Sigrid had noticed
that something was up with her ada. There were dark circles under his eyes and
he wasn’t smiling as much as he usually did. She had already guessed the
reason, that arrow he had taken to his leg was taking much longer to heal than
he had expected and was stopping him from being able to do things.
He had stayed in Dale
since he got injured, not wanting to be parted from his family, and da was more
than a little unwilling to let him go as well. But that was a few weeks ago now
and ada did have a kingdom of his own to run and couldn’t be away for much
longer, even if he really wanted to stay.
Sigrid would bet it
was because he didn’t like being by himself when he was hurt, she knew that he
was thousands of years old, but no one liked being away from their family when
they were hurt, and she didn’t know when Legolas was coming home again next.
But da couldn’t go
with him, even though the thought of ada needing to leave was stressing him
out, he was in the middle of plans to start running trade down the Anduin river
again and was having to negotiate with a lot of different people and
settlements. From his haggard look Sigrid was getting the feeling that it
wasn’t going as smoothly as he had hoped.
Da was trying to cheer
ada up, and he was succeeding whenever he was around, always managing to coax
laughs out of him, but he was busy so much at the moment. And Tilda was always
good at making people smile but she was only little still and couldn’t really
help with Sigrid’s plan, because she did have a plan to cheer up ada. She would get Bain
involved but he was helping da as much as possible, learning about ruling and
So that left her to do
something about the fact her ada was sad, but it was okay, she had a plan, one
that Tauriel had promised to help her with.
“Ada?” Sigrid asked,
poking her head into their little sitting room.