When we have shuffled off this mortal coil

Forever

8. Peace

She stands in a courtyard that overlooks the sea; the ebb and flow of the waters fills her ears and overhead she sees the gulls circling. The sun may be rising or setting - she is not certain which - for all about her is a soft golden light.

Slowly, she looks around. Behind her is a flight of steps leading inside - somewhere - and the other three sides are enclosed by a high stone wall which is punctured by crenels. In front of her, set in the heart of the yard, is a burbling fountain, its waters sparkling and clear. Soft green moss clings to the sides of the basin and the stones at her feet. Potted flowers and shrubs are scattered about, on the stairs, in the crenels, surrounding the fountain…

The wind touches her neck and she shivers, drawing the mantle higher; the stars about the edge shimmer softly in the golden light.

Suddenly, she sees him.

Standing at the end of the courtyard, framed in one of the crenels overlooking the sea, is a man. His back is to her and his raven hair flutters in the wind.

She begins to walk towards him, knowing, hoping, and though she makes no sound he turns around. A smile lights up his face and he holds out his hand. 'I have been waiting,' he says quietly.

She takes his hand, threading her fingers through his own. She is crying, silently. 'As have I,' she whispers.

His eyes trace over her face; she smiles through her tears and buries her face in his shoulder. He rests his head on hers and closes his eyes, stroking her hair.

And there they remain, untroubled, where the light does not fade and where the sea has no end, freed from the circles of the world.

~*~finis~*~

'Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.' ~The Return of the King, Appendix A 'The Tale of Aragorn & Arwen'


This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

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Author: Ti'ana Luthien

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/12/05

Original Post: 05/12/05

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