Five years it had taken to rebuild the Library after the great fire. No books had been lost, though it had been a close call, the Librarian remembered.
At least she had convinced the King not to move the collection to Pelargir, for her beloved, fragile books could not bear the damp southern air.
She did not relish the new suggestion of moving them to the Archives in Minas Tirith, though at least the air in there was suitably dry. But with Eldacar's Northerners marching on Osgiliath, it was the only way to save the books from a second fire.
Written for HASA's fifth anniversary on July 1st 2007.