5. 5. - Prompt #19: Secret
Title: Playing Cat and Mouse
Author: Sivan Shemesh
Disclaimer: Not mine, but the plots.
Warning: Angst/humor, friendship, pranks, AU. Might OOC.
Summary: Gimli and Legolas friendship. Drabbles, ficlets inspired by bunnies or prompts.
A/N: Written for 'The Tolkien Tango'.
Prompt #19: Secret
Gondor's royal family had been riding hard into Mirkwood, and now, they took a well-deserved break.
"So, we're going to visit Legolas and Gimli?" Eldarion asked after drinking his water.
"Yes, we are, my boy, and you will see also King Thranduil, the great king of Mirkwood," Elessar replied.
"How great is the king?" Eldarion asked.
"Very great," Elessar answered, wrapped in sweet memory, "Thranduil has been a second father to me and when I saw the humble way he treats his elves and guards in Mirkwood, I am more convinced he is a great king, ion."
Eldarion wished more than ever to know all the stories his father had to share. He was certain there was more to all this than meets the eye. "So, what will we do when we get there?" Eldarion asked.
"Can you keep a secret, son?" the king asked, noticing how his queen was smiling encouragingly, showing her support and care of the boy.
Eldarion nodded and waited for his father as patiently as he could.
"We have been invited to celebrate Prince Legolas' Begetting Day, and King Thranduil has asked us not to say a word to Legolas, as it is supposed to be a surprise party," Elessar explained, and hoped with his heart that nothing would be revealed prematurely to his friend.
Arwen knelt next to her son, and softly told him, "Not one word to Legolas, but you can tell him that you are here to finally see his homeland."
"I will try to," Eldarion said, and then he turned to face his father and tried to explain his hesitation, "You know how easily Legolas reads me," he paused. "But I know that he loves me, so I will try very hard to keep the secret as I love him too."
"Then, my son, consider it also as the king's request," Elessar suggested. "At the very least, we can distract Legolas while they are preparing all the stuff for him."
There was a sparkle in the young child's eyes.
"Start thinking how we can do that, son," Aragorn added with a wink.
End of this prompt.