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PostPosted: October 27th, 2014, 2:44 pm 
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Lónannûniel nodded to acknowledge Gror. "I shall do so." She wandered around outside the cave. The temptation to sing or play her flute was getting a bit too strong, but she resisted it. For a moment she thought of Legolas, and where he could be now. He had left over a month ago. No word of him. Her thoughts wandered from her son, to her husband. Thranduil must have sent out half the guard by now.

What felt like moments, since be begun her watch, Narusse spoke to her. "Take your time. My watch has barely begun."

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: October 27th, 2014, 7:59 pm 
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Gror had already went back into the cave and fell asleep before Narusse had left it. When he had entered the cave the first thing he had noticed was that Anarion was already having his reoccurring nightmare. Though most wouldn't have noticed that. Gror could only tell because of how well he knew him, and because he had been around his friend long enough to be able to notice the signs of him having a bad dream.

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Anarion saw the village, and it looked the same way it had when he, and Gror, had first found it. It was a little mining village, and had been completely destroyed. The only thing that wasn't totally destroyed was a large building in the center of the village. It had been used for a number of things. It had been the inn for people who passed through the area, a tavern, and the common house, as well as whatever else the people would have needed to use it for.

Now it's door was kicked in, most of the windows had been smashed, and there was holes in the walls where there seemed to have been something punching through them. Around the building was a massacre. The men of the village, as well as the boys old enough to fight, all laid dead, with weapons near them that had fallen out of their hands. Their wasn't any question about who had done this, because the proof laid here and there where a few men had gotten lucky enough to bring down one or two of their enemies.It had been Orks, and with as bad as the village looked, and even with how terrible it was to see the men, it was still nothing compared to what waited for him inside.

Anarion tried no to go in, but he was a slave to his dream, and the dream was his own memories. He had no choice. He walked in and saw the women laying all around the building. They had been butchered, you could barely recognize them as women, and even their own families would have found the task of finding them almost impossible. and then they had been walked over to get at the children. The children were by far the worst part of the whole situation, and it made Anarion vomit when he saw them.

Anarion was not usually bothered by things that would make people sick, but there had always been something about seeing children hurt that had gotten to him. He felt that children should be protected, that they shouldn't have to suffer from war, much less something like this. The children had been pulled apart by the Orks. They had fought over them, like starving animals over scraps. What was left had been stacked in the fire pit in the middle of the building.and burned before the creatures had left.

All of a sudden the dream seemed to shift, and change, around Anarion. He started to hear the sound of a baby crying, and it was coming from the other side of the fire pit. He then heard what sounded like a hissing sound, but at the same time could've been someone hushing something. He walked around the fire pit and saw a Goblin leaning over a baby with a knife in his hand raised over the child. He screamed "No!" and the moved to attack the Goblin.

Anarion sat up on his bed roll, with a dagger in his hand, breathing hard. He looked around and realized where he was. He then saw Elizabeth trying to get Arthur to stop crying. It had been them that had made his dream change, he had heard them, which in turn affected his dream. He got up and walked over to the children. As he reached them Elizabeth looked up and said "I'm sorry. I tried to get him to be quite before he woke you up, or Mr. Gror, but he just wouldn't be quite."

Anarion smiled and said "It's OK. Why is he crying?" She replied " I don't know. He's not dirty, or hungry, so I can't think.of anything else." Anarion nodded his head in agreement and then said "Here, give him to me." Elizabeth handed Arthur to Anarion, and almost as soon as the baby was in Anarions arms it quieted down. Arthur snuggled up in the area between Anarions arm and chest and greed his shirt tightly.

Anarion then said "He just wanted to fell protected. He needed an adult. That's why he was crying. I'll get him to sleep and then lay him down with you. You go ahead and go back to sleep." Anarion then started to get up, but Elizabeth grabbed his arm and said "Mr. Anarion, wait, please." He looked at the girl and said "OK, do you need something, what is it?" She looked at him and said "I've never sleep outside before, it's cold, there are all kinds of wierd noises, and I'm scared. Can't you just sleep next to us?"

Anarion smiled at the girl and said "OK, just give me a second. I'll be right back." He then stood up and walked over to his bed roll. Then he grabbed one corner of it with his free arm and dragged it next to the kids bed roll. He then laid down with Arthur in his arms, and Elizabeth laid down on the bed roll next to him. Soon they were all asleep. Anarion slipped back into his dream, but know it was further along.in the memory.

