Kaari's Story - Chapter 8
Legolas and Kaari rarely spoke to each other. A `hello' here
and a `good-bye' there, was all that was exchanged between
the two. Due to this, Legolas became wonderful friends with
the dwarf, Gimli. As the nine friends left Lorien, Kaari cursed
inwardly when she realized that she must share a boat with
Legolas. The prince gave her a curt nod as she stepped into
the boat and began rowing after Aragorn and Boromir.
The elf, the human and the dwarf sat in silence
for a long time. Legolas and Kaari sat admiring the beautiful
scenery, while Gimli dwelt on the beauty of the elven lady
Galadriel. On the third day whilst Aragorn and Boromir set up
camp, and Legolas and Kaari were sent to get firewood, were
their first words exchanged.
"I'm sorry for being so rude to you," Legoals said
Kaari almost dropped the pieces of wood at the
sound of his voice.
"E-e-excuse me?" Kaari asked.
"I said, I'm sorry for being rude," Legolas said
slower this time.
"Oh, well. That's... alright. Nothing to forgive,"
she added with a smile.
Legolas smiled back and they continued walking
in silence. As they walked deeper into the woods, Legolas
and Kaari's smiles grew. When they had collected enough
firewood, they sat down on a large rock.
They stared at their feet for a moment, then
Legolas reached over and ran his finger down her jaw-line.
Kaari looked at Legolas in shock, her eyes wide. A man (or
elf) had never touched her before, in that fashion or any
other. He then gave a small smile, set the wood on the
ground and kissed her. He held her face in his hands and
enveloped her mouth in his. As they separated, Kaari let a
whisper of air blow threw her lips. They both instantly looked
at the ground.
"Perhaps we should get back to camp," Legolas
muttered, standing up. He picked up the wood and headed
in the direction of the river.
When they entered the clearing Aragorn noticed
the slightly dazed look on Kaari's face. He also noticed the
sheepish grin on the elven prince. As the two laid out the
firewood, they avoided eye-contact for fear that they might
kiss again. Kaari felt as if she were floating on air; as if she
heart was about to burst.
Aragorn walked over to Kaari, a quizzical look on
his face. Before he could even utter a word, Kaari threw her
arms around him in a hug. She let go and smiled.
"This is much better than you hating me," Aragorn
commented, returning the smile.
For the rest of the night, Kaari remained in her
good mood. Legolas and her exchanged glances every-once-
in-a-while, glances that only Aragorn noticed.
After everyone was asleep Aragorn approached
Legolas, who was taking first watch.
"So, I assume that you and Kaari are no-longer
angry at each-other." Aragorn said as he sat down next to
"We were never angry at each-other. I was just
doing as you asked. Staying away from her."
"Legolas," Aragorn said, dropping his voice to a
whisper. "Do you have any idea what might have caused
Kaari's...change of mood?"
Legolas gave Aragorn an innocent, quizzical look.
"She was mad at me, now she's happier then
ever," Aragorn explained.
Legolas turned away from his friend so that
Aragorn couldn't see his smile.
"I just... explained to her that there was no
reason for her to be angry at you. That it was only propriety
on your part and that we should respect your wishes," Legolas
said, still facing away from the human. He wasn't used to
this lying. He had never had any cause for it before.
"That still does not explain why she is so...
enthusiastic," Aragorn pointed out, stepping in front of
Aragorn looked into Legolas' eyes for a moment,
hoping that they would reveal what was going on. They didn't.
"Legolas, do you love my foster daughter?"
More staring at each other.
"Perhaps," was Legolas's curt answer.
"That is a very vague answer and you know it.
You either love her or you don't."
"But Aragorn, you said she is to young for love,"
Legolas countered, a smirk on his face.
"Answer me!" Aragorn ordered.
Legolas blanched at hearing the anger in his
friends voice. His shock was quickly turned to rage.
"How dare you yell at me?! You forget, I am the
crowned prince of Mirkwood and I allow no-one to talk to me
in such a manner."
Several members of fellowship stirred, including
"Let's go farther away for this discussion," Aragorn
whispered, not wishing to wake up the others.
Legolas just stood up and walked away from
where the others were sleeping. He stopped at Kaari and
smiled down at her sleeping form. Aragorn saw this and gave
a snort of disapproval. The prince looked back at his friend
and continued walking.
Once they were out of ear-shot they began talking
"A prince? At the moment you are acting like no
more than a foolish boy," Aragorn spat.
This was too much for Legolas. He back-handed
Aragorn with all his strength.
Aragorn put his hand to the side of his face and
stared at Legolas. Legolas' chest was heaving dramatically
as he glared at his friend.
