Pranks Abroad

Chapter 3

A/N Thank-you to everyone who viewed and left a review. I do not own any of the characters of Middle Earth only my own OCs

Later the next morning Haldir, Rumil and Orophin were all very nervous as they were now at Galadriel's and Celeborn's talan. One of their lord's personal guards had arrived at the brothers' talan declaring that they were being summoned and were to come immediately. They could only assume that last night's prank had worked and they were going to be punished. Poor Haldir couldn't even look at his younger brothers' faces for fear of being tarred and feathered and skewered right then and there.

"We told you that his was a very bad idea Haldir! Didn't we? Now look at where your prank has landed us!" Rumil viciously spat at his older brother.

"Yeah, what ever happened to "Oh I promise this time we won't be caught", Orophin mocked.

"Hey! No one forced you to do this, you could have both bailed out any time but you two chose to come along and partake of this prank. Besides we both know who ratted us out and if it's the last thing I do I will make Sogrion suffer worse than when he suffered with the itching powder!" Haldir said through gritted teeth and his fists balled up.

Suddenly the doors opened and a tall silver haired elleth Lenhel came out. "The Lady Galadriel and Lord Celeborn will both see you now."

Haldir and his brothers bowed and slowly entered the room with Lenhel watching with dreaded remorse on her face. Eru only knew what was to become of everyone beloved and most respected Marchwarden. Although she had to admit that this was probably the best prank that Haldir had pulled off and she had seen quite a few of his pranks. Lenhel had to stifle a laugh at the memory of last night or risk being punished as well.

As the door closed behind them they gulped at the sight before them. Their sat before them with emotionless faces were the once beautiful and noble Galadriel and Celeborn. Instead of lush silver and gold hair and fair faces, were the lord and lady who were now deep purple and bright neon green from the tops of their heads to the bottom of their toes. Not to mention it looked as if Lord Celeborn was nursing a horrid hangover from the Dorwinion wine that Haldir had swapped with Celeborn's original wine. Maybe the wine wasn't such a good idea after all Haldir thought to himself.

"Come forward you three, now." Galadriel said with a low stern voice which only indicated that she was beyond angry and had to use great restraint to not throttle her wardens.

As the three slowly came forward Galadriel arose and also came forward. "My lady." Haldir said while bowing. "Please…"

"SILENCE!" Galadriel boomed. Haldir fell silent at once and lowered his eyes. He hated being at the receiving end of his lady's wrath. He would much rather be facing a horde of Uruk-hai. "I want to know which one of you was responsible for this…this atrocious incident last night."

Haldir knew he had to take full responsibility for this. It was his idea and as he was the eldest he should have set an example for his younger brothers. He couldn't allow Orophin and Rumil to be punished for his prank. So with all the courage he could muster Haldir came forward. "I am my lady. This was my idea and I am the one who set it in motion. My brothers had nothing to do with this."

Celeborn now stood and came swiftly forward with as much grace and dignity as he could to stand by his wife. As Galadriel held his hand she started again. "Be as that may be Haldir they still followed you and partook in this prank even if it was you who was the mastermind behind it. Therefore, the three of you are to be punished like never before."

They all gulped and began to tremble. Orophin looked as if he was going to kill his brother. Rumil just looked as if he was going to be sick. Being punished by Galadriel was bad enough but if Celeborn was to be a part of this it would be three times worse. He wished that the ground would open up and swallow him.

After a minute Celeborn finally spoke, "Therefore as a suitable punishment the three of you will take over the duty of cleaning the bathrooms, doing the laundry and then making beds at which point in time you will then go to the armory and polish all the armour and swords. This will be your punishment for six months."

"SIX MONTHS!" They all shouted in unison.

"Yes six months." Galadriel repeated. "It will take six months for this dye to be completely gone, so your punishment will last until then. In the meantime you three will be relieved of your duties of patrolling the borders until the six months is up."

The three started to protest but upon the threatening look of Celeborn and Galadriel they quickly shut up. "As you wish my lady, my lord." They said with a slight bow of the head.

"You may be excused. And let this be a lesson to you to stop and think before pulling such an act. Oh and Haldir, please return the key to my study until I feel you are worthy enough to keep hold of it." Celeborn sternly said to his Marchwarden.

Haldir handed over the key feeling nine inches tall. "Forgive me my lord. This will not happen again." They then turned and left.

Just then Lady Galadriel got a look on her face that her husband knew only too well. "What are you thinking meleth nin?"

Galadriel chuckled, "We are going to make sure that they never play another prank as long as they live." Galadriel responded.

Celeborn was confused. "Isn't punishing them like this enough to deter them?"

Galadriel looked at her husband with wide eyes, "Are you serious? You would have thought that last time they would have learned their lesson and look at us." She said while gesturing to them.

"Please, don't remind me, if I ever see the color purple again it will be too soon. So what do you have in mind?" Knowing his wife and the way her mind worked he almost started to feel sorry for their wardens…

Lady Galadriel whispered in his ear the plan she had and all he could do was laugh. "My dear you are a genius!"

"I know." She responded. "They will never know what hit them."

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