POV – Bilbo/Frodo
In which Gilda and Bilbo dance, Bargo is told he is not the dearest to Frodo’s heart, and the boys have a very hot time.
The family starts to behave badly and things get interesting.
Bilbo has a lot more baggage than Frodo. There’s some mention of his younger years and how he might have behaved at the Wintermarks of his youth. Then he has to talk to Gilda. The shock of Frodo’s accusations combined with Sara’s confession has had four days to percolate, and Gilda has a few things to say to her Beggar.
Meanwhile, Frodo continues to negotiate his relationships with his cousins and former childhood friends. We have a digressions into cultural views of sexuality, and then have a hint of a rapprochement between Frodo and Sara.
For people who read On Merry Yule when it was posted to HASA, there is one significant edit to the chapter, which is the conversation between Seredic, Sara, Mac and Frodo near the fire tower. In the original, Seredic’s wife, Hilda, is to give birth in a few days. The timing has been changed due to a mistake on my part years ago when setting the date for the events. I had miscalculated my years.