Hobbits in Mirkwood

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Postby *Hobbit~Ranger* » Thu Jul 25, 2002 9:00 pm

The two hobbits sat across from each other in their cell, one with his chin in his hand and elbows on his knees and the other reclining against the stone wall with her legs crossed and her hands folded behind her head. Both were about 13 years old, and now had gotten into their worst trouble yet. They were stranded in the prison, without a leasing sentence and no means of escape. They were getting restless and worried, even for hobbits.<BR><BR>"I told you you shouldn't have taken those jewels, Tobias."<BR><BR>"Oh, shut up, Perry. It was your idea in the first place."<BR><BR>"Well, don't go blaming everything on <i>me</i>, <i>I'm</i> not the one who got us caught and thrown in this miserable elf dungeon."<BR><BR>"But I saved one," Tobias held out his hand with a smirk, a blue jewel glowing brightly in his palm. "Stupid elves don't even know when a hobbit has their treasure. Careless fools."<BR><BR>"You're the careles fool! You got us in this whole mess! You, you - ugh!"<BR><BR>"Oh, don't think too much of it. We've gotten out of everything so far, haven't we? This shouldn't be too hard for us, not more than a few days to escape at least. After all, we're professionals: in both burgling and slyness."<BR><BR>"Well, I just don't care anymore. I suppose you're right; as long as they don't separate us, we can come up with any means of escape in due time. But nagging all day won't get us anywhere, I'm sure we can at least agree on that." Tobias nodded his head in agreement. "It feels late anyway. We'll think of something in the morning; I'm too tired now. 'Night, Toby." <BR><BR>They each got as comfortable as possible in their positions, and were soon asleep till they once again saw light through the bars, to plan their escape.<BR>____________________________________________________________<BR><BR>Anyone who wants to join this, please see the OOC thread first. YES, I will make one this time, Perry.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>and p.s., <BR>I'm only playing a male role because Perry took the female!<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-mad.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> That's just how the story's set up now, so<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0>... ya know<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby Periannath » Fri Jul 26, 2002 9:10 am

It was now nearly morning, or judging by the dim rays of light coming in from the high bars of the cell. The two were both up before the sun, as usual, and were already plotting their escape.<BR><BR>"So here's the plan: When the guard opens the barred door during the time when they give us water, you distract him by "falling" off the high stone hanging up there," she pointed to a ledge looking very unstable, about five feet up, though still very tall for hobbits. "You pretend you have broken your leg, and then when he comes up to you, act like you've passed out from the pain. I'll sneak around him and get through the door, and then be gone by the time he turns around again, then while he's around, just before he's closed the door and is going back and won't be looking, you get up as fast as you can and run out. Then we'll meet in one of the empty cells in the back; they'll never suspect it, and we might find some cell bars that are wide enough for us to get through."<BR><BR>"And what if all the bars are the same?" he protested.<BR><BR>"Well, do you have any better idea? You always take at least a few hours, and at noon today they're having our trial, we can't aford to wait for your stupid idea, so just follow mine!"<BR><BR>He consented, and they waited anxiously for the morning guard to come for their water, which would only be in a couple of hours now.
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Postby *Hobbit~Ranger* » Fri Jul 26, 2002 12:03 pm

It was almost time to hatch their plan; the guard would be coming any minute. Perry was, as usual, certain her pan would work, but Tobias kept complaining about the possibilities of failure.<BR><BR>"How do you even know there won't be a whole gang of guards when, and if, we get out?"<BR><BR>"I've watched their shift patterns closely, and figured that during the time when it is that one guard's turn to watch us, the other two will be on their lunch break outside. It'll probably be our only hope of escape."<BR><BR>They waited only a moment or two longer, when they saw the two guards across the hall disappear to the commonroom and soon heard swift, light footsteps of elven shoes coming up the right-side corridor. It was, in fact, a She, who came up to the barred gate of their cell, opened the door, and put a bucket of murky-looking drinking water in, and then saw the young male hobbit up on the stone. <BR><BR>"Hey- you!" she called angrily, "Get down from there1 You know there's no escape way out those bars." Tobias then "fell" off, and purposely landed as it to look as if he had fallen hard onto his knee. He began writhing in false pain, and cried out while rolling on the floor, and then went limp, eyes shut.<BR><BR>"Oh, you idiot," Perry thought, "he's over acting with the drama again. Oh well." She slipped out through the small crack of the open prison door, and pressed her back to the wall to keep out of sight. The guard looked around huriedly, and turned and ran back down the hall for the medical treatment herbs to get the hobbit back up for the trial, which would be taking place in only an hour. As soon as the elf was out of sight, Tobias leapt up from where he lay and ran off down the left chamber, calling quietly for Perry.<BR><BR>A hand flew out from behind the wall and grabbed him around the mouth, and another grabbed his arm and pulled him into the neighboring cell. Perry then let him go and stared him in the eye agitatedly.<BR><BR>"What are you doing? Don't be calling all down the halls, every elf in Mirkwood will be able to hear your stupid voice echoing everywhere!"<BR><BR>"Well, sorry. But right now we don't have time for arguing. Where are the barred windows? Are any big enough to get through?"<BR><BR>They checked all the openings and cracks of the empty cell, but found that Tobias was right; indeed, all the bars were the same length - not even enough space for two as small as themselves. They now were in a panick, and had very little time to plan an alternative escape before the guards came back, which would not be long at all; they could already hear angry shouts down the stone passage.<BR>
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Postby Letora » Sat Jul 27, 2002 8:37 am

