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Subject: Sellioore [sister spirit]

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Date Posted: 14:39:50 09/01/02 Sun

The moon rose regally till her white face appeared in the sky above the clearing to smile coldly down on him. Aralias watched its path lazily, his head resting gently on Elemmiire's flank

The sun had set some time ago but the air was still streaked with the reds and pinks of the departing monarch. Far off in the distance he could hear the claps of thunder that spoke of the storm that raged over Minas Tirith but the magic that had caused it had no power so far from the city; leaving him to enjoy the night.

He breathed in deeply, inhaling the wholesome smells of the woodland: the deep musky scent of the earth, the clinging pine. His elven ears picked up the sounds of the nocturnal animals scurrying around, happy in their ignorence of the great events that were happening around them. Oblivious.

Lemi nickered softly in his ear.
"You're not still angry with me are you?" the elf asked. "I'm sorry we couldn't stay; we never can."
The horse had apparently forgiven him and Aralias reached up to carress one of the sable ears.
"Just the two of us again, eh? "


"You miss Carenina. I'm sorry you had to leave your sellioore." A small sigh escaped him before he had time to supress the emotion.

"Why won't you tell me?"
"Because then it wouldn't be surprise." His face broke into a mischievious smile that she couldn't see.
"Don't laugh at me Aralias. You are. I can tell."
"Would I do something like that," he laughed.
She reached out a hand to hit him, but she was giggling too. "Are we almost there?"
"Almost..." he beconed slightly with one hand.
"Lia!" she exclaimed impatiently.
"Alright. You can look now."

She removed the blindfold and gasped in delight.
"Do you like her?" he found himself asking in embarressment as his sister examined the white mare.
"She's beautiful!"
"I trained her myself. I thought...well, it's your hundreth birthday so it should be something special and...you don't really have a horse of your own." He grinned foolishly as she hugged him.
"What's she called?"
"I thought I'd leave that to you."
He watched with amusement as she frowned in concentration, lines appearing in her forehead.
"Don't scowl like that. You don't want to develop wrinkles. Soon you'll start looking your age," he joked.
"Oh shut up!" she stamped her foot playfully. "I'm only forgiving you this time because you've just given me Carenina."
"Carenina? The faery city?"
"You don't like it?"
He grinned at her lopsidedly. "You haven't even heard the best part yet."
Faeirex looked up from where she had been kneeling by her horse's nose. "Oh?"
"Well it occured to me that you'll out live Carenina."
"How long did it take you to figure that one out brother dear?"
He ignored her. "So instead each new generation I will train one of Carenina's line to bear you."
He found himself being hugged furiously again. "I take it you like my present then."
"I love her." She beamed at him.
"An interesting choice Aralias" came a different voice from somewhere behind him.

Lia disengaged himself from Fae and turned to face the other. But I've done something right, he tried to tell himself. It won't happen today. But he couldn't believe it.
"Yes, very interesting. A difficult promise to live up to." His father walked over the the white horse and stroked its neck. "I don't suppose you realise this Aralias but you have just promised to spend most of your life training your sister's mounts. Don't you ever think before you act?" His attention shifted from his son to his daughter and he smiled warmly. "Happy Birthday Faeirex."
Lia felt his fists clenching but Faeirex didn't notice and abandoned him to joyfully greet her father.
"Happy birthday, Fae," he murmered as he walked away, leaving them together.

He felt Elemmiire nudge him out of his memories.
"It's alright Lemi, I'm back. Just...remembering."

His gaze was drawn once more to the beautiful visage of the moon.
"I miss you, sellioore," he said quietly.

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