3. A Fool's Love
The next few days were miserable for Elrohir. Legolas was refusing to discuss the matter with him, and disappeared for hours on end, only returning late at night. Elrond had tried to enquire about the situation with them, but his questions were brushed aside.
Unable to take his brother's and Legolas's moping anymore, Elladan arranged for them to go on a patrol to the edge of the Misty Mountains to investigate reports of evil stirring within. Elrohir had jumped at the chance, and Legolas could only agree, with Elrond's piercing gaze fixed on him.
The patrol set out early the next day, and the pair had to put on a front of normality for the other warriors with them, a charade which both found tiring and strenuous. Even lying with Legolas by his side, when they rested after days of gruelling marching, Elrohir could not bring himself to wrap his arms around his body. It was a good thing, then, that Elrohir was known not to favour intimacy with Legolas in the presence of others, for he could not bear the thought of whispers and careful glances around them.
"Lass?" Elrohir called, aware that Legolas was not asleep.
Legolas stiffened up.
"Lass?" Elrohir tried again.
"Can we talk?" Elrohir pushed himself up to his elbow and stared hard at his lover's back, willing him to turn over.
"Lass, I was a fool."
Legolas took in a deep breath before saying, "I love you, Roh."
Elrohir was shocked at how small Legolas sounded, and at the fear and confusion in his voice.
"Come, Lass, let us move somewhere else," he whispered, reaching out and rubbing his back.
Legolas obeyed, getting up and following his lead to where they could not be overheard.
"Lass, there is nothing I can say or do to make amends for my mistake. How can I make you forgive me?"
"What is there to forgive when I have never held anything against you? How can I, when I love you? I love you so much, Roh, that it hurts."
Elrohir pulled Legolas into his arms and held on.
"I cannot bear the thought that I am never able to give you what you deserve after all you have done for me, Roh. But I still cannot help but love you so - "
"Lass, what are you talking about? How can you say that you are not worthy."
"We both know that I am tainted, Roh."
"We bound ourselves together with a love so pure that it transcends everything."
"All I wanted to do was to give you something for once, to please you."
Tears came to Elrohir's eyes.
"Lass, I am so sorry - "
"I never realised how unhappy you would be, I did not want you to be - "
Legolas was cut off when Elrohir flung him aside with a loud cry. He drew the dagger hidden within his boot and embedded his sharp blade into the attacking creature. Legolas too responded, fighting aside two of the goblins with his long knife.
Turning back to check on Elrohir, the blood drained from his face as he saw Elrohir fall forward. Screaming, Legolas beat away at his attackers, trying to reach Elrohir amidst the creatures that started homing in on the fallen Peredhel like vultures.
"Roh!" Legolas reached Elrohir. All he could see were enemies that strove to take them down. No, he would not allow them to harm Elrohir. He used his body to cover Elrohir's, and the world turned to blackness.
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