Characters: Gondorian royal family
Disclaimer: not my characters, JRRT's characters.
Source: LoTR post RoTK AU
Note: another one for the cups challenge
Eldarion stood mesmerised by skilled hands as they flashed before him, eyes wide and laughing with glee.
Further back his father waited, poised to move in and prevent the lad from losing all his pennies to the trickster. But as he stepped forward he felt Arwen’s gentle hand restraining his concern.
‘Let him learn the hard way’ she whispered, knowing smile upon her lips.
Then Aragorn remembered how long ago a pair of devious twins had relieved him of both his pocket-money and hoarded sweetmeats, and realised that his queen too had been a victim of the Three Cups Game.