In November, our theme is Sacrifice. Thanks to Grace for the suggestion!
Everything done against your own interest can be a sacrifice, from the little selfless deeds that often go unnoticed, to the greatest ones, including the price of one's own life. They are usually done for the greater good, but who can judge its greatness? So a great sacrifice can turn meaningless at the end, or a small deed of kindness can have unforseen consequences. One can't know that when deciding to sacrifice something, but has to decide with free will - like Aragorn decided to draw Sauron's attention to himself in a hopeless fight, not knowing if it will be enough to help Frodo pass to Orodruin unnoticed.
Another, darker meaning of sacrifice, is a ritual offering to a higher being, like the human sacrifices on Númenor after Sauron became its High Priest. These are most often not done from free will on the victim's part, and the greater good is also questionable. The question is usually "for whom?", and the answer is on the side of evil. They also make a good material for a story though, as someone can strive to stop such a sacrifice, maybe sacrificing something selflessly in turn.
And the winners are:
Careless Talk by Linda Hoyland 2nd place
Chiktata by Arasa17
For Aragorn, After the War by UnnamedElement
Love is No Sacrifice by Cassie Hughes
One Thing I Had To Do... by Seokthih
The Last Goodbye by lotrfn 3rd place
The Price He Pays by Finfinfin 1st place
Happy reading and congratulations to the winners!