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The First Night, by Kaylee Arafinwiel

Author:Kaylee Arafinwiel
Title: The First Night
Theme: Lyrical Love
Elements: Acrostic
Author's Notes: Helvui, in mine and Emma’s stories, is Thranduil’s toy rabbit, stitched from real brown rabbit fur and given to him at birth by Queen Felith (then-Lady Felith). He has some rather special powers of longevity and protection bestowed upon him, and seems to have a mind of his own…
Summary: On the first night as Crown Prince, young Thranduil is having a very rough night due to homesickness. Helvui decides to take matters into his own paws…
Word Count: 183 without header

Poor little Master, the forlorn rabbit weeps, his fur dampened by crystalline tears.

Ripped from the Little House, to a palace life…

Inch by inch, small fingers stroke his ears – Helvui feels torn,

Night has fallen where his Master sleeps.

Cottage where his Master’s family meant to dwell,

Enclosed in a Greenwood glade, sits alone;

The first night in over a year it has lain abandoned.

Helvui does not forget. Rabbits remember. But his Master’s adar lies not so far away.

Run, Master, Helvui whispers and Thranduil’s legs carry them from the silken chamber.

A far cry from their longed-for humble cottage, this; poor Master, Helvui frets.

Now, Helvui, Felith seems to soothe him – Master’s naneth is his own as well. Safe now.

Drawn between his adar and naneth, Thranduil’s weeping stills. He sleeps, safe…

Unknowing, but now-Aran Oropher knows. Helvui hears him – a golden warrior-Prince will rise, a King.

It is Thranduil. It must be Thranduil, and so, resigned, Oropher brought them to the palace.

Love surrounds Thranduil. Helvui knows. He loves his Master, and hopes to serve him – even as King.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 30th, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
Helvui does not forget. Rabbits remember.

This is absolutely lovely, and loving.
Apr. 30th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you Shirebound! :) Helvui is a very loving rabbit, I like to think. He was sewn with love, and that matters a lot.
Apr. 30th, 2015 06:21 pm (UTC)
Helvui does not forget. Rabbits remember.

my facourite line as well. Says it all.
Apr. 30th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I liked that line, too. :)
Apr. 30th, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
So gently they are both soothed into acceptance of their new situation.
Apr. 30th, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
Indeed Larner! Thank you :) Thranduil won't accept it right away, I'm afraid - Helvui's much easier to convince! Heh! But then, he is a very brave rabbit. *grin*
Apr. 30th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
I think it's so fun that Thranduil had a stuffed bunny! What a sweet poem.
Apr. 30th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
Helvui would like to point out he's more than 'a stuffed bunny' *grin* He's a very clever and brave rabbit. His little Master said so. :) But yes, he's very fun to write. Thank you so much!
Apr. 30th, 2015 09:21 pm (UTC)
This is very sweet.
Apr. 30th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Linda :)
May. 1st, 2015 07:16 am (UTC)
Poor Thranduil! Good for him that he has Helvui.
May. 1st, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's very good that he has Helvui. Helvui is a very good friend :) Thank you!
May. 1st, 2015 09:22 am (UTC)
Grownup's lives take twists and turns and the little ones must cope. I'm glad little Thranduil had his friend to comfort him. Very sweet.
May. 1st, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks Talullah Red! :) Yes, Helvui will always be there to help Thranduil cope with whatever life brings.

Edited at 2015-05-01 10:34 pm (UTC)
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