Panting, Tuor fell to his knees. Even if they overtake me now, at least I will die in freedom.
It was not long before he regained his breath enough to raise his head. Still gasping for air, he laughed with delight as he saw where he had run. This was the path that led to the caves of Androth. He was home.
Life here had been harsh, growing harsher as the grip of the Easterlings on Mithrim tightened, yet Annael had been as a father to him, fostering a stray wanderer not even of his own kind, sharing what little they had. Annael and his people were long gone, but in his heart Tuor kept the memory of the kindness the Elves had shown him.
If the caves had not been discovered, they could shelter him again; it would be lonely by himself, but for an outlaw it would do.
Originally written for Dwimordene's birthday. She requested: It's been awhile, I fear, but this May baby would be interested in the notion of adoption. The first adoption of sentient beings occurred when Eru adopted the Dwarves; later on, Maglor adopted Elrond and Elros, Bilbo adopted Frodo, Elrond fostered and more or less served as an adoptive father for Aragorn, etc, etc. So something about the taking on of children not your own, or perhaps even going beyond kids to animals or some particular part of nature that becomes a part of the family. Make your story personal or give it a broader social reading or a cosmological one - whatever you think might be interesting.
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