Areli and Cinaed are 75 years old meaning they are 20 physically in this chapter.
The music had stopped and every elf in the room was just staring at the two elves in the middle. Cinaed had Areli pulled close and their foreheads were touching gently. They were stood simply holding one another and breathing gently.
Everything seemed so still and very quiet. The two didn't seem to realise where they were. Slowly Galadriel walked forward and placed a hand on each of their shoulders. They moved and turned to look at her.
"I think it would be best to take this to a more private location," Galadriel said calmly. Her voice was very soft but everyone heard her.
The boys pulled apart and Cinaed grabbed Areli's hand and turned to Thandruil and Elrond and nodded. He and Areli then turned and walked from the hall. Calanon following quietly behind them.
A rush of motion happened as the twins, Legolas, Thandruil and Legolas followed Galadriel from the hall. They walked quickly down to Cinaed's rooms. Knowing the elf would have gone there- Cinaed always preferred to have discussions in his room.
They moved into the room where Cinaed was sat in his usual chair by the window. Areli was perched on the arm leaning against Cinaed's side. Calanon was stood by the balcony door looking calmly at the view. Galadriel then went and sat down opposite Cinaed and gazed at the elf serenely.
"Its time they knew the truth, young ones," Galadriel said quietly. Cinaed gave a slight nod and raised one arm up slightly and automatically Areli slipped his own hand into Cinaed's pale one.
"I suppose your right," Cinaed agreed.
"Cinaed, what is going on?" Legolas asked from where he was stood leaning against the wall by the door.
"As you probably have gathered by now, Areli and I are an item," Cinaed said plainly, "and we always have been- even before we met you all."
"Cinaed is right," Areli nodded, "we always knew who each other was. We had the memories of our lives before."
"The images on that screen- those were you two?" Thandruil inquired a shocked note in his voice.
"Yes, we were human before," Areli said, "I think its best if we both start from the beginning."
"There are many worlds in existence," Cinaed began, "they co-exists with each other, Balancing each other out, but they move at various speeds and powers. Middle Earth is more magical than where we originally come from. We come from a world called Earth."
"Earth, had its own magic but its had dwindled over the years. Elves no longer walked the lands in the forms you would recognise; Dragons had become tamer and less powerful, but there was power among the humans- special individuals called Wizards. Those who were born with power in their blood."
"Like Istari?" Elladan asked.
"No, Wizards of Earth are much less powerful, however, their number greater," Areli chipped in, "these Wizards also lived in secret, hiding their power from the world which had developed beyond what you know."
"They formed little communities all over the world, spanning many countries and cultures," Cinaed picked up, "we were born into this world. I was born Draco Lucius Malfoy, son of Lord Lucius Malfoy and Lady Narcissa Malfoy nee Black."
"I was born Harry James Potter, son of Lord James Potter and Lily Potter nee Evans," Areli said, "at the time we were born there was a dark Wizard on the rise, he had many followers, Draco's Father was one of them."
"This Wizard killed Harry's parents and then tried to kill Harry but the spell he used backfired and ended up banishing him from his own body, forcing him to survive as a spirit," Cinaed said and then placed a kiss on Areli's hand.
"I was sent to live with my Aunt and Uncle, they abused me for the entire time I lived with them," Areli stated bluntly. He had long since gotten over the pain they had caused him.
"The scars?" Elrohir asked.
"Some were from them," Areli replied.
"When a Wizard is 11 they receive an invitation from the Wizarding School to come and learn magic," Cinaed continued, "This is where we met."
"Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was one of the most respected schools for magic in the world. We were originally somewhat enemies but as time passed and we were forced to grow up with the return of the Dark Wizard who killed my parents it developed into more," Areli said.
"The details are unimportant. Harry defeated the Dark Wizard. But in doing so he was labelled as a Dark Wizard himself- others said he was too powerful. We ran- for as long as we could. Eventually we were running out of places to go," Cinaed explained.
"That's when we found a spell- one which would send us to another world. It would allow us to have a new life- a childhood," Areli finished.
"And that's how you ended up here," Elrond stated.
Both elves nodded.
"Why the secrets? Why not just tell us?" Legolas said his voice strained.
"We didn't know where we would end up. At first we played dumb to figure out the world we had landed in. Gain information and make plans. However, as time went on we agreed that we knew too little about how to survive in this world to try and find each other. We had adult minds but were encased in the bodies of children," Cinaed answered smoothly.
