1. Ghost story
My stew bubbles on the fire while the cruel wind howls outside. Beef, onions, carrots, barley, and savory herbs, your favorite! I have two places set on the table tonight, although I am alone. Two bowls sit ready and I will fill them.
Oh Arathorn, they will think me a coward to die so young, and perhaps they are right.
So be it.
Darkness presses on me, close and persistent. I might cast it forth again, but I am weary. For so many years I held out, for our son's sake, for our people's sake, but I have had enough. I feel selfish and why not? I have given them the free peoples much. It is time I looked to myself.
Cold and death and dark are on my bones. Tomorrow, we shall be together again, my love, I know it and yet I cannot wait. I have set out my best linens, woven by my own hand, embroidered with images of Nísimaldar; nowadays people think the Mellorn belong to the elves, but I know the truth of it even as you did; the graceful trees I set into these napkins were given to mortal kind in lost Númenor. We chose to share the golden trees with our kin, with Galadriel who will mourn my passing.
I regret to cause the elves grief, but It was only ever a matter of time.
Oh, my darling, my Dunadan, I miss you more than words could ever tell. Sit at my table tonight, beloved. Let us be together now in my world if only in my visions. Tomorrow, I will join you in yours.
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