob, just in time to see the leopard slip her head under his hand. Seemingly reassured by the big cat's presence, Bob gave his answer when Calma asked the interview question.

LK nodded. Not a bad answer, not bad at all. On impulse she asked. “who's your friend?” at the same time trying to distract Salem by shoving more crabcakes in front of him.

“Oh. Ah. Sh..Shadow,” Bob stammered, stroking the leopard's head.

“Nice to meet you, Shadow,” LK smiled. “Tell Iris we said hello.”

“Of course,” Shadow replied in a silky purr. “I'll tell Iris you said hello.” There was a faint emphasis on the “you.” Then, after exchanging one more glare with Salem, she and Bob turned and walked back to their table.

Salem watched the retreating figures. "Not much of an answer," he sniffed. "But what can you expect with a sponsor like that?"

"IRIS is his sponsor," LK reminded the cat, somewhat forcefully. "Salem, could we please not have an all out war? PLEASE?"

"That depends on......SHADOW" Salem sneered, before turning back to the crabcakes.

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ninui » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:18 pm

When Ninui and Maybon returned to their table, their plates filled with a second helping of food, a young page came up to her handing a folded sheet of parchment. She broke the wax seal on the front and as she read her eyes grew increasingly wider a smile forming on her face. She quickly lifted her hem and, without a word to Maybon, briskly walked from the room. When he looked up from his plate and saw her gone he gave his shoulders a shrug and continued at his dinner.
She arrived at the front desk of the Inn all hustle and bustle with the arrival of the unexpected appearance of the VIP who turned and looked to Ninui's approach. She bowed her head in respect as she stood before him.

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"Your majesty. What an unexpected yet wonderful surprise." She said to him in all honesty.
"I have come on behalf of my aide,Gamling who was to have competed in this years MoME," he began as he saw the MC Calma approach. "Ah I see you got my missive as well," he said to her as she too bowed her head and took his out stretched hand. He bid her to look upon him and continued. "He so wanted to participate in your festivities but his duty lies with the laws of Rohan".
"We are completely aware of these facts, your majesty", Calma responded. "Are you hear to inform us that these duties have now been fulfilled and he is available to take his place in contestant row"?
"Yes. If you and the judges are willing to let him enter the competition at this late point of time. I and all of his friends have come to plead his case if need be."
"I will inform the other judges and let you know of their decision. I do not for see much problems with Gamling entering MoME at this time. When can he be ready"?
"When we receive your response".
MC Calma bowed her head and gave a short curtsey and walked back to the banquet hall. Gamling stepped out from behind Theoden "Are you still willing to sponsor me, Ninui"?
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:04 pm

Calma returned to her seat, her expression was one of awe. “What happened?” Archie asked as he did a double take at her expression. When she didn't reply after his second asking, he snapped his fingers in front of her face. “Middle Earth to Calma.”

“Huh? Wha...?” she blinked as she gave her head a small shake. The tall man repeated his question and she smiled. “I just met my favorite person in Middle Earth is all.” she grinned. “King Theoden personally asked if Gamling could be reinstated in the games. Well, just how do you say no to a King? And I was sorry to see Gamling leave in the first place. Besides if you saw the crew he brought with him, you'd have said yes, too.” she chuckled. “He's up in his suite getting ready to catch up.”

“It'll be nice to have another contestant.” Archie nodded as he sat back and folded his arms across his chest and stretched out his long legs. “Let's just hope the other judges and contestants don't have a problem with it.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby heliona » Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:07 am

Heliona and Finrod were discussing the merits of the competitors. Well, Heliona was discussing the competitors. Finrod was trying to convince her to check out a new place in Minas Tirith that specialised in making their own beer. When Calma asked if Heliona would be happy for Gamling to re-enter the competition, she was more than happy to acquiesce. "The more competitors, the better, I feel," she answered.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ladykat » Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:44 am

LK returned from the dessert table laden with several dishes containing various kinds of incredibly delicious looking sweets. Meeting Salem's amused look, she grinned. “I know, I know! WAY too much, but I just couldn't decide! Beside, I know you're going to help me eat them.”

“We've seem all the contestants,” Salem said, helping himself to some pineapple upsidedown cake. “Why don't we just take all this back to the room and indulge ouselves there while we decide on the votes?”

“No, we haven't,” LK corrected him. “Saruman hasn't shown up yet, and...” “HA!! ” Salem cut her off. “Saruman needn't BOTHER to show up! He'll get zero votes! NONE! ” the cat stated with an air of finality.

“Oh c'mon furball, you're not still holding a grudge about how he treated you last year, are you?” Salem gave her a flinty stare. “OK, sorry, silly question. But we still can't leave, it seems Gamling has decided to compete after all,” she continued. “King Theoden himself came to ask Calma if Gamling could re-enter the contest. Not that he had to, I doubt Calma would have said no, we haven't progressed that far after all. Still, it was nice of him.” LK picked up the chocolate sauce and began to drizzle it on her apple pecan caramal cheesecake.

