Author: Jay of Lasgalen
Characters: Thranduil, Legolas.
Disclaimer: Tolkien's, not mine.
Author Notes: For the 'Different Decisions' challenge, and inspired by something kortirion wrote.
“But he is a poor, wretched creature – should we not show him our sympathy? He will never change if he knows only darkness and cruelty!”
Thranduil paused for a long time, considering his son’s words. Compassion was a virtue – and a folly – of the young. At last he spoke. “No. His malice is too great. I know what Mithrandir bade us, but I will not allow this Gollum the chance of escape. He must remain within the dungeons, under close guard.”
Legolas bowed stiffly. “As you wish, my father. He will not leave. I will guard him myself, I swear.”