1. The Dark Beyond the Door
"You've not slept."
Long silence. Then:
"Pity the dawnstar's hidden."
"There's light and there's light," he replies, and doesn't say it. Despite years of longing he'll refrain for too-knowing friendship's sake, as he's embraced, cradled... powerfully aroused. 'Tis a sweeter ache than what awaits him, but—!
I'd gladly suffer if compassion's warmth flamed once to passion!
Overwhelmed suddenly, Halbarad blindly clutches, whispers pleadingly: "Don't let me go before my time!"
Arms tighten—bruising, steady tenderness as Aragorn murmurs fiercely, "Until the hour comes."
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