It's nice to see an update from you. Good flashback to the sibling's childhood. I enjoying witnessing the closeness between them. Makes me feel like I know them a little better and on a personal level. You know, I've seen stories with healers, warriors, scribes and other employment, but never rafters. I really am enjoying it. It's unique and fits so well. You've got a nice story going here. Keep it up.
Well, I'm finally able to rest and review your chapter. Sorry it took me so long, but the holidays have kicked my behind this year. Anyways, this was such a lovely chapter showing everyone's goodbyes. You have all the emotions here and they are so real. It is difficult leaving loved ones and these last moments were very sweet, Aruiniel and her aunt and uncle, Rhov leaving his pregnant wife, Celuduin and a very sensuous morning, and even Celon (who btw I think I'm liking more and more). Great chapter and you have me wondering what Legolas is up to, assuming that's who you are talking about at the end. Can't wait for the next post.
This is very good for a first time fanfic. I like all of your characters and your setting. You've done a good job showing their different personalities. My only suggestion, and believe me I have been guilty of this more than my fair share, is to give them more physical description, hair, eyes, build, etc. I think it's difficult for us fanfic writers to do. I mean we can say Helm's Deep and everyone automatically knows what it looks like. To describe it feels unnecessary. Same goes for canon characters. So when we make up our own characters, it's easy to skip over their description. Like I said, I've done the same thing in the past. I really like your style of writing and look forward to more of this story. Please update soon. I'm anxious to see what happens. Very exciting stuff.