5. Who Would Be King - by Dwimordene
"Again," Halbarad remarked with black humor the day of Aragorn's departure. And since they were alone, Aragorn chuckled, though mirth quickly faded.
"Can you manage in my absence?" he asked.
"We always have," Halbarad assured him. But when Aragorn had mounted his steed, Halbarad touched his knee and asked: "Can you manage in our absence?"
"I'm your Chieftain," Aragorn said simply, and ere Halbarad could comment, finished: "How could I possibly?"
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