Is it always the length that matters? (NO SLASH)
- Whenever a story starts with some incarnation of, "It was a beautiful day/dark and stormy night," that's usually a cue for me to stop reading.
This story goes on far too long for this joke (and you kind of spill the beans by mentioning the raised eyebrows).
Aragorn is only IC if he's still a young man, a boy during this conversation. You sort of establish that by calling him Estel.