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The Daily Drabble: "Aubade to Temperance"

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

The Daily Drabble: "Aubade to Temperance"

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aubade \oh-BAHD\, noun:
A song or poem greeting the dawn; also, a composition suggestive of morning.

Examples
"He was usually still awake when the birds began to warble their aubade."
-Christopher Buckley, "What was Robert Benchley?," National Review, June 16, 1997

"And there he lingered till the crowing cock...Sang his aubade with lusty voice and clear."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emma and Eginhard

Etymology
Aubade comes from the French, from aube, dawn + the noun suffix -ade: aube ultimately derives from Latin albus, white, pale, as in "alba lux," the "pale light" of dawn.


As tempting as it was to write a self-insert--given the presence of my name in the definition--I resisted and instead undertook more dignified topics.

Namely: drinking.

As my Elves are not the most temperant lot in Felak!verse, an "Aubade to Temperance" seemed something that they could all use. Well, apparently, except Macalaurë.

I assumed that the speaker was Nelyo, although it could be any of the brothers, even Fëanaro. I'll leave that up to you.


Aubade to Temperance
Having lived away from him for several years now, there are some things I had forgotten about Macalaurë:

First, his unusual tolerance for liquor.

Suppressing my nausea, I carefully roll over in bed. No, that can’t be a harp I am hearing; it feels like slivers of ice driven into my eardrums.

Second, his love for music in the mornings.

And his voice! I wait for the window glass to shatter, but the sound is confined to wreaking havoc on the splintered nerves deep inside my aching head.

An ode to the morning? Perhaps “Aubade to Temperance” would be better.

  • Wow! I love this! I love that it's about Macalaurë, now my second favourite Fëanorion. But you are evol! What a word! I am going to write something, but I have no idea who I shall write about!

    Oh wait. Fingon sang too, didn't he???? *evil cackle*
    • Although I'm sure that any "aubade" he sang to Nelyo was quite different from Macalaure's "Ode to the Morning." >;^D
    • Hey, if you read the second example, that might give you some ideas!

      As evidence of my depravity, my first thought was, "Whoa...sounds like slash!"
      • LOL! That certainly will be my muse! (I wonder if I'll ever get sick of those two!)
  • Lol!! I always thought that Makalaure singing at ungodly hours would be one of the two worst things about living in Feany's house. (If you're a late sleeper anyway - or hungover.)

    The other being Huan crawling into bed with you and licking your face at similarly ungodly hours. ;P
    • Lol! And the Sil says his voice could be heard over the sea, so you know he was loud!

      *wonders if next-door neighbors and next-door neighbors' dog might be descendants of Maglor*

      In Felak!verse, Macalaure is generally a nightowl, although that might be just as bad, if you have to deal with Feanor in the forge first thing in the morning!
      • *wonders if next-door neighbors and next-door neighbors' dog might be descendants of Maglor*

        LOL!!! Nah, I think it would at least be a little less shrill then...:P

        In Felak!verse, Macalaure is generally a nightowl, although that might be just as bad, if you have to deal with Feanor in the forge first thing in the morning!

        Well, I only said "ungodly hours". ;) Of course, if he's a nightowl like some people I know, and goes to bed at 4 AM, that's still morning! ;P
  • Needless to say I loved it, as I do, every time you write something about the brothers. I was a little surprised to hear that Macalaure is the one with the best liquor tolerance, but I laughed at the agony of whoever the suffering one was. I can imagine that Macalaure could be VERY loud, if he wanted to, but I don't think he would have purposefully tortured his poor brothers, after a night of heavy drinking. Unless they had it coming, of course.

    This drabble was a lot of fun to read!
    • It was a lot of fun to write too! I do so much heavy, angsty stuff, that I like to take a break and do frivolous and fun every now and then. :)

      Actually, Felak!verse does have Macalaure as highly susceptible to alcohol, so I violated my own canon a bit for this...but all in good fun. :)

      Oh, and thank you! :^D
      • Lol! I'm in the opposite corner. I have to take a break from writing fun stuff to throw in a little bit of angst. :)

        And yes, I thought I knew something about Macalaure not being the most alcohol tolerant Elf in his family, according to Felakverse. Still, the idea of him singing merrily at ungodly hours and making the others insane, is really funny.
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