Three days later
She was lying on her left side, curled up like a
kitten, one small hand, lightly fisted, lying on the pillow beside
Is she? Unhooking the fastenings of his tunic, Legolas tilted
his headYes, she is smiling! He chuckled softly. What are
you dreaming of, melmenya?
He shrugged off his tunic and began unlacing his leggings.
Ever since they had been together, Eowyn had insisted that he
have regular doses of male-only companytonight she had gone
to bed early, leaving him with Eomer and Gimli. And it had
been pleasanttoasting slices of cram, drinking wine, and
sharing memories the Ring WarLegolas slid his leggings down
his thighsbut he had missed herher feminine way of
drawing out Gimli and of teasing Eomerher merry laughter.
He climbed into the bedroll beside her.
Mmmmm. She stretched, and turned over. Did
you have a good night?
Yes. He took her in his arms. Were you having
a pleasant dream?
Dream? She snuggled close. I do not remember
She chuckled, low in her throat. You are naked
I am an elf.
Mmmm. Her hand slid downwards. There was a moments
pause. Thensuddenly awakeshe pushed herself up on
one arm and stared down at him.
What is wrong, melmenya?
That is what I was about to ask.
What do you mean?
She nodded towards her hand.
Legolas frowned. What?
You know what.
He shook his head.
Yes you do.
No, melmenya, I do not! But she was clearly upset
and he could not bear seeing her unhappy. He pulled her into his
arms. You are tired, my darling.
Is it me?
Is what you?
She moved her hand.
What are you? Oh you mean
He closed his eyes
and concentrated on the feel of her fingers, casting his mind
back, for good measure, to their first timereliving the
moment when he unlaced her bodice, and revealed her slender body
Eowyn pulled her hand away. What are you doing?
I thought you wanted
I wanted to know why you did not want meI did not
want you toto perform
Did not want you?
You have always wanted mebefore tonight. Always.
She turned away.
Melmenya! He pulled her back. Whatever makes
you think that I do not want you tonight?
You are notready.
Legolas shook his head. I
You are always ready.
Am I? He could not keep the touch of pride from his
You know you are. Why not tonight?
I was just looking at youam I really? Always?
Yes. She scowled. What do you mean, looking
You looked so sweet. He grinned. Not at all
like you do now.
So you did not want to make love to me because I looked
You were dreaming, melmenya. I wanted to hold
you whilst you dreamed. I wanted to watch you wake in my arms.
I wantedI wanted to do more than just make love to you
Eowyn said nothing for a long moment. Then, I am awake
Yes, said Legolas smiling, you are.
He slipped inside her quickly, sighing as much with relief as
Legolas, if you do not want
Shhhh. He thrust hard, knowing what she liked.
Shhhh. He thrust again, and the sensation
almost overwhelmed him. Manwë and
He closed his eyes, grinding his teeth.
And he realised that he was never less like an elfat least,
in that respectthan when he was inside her. With
others he had learnt to extend itfor two glorious days,
on one remarkable occasionbut with her it waswell,
perhaps not impossible, but he could seldom delay his release.
And never for long. She was special. He risked one more thrust.
Oh. Yes. Oh, I am coming
His voice sounded strangehigh-pitched with surprise.
And, not even attempting to fight it now, he sank down into her
body, and lost himself in shuddering bliss.
I am sorry. I will make it up to you.
He felt her hand stroke his hair and he knew that he was forgivennot
for climaxing so prematurely, for that never troubled her, but
For forgetting the differences that still existed between themmale,
female; elf, human; immortal and
For the elves, he said, softly, the world moves
both very swift and very slow. Swift, because they themselves
change little, and all else fleets by; slow, because they do not
count the running years.
I am not an elf.
No. He lifted himself up on his hands and gazed down
at her, love welling up in his heart until it overflowed and filled
him, body and spirit.
She looked up into his face andreading the feelings plain
theresighed, and he allowed himself a small smile of triumph.
You will learn to think like one, melmenya. I will love
youwant youforever. You will find that the
ripple of a moment makes no lasting change to the strong current
of the years
Suddenly hard again, he began to thrustin slow, deep strokesValar,
he groaned, how could you think that I did not want
you? He leaned down, hips still moving rhythmically, and
kissed her mouth, slowly and thoroughly; then his head sank into
the crook of her shoulder, and he bit her neck.
Oh gods! Eowyn's body twisted away from him.
He rose up and thrust harder, faster.
She clasped her arms around his shoulders and, arching up from
the ground, desperately met his strokes.
Soyou have not always been sovoracious?
Legolas laughed. Only since I have been lucky enough to
She took him by surprise, catching his wrists and pinning him
down on the bedroll, peering deep into his eyes.
Legolas allowed her her few moments of triumph before, exerting
his elven strength, he turned her onto her back and straddled
her. How could you even think that I would lie to
you? he muttered, shaking his head.
Then his mock frown turned slowly into a broad smile. Wild
At least, said Eowyn, nodding at the long, thick
erection suddenly looming over her, you are back to normal