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This story is No. 2 in the series "Pick-A-Number". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: Another batch of pick-a-number shorts. This time the numbers picked indicated the crossover, the genre and a random plot point to be included.

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Multiple Crossings > GeneralBeriaearwenFR1521,7680297324 Jun 109 May 11No

Lord Of The Rings - Biography - Stolen Item

Disclaimer: The characters of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" belong to Joss Whedon, etc. The characters of "Lord Of The Rings" belong to J. R. R. Tolkien. All are used here without permission. No copyright infringement is intended.

Note: In this series of Pick-A-Number ficlets, the numbers drawn tell me which crossover, what genre (mystery, biography, science fiction, fantasy, etc) and a random plot point to include.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Lord Of The Rings - Biography - Stolen Item
By Beriaearwen

(excerpt from Chapter 9 of “The Life of Eldarion, King of the United Kingdom”)

Many myths and questions surround the meeting of King Eldarion and Queen Buffy. Few if any knew the full truth at the time and none now can say what truly happened, but most myths regarding their meeting revolve around the return of the blade Anduril - Flame of the West.

As his father before him, Eldarion served in the Gondorian guards. This task, as has been discussed earlier, provided a solid foundation of leadership as well as an opportunity to learn about the land he would one day rule.

Unfortunately, it was during Eldarion's time that the famed blade disappeared. With the King's full approval, a search was started which soon covered all the lands of Gondor, Arnor, the Elven realms and even reached into the remnants of Mordor and further south, yet no one, friend, foe or neutral party, could uncover the sword's whereabouts.

After a full two years during which life as a Captain of Gondor's guards continued to be less than a quiet passing of time (see Chapter 7 for an accounting of Eldarion's battles and conflicts during this time period), a strange visitor appeared in the courtyard by the White Tree. While the guards immediately responded to the unusual appearance and took attack positions, calling for aid and for the King and Queen to be swept to safety, none could fail to notice the strange clothing and appearance of the woman who dressed like a man.

Eldarion, rushing out to meet this threat with a squad of elite guards behind him, stopped before the blonde woman, sword drawn, ready to defend his people.

Though records of the exact words exchanged vary widely, all accounts indicate that an accord was reached after which Eldarion and his elite squad led the young woman to meet the King and Queen.

Once in the throne room, the young woman stood proudly before the royal couple, though she did not bow.

The Royal Scribe recorded her greeting. It is reproduced below:
“Your Majesties, my name is Buffy Summers. I come to you today to return what was stolen and ask for a place in your kingdom. Two years ago, an evil came to our world bearing this weapon. He attempted to use it's power to destroy innocent lives. Through our efforts we were able to stop him and recover this weapon. We did not know of its importance to your people at that time, but as soon as we discovered its properties and history, we sought a way to return it to its rightful owner. I arrived here today to do just that.”

Upon completion of her speech, the young woman approached the royal couple and offered them the sword.

The King rose from his throne and graciously accepted the return of his sword.

It was the Queen, however, who questioned the second part of the woman's statement. “Why do you need a place in our kingdom? Will you not return to your own world?”

It is rumored that the pain which crossed the young woman's face touched every heart in the room that day. Some claim it was at that moment that Eldarion lost his heart to her.

“I can not return, your Majesty.”

Sitting once more on his throne, the King viewed her with wonder and sorrow in his eyes. “You chose to come here to return this sword knowing you would never return?”

The woman merely nodded her head in agreement.

No further questions were asked at that time of what she left behind and, indeed, no record of her previous world has ever been found. What is known is that she was given an honored place in the palace.

Within a week she had been given a position in the guards and within a month, her skill led her to be considered Eldarion's equal.

A year to the day she appeared in Gondor, Eldarion and Buffy were married.
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