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" I can't believe this is happening." I whispered as I watched Legolas walk away.
" Aremi, is this true? Are you betrothed?" Aragorn asked all of a sudden. I hadn't even noticed that he was there. He stood in front of me finally blocking my view of Legolas.
I was about to answer him when I felt Eomer grab my elbow and pull towards him.
" Yes, Aragorn, she is betrothed." Eomer said proudly. He had a grin on his face. I just wanted to slap it off.
Aragorn looked at me with disappointment and disbelief. I couldn't stand how he was looking at me any longer and I just looked away. I snatched my elbow away from Eomer and backed away from him. He looked taken back as I did this.
" My lady-" Eomer began but I was sick of hearing him talk.
" We are not betrothed." I said.
" Yes, we are." Eomer said suddenly getting angry.
" No, we aren't." I said trying to remain calm despite the fact that I was feeling very violent.
" We are getting married, Lady Aremi." He said the words angrily.
" I am not going to marry you." I said almost in the edge of loosing my temper.
" You said you would marry me."
" I was drunk! I don't see how you didn't notice that little fact last night!" I shouted at him finally losing it.
Eomer was silent. He just kept glaring at me like if I just spat on him or something. It was then that I finally noticed that the room was awfully quiet. Everyone was staring at Eomer and me. Shit.
Eomer was about to say something as he walked towards me but then Theoden appeared in the Golden Hall and called for Eomer. Apparently he hadn't noticed the tension in the room.
" I'll deal with you later." Eomer whispered fiercely before he left.
" I can't wait." I said angrily.
I sighed as everyone else went back to their business as if pretending they hadn't been hearing and staring the whole time. I turned to face Aragorn forgetting that he was still there for a minute.
" I guess you want an explanation." I said to Aragorn.
" Well of course but you don't have to explain what happened, at least not right now. What you need to do is go find Legolas and explain everything to him."
I knew he was right but I didn't want to go looking for Legolas. I was too afraid of how he might be reacting. I was afraid of what he was going to tell me.
" Go Aremi." Aragorn said as he crossed his arms over his chest.
I nodded and left. I headed for the direction Legolas had taken and that was in the direction of the weaponry room. Once I got there, I quickly scanned the room and to my surprise he wasn't there. The room was deserted. I went looking for him everywhere and I still couldn't find him. I even asked around for him and I was told he had headed for the stables. I ran to the stables but again he wasn't there.
" Where are you Legolas?" I asked myself as I walked towards a black horse and petted his head. " Do you know where Legolas is, horsy?" I smiled suddenly as the horse started to lick my face.
I decided to stay there in the stable knowing I wasn't going to find Legolas if he didn't want to be found. I spent the rest of the day petting and feeding the horses. I even talked to them. I was having fun being with the horses until I realized the sun was about to set. I walked over to the side of the stable and decided I wanted a good view of the sun setting, so I climb the roof.
I watched as the sun set slowly and thought of Legolas. I knew I had betrayed him. I knew that I didn't deserve forgiveness nor did I deserve him. Everything was falling apart and it was my entire fault. I looked down at the silver ring my mother had given me and smiled. A part of my mother was with me. I wonder what she would say if she knew everything I have done. Getting drunk and getting engaged. I don't think she would be proud, that's for sure.
As the sun finally disappeared and the star became visible I started to climb down but there was one tiny little problem. I couldn't see where I was going. It was too dark to see. I wasn't about to stay up here all night so I just decided to climb down slowly and let my hands and feet guide me. A few seconds into climbing down everything was going smoothly that is until I made a wrong move and slipped. As I was falling down I tried to grab a hold of something but I ended up cutting the right side of my eye. Then I felt myself hit the ground hard. Before I lost conscious I couldn't help but grin that I have fallen so many times.
" Oh my, do you think she is dead?" I heard a soft voice say, with a note of panic in it. It sounded like a woman.
" Of course not. She is still breathing." An old man's voice said.
I felt a hand touch the side my eye and I flinched.
" See, I told you she wasn't dead." The man seemed happy about that.
I slowly opened my eyes and was surprised to see an old woman and man. They were staring at me really closely. They were a few inches close of my face.
" Are you alright, my dear?" The old woman asked.
" Um, I will be. Thank you." I forced a smile while I tried to ignore the pain. I think I'm getting good at ignoring physical pain. I don't know if this is a good thing or not.
I kept myself still knowing that if I tried to sit up I was going to feel a wave of dizziness and nausea. But apparently the old couple didn't know this since they were making me stand up.
" Come on, girl you can stand up." The old man said as I my knees wobbled and I leaned on him for support.
" You know I am not as strong I used to be. I can't really hold your weight." He grunted as he tried to push me away.
Did he just call me fat?
" Sorry." I said as I looked around and for the first time I noticed that it was still dark. " Um, do you know what time it is?" I asked as the couple moved me to a near by chair.
" It 3 am." The old lady said cheerfully.
