Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Lalaith would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Lalaith's Younger Years

By Lalaith

Romance / Fantasy

Chapter 1

Lalaith's Younger Years

Chapter 1

(2 centuries before the War of the Ring)

Lalaith leaned over the balustrade that edged the portico above the arched gate, impatiently seeking for some sign of the Mirkwood Elves who were to arrive today. Within her shifting hands, she held her new quiver gifted to her by her uncle Elrond, and laden with arrows, two shining knives, and a bow, similar to those carried by her dearest friend, the son of King Thranduil of Mirkwood, Prince Legolas, who was to arrive today. Yet he was not here, yet. Where was he?

"Patience, young one." A voice, soft and deep echoed behind her, and she turned smiling to see the warm eyes of Lord Glorfindel as he strode near, his golden hair flowing lightly behind him in a soft breeze as it lapped lightly along the walkway. "He will be here, soon."

"My lord." Lalaith murmured, dropping in a curtsey as she gave him a smile. "I am rather impatient, I know. But it has been several years since I have seen Prince Legolas last."

"Yes, indeed it has." Glorfindel smiled gently, stopping beside her.

Lalaith returned the smile, and turned her eyes to follow Glorfindel's gaze as he looked over the courtyard, as if he too, sought for some sign of the coming Mirkwood contingent. The years between their ages were vast, and Lord Glorfindel had seen the glory of Valinor yet by the mercy of the Valar had returned. But for some reason even she did not entirely understand, Lalaith did not feel awe at his presence as so many of the other younger elves of Imladris did. Indeed, his presence to her was comforting, almost as if he carried an essence about him that reminded her of something familiar and dear, yet long forgotten.

"It does my heart good to see you happy, young one." Glorfindel finished with a smile that turned at the corners of his eyes. "And while your heart is always merry, you seem all the more radiant whenever you are anticipating meeting Prince Legolas once again."

Lalaith smiled at his statement, and could not deny that it was so. Since she had heard from her uncle Elrond that he would be coming, she had sung through her days, dancing everywhere she went, hardly able to sit still for anything, so great had her anticipation been. But that was to be expected, was it not? Legolas was her greatest friend for as long as she had been alive. It had been his arrows, and his slender white knives that had slain the wargs and their orc riders that had meant to slay her and her mortal nurse. It was because of him that the orcs had killed only her nurse, and the answers to her past along with the mortal woman's death. She owed him her life. She had looked up to him for as long as she had known him, thinking of him as her friend, as an older brother from the moments of her first memory. And though the sight of him, especially for these past centuries had begun to twinge strangely upon the strings of her heart, she still loved him dearly. That was one thing she was and had always been certain of.

Legolas lifted his eyes to the high smiled in eager anticipation as the cool scent of the falls of Rivendell came wafting over his company of woodland Elves in welcome to their arrival. It had been over a decade since he had last come to Imladris, but it felt like more than a century.

Lalaith, his fair young friend had reached maturity many centuries before, so there would be little change in her appearance. Yet he would swear that every time he saw her, she seemed more beautiful than before. The shadow of the arching gateway passed over his head, bringing into his sight the sweeping view of Elrond's Homely House. Servants were waiting to see to his horse and the horses of his companions, and he leapt swiftly from his mount's back as his eyes lifted eagerly. Lalaith would be waiting for him, he hoped as he scanned the balustrade above him, eagerly seeking for her bright face along the porch that looked down upon the gateway. He saw Lord Elrond's two twin sons, and lifted a hand in greeting. The two male Elves returned the greeting, though theirs were drawn into knowing smirks. Legolas shook his head to himself, wondering if perhaps Lalaith's cousins guessed at the true nature of his visit. Yes, he could use the excuse that his father sent him once again as an emissary of goodwill between the Elven Realms of Imladris and Mirkwood, yet within his heart, he knew that he wished to come for one reason alone. And that reason was Lalaith.

He had known her from her infancy, for he had been the one to save her. He had slain the five wargs and orcs that had been after her and her mortal nurse, and had carried her back to his home, repeating to his parents and the astonished Elves of Mirkwood the charge the dying mortal woman had given him to return the baby to Imladris. For the first hundred years of her life, she had been but a child, as a little sister to him. But then, as all living things do, she had grown up. She had been a woman for over a thousand years now, and the friendship that had been forged the night he had lifted her tiny infant body from the arms of her dying nurse was as strong as ever. And though his feelings for her had become confused, and had remained so for over a thousand years, one thing he was yet certain of. She was dearer to him than anything or anyone he had ever known. She had always been. Her happiness mattered more to him than his own, and he would do anything to add joy to her life.

"Legolas!" A joyful cry erupted from nearer to him than he expected, and his eyes dropped to a bright figure, barefoot and clad in soft blue, flying toward him like a swift young bird, and he smiled as Lalaith drew to a breathless stop in front of him, her eyes shining with happiness, her face flushed.

