Disclaimer: Not my characters; Tolkien can have them back anytime he wants. No
insult intended, no
“You are going to put down those papers, stop working and take a break.”
Glorfindel’s rather imposing
figure stood in the doorway, golden hair highlighted by fragments of light
filtering through the flimsy
curtains that kept the glare off Erestor’s desk. “It’s a beautiful day, the
weather is glorious, and you are
hiding away inside as if you expect to shrivel up on contact with sunlight.”
Erestor wrinkled his nose at the Balrog-slayer and made a ‘humph’ sound before
returning to his work.
“I’m busy,” he muttered irritably.
Glorfindel sighed and crossed the room, seating himself right in the middle of
Erestor’s papers with a
“Glorfindel,” the advisor said in a warning tone.
“Erestor,” the seneschal said in a seductive tone. “Erestor, you’re coming
“No, I am not. I have work to do.”
“Erestor,” Glorfindel tried again mildly, picking up a vase from the
windowsill, “if you do not come
outside *now*, I will upend this vase on to those papers.” He waved the
delicate porcelain object just
above the surface of the desk to emphasise.
“Glorfindel!” Erestor pushed back his chair and rose to confront the impetuous
Glorfindel grinned impishly and, stepping quickly behind the dark-haired
advisor, pinned Erestor’s
arms to his sides and steered him to the door, ignoring the flustered protests.
Outside, a heavy calm hung over everything. The plants were not merely green;
they were dazzling
emerald. Flowers that seemed to glow like uncut gemstones decorated the
grinned as he saw Erestor’s dark eyes scanning this vision of life and
contentment with more than a
“Now do you see what you were missing?” he asked, as the brown eyes alighted on
Erestor made a soft huffing noise, but walked beside Glorfindel as the
seneschal headed along one of
the grassy paths that led between cool, shady trees. “Where are you going?” he
enquired eventually, by
this point only partially successful in his attempts to sound annoyed.
Glorfindel laughed. “Somewhere that I found recently and wanted to show you.”
He pushed aside some springy honeysuckle, showering them both with pink-yellow
flowers and the
scent of honey, to reveal a tiny archway. With a flourishing bow, he waved
Erestor through ahead of
him, before following along behind.
The natural perfection of this hidden corner of the gardens took Erestor’s
breath away and drove all
thoughts of paperwork and accounts swiftly from his mind.
An ancient tree had been trained so that one of its broad lower branches grew
spreading outwards just a couple of feet above the ground. The tree bore no
blossoms, but its leaves
were large and soft, and allowed light to fall in a gentle dappling on the two
elves as they stood by the
smooth bough. Glorfindel patted the limb, smiling adoringly at his lover. “Sit.
Erestor had little choice in the matter; Glorfindel pulled the advisor on to
his lap without giving him a
change to argue. Strong, tanned fingers interlaced with slender, pale ones, and
Erestor leaned back
against Glorfindel’s chest, enjoying the way stray droplets of sun danced
across his face.
The kiss on his throat was much like another sunbeam, except that then the tip
of Glorfindel’s tongue
lapped gently at the skin under his lips. Erestor’s fingers closed on a handful
of golden hair as he pulled
his lover’s mouth to meet his own. Glorfindel tasted…like fresh raspberries and
newly picked apricots.
Delicious. His tongue duelled playfully with his beloved’s for long, blissful
Glorfindel smiled into the kiss as they separated, his lips brushing Erestor’s
just before their parting.
“Meleth,” he began, looking, for once, a little anxious.
“Yes?” Erestor asked, absently admiring Glorfindel’s eyes – they were always so
alive, the wisdom of
age counterbalanced by the joy of rebirth.
“I spoke to Elrond, and he says it is all right with him… I was hoping you
would agree to…”
Glorfindel broke off once more.
“Agree to what?” Erestor was almost laughing now, his earlier irritability
The Elda took a deep breath. “Would you like to come with me to Lake Evendim
for a few days? It
used to be very pretty, and I would enjoy it so much more if you were with me.
The irises that grow
there are shades of violet you would think impossible, and there are tiny
orchids that look like baby
honey bees…” He paused, scrutinising Erestor’s face as if unsure of what he
would see there. “No, I
shouldn’t expect you to desert your work… I’m sorry, meleth.”
“Don’t be!” Erestor chided, allowing a huge, delighted smile to spread across
his face. “It sounds…it
sounds wonderful! All the papers in the world would not be enough to make me
refuse such an
Glorfindel embraced his lover enthusiastically, covering him with kisses and
happiness. Erestor tilted his head to one side. “Well, I suppose I could take
some paperwork *with*
Glorfindel stuck out his tongue, and then swatted him.