Author: Adonnen Estenniel (alphien)
Characters/Pairing: Éomer Éadig
Book/Source: The Lord of the Rings
Disclaimer: Setting, characters, and genius belong to the Tolkien Estate. I make no money from this.
I lean back, smiling indulgently as the Halfling entertains my wife with anecdotes of Moria—balrogs and drums in the deep places. It’s harmless enough, though the memories are foul.
My son, small and innocent, nestles against my breast; his breath is a hot tickle against my neck. I clutch him tighter.
He will not know my terrors or fears. He will not fight as I have, or lose his companions to Shadow. Compared to his, mine is a grim life.
Was it all worth it?
I look at his slumbering face, peaceful and serene, and I see the answer.