Author: Linda Hoyland
Book/Source: LOTR book-verse
Disclaimer - These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain.
Life or death within my hands. It has ever been so at the point of a sword. The choice then was easy, kill or be killed.
I have been a healer almost as long as I can remember, but the Elessar has raised my powers to new heights.
Should we triumph in battle, the path to throne lies clear before me. One man, though, might thwart all my desires, this very man I am called upon to save!
He lies before me, helpless, and unaware of how his fate is linked to mine. I could walk away, claim I am too weary, or lack the power the aid him. I could insist on saving my friends first, by which time it would be too late.
The way before me lies clear, as clear as when I could have taken the Ring. Two paths lie before me: one expedient and one right. A wrong choice would destroy me, and everything I have strived for over these long years.
I grasp Faramir’s hand and call for athelas. Whether or not, he accept me as his King, or reject me as my longfather was rejected by his, must be his choice, not mine.