Adonnen Estenniel (alphien) wrote in tolkien_weekly,
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"Shoreline" and "Departure" - Sunlight Challenge

Title: "Shoreline" and "Departure"
Author: Adonnen Estenniel (alphien)
Characters/Pairing: Celeborn/Galadriel
Rating: G
Book/Source: The Silmarillion/Unfinished Tales/Lord of the Rings
Disclaimer: Setting, characters, and genius belong to the Tolkien Estate. I make no money from this.

A/N: I wrote two drabbles in response to this prompt because when I looked at the story-arc, I saw that it was in need of two more scenes, not one. One to connect a couple of loose drabbles, and another to provide a suitable end to the 'tale'. 

Also: In Adonnen-fanon, Celeborn (Teleporno) is a Teler not a Sinda. Additionally, Galadriel and Celeborn did not get to Middle-earth by boat like Fëanor and his buddies; they came by way of the Helcaraxë with Fingolfin and the rest of the Noldor. 


Year One, First Age

Over long miles they had trod, their feet frozen and lifeless. For countless nights had they shivered under their furs, wishing with the last fiber of their beings that there would be respite.

For unnumbered breaths hand he prayed to the Powers they had wronged. He had prayed to die: to fall and not rise.

Yet that thin gray line—it could not be another dream. He felt moved to tears, but could not summon them.

He looked to her, saw her joy.

“We made it!” She laughed. And her smile—oh, her smile!—was the absolution his soul craved.


Year One, Fourth Age

He watched her leave. He stood upon the quay and watched the ship disappear, sailing to the place of her birth. He saw her golden head fade into the distance.

He had not expected separation to be so cruel.

“This severance will seem but a dream in time,” said Elrohir.

He turned to his grandson, feeling the wetness on his cheeks for the first time. “But a dream,” he echoed.

Elrohir smiled.

The ship had nearly passed beyond the horizon now. He raised his arm in farewell, but she was gone, lost to the warmth of the dying sun.


Tags: author: alphien, challenge: light: sunlight, character: celeborn, character: galadriel
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