Anarion, and Gror, we're leaving the village and Gror looked at Anarion and said "You know that this wasn't your fault. There was nothing you could've done. I mean, we weren't even here when this happened." Anarion knew that he was right but it didn't really change the way he felt. Grors voice continued to echo what he had said. Then the dream suddenly seemed to stop, and then it slowly began to fade away. Grors voice still echoed in his dream though.

Then he started to notice that something else was forming. It turned out to be the farm from earlier that day, and the memory seemed to fly through his head, all while Grors comment continued it's nonstop echo through his dream. It then began to slow down once he found the two children alive and well. He then saw himself riding away from the farm with Arthur, and Elizabeth, strapped to Shadowfang, sitting in front of him, and Gror riding behind him.

The echo of Grors voice stopped, and then he heard his own voice. It said "For as long as I live, I shall save as many as I can. Not matter the cost. Even if it takes my life." The dream then ended, and the nightmare didn't return. He had saved the childrens life, but they had saved his sanity at the same time. He slipped into a comfortable sleep then, and the children sleep comfortably as well, as if his piece had also brought piece to them.

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: October 27th, 2014, 10:01 pm 
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((It would be interesting if Cúran found Narussë in the woods... just an idea))

At last, Narussë rose to her feet and looked upwards at the moon.
"I remember when you rose over Lake Mithrim, Isil," she said, "It was so long ago, and I wish some things could have changed. I wish I could go back."

She began to wander into the trees, Isil's light illuminating patches of the mist she walked through.

She leaned against the smooth, grey bark of a tree. She was doubtless at least a mile away, perhaps more. Anarohtar would wonder where she was, but he wouldn't leave until she got back. She closed her eyes and began to sing softly, one of many songs she'd written with her older brother, Kanafinwe. Singing always helped her, but sometimes it just made the memories stronger.

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: October 28th, 2014, 2:55 am 
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Sat on a rock, Lónannûniel held her wooden flute. She wanted to play the song she made up herself. But now it was too late for that. The Woodland Queen glanced into the cave. Both of the children were so sweet and cute. She thought back to Legolas's youth. Her mind was lost in happy memories. Every crack and brush caught her attention.

Lónannûniel heard singing. How many nights had she wandered through Mirkwood on a semi-nightly basis, singing away her sorrows. How many years had she wandered the land in self-inflicted exile, singing? She had to admit to herself, that she liked listening to the sounds around her, than listening to the noises of the forest above her home. Those were far too predictable to her.

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 6th, 2014, 1:33 pm 
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Anarion woke up with Elizabeth lightly shaking him. She was quietly saying "Mr. Gror says it's time to wake up Mr. Anarion." He got up and realized that it was morning, Arthur was being fed by Gror. He then realized that he had never been put on watch. He walked over to Gror and said "Why didn't you wake me up for my turn on watch last night?"

Gror smiled slightly and then said "Because you where actually sleeping peacefully for the first time in a while." Anarion shook his head at the comment, and then said "Fine Gror, I get it. Where is everyone else?" Gror shrugged and replied "I'm not sure, they're around somewhere, but we need to get going soon. So hopefully they won't take much longer before they come back here." Anarion nodded and grabbed some breakfast to eat until the others got back.

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 7th, 2014, 10:39 am 
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Anarohtar rose to his feet and shook out his mane with a snort.

A few seconds later, Narusse entered the cave.
"I am sorry I did not take watch," she said, and walked over to her horse, her whole being radiating that she didn't want to be questioned.

She gave Anarohtar a scratch on the withers. "Na celumë hare hi." She told him. "Leluvalye sucë."

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 8th, 2014, 3:38 am 
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Lónannûniel had remained at the cave entrance the whole night. Her mind filled with happy memories of the realm, including those of her husband. Legolas as an infant. The many gatherings. The moments, where she felt truly happy. Being away from the one place she had called home for so long, always made her think of the good times and not the bad. In truth, she had not even noticed the first glow of sunrise. That would hinder her much later in the day, when tiredness came to claim her. Nothing of danger's origin had stirred, or dared come near.

"Is that the voice of Anarion I hear, with my own ears? Or has the curse of tiredness already fallen upon me?" said the elven queen, at the sound of the man she saw as a second son. "Come here to me, so I may speak with you." The elven queen stood, from the rock she had sat upon for the night in its entirety. Only when she were on her feet, did she realise how stiff her limbs felt. Lónannûniel would have stretched to ease away the pain, but it was not right for a queen to do so in the open.

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 8th, 2014, 11:41 am 
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Anarion looked at Gror questioningly after Narusses comment, but the Dwarf just gave a slight shrug and shook his head a little. All Gror knew was that he had woke up with Lónannûniel still on watch, and Narusse nowhere in site even though she should have been on her rotation. So Gror took watch, and that was all, this was the first he had saw of Her.

