Journey's Delay: 1. Chapter 1

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1. Chapter 1

The dawn’s blue sky meets emerald trees that sweep down into the forest bed of brown. Surrounded by the bird’s morning song of welcome, I am mirror still and quiet.

Leaves sigh, brushing against the sinuous hands that divide them with reverent gentleness, opening their arms to reveal their willing and enraptured captive. The sunlight bursts a halo around a golden crown of silken unbound hair as, unabashedly, the visitor sheds tawny skin for alabaster -- casting aside all raiment. With silent steps, he moves gracefully and with expectation.

A rustle disturbs his advance. His elegant head turns to look over his shoulder and the muscles beneath ripple – a hint of the strength that lies dormant within. A squirrel skitters up a tree and stops to look down at this intruder; chattering her chastisement. The elf nods an apology. With nary a blink she continues. His eyes – clear cerulean blue – dance with suppressed mirth at the abrupt dismissal.

He turns toward me.

The wind whispers and, for a moment, his eyes close half-lidded as the caress sweeps across his flesh.

I quiver, unable to speak. When he again casts his gaze upon me, I glimmer -- a wordless entreaty.

He enters swiftly and without hesitation. I receive him, parting easily, welcoming him into my depths. He dips to taste me as I rejoice in him. With effort, he pauses. I tempt him with promises which urge him on. His strokes resume; now powerful and purposeful. Forward. I embrace him. Faster. I feel the blood-beats in his body. Further. I raise my voice in match to his exclamation.


He emerges in triumph, gasping with exhilaration. I rain kisses down upon his neck and shoulders. Hands raise in supplication as delightful laughter echoes wonder.

My secret is discovered.

Sindarin Translation:

Lanthir = Waterfall or literally, 'falling stream'.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Lady Aranel

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/03/04

Original Post: 05/02/04

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