Characters: Thranduil; Legolas by implication
Source: Unfinished Tales (Appendix to the History of Galadriel and Celeborn)
Disclaimer: Middle-earth belongs to Tolkien and his heirs: I wander there for fun, not profit
Before the Black Gate, Second Age 3434
A lone, fair-headed archer - my son-to-be! On this plain, at the heart of a hopelessly outnumbered force of Men drawn up on a little hill, waiting for orcs beyond counting to break upon them like a wave...
His head swims, for in an instant he understands what this must mean: I will survive this day. And yet... in another Age, it will all be to do again.
Author's note: this drabble eventually acquired a companion piece for the "Potter's Wheel: Coil" challenge, which is here.