21. Scars Revealed & Cuts Healed
Legolas's P.O.V (continued)
"Aquilia. AQUILIA!!!" I scream as Aquilia and I run over to each other and throw ourselves into each others arms. We both start crying so heavily that it's difficult for us to breathe. We hug each other tight, as if we are trying to bring back the time we lost together. I stroke Aquilia's hair and rub her back. "It's okay. I'm here now." I say in a voice that makes it obvious that I'm crying. I don't let go because I don't want to. It made me feel like she would get swept away again. I nestle my nose into Aquilia's neck and inhale her sweet scent. She smelt strongly of the forest. I feel our surroundings dissolve into nothing. I feel Aquilia's hand stroke my hair and her other hand rub my back. She was shaking. I knew she was crying too and I didn't blame her. I loved her so much and now, after not being together for a long time, we were reunited. We both stood there hugging each other and gasping for breath. After what seemed like ages, we slowly pulled apart, putting our foreheads together, staring into each others eyes. "I love you so much, Aquilia." I said, staring into her eyes. It took a moment before she was able to speak up. "I love you too Legolas." She said the biggest smile stretching itself across her mouth. I smiled and put my hand up to her cheek. I tilted my head and rest my lips upon hers. Aquilia's lips tasted sweet and made me feel like I was melting. We stood there for a long time, our lips remaining in contact, not wanting to break apart. "Ahem." Someone coughed. We broke apart. "Welcome Back." I said to her. Aquilia laughed. We turned to my father. "You okay son?" My father asked, laughing a bit. "I'm fine. Just emotional." I said. "I don't see how you wouldn't be." He said. "Did your father find out I was missing?" Aquilia asked. I shook my head. "I ran back to tell him what happened and we got everyone who is here now to come help us." I said. Aquilia looked from my father to me, and back to my father, wide-eyed. "Thank you so much for saving me. Both of you." Aquilia said. "There is no thanking necessary, Aquilia. You're family. There is nothing we wouldn't do to make sure you are safe." My father told her as he stepped up to get a hug. I took my arm off of Aquilia and she gave him a hug. "Welcome to the family." He said as he rubbed her back.
Words could never explain how happy and relieved I felt. The time I never thought would come back, actually came. I no longer had to worry about death. I was reunited with the people I love. Life was back to the way it was always supposed to be. Peaceful and happy. Thranduil gave us a nudge, "Watch this." He whispers to us as he walks out to the crowd of elves. "How many of you are in favor of Aquilia being a part of our family?!!" He asks. Immediately, the elves go hysterical. Thranduil turns to us and gives me a smile. I smile back and look up at Legolas. His face is still red from crying but he looks at me with the biggest smile on his face and wraps his arms around me. I wrap my arms back around him and squeeze him. "I forgot to introduce you to everyone!!" Legolas says, playfully slapping his forehead. I start to laugh. "Did you now? Well I can introduce her." Thranduil says to Legolas. Legolas nods and walks up with me to his father. Thranduil introduces me to each elf. It takes a while but we get through everyone. Every elf game me a hug and hoped I would enjoy being with them. "It's an honor to meet you all." I say. All the elves cheer. "WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY AQUILIA!!!!" They scream. I laugh and look to Thranduil and Legolas who are smiling at me. "Thank you everybody!!! If it were not for Legolas, none of you would have any idea that I existed. He was the one that brought me back when I was almost killed, and made me realize that life was worth living. A lot went on in my past and now this is my opportunity to start a new life. Just like you are all by everyone's side, hopefully mine included, I will be by your sides too." I say to everyone. Everyone cheers. Legolas puts an arm around my back and kisses me on the forehead. "So, shall we go?" Thranduil asks us. "We shall." Legolas answers.