Anarion then heard Lónannûniel call out for him to come to her. Anarion was about to go to her when Gror pointed at Anarions saddle bag and started opening and closing his had slowly, in a way that resembled someone with tense joints and muscles. Anarion nodded and went to retrieve the vial of ointment meant to help that problem, and brought it with him when he went to her. As her reached her he smiled and said "Here I am Lónannûniel. What would you like to talk about, and would you like some ointment fore your soreness?" He offered her the vial he carried as he asked the last part

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 10th, 2014, 8:05 am 
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When Anarion approached her, Lónannûniel had her ear pressed close to a tree, as if she were listening to a whispering voice. She opened her eyes. "Oh, no. I shall be fine. The stiffness shall ease, with movement. I called you, because I must tell you, of what I have heard. The land cries. Something dark and dangerous has crossed the path we are about to find ourselves on. We must listen to their warning, and proceed with caution." Having lived in the fortress under the Mirkwood forest for most of her days, she had become quite in tune with nature, and the sound of frightened and hurried steps. There were plenty of those to be heard, from a distance away.

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 10th, 2014, 11:28 am 
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Anarion nodded his head at what Lónannûniel had to say. Then he replied "Well I know that the Orks, and other creatures, where heading the same way we're going, but something tells me that what the land is worried about isn't that. We've got no choice though. We need to move out as soon as possible. I want to get the kids to their family as soon as possible, and then we can pick up the trail to find where they went. We'll keep an eye out for whatever the land is worried about also. I just hope it's not much worse than what we're already tracking."

Gror finished feeding Arthur, and then placed the boy in Elizabeths hands so she could hold the boy while she was sitting down so that Gror could pack the stuff up. He started getting everything packed up, and while he was doing this he said "Hey, Narusse, would you like to eat something, we're going to be leaving soon, but there should be enough time to eat before we leave. What do you say?"

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 10th, 2014, 11:48 am 
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"What the ground cries for, I would rather act as if it does not exist, until we find ourselves facing it. Some things should not be named." Lónannûniel composed herself, moving away from the tree. "Did Gror just speak of food? I must join in with our feast of sorts, if there is one going. In my haste to leave The Realm, I did not think to pack food." The elven queen entered the cave, for she felt no good would come of discussing the moving danger any further out in the open. "May I?" she said, to the dwarf named Gror.

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 19th, 2014, 7:56 pm 
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Gror looked up as Lónannûniel came in, and replied to her question saying "Of course you may, there's plenty for everyone." Anarion had stayed outside to think on Lónannûniels words. After a little time he walked back in and said "Everyone, eat if you like, and then prepare to move out. I want to be out of here within the hour."

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Narusse bit her lip.
"I think I will not eat this morn, as I did not fulfill my duties last night," she said, turning to groom her horse.
She took a deep breath, combing a snag from Anarohtar's mane with her fingers.
The flaxen stallion bumped her shoulder gently with his nose, and she managed a smile, stroking it.
He snorted.
She rolled her eyes.
"Istanyë," she said, "Apa umë maurenyes."

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 21st, 2014, 5:37 pm 
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Lónannûniel gladly took some of the food. Only enough to sustain her, but not enough to make her feel full. If her stomach were full, with the lack of sleep she had the previous night, she may want to sleep. That was not an option. In truth the elven queen had not really caught a wink of sleep since she left The Realm. Only when she felt there was a great distance between herself and her woodland home, then she would rest.

Her thoughts were troubled by what she had heard from the voice of the land. Every part of her hoped that it was nothing, or a cry left over from a long forgotten battle.

"Out of the many feasts hosted in The Realm. The many gatherings within our kingdoms. I do feel, that the first meal of freedom is better than all of them."

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
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Narusse watched her as she continued grooming her horse.
She gave the woodland queen a sad, bitter smile, but said nothing, her grey eyes seeming to reflect her own years of freedom, more than ten thousand years ago.
Anarohtar snorted and shook his mane, and Narusse gave his withers a quick scratch.

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 Post subject: Re: Following In Darkness Wake
PostPosted: November 25th, 2014, 2:16 pm 
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"How much time, until we continue on our way?" asked Lónannûniel. A thought had taken shape in her mind, that she may have to send her horse back to The Realm, or leave him in Rivendell. The horse was just as recognisable as the crown she usually wore. Any wandering elf may see it, and know that a Mirkwood elf is not far away.

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