Of Elrond and Celebrian
by Orangeblossom Took
The air shivered and went silver. The dark-haired Elf lord no longer
heard the traveling song four small figures sang as they rode away from
the sea on their ponies. The brilliant gold of a mortal afternoon gave
way to the soft blue of twilight. A cool, green island emerged and its
white beaches shone serene against the pure blue sea.
Elrond's eyes shone brighter than Varda's stars as they scanned
the group gathered at the harbor to meet the ship. Their grey cloaks
dim lanterns made it difficult to distinguish between them.
When the ship drew near the dock, he saw she was there, a slim,
pale figure but so beautiful. There were no longer any marks of the
injuries she suffered and she was just as he remembered from when they
met countless lives of men ago. His eyes shone brighter with tears of
joy. Celebrian brought the hood of her cloak down and her silver-gold
hair was brighter than the lanterns and there were tears in her eyes,
As the ship docked, his anticipation grew. It had been so long since he
had held her, kissed her. He though it must be the impatient human
blood in him but he felt as though his heart would burst before he
could get down to her. Once the gangplank was down, he ignored decorum
and ran to her.
He took her in his arms and they kissed. His fingers caressed her
smooth, unscarred face and he tried to speak but works failed him.
Celebrian spoke first and she, with the low and musical voice her
husband missed so dearly, said, "I've been waiting for you, my
He finally managed to say, "I know."
They kissed again and it was a long time before they broke that kiss to
rejoin the others. Their hearts were young again.