I loved this story and somehow it explains so much. Actually, I love everything you write.
Author's Response: Oh my god! Thank you so much! Nobody's ever said that to me before, and it means a ton. You just made my day. Thank you.
A highly credible story. Elrond could very well have given Aragorn a rude, albeit matter-of-fact, motivation for beginning his life as a ranger.
Author's Response: Credible is mostly what I was going for... thanks for reviewing!