"Be on your way then." My father said and left to collect everyone to head back home. I stood planted to the floor, watching everyone leave. I turned back around to the group waiting for me. "Before we go, I want to set some ground rules." I say sternly. Aquilia starts laughing beside me. I look over. "What's so funny?" I ask, amusement in my voice. "Nothing. You just sound so...I don't know...buff, when you talk like that." The dwarves burst out laughing and I can't help but laugh. I cover my eyes because I'm laughing so hard. "Oh my god. Alright." I say. I Try speak in between giggles. "First of allllhahaha, if someone goes missing, please notify me and Thorin asapHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!" I couldn't speak no matter how hard I tried. I was laughing so hard my cheeks became sore and my eyes started to water. Everyone was in a hysterical fit of laughter. "Alright. Secondly, NEVER under any circumstances, go anywhere alone. If you need to go somewhere not far from where we stand, let us know so we can stop and wait for you." I was still jiggling of laughter. After a few moments I stopped but Aquila and the dwarves still couldn't contain themselves. "Okay guys, seriously. You NEED to calm down." I said. Of course they wouldn't listen. They all kept mimicking Aquilia. Soon enough, everyone did stop. It would just be the occassional giggle I would hear out of someone. "Oh and by the way, we accept the rules." Thorin said. "Good to hear." I replied in satisfaction. Aquilia and I would not get separated this time. I would be with her every second of every day. How much I loved her made me realize that I should consider marrying her. I wasn't married yet and my father would approve without hesitation. Where would I find an engagement ring? It wouldn't be very nice of me to ask the dwarves for one. I decided to speak with the dwarves about it. I had to be separated from Aquilia. This had to be a surprise. Maybe I could propose to her on her birthday? That sounded romantic. But where would I do it? I could do it in front of my family during a beautiful sunset in front of a waterfall. The dwarves would be there too. I could talk more about this later. All I was focused on right now was reaching the Mountains and getting this over with.
I guess my joke was pretty hilarious because NO ONE could stop laughing. Legolas was laughing so hard he started to cry. I was laughing pretty hard myself. My stomach hurt so I stopped. Shortly after a while, everyone else calmed down. We continued to make our way out of the dome. Legolas was awfully quiet so I decided to speak up. "Are you okay?" I asked. Legolas look at me. "Yes I am. Why?" He asked curiously, looking at me and watching where he was going. "No reason. Your just oddly quiet." I answered concerned. "Oh sorry. I don't mean to be. I'm just tired, that's all." He said. I looked around me and noticed Kili staring at me. "I'm going to go talk to Kili for a bit." I told Legolas. "Alright." He answered. I caught up with Fili and Kili. "Is something wrong?" I asked. "No. We just missed you. That's all." Kili said. I laughed. "Oh yeah sure. Says the guy who couldn't stop checking me out when we first met." I teased as I gave him a nudge in the arm. Kili laughed. "Okay fine, you got me." He said, looking at me. He seemed to be checking me out again. "See?! What did I tell you!" I started to playfully raise my voice. "What am I doing?!" Kili had a huge grin and he was blushing. "You were checking me out again." I said. "What? Pff. No I wasn't" He argued. I decided to experiment with Kili. I quickly stopped, pulled him close to me, and kissed him. I pulled back and let go of him and walked off, so as to not grab attention. I looked back at him and he just stood there, as if he was in a daze. "Kili!" I called. Kili jumped and looked over. He chuckled and started to walk with us again. I walked back to Legolas but looked back at Kili once more. His face was tomato red. I knew he couldn't hide his feelings. I can tell when someone feels a certain way. They may deny it but I know they don't want to admit that it's true.
We reach a small stream where we decide to set up camp for the night. We set our bags down and gather wood to make a fire. Once we have it started, The dwarves offer to supply dinner. "We can help too." I said. "No, Aquilia. You and Legolas have been through enough. Relax for the night. We've got this." Thorin said. I nodded and went to lay down with Legolas. "Words can't begin to describe how much I missed you." He said, looking right into my eyes, his blue eyes thickly glassy. I cuddled into his body as he wrapped his arms tightly around me. He felt like a border between me and the outside world. I felt safe for once in so long. I put my hand on his chest, absorbing the movement of the rise and collapse of each breath he took in. All I wanted to do was fall asleep because I knew that however long I slept for, I would always wake up to being in Legolas's protective grasp. I loved him so much. I loved how he always gave me a special look, I loved how he was always happy. I couldn't remember the last time I felt this way for someone.
