Characters: Elanor, Merry
Disclaimer: Don't own them, don't make a profit.
Summary: Written for the AU "Different Choices" challenge on tolkien_weekly.
Merry waited until the day after the birthday celebration, when most of the guests had returned to their own homes. He was staying on a few days at Bag End with Rose and Elanor. It had become a yearly tradition.
“This is for you, my dear,” Merry said and gave Elanor a book. “They wanted you to have it though your father said to wait until you came of age. The last pages are for you to finish.”
“Are they?” Elanor gripped the book tight and stared at its red cover. Her voice grew sad and bitter. “Well, why not?”