Aule looked up, then quickly lowered his eyes with a small gasp.
“My lord Eru! I-to what do I owe this honor?” he stammered.
Aule wasn’t sure, as his head was still lowered, but he thought his Creator might have smiled. Eru so rarely walked among the Ainur now, that it was a rare honor when he appeared to one of them. Aule couldn’t think of why Eru would visit him tonight, unless he had done something to displease him.
“You have nothing to fear, my child”, Eru said, and Aule looked up to see his Creator smiling gently, "Come, walk with me”.
Aule followed his lord away from his forge and into Yavanna’s gardens. They walked in silence for a while, Aule pretending to admire his wife’s prized creations(which he did admire very much, and was often inspired by in his forging) while wondering what Eru was here for. Was Melkor causing problems again, designing things he had no right to create? Or perh