Now you have made me cry *twice* in one chapter.
I think this is my favourite chapter.
You make Minas Tirith come alive, and it's amazing to see it with the eyes of a stranger. I love how you stay within character and realistic - how she would be mainly concerned with her life, and not with politics, how news would come to her by chance or not at all... how she would experience the evcuation.
Perfect. Just perfect.
I loved so many details: how you describe Minas Tirith, the market of the Rohirrim, the realistic details (the window in her chamber!) that make the scenes you write so authentic... how you describe the way Eledher is slowly settling in, how she comes to know real kindness for the first time in her life.
The kid is beyond cute. As always I can only admire how well you portray babies and kids so well.
And then the end.