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First Love

By: Donna Corbin Yontz





"When will we be there brother?" Eleana asked as she looked about the vast meadow they were traveling through. The scenery was breathtaking with all the flowers in bloom and the warm sun shining down on them from high above. It was days like these that she loved most, riding free across the open lands of Ramroth.

"We should arrive there within the hour sister. You will have your first look at the Elven city of Imeaon. I remember it clearly from my last trip there, it is a sight to behold," Elyn said as he smiled at his excited sister.

They were leading five horses to Lord Beren. It was a trade agreement he had made with the Elven Lord and he always delivered his horses personally.

Eleana had begged to be taken along and he could not refuse her. Her excitement and the wonder in her eyes were pure enjoyment for him as he loved to see her happy.

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"When will they be here?" Aya asked her father. She was excited that one of the new horses would be her very own and she looked forward to making friends with the animal.

"Patience Aya," Lord Beren said as he smiled at his daughter. She was already over a century old but her youthful excitement was refreshing.

Aya hurried over to the gates of the city and waited for any sign that the entourage would arrive. She waited for well over an hour until she became discouraged. She was just about to leave when she heard one of the guards call out, "Riders approach!"

"It must be them!" she yelled as she ran over to the courtyard and waited for her new horse.

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"There are the gates to Imeaon, Eleana," Elyn said as he pointed them out to his sister. He too was looking forward to seeing his friends again. The last few times he had traveled here, he had made good friends with the twin sons of Beren and thought very highly of them.

As they rode through the gates, they were greeted by many Elves. Elyn nodded and said greeting to Beren as he dismounted and went over to reach up for his sister.

Beren looked at the Horse Lord and smiled as he saw Elyn had brought a maiden with him.

"Lord Beren, this is my sister, Eleana," he said as he introduced her to the Elf. "These are the horses I have brought for you, my men will take them directly to the stables."

"Thank you Elyn, it is good to see you again and to meet your sister. I have the stables ready for the new horses, but one will be for my daughter Aya and I am sure she will wish to have her horse left here to make friends with it," he laughed lightly as his daughter squealed and waited to see which one would be hers.

"The one my sister was riding is the one that would best suit your daughter. She is very tame and mild mannered," he said and handed the reins over to the excited she-elf.

Eleana looked at the beautiful Elf. Her hair was long and hung way down her back, black as the night sky on a moonless night. She smiled at the Elf and in turn received one back. Her blue eyes sparkled as she petted her new horse and Eleana thought her very stunning.

"Does she have a name?" Aya asked the young blonde.

"Yes, her name is Eloesa, and she is a very good horse," Eleana said as she reached out and ran her hand along the horse's mane. "I raised her myself. I have her twin sister back home that is my very own, so although I will be sad to see her go, I can at least take comfort in knowing that she will be well loved."

"That she will be," Aya said as she hugged her new horse around the neck.

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"It seems as if your daughter approves of her new horse," Elyn said to Beren.

"Yes she does. She also seems to have made a new friend with your sister."

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