Forever("...and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.")
"He is gone now," said Lothiriel, leaning upon Faramir as the only solid one left to her. "Gone to whatever lies beyond death."
"Yes, gone," whispered Faramir. "Waiting for us even now."
"Is that so?" asked Lothiriel. "I have heard of what happens to elves, but where is my Eomer now that he is no longer in Middle-earth? Where is Eowyn? Where are they, if Mandos is only for the Elves?"
"As if I know," responded Faramir, sadly laughing. "As if any of us knows with surety."
"Tell me, Faramir," said Lothiriel, her quiet voice tinged with demand. "Just tell me all you know; it does not matter if it is but rumor or truth, but I will not end my life with not a thought as to where my husband might be. Tell me, Faramir!"
Faramir wrapped an arm around her shaking shoulders. "Hush, Lothi, I will tell you, I will tell you." He sighed, and a whisper of breeze swept through the room. "It is said that Men go to a waiting place like the Mandos of the Elves when they die, until the ending of the world. At that time, the Elves will be lost forever, but some think that Illuvatar will remake the world so that Men may live there without evil or death—forever."
A tear fell down Lothiriel's wrinkled cheek. "Then all will be well?"
"I do not know," said Faramir. "I do not know."
"I do not care," said Lothiriel. "It is true, and I will be with my Eomer forever. Forever."
"Of course," said Faramir, and squeezed her tightly to him. "Of course, my little cousin." And so they stood together, waiting for forever.
A/N: What Faramir speaks of is pure Tolkien, from "The Dialogue of Finrod and Andreth"
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