Kate and Haldir

by Sep 23, 2003Stories

They gathered their things quickly and stepped off the boat. Kate felt the waves crash over her ankles and her feet touched the gritty sand. All she could see were the vast rocks lining the sand to her right and left. All that loomed out ahead of them was the steep incline of the rocky mountain. Kate and Haldir picked up their bags and began to walk.

Lochniver was beautiful. It was surrounded by the magnificent Canisp Mountains. It had much to offer from beautiful views to exquisite taste. Kate could see hundreds of seals upon the shore barking loudly as they sunbathed as well as the puffins splashing about in the water. Kate hoped that her presence with Haldir would go unnoticed. Her hopes were sealed for the people of Lochinver were used to strangers coming in. As she and Haldir entered the city, tourists bustled about here and there in their cars, busses like missiles. Most of the tourists left without any understanding of the people of this country.
Lochniver’s residents were accustomed to the strangers, but they found it odd seeing the beautiful white ship enter their quiet harbor. It’s sails were exquiste, and while it took on the appearance of a rather large sailboat, there seemed to be a mysterious essence to the craft as well as the travelers aboard it.

When Haldir and Kate entered the town, they were given many glances mostly from young men and many from young women. They were not bothered with questions however since Kate and Haldir showed signs of being very private. Kate and Haldir easily found their way first to the jewelers where they traded in their pearls and jewels they had received in Middle Earth for a tasty amount of money. Haldir instantly objected at traveling in an automobile when he took a glance at the metal beast, but Kate simply ordered him in and she would explain later or in her words, “If you dont get in this car right now, I’ll one. leave you here and let you find your own way through Scotland. Or two. I will take a fist to your jaw like I once did but this time it shall break it.”

Much of the scenery they saw reminded Haldir of the Shire. Kate finally told Haldir that they would be in a bus for much longer. She said the only way they could fly to America was through London, and they would need to be on the bus for more than a day. Considering, Haldir was accustomed to living his life outdoors, he handled the news very well and simply made his way to the facilities and did not return for a very long time.

When they arrived in London, Haldir instantly thought the city resembled Minas Tirith. It seemed like a labyrinth as they attempted to find their way around. Varda had given them a piece of advice however. She had said that if they ever were lost, all Haldir needed to do was ask a young lady for direction. Soon Haldir understood why, and he nearly let it go to his head. He could hardly contain his laughter and oddness of the situation when a number of women asked him out for a drink.

It seemed like forever before they finally reached the registration building for new ids. Kate thought they would run into trouble, but it turned out a young man was a master craftsmen at delivering their ids. They were able to secure them without any difficulty within an hour. Haldir seemed intrigued by the use of the plastic card, which could deliver money to you in seconds. He told Kate he would surely enjoy learning about these new places.

“Well we made it!” Kate said snuggling into her plane chair and opening her handbag to take out her book.

“Easy for you to say,” Haldir said looking apprehensively out of the window. “Are you absolutely certain this metal contraption will take us there?”

“Of course,” Kate answered grinning. “Planes are very safe, though they have been known to crash at times.”

Haldir lifted his eyebrows suddenly and raised his hand. He seemed about to speak when the pilot’s voice rang out announcing they were ready for takeoff. As the plane began to move, Haldir grasped Kate’s hand tightly and closed his eyes. The plane moved faster down the runway, and he gripped it stronger and stronger until finally the plane made its shaky ascent. The elf let go of Kate’s hand and grasped his stomach. After a few minutes when the seatbelt light was turned off, he excused himself. Kate smiled feeling sorry for him. This was a very new experience for him. She did not feel odd though. Many flashbacks had been returning to her. She was glad Haldir had accompanied her this far. They had talked for so long on the bus to London, and she was glad of his company. He had been very protective of her as well when a young man had walked up to her and asked if he could sit beside her. Haldir jumped up and seemed like he would yell at the man had not Kate stopped him. Kate peered into her book but could not contain her grinnings when thinking of Haldir. This continued for so long until she felt like a lovestruck idiot. Haldir seemed struck with it too. He had spent the entire time on the bus listening to several cds and radio songs and even began to sing them and write them down. Kate hardly noticed however that is until now.

She wondered why Haldir had been gone so long within the bathroom. Kate was about to stand up and check on him when the announcer turned on.

“Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,” the announcer said. “We are flying at thirty thousand feet and we’ve got clear skies all the way to Chicago. Right now we’re bringing you some in-flight entertainment.” Kate perked up her ears. “One of our first class passengers would like to sing you a song inspired by another first class passenger. And since we let our first class passengers do pretty much whatever they want, here he is.”

As soon as Kate heard the voice, she knew who it was. The butterflies in her stomach returned and fluttered about as she scrunched down in her seat. Very soon she could see him walking up the aisle with a small microphone in his hand.

“You’re just too good to be true
Cant take my eyes off of you
You’d be like heaven to touch
I want to hold you so much
You’re just too good to be true
Cant take my eyes off of you
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I’m alive
You’re just too good to be true
Cant take my eyes off of you

I love you baby
And if its quite alright
I need you baby to warm the lonely night
I love you baby
Trust in me when I say
Oh pretty baby dont bring me down I pray
Oh pretty baby now that I’ve found you. Stay

And let me love you let me love you…”

Haldir ended before her eyes, and she heard the sound of laughter and applause ripple through the audience watching. Haldir touched Kate’s face and saw a tear running down her cheek though she was grinning like a pathetic fool. Kate threw her arms around Haldir laughing as he picked her up and swung her around. The audience cheered even more as they observed. Rumors and whispers ran through the crowd as Haldir gently released Kate, and they faced each other. A guy in the seat behind Kate stood up and said to her, “You’re supposed to kiss him now.”

Kate looked up at Haldir seeing his sparkling blue eyes that nearly made her cry every time she saw them yet gave her hope beyond belief. She saw his golden shiny hair resting gently upon his shoulders concealing his elven ears; his elven ears. Elven. With one word, her happiness was shattered. Kate dropped Haldir’s hands and turned away. Without giving her a chance to escape, Haldir grasped her arm.

“Haldir, let me go,” she said quietly.

“Kate please,” he pleaded with her.

“Just let me go.”

Haldir released her, and Kate made her way to the back of the plane. She disappeared into the bathroom and came out fifteen minuted later since she knew it was pointless to hold up anyone. Haldir was waiting for her as she came out.

“You should be in your seat,” she said. “You wont want to get sick again.”

“What is it you American’s say: I do not believe you are my boss.”

“Dont pick up sarcasm please. I’m not in the mood.”

“It seems that your mouth drips with sarcasm. But then I see what happens when you look at me.”

She frowned. “You’re just imagining things.”

“You are frightened. I can see it in your eyes,” he blocked her path.

“Shut up!” she said harshly. “I am afraid of nothing!”

“But yourself,” he said. “You are simply frightened of the fact that I wish to be with you, and the thought that even more frightens you is that you wish to be with me as well.”

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