5. Alone at the Feast
"You have a fine boy!"
The celebrations had begun as soon as the midwife announced the glad tidings. Wine flowed freely while an ox was killed and roasted, so that all might share the new father's joy.
An old man struck up a tune on a fiddle and couples began to dance.
"Come, Aragorn! " cried Halbarad seeing the Chieftain stood apart. "You joined us in wedlock, now you must be amongst the first to meet my son!"
Aragorn forced a smile, not wishing to dampen his friend's joy. Would his heart's desire ever be granted, that he too might rejoice?
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