6. New Leaf - Only Sleeping
"Are you hurt, Eldarion?" Aragorn anxiously enquired of his four-year-old son, who ran inside from the garden, crying.
"The trees are dying, ada!" Eldarion sobbed. "All their leaves are falling off!"
Aragorn smiled. "No, ion nîn, they are just preparing to rest for the winter, like you undress before going to bed.
When spring came, Aragorn took Eldarion outside and showed him the buds adorning the stark branches. "Look!" he said. "The trees have their new raiment for spring. Is it not fairer than ever?"
Eldarion gazed in wonder at one new leaf, newly emerged to greet the sun.
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