"You hit me," Aragorn gasped. Legolas opened
his mouth to say something, but was interrupted by Aragorn's
fist connecting with his jaw.
Then all Mordor broke loose. Aragorn and
Legolas were on the forest floor, attempting to rip each-other
apart. Legolas was on top of Aragorn, beating him with both
fists, when Kaari ran into the clearing.
"Get off of him, get off," she screamed. Legolas
Aragorn rose his knee up and drove it into
Legolas's gut. As the elf rolled onto the ground, Aragorn
pinned him there.
"Stop it!" Kaari tried again.
Aragorn held Legolas' neck with one hand and
punched repeatedly with the other. As the elf began bleeding
Kaari ran over to Aragorn and pulled on his back.
"Please, stop it. Stop it, your hurting him," she
screamed loud enough for others to hear. Boromir came
running over. He stood beside Kaari and pulled Aragorn off
of Legolas and kicked him onto the forest floor. Kaari knelt
next to Legolas and began stroking his face.
"Legolas, Legolas," she cried.
He gave a feeble smile and sat up.
"I'm alright, just a few bruises," he assured,
wiping the blood off of his mouth.
Kaari ripped a section of the tunic she was wearing
and used it to clean his face. As soon as she was done, she
kissed him gently on the forehead. He stood up and walked
over to Aragorn, who Boromir still had on the floor. He spit
onto the humans tunic, and Aragorn struggled to get up
"Now that's enough, you two," Boromir ordered,
pushing Aragorn back down. He glared into the prince's eyes
and Kaari pulled Legolas back a few steps.
"What started this?" Boromir asked.
Aragorn glanced up at Kaari, then down at his
feet. Boromir turned to Legolas and saw the prince slip a
protective arm around Kaari's waist.
"Kaari? Was it Kaari? I knew it would be
dangerous for a girl to come on this voyage. Now, tell me.
How is she involved with this brawl?"
Kaari looked up at Legolas who was still staring at
his feet. She looked at Aragorn and he stared at the tree
"Is no-one going to answer me?"
By now, the rest of the fellowship had joined them
and was standing in a semi-circle around them.
"Legolas, what happened to your face?" Pippin
Legolas looked at the hobbit, then at Aragorn.
Pippin mouthed `oh' then nodded.
"Someone tell me what's going on!" Gimli
"The young prince over there hit me," Aragorn
"Young? I am more then 50 times your age,"
"Legolas, why did you hit Aragorn?" Boromir
asked, sounding much like an exasperated parent whose
children had just quarreled.
"He was being disrespectful," Legolas answered
"No more so than you were! Not only were you
being disrespectful, but you are being improper. Can none
of you guess why we fought? He is standing there, his arm
around my foster daughter! Tell me, is that proper?"
Everyone's eyes turned to Legolas and Kaari. She
slipped from his grip, but everyone knew instantly what was going.
"I knew it, I knew it!" Merry cried. "You two are in
love. I knew it."
"So Aragorn didn't approve and one thing led to
another. So you fought."
Legolas and Aragorn nodded.
Kaari's hand flew up to her mouth as she
gasped. Legolas put a hand on her shoulder and looked at
her face. Though he could not see her lips, he could read
her smile in her eyes. He kissed her on the forehead and
pulled her to him.
"Kaari's turning sixteen in ten days," Aragorn
muttered. "I suppose my disapproval of this... love," he spat
the word as if it were a curse. He sighed. "Well, I suppose is
Legolas looked up at him in shock. Was Aragorn,
in his odd way, giving his approval?
The elf picked Kaari up easily and swung her in
"Well, now that this is over with, I'm going back to
sleep. I suggest everyone else does the same," Boromir
Almost everyone left, but Aragorn, Legolas and
"Aragorn, are you alright?" Kaari asked softly,
sitting on the ground next to him.
"Yes, I am fine," he answered, wiping a string of
blood from his face.
"Aragorn, I guess now is as a good time as ever
to answer your question," Legolas said, sitting next to Kaari
and kissing the side of her neck. Chills ran up her spin that
only Legolas felt.
"I do love Kaari."
Kaari turned around to face him. She had already
known it, but he had never said it. It was a wonderful feeling.
"I love you too," she whispered before Legolas
leaned in for a deep kiss.
Aragorn cleared his throat and Legolas pulled his
lips away from hers.
"I should probably go to sleep now," Kaari
muttered. She stood up and went to join the fellowship.
"Good night, Kaari," Legolas called after her.
"Good night, Legolas."
Legolas, smiling, turned back to Aragorn. His
smile faded as he saw the look on his friends face.