Denethor paced outside his wife's room in a fury. Not for him, oh, not for him would she conceive, but for a wandering captain, oh! He cursed himself. For two years now he had not bedded her or even slept in the same chamber. Yes, he had kept his pretence, of loving her above all else. And he
loved her. But she was faithless. Longing always for the sea, she neglected her own son to pine for her home. And Boromir, young and foolish though he was, was Denethor's only companion now. Finduilas was ever longing for better things. Well, she had them now. She had money, jewels, fine clothes, and then another man. What more would she need? He had forbidden Thorongil, on the pain of death, from ever coming into the city again. He could not kill the child. He would not, for he would be found out. He would not be able to put on the pretense of greiving. No, his vengeance would take another route entirely.
He lay down on his pyre, the usurper's son dying of a fever. As the gentle flames enveloped him, washing away the memory of that fateful day, he looked into the palantir. But there he found no comfort.
He tried to turn his head, to look away, to die, but the palantir gripped him fully now, so that he could not even blink. Or perhaps it was the fire, burning his eyelids back. He never knew.
At last, he started to feel death's slow embrace coming, so that the palantir was blurred. No voices would come now. None could reach him any longer, as he slipped away.
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