Challenge: Tree Challenge - Twig
Warnings: Reference to possible suicide (canon)
Book/Source: Unfinished Tales
Disclaimer: The Professor wrote; I squeezed in a footnote.
A/N: One more drabble on the oiolaire, the Bough of Return
They pull her from the water—an old woman, grey-haired, a sheep-farmer from Emerie by her dress. How did she come here, so far out of her depth? She’s clutching a stick—not a shepherd’s crook—a piece of oiolaire, but entirely stripped of bark, twigs and leaves.
By the time Ancalime realizes her mother is missing, Aldarion has landed. He tracks down his estranged wife in her unmarked grave near the harbour-front. A fine figure of a man, still—but he considers his legacy: great plans, might-have-beens; unease at home, unrest abroad.
‘Forgive me, Erendis. Too late, I’m back.’