Brotherly Love: 1. Brotherly Love

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1. Brotherly Love


 

Charity Begins At Home

 

Hoofbeats, and voices from the latest arrivals roused Aragorn as he dozed in the sun in a sheltered corner of the stableyard at the Pony.

"Look - a beggar."

"So I see.  Should we give the poor fellow alms?"

A handful of coins landed in the dust at his feet, and Aragorn looked up with a sigh.  "Someone is going to kill you both one day - and it will probably be me!"

Elladan looked down with great surprise.  "Merciful havens - is this scruffy fellow really our littlest brother?"

Elrohir grinned.  "Come, Estel - you can bathe while you tell us your news!"

Always Outnumbered

Aragorn scowled as his brothers turned away.  He wished that just once, he could get the upper hand with them - but it was difficult, and he was always outnumbered.  Then he grinned as he bent to pick up the coppers from the dust.  If Elladan and Elrohir wanted to give him 'alms', the least he could do was take their coin.

He followed them into the inn, where he found they had already ordered three brimming mugs of ale.  He smiled.   Perhaps they were not so bad after all.

Elladan glanced at him.  "Oh, Estel?  We said you would pay."

Torment


Aragorn slapped the coins onto the bar and sat down.  Like shadows, Elladan and Elrohir appeared on either side of him, sliding onto the bench. 

"Did you torment the others like this?"  he snapped.

"Torment?"  Elladan echoed.

"What others?"  Elrohir added.

"The other heirs of Isildur.  Did you torment them as much as you do me?"

Elladan shook his head.  "Of course not!"

"Though Arathorn did pour his ale over Elladan once,"  Elrohir remembered with a grin.

"Then why ..."

Elladan shrugged.  "The others were ..." - he waved his hand vaguely - "just fosterlings.  Whereas you - "

" - are our brother."

News From Bree


The mug of ale before him emptied and was refilled several times as they talked, exchanging news and sharing reports.  This time, he did not have to pay.

"I am glad you made our meeting in time, Estel,"  Elladan told him.

"We were afraid you might be late," Elrohir added.

"Why?  Three days after the full moon; or four days or five - what does it matter?"

Elladan frowned.  "Have you forgotten the date, littlest brother?  It is the first of March."

"Yes, but ..."

Elrohir sighed as he pushed a package across the table.  "Happy beg - happy birthday, little brother."

Leaving

 


After a long, companionable evening of laughter and reminiscing they retired to bed.  Elladan and Elrohir stopped by their door.  "Estel - we will say farewell now.  We leave before dawn."

They hugged him warmly.  "Take care, little brother."  Elrohir ruffled Aragorn's hair.

"And do not forget to bathe!" 

He returned the hugs.  "Goodnight.  Goodbye."

By morning the twins' room was deserted, apart from an envelope on the table.  Aragorn felt rather melancholy - he would miss them, despite the incessant teasing. 

Opening the envelope, he found a bill for the night's accommodation, and a note:

 'Estel - we said you would pay.'



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: Jay of Lasgalen

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Humor

Rating: General

Last Updated: 10/02/07

Original Post: 10/02/07

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Elena Tiriel - 02 Oct 07 - 11:05 PM

Ch. 1: Brotherly Love

Hi Jay!

LOLOL! Oh, this is hilarious!

I like the way Elladan and Elrohir really care about Aragorn, and consider him their brother.

But big brothers can be such a mixed blessing at times.....

- Barbara

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Lady Bluejay - 03 Oct 07 - 12:39 AM

Ch. 1: Brotherly Love

I really enjoyed all of these but No 1  especially had me giggling --

When my daughter was in her grungy stage - Doc Marten's boots and  army surpus clothing - she sat on the pavement outside Woolworth's waiting for me  and a dear old lady gave her a pound.Laugh out loud

Thanks for the read and the memory. LBJ

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pipinheart - 28 May 08 - 1:30 AM

Ch. 1: Brotherly Love

Love it...

They really seem to love to pick on Estel...Its a wonder he hasn't pitched something over either of the twins head yet...

We said you would pay...very nice.. 

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ecan48 - 18 Feb 09 - 1:18 PM

Ch. 1: Brotherly Love

Having twin older brothers would be a horror to anyone. good story

ecan


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