Disclaimer: I'm lazy, so NOT MINE!!!!!!!!

Title: From Ancient Grudge

Rating: PG-13

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Last chapter, folks!! Hope you enjoy! ;)

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CHAPTER 28

Legolas hesitated before raising his hand and knocking softly on the door he stood before.

"Come in," a voice called from inside and he stepped slowly into the room, the light from the fire reflecting the unease in his eyes.

"I hope I am not disturbing you, my Lord. I wished to speak with you."

Elrond turned towards him. "You are not disturbing me at all, Legolas. Please, sit."

Legolas did not feel like sitting, but did so anyway. "You have been so good to me, my Lord…but I have come to the decision to leave with my father on the morrow to return to Mirkwood."

Elrond shook his head regretfully, "My dear Legolas, you forget that I have heard this speech before. You need not say why. Just allow me to say that your home and family here in Imladris will always welcome you, should the need arise. I will send letters often, and if one of my messengers sees you are injured--"

"You will send Aragorn to drag me back here kicking and screaming and lock me up? I too have heard this speech before, though not from you."

The Elf lord chuckled ruefully, "Come and visit us when you are able."

Legolas smiled. "Of course, my Lord. This place is as much my home as Mirkwood is." he paused, "It is late. I will go and get some rest. Goodnight, Lord Elrond. And thank you."

Elrond sadly watched the young prince leave and hoped this would not end badly.

Legolas stepped outside, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, gathering his strength for the next confrontation. Elladan and Elrohir.

He knocked on the door before his nerves got the better of him. He heard a thump and several muffled curses from within. The twins were wrestling again. He was about to knock again when the door flew open, revealing a dishevelled Elrohir.

"Legolas!" he exclaimed, grabbing the prince by the arm and hauling him inside. "What can we do for you, little one?"

Legolas sighed, deciding on the direct approach. "I am going home, my friends." he stopped as they turned stunned eyes on him. "I leave at noon tomorrow."

Elladan broke the silence, "To return with another arrow in you? Or worse?" he snapped.

Legolas tensed, "Drop it, Elladan. It is in the past."

Elrohir added his voice to the argument, "That is right. With many more such incidents awaiting you in the future, if you return there."

"I have made my decision."

Elladan walked towards him, forcing him backwards towards the door, "Indeed you have and as usual, you have chosen poorly. But we have also come to a decision. Do not come back here, Legolas. If the only time we see you is when you are injured, then we do not wish to see you at all."

Legolas' eyes widened, "But--"

"The consequences will be on your own head, for you walked back into his death grip--willingly--once again. If you will leave, then leave," he gestured towards the door, "I am done with you."

Legolas found himself outside staring in disbelief at the closed door. He managed to get to his room and close the door before sinking down against the wall and burying his face in his hands. What had he done?

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The morning found the Mirkwood Elves packed and ready to move out. Elrond had provided them with mounts and supplies for the journey home.

The Elf Lord was puzzled. Legolas remained firmly in the centre of the group and refused eye contact with himself and his sons. Something had happened and Elrond wanted to know what. Thranduil came striding out of the house and mounted the horse that stood patiently beside Legolas.

"We must depart, my Lord." the King announced, "We thank you for all you have done."

Elrond nodded graciously and watched as the first few Elves passed through the gates and left Imladris behind. He turned to his sons and frowned knowingly. "You said something to the prince, didn't you? You upset him."

Elladan and Elrohir looked at him innocently, "What would make you think that, father?"

Elrond sighed heavily. "He was completely silent this morning and he would not even look at us. Do not try to tell me you did not notice it!"

The twins shifted uneasily. "Well…we noticed it…"

Elrond raised an eyebrow, "What did you say to him?"

"Nothing! We--" Elrond started towards them, scowling threateningly, "We told him not to come back." Elrohir confessed quietly.

Elrond's eyes widened, "Why in Elbereth's name did you do that?"

The twins squirmed under his intense scrutiny. "Well we thought it might…keep him from leaving if he thought he would lose us."

The Elf lord sighed. "Well it worked well, my sons," he looked out the gates after the retreating party of Elves, "I only hope he knows you well enough not to listen."

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After many days of travel over the misty mountains, the Mirkwood Elves were in sight of their forest's borders once again. "Good to see the place has not burned down in my absence." Thranduil said absently. At Legolas' questioning look, the king laughed, "I left Anamaer in charge."

Legolas laughed; his father's advisor was very absent minded. "I would be surprised if he noticed our absence at all." he muttered, earning an amused smile from his father. They passed under the trees and Legolas heard the trees whispering around him.

