2. Wings of Hope
Galadriel & Celeborn
The green stone glowed softly in the moonlight, held aloft in his lady's slender hands. Celeborn hesitated for she seemed deep in thought, but at last she lowered her hands and sank slowly to the carven bench. Though the brooch now lay in shadow, emerald fire continued to swirl in its depths. Moving to stand behind her he placed his hands on her shoulders, gently massaging the tense muscles.
'Where do your thoughts wander, meleth nîn?' he asked quietly.
'On trails of memory,' she murmured, briefly closing her eyes. 'But there are other roads I see; veiled in twilight; ways that lie before us where no feet yet have trod; and I cannot say which path holds the greater sorrow.' She reached up and caught his hand where it rested on her shoulder and leaned her cheek against his fingers. 'On the morrow I shall give the Elessar to Aragorn as Arwen requested.'
'You know where his road leads from here.'
'I do,' she answered. 'Dark his way may appear; even so, it is the path of hope and perhaps this jewel may yet heal some hurts before...' Her voice trailed away and Celeborn tightened his grip on her hand. A single strand of luminescence writhed across the face of the jewel; as thin and fragile as the strand of hope that their hearts now held to. Whatever lay ahead, they would face it together.
A/N: meleth nîn - my love
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