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Oath on a Starry Night (A Silmarillion Tale) Ch 2
While it vexed that she had to re-immerse herself in water when she'd just come from the lake, the warmth of her bath was a welcome change to Altáriel. Now she sat in front of her vanity, gazing at her reflection in the mirror, and she smiled softly at what her likeness revealed as she set about drying her hair. Her eyes, blue as the ocean, came from her mother. But the rest of her features – from her arched eyebrows to the noble shape of her profile – she'd gotten from her father, Finarfin. Indeed, as she grew up, Altáriel found it quite perplexing that she resembled the house of Finwë more than she did the house of Olwë. It was the former whom she and her family were visiting now. Such reunions occurred nearly annually – at least, when she was not visiting her mother's kin – and were certainly not lacking in either numbers or reputation.
Finwë's wife, Indis, and their two daughters, Find
Oath on a Starry Night (A Silmarillion Tale) Ch 1
*Read author's notes at the bottom first.*
At the same time a great splash erupted from the lake, so too did a carefree laugh from the lips of a young Elf maiden. As the cool and refreshing water showered down around her, she took a moment to flip her shimmering, pale-blond hair from her face, just in time to see another darker-haired young woman come up just behind her.
"Altáriel wins again!" the fair maiden declared victoriously. For emphasis, she flipped her arms and kicked her legs in a backstroke – only to halt when she found herself immersed in a warm, bright light. That could only mean one thing – Laurelin was in full bloom. And with that realization, Altáriel sighed in contentment, allowing the water to carry her adrift in what may as well have been a sea of gold. Few things felt as natural to her as being in water. Uinen, the Lady of the Seas herself, had taught her
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