Chapter 16

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Gandalf: "The awakened dragon..."

Everyone is still frozen in shock. The glow in Miyuki's eyes fade & she falls, her sword clattering to the ground. Raiden is at her side, catching her before she hits the floor. His face looks grim for a heartbeat but it is gone so fast everyone wondered if they had imagined it. He then picks up her sword swiping it through the air before returning it to the sheathe. The dragon then picks up his mistress. Looking up, he sees the Fellowship staring at them.

Raiden: "The power of the dragon takes a lot of out of her. She just needs rest. More importantly, how's the ringbearer?"

Gandalf & Aragorn both turn to the unmoving hobbit, Sam close by.

Aragorn: "Oh no!"

The man rolls Frodo over & the hobbit groans, gasping for breath.

Sam: "He's alive!"

Gandalf sighs in relief.

Frodo: "I'm all right, I'm not hurt."

Aragorn [surprise]: "You should be dead! That spear would have skewered a wild boar."

Gandalf then looks knowingly at Frodo.

Gandalf: "I think there's more to this Hobbit than meets the eye."

Frodo opens his shirt revealing glimmering mithril beneath.

Gimli: "Mithril! You are full of surprises, Master Baggins."

The sound of orcs are heard in the distance.

Gandalf: "To the Bridge of Khazad-dûm!"

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The Fellowship runs out the chamber into a hall of pillars closely pursued by an army of orcs. Other orcs spring out from the floor or crawl, like spiders, from the ceiling & down the pillars, surrounding the group. The Fellowship have drawn their weapons facing outward in a circle. The orcs snarl & leer at them.

Gimli lets out a yell. A fiery light appears at the end of a hall followed by a thunderous rumble. The orcs flee in all directions. Gimli laughs, thinking he has scared off the Orcs. Left alone, the wizard stares down the hall.

Boromir: "What is this new devilry?"

Gandalf does not respond for a moment. He closes his eyes, concentrating. Raiden snarls, a natural reaction for an animal, even though he knew he stood no chance against this creature. The rumble is heard again. The wizard opens his eyes.

Gandalf: "A Balrog — a demon of the ancient world."

The thing growls, it fiery light steadily coming closer. Even the seemingly fearless Legolas' eyes now betrayed fear.

Gandalf: "This foe is beyond any of you... RUN!"

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