Scandal – Bilbo POV
In which Bilbo once more is a thief who fails to understand what he has set in motion.
He really should have stopped and had a chat with Gilda.
Bilbo should know that being clever can be exhausting. The law of unintended consequences is going to be in force. His entire adventure was one “Oh, that didn’t work the way I thought it would…” after another. Then again, it’s unclear whether a different path was open for him to follow.
The problem is in the nature of respectability and the power of slander and gossip to cruelly defame those who are innocent of the accusation. Bilbo can’t sue for defamation in a small, traditional, custom-bound society. All he has is counter-gossip, and decency is never as interesting as (alleged) depravity.
Frodo, however, knows the real score of what has been going on in Buckland, and knows the story is more complicated than what his uncle believes it to be. His last, odd, interaction with Sara hints at it. When I wrote the story, the character insisted on it being there, though I wasn’t sure why. When I picked up the tale in the next story and presented Frodo’s POV, it became clearer.
There is a short coda chapter to Legacy, and then I will take a short break and figure out my schedule for the next story.