“Theoden?” Salem's green eyes swept the room with a glance. “Elderly man, wearing a crown, crest of Rohan on his tunic?” he asked. “Why is he staring at me?”

“Probably amazed at the amount of food you can put away,” LK replied absently, engrossed in her dessert. Salem snorted, and took a swipe at the small pitcher of chocolate sauce.

Seated a short distance away beside Calma, King Theoden leaned over and whispered: “That cat,” he said indicating Salem with a slight nod. “Is that the wonderous talking cat Eomer and my men encountered last year?”

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:36 pm

"AAAIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!"

Tooks almost choked on the crabcake at the sound of the scream. "What's the matter with you?" she whispered to Hama.

"Di...did you see it?"

"See what?"

"The big hairy beast. With sharp teeth...oov..over there..." Hama pointed a shaking finger towards the nearest window.

"Oh, I'm sure it was just some weird reflection," Tooks said.

"Bu...but..."

"Eat your tuna casserole. It's getting cold."

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Postby Cute_and_CuddlyRaccoons » Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:13 pm

"OOf," Tony mumbled. "Why do I have to be the back end?"

Louie rolled his eyes. "Just shush. I'll help you in a minute." Louie twisted and shrugged out of the front end of a hairy warg costume. He combed his whiskers neatly before turning to help Tony.

"Here...grab this."

"I only have 2 fingers!" Tony snarled, but soon he was out of the furry costume also.

"Do you think it's working?"

"I'm sure it's working," Louie smiled.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:36 am

Calma looked to her left and nodded to the King of Rohan. “Indeed it is, your Majesty.” She replied, happy her voice didn't shake too much when speaking to the one she admired most in Middle Earth. “If you will excuse me, Sire, I must get to the river for the boat races. If anyone needs to catch up they can video tape it and I'll look at it later.” She said while rising.

Archie met her near the stairs, duffle bag over his shoulder. “Got our transportation right out front.” He said as he took her arm and guided her out the main doors. “Once we're on the judges yacht, you can change into more suitable attire.” He helped her into the carriage then climbed in himself and closed the door behind.

“Which outfit did you get?” she asked as she opened the bag the smiled. “That's the one. Thank you. Archie.” She sat back and enjoyed the ride to the river where they boarded the judge's yacht on the Ringlo river.

The graying TORC'er greeted the other judges on the yacht then went below to change into her boating togs. She and Archie emerged ready to watch the race.
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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:29 pm

"Try it out in the shallow part first," Tooks called out to Hama.

"I am a natural on the water," he replied.

"Really? When did you last go boating?"

"Erm... I am the Hero of Helms Deep."

Hama pushed off from the shore.

"Hey! You forgot your life..... preserver...thingy."


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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ladykat » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:44 pm

LK and Salem jumped from the wagon and ran for the judge's yacht. They had rushed out of the banquet hall as soon as LK got Calma's note telling her the boating event was about to start. Salem complained so loudly about not getting to finish his desserts; she had to waste precious minutes to arrange for one of the staff to bring extra food and other goodies to their room for after the race. Then, after racing to her room and quickly changing her clothes, she and Salem had commandeered a passing wagon and ordered the bewildered driver to take them to the river NOW!

LK tossed some money at the poor man as she and Salem ran towards the boat. Out of breath, she collapsed on a deck chair. “Whew! Made it!” she panted. “We would have made it sooner if SOMEONE hadn't had to stop and change clothes,” Salem drawled. LK made a face at him. “We also would have made it sooner if SOMEONE hadn't insisted on having extra desserts sent to the room,” she retorted. Pretending to ignore her, Salem began to wash his face.

“Hey, I just thought of something, she said slowly. “Louie and Tony didn't do anything to start a food fight this year. Strange, don't you think?”

Salem chuckled softly. “I think Louie and Tony are...ahhh....otherwise occupied this year,” he replied knowingly.

LK frowned. “Why? What do you mean? What do you KNOW? Salem??”

But the big black cat, giving her a smug, wouldn't-you-like-to-know look, turned and sauntered off down the deck.

