1. The Aftermath
I have heard the stories- everyone has.
They were the few, the proud, the light against the dark...
The King places his stone reverently upon the cairn, and no-one says a word- they never do.
He turns his back and walks away.
Climbs up onto his horse- with more difficulty with every year that passes- and rides away.
A trumpeter plays a single, mournful salute as the sun goes down.
No-one says a word- they never do.
The ceremony over, the crowd disperses.
I linger, alone and lonely.
My father fought on the Pelennor, you know.
He came back, too.
The wind whispers through the poppies as I stare at the cairn.
They said this was the final battle.
They said this was the war to end all wars.
Try telling my father that.
He was no hero; he was but one in ten thousand.
He was just doing what he was told.
No-one cared when his nightmares woke him- it was just his imagination.
No one cared when he tossed and turned and woke my mother- it was just his imagination .
No-one cared when his screams woke our entire house- it was just his imagination.
A tear runs down my face and I brush it savagely away.
The poppies turn the fog as red as blood, and I shudder despite myself.
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