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Set in the time when Celebrian is in Imladris, trying to recover from her ordeal with the orcs.
Even now, with her spirit crying out for release, still she kept a tenuous hold on her being.
Her husband crouched over her; a desperate guardian
against the darkening days. Always, when she had the strength to open
her eyes, he was there, warding away the malevolent dreams. The healing
of his beloved wife, his soulmate, was utmost in his heart and mind.
What oceans of blame would he lay upon himself, if she lacked the strength to go on?
Their daughter was with her, through dawn till dusk, and often through the long watches of the night.
If she despaired of the beauty of Middle-earth, would her daughter wither and fade as well?
Both their sons rode with the Dunedain, determined
to wreak their fury on those who had trespassed against their mother,
descending into a spiral of mad self-destruction.
If the call of the West grew too great to resist, would the fragile hold on their sanity be shattered?
Imladris was strong. Imladris would endure her
passing. She was but one elleth. One leaf on a tree. Her family could
Yet every time her husband’s despairing eyes met
hers, every time her daughter caught hold of her hands as though to
keep her from slipping away, every time her sons came back and she
glimpsed past their crumbling façade of control…
Even now, with her spirit crying out for release, it
was her family who needed her, her family who kept a tenuous hold on