Story by Willow-wode

Pipe Dreams (Winner of Huggy Awards 2003, Best Story)

"This stuff smells a bit odd, don't you think?"

Merry looked up from where he was busily lighting his pipe and exchanged a glance with Frodo, who was in turn examining his own. Merry coveted that pipe… it was one of the only things Frodo had left of his father.

Now, however, Frodo was giving his precious pipe the same kind of look he occasionally gave Samwise Gamgee when he'd been spreading fish gut fertilizer on the Bag End gardens.