Author: Jay of Lasgalen
Characters: Elrohir, Estel, Elrond
Disclaimer: Tolkien's; not mine.
Summary: More of Estel's first steps on the path to becoming a healer. Written for the 'Embroider' challenge.
Abandoning his own work, Elrohir listened unashamedly as Estel was drilled by their father on the naming and uses of medicinal herbs.
“And this is Athelas,” Estel explained. “Also asëa aranion, or kingsfoil. Steeped in water it is used to bathe wounds."
Elrond nodded. “Well done, Estel. You have completed the first level of your apprenticeship. Congratulations!” He gave Estel a small embroidered leaf, symbol of his new rank.
Estel turned, grinning triumphantly, but then his face fell. He gestured at the sheaf of leaves embroidered on Elrohir’s cloak. “Oh, but I still have such a long way to go!”
Author's Notes: My original draft had Elrohir reflecting that Estel would one day learn other uses for Athelas, but sadly it had to go in the word count edit :(