"Legolas, see?" She chirped proudly, holding out something she had been carrying eagerly in her hand for his inspection.

"What is this?" He asked, his eyes flitting from her bright face sparkling with greeting to the quiver in her hand. It was laden with arrows of Imladris, and a bow, and two long handled knives peered up from the places fashioned for them to rest within when not in use.

"My quiver. Just like yours!" Lalaith announced proudly, nodding at the quiver upon Legolas' back. "A gift from Uncle Elrond."

Legolas smiled, not certain what to think. A weapon bearing maiden? He wondered within his mind. And Lalaith at that? But to see the flush of bright pride on the fair maiden's face, Legolas did not have the heart to speak his doubting thoughts. Elrond, her guardian clearly approved, if he was the one who had gifted the gear to her. And she would be a capable warrior in her own right if she were to be given the proper instruction. Though, he quelled at the thought, he hoped she would never be called upon to use such weapons against a foe.

"Now, you shall have to teach me all you know, my friend." She announced proudly, her eyes dancing with excitement. "Even my uncle admits that I am no longer a child. I am a woman now, and no longer can you deny it, Legolas."

"I cannot deny it." He agreed readily, casting his doubts aside. His heart leaped hard and fast, and he wondered at these new, exciting feelings that tumbled through his heart as he gazed upon her fair form. She had been a child once, in centuries past, but she was a child no longer. His eyes met hers, and he had forced a playful grin upon his face. "Never have I been able to deny you anything, Lalaith. You know this."

She laughed then, her bright, silvery laugh he had always loved. And his grin widened in return as she came forward to embrace him, throwing her arms around his neck as she had so many times before. His own arms went around her narrow waist, and he drew her close for a moment, his heart leaping as he felt the soft press of her youthful body against his chest, and felt her cool, quick breath against his neck. What was wrong with him?

"Come, Legolas." Lalaith offered cheerfully, drawing back far sooner than Legolas wished her to. "My uncle is waiting to see you."

"Lalaith, wait." He protested, his hand within hers preventing her from departing too quickly as he drew her back to him.

"What is it?" She asked, her eyes filled with innocent questions as he gazed down into her dear, beloved face.

He opened his mouth to speak, but nothing would come out. Instead, he drew a step closer to her, and bent his head, brushing his lips softly across her cool, smooth brow.

"What was that for?" She asked with a smile that made her eyes sparkle, and gently wrinkled her pert little nose.

"I've missed you." He finally managed to murmur.


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

CurlyRed: I read this entire book in just under 4 hours I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! i found myself emotionally attached to the characters and making personal connections that i had never experienced before while reading a book! I was constantly wanting to read more, every chapter left me on a cliff hanger tha...

Oru Manna: Within this tale is a cast of characters with intensely unique voices and personas; each one radiating their own desires so clearly, you would think they were all written by different people. Their behaviors, their speech patterns, even their thoughts are so independent of one another, it really ...

Kasei Bulloch: At the beginning I wasn't very into the story but I kept reading and was more hooked than I was with Battle of the Wills. All of a sudden I had devoured chapter after chapter then the book was over. I am dying for The Compact. Please help a girl out!

Mourn8220House: When first reading "Avarice," I thought it would be another fairytale but I was taken back the author's approach and choice of ending. There is little to be said for the story and overall plot besides the sudden twists and speculation, other than that I do not want to ruin a fantastic tale, you m...

Diyfamilygarden: This is one of the best books I've ever read! The characters, the unique love and everything else in this book is so well written that it feels like you're there! Like you can see it with your own eyes! J.K.Rowling can watch out, this fantasy book is just as good as the Harry Potter books, maybe ...

Pilleip: It is one of the most unique stories I have recently read. Kind of a mix of vampires and Dan Brown. Hours of first class entertsinment. A must read. I hope it will get a sequel and that jappens soon.

Felisa Yoder Osburn: I really enjoyed the story. Civil War stories are some of my favorites and the intertwining of the past with current times was wonderful. I look forward to reading the next stories.

263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...

BlakDreams: Wait is this over already?? I really love this story but I'm not sure, is this story already over?? Hm... if it's over I'm a kill myself cuz I loved it!! AGGHH!This story has a perfect storyline and everything I love itttt! Oh my god!

More Recommendations

annie08c: I really like this story, I can relate to it a lot and with how she feels, the boyfriend and the events that happened but I'm a little bit younger. It was really good plot, really liked how you stuck to the topic and you had a new title for every chapter making me guess what's going to happen. Ma...

staca1027: Amazing,wonderful,well written story from the very beginning it had me entranced. The characters were well written and the author gave just enough back story to make the story interesting but not so much to take it over. Can not wait for the sequel!

Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...

Jenn Deering: This is a go-to story for when you're needing a little happiness in your life. It's well-crafted, and characters are true to their show-selves. The pace is right, there are minimal grammatical errors, and the plot is fresh.

catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."