12. Chapter 11: Haldir.
"My lady, shall I take the elflings to the kitchen to get them some supper?" asked Haldir.
"Yes and have would you have something sent to Celeborn and me," said Galadriel.
"As you wish," said Haldir as he took the four elflings to the kitchen.
"Haldir is being unusually nice to us," said Elrond to his brother telepathically. "I wonder what he is up to?"
"Most likely he doesn't want Thranduil to feel singled out, so he's treating us all the same," said Elros. "Though I wonder if he is still sore about the peppers we put in his lembas the last visit."
"Or the fact that we dyed his hair with beet juice," said Elrond.
When they got to the kitchen, Haldir took the twins aside for a little talk.
"Alright you two, Thranduil is an innocent little elfling. I don't want you two getting him involved in your mischief," said Haldir.
"We won't be any worse and influence on him than you were on us," said Elrond.
"We learned half our pranks from you when we were little," said Elros.
"Don't forget how you used to use us as pawns in your pranks against Gil-Galad," said Elrond.
"Or the time you used us to get at Maglor's harp," added Elros.
"Speaking of which, I wonder where he is," said Elrond.
"Erestor, told me that he wanders the shores singing laments," said Elros.
"This is going to be a long month," though Haldir, which was the usually length of the twins stay.
When they rejoined the others Haldir prepared a light meal for the elflings and had some dinner sent to his lord and lady. He spent some of this time talking to Thranduil and got to know the elfling.
"Haldir, Thranduil said that he could talk to the trees," said Elrond. "I though only the Silvan could do that."
"Lord Celeborn is Sindar," said Haldir. "Though the Sindar call themselves the Edhil."
"The trees talk to Lord Celeborn?" asked Thranduil. "They stopped talking to my adar."
"I'm not surprised," said Haldir. "Most likely their angry at him. Trees love elves and they get very angry when an elf or especially an elfling is unjustly hurt."
"The trees are angry at Adar because of me?" asked Thranduil.
"No, because of what he did to you. If the trees are angry at him, it's his fault, not yours," said Haldir. "You shouldn't call Oropher Adar. He doesn't deserve to be called Adar by anyone."
"Who should I call Adar?" asked Thranduil.
"The person who loves you and cares for you. After my parents death, Rumil raised my younger brother and me," said Haldir. "An Adar must be patient and caring with children whither they be elfling, man child or dwarf child."
"Well that rules you out, Haldir," said Elrond.
"Lord Celeborn is patient and caring. He loves me and cares for me," said Thranduil.
"That sounds like a good idea, pen neth. All the same I suggest you talk to him, before you start calling Lord Celeborn Adar," said Haldir. "However, that will have to wait until tomorrow. It is time for all good elflings to be in bed."
"Who says we're good elfling," said Elrond and Elros.
"I know you two aren't good elflings, but you're going to bed anyway," said Haldir. With that he went to tuck the elflings in for the night.
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