6. Paths of Righteousness
Paths of Righteousness (He leads me down the paths of righteousness...")
Elboron sat on the corner of his bed, facing the wall. "You are going to punish me now?"
"Do you think you deserve it?" answered Faramir.
"Yes," said Elboron.
"Then why should you expect otherwise?"
Elboron bowed his head, and Faramir sat by his side. Faramir could see his son's hands clenching and unclenching as he struggled for words. "But Adar, if I know what I did was wrong, why must I still be punished?"
Faramir put a hand on his son's shoulder, but Elboron flinched only a little and did not turn away. "You knew what you did was wrong?"
"And you still did it?"
A pause. "Yes."
"Welcome to Middle-earth, my son," said Faramir. "There is no perfection here, in Men or Elves, to keep us from wrong. Each man must struggle for himself to conquer the evil that is in this world, but though the choice is his alone, there is help for him. The love of family may keep him doing what is right, or the counsel of friends and mentors—but when that fails?"
Elboron was silent. Faramir continued: "When we do wrong, we do not always see that which will come as a natural consequence; but we can always foresee a punishment. I must punish you, not so that you see that what you did was wrong, but so that you may be stronger to resist it the next time."
"I understand," said Elboron quietly. "I will not protest."
Faramir lowered his arm, until it was wrapped around Elboron's shoulders. "As long as you can face your faults, I will be proud of you, my son."
He rose and departed, not feeling Elboron's gaze following him. The eldest son of Faramir sighed and bowed his head. Next time, he would make sure to resist that which called him to put tacks on his teacher's seat.
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