4. 04 - Wake the demons
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I don't know what stressed me first
Or how the pressure was fed
But I know just what it feels like
To have a voice in the back of my head
It's like a face that I hold inside
"Papercut" – Linkin Park
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Chapter 4: Wake the demons
Legolas' soul was torn between the Hall of Mandos and his still fragile body, but Glorfindel's words raised a little light and hope.
During the night, Legolas' pale skin regained a little of its colour, and his heartbeat grew stronger. But his mind was still shut off from the events that he had undergone.
Glorfindel awoke as the first lights crept into the room. He saw that Ulrad was still sleeping. Looking down at the Prince lying on the floor, Glorfindel noticed that Legolas' skin had coloured slightly.
He got up from the bed and checked the marks on Legolas' body. He noticed that the wound on the Prince's head had begun to heal, and the bruises were fading.
No one knew, not even Elrond, of the sorcery that he had learned about. But he knew that it would be used someday.
He started to shake Ulrad awake before the King could stumble in upon them and catch them off guard; he didn't want this to happen.
"My love…wake up," Glorfindel said, shaking him a little more, "your Lord will be here any second."
Ulrad could barely open his eyes; he still felt tired.
"Get up, my love, your Lord will be here any minute," Glorfindel said again, and helped Ulrad out of the bed.
Glorfindel helped to his love to put his uniform on – it had to look that Ulrad had been guarding the Prince.
"Where is the elf that was on the bed?" Ulrad asked his love nervously, looking around for the Prince.
"On the floor. Let's get him back onto the bed," Glorfindel suggested.
They both lifted the Prince off the floor and onto the bed. After that Ulrad walked over to the door, ready for when his Lord entered the room. Glorfindel sat on the bed and put his hand on Legolas' chest, and felt a strong heartbeat, but the Prince did not wake up.
The steward, Faramir, opened the door, and the king, the queen and his wife entered the room, before entering himself and closing the door. They all saw that the Prince's condition had improved, though he was still unconscious.
Aragorn approached Glorfindel and thanked him for helping to save the Prince. He then approached the young guard and clasped him on the shoulder, praising him for guarding the Prince.
Ulrad blushed and he could feel his cheeks burning. He lowered his face; he did not want Glorfindel to see his red face.
But Glorfindel had noticed and got up from the bed and walked over to Ulrad, putting his hand on his love's shoulder. The young guard raised his head slowly and saw his lover smiling at him, and he smiled back.
"Both of you must be very tired – go and get some rest. Again, thank you both for looking after him," the King said.
Glorfindel and Ulrad left the room, holding hands and smiling.
Arwen came closer to the bed and saw that Legolas' bruise had disappeared, and that his other wound was healing.
Lady Evenstar began to hum a song that her father sang to her when she was younger. The song normally always made her heart sing, yet this time it made her cry, her tears falling on the Prince's face. Her hand started to stroke Legolas' hair and face gently.
Aragorn came closer to her and sat next to her and his friend, and took Legolas' hand in his own.
The steward and his wife stayed with them for little while. Then Faramir said: "My Lord, my Lady, we're going to rest, we'll see you later." Arwen nodded to them softly.
Faramir and Éowyn then left the room, closing the door behind them.
"I must go too, my love, as I have things to see to," Aragorn said. He leant down and gave his wife a gentle kiss on the forehead, before he too left the room.
Arwen, left alone with Legolas, started to talk to him. "You are like a brother to me. I don't want to lose you; you have always been there for me, and supported me a lot. Don't leave me."
She began to cry again.
Suddenly she heard a noise – it was Legolas. He had opened his eyes, and was looking at her with fear in his eyes.
"Legolas, what is wrong – why do you fear me?" she asked him wonderingly.
"I…I thought that you were someone else; forgive me, my Lady," he said weakly.
"How are you feeling?" she asked, worried about his condition.
"I'll be fine, my Lady," said Legolas.
"Do you think you can stand?" Arwen asked. Legolas nodded – he wasn't sure if he could, but he did not want to stay in bed. He carefully moved his legs and tried to sit up. Arwen gave him her hands to support him, and Legolas managed to stand.
He found that his bruises were gone, but his muscles hurt, which bothered him a little. He tried to take a few steps.
"I'll help you," Arwen said to him, putting an arm around him to steady him.
He wanted to protest but he felt so weak, and he allowed her to support him and help him walk.
He hesitated before he asked her: "May I see the gardens?"
"Of course," she said, smiling at him. "Aragorn will happy to see you alive." Legolas smiled as he heard the name and lowered his head.