We lay quiet for a few moments and then Legolas speaks up. "Can I braid your hair?" He asked. "You know how to braid hair?" I asked. "I've known how to for a very long time. My aunt taught me how to do it." He said. "Alright then. Go for it." I said energetically. I sat up and brushed my hair out for him. "What braid do you want?" Legolas asks. "Just a single one down the middle is fine." I answer. Legolas get's to work. I feel his hands parting my hair and then twisting the strands together. "Your hair is beautiful, so soft and long, and it smells like the forest." He cooes. I give a giggle, "So your hair should smell the same way I assume." I ask. "I hope so." He says. I laugh and so does he. Within a few moments, Legolas is done. I turn around and he takes one look at me. "Absolutely beautiful." He says. He takes a look around as if something is missing and his eyes go wide when he's found it. He shows me a small pink rose and then put's it in my hair. "I have never met anyone as beautiful as you." He says as he puts his hand on my cheek and pulls me to him. I kiss him back as if there's no tomorrow. This must be what love feels like, pure love.
I pull Aquilia to me and kiss her as if there's no tomorrow. I craved her lips for so long and now I finally had the opportunity to enjoy them again. She snakes her arms around my neck and I snake my arms around her waist, pulling her closer. The more I kissed her, it felt the more we were making up the time we lost. The world was so cruel sometimes but it always knew just how to make it up. We would never get that time back, but all we could do now, is prevent more time from being lost. "I love you so much." I whispered into the kiss. Aquilia responded by pressing her mouth harder against mine. She must have missed me just as badly.
"WHOOO!!!!" We hear cries of joy and break apart to see the dwarves laughing. "How long have you been watching??!!" I shout, laughter in my voice. "We saw everything!!" Fili shouted sarcastically. I look over at Aquilia. "They're drunk." She says. I fall back laughing my ass off. It was unreal, how hilarious Aquilia was. That was something I completely forgot about until now. It felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to fall in love and be with a girl who was so sweet and funny. I'll admit, I used to like a girl a few years back, but she had a really bad attitude I never knew about. I didn't know about Aquilia. From what she told me, it sounded like she didn't enjoy her past. She lost her parents in a battle, she had no siblings. she had no one. I felt so sorry for her and still do, and now I wish I could let her go back and change her past. I lost my mum when I was very young, but it wasn't in a battle. She had been very sick. She was strong, but not strong enough to fight it. She died eventally. My father was heartbroken about it. She would be all he would think about day after day, for a long time. Now, I have my father and many other elves who care about me as much as I care about them. When we give each other orders, we may sound rude, but we're just trying to let each other know the tasks are serious, most of the time at least. I've been through too much too let others feel the same.
The dwarves put the food on the fire and we sit around it, waiting for the food to cook. It's quiet for a few minutes with everyone just staring at the crackling of the fire, but on of the dwarves speaks up, breaking the silence, "So Aquilia, tell us, what was your life like before, if you don't mind us asking?" Dori asked. I look beside me at Aquilia who gives a bit of a shake, as if he pulled her out of a daze. "Oh ummm, boy...where do I start. Well, my life was very peaceful, in terms of there being no orcs or anything like that. My father would always tell me that there was danger somewhere out there and that I should soon prepare myself for it. Most of my life consisted of training with various weapons ranging from knives to swords, to bows and arrows. I had lot's of fun, experimenting with many weapons to get the feeling of what it was like to fight a battle with them and how it felt to hold them. I found myself to take better control of the knives because I like to work with my hands. I like to use things that aren't too heavy and are easy and simple to use. So that's basically it. After my parents died, I continued to train myself, improving my technique over the years. I became the leader of my home and was depended on by many other people to warn of upcoming danger. It wasn't as easy as I thought it was, but the training made my life a lot easier." She said as she played with her knives.
"How old were you when your parents died?" Fili asked. Aquilia takes a deep breath in and a long huff out as she thinks. "It's hard to recall the time. I believe I was just 5 years old." She said. "I have always thought about going back to my home to see what everyone is like now. I haven't been there in years so I'm just curious as to if they will remember me. I miss my home a lot too. A few years after I finished with training, I decided to leave my home to see what there was out there that my father warned me about. I stayed in many camps over the years, and this is where I am now." She said. I look up to see Kili staring at Aquilia. I still didn't care for the way he looked at her, but I didn't want to say anything. Aquilia was right. No one should have to put up with two people fighting. I didn't see a reason to fight with Kili, but seeing him give Aquilia that look made me sick. I still remember telling him to back off. All he did was snicker like I was some child trying to act cute. It's not cute to hit on a girl who already loves another guy. I needed to set this sraight.