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The next few weeks passed in a blur to me. I spent many hours with Vanmoriel and when she was not by my side I craved her presence. She was intoxicating to me and clearly I was something to her if she wanted to continue to be in my presence.
However, those few months came to an abrupt end when my father announced that we would be leaving to return to Mirkwood. An Elvish visit was very long and we had nearly outdone our stay. Something inside me told me that my father knew of the severity of my situation and allowed our visit to continue for solely my account.
As I was entering my rooms after spending an afternoon with Vanmoriel horseback riding around Imladris my father fell in behind me. "Legolas, I would speak with you if you have the time."
"Of course, Ada," I replied, sitting on the edge of my bed. My father sat on a chair in the corner of the room arranging his elegant robes around him.
"Legolas, I mean to leave next week. I can no longer impose upon Elrond by having all three of us here," he said simply.
I nodded my head. I had known that day would come since the day I met Vanmoriel. It had been looming ever presently since I had gotten to know her in our time together. It pulled at my heart to think of leaving when I knew I did not want to be anywhere but by her side. There was something about the elleth that set her apart from any other woman I had ever known. Perhaps it was that she didn't give much thought to what others thought of her or perhaps it was her general love of life. Whatever it was, I was almost certain that I could not live without it.
I sat in silence for a moment. The time had finally come to make my crucial decision. I had been wrestling with it in my mind for days. Would I return home and perhaps keep in contact with Vanmoriel or could I stay in Rivendell and pursue the unnatural attraction I had to the woman. I looked at my father for a moment.
"I wish to stay here if that is alright with you," I said quietly.
It appeared that I didn't need to explain myself. "Of course, my son. Take all the time you need." My father stood from his seat and for the first time in a long time came over to me and kissed me on the forehead. I smiled up at him before he left wordlessly.
I sat in my room and thought for a good while that night. I didn't leave until the sun rose the next morning, red and glorious, bringing in the new day. How would I explain myself to Vanmoriel? Why did I stay longer than my brother and father? I did not want to put her off or scare her away, but I couldn't leave without getting any sort of closure for our current situation.
I finally cleaned myself up and mustered up the courage to speak to her. I found her having breakfast with Arwen.
"Vanmoriel, I would speak with you when you are through here," I said quietly.
She smiled brightly up at me. "Of course. I shall meet you in the garden."
I went outside and wandered the paths around the fountains. It was an exquisite day. I prayed that it was a good omen; that Vanmoriel would understand where I was coming from and hopefully that she would be in accordance. I couldn't breathe just thinking about the pending conversation. My palms were sweating so profusely that I had to wipe them on my leggings.
"Legolas," I heard my name being called softly. I turned to see Vanmoriel coming towards me. She was as radiant as ever in a soft blue dress. My stomach dropped as I looked at her, in all her beauty.
"Are you alright?" She reached out and took my hand with hers. "Legolas!" She exclaimed. "Your hands are sweating terribly! What's wrong?"
I took a deep breath. "I'm only nervous."
"Nervous? About what?" Vanmoriel looked at me exasperatedly when I didn't answer immediately. "Legolas, you're making me nervous. Please tell me what is going on."
"Alright." I sat down and pulled her down next to me. "My father and brother are leaving Imladris soon."
I noticed a sadness that passed over her face. In that instant I thought that there might be hope for me; that she might want to me stay with her for a while a longer.
"Unfortunately, I am not quite ready to leave." I looked down at her. "I would like to stay here with you for a while longer."
"Really?" A soft smile graced her beautiful features once more.
"If you will have me," I responded giving her hand a squeeze.
"Of course I will." She laughed, relieved. "I was actually thinking that it might time for you to depart soon and I was absolutely dreading the thought. I do not know what it is about you, but I do not want to be away from you. I have spent my whole life away from you and that was long enough."
Vanmoriel was simply beaming at me and my heart soared.
"Melleth (love), you took the words from my own mouth." I had to laugh at how relieved I was. A weight was lifted off of my shoulders.
My next task would be asking Elrond for his permission to stay in Imladris while I continued to court Vanmoriel. I decided better late than never and went that same afternoon.
I knocked softly on the door to his study where Elladan had told me he would be. I don't know which conversation I had been more nervous for.
"Come in," his stern voice called out.
I pushed the door open. "Good afternoon, Elrond."
"Can I do something for you, Legolas?"
Again, I took a deep breath. "As you know, my father and brother are planning to leave soon."
"I was hoping you might allow me to linger a while longer," I trailed off.
"Is there a particular reason that you would like to stay here in Imladris?" Elrond hadn't even looked at me. He was too busy with whatever he was writing.
"Well yes. I have been courting Vanmoriel Alyanian. We both want me to stay here because of our affection for one another and you know it wouldn't be fitting for me to take her away from Imladris and her family just yet," I said all in one breath.
Elrond finally looked up. "How can I say no to young love?" He actually slightly smiled at me. "Stay as long as you wish. You are always welcome in Imladris."
I let out my second sigh of relief of the day. "Thank you so much, Elrond."
"I hope everything works out for you, my young friend."
A month later I was standing at the entrance to Imladris saying goodbye to my father and Calanon. Vanmoriel was at my side, her fingers twined through mine. I stepped forward and clasped Calanon's forearm. "See you soon, little brother." I smiled and received my hug from Ada.
To my surprise after hugging me, instead of getting on his horse, Ada walked over to Vanmoriel and gave her a gentle hug as well. "I hope to see you soon, Vanmoriel."
"As do I, my lord," she responded politely. My heart was near to bursting at the interaction between my father and Vanmoriel.
Calanon and Ada mounted their horses and I raised my hand in farewell and watched them depart. Soon after they were gone Vanmoriel and I retreated into the Last Homely House to see where my stay would take us.
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