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ninui » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:54 pm

Ninui, Gamling and Maybon arrived by the shore of the river Ringlo. There were a few other contestants with their sponsors and entourages milling about.They watched as poor Hama struggled with his boat. It didn't seem as if it wanted to go the way a boat should go. He kept trying for that was Hama.
"You're certain that I can start here,Ninui"? Gamling asked her for the third time. "I mean. I haven't walked the red carpet or answered the question yet. I should start at the beginning shouldn't I".
Ninui smiled at him as she handed Gamling his helmet. "This is a good place to start,Gamling. They have time to make up any missed catagories".
He took the helmet from her and placed it on his mop of red hair. Maybon straightened it a bit then strapped it under his chin. Taking Maybon's steadying arm, Gamling sat in the raftand made himself as comfortable as possible.
"Ever been on a raft before," Maybon asked while strapping Gamling into the seat. He shook his head in response."Is that really necessary" he inquired as the last strap had been pulled taut.
"Sure is. Maybon replied. "We don't want to loose you when you hit those rapids now do we"?
Gamling stared at Maybon blankly. "Rapids. You did say rapids"?
Maybon chuckled in response then he and two others launched the raft into the water.
"There will be two rafts down at the finishing line" Ninui shouted to him as the raft drifted away from shore. "You'll do just fine ,Gamling. Keep your wits about you and be calm".
He gave her a short wave. "Easy for you to say". he mumbled under his breath as he paddled out to the starting line.

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Cute_and_CuddlyRaccoons » Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:40 pm

"Now about the river race," Louie began...

"I've got it covered," Fred replied. "My crew has already arrived."

"Your crew?"

"Yea. I gotta make a quick change." Fred dashed into his room and emerged a few minutes later.


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Before Louie could respond, a troupe of ferrets tumbled into the room. The largest saluted Fred. "The crew is reporting for duty, SIR!"

Fred smiled. "Off we go then."

Tony watched them scamper down the hallway. "Neat. Can I go? Maybe I could get a hook for..."

Louie responded. "We have work to do. Get into your costume."

Tony sighed.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Cock-Robin » Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:17 pm

Samwise the Strong was far more confident that when he almost drowned in a boat with his friend Frodo. His soldiers brought his kayak and he got in and was ready to traverse the Ringlo.

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"I will conquer this as I did all I have put my hand to!" The soldiers cheered. He took up his paddle.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Cock-Robin » Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:38 pm

While Samwise was readying his journey in his kayak, Cock-Robin was busy delivering the gifts of the Strong One to the judges. Each got an elaborate fruit basket from the garden:

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And also, he sent each a diamond tiara for the final event:

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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby IrisBrandybuck » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:50 am

Back in the suite, Iris collapsed into a chair with a sigh. "Great job!" she said. "And we even managed to avoid a food fight!"

"Thanks to Shadow," Bob said, scratching the leopard behind the ears. "So what's next?"

"Water." Shadow seemed to smile a bit. Bob, who had been busy loosening his tie, looked at her in surprise. "Did...did you say wa...water?"

"I did. Water. Boats.Possibly swimming." Now the leopard did smile and, despite leopards supposedly not being able to, she purred.

"Oh, dear..."

"Don't worry. This is where our space bridge comes in," Iris said. "Let me change and we'll get to business. Go put on something comfortable, Bob."

A half hour later the three stood in front of the odd contraption at the far end of the suite. It was as wide as the wall, maybe 15 feet, and as tall as the ceiling, maybe 9 feet, and stuck out another six feet. There were hexagon sensors connected by cables disappearing into the walls and ceiling (Shadow had taken care of this, Iris still didn't know who she threatened to get it done) connected by a latticework of metal. (See and example here )

"How are we supposed to use this thing?" Shadow asked. Bob just stared.

"Simple. I make a request through the console here," Iris gestured towards a pillar with a computer lay out at the top, "and my friend...uh...Jack...he knows pretty much what we're doing here, so he sends through what I need."

Shadow quirked a whisker, but didn't say anything as Iris worked. A moment later the bridge lit up with swirling blue/white lights and a moment later the requested "boat" emerged. And emerged. And just kept coming, filling the rest of the room, pushing aside furniture, breaking expensive breakables as it went.

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"Uhm..."

"I think you're friend Jack is a little...enthusiastic?" Shadow said.

"Erm."

"How are we going to get this thing down to the river?"

"Ahhh..."

Bob just fainted.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ninui » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:32 pm

"Were you able to get the wagon turned back around for Minas Tirith", Ninui asked Maybon as she poured him a cup of coffee.
"Yes. They had only gone about 25 miles when my men caught up with them", he said taking the coffee from her hand. "They should be here by nightfall. Early morning at the latest". He took a swallow from the cup and closed his eyes in appreciation. Savoring the taste on his tongue. "Warms the bones after being in that wind riverside". Ninui smiled in response,sipping and savoring her own cup.
"That's good to know. All our fancy duds and a few gifts are on that wagon", she said sitting on the furnished rooms sofa. "I'd sure hate it if it had disappeared."
"May I ask where the man of the hour is at the moment"?
"Should be here any minute now. He's getting ready for his red carpet walk and will be in front of that video camera answering his question."
Maybon sat in the chair beside her.They made a few plans and talked about nothing while they waited for what seemed like hours but shortly, there was a knock upon her door. Ninui bid them too enter. And a few moments later Gamling came into the room. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/fb/56/35/fb5635157410978dfcc5bbec632cc83c.jpg

