Autumn Leaves - Part 1: Lightning But No Rain

Ceit...Ceit...CEIT! a voice comanded her attention. She sat upright on the spot, finding herself alone in the bed. It wasn't the first time she'd heard the voice, but it was the first time in years that she had awakened without Haldir at her side to drive away the fear that came with that voice.

It was hot out, yet dry as a bone at the same time this summer. Fumbling for the door handle, she made her way into the living room. Still, she could see no sign of him. A flash of heat lightning showed his silouet through the window.

Haldir stood on the front porch gazing up at the stars, hoping to see each new burst of light in the night sky. He wated... wated for the rain that would not come. The lack of rain for the past several years hit the land hard.

"Has Ulmo forgotten us?" he whispered softly as she joined him.

"The waters will return, lisse nin." {my sweet} she consoled him.

"When?" he retorted.

"If it dose not, the baby will not survive. I won't beable to feed it, and we can't get most otherthings needed in raising a child with the lack of money. There just isn't enough of anything anylonger to go around." she looked away into the distance.

He'd heard this befor. For a time, he'd faced worse in Lorien when there was absolutly no clean water from the poision placed in the waters by agents of Sauron.

Ceit continued on. "No water is supposed to be sent here again for a long while. It's going to help thoes in the war. Our only way out of this mess is to move."

"And with what money are we going to buy a fairly conditioned place to raise a child in?" he shook her by her shoulders. "We can't sell what we have, no one has enough to buy, or would be stupid enough to move into a place so devoid of water."

"And what of your brothers, Rumil and Orophin?"

"they are as hard hit by this as we are." he sighed. "Come now, I have work in the morning, and you should not be on your feet."

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