34. True/False (Tar-Míriel)
Time and time again I have played this part without flinching: I have faced audiences of thousands and the harshest of condemnations fearlessly. But now, when it matters most...
I must not fail.
A careful adjustment of my mask, and I reenter the stage.
I nod. "My lord."
Lying with my body at night and speaking falsehoods by day, I have become a living piece of theatre: lie within drama within reality. My face is never honest, my voice never sincere.
But deceit shields truth, for the seventh stone is being borne to Elendil.
That is all that matters.
September 26, 2005. For the Tolkien Weekly "Drama" challenge.
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