48. To Have And To Hold

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We went out again and stood in front of the white tree. Legolas gazed at me with amusement swimming in his eyes.

"Why, my love, do you want to marry me all of a sudden?"

"Don't you want to marry me?"

"Aye, I do. Very much," he said, his eyes still twinkled with humor. "But I didn't expect you to respond to my request so quickly."

"Is there a problem?" 

"Yes. You are still not fully healed," he said matter of factly.

"I'm sure you will be gentle with me," I muttered and blushed.

Legolas brushed my cheek tenderly. His eyes softened and he shook his head lightly.

"Tell me. Why now, all of a sudden?"

"I don't know," I answered lamely, though it was the truth. "When I saw you laugh and so happy back then... Somehow it just felt right."

Legolas leaned down and kissed me lovingly. 

"Oh, Leane. Melleth nin," he said in a low tone. "I should laugh more often then," he whispered after he broke the kiss.

I smiled and pecked his lips. "Seeing you happy like that is a view to behold."

Legolas smiled warmly and pulled me to his chest. To my surprise I could feel his heart thumping against my ears and sent my breath hitched inside my throat.

"Are you sure you really want this?" he asked softly.

"Yes, I am sure," I replied without skipping a beat.

"Are you sure it isn't the ale talking?"

"I'm not even drunk..."

Legolas bored his piercing eyes at mine before nodding. "You still have the ring, love?"

I smiled and patted my hip, where the rings were securely kept in the secret pocket in my baby blue dress.

My heart raced inside of me and I felt my breathing uneven as Legolas took my hands and brought them to his lips.

He softly and silently linked my arm in his and guided me back to my room in silence. Once we arrived at my door, he opened it and motioned for me to enter first with a shy grin. I entered the room, returning his smile and my insides made a flip in my stomach.

I stared at Legolas' form. He was closing and locking the door in our room. His silky, flaxen hair fell perfectly around his lean and muscly back. I was studying him intently when he turned his face at me. 

He smiled softly at me and for some moment none of us move. We drank in each other's company there in the faintly lit room as the amber color from the candle in the lamp danced on the wall.

Legolas took the first step forward towards me and I mirrored his movement, taking out the box of the ring and held it with my both hands.

We gazed at each other and smiled shyly. Happiness and nervousness emanated off of Legolas and I was relieved to know that I was not the only one feeling nervous. I grinned as he opened the lid of the box in my hand, revealing two intricate gold wedding rings.

Legolas' hands touched the rings lightly before his hands brushed mine and led me gently to sit on the edge of the bed with him, placing the box between us.

He took one of the smaller rings from the box and held my left hand, kissing my knuckle. I beamed with joy.

A shine glinted in Legolas' piercing blue eyes that gazed at me, heavy with love and sincerity as he smiled.

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