They passed through the woods without any attacks or interruptions, for which they were all very grateful. The gates loomed in front of them and Legolas looked on them with friendly eyes; they no longer looked forbidding to him. The gates opened and they rode into the sunlit courtyard.

Herani was gathering healing herbs from the palace garden when the small party rode through the gates and she stared in disbelief. Thranduil and Legolas rode side by side. Something had changed about her friend that she could not put her finger on, but when she looked to the king, her heart lightened. An expression was in his eyes as he looked upon the prince that she had not seen there in a long time. Love.

She dropped her herbs and ran forward as Legolas dismounted. He turned and she flung herself into his arms. "It is so good to see you, prince Legolas!"

Legolas hugged her tightly before pulling back slightly. "What have I told you, healer?"

She smiled at the familiar jest, "I am sorry, Legolas."

The prince turned to his father. "Ada, the trees…"

"I hear them, ìon nìn. And I second the sentiment. Welcome home, Crown Prince of Mirkwood."

Legolas looked around at the Elves gathering to see the long-awaited return of their beloved prince, up at the trees still whispering their welcome, and finally back at his father, who looked almost as happy as he was. He sighed, content. This was where he belonged.

The Crown Prince was home at last.

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Well, there it is! The End!! If it seemed as rushed to you as it did to me, I apologise! I haven't got the whole of the sequel written yet, but as soon as I have it done I'll post it, I promise!! Thank you to everyone who reviewed for your support and encouragement! =) The sequel's well on it's way to being finished so I'll be back soon! Tenna' san', mellhyn nìn! [Until then, my friends!] ::Tithen Min::

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Review replies::

Cheysuli: He is far too forgiving…but hey, it made him happy right? ;) I'm beginning to think you want a sequel…*reads back over review*…maybe…Do you want a sequel?? Hehehe! It's in progress. I promise I won't make you wait too long!! Thanks for being with me from the beginning and I hope you enjoyed it to the end!! =)

MoroTheWolfGod: Sorry!!! Things got on top of me!! Long hard day and low self esteem…But I'm better now!! ;) Hahaha! You want the sequel?? In progress I swear!! Thank you so much for sticking with me!! I'll be back soon! =)

Lefty: That's okay! Poor you, you sound snowed under! I know the feeling, I've got exams coming up soon… I'm sorry this was the last one and it was probably a bit rushed, but I'm working on a sequel at the moment, so there'll be more before too long! Thank you for your continued faith in me although I don't know how I deserve it!! Hope you enjoyed the last one too! =)

Shandrial: Aw your hugs always cheer me up!! My action was beautiful?? We must be writing/reading different stories!! Ooh leave him alive! I like him!! He's smarter than your average orc… Don't kill them all!! Then the story would be nothing but a blank page for your next chapter!! ;) Hope you like how it ended!! I'm working on the sequel and I'll have it up as soon as I can I promise!! Thanks for sticking with me through it all! Love ya!! =)

DXPrincess: Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement! I don't know where I would've been without you!! I don't have a choice?? *gulp* No I'm kidding!! It's half written and as soon as I write my way out of this corner, I'll post it!! I promise I'll keep writing and posting for you and thank you so much for staying with me from day one all the way through till today and I hope you like this one too although it was a bit of a rush job!! Love ya!! =)

tamara: Aw I'm glad you liked it!! Don't cry! I couldn't leave them fighting now could I? I'd be a wanted fanfic criminal if I did that!! Thanks for all your reviews and nice compliments and hope you enjoyed it!! =)

Su: Aw thank you! I hope you liked this chapter! I have some other things written and some still in progress, so I might post something else soon! Thanks for your reviews and I hope you enjoyed it all!! =)

Karri: Aw thank you so much for sticking with it even though you didn't like the plot! And you took so much time to write the review! Thank you again!!! You really cheered me up and restored my self confidence! And thanks for wishing me luck! =)

Kit Cloudkicker: Slightly, maybe! But I am too, so I don't mind!! ;) Yeah I hope not either! Imagine how Legolas would react!! Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you liked the last chapter too! =)

jambaby1963: I have a few stories I'm thinking of posting soon alright and a sequel in progress, although I've written myself into a corner for like the third time!!! ARGH!! Thanks for fav authors by the way!! You're so nice! Thanks for all your reviews and faith!! =)

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A huge thanks again to KayteUnfading for editing! Couldn't have done it without you!!

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Love you all!! ::Tithen Min::

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