Sian was kind enough to lend me Van for a day after our record snowfall to help me feel better after shoveling enough snow to fill a dump truck. He was a total delight. Well mannered, extremely HOT, and very cuddly. The perfect companion with a glass of port, and just the right physique to lean against well. It was a delightful 24 hours and I was sorry to return him to her AU, but Elgalad was missing him.
She then extended her generosity by offering me Coldignar for a day. This reformed Balrog certainly wasn't as cuddly, but he was a lot of fun. Since he had been basically evil, he had never had much fun in his life, so we built snow forts and threw snowballs at each other. We had a great time and warmed up with some White Zinfandel wine. We spoke a lot about the places we had in common - Gondolin, Himring, and parts of Angmar. He wasn't involved in the fall of Ost-in-Edhil, which was fortunate since one of my characters died there and would not have been happy spending time with him if he had been there. She had enough issues with him being present at the fall of Gondolin. She actually spent his visit sulking in a corner, only coming out to join the snowball fight late in the afternoon.
Today I have been spending with Erestor. He's not really one of Sian's characters, but he plays a fairly large role in most AU's that I read and I love what the various authors have made of this character who really is barely mentioned in canon. He rode around the Cities with me on my errands today, spinning out on one street, but he was very happy with my skills on ice because we never were truly out of control and were back in the proper lane in no time. He had a laugh at modern fashion, especially the males along one street who all tend to wear the really loose pants really low and are constantly having to reach down and pull them up just to walk. Quite amusing. In between bouts of laughter he managed to choke out a statement that seemed to be similar to "I'd like to see any of them have to defend themselves against orcs with a sword in one hand and their pants in the other." Which was followed by another fit of laughter. So we are currently doing loads of laundry, sitting with some Dorwinion wine, watching repeats of American Chopper doing a dragonrider's bike for the movie Eragon. Erestor seems quite comfortable with modern technology, in fact, I had to turn on the other computer and teach him how to access things and he is happily browsing through the Library of Congress as we speak. I think I have a very content elf on my hands today. I think that's a good thing since I don't look at Erestor as anything other than a brother - someone to share observations and thoughts with and to enjoy. I did get a dance from him - we haven't danced since Gondolin, so that was a true joy. I'll miss having him around when I return him tomorrow morning.
- Erulisse (one L)