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Haldir groans, eyes ache from the low candlelight. Crumpled papers sit as proof of his incompetence. The messenger is leaving tomorrow - no other chance to send anything for months.

He reaches to grasp a nearby paper, glancing over it. He admires Elladan’s confident skill in correspondence, each containing news, adventures, and thoughts.

With each letter received, Hal finds himself caught up. He recognizes it with something akin to horror. It’s an impossible situation, more so than their unlikely friendship - something with a possibility to damage. He writes now, no hint of his struggle. He will get this right.

 
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He is pulled aside by an elf he does not know. As soon as the letter is placed in his hands, he knows the writer. He leaves as soon as possible, preferring to read in quiet and privacy - nether are present.

Now in his rooms, he smoothes out the paper. There are several pages written in a steady hand, and he settles down, next to the light. He reads quickly. Later he will go back and read through it again slowly, looking for an elusive meaning, looking for hope, as with other letters, but Elladan will not find them.

 

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