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Estel's Encounter in the Woods

Author: rosethorn59

Halloween Story; mystery, suspense, angst, supernatural, horror, H/C. O/C

Estel, Elrond, Elladan, Elrohir, and Gilraen

Rate: T

I dedicate this tale to my mother, with love.

Summary: A story of teenage Aragorn taking a, short, horrific trip to the woods , and discovering some things about himself...and life in general...

Disclaimer: Not my characters. Everything belongs to Tolkien, except my story.

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It was just turning dusk in the Woods near Rivendell as Estel slid down from his horse; landing on the hard, cold ground. He was exhausted and in very stong need of a break from riding. It was late fall and much colder in the Misty Mountains. There had been a light drizzle most of the day; an icy wind that seemed to seep right through the man's bones, making him stiff and sore.

Aragorn rubbed down his horse, giving it some needed , wanted, and necessary attention. it also kept his mind off the cold for a few minutes. He could see his breath, and it was very near dusk. The young man, Estel, stretched, yawned, and sighed. He knew it would be another cold night and he dreaded that thought. A light mist was rolling in around him, but at least the rain had stopped. One small blessing, he thought.

There was something odd about this night. It was very cold, but not just from the weather and he could not figure out what it was. But it gnawed at him, almost clawed at him, and frightened him. It made him very unsettled and alert.

This chapter is very short, but they will get longer, I assure you...

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TBC