6. Chapter 6
Title: Aragorn's Secret Weapon 6
Author: Sivan Shemesh
Beta: Manon & Tinorial Peredhil
Warning: Angst full ahead, fluff, and humor. Bad or good endings… lol!
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. I just borrowed them for my own evil plans.
Spoiler: Total AU.
Summary: Aragorn has a plan on how he will finally beat Legolas. But will Legolas find out? And if he does, what he will do?
Note: Estel's age is 7, and Legolas's age is 14 and only an elfling compared to the other elves.
Part one: Family
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing. The main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.
-- Marcus Aurelius Antonius
"Come my son, you need to rest, look at you," Elrond gently said to Elrohir.
"No, I cannot leave him… not until I know… until I see him open his eyes, until I see his smile…" Elrohir said with a broken voice to his father, as he did not feel tired.
"Come, my son." Elrond pulled his son closer to him, and hugged him tight.
Elrohir's continued to cry, the tears falling on his father's shoulder.
"He will be fine, you will see…" Elrond moved his hand over his son's hair and stroked it.
Elrond and Elrohir walked to the kitchen.
At the kitchen…
Elladan had not noticed that his young brother had left the table and had gone to Legolas' room.
Elrond entered and noticed that one of his sons was missing.
"Elladan, where is Estel?"
Elladan turned his head from the food and scanned the room, a look of panic on his face.
"I do not know, father, I did not notice him leave," Elladan said shamefully, the thought of his not looking after his brother eating away at him.
Elrond gave him a hard look as anger and worry spread in his heart. His face clearly spoke his thoughts, 'Immature, so immature, I thought I could trust you.'
Elladan noticed the look that was on his father's face, and said sadly as the guilt burned into him, "Forgive me, Father…"
Elrohir said, "I know where he could be, Father…" and fled from the kitchen.
Soon Elrond and Elladan tried to catch up with him, realizing he was heading towards Legolas' room.
The door was open. Their eyes opened wide as they saw how Estel moved his hands over Legolas' hair, moving the curled locks from Legolas' face.
Elrond could not stop himself from smiling at the sight of Estel stroking Legolas' hair. He came forward, and hugged his son.
Elrohir turned and glared at his brother with anger and fear. Elladan came closer to his twin, and moved his hand slightly onto Elrohir's shoulder as he tried to comfort him, but Elrohir turned his back on his twin.
Elrohir still could not face his brother, nor could he talk to him; he still had it in his mind the idea that Legolas would die and it would be because of Elladan's words.
"Elrohir?" Elladan asked weakly as he wished that his twin would at least speak to him.
But no sound came from Elrohir.
"'Ro? Please forgive me…" Elladan called to his brother and begged for Elrohir to resume their friendship and the enjoyment of their twin bond.
Elrohir sat next to Legolas; his eyes were on him as he hoped that his friend would live. He could feel the tears rolling down his face, and leaned over Legolas' chest and let his grief come to the surface.
Elrohir felt a hand on his shoulder, but he did not care anymore. He just wished that Legolas would live, as he could hear his voice time after time.
"Legolas will be alright my son…" Elrond tried to give comfort to his son, and rubbed Elrohir's shoulder.
Elladan looked at his father and brother, and gave up as tears began to fall. He felt shame, jealousy, and guilt. He wished that his brother would forgive him, but it seemed that Elrohir did not even want to look at him. He wished that his father would give him the same love and comfort that he gave to his twin and to Estel, but he felt that he had gotten none of it.
Elladan looked at them closely and felt uncomfortable by the sight. He cried quietly, not wanting them to hear, and left the room.
Elladan walked slowly at first. He was soon crying harder, angry at what happened. He did not notice Erestor who was walking in the hall.
"Master Elrohir is that you?" Erestor asked, as he was not certain which twin he had chanced upon.
Elladan lifted his head and could barely see the face through the blur of tears, but he recognized the voice. "Erestor?"
"Yes, it is I," Erestor confirmed his question.
"It is I, Elladan," the twin said through a breaking sob.
Erestor moved his hand to wipe away the tears and asked him, "Why are you crying? Has someone hurt you?"
Elladan nodded, but instead of saying anything, he ran away.
Erestor seemed surprised by the twin's act, and decided to find Elrond to see what the reason was behind it.
Erestor moved from room to another, searching for his lord, until he found him in Legolas' room.
"My lord?" Erestor asked.
Elrond turned his head and saw his advisor in the doorway. His eyes were wary. "What worries you, dear friend?" Elrond asked.
"What has happen to Elladan?" Erestor asked, trying to surprise his lord.
Elrond scanned his advisor's face and asked, "What do you mean?"
"I saw him in the hall; he was crying, and when I asked him a simple question he ran away from me…" Erestor explained with a heavy heart, as he hoped that nothing bad had happened to him.
Elrond sighed heavily and turned his head from Erestor back to Elrohir. "Elrohir, you must stop this at once, Elladan is your twin, and you just cannot hide from him forever. Please go after him," he pleaded.
Elrohir looked at his father in shock and disbelief. "B… But?" he tried to protest, but it seemed that nothing helped. He left the room with a last look at Legolas.
"Yes, Estel?" Elrond asked.
"Where are the twins? Where have they gone?" Estel asked.
"They need to deal it with themselves, as they upset with each other…" Elrond tried to explain.
"Is this because of me? Or Legolas?" Estel asked worriedly.
Elrond looked at his son and seemed caught; he did not know what his answer should be, as he did not want to upset the young human as well, because for him it was bad enough that the twins were angry with each other.
Estel looked at his father and asked, "Father?"
Elrond looked at him and answered, "I do not know how I should answer you, as I cannot see you crying and hurt…."
"I understand, Father," Estel said softly and turned back to Legolas and tried to keep himself busy by playing with the prince's hair.
"Will you have a re-match with Legolas after he is healed?" Elrond asked in curiosity.
Estel nodded. He missed their friendship, the touch of his bow… and by that he remembered his plan.
End of Chapter 6.
What will happen to the twins? Will they finally make up? Or what about Legolas? He missed all the action... Poor elfling...
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