These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain.

With grateful thanks to Raksha for her help,

Seeing Red

Faramir wept bitterly, tears pouring from his blue eyes.

"Stop crying, boy, or I'll beat you again!" Denethor said harshly.

"I'm crying because you don't love me, daddy!"

"It is unlikely I even am your father - you have red hair!" Denethor roared.

"Could the renowned Captain Thorongil be my daddy then?" Faramir asked hopefully, dodging a blow from the enraged Steward's hand.

"Impossible!" Denethor snapped. "The scoundrel left before you were begotten. He was dark too."

Faramir looked disappointed, then cheered up as a new thought struck him.

"Boromir does not have dark hair either," he remarked.

Denethor exploded.

A/N
This is of course, Movieverse and AU and has no connection to my other stories about Faramir.

I plead guilty to having written weepy Faramir.

I do know of people with red hair born to dark haired parents in real life, so Denethor is being unreasonable.

This appeared first on my LJ

Chapter 17 of "A Time to Reap" is now posted and Raksha and I are working on the next chapter.