The Maid of Melian - Chapter Six
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"It's not Lessien, or anyone having anything to do with Lessien," Melian said the next week. "It's someone very close to you. You may need to sit down for this." Melian took a deep breath. "It's Véneanár."
I laughed. I actually laughed, even in the seriousness of the situation. "V-Véneanár wouldn't hurt a fly! Not even if he wanted to," I sputtered. "You must be mistaken."
"Whatever you may think, I am not mistaken," Melian said with an icy edge to her voice that made me stop laughing at once. "You are friends, are you not? Or so you think. And you tease him quite often?"
I thought for a moment. "Well, yes, I guess I do give him a hard time. But he couldn't do a spell like that! He isn't that strong." Even since childhood I had been stronger than him. And the sad thing was, he was 25 years older than me. I would always tell people that I was very strong, and when they looked at me in surprise, I would say, 'well, I'm stronger than Véneanár, not that that says much.' I could be an irksome little child. He would sometimes get really upset, but would always calm down. I thought of him as a good friend.
"He has gotten stronger. And you seemed to have teased him one too many times. He is now extremely annoyed with you," Melian was saying. "He is using Calaglin to get back at you. I'm not sure if he had anything to do with Caranthir and Anaranë's deaths. I doubt it. He isn't the type to kill, is he?"
"No. No, he would never do that. Now that you say something, he did seem sort of, well, distant, the last time I saw him. I don't know why I didn't notice that until now. I'll have to talk to him, I guess. What about Lessien, though? She still seems to hate me. Does she have anything to do with this? She threatened me, her first night here."
"She did? What did she say?" asked Melian in surprise.
"Well, let's see. She told me to lock my door, because someone may be lurking in the hall. That's not something a normal person would say, is it?" I answered.
"Ah. Well, her father was attacked recently. If anything, that's a sign that she wants to be your friend."
Surprised as I was by Melians news, it seemed to make sense. I went to Lessien and told her everything. She agreed immediatly.
"I thought something must have been wrong with him. He was acting so strangely after your sister's death. Without much emotion. I thought at first that he must have just been in shock. He just never snapped out of it. And you suspected me?" Lessien added with some amusement.
"Well, I thought you hated me. And I haven't heard to many good things about your parents. I never thought that Véneanár would become so bitter. He was always so nice to me."
"Oh, that's understandable. But what's this about me hating you? I don't hate you! I was just a little jealous. But if anything your beauty is what kept me away from those other men and led me to your brother. I thank you for that. Yes, my parents aren't the best Elves in Middle Earth. But they can be nice enough. Well, I guess you'll be wanting to talk to that friend of yours, Véneanár. I hope you can get through to him."
"Yes," I said vaguely. I was busy thinking about what I would say. "Goodbye."
As I left the room, I was in for another surprise. Véneanár was walking towards me, with Eärendur leading him. I stopped in the middle of the hall, causing another maid to run into me.
"Sorry," we both muttered at the same time. She walked without intrest past Eärendur and Véneanár.
"Véneanár! Why are you here? Although I must say your timing is excellent. I need to talk to you." I said when the maid was gone.
"I came to talk to you. To apologize. I feel terrible," he answered.
"As you should!" I exploded with a sudden burst of anger. "You made my brother have absolutely no sympathy for me, just when I needed it! And just because I teased you a little bit!"
"I know, I know. You just made me so mad!" Then came another surprise. "But at the same time I was in love with you."
"WHAT?!" Eärendur and I said at the same time. "Why would you control my brother if you loved me?" I continued.
"Well, like I said, I was mad. And then I saw you falling in love with him," he gestured towards Eärendur. "I tried to get between you two. I know it was wrong. I'm sorry."
I avoided Eärendur's gaze. I was afraid of what I might see there. Finally he turned my head. And in his eyes I saw nothing but love. "Is that true? Do you love me?" he asked.
"Yes," I whispered. Véneanár turned away. "But I still love you as a friend, and I'm sure that you'll find a better girl," I said to him. "Just - will you please release Calaglin?"
"It has already been done." He looked very sad.
"I'll have to introduce you to my sister, Tariel. She's really nice!" Eärendur said in a falsely bright voice. Véneanár just nodded. And we went and saw Calaglin, the real Calaglin, and Lessien.
Sorry it took so long. The next chapter is the last one. Leave plenty of comments, please!