Characters: Maeglin and his mother Aredhel, the White Lady of the Noldor
Warnings: highly dysfunctional family
Book/Source: Silmarillion, History of Middle-earth
Disclaimer: Tolkien's characters, but there's more than one way of looking at them
He stepped out of the eaves of the forest and blinked, squinting over the plain. Behind him, he heard her breathe out deeply, like a sigh. He turned and saw her stand tall in the sunlight.
As a child I thought it was just the way things were. All our secrets were games we played, never a conspiracy against the jailer. That is what she wanted me to see, so much that she had lost sight of the truth herself, perhaps.
Only when I grew up, made my own bid for freedom, did I see how she had been held.