" Wow, I was out a long time." I said as I was starting to feel a little bit better.
" I think it would be best that we take her with us, Loner." The old woman told the man.
I smiled at the man.
" Your name is Loner?" I asked.
" Yes of course." He answered.
Well that's weird name. Some sick sense of humor his parents must had.
" She should come with us." The woman said once again.
" Um that's not necessary ma'am, I'm feeling much better." I said as I tried to get up from the chair with some help of Loner.
" Are you sure?" The woman asked looking concerned.
" Yeah I'm fine. Thank you so much for your help. Good night." I smiled and started to walk away from them.
" Good bye." I heard them both yell at me as I tried to walk up the stairs.
It took me some time to get to my room. I was still feeling a little woozy. All I wanted was to go to sleep and never wake up. But when I entered the common room I was surprised to find that it wasn't empty. Someone was standing in front of the fireplace, just staring down at the fire. It was Legolas.
I didn't know what to say or do. I just stood in front of the door. My heart felt like it was going to explode. I felt my hands start to shake. I was starting to feel dizzy again and pressed my back to the door for support.
I closed my eyes and tried to remain calm. That all failed when I heard Legolas sigh. I snapped my eyes open and looked at him. He was still staring at the fireplace. His back was to me. I couldn't see his face.
" Where have you been?" He asked all of a sudden.
I didn't know what to tell him. I just kept quiet.
He finally turned to look at me. His gaze immediately went to the cut I had on the side of my eye.
" What happened?" He was starting to look upset.
" Nothing." I swallowed.
" It doesn't look like nothing." He glared.
" I…um… I fell." I stuttered under his gaze.
" You fell?"
I guess he was waiting for an explanation since he kept looking at me.
" I was in the stables looking for you and I couldn't find you and the sun was setting and I wanted a better view of it so I climb that roof of the stable. And it got dark and I fell." I wasn't sure if Legolas understood what I just said since I talked fast. I talk fast when I am nervous.
" I can't believe you." He muttered.
" I'm sorry." I looked down at the floor.
" Don't." He said walking towards me. " Don't say you are sorry if you are not."
" I am."
" You just do whatever you want without thinking about the consequences. You don't care if your hurt yourself or others around you." He said angrily.
" I'm sorry." I couldn't meet his gaze.
" You think you are the only one in pain but you are not. In case you haven't noticed everyone around you is suffering but you are just to self-centered to noticed."
I finally looked up.
" I am not self-centered and I do notice everyone else's pain." I said angrily.
" No you don't. You think that you are the only one that is homesick and that misses their family. You think that you are the only one that is going through something!" He yelled at me.
" I didn't have a choice in coming here. I was brought here against my will!" I shouted back.
" You think that you are the only one?"
" Everyone else had a choice but me. I was forced to leave my family, my friends, my home."
" So did everyone else!"
I was silent. Legolas kept glaring at me. I wanted to cry but I knew that I shouldn't. I wasn't going to let him see how he was affecting me. He was right. I was only focused in my pain and not realized that everyone else was going through the same thing.
After a few minutes of just standing of silence I whispered, " I'm sorry."
" You've been saying that a lot." He said annoyed.
" I know."
" Why did you do it, Aremi?" Legolas asked.
I didn't know what he was talking about for a few seconds then I understood.
" I didn't mean to do it, Legolas. It just happened." I answered.
" You are betrothed." He said bitterly.
" No, I am not." I whispered walking closer to him.
" Did he ask you to marry him?" He looked down at me.
" And what did you tell him?"
" I said yes."
" Then you are betrothed." He said angrily and walked away from me.
" I was drunk!" I aid impatiently.
" It doesn't matter." He said roughly.
" But I don't love him."
" Then why did you agree to marry him?"
" I was upset and drunk."
" I was angry, confused, and worried about you." I watched as I look of surprised appeared on his face.
" So this is my fault?" He asked annoyed.
" No, that's not what I was trying to say." I said. " It's just that you and me weren't doing so great. I felt like you were hiding something from me and I was pissed. I was tired of everyone treating me as a child and when Eomer and I… talked he or the alcohol made me forget about how I was feeling."
Legolas had a strange look on his face. It was the same one when I first woke up from Helm's Deep. He was quiet. He no longer was glaring at me but he was just looking at me.
" I don't love him, Legolas." I said walking to him. " I don't want to marry. I love you. Only you." I finally lost it. I started to cry, I put my arms around him. I was scared that I was losing him and it was my stupid fault.
" Please forgive me, Legolas. I'll do anything to have you back." I sobbed. " Please don't leave me."
I slowly felt him put his arms around my waist and pressed me closer to him. I was starting gain hope back when I felt him push me away from him. I looked at him but he just looked away.
It was too late. I screwed everything up.
I let go him and walked to the fireplace. I cried silently. I knew that Legolas was watching me but I didn't care. Nothing mattered anymore.
