(For the ask game) Aralas?
Thanks so much for the ask!
So here’s the thing, most of the time when I ship something it’s not because I saw them and thought ‘oh, they would be a nice ship together’ it’s because I saw someone else pointing out that they would be good together and thought ‘you know what? that makes perfect sense. I agree wholeheartedly’.
With Aralas, it was me seeing a post talking about their ship and I thought ‘oh! I’ve never thought of that ship before, it’s interesting though’. I didn’t start shipping it immediately, since I was super into gigolas at the time(I still ship it, mind you). Really what made me start shipping it was a beautiful piece of fanart I saw.
As for the actual ship, I ship it but don’t think it would work as a long term thing. Like maybe they were into each other before the fellowship happened, and maybe during the quest(?? trip? I’m sure there’s a word for it) or at least the beginning of it, but not by the end.
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I have to share this dream sequence that I just wrote for my aralas fic
Legolas awoke in the same field he had been in days ago. It was sunny and warm and the soft grass and fragrant flowers tickled his skin. Lying next to him was Estel, clad only in a loose white robe. He smiled at the elf and stroked his cheek.
“You fell asleep my love,” Estel said, “what were you dreaming of?”
“I was hurt,” Legolas replied, brow furrowing, “I hit my head. I was in bed resting with you and Ada at my side.”
“That must have been quite a dream-” Estel rolled to hover over Legolas, “-but it was just that my dear, just a dream. You are safe here with me.”
Estel bent down to claim Legolas’s lips. The elf could not help but melt into the kiss. Estel’s lips were soft as silk and sweet as honey. He barely even registered the hand making its way down his chest and to his thigh.
“Wait,” Legolas said, pulling away from the kiss and grabbing Estel’s wrist to stop his hand in place.
“Do you not want me my love? Do you not ache for me as I ache for you?” That was not the problem. Legolas certainly did long for Estel’s embrace, but he could not do this with him or they would be wed by elvish standards, and he had not spoken to his father or Elrond yet. This was not the kind of decision that one could just make.
Legolas must have been speaking out loud because the next thing he knew Estel was saying “but we did speak to our fathers by Prince. They have given us their blessing, remember?” Legolas thought hard. In the back of his mind he could remember a conversation with Elrond and Thranduil.
“Oh yes, I remember now,” Legolas said.
“We are going to be together forever, my flower. Nothing will separate us ever again. We can stay in this field surrounded by our love forever,” Estel said, dipping his head down to kiss Legolas’s neck.
Legolas wrapped his arms around Estel’s shoulders as he let out a laugh that slowly turned into a sob. This could not be real, it was simply too good to be true.
“This is a dream isn’t it?” Legolas said, voice trembling. Estel sighed and pulled away, cupping Legolas’s cheek and giving him a sad smile.
“I had hoped that you could remain oblivious just a moment longer,” he said, “but now that you are aware we do not have much time before you wake.”
“I do not want to wake up,” Legolas said, his lip quivering as he held onto Estel tighter.
“It is the evanescence of dreams that make them beautiful. Our dreams show us our desires and fears so that we may live our wakeful life in clarity. Tell me Legolas, what have you learned from this dream?”
“That I love you,” Legolas replied, voice barely above a whisper.
“And that I fear a life without you.”
“We have only known each other a short while, my love, but you know as well as I do that when an elven heart meets it’s true pair there is nothing that can stop their union.”
“You think that we are made for each other?” Legolas asked. Everyone knew the stories about elven soul mates. They were rare, only occurring a few times in a millenia, more myth than truth. Most elves would go their entire life without feeling this particular bond. The only true pair of soul mates that Legolas knew of were Galadriel and Celeborn
“Don’t you feel it in your heart? I know I do.”
“But you are just me.” Legolas shook his head. He was making excuses to pursue this boy, that was it.
“Speak to the Lord and Lady of Lórien. They will help. Then find me.”
“I will,” Legolas agreed. Estel dipped his head down for one last kiss before pulling away and standing up.
“It is time to wake Legolas of the Green Wood. Go forth into the world proper. And do not fear, I will be here waiting for you when it is time to rest again.”
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