Title: His Responsibility

Author: Sivan Shemesh

Beta: Aranel

Disclaimer: I do not own Tolkien either gaining rich of it. Quotes taken from the "Return of The King" movie.

Rate: G

Warning: None?

Summary: He has a responsibility of his own. For his peoples.

A/N: Written for Aragorn Angst Group for Prompt #130: Responsibility

Thought were racing in Aragorn mind even as he left his tent with haste.

He could still hear Théoden, clearly discouraged. "Six thousand spears. Less than half of what I'd hoped for.""Six thousand will not be enough to break the lines of Mordor," he had said, confirming the king's fears.

And Éowyn's soft mumble that still haunted him. "The men have found their captain, they will follow you into battle, even to death."

Even now, as he made his final preparations, he questioned his decision.

But yet another conversation filtered through his mind. His blood boiled at the mere recollection of those words. "There are those who dwell in the mountain."

'Is this what my lord, Elrond, wished to advise me? His reminder of who I am, what everyone believes in me – is this what he hoped I would do?' Aragorn wondered.

He fervently hoped that he would not fail anyone. This was truly the heaviest burden of his life that he now bore on his shoulders.

His responsibility, for his people's life.

"They will answer to the King of Gondor!"

"Andúril . . . the Flame of the West. Forged from the shards of Narsil."

Aragorn sighed and checked if he had missed anything.

"Put aside the ranger. Become who you were born to be."

He drew a deep breath.

He must ride into the mountains as he had a mission he knew he should do alone. Because he did not fear death. Because he loved his friends too much to compelete them to follow him to certain death.

Because he loved his people.

He had a responsibility, as their coming king, for every life among them. A responsibility that he had since he was a child. A responsibility he had always tried to run from.

Aye, his lord was right. It was time; he must become who he was born to be, he must willingly take up this great responsibility, like his father before him, and his father's father, and all the great kings of old.

Because his people needed a king.

Because they needed a king to save them now.