Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 10 of Straight from the Heart. Thank you to those who have left reviews for this story and have kept up with it. It really does mean a lot to me. There are only two chapters left after this chapter. I can't wait to show you what will happen to Boromir. Without further ado Chapter 10. Enjoy!
The Fellowship arrived at Caras Galadhon. They walked up the winding stairway amongst the trees, towards the grand court of Galadriel and Celeborn. WIth a glow issuing forth from them, the Lord and Lady of Lothlorien descended to meet the Fellowship hand in hand.
Aragorn touched his head reverently in geeting.
The rest of the Fellowship stared in awe.
"The Enemy knows you have entered here. What hope you had in secrecy is now gone. Eight that are here yet nine there were set out from Rivendell. Tell me where is Gandalf? For I much desire to speak with him. I can no longer see him from afar." Celeborn said in greeting.
Galadriel looked at Aragorn, reading the answer in his eyes. "Gandalf the Grey did not pass the borders of this land. He has fallen into Shadow."
Celeborn looked at her in wonder.
"He was taken by both Shadow and flame. A Balrog of Morgoth. For we went needlessly into the net of Moria." Legolas said softly.
"Needless were none of the deeds of Gandalf in life. We do not yet know his full purpose." She turned to Gilmi. "Do not let the great emptiness of Khazad-dûm fill your heart, Gimli, son of Glóin. For the world has grown full of peril. And in all lands love is now mingled with grief." Galadriel looked at Boromir with a piercing gaze that he couldn't stand.
He started shaking and cast his eyes downward.
Theolynn put her hand on Boromir's, giving it a light squeeze.
"What now becomes of this Fellowship? Without Gandalf, hope is lost." Celeborn said, looking at his wife.
"The quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true." She looked at Sam and smiled.
Sam continued to gaze at her in awe.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Go now and rest for you are weary with sorrow and much toil. Tonight you will sleep in peace…"
Later, back on the ground, an area had been provided for them to rest in.
The hobbits were settling down for the night.
In the trees, the elves were singing.
"A lament for Gandalf." Legolas said softly.
Merry looked up towards the trees. "What do they say about him?"
"I have not the heart to tell you. For me the grief is still too near."
" bet they don't mention his fireworks. There should be a verse about them. "The finest rockets ever seen They burst in stars of blue and green Or after thunder, silver showers…" Sam said softly remembering everything that Gandalf had done in the Shire.
Aragorn shoved Gimli, who pretended to snore.
"Came falling like a…rain of flowers" Oh, that doesn't do them justice by a long road."
Theolynn slowly sat down on one of the beds taking a soft breath running her hand through her blonde hair, taking a soft breath.
Aragorn walked over to Boromir, who was seated alone on a great tree root. "Take some rest. These borders are well-protected."
"I will find no rest here. I heard her voice inside my head. She spoke of my father and the fall of Gondor. She said to me "Even now there is hope left." But I cannot see it. It is long since we had any hope. My father is a noble man, but his rule is failing. And now our people lose faith. He looks to me to make things right and I would do it. I would see the glory of Gondor restored. Have you ever seen it Aragorn? The White tower of Ecthelion, glimmering like a spike of pearl and silver. Its banners caught high in the morning breeze. Have you ever been called home by the clear ringing of silver trumpets?" He turned towards Aragorn.
"I have seen the White City, long ago."
"One day, our paths will lead us there. And the tower guards shall take up the call: "The Lords of Gondor have returned!"" Boromir said softly his eyes slowly wandered over to where Theolynn was laying down.
"And you'll have a bride when this is all over." Aragorn said with a small smile.
Boromir slowly looked over to where Aragorn was. "Perhaps. If she deems me worthy of her hand in marriage." He said softly, looking down. "I don't know if my father even approves of her."
Aragorn hummed softly thinking. "She's proven herself quite helpful." He admitted as he leaned against the tree.
Boromir nodded his head in agreement. "She's a shield maiden from Rohan." Boromir said softly. "She learned well from a young age."
Aragorn nodded his head. "And yet you're still worried about her."
Boromir nodded his head softly in agreement. "I'll always worry about her." He admitted softly.
"I don't blame you."
"She's good at fighting. I just worry that she'll get hurt."
This is the end of Chapter 10. We have a nice little scene between Aragorn and Boromir talking about Theolynn. Which is a nice change of pace. Hopefully you all enjoyed the chapter. Please leave a review and let me know what you think. Reviews keep me going. Until next time.