1. Sundering


I lay here, my brother, watching you, watching me. It tears at my soul, this wrenching pain writ clearly in every breath, every movement, in every taunt line of your ever youthful frame. Worse, I know it is my choice that has caused you this torment. It is because of my mortal life that we have shifted from merely estranged by distance to forever sundered. It is because of me that you will evermore have to carry the burden of my loss. It is my time…but I find I want just a moment more; I cannot leave you like this, but how do I make it right? How shall I ease your suffering?

"I have lived a full life…one of joy…one of love. I do not regret my choice…I only regret this pain I am causing you. Please forgive me, my brother."

I sit here, my brother, watching you, watching me. It tears at my soul, seeing this wasted husk that was once my lively and vibrant brother. Why did you have to choose this fate? Why did you choose to leave me? Shall we be forever sundered? Or will we be united again, once His Song is complete? I cannot bear to see you labor so hard, to see you suffer so, yet I am not ready to let you go. How do I make this right? How do I ease your troubled spirit? How do I let you go?

"I know I cannot keep you, but I find I am not ready to let you go…and there is nothing to forgive...there never was."

As the tears begin to flow unchecked from identical sets of desperate grey eyes, words failed them both. Taking a shallow, trembling breath, the elder leaned low until his forehead met that of his brothers – and there he stayed as he watched with a broken heart as the light forever left the eyes of Elros.

Author's note: Comments would be great...this is my first attempt at anything other than humor!

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: laureleaf

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Rating: General

Last Updated: 08/21/06

Original Post: 08/21/06

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