They walked back to the caverns hand in hand. Nadia let the sun caress her face and started to sing a song about the creation of the world. Her voice rose strong and clear. All who heard her song stopped whatever they were doing to listen. When she finished she realized everyone was listening. She smiled at them and they shook their heads like they were coming out of a trance.
“Nadia. That was beautiful,” Lorrieane said in awe. “I hope you sing tonight at the festival.”
“I will if Thandruil wishes me to.”
The spring festival was to be tonight. There would be food, dancing and singing. It was Nadia’s favorite time of the year.
They got back to the caverns and went into the side hall once again. No one else was there except King Thandruil, Arealion, and Legolas. Legolas looked bored. He was pushing the food around on his plate. He didn’t notice Nadia and Lorrieane. Thandruil and Arealion were having a heated argument.
“Father I do not want to marry her. I want to marry Lorrieane.” Arealion said angrily.
“I know but the marriage to Lady Nanawe will strengthen our alliance with Lothlorien. She is after all the daughter of the captain of the guard. A marriage to Lorrieane will not help us at all. Her family doesn’t even hold a important place in the palace.” Thandruil replied just as angrily. “You will marry her. That is all I have to say on the matter.”
“So my happiness has nothing to do with it? Love has nothing to do with it? Did you marry mother because you loved her or because it would strengthen the alliance with Rivendell?”
“That is…” Thandruil started to say but then noticed Nadia and Lorrieane standing in the entranceway. Nadia had a shocked look on her face and Lorrieane had tears building up in her eyes.
“Lorrieane.” Arealion started to say something but Lorrieane was already gone.
Nadia stood there for a second and then went after her. She found Lorrieane on her bed looking out her window. She was crying.
“Lorrieane, it will be alright. You’ll see. If you two are meant to be together you will be in the end. It will be fine.”
“That’s easy for you to say. You get to marry the one you love.”
“I don’t know that for certain. That’s why I have to go to Rivendell to hopefully convince Lord Elrond to let me marry Elladan.”
“He’ll say yes though. You are so beautiful and intelligent and just perfect. Your family is more powerful than even King Thandruil.”
“You are much prettier than me and definitely smarter. I am so not perfect. I have my flaws. Just like everyone else. Besides Elrond has something against me. I don’t know what it is though. Maybe it is because that wife of his despises me for trying to marry her favorite son.” Nadia laughed, a sound like bells tinkling in the wind.
Arealion came into the room. Lorrieane didn’t notice him although Nadia did. By the expression on his face he wasn’t supposed to be here and was angry at with that fact. He walked over to Lorrieane and wrapped his arms around her. He whispered something in her ear and kissed her cheek. Lorrieane didn’t acknowledge the fact that he was there.
“Don’t be angry with me, Lorrieane. I was doing my best. I love you and father knows that.”
“You shouldn’t be here. I am not good enough for you, I guess.” Lorrieane said without a hint of emotion in neither her voice nor her face.
“You’re perfect for me. You know how to cheer me up when I am sad. You are kind, beautiful, and caring. Those are some of the many reasons why I love you.” Arealion said with tears in his eyes. He leaned in and kissed her. She looked at him for a second then kissed him back. She wrapped her arms around his neck. Nadia was getting uncomfortable. So she said, “Well, I’ll just leave you to alone for awhile.”
Lorrieane laughed and said, “No. It’s fine Nadia. Stay here with me.” She smiled, kissed Arealion again and stood up. Arealion stood up with her, they kissed then he said, “I must go. I still have my duties as a prince. Will you be alright?”
“I’ll be fine Arealion,” she laughed again. “Besides I have Nadia here with me.”
Arealion laughed and walked out of the room. Lorrieane fell back on the bed beside Nadia.
“Have you and Elladan kissed and it seemed like all your troubles and worries will be gone forever just because of that one kiss?” Lorrieane asked with a dreamy look on her face.
“Yes. It seems like that just being near Elladan. I was only in Rivendell for 5 years, but in that short time I knew I loved him. It was obvious to everyone else around us that we were and still are in love. Especially his mother. She didn’t really like the idea of her favorite son having another female in his life.” Nadia sighed and looked out the window towards the forest.
She let her thoughts drift towards Elladan and the next time she would get to see him. She was interrupted by Lorrieane asking a question.
“Did your father and mother approve of the marriage already?”
“No. That is why they are coming with me. My brother is coming to. Its nice to have an older brother who is protective of me as long as he lets me have my space. Nigria has been better about that lately, but I think the trip to Rivendell is going to change that.” Nadia said with a smile and a laugh.
“Do you think maybe I could come with you to?” Lorrieane asked with a hint of doubt in her voice.
“I could ask Thandruil. It would be really nice to have you come along to. It would make the trip there much more enjoyable.”
“Thank you Nadia.”
We return to the forests again. Our hobbit friend has lost all faith and finds the true meaning of apathy by the end of this chapter. He is taken captive by a band of elves and one human. This chapter suggests that some of his past will be revealed soon.