29 March 2009 @ 07:54 pm
B2MeM Prompt 23: Greatest Sacrifice  
Double drabble; Elwing, Elrond, Elros, and Maglor; PG.

Pandemonium might recognize this-- it's a flashback from my Maglor novel, written from Elrond's POV instead of Maglor's.

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Mother looked at us and then down at the brilliant jewel she held. After fastening the necklace around her neck, she knelt, drew us into a hug, and kissed each of us on the top of our heads.

She released us, standing up, and led us outside, into the smoke and confusion, heading to the dock. I heard metal clanging against metal, and squeezed Elros’ hand tighter. Mother looked over her shoulder and directed us to hide in a nearby tangle of ropes and nets. We did so, and then saw her run to the end of the dock. Someone with red hair rushed passed our hiding space, followed someone with black hair carrying a bloody sword. Elros gripped my arm even tighter than I had squeezed his hand. But we couldn’t help but cry out when Mother jumped. The Elf with black hair spun around, sheathing his sword when he spotted us. He walked to us, kneeling down, but swiftly moving aside to show us a white bird flying away from us with the Silmaril.

Softly, he said, “Look-- your mother lives still. But you have no one to take care of you now. Will you come with me?”
 
 
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whitewave16: 3rd Kinslaying to War of Wrathwhitewave16 on March 30th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
I never could understand Elwing's choice, maybe someday I will. I liked the part where Maglor meets his foster sons. ;-)
Independence1776indy1776 on March 31st, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
One of these days, we may…

*grins* Thank you.
surgicalsteelsurgicalsteel on March 30th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
Elwing's jump always bothers me a bit. I know she has other reasons, but it just always feels odd to me that she'd abandon her children - unless she was counting on the Feanorians to be merciful (in which case, why jump)?

But I like Maglor's kindness.
Independence1776indy1776 on March 31st, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
It's bothered me as well, and I've never been able to rationalize it. She kept a jewel, but left her children. Frankly, if she would have just turned it over, she would have *prevented* the Third Kinslaying, which the previous one caused her to want to keep the Silmaril! She had to have known the Fëanorians would come, so it *really* makes no sense.

Thank you! :)
beruthiels_cats on March 30th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Love how you've captured the intensity of this moment in so few words...beautiful!
Independence1776indy1776 on March 31st, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D
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