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The Choices of a Father by Vicki Turner


Happiness/Unhappiness

Rated: G
Summary: Elrondís POV on Aragorn and Arwen.





They both love me still. They do not hate me for my choice yet they are frustrated. When ever one of them thinks about it while Iím around, I can feel their accusing stare, their questioning of my love for them.

Alas, my children, I love them with all my soul, the daughter of my flesh and the son of my heart. Their happiness is my life longing, but they believe I am taking that away.

Do they not know I would never willingly give them pain? I have experienced so much of it in my life it is the last thing I want for my children. I want her to have a spouse that wonít be torn away from her. I do not want him to choose between providing for his wife or his duty to march off to war. If I let them marry now, that shall surely happen.

Heir of Elendil, son of Arathorn, my Estel, you are ignorant of how much I love you. You dwell upon the condition that I would only let Arwen marry you, yet do you not know if any of your ancestors asked for her hand I would outright deny it? Even if he single handedly defeated Sauron I would not hand her over, but for you I would. I love you, Aragorn.

Arwen, my daughter, please realize that I may deny you this joy temporarily, I can see farther than you. I do not torment you with the restriction that Aragorn must be King before you wed, but I protect you. Aragorn will not be truly happy unless Sauron is defeated and you at his side. If this happens, as much as it hurts me, I would let you follow the fate of Luthien and my beloved twin. Both of your happiness I put before my own, but if you bind with Aragorn now and he died in this war, you would have chosen the fate of mortality for naught and forever be separated from the others you love.

I do not regret my decision concerning this; I regret I cannot tell you the reasons because you would not accept them. I regret that you doubt my selfless love for both of you, but in the end, your ultimate happiness will be worth my anguish now.

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