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Foul Creatures

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The rain fell heavily down on the earth's floor, pouring onto the Company with devious intentions. Thunder cracked in the background, causing everyone to jump in their saddles. Rohkea, being an elf and all, enjoyed the rain very much. Elves are very fond of nature and all things that come from it, so she was glad the rain pattered down on them heavily.

      'Here, Mr. Gandalf, can’t you do something about this deluge?' Dori asked, slightly bitter, due to the rain pouring on his head.

      'It is raining, Master Dwarf, and it will continue to rain until the rain is done. If you wish to change the weather of the world, you should find yourself another wizard' Gandalf responded, very irritated by the dwarf's words.

      'Are there any?' Bilbo's voice rang with curiosity. The wizard asked back;

      'Any what?'

      'Other wizards?' Rohkea butted in, Bilbo looked at her and smiled. Gandalf paused for a moment, his eyes flashing with a knowing look- which went unnoticed by everyone.

      'There are five of us. The greatest of our order is Saruman, the White. Then there are the two Blue Wizards; you know, I’ve quite forgotten their names'

      'And who is the fifth?' Bilbo chuckled.

      'Well, that would be Radagast, the Brown' Gandalf responded proudly, a small smile forming at the thought of his old friend.

       'Is he a great Wizard or is he...more like you?' Bilbo asked, very rudely.

Gandalf opened his mouth to retort just as rudely, but instead said;

      'I think he’s a very great wizard, in his own way. He’s a gentle soul who prefers the company of animals to others. He keeps a watchful eye over the vast forest lands to the East, and a good thing too, for always Evil will look to find a foothold in this world'

The sun had begun to fall and darkness soon clouded the sky heavily. The only light being from the fire that had been lit hours before. Rohkea began to feel restless, Gandalf had left a few hours ago, Thorin did something to annoy him. She sat alone, going unnoticed by most, partly because they liked to ignore her. Bilbo walked past Rohkea, with two bowls of hot soup, he was taking it to Fili and Kili. Rohkea, as much as she didn't like to admit it, cared very much for Bilbo and in the bottom of her stomach, she felt an uneasy feeling that she couldn't shake. Without being noticed, she slipped into the bushes, that sat between the ponies, where Fili and Kili where and the rest of the dwarves. As Rohkea sneaked up near the Durin brother's she took note of the silence that clung to the air- pounding into the ears of anyone who heard it. Rohkea's eyebrows pulled together in curiosity. Her eyes catching the prince's bodies standing motionless.

      'What’s the matter?' Bilbo asked, quickly scurrying between the two.

      'We’re supposed to be looking out for the ponies' Kili said, his gaze staring ahead of his brother and the halfling.

      'Only we’ve encountered a slight problem' Fili continued, looking down at the hobbit.

      'We had sixteen' Said Kili,

      'Now there’s fourteen' Fili sighed.

Rohkea cursed the dwarves at their stupidity, she decided that they weren't going to get anything done. So she'd investigate herself. Slowly and carefully, Rohkea ran very lightly on her feet towards a tree that had been aggressively uprooted.

      'Trolls' She whispered.

      'Hey! There’s a light. Over here! Stay down' She heard Fili mumble. The trio crouched behind a fallen tree for cover. Their eyes never leaving the light.

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