Fourteen days, growled Haldir, fourteen
days kitchen duty.
Valandil! He gestured to Thorkell bogsveigirs
elven comrade. You are his gaolertake his bow and
quiver from himduring the day I want him bound to his horse;
at night you are to hand him over to the Cook,he turned
back to Thorkellwho will report on your conduct, first
thing every morning.
Do that again and it will be the last sound you ever make.
Oh for the gods sakes! The man held up his hands
in mock surrender. I accept your punishment: I will do it.
But let us not pretend that I am one of your warriors
You are a member of the Eryn Carantaur Guard, hissed
Haldir. You have taken an oath of fealty to Lord
Balls, said Thorkell. What would you
have done in my positionbeaten senseless by a bit
of a woman, abandoned by your Lord, given the choice of either
remaining in custody or swearing loyalty to Princess Legolas
He grinned, suddenly. She did not ask you, did she? She
made me an offer I could not refuse and dropped you straight
in the privy,he spread his handsand now
you are having to deal with the shit. He gave his bow to
a very uncomfortable Valandil and began unbuckling his quiver.
But then, to get up My Ladys skirts, you would happily
The blow came from Valandiland, as he reeled backwards,
Thorkell bogsveigir had to admit that he had seriously misjudged
When you speak of Lady Eowyn, cried the normally
placid elf, you speak with respect! He loomed over
the fallen man.
No. Haldir, suddenly icily calm, grasped
his warrior by the shoulder. Go and prepare the horses.
He pulled the elf back, roughly. Valandil! Walk away.
He should not be allowed to say such things, said
I will deal with him. Go and prepare the horses.
What was all that talk about not harming comrades?
asked Thorkell, rubbing his jaw.
The man raised an eyebrow butwith his size and his elven
strength, and his aura of fury barely containedthe March
Warden was an impressive sight. On reflection, Thorkell bogsveigir
did as he was told.
I have no idea what game you are playingwhy you challenged
Legolas, said Haldir, quietly. But there are two things
I will not permit. I will not allow you to distract my
warriors with your antics. And I will not allow you to
harm heryes, I have seen the way you look
at herand I will tell you this now: if you ever lay your
hands on her, in anger or in lust, I will make you sorry. Believe
me, adan, we elves are patient, and I will make you beg