Oh, brilliant, you posted it here! After you mentioned Legolas missing a shot, I had made a note to find it again! It's been so long I had read it that I only remembered the turtle, so it was a real treat to read it again.
I liked the idea of having a race as an on-going theme between Elrohir and Legolas and how it leads to the turtle becoming the link between them. It was heart-breaking to follow Legolas through all the obstacles that prevented him from meeting Elrohir before he sailed, only to find out his lover has forgotten him. No! Then, this: "If Elrohir was this happy, he could not but be as happy for him, even if it doomed him to infinite pain." I was almost in tears for our poor Legolas.
Funny that I remembered the turtle but couldn't work out who the other elf was, despite a clue or two you gave us. You have this ability to always end a story in some unexpected and clever way.
It's a great love story. I'm happy to have rediscovered it! :o)
Author's Response: After talking with you about it, I remembered I hadn't put it here yet and thought it enough time had passed it might seem new again. lol Thanks for reminding me of it and thanks for your comments. I was mean to Legolas in this one but I think he was properly rewarded in the end this time. Patience is virtue after all. I sometimes plan on writing sequels to some of my stories and never seem to get around to it. This is one I'd like to do someday. I'm glad you liked that part about Legolas being happy for Elrohir. It's tough, but I could see him being that kind of guy. And I'm also glad you like the little twist at the end. I always try to do something unexpected.
Beautiful story Igbee. I hadn't read this one before so glad to encounter it now. Legolas and Elrohir is such a good pairing. Loved the poem at the beginning. You're so good at that. Such a good balance of humor, sweet love-making, and action. Liked the turtle too and how it kept coming back as a reminder of patience. "He says only a fool would confuse age with wisdom."
Especially liked the lovely wordsmithing in this passage:
"Sometimes I wish I had sailed as soon as the war was over. The longing takes me at unexpected moments and is so strong it consumes me. Sometimes just the smell of rain or the crying of a heron along a riverbank makes me think of the great water and my longing is… I cannot describe it but it makes my spirit feel like a bird flying in the rain, soaring and weighted at the same time."
Thanks for the diversion on a busy Saturday.
Author's Response: Thanks so much, Elfscribe. I'm glad you found this one and enjoyed it. I wrote it a few years ago for a fic swap and I was happy with how it turned out. I liked pairing Elrohir with Legolas and having the turtle act as a kind of connection between them. Sometimes the Valar get it right. :-) That passage is one of my favorites out of the stories I've written so I'm especially thrilled that you liked it too.
This was a beautiful story. I loved the turtle!! So cute. Thanks for sharing!
Author's Response: And thank you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.
Oh, the turtle!
I have read this before, I an not sure where, though. Anyway, another lovely. I loved Elladan in this. He is so understanding.
Elrohir and Legolas are pure magic together. And that you explored a rather lighter side of the pairing between them. The most I have read of Ro/Las is Ziggy's Sons of Thunder...and that is not exactly light reading:)
I loved that Legolas agreed to go to the dwarves, personally, I think that after the war of the ring, Legolas does not really have much to prove.
And finally, Sarnith was absolutely amazing! He is my favourite character in this story.
Congrats once again and thank you for sharing this fic:)
Author's Response: Thanks, Elvewen. I like writing the twins because of their special bond and how that plays into their relationship. I liked the idea of Legolas having one last quest before he succumbed to the sea longing and was forced to sail. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate you sharing your comments.
I love this story. I read it ages ago - I can't remember where - and it's a joy to read it again now you've posted it here.
Elrohir and Legolas are my favourite pairing and you've written both characters wonderfully. It was so moving to read how they were forced to wait so long before coming together in Aman. You've given them both such strength.
I love how the turtle turns out to be Manwe. It's only right that he should look out for the pair after all they've been through :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much, Naledi. I really enjoyed writing this story for a fic swap a few years ago and it's great that you enjoyed reading it again. I liked the idea of making someone as swift as the wind (Manwe) into the slowest of creatures to give him a little perspective. I appreciate your comments.