Title: Disparaging Tales

Author: Sivan Shemesh

Beta: rosethorn59

Disclaimer: Not mine, but my plot bunny.

Rate: K+

Warning: Angst/friendship. AU.

Synopsis: Gimli and Legolas had enough!

"'Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.'"

The Hobbit, Chapter 19


Gimli smiled at the beauty that was Fangorn Forest; by its' dropping apples on him, or gesturing him with the branches of the trees. He didn't even use his axe, overcoming his fear of the trees of the forest.

Legolas sighed in relief knowing that he succeeded and hoped that his friend would not forget to show him the beauty of his home.

"Gimli?" Legolas faced his friend as a thought crossed his mind, and he hoped that his friend would not reject what he said.

"Yes, Legolas?" Gimli asked, as his eyes sparkled and he had a smile mark on his face.

"What will you say if we let our fathers talk about the past, while I show you the secret paths of my homeland?" Legolas asked as he stared at his friend.

"I say that it is time for them to get along as I have heard enough of the tales that have been told about each year that I have grown," Gimli replied. Still smiling, he added, "What can I do?"

"Send a message to your father to meet you at Gladden Fields, at the point of the Gladden River on the fifth day at sunset. By then we should have made an appearance, and I will love to see how my father will react to you, my friend," Legolas replied as his blue eyes sparkled by the amusing thought. And he was pleased to see that he was not alone in it, as he too had had enough of his fathers' tales about the dwarven race and all.

Gimli smiled as he could not wait for the meeting, as there is more than meets the eye; as they had faced danger, death and more in the quest. So this would be nothing compared to what they had dealt with before.