Pairing: Merry Brandybuck/Estella Bolger
Fic Title: As Close As
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 (Actually by most standards probably PG, but was written for a family-oriented challenge.)
Genre: Light romance
Why This Must Be Read: This story was written as a Yule exchange request for a story about an arranged hobbit marriage. Dana managed the request beautifully, making it seem plausible in spite of the premise, and still managed to craft a gentle story about love and getting to know one another. The story is told from Estella's POV, and she comes to realize a lot of things about her new husband. She also does wonderfully with innuendo, proving that a story about a honeymoon does not have to be explicit.