||[Jun. 10th, 2003|11:25 pm]
Title: For a Little While|
Pairing: None, really. Features Merry, Pippin, and Eomer.
Disclaimer: Not mine. Written for the ringprov challenge.
Pippin and Merry had returned to Rohan, since Merry wished to pay one final visit to the ageing King Eomer, knowing that his friend was not long for the world.
Being both old even by the reckoning of their long-lived race, the two halflings intended to continue on to Gondor and there to pass their final days, however long those days should be. Neither intended to return to the Shire, and had passed on all their belongings to their first-born sons.
And so, on receipt of Eomer’s summons, they had set out as soon as might be. They arrived none too soon, finding the King bed-bound, with only days remaining to him. Meriadoc, now Master Holdwine once again, had the chance to say his farewells, but not very much more before Eomer was beyond conversation.
The King passed away one rainy night, and was carried to the halls of the dead as soon as the appropriate preparations had been performed. It was decreed by his son and heir that the interment should take place at midnight, which seemed the most fitting hour.
The family, friends, and aides of the King followed the body to the place where it would be laid in eternal rest, including Meriadoc and Peregrin. His sword was laid at his side, following which Meriadoc stepped forward to place the tribute he had brought, in the knowledge that his friend was soon to die: a bouquet of yellow leaves and blossoms from the mallorn tree gifted to the Shire by Galadriel.
Echoing words spoken once, long before, the halfling stood and cried, “A liege and brother you were to me, for a little while”.
A few days later, Merry and Pippin left Rohan to journey to Gondor. They were never to return.