Lord of the Rings - Hidden Blood

The One Ring has to be destroyed. And I, Vanya Halda Serke, daughter of Arathorn, travel with the fellowship of the ring. Gandalf the Grey, Aragon Isildurs heir, Legolas prince of the Woodland Realm, Gimli, son of my old friend Gloin and four little hobbits; Frodo the ringbearer and Sam, Pippin and Merry. Together we travel towards Mordor, where the ring can be destroyed. But it is not a safe journey, and danger awaits us...

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4. The last time

The first time I had meet Legolas, it had been a very tense moment that almost got Thorin and the company killed.

“Do not think I will not kill you, dwarf. It would be my pleasure.”

Legolas threatened Thorin. It had seemed like he and his men had come from nowhere. To my eyes, the eyes of a child, it had seemed like magic. The dwarfs had hidden me in the middle of them. Covering me from all sides. I was wearing a cape of theirs, far too big, hiding me completely. I was safe, until the woman came back with Kili, having saved him from a spider.

“Search them.”

Legolas ordered, and at that moment I made the mistake of making eye contact with her.

“Legolas.”

She called, and pointed in my direction.

“What it is Tauriel?”

He asked. The dwarfs pulled closer around me, making it impossible for me to see what happened. But they could not hide me, and they were pushed aside. I was pulled out, and my hood pushed down. I looked up, confused at Legolas. At that time, already a man.

“Not only thieves, but also kidnappers.”

Legolas said, angry, thinking they had taken me from my parents. His men lifted their bows, ready to shoot. That I understood.

“No!”

I screamed, unwilling to watch my friends die. I pulled my hand free from Legolas, and ran to Balin, throwing myself in his arms, crying and scared of losing them. He patted me lightly on the head, trying to hide me behind Thorin.

“We did not kidnap her.”

Thorin began explaining.

“We saved her. From a pack of orcs! But we were too late to save her mother and the man travelling with them.”

Tauriel looked at me with sadness in her eyes.

“Is it true, child?”

She asked me. I nodded, holding on to Balin tightly.

“Do not hurt them.”

I begged for my friends, despite not being able to speak well. I was so scared. But the meaning with my words was understood, and the bows were lowered.

I saved my friends, but lost them at the same time. Tauriel pulled me away from them, and brought me to the palace. She told me I was safe, that Thranduil would protect me. I was cleaned, feed and left to sleep in the very same room, where I still lived all these years later.

It was the last time I ever saw my friends, the last time I ever talked with them and it still hurt like nothing else. 

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