They left the palace and walked to the gardens. He had to close his eyes as the strong light of the sun blinded him for moment. When he opened his eyes, he saw the beautiful gardens. He took a deep breath and smelt the scent of flowers in the air. It made him feel alive. He walked around the garden, feeling the grass under his bare feet. He raised his hand and touched one of the delicate flowers, and began to sing silently to himself.
Arwen came closer to him and put her hand on his shoulder. Kneeling down next to him, she smiled. She couldn't believe Legolas was alive.
He took another big breath and asked her: "My Lady, can you take me to Aragorn now?"
"Call me Arwen. You don't have to call me that, especially you," she said to him and continued: "Come with me, Legolas."
Legolas went with her as they went back into the palace. Arwen knocked on the door where she thought her husband was. When she heard a voice say 'enter', she opened the door and entered, while Legolas stayed outside until Arwen let him know if he could go in.
Arwen looked into the room and saw Glorfindel and Ulrad lying on a bed, their lower bodies covered. They looked up in surprise as they saw who it was.
"Forgive me – I thought the King was here," Arwen said. She turned and left the room. Seeing Glorfindel and Ulrad together confirmed her suspicions that there was something between the two.
They continued walking down the corridor, until Arwen heard her husband's voice coming from another room, and opened the door.
Aragorn stopped when he heard the door open. He saw his wife enter, and he sensed that someone else was behind her.
"What is it my love?" he asked her nervously.
Arwen turned her head to whoever it was behind her, and said: "Come." Then she stepped aside.
Legolas entered, smiling. Aragorn stared at him, not believing that it was Legolas. Arwen came closer to Aragorn; she could see he was shocked to see Legolas before him.
"Meleth-nîn, he is alive." Arwen could not keep the joy out of her voice.
"So I see," he told her. He came closer to Legolas and said to him, "Do you remember what happen?" putting his hand on Legolas' shoulder.
As Legolas felt the strong hand of Aragorn on his shoulder he began to shiver, but it stopped when Arwen put her hand on him; he felt safe with her somehow.
"How are you faring?" Arwen asked him, nervous of his reaction.
"I need to rest, I'm tired," he said and started to walk to the door, but Arwen stopped him.
"Is there something that bothers you, my friend?" Arwen asked him.
"No, I'm fine," Legolas said, and continued to walk.
Arwen' eyes began to fill with tears as she saw her friend disappear from sight. She looked at her husband with a worried look on her face, and then ran after her friend.
When she had caught up with him, she said: "Come with me."
They went back out into the garden and Legolas sat down and leaned against a tree, while Arwen sat next to him.
"Legolas, please tell me what is bothering you," she asked. Looking into his eyes, she saw that some hidden pain shadowed them. Nor could she look into his mind, because he blocked her.
"You come back to us from the dead. We'll do anything that will keep you with us."
"I…I…" Legolas couldn't finished the sentence. He lowered his head in shame, and felt Arwen's hand on his shoulder. "Tell me when you're ready," she said.
Tears began to fall from Legolas' eyes, and he began to tell her everything that had happened to him. He did not mention Glorfindel's name.
"Who did this to you?" she asked him.
"You are not going to believe me if I tell you," he said.
"Who?" she asked again, but there was no answer.
Arwen put her hand on his shoulders and looked into Legolas' eyes, trying to find the truth that was hidden within them.
"It was Glorfindel," he said, defeated by the intensity of her gaze.
Arwen still stared into Legolas' eyes, trying to find out if he was telling the truth.
"Why would he do this to you? This is horrible. I don't believe you, Legolas," she said, getting up and walking away from Legolas.
Legolas lowered his head in his hands and began to cry silently to himself, unaware that there was a figure standing behind him, staring.
The figure approached the Prince and bent down, touching Legolas' shoulder softly. Legolas turned to see who it was and saw a boy, who he had never seen before, trying to comfort him.
"Who…who are you?" Legolas asked.
"I'm called Eofor, and I'm the stable-boy," he said to the Prince. He saw the tears on Legolas' face and asked: "What happened to you?"
"N… Nothing." Legolas said.
"It is obvious to me that there is something bothering you, my friend," said Eofor, and watched as the blonde Elf wiped his tears away. Legolas lifted his head and looked into the boy's eyes.
"It is nothing, really," the blonde Elf said to him. Legolas got up and walked over to the stable.
Eofor followed the Prince to the stable, and heard Legolas softly sing a song to his horse: ("The Missing" – FOTR soundtrack)
She never watched
the morning rising,
Too busy with the
days first chores.
