A/N: I'm back!! Hahahaha... more romance. FUNFUNFUN! This is a
Mariel/Dandin one, though. You know whats annoying? Both Mariel and Dandin
aren't recognized in my computers dictionary. So every time I type either
of them it gets the re zigzag line under it. ARGH! The annoyances. Another
thing- I haven't a clue what the title should be, any suggestions? PLEASE
EMAIL ME if you have any ideas, thanx!
Mariel and Dandin
Mariel and Dandin, Redwall Abbey's two principal warriors, were deep
in the heart of Mossflower. They were traveling back to their home after a
two-season trek to the north. Though they were hardened warriors, both were
still young. They knew they weren't far from Redwall, yet when trudging
through snow, it seems to take forever.
"When do you reckon we'll be back at the abbey?" Dandin asked.
"If we don't stop, I'd say probably by tonight, but that's only a
"Okay. I'm hungry. It's probably teatime at the abbey. I'll bet
they're serving deeper n' ever pie. I'm so hungry. Have you got any food?"
"If I had food, it would be gone already, compliments of you," she
teased, starting to run away from him.
"Hey!" he yelled, chasing after her.
They ran around in the snow jumping on each other and presenting each
other with perfectly aimed snowballs. Before they knew it the abbey was on
the horizon, much to their relief.
"Truce?" he suggested.
"Aye," she agreed wearily.
"How much longer do you think?"
"Hopefully only an hour, maybe less. I hope it stays light out
though. The last thing I was is to camp Mossflower again."
"I'll protect you if need be," he proclaimed, adopting a noble
Mariel snorted. "You'd sooner protect a strawberry flan from Tarquin
then you would me," she joked. This started up the chase again, along with
the flinging of snow.
Within the hour, they were considerably closer to the abbey, though
they were both worn out.
"Wanna run?" Dandin asked.
"Ugh... I haven't the strength left to even move, much less run," she
"Oh come on. It'll be a race. Unless you don't think you can beat
me..." he dropped off, knowing she wouldn't be able to resist the
"I could race you after eating an entire feast, while carrying Mother
Mellus, and I'd still beat you."
She needed no second bidding. She took off running towards the abbey,
leaving Dandin chasing after her in an effort to stay in the lead.
In the end, Dandin won by about a paws length. "Good race," he said,
"Aye." Mariel took her Gullwhacker and hit it on the door three
A young ottermaid named Sipsy answered the door, and after seeing it was
them, she yelled out, "The warriors are home!" at the top of her lungs.
Abbey members rushed to the gates to greet them. Mariel and Dandin were
hugged and kissed by every beast.
" 'Tis so good to see you!"
"Hurr, you'm be brisker then a bumblybee and loively as an leapfrog."
"What took you so long?"
When they finally fought through the crowds of jovial abbey beasts, they
went inside to greet others and to find their friend the Abbot.
Saxtus had heard Sipsy yell that the warriors had returned, but he knew
better then to rush down to greet them. He knew that they would be
overwhelmed by other beasts. He sat in his pretending to read his book,
though he was really too excited to concentrate on anything else then their
Upon entering the abbey, Mariel and Dandin went straight to Abbot Saxtus'
room and knocked.
"Get in here, you two!"
They entered, chuckling at his greeting. "Saxtus, you old dog, how are you
doing?" Dandin asked, hugging his old friend.
"I'm wonderful, how about yourselves?"
"We're getting along alright."
"Did you get to see Joseph?" Saxtus asked.
Mariel's good spirits dropped at the mention of her father. "N-no, um, he
passed away," she replied softly.
"Mariel, I'm sorry," Saxtus said sadly, hugging her.
" 'Tis fine."
An awkward silence followed.
"So, is there going to be a feast?" asked Dandin, hoping to lighten the
"I think we can pull it off. You two go and get washed up, and I'll go tell
Friar Cockleburr to get started."
He three mice left his room, going to their own destinations.
The first thing Mariel did upon reaching her room was flop onto her bed.
She rolled onto her back and stared at the ceiling for ages. Tears came to
her eyes thinking about her father. She had worked very hard not to grieve
for him, and she had done a good job so far. She fell asleep a while after.
When Dandin got to his room he started unpacking his things and then took a
long bath. Feeling refreshed, he dressed in a green tunic with rust colored
breeches and went to Cavern Hole with a book.
Mariel awoke almost an hour later. She sat up, rubbing her eyes dazedly.
When she remembered about the feast she got up and took bath. After she had
cleaned herself, she dressed in a long barn red skirt and a fitted white
shirt. Then she emptied the contents of her haversack onto her bed. There
were some torn and dirty clothes, some empty food bags, and her
Gullwhacker. She put away the Gullwhacker and gathered her clothes and the
food bags, and left her room.
Mariel's first stop was to the kitchens to return the bags to Friar
Cockleburr. Upon entering, she was greeted with many delicious aromas,
promising a succulent feast that night. She left the bags on the
countertop, not wanting to disturb anybeast.
Her second stop was to the infirmary with her clothes, She got a tub and
filled it with water and soap. When this had been finished, she took the
basin back to her room and began washing her clothes.
Dandin started walking around the abbey after he grew tired of reading. He
found himself at Mariel's door, surprisingly enough, and even more
surprising, found himself knocking upon it. He entered after she yelled,
"Come in!" and found her sitting on the floor with soapsuds up to her arms.
"Don't tell me you want to go adventuring again," she joked.
"What, and miss the feast? Never! I was just wondering if you're okay. I
mean, after Saxtus asked about Joseph, you looked upset."
"I'll be fine," she answered shortly, not looking up from her work.
Dandin sat down across from her. He didn't believe that she was okay. Her
eyes looked troubled, like she was trying to deal with her emotions without
him seeing them.
"Look at me."
"I-I'm trying to work out a stain." When she spoke her voice cracked
"Mariel, look at me," he insisted.
She slowly brought her gaze away from the tub filled with her clothes. As
she looked into his kind features, she told herself it was a mistake, and
that he would see her grief, but she looked any way. The warmth in his eyes
was almost too much for her to bear. She broke down crying into her paws,
for the first time in many days.
The moment Mariel started crying, Dandin felt like his heart was being
ripped out. He didn't like to see her upset at all. It made him want to cry
himself. He got up and sat next to her, half hugging her.
"Mariel, I'm sorry, I didn't want to make you cry," he said apologetically.
"No, no, it's not that. You just remind me so much of my father- stubborn,
caring, and gentle, and I-I- I just miss him so much!" A fresh wave of
tears followed this. "I've been so confused lately. I don't know what to
think, what to do."
"It's okay. Ssshhhh, stop crying," he said soothingly. "I bet Joseph would
hate to think that you're depressed and crying because of him. Calm down."
Mariel did calm down a few moments later, and thanked Dandin. "Thank you so
much, Dan. I feel better now, I suppose."
"Anytime you need to let out something, just tell me."
She nodded and they left her room to go to the feast, forgetting about her
clothes that were still in the basin.
A/N: What didja think?