Evenstar and Ithilian - Chapter 3
Elrond made sure his daughter was given an early dinner and some tea that was known to promote sleep. He did not want her disturbed this night. She fell asleep while reading in one of the great halls. Elladan carried her to her room and then told everyone to be quiet as his sister was sleeping - although he and Elrohir found it amusing - they had spent much of their childhood trying to wake her up, not let her sleep. Everyone retired early, Elrond noted, as Novrion and Eiliandel retired soon after Arwen had fallen asleep.
The delicate breeze ruffled Arwen's hair as she slept. The figure creeping closer snuck as close as he dared. He did not want to bother the elf-woman so much that she made a fuss. He needed to get her and the other elf and get back to his master. His five companions watched as their leader suddenly launched himself forward and grabbed the elf-woman. Arwen stiffed and began to struggle. She tried to scream, but could not get her face free of her attacker's hand. He dragged her to his companions, she tried to grab the doorframe as she went past. She cut her hand, smearing blood on the door, dripping some onto the floor. The leader noticed that one of his companions had grabbed the other elf-woman. Arwen struggled harded as she saw Eiliandel pulled into view. One of their captors dealt Eiliandel a blow to the face, and her body went limp. Arwen remembered nothing more as the leader quieted her with a vicious blow. The dark attackers slipped quietly out of Elrond's palace.
"Arwen?" Aragorn knocked on her door, "Wake up. The sun has almost reached it's mid-point height. " Aragorn knocked again. Arwen did not answer. Farther down the hall, Novrion knocked on Eiliandel's door. More like banged on the door. "Eiliandel! Get up!" he hollered. "Arwen?" Aragorn asked. He braced himself to open her door. He had opened it once, and woken her up, she had been furious with him. He pushed her door open. Her bed was empty, the sheets thrown back, the curtains of her open window blowing in the breeze. Blood. There was blood on the wall near her room's other doorway. Aragorn lunged forward, there were large drops of dried blood on the floor, near the blood on the wall. "ARWEN!!!!! Aragorn hollered, worried for her. Elrond showed up in her doorway, "Aragorn? What is going on?" he asked. "There's blood! She's gone! I........" Aragorn shook his head. Elrond was there in a flash. Aragorn watched as the elf-lord's face paled as he saw the blood. It was hard to elect any type of response from an elf, but Elrond's worry clearly showed. "Elladan! Elrohir!" he shouted. The brothers showed up, seeing the blood and noting their sister's absence. Elrond quickly filled them in just as Novrion came in. "Eiliandel is gone. I cannot find her anywhere." the blonde elf's face showed worry. "As is my daughter. " Elrond stated, "We must find them! Elladan, Elrohir and Estel, go, see if you cannot track them! They can't be more than a few hours out." Elrond sighed as the men left, Novrion following. Legolas had heard the commotion and had joined their search party, especially after he'd heard Arwen was missing. The five elves saddled mounts and rode out, trying to track the women and their captors.