Characters/Pairing: Haleth, OFC, mention of Caranthir
Warnings: mention of character death
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters or setting and make no profit from them.
Note: The Elf-lord referred to is Caranthir son of Fëanor. The incident is from the chapter “Of the Coming of Men into the West” in the Silmarillion.
The Protection of the Eldar (Comrade)
As the Elf-lord rides back to his guards, Ildis goes to Haleth’s side. “What did he say?”
“He offers us friendship and protection, if we take him as lord.”
Ildis could not take her eyes off the two while they spoke: the Elf, made even taller by his horse’s height and too arrogant to dismount, and Haleth, weary and wounded but facing him proudly as a queen. “Will you accept?”
“No,” Haleth answers immediately. “I will leave these lands—alone, if need be.”
“I will go as your comrade,” Ildis promises. “But I think I am not the only one.”
Offered Comfort (Friend)
“They will not think less of you if you grieve for your father and brother,” Ildis says softly. They have paused for a brief rest. Haleth sits apart from the others, her back leaning against a tree.
Haleth shakes her head. “I am better this way, as long as there is something to do.”
Ildis hesitates, then kneels beside her. “As you will, Haleth. Yet do not hold yourself too much apart. It is not forbidden for a chief to seek comfort from a friend.”
Haleth’s face does not soften, but she reaches for Ildis’s hand. Their fingers twine together.