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Hidden Darkness

by Cheysuli

Warnings: AU
Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JRR Tolkien. No money is being made and no copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: After the Quest. Legolas is unaware that he and Gimli are the target of a madman.

"Crazy Elf, what do you think you are doing?"

Legolas froze and slowly turned to face the angry dwarf. Gimli was sitting in a soft chair next to an empty bed and was glaring at the blonde elf. Legolas sighed. Gimli had been asleep only a moment ago and Legolas had hoped to escape the room unnoticed. Unfortunately, it seemed Gimli had not been as deeply asleep as he had hoped.

"Well?" Gimli asked again, when it seemed as if Legolas' attention had slipped. He was angry, but was also worried about the elf.

"I have work to do, Gimli," Legolas answered, looking longingly at the closed door. "The gardens-"

"Can wait," Gimli interrupted. The dwarf stood and walked towards his friend. "You need to rest, Legolas," he said, placing his hand on the elf's back and gently pushing him back towards the bed.

Legolas frowned and moved away from the dwarf, moving again to the door. "I am not tired."

Gimli swung around and placed himself between his friend and the room's only exit. He glared up at the tall elf, but his expression softened when he saw the fatigue in his friend's face. "Legolas," he said gently, "Ever since the War ended, you have worked non-stop to restore Gondor's gardens. You are exhausted." He frowned, suddenly remembering something. "And when was the last time you ate?"

Legolas cocked his head, thinking. "I….I don't know, Gimli. I guess I forgot."

"Forgot?" Gimli shook his head. "Only an elf would forget to eat." He stared worriedly at Legolas, who seemed about to fall asleep on his feet. He took the elf by the arm and once again tried to lead him to the bed. "You need to slow down, Legolas. Do you remember what happened this afternoon?"

Legolas tried to get his tired mind to focus and didn't protest when Gimli helped him sit on the bed. He remembered being in one of the palace gardens, trying to decide where to put the plants his father had sent from Mirkwood, and then….nothing. He shook his head and let Gimli push him down so he was lying on the bed. "I don't know, Gimli."

Gimli pulled the blankets over his friend and made sure Legolas was comfortable. "You collapsed, Legolas. One of the guards found you unconscious in a garden." He took a deep breath and smoothed Legolas' hair away from his face. "You gave me quite a scare."

Legolas closed his eyes, finally realizing how tired he actually was. "I'm sorry."

Gimli smiled and kissed Legolas on the head. "Get some rest, Legolas. I'll be right here." He smoothed Legolas' hair and laughed quietly when he realized that the elf was already asleep.


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