Chapter 40 reviews:
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Elrond sighed as he and his sons crossed the border into Rivendell. They have been riding at a steady pace for the last week, since there was no need to hurry. He let out another sigh as his thoughts turned from that of the road to his home. Over the last day, that was pretty much all he could think about. He couldn't help but worry over the state of his home, he didn't want to return home to find the palace burned down to the ground.
With a groan, he quickly banished the thought from his head. He shouldn't worry. He trusted both Glorfindel and Erestor with his home, and he knew for a fact that they didn't play around when they had a job to perform. That thought made him relax and he turned around on his horse to look back at his sons.
Estel was riding in the middle, with Elladan on his left and Elrohir on his right. They were riding new horses, since the ones that they had been riding had been killed in the woods while on there way to Mirkwood. Right now, they were playing around with each other and cracking jokes.
They had stayed at Mirkwood three days after the feast for Legolas. During that time, the twins had told Legolas about what they knew about being a prince, so that Legolas could have an idea of what it's like. Estel, even though he wasn't a prince, threw in his comments every now and then.
While they were doing that, Elrond had spent most of his time with Talan and Thranduil. They were still trying to do some catching up. On the last night that they were spending in Mirkwood, Elrond had sent a message telling Glorfindel and Erestor that he was preparing to return to return home. The message would have reached them in about two-to-three days, so they were aware that they were on their way home.
"Ada!" Estel called, drawing Elrond away from his thoughts. He turned around to find the young human making his way towards him. Estel pulled his horse up next to Elrond's and gave his ada a smile. "Ada? When should we reach home?"
"Well." Elrond said as he looked up at the sky. "I would say that we should reach home either early the next morning, or very later tonight."
"Why don't we just ride till we get there? I would like to sleep in a soft bed tonight." Elrohir said as he rode next to Estel.
"Can't argue with you there. I'm ready for a nice long soak in the tub as well." Elladan added as he made his way to his ada's other side.
Elrond chuckled. "Very well, but I suggest that we speed things up if we want to get there before it gets to dark!"
With that, they spurred their mounts into a gallop.
By the time they reached the palace, the sun had set and the stars were out. It was still a bit early in the night, and there were several elves walking around, talking with each other or making their way to wherever it was that they had to be.
A stable boy quickly came and took the horses away to water, feed, and brush them down. The three brothers and their ada made their way to the palace door, where they were greeted by Erestor, who was wearing his regular robes and a calm face.
"Welcome home my Lord Elrond, Elladan, Elrohir, and Estel." Erestor said with a bow of his head. "Should I fetch someone and tell them to get some baths ready?"
"Yes, please." Elrond said as the three brothers face lit-up at the mention of the word "bath."
While the boys ran off to there bath, Elrond walked with Erestor down the halls that lead to his study.
"Erestor, where is Glorfindel?" Elrond asked after not seeing the golden haired elf after a while.
"I do believe that he is in his room." Erestor said, while he hid his smile, or more like grin.
They made their way to Glorfindel's room, and once they got there, Erestor knocked once before opening the door to let Elrond in. What he saw surprised him.
Glorfindel's room was a mess. There were papers all over the place, clothes lying all over the floor, the bed hadn't been made, and sitting behind a desk completely covered with stacks of paper was a very shocked Glorfindel.
"Lord Elrond!" Glorfindel jumped out of his seat, causing one of the piles of paper to fall to the ground. "I-how-when did you get back!"
Both Elrond and Erestor raised their eyebrows. "I just now got back." Elrond answered. "Didn't you get my message?"
"Message?" Glorfindel thought back to all the papers he had read over the past week, before realizing that he had not gotten anything from his Lord. He glared at Erestor, who gave him a small smile. "No, I did not get you message."
"Now, that's not true." Erestor said as he made his way to Glorfindel's desk. "I put the letter here for you to read when you got back from training. It's not my fault if you didn't see it or buried it underneath all of this." Erestor motioned to all the papers. He dug through for a while before pulling out a single sheet of paper. "Here it is!" He handed it to Glorfindel, who quickly read through it.
Glorfindel opened his mouth to say something, but Erestor beat him to it.
"How was your trip, Elrond?" Erestor asked.
Elrond smiled. "It was quite interesting, actually."
Glorfindel opened his mouth again, but Erestor once again beat him to it.
"Is that so? Hmm, you know my Lord, I couldn't help but notice that you look far more relaxed now than the last time I saw you."
Elrond raised an eyebrow. "Really? Hmm."
Erestor nodded his head. "Why, if I were you, I would take some more vacations and leave Glorfindel in charge. He did love being in charge, didn't you Glorfindel?"
Glorfindel gave Erestor the mother of all glares and opened his mouth to say something, but this time it was Elrond that cut him off.
"I think that's a swell idea. You won't mind, will you Glorfindel?"
Glorfindel suddenly paled at the thought of taking care of the realm. Not to mention all the things that those evil papers did to him.
"Look at that! He is filled with so much joy that he can't even speak!" Erestor said with an evil smile that only Glorfindel saw.
"Well, that settles it then. I'm going to take a nice long trip to Lothlorien. It has been a while since I last went there." Elrond gave Glorfindel a smile. "I must say, Glorfindel, I'm glad that you are willing to do this."
With that, Elrond left to take his bath, leaving Erestor and Glorfindel alone.
Erestor burst out laughing. "Well, that went better than I expected." He turned to Glorfindel and gave him a smirk. "I hope you enjoy being buried in paper work!" Then Erestor left the room, leaving Glorfindel alone. This time, when Glorfindel finally spoke, the whole realm heard him.
I hope that you guys enjoy the epilogue! I hope to start my next story soon!
Bye for now!