It was night but she could not sleep. Nor could anyone else for that matter. Gandalf had gone with Pippin. Merry the poor hobbit remained with them. Elenya could feel his sorrow. The poor hobbit. He was alone. She shared the same feeling but not at this moment. Aragorn, Gimli, Merry, and Legolas all lay awake that night. Most of the men of Rohan lay asleep, but she could tell that her friends’ minds were troubled. Merry was worried about his friend. Aragorn had a huge weight on him now from the Palantir. Gimli and Legolas were also deep in thought. Elenya could not bear the silence any longer and she decided to sing. Singing always made her feel better. It was odd. As she began, they listened to her intently. Her voice was different. Better! It was beautiful! Was it because she was an elf? Her breathing had improved! Her soprano voice became even higher, and her alto voice sounded just as good. She sounded as an angel when she sang one of the songs she had learned back home from one of her Josh Groban. The Prayer sung by Josh Groban and Charlotte Church. Some parts she sung in Latin, which she knew they could not understand, but she cared not. She wanted to liven the depressed mood so to speak.
“I pray you’ll be our eyes. And watch us where we go. And help us to be wise in times when we don’t know. Let this be our prayer when we lose our way. Lead us to a place guide us with your grace to a place where we’ll be safe.”
Legolas seemed entranced as she stood up and proceeded to dance! She sung louder and louder loving how her voice sounded. They all listened and watched as her feet moved to the rhythm of the song. Legolas couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Merry soon felt comforted and lay against the ground as she continued. Gimli seemed amazed that she could sing so well. Her brown hair escaped the braids it was in and waved about in the wind. The moonlight passed a ray of light over her, and she glowed, as did Galadriel’s elanor upon her head.
“La lu ce che tu dai. I pray we’ll find your light nel cuo re reste ra and hold it in our hearts. A ri cor dar ci che when stars go out each night. I’e ter na ste lla sei. Oh———– nella mia preghie ra. Let this be our prayer! Quanta fe de c’e… when shadows fill our day. Lead us to a place. Guide us with your grace. Give us faith so we’ll be safe. We ask that life be kind ejil de si de rio che and watch us from above. O gnuno tro via more. We hope each soul will find in tor noe den tro another soul to love. Let this be our prayer! Let this be our prayer just like every child..just like every child. Need to find a place, guide us with your grace. Give us faith so we’ll be safe.”
Emilie ended. She didn’t remember the rest of the song, which was sung in Latin. Merry lay motionless on the ground but she could hear his soft breathing. Aragorn lay back against the ground and said, “Thank you kindly Elenya. You have lifted the heavy burden from us for a little while. Try to sleep elf friends. I see that the dwarf is already.”
Aragorn was right. Gimli was asleep beside Merry. He was also snoring loudly. Elenya still could not sleep though. Legolas said nothing but merely stared at her as she looked up at the stars shining in the sky. He touched her hand. She began to tremble as he raised it to his lips.
He softly whispered, “I love you. Come with me.”
He stood up and took her hand. They walked away from the camp and strayed into the meadow nearby. He took both of her hands in his and said, “Will you sing again? Please?”
She thought to herself for a moment and began, “Through the darkness, I can see your light. And you will always shine and I can feel your heart in mine. Your face I’ve memorized. I idolize just you. I look up to everything you are. In my eyes you do no wrong. I’ve loved you for so long and after all that is said and done, you’re still you. After all you’re still you.” She sung with meaning and enthusiasm in her voice. He gazed at her as she continued the song. He took her hand as she began to walk among the meadows. “You walk past me. I can feel your pain. Time changes everything. One truth always stays the same. You’re still you. After all, you’re still you. I look up to everything you are. In my eyes, you do no wrong. And I believe in you although you never asked me to. I will remember you and what I’ve put you through. And in this cruel land only world I found one thing, you’re still you. After all, you’re still you.”
