2. Underhanded Business — MerryK
"But why me?" asked Hyrde.
"As I relayed to you, the Lady is riding to war," explained Elfhelm patiently.
"You cannot make her stay?" Hyrde pleaded.
Elfhelm's eyebrows, though flaxen, rose impressively. "Do you really wish Lady Eowyn, who rides now southwards seeking death, commanding Dunharrow?"
Hyrde swallowed, and said fervently, "No, you did right."
Elfhelm sighed. "Believe me, lad, if I could explain to Theoden King why his sister-daughter was unsuitable for command at present without giving insult, I would. This underhanded business, though complex, is preferable."
Hyrde sighed, agreeing. He would have to endeavor to lead the people.
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