Challenge: Celebrate - Marriage or Alliance
Author: Erulisse (one L)
Characters/Pairing: Gilraen, Elrond
Book/Source: The Lord of the Rings
Disclaimer: Tolkien built the sandbox, I only play with the bucket and shovel that he left for me. No money, profit or non, is made from the publication of this story.
One early summer morning, Elrond saw Gilraen sitting alone in a secluded copse of the garden. He noticed the shimmering remnants of tears on her cheeks.
“You might want that handkerchief intact for another time,” he said, offering his own cloth instead of the mangled linen clutched in her hands. “What causes you sorrow on this bright day?”
He sat quietly, awaiting her response. She murmured, “Today was my wedding day.”
An hour later the two were talking together about their absent spouses and tears had been shed by each of them. It was the beginning of a firm friendship.