*I do not own any of the original LOTR characters!

**Estella, Naramie, and Celestil are all mine.

Lullabies and Departures

The journey to Rivendell had taken its toll on those traveling to the house of healing. Estella led the horses to the stable while her brothers to Gilraen and Aragorn to their father. Stroking Naramie's mane, she whispered softly.

"Agorel vae Naramie," Estella whispered to her faithful horse.

Naramie had always been fast, but during the battle with the orcs she had somehow traveled faster. Naramie had taken Estella straight to Arathorn the moment the orcs surrounded him.

She had fought so hard to save him...so why hadn't she? Soft footsteps alerted her to her father's presence.

"Elladan says you are troubled my daughter," her father's soft voice broke the lingering silence.

"I could've saved him! Arathorn did not have to die as he did…by their hands," Estella seethed.

"You did all that you could, but even you know that Legolia's visions always come true. Even when she was a mere babe you sensed this about her," Elrond said.

Estella looked away from her father's worried gaze. Why did she feel so lonely and torn apart? Legolas was alive…this she knew.

But a lingering doubt spoke differently of his fate. He was alive, yes, but at what cost? What was happening to him and where was he?

"Iire lle auta Estella," Elrond asked, much to Estella's surprise. She had not expected her father to know about her plans.

"Tomorrow morning. Grandmother said to tell no one and that she would send word once I arrived. How did you find out," Estella asked.

"Everyone in this household can feel your sorrow radiate off of you as warmth radiates from the sun. I knew you would seek comfort somewhere else, but I did not expect it to be this soon," Elrond answered sorrowfully.

"There is no peace for me here father. Perhaps with grandmother I will learn to feel whole again," Estella replied. She sounded almost desperate but did not care. Walking up to her, Elrond embraced Estella comfortingly.

"We will wait for your return whenever you deem it fit my daughter," Elrond replied. He didn't want to see Estella leave, but her peace meant more to him than his own.

"Perhaps we should go inside and see if Celestil needs help preparing the evening meal," Elrond recommended, leading his daughter towards the house.

After dinner, at which Aragorn had been endlessly amazed with the different kinds of food, the family retired for the night. Gilraen, however, was having trouble getting Aragorn to bed down for the night.

"But you need to sleep love," Gilraen said.

"But I have bad dreams," the three-year-old spoke tearfully.

"They are just dreams my love, nothing can hurt you," Gilraen soothed. Aragorn continued to refuse until he saw Estella walk past the bedroom.

"'Stella," he called out. Racing from the room, Aragorn attached himself to Estella's gown.

"'Stella, Nana says I have to go to bed," Aragorn whined.

Estella took a deep breath to calm her racing heart. She still had to get used to this human child. Her fear of the human race, diminished over the years, could not be easily forgotten.

"Your mother is wise Aragorn, it is time for you to sleep," Estella smiled sweetly, picking up the small child.

"Sing me a lullaby 'Stella," Aragorn asked.

"Alright penneth," Estella said sweetly. As she began to sing Aragorn felt his eyelids start to droop.

Lay down your head
And I'll sing you a lullaby
Back to the years
Of loo-li,lai-ley
And I'll sing you to sleep
And I'll sing you tomorrow
Bless you with love
For the road that you go

May you sail fair
To the far fields of fortune
With dimonds and pearls
At your head and your feet
And may you need never
To banish missfortune
May you find kindness
In all that you meet

May there always be angels
To watch over you
To guard you each step of the way
To guard you and keep you
Safe from all harm
Loo-li, loo-li, lai-ley

May you bring love
And may you bring happieness
Be loved in return
To the end your days
Now fall of to sleep
I'm not meaning to keep you
I'll just sit for awhile
And sing

May there always be angels
To watch over you
To guard you each step of the way
To guard you and keep you
Safe from all harm
Loo-li, loo-li, lai-ley
Loo-li, loo-li, lai-ley

Estella stopped singing and handed Aragorn off to Gilraen.

She walked away to get ready for her journey tomorrow. Elrond came up to Gilraen.

"Remember that lullaby M'lady, it will serve you well," Elrond motioned to the sleeping child.

"Cannot Estella sing to him every night," Gilraen asked.

"She leaves for Lothlórien tomorrow morning. She wishes to go there and feel whole again," Elrond replied quietly. Elrond turned and left Gilraen to her thoughts.

The next morning Estella stood outside by Naramie. Her brothers and father, along with Gilraen and Aragorn, were there to wish her farewell.

"Namárië Estella, Alámenë," Elrond said. Estella nodded thanks and climbed onto Naramie.

As Estella began her journey towards Lothlórien, she wondered if she would ever find peace and truly be whole again.

Elvish used:

Agorel vae-You did well

Iire lle auta-When do you leave


Alámenë-Go with our blessings

Penneth-Young One

Songs used:

"Sleepsong" by Secret Garden