Characters: Celvandil (OMC), Maedhros, Fingon, Allinte (OFC; a horse)
Warnings: aftermath of canonical torture, implied
Disclaimer: The framework (and the horses) are Tolkien's; Himring did a bit of inferring.
A/N: Double drabble.
Celvandil is unable to speak with animals the way Prince Celegorm does, but for the most part the horses understand him well enough. After some thought, he chooses Allinte and has a good talk with her about things. Then they wait outside, he and the dapple-grey mare, until Maedhros emerges on Fingon's arm, discreetly supported by his cousin. Maedhros looks at the mare and then at Celvandil.
'The first rule is: Whatever happens, always get back on the horse,' he quotes, faintly. The corners of his mouth twitch a little. It is a mere ghost of Maedhros's old encouraging smile.
By the time Celvandil recognizes it, it is too late to respond, so they just get on with it. Between them, he and Fingon lift Maedhros cautiously into the saddle and then, slowly, they wend their way to the near grove to take a short turn along a path dappled with shivering leaves and the still-new Sunlight. All the way, Allinte, walking between them, mindful of her rider, is as good as gold. Maedhros says so, afterwards, leaning hard against her flank, too exhausted to stand. He places his hand on her withers and whispers his thanks into her mane.
Allinte, as well as Celvandil, is a previously existing OC of mine. She appeared in the story "Just and Equitable Government".
For Maedhros's quote, see the beginning of this sequence.