Fell and Fair: 34. Days Later

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34. Days Later

Days Later

Celebrían, on the quay

Our darling baby boys are coming!

My heart soars with joy to discern the speck on the horizon, knowing our sons are on board. I dance around my beloved husband.

"Best not to call them that to their faces, my dear... I am sure they feel they have outgrown it. Quite rightly." Elrond delivers his admonition in his sternest voice — but he only calls me "dear" when he is teasing....

And, in his own quiet way, he acts as giddy as I feel. Though he clasps his hands behind his back, he is bouncing on the balls of his feet.

Círdan, approaching Tol Eressëa

Inhaling deeply, I drink in the fresher airs here, the brighter sun, purer waters... even the shrieking seamews sound sweeter.

We tack into the harbor. The famed Mindon Fána of Avallónë beckons from the strand; elvensong with a familiar Falathrim lilt drifts towards us.

As soon as they espy both Elrond and Celebrían from the bow, Elrond's sons place their hands on their hearts in relieved greeting, and one wraps his arm around his brother's shoulders. Now they stare intently, as if afraid to blink lest their parents disappear.

For once, I will witness the reunions I have made possible.

Glorfindel, as the ship docks

The gathering ashore is small but expectant. Glad greetings fly to the handfuls of passengers, few with dry eyes, pressed to the rails.

A silver-tressed knot of Teleri sings of homecoming.... Círdan will be last to leave his ship; may he find welcome befitting his long sacrifice!

But a new song begins, honouring the Mariner who so faithfully shepherded his folk to the Straight Road for Ages beyond count.

Galadriel stands aloof, looking down; Celeborn tarries belowdecks, out of sight.

Elrond grips Celebrían's hand. She bites her lower lip, cheeks wet, as she gazes upwards at her sons' radiant faces.

Elladan, crossing the quay

She is whole again!

Mother's skin glows, silver hair glistening, eyes sparkling — and not just with unshed tears — and her spirit again shines forth....

I want to laugh, shout, and cry all at once!

Smiling, she raises her hand to caress my brow, and cups my cheek. I lean into her touch. "You are too thin, my son," she pronounces.

Once I would have shrugged off such maternal concern as undignified for a warrior... but now, I grin like a madman.

Hugging her without restraint, without fear of fragility, I lift her and twirl her around me.

And she giggles!


"I missed you, Father!"

Strong hands hold me at arm's length while his practiced eye assesses my condition, as if I had just returned from extended patrol.

Then a broad smile threatens to split his face — one no longer gaunt. We embrace; I feel him sharing his strength with me, as only a great healer can.

"Your mother is well, my son... as am I." He knows to answer the questions I could not ask aloud.

I blink. Hard.

The sun shines unnaturally brightly here... but with both our parents healed, perhaps these lands could come to feel like home....

Glorfindel, on the quay

"My lady." I offer Galadriel a hand up the gangway... hers trembles; Círdan leads her below.

Scanning the crowd, I look for family or household members released from Mandos, or a certain forthright Gondolithrim maiden, whose fate I never learned. No one awaits me.

But now I have time to seek them....

Celebrían and Elrond cling to their sons, rejoicing in the familial embrace, tears flowing unashamedly. My heart overflows to see them both hale, and all together again — save Arwen.

Spotting me, Elrond pulls me into the huddle.

"Thank you, old friend," he rasps, "for seeing our sons home."

~*~ The End ~*~

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: Elena Tiriel

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/21/09

Original Post: 04/18/05

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I am a new author who is serious about improving my writing. Your comments, both positive and negative, will be treasured, evaluated, and incorporated freely!

Thank you in advance for your time and effort.

My fiction includes:

Fell and Fair (for the Sons of Elrond at the Field of Celebrant and the Alternate Perspectives Challenges)

ET's Legolas Song Parodies (for the International Legolas Month Song Parody Palooza Challenge)

Famous First Lines (for the It Was a Dark and Stormy Night Challenge)

Holiday Carols, Middle Earth-style (for the Carols in Middle-earth Challenge)

and numerous drabbles, including: Alas, Poor Ufthak!

I also compiled many entries for the HASA Resource Library, including the following small sampling:

Interesting People to Meet & Greet:
Orophin & Rúmil, The Bardings, and The Beornings

Cool Places to See & Be Seen:
The Elf-path, The Forest Gate, The High Pass of Rivendell, The Old Forest Road, Undertowers, The Westmarch, and Libraries of the Shire

Wild Fauna to Look (Out) For:
Black Squirrels, Butterflies, Hunting Dogs, The Kine of Araw, Giant Bats, Giant Moths, and Giant Spiders

Toothsome Treats to Eat:
Honey-cakes of the Beornings

Magical Powers to Admire (from a safe distance):
The Unlight of Ungoliant

Great Literature to Read:
The Red Book, The Thain's Book - Annotated Copy of the Red Book, Findegil's Copy of the Thain's Book, The Akallabêth, Herblore of the Shire, Old Words and Names in the Shire, The Reckoning of Years, The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, The Tale of Years, and Translations from the Elvish

Important Events to Remember:
The Invasion of Calenardhon by Balchoth and Orcs, and The Battle of Dale and Siege of Erebor

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