I hope this story is comprehensible on its own, but a little family history may help readers unfamiliar with the Akallabêth. I give a gloss in the "Family Matters" section of my Isildur biography, or readers can read this history themselves in the "Akallabêth," beginning with "There was a lady Inzilbêth, renowned for her beauty…"
Elendil's relationship with Pharazôn and Míriel is (to my knowledge) mere speculation. Azrabêth is my own invention, as is the concept of Ar-Pharazôn as an abusive husband. Although, really, JRRT himself says he took Zimraphel to wife by force. It's not such a great leap. My title comes from the book by A.A. Milne, and the tone and themes are vaguely based on "Disobedience."
This story was inspired by several BMEM quotes, specifically "Then slowly a change came over the land, and the hearts of the Elf-friends were sorely troubled, and many fell away out of fear; and although those that remained still called themselves the Faithful, their enemies named them rebels." (Day #8) and "Inziladûn, the elder, was like his mother in mind as in body; but Gimilkhâd, the younger, went with his father, unless he were yet prouder and more wilful. To him Ar-Gimilzôr would have yielded the sceptre rather than to the elder son, if the laws had allowed." (Day #9)
Thanks to Linda Hoyland for reading over this story. Any remaining typos are mine.
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