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Until We Meet Again by Amy Fortuna

Author: Amy Fortuna
Title: Until We Meet Again
Rating: G
Theme: Family Reunion
Elements: 377 words
Summary: Finrod and Bëor part at Bëor's death, but it is not forever.
Word Count: 377



"Please, my lord, you have to let me go," Bëor whispered. "I have served you well and faithfully these last forty years. You have been my lord, my friend, my family, but the time has come for us to part."

Tears flowed freely from Finrod's eyes, pouring down over his face in what almost seemed a steady stream. He clutched at Bëor's hand, which was wrinkled and frail now.

"I don't understand this at all," he said, voice catching. "You have taken no hurt, you are not ill, and yet you will die and depart where no one knows?"

"I am weary," Bëor said. "Only one kind of sleep can heal it. But I will make you a promise, dear lord." He looked up, meeting Finrod's eyes. "When the day comes of your Doom, I will meet you there. I will wait for you, and together we will go to those mysterious Halls you have spoken of. I cannot linger forever, but I will linger long enough for you."

Finrod leaned down and brushed a kiss across Bëor's forehead. "Then I will face my fate, however dark, without hesitation, knowing that you await me, whatever it may be."

Bëor raised a hand and gently stroked Finrod's cheek. "Farewell, my lord Finrod, until we meet again." Finrod caught Bëor's hand, pressing a kiss to it. Bëor smiled, and then his hand fell away, limp, at his side. He closed his eyes, and breathed a final, drawn-out, breath.

Finrod laid his head down against Bëor's breast, and wept until all the tears were gone.

Years later, Finrod lay dying in the darkness of Tol Sirion, Beren weeping at his side. He breathed farewell, even then doubting Bëor's words to him long ago, but when he at last closed his eyes a strong arm raised him up.

"Did I not promise you we would meet again?" Bëor said, a smile lighting up his face.

"I was wrong to doubt," Finrod said, "but alas, now we come to a second parting, for the fates of our kindreds are apart."

Bëor's smile did not falter. "A second parting, yes, but there will also be a second reunion. Farewell, my lord, once more, but only for a time. For a little while."

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dreamflower02
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:32 pm (UTC)
I like this so much!

I've always liked Finrod, of all the First Age Elves, who had the courage to befriend mortals in spite of the heartache it would bring him. Like Legolas later on, he was brave enough to trust his heart in spite of it getting broken.
starbrow
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:41 am (UTC)
Thank you! Finrod is one of my very favourites, and I think his friendship with Bëor must have profoundly affected him - it echoes all the way down to Barahir and Beren.
engarian
Jul. 21st, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
I love the concept of the second reunion.

- Erulisse (one L)
starbrow
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! Me too, it has to happen, it's the ultimate eucatastrophe!
hhimring
Jul. 21st, 2016 09:07 pm (UTC)
That is heart-warming--the thought that Beor was there for him again, at the time of his death--and that other reunion still to come.
ETA: Oh--and also found family--even across that divide!

Edited at 2016-07-21 09:08 pm (UTC)
starbrow
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! I have a little bit of dialogue in my head that doesn't really fit in this story where Elrond is speaking with Finrod after arriving in Valinor (of course leaving Arwen behind) and he says, "Far more than just hands have touched in the dark between Elves and Men now, and you see before you the result of it. Now tell me: what hope do you have that our sundered family shall meet again?" and Finrod basically tells him the story above. :)
hhimring
Jul. 24th, 2016 10:26 am (UTC)
Oh, I like that idea, too!
shirebound
Jul. 21st, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful.
starbrow
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
marta_bee
Jul. 22nd, 2016 04:04 pm (UTC)

Powerful, and beautiful! Nicely done.

lignota
Aug. 2nd, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
This is very moving.
blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)
I love that Finrod now knows that Beor's words were true, and he remained faithful. I suspect many of the Eldar found themselves envying the ability of Mortals to set aside their weariness and go onward when the time came.
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