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Only a Second or Two  by Larner

XXIII.  Cue:  Sacrifice



            What seek you, Amandil?

            “I beg mercy on my people.  Sauron deludes them with lies and empty promises!”

            They know that what he does in his temple is evil.  They know that to follow the will of Pharazôn will bring naught but destruction upon them.

            “Sauron has taught them to fear death.  Please, help my sons to bring him down from the high place he has built for himself!”

            Númenor must accept the consequences of its choices.

            “Please, Lord Ulmo--I offer myself for the safety of at least the Faithful!”

            A pause.  Gently, Then come.  Thou shalt not suffer.

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