Eowyn shivered, though not from cold. But we had
never met Lassuithe thing was tempting you with some unknown
I know that it was you, melmenya, he said,
pulling her back into his arms, for my spirit had long ago
begun its search for you, and you were already in my heart.
Oh, Legolas,she snuggled against his chest,
closing her eyes to hold back the tearsI had forgotten
just howhow differenthow instinctive, you elves are.
But you still had the strength to resist the ring.
She heard him laugh, softly. I was well protected,
he said, by the power of Lord Elrond, and by Mithrandirs
black speech, slicing through my mind like a shard of ice.
His words dispelled the dream of you,he pressed
his lips to her foreheadand I was released.
Did you ever hear it againlater, on the journey?
She lifted a lock of his hair, and let its silky length
slip through her fingers.
No, after that there was nothing but silence,he
sighed. Now, meleth nín, it is well past midnight,
and you should be sleeping.
But I am not tired, she grumbled, pushing back the
embroidered bed cover, and, besides, I am enjoying
Then we will talk, said Legolas, but I shall
ask Míriel to fetch you a warm drink; or would you
? Gently extricating himself from her embrace,
he took a box from the nightstand, removed the lid, and
held it out to her.
Smiling, Eowyn selected a cherry red sweetmeat. When
I faced the Witch King, she said, nibbling it, thoughtfully,
I, too, seemed to hear a voicenot his voicebut
someone elses, smooth as silktelling me to
kneel before him. Then I plunged my sword through his mask,
and he howled like the wind. It was terrible, Lassuias though
a hurricane were swirling inside his armour, tearing him
limb from limb.
And yet it never occurred to you to run away?
asked Legolas, wrapping a protective arm around her shoulders.
Of course not,she popped the last of the sweetmeat
into his mouthI had a sacred duty to protect
my uncleand I really thought that I could save him.
You did save him, melmenya, said Legolas, squeezing
her gently, and now he dwells with his ancestors, forever
noble, and at peace.
Yesthat is what he told me,she smiled,
sadlyas we said our farewells: I go to
my fathers, in whose mighty company I shall not now feel ashamed,
he saidand it eases my heart, now, to remember itbut
how could you know what he said?
WellI am an extraordinary elf, he replied,
kissing her forehead, her nose, and her mouth with a mixture of
playfulness and tender concern, and,his
gaze fell upon her soft lips, reddened by the sweetmeat, and lingeredand
perspicacity is not my only talent.
No, said Eowyn, there is musicyou
sing like a bird.
And I can dance, too.
Oh, dance, she said, suddenly catching his
change of mood, and smiling, and what would your favourite
measure bea formal sarabande?
A long, slow, relentless march, performed with all the
appropriate gravity, he murmured, punctuating his
words with the motion of his hips.
You describe it well, said Eowyn, raising her eyes
to view his face, transformed by desire, but now
I need you to show me, Lassui.
He laid her on her back, and raised her nightgown, and kissed
her until she was ready; then he entered herand, with each
deep, deep thrust, her arms thrown wide like eagles wings,
Eowyn felt her spirit soar higher and higher. Then the moment
came; and light, rushing out from where his body filled hers,
seemed to flood her arms and her legs and her head, and blind
her eyes with stars enough to eclipse the early morning
And when, at last, she came back to herself, and her beloved
elf was still lying within her, she blessed the Valar for sending
him, to journey on lifes highway beside her.