Oh how I've missed these characters and their story! So glad to find the note in my box last night that a new chapter was up!
Again you had me laughing and crying from one sentence to the next, and sighing. Gimli making love to his axe in the beginning (lolololololol), his observations of Pippin's short-sightedness even as Pippin rubbed the dwarf's nose in those observations - hilarious.
Loved the little clues that Elladan might have found a distraction, at least, from his infatuation with Legolas! After all he's been through, all he's given up in an effort to save his brother, I was so hoping he would find comfort somewhere. It made my heart very glad!
It was Elrohir's dilemma again - will he choose - that brought me to tears. That and Aragorn's difficult birthing as a new king. It had never occurred to me before that he and Eomer came into their kingships nearly at the same time. Aragorn's struggle to enter fully into his birthright, to gather the reins of leadership and government into his hands has been an exquisite secondary story running through Legolas and Elrohir's story of redeeption and high romance. Your portrayal of Aragorn's humble self-possesion against the tension of the need that drives him has been wonderful to behold. As Legolas and Elrohir have done in this story, Aragorn becomes so much more multi-dimensional than the ranger who becomes Elessar in the original text.
Lovely! Thank you for the morning's baptism of tears and laughter! Waiting with baited breathe for next weekend!!