An hour later when the fire was dying down looked at Legolas. He was still staring at me. I knew if I stayed any longer I was going to beg him to take me back, again. I knew I couldn't do that again. I started to make my way to the bedroom door but stopped when I touched the doorknob.
" Can you at least tell me what you were hiding from me. Something happened in Helm's Deep and I want-" I was saying.
" I can't tell you." He said.
" Why?" I asked.
" I just… can't." He said looking away from me.
" Yes you can!" I said getting angry.
" Picking a fight with me wont make me tell you."
" I am not trying to pick a fight." I said as I lowered my voice.
" I'm sorry I cant tell you." Legolas said sincerely.
" Fine, don't tell me. Treat me like a child. I guess that's what I am. If I cant get you to tell me then I guess I could ask Gandalf and Aragorn. Maybe they'll tell me." I said annoyed.
" Why do you want to know?" Legolas asked as I swung my bedroom door open.
" Because I know that it concerns me and the prophecy." I said looking at him. He looked shocked and upset that I knew it involved the prophecy.
" It would be better if you didn't know." He whispered. A strange look passed over him. It was a look of desperation and worry.
" I know that I may act like a child, Legolas but you don't have to father me." I said angrily.
" I'm not."
" You are."
" I am just trying to protect you." He said as he moved in the middle of the common room.
" That isn't your job, Legolas."
" Yes it is. I promised you I would protect you."
I sighed. " And I told you that such promises cant be kept."
" I don't believe that." Legolas said worriedly.
" Okay." I muttered. " I just don't see how you can't just tell me what's going on. If it involves me I have every right to know."
" I told you. I can't just tell you." He was starting to get annoyed.
" Just forget it." He was about to walk out of the common room. I ran towards to common room door and stood in front of it, blocking Legolas' way out. " Please move, Aremi."
" Not until you tell me." I said as I looked up at him.
" I cant." He said.
" Can't or won't?" I asked angrily.
" Both." He answered.
" That doesn't make sense, Legolas."
" I don't care." He tried to move me out of the way but I pushed him away from me.
" I don't want to fight with you, Aremi."
" I don't care." I answered back.
He looked displeased that I said that. He started pacing around the common room. Once in a while he would look at me and run his hands over his face in frustrations.
" I just want to know, Legolas. I'm not asking you to give me the moon." I moved away from the door and approached him.
" No, you are asking me more than that."
He ignored me and headed for the door. I grabbed him and pulled him back.
" Something happened in Helm's Deep that you are hiding from me and I want to know, now!"
" Damn it!" He screamed.
" I just want to know!"
" No you don't!" He was getting angry.
" Yes I do!" I shouted.
He just looked at me and took a deep breath.
" Legolas just tel-"
" I saw you die!" He screamed.
I was taken back. I didn't know what to say. I just kept looking at Legolas. He had tears in his eyes.
" I saw you die. You died in my arms. I couldn't stop it. I tried but I couldn't." He came to me and started to run his hands over my arms.
I didn't know what to do. I felt like was going to vomit.
" You just saw me die?" I whispered.
Legolas didn't say he just looked at me and nodded.
" I'm sorry you saw that." I said.
I couldn't stand how Legolas was breaking down in front of me. He was being like this because of me. I couldn't stand the pain and tears in his eyes. It was tearing me apart.
" Please Legolas don't worry about me. Don't worry about what might happen to me in the future. I'm here now." I said as I grabbed his hands.
" I don't know what I'll do if what I saw comes true." Legolas said as a tear escaped his eyes.
" It won't. I promise." I kissed the tear away. " I'm not going anywhere."
We both looked at each other. I brought his face closer to mine and gently kissed him. I wanted to kiss his pain and worry away. I wanted to take care of him. I didn't want him to suffer because of me. I never wanted him to suffer.
I didn't notice as I was kissing him tears slid down my face. I was happy to be with him in his arms. I wanted to be closer to him, to be able show him that I was his and was never going leave him.
Legolas pulled me away and looked down at me.
" Are you alright?" He was cleaning my tears away.
" I'm fine." I started to kiss him once again and started to lead him to my bedroom. When I felt the back of my knees hit the bed I started to remove my sweater. Legolas felt what I was doing and stopped kissing me.
" What are you doing?" Legolas asked.
" I want to show you how much I love you." I said looking at him as I sat down on the bed.
" We can't do this."
" Do you love me?" I asked him.
" You know I do."
" I want to show you how much I love you and that I will never leave you. Do you want me, Legolas?" I asked him.
" Yes but I don't want you think that you need to do this because you need to prove something to me." He said breathlessly.
" I've been wanting to do this for a while now. I love you." I grabbed his hands and pulled him to me.
" Are you sure about this, Aremi?" Legolas asked.
" I've never been more sure in my whole entire life." I whispered as I leaned back on the bed.
I felt Legolas lean in and kissed me.
" I love you, Aremi."
" I love you, Legolas."