"Ah".. Ninui cried softly as she rose from her sofa. Walking to him, her hand out to him, "Are we ready? Do you want more time to practice you answer"?
"No. I'm as ready as I'll ever be". Gamling replied somewhat nervously as he took her by the elbow. In moments the three stepped into the elevator and out onto the main floor where they stepped out onto the red carpet. It took a bit for Gamling, a wary man, to warm up to so many people that lined the carpet but the shield lowered and the more open man came out.

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Ninui and Maybon followed a step or two behind Gamling. Maybon had changed his shirt and Ninui, with her finer garments yet to arrive, had chosen the best of her everyday gowns for the red carpet and hoped that the judges didn't think she was taking the proceedings lightly. ... http://www.museumreplicas.com/images/Category/icon/2.jpg
With a turn and final wave to the spectators, the three stopped in front of the door to the banquet hall. Ninui turned to Gamling and said," This is where we leave you, my friend. Through that door you will find a chair sitting in front of the camera. I've been told that it will start on it's own once you begin speaking". She put a hand on his arm, "Don't be nervous. It's only you and the camera in there right now. Maybon and I will wait for you in the banquet room". She smiled warmly,patting his arm as he turned and walked into the video room.
Maybon took Ninui's arm and they went into the banquet room

Gamling sat on the chair in the middle of the room. As he sat a light above his head came on bathing the area around him in a bright light. He cleared his throat and began.

"When I was a young lad, my family didn't have much and little prospects to advance in standing. My father took me down to the kings horse master and placed me in his service. At first, I was given the task of cleaning the stalls. In time grooming and exercising the horses. I didn't care for the mucking of the stalls but walking them I cherished each time the master allowed me to do so. When I was of ten years, he let me ride for the first time. I was elated and I knew from that moment that this was what I wished to do the rest of my life. I fell many times while learning all that I could about the care of horses and how to ride and fight from the back of a horse. My backside still remembers all those falls. I never minded them though for they taught me to never give up. Not while there was still a chance never give up". Gamling smiled once then rose and left the room hoping that it was what the judges wished to hear for it was how he truly felt. Never give up.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Cute_and_CuddlyRaccoons » Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:13 pm

"Jump to it, crew!" Fred bellowed. "Avast and..and... push off!"

The ferret ship went into the deep water and headed downstream....

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They passed a struggling Hama in a canoe.

"Row, mateys, row!" Fred yelled. "We are in the lead. Free grog at the finish!"

The crew rowed harder...
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:41 pm

Hama glared at the departing ferret pirate ship.

He rowed harder too.

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Back on shore, Tooks waved to the cabana boy to bring more drinks.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Cock-Robin » Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:36 pm

"Not for long!" said Samwise. "For I am Samwise the Strong, and I will navigate this river to the end." He rowed and rowed, going faster and faster. The determined look in his eye said it all.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Ninui » Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:37 pm

With armed escorts,Ninui sent servants to the judges and mc's rooms. The cart they wheeled down the hall to each room were laden with trays of cookies,candies and cupcakes made in Ninui's own catering shop.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:36 am

A dripping Hama stood on the shore, wiping the water out of his eyes.

"What are you doing?" Tooks yelled. "Get out there!"

"But...but... I don't have a boat." Hama sniffed.

"Hold on a minute. I'll find something....."
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Cute_and_CuddlyRaccoons » Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:56 pm

"Are you ready?" Louie asked Tony.

"I guess so. I never rode in one of these things before."

"It'll be fine. Just in case, put on one of these." Louie handed him a raccoon life preserver.

"Hmmmm..." Tony mused, but Louie pushed him into the submarine.
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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:02 am

"I'm riding THAT down the river?" Hama was not amused.

"It's all I could get on short notice. Now get out there," Tooks prodded him.

"But..but..."

Tooks shoved Hama off the shore. "Don't worry. It'll be great!"



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Re: Men Of Middle Earth (MoME) 2016

Postby Calma » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:48 am

Archie set his phone in Calma's hand. “The gifts have arrived.” he grinned. “Those we have received look real good, too.” He sipped his ice tea.

As she returned his phone, the graying TORC'er nodded her approval. “I'm really liking this competition.” she chuckled.
“All the different ways they are using to get down the river. I tell ya, Arch, we have some really clever contestants this year.”

“Can't argue that.” The tall man laid back, enjoying the warm weather. “Any word from the Bard or Saurman?”

“Nothing.” She sighed. “Too bad, he would have been great.”
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