“Come on Legolas! It’s great fun!” The young human girl moved back and forth in front of the elf rapidly.
Legolas shook his head. “No thank you, Aerinel. I will watch only.”
Aerinel rolled her eyes and skated off. The winter had been so cold that the lake near Rivendell had frozen over and Elrond had granted Aragorn and Aerinel permission to introduce Legolas to ice skating.
The elf prince considered with curiosity the small steal blades attached to the sole of Aerinel’s boot, secured by two leather straps.
“What do you think?”
Legolas turned to see Aragorn standing beside him, his own pair of skates held loosely in his hands. “I have never seen anything like it before.” His eyes followed Aerinel as she cut patterns on the ice with the steel blades of the skates.
Aragorn chuckled. “Indeed? I thought dwelling so close to Dale you would have seen people ice skating before.”
Legolas shook his head. “Nay, my people do not show much interest in the pastimes of humans.”
Aragorn laughed as he stepped onto the ice, testing his skates. “Sure you won’t join us, Legolas?”
The elf prince nodded firmly. “Quite sure.”
Aerinel skidded to halt beside him. Her cheeks were gleaming from the bitter wind and there was a sprinkling of white snowflakes in her dark hair. “Oh do hurry up, Aragorn!” she cried impatiently, circling around her cousin.
“You are very impatient, young one,” Legolas scolded lightly, reaching out and whacking her shoulder lightly in jest.
Aerinel laughed and skated out of his reach. “Missed me!” she taunted the blond elf. Legolas made to come after her and she fled across the ice.
“You get her all hyped up,” Aragorn accused the elf.
Legolas blinked. “Who me?” he asked, feigning innocence.
“Come on Aragorn! Let’s have a race! Last one to the opposite side and back is the loser!”Aerinel pulled Aragorn out into the middle of the lake, her eyes dancing with laughter.
Together the two humans took off, skimming over the ice with glee. Legolas followed them, running on top of the snow on the bank. He could hear Aragorn and Aerinel laughing as they neared the opposite bank. Aragorn was currently in the lead, but Aerinel was close behind him.
Just at the last moment, she reached out and grabbed Aragorn’s leather overcoat, yanking him back and allowing her to pass him. “I won!” she cried in delight, grinning wickedly at her cousin.
Legolas shook his head. “You are full of mischief today, aren’t you?”
Aerinel bit her lip grinning. Aragorn skated up behind her and, with a playful growl, pushed her face first into the snowy bank.
Legolas howled with laughter as Aerinel scrambled up, spitting out a mouthful of snow. “You deserved that, Aerinel! You know you did!”
Aerinel scowled at the elf. “Just you wait,” she muttered under her breath. “Just you wait.”