A Secret Untold: Part XI
Pacing my room, I listened to the others eating dinner far below. I wondered
if Aragorn was there. I wondered if he noticed I was gone. I wondered if he
knew how I felt, if he had guessed yet, if he felt the same way. I told
myself not to be so stupid, Aragorn was the heir to Isildur, one day he would
marry Arwen, and they would have many children and live happily until they
I couldn't believe I'd cried in front of him. How weak he must think I am?
How little must he now think of me? An elven archer, a prince nonetheless,
crying. How feeble have I become?
I knew I should go to dinner, I was sure someone would come to my room if I
did not. But the thought of food made me feel sick, and I couldn't just
pretend to eat. Nor could I sit there and see Arwen and Aragorn so happy
How I longed for the green forests of Mirkwood, where I could sit in the
trees and feel the sap running inside them, how I longed for the years before
I met Aragorn, before I lost my heart to him.
He doesn't know how I feel. How could he? I always hide any trace of feeling
from him. How wouldn't care anyway. I can see him in my mind, laughing
condescendingly at me as I declare my love for him, the whole house in uproar
as I drop to my knees, begging forgiveness. I can see him walking away from
me, leaving me alone in the dark, after giving me a look of utter contempt. I
can see them throwing me out of Rivendell, I can see my own father banishing
me from my beloved Mirkwood. I see myself living as an outcast, dying of
grief in the dirt.
But how long could I hide? Could I bury my feelings and return to Mirkwood,
fill myself with false love for Valrodiel, pretend to myself that I loved her
and not Aragorn? No, I couldn't use the sweet Valrodiel as a way of hiding
how I truly felt, in my heart of hearts I knew I could not.
Stepping outside, I leaned against the wall and breathed in the cool night
air as I stared out at the landscape. The buildings of Rivendell almost shone
in the moonlight, the whispering trees waved a little in the light breeze.
Even from up here I could smell the scent of the flowers in the gardens far
below. A lone couple left the building silently, a female leading a
male...recognising them, I leaned forward to see...Aragorn and Arwen. She was
leading him towards the most secluded place in Rivendell; the place I
followed them before, a mere shadow amongst the trees, to a bridge where she
cast away her immortality because of her love for him, and his love for her,
so that they could live happily as mortals, that she would die as he would.
Theirs is a love that would last forever, through life, into death, and
beyond. As I watched them walk into the trees, I realised I could take no
more. I felt stifled here, so near and yet so far from my love...I had come
to a decision, the only solution to this problem. I had to leave Rivendell,
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