Birth of a Scandal by Celeritas

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Droubble.  Written for B2MEM 2011's Losgar challenge: Defiance is defined as the willingness to contend or fight. Write a story or poem or create artwork where the characters defy authority in some way.


“I don’t know what to do!” Gladiola cried, scrubbing at her eyes.


Poppy sighed.  Her dear twin always tried to do the right thing, even at the price of her happiness.  But it was not her fault that Father owed the Tooks money, nor that young Isumbras had taken a shine to her.  And she hadn’t been the one to think up that confounded plan to forgive the Brockworth debt if Gladiola married him.


“You love Gorhendad, don’t you?”


Gladiola nodded.


“Then the matter’s quite simple.  You must marry him, not Isumbras.”


“But Father—”


“Never mind Father.  He’s not the one looking to spend the rest of his life with Isumbras.”


“I can’t jilt the Took’s son!”


“You won’t have to,” said Poppy, an idea springing into her head.  “Not if he’s already married.  And this way, maybe we can still get that pesky debt forgiven.”




Poppy smiled.  Isumbras wasn’t at all Gladiola’s type—far too sharp for her.  He just hadn’t seen it yet.  Poppy knew better than most, for she’d had her eye on him for three years, now…


“Tell me, Glady, do you remember when we were little and used to take each other’s places?”


Chapter End Notes:

The scandal resulting from Poppy's and Gladiola's deception eventually results in the transfer of the title of "Thain" from the Oldbucks to the Tooks, and Gorhendad's removal to Buckland.

I've always thought that there was some sort of upheaval underpinning that decision, but wanted to go for something that wasn't terribly obvious.  Future lore blames the mutual dislike of the Tooks and Brandybucks (only healed over the course of many generations, and even then by transforming into a genial rivalry) on the men-folk, but the incident that sparked the whole thing was orchestrated solely by the women.


Further delving into Appendix B has caused me to correct the Took's name.

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