10. Chapter 10
Title: Broken Spirit 10
Author: Sivan Shemesh email@example.com
Warning: Angst. Violence. Jealousy. OOC for in case. Prepare the tissues; I think that you might need them. Character death? Family matters.
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. I just created the plot for my stories.
Spoiler: Total AU.
Summary: Princeling Legolas disobeys his father. The punishment leads to an incident no one expected. Will the Peredhil save the day?
Note: The twins in this story are older, but only in this story. Estel is 12 years old, while Legolas is 9 years old, and only an elfling compared to the other elves.
Note2: Also written for Mellon Challenges 100 – Prompt # 054: Spirit.
Note3: Legolas learns that he had stronger connection with nature and how he is dealing with it at first.
Remember Legolas is an elfling, and an elfling's reaction could be different, but I guess that you already knew that, right?
In the forest…
The Peredhil, Estel and the guards walked and walked, taking brief of break from time to time, as Estel complained to them how hungry he was.
They came to a wall of wild trees and grass that climbed up, covering what was on the opposite side.
"What is going on over here?" Silinde asked, as he wondered aloud.
"What do you mean?" Elladan came forward to the guard.
"This wall of trees and bushes, it was not there before… something must be wrong." Silinde answered and Elladan noticed how troubled his face became.
The guard had sighed heavily, as he knelt beside dark green bushes and touch it.
"What is it?" Elladan stared with worry at him.
"You see the dark green bushes?" Silinde asked, "Try to touch them."
Elladan did as he was told, and then began to understand why he was asked to do this.
It felt wrong somehow like a dying plant, something dying, the nature…
"It is…" Elladan started to say.
"Aye, it is dead." Silinde nodded slightly, with growing worry spreading on his face.
"How?" Elrohir asked as he approached with Estel.
"There could be many explanations, and one of them could be the source of water." Silinde replied with heavy sigh.
"And if the river is poisoned, so is the whole nature near the area…" Elrohir assumed aloud, as Elladan completed it, "So the nature became wild and dangerous, which is no good for us."
Then he turned to Silinde, "We need our Adar, he would know what to do. He is a healer of both nature and living."
Elrohir stepped forward with Estel and asked, "Why could we not used swords and cut the wall and move through it?"
Silinde sighed, "We should try it, at least."
Elladan smiled at his half, noticing the smile that covered Elrohir as well, he said with encouragement in his voice, "We must hurry; we do not have much time."
They nodded, and walked with him.
Silinde took the lead, he pulled his sword out from his anvil and started to cut the wild dark green bushes and even the branches that were lay near their heads.
Then, without any warning as they walked through it, the branches started to move towards them. The branches had no mercy, ready to hit who ever approached like a wild blind animal that ready to kill.
Was heard every time the branch hit and missed them as it hit the ground instead.
But Estel could not duck, he was not fast enough, and Elrohir who held his hand could feel Estel being lost, and carried away from him.
"ESTEL!" he shouted.
Elladan watched helplessly as the branch wrapped itself around Estel's leg and lifted him into the air.
Estel cried from fear as he could feel himself swing through the air, and then he swore that he could see himself hit the twins. He cried aloud, and begged for the twins to help him, save him from this evil branch that took him.
The twins watched helplessly and cried for the boy who cried for their help. Estel was being tortured by the poisoned branches that flung him through the air and swung him towards the guards.
Silinde moved, as courage led them to the root of the main branch that held the boy; he ordered them as he waved his sword, "Catch him!"
They nodded, and then they could hear the sound as the root was cut by the sword. They heard Estel's yell as he fell from the air into their welcoming hands, and hugged him closer to their heart. They knelt sobbing with relief that Estel was safe.
Estel was shaking; fear now seemed to take him, and his brothers tried to comfort him and to ease the shaking and fear from his body.
But Estel was uneasy, as he was still shaking.
Silinde stared at the boy, and then looked to the sky; the sun was already in the middle of the sky, he said, "We should go."
While on the other side of the wall, far far away…
Princeling Legolas, who lay on the branch, felt dizzy and his stomach still growled in pain.
"Nana," he mumbled, wishing his nana were there with him, taking care of him. All he could see was light, white light as he stared, his eyes were open wide.
"I am coming, nana, I am coming," he mumbled and tried to get to his feet, but his legs and body were shaking from lack of food.
He did know that were he drank; the river was poisoned by Saruman's hands.
He could felt something wrapping around his leg, but could give no scream as his eyes were locked on the light, light that covered him and he imagined his nana, staring at him and calling for him.
Then, the branch just threw him away, and Legolas could feel himself flying next to the birds. He could feel the pain burning his body, hurting him all over, but he did not care, all he wished was to follow his naneth, where the light seemed to be hunting him.
Back over the opposite side of the wall,
Elladan took Estel in his hands, trying to calm the boy down, but seemed not succeeded at first. Finally, with soothing words, the boy calmed in his hands, the fear seemed to fade, though he continued to shake.
"Elrohir," Elladan called for his half, and when Elrohir stood beside him, he continued, "Slice another passion fruit, Estel will need to eat another piece of it."
Elrohir nodded and used his dagger to slice the fruit and gave it to the boy who welcomed the sweet in his mouth. Elladan smiled as the boy enjoyed of it.
"Come, our time is fading, and we should approach the palace at first light. Your Ada is waiting." Silinde pushed them, knowing they missed their Adar as well.
"Come Estel, we should go back to Ada." Elladan softly said to Estel, who sucked on the fruit..
They followed the guards, wanting to see their Adar and tell him of what they had been through, the adventures they had, and even the fear.
If they only knew how close they were to finding the princeling.
If they only knew…
End of Chapter 10.
Forgive me for the long time, I will try to post weekly.
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