Author: Adonnen Estenniel (alphien)
Characters/Pairing: Maedhros, Celebrimbor
Book/Source: The Silmarillion
Disclaimer: Setting, characters, and genius belong to the Tolkien Estate. I make no money from this.
Maedhros hefted the sword, attempted a lunge. His weak arm shook, and he panted, struggling to maintain his grip, but it was no good. The sword fell to the floor with a heavy clank, and he cursed.
A quick, whispering exhalation echoed through the now silent space, and Celebrimbor emerged from the shadows. His young face was knotted and tense. “Uncle,” he said, “you needn’t o’erburden yourself. A sword is not a man’s only defense against the Enemy.”
Maedhros watched the boy through narrowed eyes, clenching his phantom hand.
“No,” he agreed, voice hard, “but it is the best defense.”