Chapter 4:

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 4


The next morning, Orophin marched into the boarding house, looking for Lúthien; his mind was whirling from wondering what kind of half-breed he had let into his home. He could hear the giggles of the new girls or the girls that remained from the ball. Even for an elf, he was considered good-looking.

Mid-way through the grand hall of the boarding house, Orophin heard quiet footsteps to his right. He glanced at Lúthien as she walked towards him.

“I assume you’re here to find out what kind of elf Tári is?” she asked. Orophin gawked at her in disbelief.

“How did you know-“, Orophin started, Lúthien’s soft laughter cutting him off. Her soft auburn curls bounced against her collarbone.

“I know what half-elves look like, even if the other parent is unconventional like a dwarf or Halfling,” she said. Orophin’s stood straight, glaring at the woman. Lúthien saw the look on Orophin’s face and raised an eyebrow. Orophin took a step towards Lúthien and leaned towards her.




Tári walked around the beautiful palace that was placed in the high canopies. She wondered how Orophin had gotten the palace to stay secure in the delicate branches without the branches breaking.

Through one of the halls of the palace, Tári saw a painting out of the corner of her eye. She looked up and saw a painting of a beautiful woman. Who is she? Tári thought. She heard soft yet clumsy footsteps behind her.

“ I see you’ve noticed Ireth. Such a shame,” Celebriän said. Tári turned around and gave her friend a confused look. Celebriän sighed and continued.

“Ireth was the only one Orophin loved. She loved no one, except for Orophin’s power. She wanted no ties to any man; she only wanted to play around with everyone’s emotions. When she realized she was pregnant, she jumped from the trees, killing her and the baby. Now, Orophin does exactly what Ireth did,” Celebriän said. Tári’s eyes filled with tears at the story. She felt sorry over the waste of all three lives. She may be able to leave a good impression on Orophin.

“Don’t even think about trying to even remotely change him. People have tried and only gotten hurt,” Celebriän said as she walked away. Tári sighed. She would try, no matter what the cost.





Orophin came back to the palace, disgusted at the breeding of his ward. Half dwarf? That was against the social laws of the elves, a taboo. However, if that certain half-breed was born before the law was past, the parenting couple would be under no scrutiny. However, the half-breed’s life would be hard; constant taunts and name-calling by full-breeds would happen all their life.


Tári escaped the fate of those laws. She was just old enough to escape.

Submitted: October 22, 2013

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