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What I Did This Summer...
Pippin's been grounded for the rest of the summer...
Author: Dreamflower
Rating: G
Category: Canon-Humor/Parody

 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This takes place the summer after Pippin has turned 20 (the equivalent of 13 in Man years.) It is a rather humorous sequel of sorts to the more serious story, "The Dare".

WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER...

Dear Merry and Frodo,

I'm sorry that I got in trouble and couldn't come with you on your walking trip. I hope you have fun anyway.

I'm so bored.

I can come out of my room tomorrow, but I still am stuck here at the Smials.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

Mother told me I will wear out my sigher. I don't think that's possible, do you? Father has set me some lessons.

He said writing to you will count.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

I certainly didn't mean to get into any more trouble than I am already, and I really didn't mean to make Pimmie and Vinca so mad at me. But it was funny to see them jump when the crickets came out of the sugar bowl.

I'm back in my room for the next two days.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin.
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

Well, Father let me back out of my room. I played my fiddle for the family last night after tea, and Auntie Peridot asked if I want to learn the lap harp. So now I'm learning a new instrument.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

You said in your letter that you were going to go through the Woody End. I wish I could get away to see you for a bit, but I guess that wouldn't be such a good idea.

Auntie has taught me several new songs. I can play "Nob o' the Lea" and " Tookland Jig" and "Upon the Hearth" one tune of it, anyway. She won't teach me "Ho, Ho, Ho, to the Bottle I Go", as she said that kind of thing got me in enough trouble. I don't see what that has to do with it, it's just a jolly tune, and I don't have to sing the words. Oh, well.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

Well, I have been practicing both my instruments rather a lot. There's nothing else to do this summer, since I can't see you.

Mother says even though I play very well, she could use a break, and told me to take my practicing outside.

That's just fine with me. It's a lot more pleasant in the garden than it is in my room.

Love,
Your cousin
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

You said in your letter you are going back to Bag End now. Please tell Sam hello from me. Merry, are you going to stay there until The Birthday? I will be over my punishment by then.

Yesterday I listened to Cousin Ferdinand play the Tookland pipes. Now that looks like an interesting insturment to learn.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

Frodo, don't be too mad at Merry for that trick he played on you. I'm sure the molasses will come out of your shirt, and it's not like you don't have plenty of shirts anyway. I wish I'd seen your face though.

And Merry, it's not fair to be having that kind of fun without me.

Anyway, Cousin Ferdinand said he will teach me the pipes. He's given me a chanter to practice on. I have to admit it doesn't sound very pleasant yet, but I'm just starting. There was no call for Vinca to say I was torturing the cats. But Father says I have to practice outside from now on.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

I am getting very good on my chanter. Cousin Ferdinand has me playing tunes on it. I can play "Down the Green Hills" and the tune to the Tangle Dance, and a few others. He says that if I keep it up, in a few days he will let me play on a "goose" which is rather in between the pipes and the chanter.

Merry do you have any idea about you know what? Write to me without showing Frodo.

(Sorry, Frodo.)

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Merry,

Don't show this one to Frodo. Do you know what he's got me for his birthday? Don't tell me you haven't snooped. I know you have.

And don't tell Frodo, but I am learning a special song to play for him at his party.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Frodo,

Don't be upset that I wrote just to Merry. I love you, too. But I had to tell him something.

Love,
Your cousin
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

Cousin Ferdinand talked to Father about how good I am getting with the pipes. He made Father come out and listen, and Father agreed, so I am to get my very own set!

I am really excited about it. Just think, if I had not got in trouble, I never would have learned to play the lap harp or the pipes! So I suppose it has turned out well after all, though I still am sorry for what I did.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin
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Dear Merry and Frodo,

It's only a week now until The Birthday, and Father has said I have finished my punishment. He is taking me into Tuckborough himself tomorrow, and he is treating me to a half at The Bouncing Bunny!

And then we will be coming to Bag End in just a few days! I hope you have a really big cake, Frodo! And Merry, don't you say I should only get one piece. I will NOT be bouncing off the walls!

And Merry, don't forget what I told you!

I will be seeing you soon. I've really missed you both.

Love,
Your cousin,
Pippin

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Pippin stood proudly with his Tookland pipes beneath the Party Tree, the lantern light glinting off his chestnut curls, as he lifted them to begin to play.

Frodo, Merry and the rest of the family and guests stood watching and listening. Merry was a bit anxious, for he'd not yet heard Pippin play the pipes, and hoped that it would all go well.

Soon, the notes of a familiar song began to waft out from the Hill, to be heard far and wide, old Bilbo's favorite walking song, "The Road Goes Ever On".

Frodo's blue eyes glinted with pride and tears, as he listened to his young cousin's tribute.

 

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