Until the very End


9. Chapter 9


I watch from the window as four of the nine Black Riders, ride into Bree and enter a hobbit size room. I look across the street to see they draw their swords, each standing at the foot of a bed. Suddenly the Riders stab the beds, they don't stop until one pulls the covers back and see the feathers of a pillow that I have placed there. I smile to myself as they screech and mount their horses, riding out of Bree. Unfortunately their screams wake up the four hobbits. "What are they?" Frodo asks, "They were once men. Great Kings of Men. Then Sauron the Deceiver gave to them nine rings of power. Blinded by their greed they took them without question. One by one falling into darkness" Strider informs them as he stands beside me in front of the window. "Now they are slaves to his will. They are the Nazgul. Ringwraiths. Neither living nor dead. At all times they feel the presence of the Ring. Drawn to the power of the One. They will never stop hunting you" I tell Frodo without looking away from the window. "Go back to sleep, we have a long day ahead of us" Strider tells the hobbits and they lay back down in bed, "You too, Naevys. I'll look after you" he tells me and something inside me decided to trust him. I nodded my head and climbed into the spare bed, "Goodnight, Strider" I say "Goodnight, Naevys" he whispers as I close my eyes.

I wake early in the morning to see Strider asleep next to me, I run my fingers over his jaw line only for him to catch my hand with his eyes still closed. "Morning" I whisper to him "Morning" he returns, he lets my hand go and I lay it against his cheek. Strider covers his hand over mine and closes his eyes, like his savoring the moment. I remove my hand and tangle it in his hair, slowly leaning towards him. A sudden cough bought us at of our moment, I move away from Strider and look to the foot of our bed to see the four hobbits standing there and starring at us. "We should get going. If you two want to" Frodo says with a smile, "Come on" I tell them as I get out of bed and strap on my weapons, "I'll meet you at the front of Bree" Strider informs us. I nod my head and walk out of the door with the four hobbits behind me.

Strider meets up with us and is leading a pony, named Bill. We leave Sam in charge of him and start to head out of Bree. Strider leads us away from Bree, across country. "Where are you taking us?" Frodo asks him "Into the wild" Strider simple answers, "How do we know this Strider is a friend of Gandalf?" Merry questions. "I think a servant of the enemy would look fairer, but feel fouler" Frodo answers "He's foul enough" Merry mumbles and Strider tips his head a little at hearing the comment, "We have no choice but to trust him" I tell them and Strider smiles at this. "But where is he leading us?" Sam asks "To Rivendell Master Gamgee. To the house of Elrond" Strider informs us, "D'you hear that! Rivendell! We're going to see the elves!" Sam exciting says.

We continue to walk through the woodland and through rain, until we reached the top of the hills. Snow covered the ground, and the hobbits start to unpack for second breakfast. "Gentlemen! We do not stop 'til nightfall" Strider calls out to them "What about breakfast?" Pippin asks him, "You've already had it" Strider says, looking confused and cute. "We've had one, yes. What about second breakfast?" Pippin asks, Strider frowns and walks off. "Don't think he knows about second breakfast Pippin" I tell him, "What about elvenses? Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Dinner? Supper! He knows about them, doesn't he?" Pippin rapidly asks, "I wouldn't count on it" Merry tells him. I duck just in time as an apple flies over the bushes, I catch the next two and hand one to Merry and the other to Pippin. I catch two more before also handing them to Frodo and Sam. 



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