The Tale of Lathrawen, Lady of Rohan - Chapter Eleven- Return to Edoras

"My lady? Lathrawen, are you alright?" I opened my eyes and saw Eomer leaning above me. "Are you hurt?"

"Yes, I mean no! I am fine." I forced out a smile. "You were banished?"

"It has been forgotten, I am heir to the throne now." He looked afraid, like never before. "I am next for the thrown."

"You should be glad!" He moved to the foot of my bed. "It will be a great honor to you." I sat up.

"I should be." He moved to my window and looked out. "It grieves me." He did not finish the sentence. "Come! They are waiting to see you well." He helped me out of bed and left so I could get dressed. I walked out into the Golden Hall and announced my entrance.

"My lords." I nodded my head and stood nest to a pillar. Quickly glancing around the room, I saw Legolas holding hands with Lomelindi. There were two little folk, sitting together, they looked worried. Eomer walked up next to me and took my hand. Gandalf was walking around the room, talking as usual.

Then I heard him say, "But I will not be going alone." Eomer looked at a halfling.

"Pippin is his name." Eomer whispered in my ear.
"Mithrandir!" Everyone looked at me. "I shall go too."
"So you shall." Gandalf replied. Legolas glared at me as if to say `No!' but I ignored it. I let go of Eomer's hand and left to pack my things.

"Why do you do this?" Eomer followed me. "Why do you leave me here? I may never see you again!"

"Eomer, I cannot stay here. I can feel it, I am meant to go to Gondor with Gandalf." I put my pack and quiver on. Eomer took my hands.

"Please Lathrawen, do not leave me here."

"I must." He stared deep into my eyes.

"Please."

"Eomer, I can't stay." he looked to the ground. "For now we part. Until we meet again, I give you this kiss." He held me close, even though it was a small kiss. "Namarie." I said as he loosened his grasp on my arms. I turned and walked out the room. `What am I doing?' I thought to myself. I tried to find Legolas and Lomelindi. I listened from behind the corner on a conversation. They were talking.

"She is leaving." Legolas said.

"She is strong, do not worry." Lomelindi softly replied. She knew I wanted to go.

"I fear for her."

"Ask Elvithrawyn to go with her."

"Do you think he would?"

"Of course." Lomelindi moved into view, she saw me.

"I shall." He took her hands. "Im melin le Lomelindi." He gently kissed her cheek.

"I give my heart to you." She kissed his cheek.

"And I give mind to you."

"Legolas, is it possible to love someone for eternity." She looked like she doubted.

"I would rather die than not love you forever. You are my whole world. To loose you, would be the end of me. How can you doubt my love?"

"Eternity is a long time Legolas."

"I am fully aware of that."

"As am I."

"Lomelindi, can you love me for eternity?" He faced me, but didn't see me.

"I can love you for much longer Legolas, much longer." She smiled. "Lathrawen will be leaving soon, I already said goodbye."

"I know."

"Will you not go to her?"

"No, she'll be alright." They kissed again as I backed around the corner. My eyes began to water, I had to get away. I ran to my horse.

"Lathrawen, wait!" I hoped it was Legolas, it was King Theoden. "I cannot just let you leave without saying goodbye." I nodded. "If Theodred loved you and welcomed you, than I do the same." He smiled. "Take this gift, so you will know how much you mean to Rohan." He held out a golden necklace. The charm was in the shape of a heart. "It was my lady's. Never forget this place my daughter." I took the necklace.

"Thank you my lord." I hugged him for the first, and last time.

"Now, go. Gandalf is waiting." He helped me on my horse and I rode off with Gandalf and Pippin. I looked back at Edoras, Eomer stood on the watch tower with Aragorn and Merry. He looked as if he was going to cry. Aragorn waved. I turned around and cried.

"My lady, are you alright?" Pippin looked concerned.

"Yes Pippin." I wiped the tears from my eyes. "I'm fine."

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