Chapter Eighteen: New Additions

A/N: I am so sorry that it's taken so long for me to update, and equally sorry that this chapter's so short, but I've been really busy, and I haven't had time to right any fanfiction, as much as I'd like to. Life chose a bad time to get in the way.

Elrond sat nervouslydown the hallwayfrom the infirmary, tapping his fingers against the armrests of his chair. The sunlight fell through the window, warming his tense, ramrod-straight back.He had no idea what was going on inside and was too afraid to try to find out. A graceful hand suddenly covered his own nervous one. He looked up in surprise at Glorfindel's face.

"Calm down, Elrond," he said, smiling softly. His face seemed to glow from the sun's shine on his single long golden braid.

Elrond fitfully clasped and unclasped his hands in front of him. "How can I calm down?" he demanded quietly.

"I know you're nervous, my friend," Glorfindel told him. "It's normal. You need to get a hold of yourself, though. Celebrían will be fine."

"But how can I do it?" He fearfully grabbed the fabric of Glorfindel's sleeve. "Will I be a good father? I have no idea! I didn't have one of my own!"

Glorfindel uncurled the Elf-Lord's fingers from his shirt. "You'll do wonderfully," he assured him.

Just then, Erestor hurried in and fell panting into the chair beside Elrond. "I came as soon as I could," he gasped out.

Elrond lasped back into silence, despite Glorfindel's attempts to start conversation. He sympathetically patted the father-to-be's back while Erestor held his hand.

And so they waited.

It was past sunset when Nathariel finally opened the door to the infirmary.

"Lord Elrond?" she prompted, causing the Elves to jump. She laughed. "I'm sorry I startled you. You can come in now, my lord."

Elrond relaxed visibly. If Nathariel could laugh, then nothing bad had happened. He got up and started to follow her inside. The other Elves made a move to follow, but she gently held them back. Terrified, Elrond stumbled in, his hands fumbling against the door frame as he tried to regain his balance. The sight that met him filled his eyes with tears. He walked toward the bed and sank to his knees beside it.

Celebrían lay beneath the covers, her golden hair falling around her tired, sweaty face. In her arms lay two tiny bundles, and curled around her finger was a minute hand. The scene was the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen in his life.

"My love, you are the father of two newborn sons," she told him, her voice breathy and exhausted.

Elrond smiled, tears coursing down his face. "Two?" he asked. "You had twins?"

She smiled and nodded at him, her eyes filled with a deep love and happiness.

"Did you know and you just didn't tell me?" hecontinued.

She nodded again, too tired for words.He sat on the bed beside her, cradling her and the children in his arms as hewept for joy.

He didn't want to be anywhere else in the world at that moment, and he never wanted to leave it.

Reviewer Responses:

Saurowen: Yay! I've missed you, Saur! I'm glad you like it, and it was wonderful to hear from you.

Karushna5: I'm happy that you're enjoying it. Thank you for the review!

Malara: I'm glad you liked that scene. I enjoyed writing it. I think Celeborn and Elrond would get along well with one another. I like writing those, too, and Haldir thwacking is fun. Thank you!

Miss Piratess: Ah, I rarely make my point. I'm glad you liked it. I like both Book!Elrond and Book!Celeborn, but they got on my nerves in the movie. I had to make them look good. Go ahead and hug Erestor! He deserves it. And yes, I definitely have more in store for them! Thank you!

swee-haret179: I'm glad you liked it, and I hope I was able to help. Thanks!

Kalayna: Yes, Galadriel squealing would be a hilarious image. Thank you!

Neige: Yes, it was foreshadowing, and yes, I'm evil for it. I loved Celebrian, and I can't believe Tolkien completely ignored her in everything he wrote. However, I'm sort of glad that he did because we get to speculate on her! And Avalon enjoys words. Thank you so much!

delumacar: I'm glad you think so. Thank you!

Mirfein: Thank you. I'm glad you liked that part.

matrixelf: That's perfectly fine, I'm happy you enjoyed them, and there's an update!

pinapple cilantro: Thank you. I'm glad you liked it, and I'm also glad that you like Erestor/Nathariel. I actually did go on to explain what Elrond had done (note the icicle memory a bit later.) Thank you for the comments and helpful criticism, and I hope you continue reading this!

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Hopefully I'll be updating a bit more frequently, but things are still really hectic. Please forgive my long lack of updates, and I appreciate your patience.