"We wouldn't have been able to protect ourselves from predators while trying to find one another. It was safer to remain where we were," Areli picked up.
"It still doesn't really explain why you didn't tell us later on," Elrond stated. The feelings coursing through his mind and heart were varied and often painful. He was happy his son was in love, he was disappointed they hadn't trusted him enough to say something.
"Trust is not something that comes easily to us," Areli replied simply.
"True, while I do trust Legolas and Adar, I still trust Areli more than anyone else," Cinaed mused.
"You were scared," Legolas stated seeing the emotion in his brother's blue eyes.
"Yes," Cinaed whispered.
"We love you and we were scared at how you would react. Knowing we weren't what we seemed. We have had too many people betray our confidence that we often don't really think about shutting people out," Areli explained.
"The Wizarding World was fickle and intrusive. Too many times people tried to claim some right over us and use us for their own gain. It has become second nature to protect ourselves. No matter the cost," Cinaed stated.
"Ill say, you held a knife to my throat when I caught you two," Calanon chuckled.
"Cinaed!" Thandruil admonished in shock.
"It's a Malfoy thing," Cinaed shrugged, "be glad I didn't kill him."
"You would have killed him?" Thandruil asked. His tone coloured with shock.
"Yes. I would do anything to protect Areli. If I had evidence that Calanon would have attempted to break us up, and hurt Areli in the process whether mentally or physically, you wouldn't have found his body," Cinaed said plainly.
Everyone was silent for a moment and simply stared at Cinaed. Calanon was grinning behind his hand. After the whole incident they had become friends. They often argued and disagreed but the dark sense of humour Cinaed had amused Calanon. Despite the fact that he knew Cinaed had a dark side.
"Look, it's complicated. Our actions admittedly seem strange and like we don't care or trust you but we do. For a long time Draco and I only had each other- in this world sometimes that was the same. We rely on each other to help each other deal with things we can't tell you. Somewhere along the line we almost forgot we weren't alone anymore," Areli said while his played with Cinaed's fingers.
"I believe we need time to think," Galadriel cut in, "perhaps we should leave the boys aloen for now and think of what you now know. We wouldn't want to jump into anything and hurt anyone's feelings."
Everyone recognised this was in fact an order and left the room without fuss but not while sending glances to the elves which perched together silently. Calanon gave them a jaunty salute making a smile cross Areli's lips and the corner of Cinaed's lips turn up.
The door closed behind Galadriel and Areli moved from the chair's arm and into his lover's lap.
"They'll be fine with this," Areli whispered while he pressed his head onto Cinaed's shoulder.
"We can't know for sure," Cinaed said truthfully.
Elrond paced the length of his rooms and then glanced at his twin sons who sat on his bed next to one another. The thoughts whirling through his head were too many and he didn't know what to do.
"It's still Areli, Ada," Elladan said. He had quickly decided that his little brother was still the same and their suspicions of more than friendship between their brother and the blond were real but not unexpected.
"Yeah, you kinda figured that they liked one another," Elrohir stated whilst looking at the window.
"I admit I thought they would fall in love eventually- they seemed to gravitate towards one another," Elrond admitted, "however, I thought we would have some time till that came."
"I doubt Cinaed would hurt Areli," Elladan chipped in, "we just have to get used to it."
"Aren't either of you upset about them keeping this secret?" Elrond asked his boys who looked at him plainly.
"No," they stated at the same time.
"Why?" Elrond asked. He could not deny his feelings had being hurt that his youngest had kept this from him. Even now knowing that his son wasn't innocent or naïve about sex and things- as a Father he would have wanted to know his son was aware of things.
"What would you have done if you found out that, as elflings, Areli and Cinaed had become involved with each other?" Elladan questioned.
"And this is without knowing about their past," Elrohir added.
Elrond was silent for a moment, realisation taking over him.
"I would have tried to keep them apart, I would have viewed Areli as unable to make his own decisions about it since to me he is a child," Elrond admitted.
"This is what I think Cinaed and Areli were afraid of. Now they are both adults in our eyes and they no longer see a reason to hide. They want to be with each other openly," Elrohir said.
"I'm going to for a walk," Elrond stated and strode from the room.
"I think we've being serious for enough time, dearest brother," Elrohir grinned.
"Agreed, brother mine," Elladan smiled.
"I noticed a few elves which would benefit greatly from our pranks," Elrohir continued.
"Very good, brother."