Characters: Frodo, Sam
Disclaimer: Don't own them, don't make a profit.
Summary: Written for the AU "Different Choices" challenge on tolkien_weekly. A sequel to "Coming of Age." aprilkat asked for the other side.
Sam stood at the edge of a white cliff and stared hard at the sea. He looked to the east. He did not hear Frodo’s approach and startled to hear him speak.
“It’s that day, isn’t it?” Frodo asked.
“Yes,” Sam said after a long time, during which all they heard were the waves breaking far below and the gulls crying above. “She’s come of age this year.”
Then Sam turned around and there was a loving smile on his face. “But I couldn’t leave you; I never could have done that.”
Frodo kept his face calm. “I know, Sam.”