5. Cakes and Ale
The maid placed a large plate of cakes on the table just as Aragorn entered.
The King settled himself on his favourite chair. He asked the maid to bring him a mug of ale. Seeing the cakes, he helped himself to a lemon one, then another and another.
He had only just finished off the last lemon cake when Arwen entered together with the Potentate of Khand's chief wife.
After polite introductions, the King was content to remain in the background while the ladies made conversation and nibbled tea and cakes. He was tired after a long day of attending meetings and judging land disputes.
When the visitor had departed Arwen rounded on her husband. "You ate all the lemon cakes! I especially asked the cook to bake a wide variety. That was greedy of you, Estel!" she chided.
"It turned out for the best," said Aragorn good-humouredly. "If I had known you were entertaining the lady today I would have warned you that in Khand to serve a guest anything made with lemons indicates that you harbour bitter feelings against them."
"So you would argue greed is good?" said Arwen.
"Only on this one occasion!" the King said smiling.
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