Chapter 18

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The Fellowship exit Moria, out from the fiery darkness to a blue sky. Boromir tries to restrain Gimli as the dwarf vents out his rage & sorrow. Merry consoles Pippin, who lies on the ground crying. Legolas wears a look of shock & disbelief. The immortal elf's eyes show puzzlement, not fully understanding the concept of death. Sam sits on the ground, bows his head onto his hands & begins to weep.

Miyuki [soft]: "Raiden."

Raiden looks down to see Miyuki open her eyes. She looks around at the grieving fellowship & sees one person is missing. She looks up at her dragon & seeing his expression, knows what has happened.

Miyuki [soft]: "I see. Olórin did not make it."

Hiding her face in Raiden's chest, Miyuki cries silently. Raiden just holds her tightly, resting his head on hers as she took comfort from him. Looking back at the mines, Aragorn then wipes his sword clean, sheathes it & turns to the others.

Aragorn: "Legolas, get them up."

Boromir: "Give them a moment, for pity's sake!"

Aragorn: "By nightfall these hills will be swarming with Orcs! We must reach the woods of Lothlórien. Come, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, get them up."

Going to Sam, Aragorn pulls the hobbit to his feet.

Aragorn: "On your feet Sam. Frodo? Frodo!"

Looking around, the man spies Frodo standing alone upon the hillside. Weeping silently, he turns towards Aragorn, a single tear running down his chin.

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Chortling, icy blue water gurgles across the dale. Aragorn runs up onto a rock, looking past the mountains to the green-gold woods beyond, framed against the deep blue sky. Jogging across a grassy field, the Fellowship halt under the leaves of a forest of tall trees.

Gimli: "Stay close, young hobbits! They say that a great sorceress lives in these woods, an Elf-witch, of terrible power. All who look upon her, fall under her spell..."

Frodo suddenly looks around, startled. Raiden stiffens, tightening his hold on his mistress. He could sense the power here, a strange power which he could not tell whether it was a friend or foe. Either way, he was not going to let anything harm Miyuki.

Gimli: "...& are never seen again."

Frodo is not paying attention. He looks puzzled & scared. Sam looks over his friend.

Sam: "Mister Frodo?"

Gimli: "Well, here is one dwarf she won't ensnare so easily. I have the eyes of a hawk & the ears of a fox!"

An arrow, notched, appears before his face. The dwarf looks startled.

Gimli: "Oh..."

Other bows at the ready appear around the Fellowship. Legolas has his own bow out. Setting Miyuki down behind him, Raiden stands in front of her protectively. The rest of the Fellowship looks around, alarmed. A tall, golden-haired elf appears.

Haldir: "The dwarf breathes so loud, we could have shot him in the dark."

Gimli: "Grrr..."

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