Erquellewen - Chapter 4: Where Do We Go?

"Well," said Legolas with a deep sigh, " Where off to? Shall we run off to Rivendell? Or should we run off to Gondor? No matter where we go we'll be known as The Runaway Prince and The Escaped Killer."

"Don't say that!" said Erquellewen, "You know that as long as we keep quiet, we won't be caught. We'll just have to lie low. We will wait until the heat dies down, and then we'll come back."

"Well," answered Legolas, "Where do you think we can go to keep safe? We couldn't possibly hide in Gondor. King Aragorn would surely turn us in! I'm not willing to go to the Mines of Moria. I'm not saying that I don't want to visit Gimli, but I don't like caves. They remind me of a dungeon."

"I agree with you on that," replied Erquellewen, "But we have to keep searching. Maybe we could go to Hobbitton. That's a nice, cozy little area. I'd like it there."

"We'd be too tall. We'd get satred at all the time. It would creep me out. But you've got a point. I would enjoy it there."

"Why was your Father yelling at you? Didn't he understand that you don't like being cooped up in the castle everyday? If I were princess, I'd disobey my Father, even if it ment being kept in a dungeon."

"My Father isn't usually like this all of the time. We just lost a relative. My Uncle. He was a great warrior. An Urak-hai jumped from a lake and slaughtered him. My Father loved the way my Uncle would always entertain us. He would tell great tales of the First War of the Ring."

"I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope I didn't make you sad. You didn't have to tell me that. I could tell good stories too. But I'm guessing none of them would be as good as your Uncle's.Bring up anything, and I tell you a story about that."

"I still dodn't think you'll be as good as my Uncle. But now's not the time. Tell me later. I want you to tell me a story about the First War of the Ring."

"I can't. I don't know anything about that War. At least your Uncle was in the War. He could tell you everything. All that I know is that Sauron was defeated. I haven't been educated. My family is poor. Oh! That reminds me. Do you think I could sneak back to my house to say good-bye? I'll bring you with me! My family will be delighted to meet you!"

"Okay," answered Legolas, "As long as we're not caught. I'll come. We'll have to be really quiet. We don't want any of the servants and knights to see us."

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As they walked along, Legolas told Erquellewen about the Second War of the Ring. Sauron was defeated entirely. He would never come back.

As they neared Erquellewen's home, they could hear voices. The voice that they heard belonged to the guard that wouldn't let Erquellewen into the castle.

"They're at my house!" Erquellewen exclaimed, "I cannot believe those jerks! They're trying to track me down! I'll be caught if I'm not careful. Let's hide behind those bushes there! They won't see us. We'll listen carefully."

"You there!" said the knight, "Do you knnow a young lady named Erquellewen? Our Prince told us about her. She tried to kill him. She also tried to kill your King."

"Liars!" Legolas hissed, "Trust me, I would never say anything like that about you. My Father must have told them to say that."

"Yes, we do know that girl," replied Erquellewen's father, "That's our daughter. We haven't seen her for at least two weeks. She disappeared two Teusdays ago. We havn't seen her since. And our daughter doesn't carry a knife to kill, she uses it fo-"

"WE KNOW WHAT SHE HAD IT FOR!" shouted the knight, "AND WE KNOW THAT SHE CARRIED IT TO KILL THE KING AND HIS SON! NOW THE PRINCE IS MISSING. SHE'S ESCAPED FROM THE DUNGEONS!"

"MY SISTER DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THESE LITTLE INCIDENTS!" shouted Erquellewen's little brother.

"Listen, silly child. You better stay out of this, or you'll be thrown in the dungeon with your stupid sister!"

"AT LEAST SHE'LL HAVE COMPANY! SHE'S PROBABLY OUT THERE SOMEWHERE, ALL ALONE! BECAUSE OF YOU UGLY GITS!"

"Erquelleion!" Erquellewen's mother hissed, "You know better. Just because these young men don't care for your sister doesn't mean you should call them ugly gits."

"Tell your son here that we'll be keeping an eye on him too! Come Shaglak, Guer."

"Come on!" whispered Erquellewen excitedly, as she watched the knights leave, "Now's our chance!"

She grabbed Legolas's hand, (feeling the warmth) and snuck to her own house. As they came, she could hear her mother laughing with her father and brother.

"I agree with you Erquellion, they are ugly gits! I just didn't want them to think that I'd let you say things like that."

Erquellewen held up her hand, and knocked. She wanted to surprise her family. But she knocked quietly, because the guards were still in sight.

"Not those ugly gits again!" she heard her brother shout.

"Erquelleion! I tolfd you not to say things like that."

Erquellewen was happy to see the look on her father's face as she opened the door. Tears of happiness flooded her eyes. They were also tears of sadness. She wouldn't be able to look at their faces for a long time. She'd have to leave them right away.

"Erquelleiel! Come look who's home! She's as beautiful as ever!" shouted her father. She could imagine the look on their faces when she would tell them about leaving again.

"Oh! My baby! I cannot beleive you're home!" her mother exclaimed.

"Hey! Sis, you're home! What was it like in the castle? Was it scar being in the dun-" but he stopped dead. He had spotted Legolas. He bent into a very deep bow. Then he shot up and started shouting, "HEY KNIGHT'S YOUR PRINCE IS OVER HER-mm!mmmm!

His cry was muffled by Erquellewen's hand. "Shut up!" she demanded, "He ran away with me. And you understand that if Legolas is found, I'll be found too! Do you want to see me again?"

"mmmmm!mmmm!" he ripped her hand off, "Fine! But why did he run away with you? I can't imagine any cool guy that wants to be seen with you!" HA!"

"Ohhhhh......you better hush, or you're gunna get it! Jerk!"

"Okay! Okay!" he shouted, as Erquellewen grabbed wrapped her arm around his neck and started rubbing his head really hard, "I'll stop!"

"I have something to tell you," she confessed, "I have to go on a run. I'll come back as soon as the heat dies down. Write me letters. Send it on our dove. She'll find me. I heard that doves have really good vision. She'll be able to tell it's me."

"We understand." replied her mother. Then her mother and father came over and kissed her. Her brother hugged her. They waved good-bye as they turned to go. Tears swelled up in her eyes again. Legolas felt his heart break. He never had a chance to say good-bye to his Father.

"Well, here we go," he said unhappily. They turned the corner, and disappeard from sight.

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