19. The Rescue at Last.
I wake up and it's pouring rain. I look at my wings and they're soaked. I couldn't fly. I check my surroundings to make sure they are clear. They are. I hop down from the branch I'm on and begin to search again for Legolas. I think of the time we first met. When I fell through that tree and he had brought me back to his home instead of leaving me there to die. He wouldn't do that, would he? Leave me unconscious? No. I couldn't think it possible. I missed him more the more I thought about him. His smile, his long blonde hair always dancing in the wind. The way he would always blush when I teased or complemented him. Thinking about him made me feel full of hope. It made me feel as if I could find him, as if there was just one more thing I needed to figure out in order to bring us back together. I thinkof his father. The way he took me in just like that. They make me feel like I am worth it. I had no family for so long. My mum and dad died long ago in a battle. I was very young at the time. I had no siblings. I had been on my own for years. Legolas was just what I needed. He made me feel like I was part of his family since I was born. I am all grown up now. I am a person I haven't been since that one day. I have fallen in love with a guy who has fallen in love with me. His father likes me, I don't know about the other elves in Mirkwood but I was sure Thranduil told them many good things about me. I put my hand to my chest and felt something rough. Suddenly I had a flashback to when Legolas gave me his necklace. He told me it was a present from his mother. She had died when Legolas was a baby. I played around with the back of the necklace until I undid it. I put it in my hand to refresh my memory. "Beautiful. Just like you." His words echoed in my mind as I inspected every speck of the necklace. It was silver. It glimmered in the light from the clouds overhead.Even though it was the weather was miserable, the light still made the necklace beautiful. I held it to my chest and cried. I rested my forehead on my knees. Wearing this necklace made me feel like Legolas was with me. Sitting with me. Holding me. Telling me everything would be okay no matter how bad the situation was. I leaned against a rock as if it was him telling me to lean into his body. I had to stay strong if I was going to find him. I continued to walk through the woods. The soaking wet earth made it difficult to walk. Mud stuck to my shoes. I kept walkingwhen my foot got stuck "Lovely." I cursed as I pulled on my leg to pull it out. After a few moments. I foot out, but I lost my balance. I fell and rolled down the hill to the opening of the woods. I staggered to my feet and looked up. There. Right in front of me, were thousands of orcs. All of them staring at me. The master of the orcs turns to face me and then the rest follow. I look around and my eyes meet with the orc I escaped from. He was angry. Very angry. I gulped hard and looked back at the Master Orc. My breathing became unsteady, I started to shake. The orc walked up to me slowly. I couldn't move. All I could do was pray he wouldn't hurt me. The orc laughed. "It's time." He said, an angry grin planted his face as his grip tightened on his axe. I didn't look at the axe. I just stared into his blue eyes that told me it was time. It was time for me to face my death.
We headed out to the last place we were with Aquilia. "This is the last place we were when Aquilia went missing." I said. "She flew out into the forest and never came back." I said. "Why didn't you go in after her?" My father asked. I gazed down to the ground. "It was my fault your majesty." Thorin spoke up. "What do you mean it was your fault?" My father asked Thorin. "Legolas said you told him to do whatever I said, and so I didn't let him go back to get her because it was too dangerous." He said. I shook my head at Thorin, telling him he shouldn't take the blame. Thorin shook his head. "You were going by your fathers rules, I should have gone with you. We all should have gone right back in there." He said. I nodded. "Thank you." I said. Thranduil looked at the both of us. "Next time, if a member of your group goes missing, go and find them and don't quit until you succeed." He looked over at me. "I'm not trying to blame you for this, Legolas. You aren't in any trouble. I should have been more clear when giving you instructions before leaving." He said. Silence ran through the group. Suddenly, my fathers eyes focused on something in the distance. I looked at everyone else, all the other elves and the dwarves were beginning to catch on to whatever was behind me. I turned around and there was an army of orcs running through the field. I watched as they got closer. The Pale Orc was holding a limp body. I strained my eyes in order to see better. The body was a girl. She had long brown hair, a bag around her shoulders, and a jacket that was just like mine. It was Aquilia!! She was knocked out! "AQUILIA!!!!!!" I screamed and we ran down to the ground. We ran after the army. Through rivers, forests, you name it. The orcs arrived at their destination. They got off of their dogs and jogged into the kingdom. We ran in after them. I got my bow and arrow ready and took aim at an orc. I shot my arrow and got him in the head. He dropped to the ground and I pulled out the arrow. With the help of the other elves, the dwarves and my father, killing these orcs became so easy. We reached what seemed like a dome. In the dome was a crowd of about 25 orcs and the Pale Orc. I frantically searched for Aquilia. I found her with her head over a board. Above it was a blade held in place by an orc holding onto a piece of rope. Aquilia was about to be killed. She was awake to and begging for her life.