But oft she would watch
the sun's fading
As the cold of night crept
across the moors.
And in that moment
She felt the loss
Of everything that
Had been missed.
So used to feeling
the spirit sink
She had not felt
her own heart's wish.
"You sang so beautifully; it is a song that pierces the heart and brings tears to the eyes," said Eofor, feeling the tears slipping down his face.
"Thank you Eofor, for being so kind to me," the blonde Elf said as he stroked his horse.
"What is your name?" Eofor asked.
"Forgive me for not introducing myself. I'm Legolas Greenleaf, Prince of Mirkwood, son of Thranduil," Legolas said to him softly.
"There is nothing to forgive, Legolas," Eofor said.
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Later that day, in the bedroom of the King and the Queen…
After Arwen left the Prince alone in the garden, she made her way to the bedroom. She couldn't believe what Legolas had told her. It couldn't have been Glorfindel; he had always shown her love and kindness.
Aragorn entered the bedroom and saw his wife pacing the room; something was bothering her, for she was crying.
"What is it, my love?" Aragorn asked.
"I didn't feel your presence, my love," she said, coming closer to Aragorn, wiping her tears away.
"Then it is obvious that there is something bothering you if you did not feel my presence. Tell me what it is," Aragorn said, concerned by the worried look on her face.
"Forgive me my love, but I need to be alone," she said to him. "When I know exactly, I will tell you, but now I am just confused."
"I understand," he said.
"Where are Faramir and Éowyn?" Arwen asked suddenly.
"They will be here any minute," Aragorn said.
"I will be outside; I need to be alone – forgive me my love," she said, giving him a kiss before leaving the room.
Faramir and his wife, Éowyn entered the room several minutes after the Queen left.
"Where is Lady Arwen?" Éowyn asked her Lord.
"My wife felt that she needed to be alone. Something is bothering her deeply," Aragorn explained to them.
Éowyn began to take her clothes off. For some reason the room was beginning to feel very warm.
Aragorn looked at her beautiful body and felt his cock stir. He walked up to her and began to softly stroke her smooth body before leading her to the bed, where Faramir was already lying there, naked.
Éowyn lay on her back and spread her legs wide, so that Faramir could kneel between her thighs. In the meantime, Aragorn undressed himself and knelt behind Faramir. He hurriedly prepared the steward, then watched as Faramir pushed into Éowyn before pushing his cock into Faramir's tight heat.
Faramir kissed his wife on her neck softly as Aragorn began quickly thrusting into him, causing Faramir to thrust fast and hard into Éowyn.
The pleasure was building, and soon Éowyn reached her orgasm, followed very quickly by Faramir and Aragorn.
Exhausted, the King pulled out of Faramir and fell to the side of him onto the bed, soon falling asleep. Faramir carefully covered the sleeping King with a blanket.
Faramir and Éowyn remained awake for a little while longer. The steward began to play with his wife's nipples, rolling them between his fingers and making her gasp in pleasure. She moved her hand to grasp Faramir's cock and began stroking it. He moaned quietly, not wanting to wake the King. He took her hand away and placed his cock at her hot, wet entrance, pushed into her and made love to her slowly. Both reached their orgasm at the same time, whispering words of love to each other. Slipping out of her, Faramir held his wife in his arms, and they fell asleep.
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Arwen walked nervously down the corridor. Her last words that she said to Legolas bothered her and she regretted saying them, but it was too late to take them back.
Arwen walked to the room where she had found Glorfindel and Ulrad and knocked on the door. She heard Glorfindel's voice say 'Enter'.
When she entered the room, Arwen asked nervously, "Glorfindel, would you mind if I talked to you in private?" She saw Ulrad was still naked, and turned her eyes away.
"I will quickly dress and leave, my Lady," Ulrad said as he tried to find his clothes that were spread all over the room. Once he had finished dressing, Ulrad turned to his lover and said: "I'll see you soon."
As Ulrad left the room, Glorfindel became nervous and asked her "What is it, my Lady?"
"Legolas is awake, and I thank you for this," she said. She found she couldn't meet his eyes. "He told me what happened, and I wish to hear your version." Arwen looked up and met his eyes. She saw the anger in them, and she also saw the shadow that covered his soul, and was frightened.
Glorfindel got up from the bed and, walking to the door, locked it before walking towards Arwen, fury on his face.
She began to understand that she was wrong and Legolas was right, but it was too late.
End of Chapter 4.
So... What will be next?
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