1. Eyes in the Dark, by Aruthir
Many happy returns to both of today's birthday girls- I hope you don't mind sharing a post too much? "Never Again" is for greenwood_gal and "Eyes In The Dark" is for Elena Tiriel... but by all means, feel free to trade.
The firelight dances in the dark, but he does not feel its warmth.
He let them down, in the Mines- all of them.
He should have stayed and fought the monster with the Wizard- fought as the heroes of old did in time of yore.
He watches his friends sleep- seven, now, where there should be eight- and he hardens his heart.
Never again shall he turn and run, though the entire host of the Black Enemy be ranged against him.
Never again shall he let them down- the hobbits, the humans… even the dwarf.
There are eyes in the dark beyond the firelight, eyes that glitter like dying stars.
They gaze uncaring at the elf-watcher and his wards; care is a feeling.
Feelings are for the weak… and the weak are lost.
That is not to say they do not take in each and every detail, however.
Not to say they do not notice that where once were nine now are eight- far from it.
That they take interest in- great interest.
Their master will be pleased.
With a flutter of wings the Crebain take flight; a black hand across the moon's white face.
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