Legolas seemed amazed. She had finally confessed. The night seemed to stop for just them. She glowed in the moonlight. Her brown hair waved in the wind. It seemed as though music floated in the air and that time had stopped just for them. He couldn’t contain himself as he looked deep into her eyes and was trapped by their blueness. He took her face in his hands and kissed her long. When she came to her senses, she began kissing him back. Elenya wrapped her arms around the Prince’s neck as they never ceased. She had finally made her love known, and he wanted to take her in this night as he had never done before. She wished this moment could last forever. She spoke the words aloud after they had finally parted lips.
“Do you want to spend forever with me?” he asked her.
“I do,” she said. He started to kiss her again when she said, “But I cant.”
He looked at her and said, “Why?”
She turned her face away as the tears began to flow down her cheeks. He lifted her chin to his face. He saw the tears falling and how her lips trembled from his touch.
” Elenya, Why?”
“I can’t. You don’t understand.”
“What is it that you are holding onto?” he asked her.
“I can’t tell you,” she said as the tears now came willingly and rapidly.
“Let it go, Elenya. Let it go.”
“I can’t! Please you must not make me.” Legolas took her hand. “Please stop! I just can’t.”
“Why are you doing this to us? We love each other. Can we not be together? I love you.”
“I love you, too but I just can’t tell you. No, let me go! I can’t think about this now! I just can’t! I’m sorry!”
Legolas released her. She quickly ran away.
He let her go. He knew she would not go anywhere but the camp where the rest of them slept. Legolas would not sleep this night. Thoughts filled his head. He loved her and wanted to spend forever with her. But she was holding onto a great secret. He wished that she had not fled. He wanted her, and she wanted him. He knew that from the constant tears in her eyes. He simply prayed that she would someday release her secret and yield to him. If she didn’t, they would spend eternity in suffering.
She ran back to the camp the tears flooding her eyes. She saw Gimli snoring loudly as well as Merry but Aragorn was awake. He sat with his hands placed across his knees. Their eyes met, and she knelt down beside him.
“Did you see that?”
“Aye,” he said and let out a sigh.
“Did you hear us?”
“Yes, I did. What is it you’re holding to? I have known you for so long yet I do not know what great secret is concealed in your heart. Tell me,” he touched her hand.
Aragorn seemed at times like a father to her and at other times the greatest friend she could ever want on the earth. She knew she could not bear this secret alone. She had to tell someone, and there was no better person to tell at the moment.
“Aragorn, I do not come from Middle Earth.”
“Ahh..,” he said softly.
“I do not even come from over the sea. I come from a distant land that is not even ever heard of talked about or imagined. Do you believe in fantasies?”
“I imagine all people must at sometimes.”
“In my world, we would call Middle Earth a fantasy land. In your world, you would call my country named America a fantasy world. See, I believe this is all a dream. I had read about you for so long and I loved this land for so long that I wished every night to enter it. It now seems I have entered but as an elf. In my world, we are all equal in body. We are all mortal men and women. I do not think this dream will last forever. But the Prince has fallen in love with me.”
“But you loved him all along. Your heart has told you so but your mind has tried to ignore him and push him away because you believe this is all a dream and that it will end. Is that so?”
“Aye, what do I do, Aragorn?”
“Legolas loves you, and you love him. Even though I tried to persuade the Evenstar to leave this land and go with her family, she would not do so. She will be bound to me for sheh as chosen a mortal life. Your situation is not all together different. I will cherish her for as long as I can while we live on this earth. In your heart that is what you wish for Legolas and yourself is it not?”
“Aye but what if my dream ends so quickly once we’re together?”
“Thanks be to the Valar then that you were together at all. If you fall in love, hold onto it. Don’t let it go! Though the sea may abound, and the mountains crash over you, and the world falls down, it will not rip your love away. But you must also be honest with your love. You must tell Legolas who you are and what you are.”
“What if I don’t have the strength?”
“Believe me, you will know when you have the courage to confess your secret to him. And Legolas is wise. He will not hurt you or put you aside. But I fear that the day is drawing near when you might not be together.”
“What do you mean?”
“I am going by way of the Paths of the Dead. If Legolas chooses to accompany me, there may be death on our journey, and you must not come along.”
“I understand. When should I tell him?”
“Only you can make that decision, Elenya.”