They looked behind them and there in the cell across the corridor was an elf. <BR><BR>"Hello," she said trying hard to be polite,"my name is Letora, but please call me Lora."<BR><BR>They both looked at her as if she some new kind of creature. <BR><BR>"Well, don't just stand there. Introduce yourselves properly."<BR><BR>"I'm Tobias and this is Perry. Why are you in here?"<BR><BR>"High treason against the king. No biggy. How about you jewels i would guess?"<BR><BR>"You guess correctly." <BR><BR>Letora stood up and stared both of them in the eye. "Stealing Jewels is a horrible crime, but I've done it once or twice myself." She didn't seem to have much to say, but there was something very mysterious about her.
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Postby Periannath » Sat Jul 27, 2002 8:59 am

((ooc: Letora, you're actually supposed to post in the ooc thread first, so please do that. But for now, who cares, let's work with it<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0>))<BR>The two hobbits watched this new elf, startled by her voice through all the tension. Perry had always been more cautious han Tobias, and spoke up angrily.<BR><BR>"Toby, I've told you again and again not to blab out all our lives' information to prisoners!"<BR><BR>"Do shut up. It's not like she's going to just pop out and kill us, is it? We've acyually got an upper hand over an elf here, or at least I think. We can't really be sure when the guards will reach us now, can we? But anyway..." he turned to Lora, "what do you want from us? Are you some sort of plant by the elves, as a trap? Or are you trying to trick us into letting you out so you can ambush us or something?"<BR><BR>"Yes," Perry agreed, "And make yourself quick, we haven't really got much time on our hands for chatting, as you can see." she looked down the stone passage, hearing the echoes of elven shouts getting closer and louder as they spoke.
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Postby *Hobbit~Ranger* » Sat Jul 27, 2002 1:14 pm

Tobias looked around. The guards were coming into view now; they didn't have much time. He knew that betwen the two of them the hobbits would never be able to find their way through the dungeons of this place in time. He knew there was only one resource left. He stared the elf in the eye.<BR><BR>"All right Letora, or Lora, or whoever you are, we seem to be in a tighter spot now than usual. If we help you escape as well, will you help us out? Do you know the way?"<BR><BR>Perry smacked her forehead and mumbled something inaudible. "Okay Toby, that's it. I guess it doesn't matter now anyway that you've given one of the enemy elves all the knowledge they will ever need for tracking us down again, so I'll just give in and follow your lead this time." she turned to Lora, "Like he says, we let you out, you show us the way outside. Deal?"<BR><BR>"Deal." the elf consented, a slight smirk on her face. The two hobbits went up to her cell door as fast as they could while they still had time. They could pick any lock; they'd had much practice. They could have unlocked their own, if it weren't on the outside. They now set to swift work on it. <BR><BR>"Perry, give me one of your arrowheads. You managed to save a couple, didn't you?" Tobias asked.<BR><BR>"Yes, here's one." she answered, hurriedly taking a sharp, metal tip from her pocket and haning it quickly to her brother. Tobias shoved it in the lock, and got to work on it. They all soon heard a clink, and the lock snapped open. They wheeled the door open with a loud "creak" and the elf quickly leapt out and they all ran down the corridor as fast as they could, the prison guards not far behind. They turned a sharp corner, and reeled into a crack in the stone wall. Perry turned to Letora.<BR><BR>"All right, we've gotten you out. Now what do we do?"
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Postby Letora » Tue Jul 30, 2002 11:56 am

"Alright we better wait until these bumbling idiots pass. I swear there the stupidest of all elves. The only reason they have jobs as gaurds is because they are the biggest and the strongest," she said this as if she were jealous of them.<BR><BR>The gaurd ran on by. Letora grabbed Perry's hand and dragged the two hobbits down the corridor.<BR><BR>"Whatever you do don't let anyone know that I'm helping you get out."<BR><BR>"Why?" Perry asked.<BR><BR>"Because maybe I can make them think that I'm taking you to your trial," she replied.<BR><BR>Quickly they made their way up the stairs that led to the only way out.
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Postby Periannath » Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:12 pm

The hobbits followed with Lora leading them up through the halls, half dragging them. Perry thought to herself; she knew that these guards were not nearly as dumb as this elf thought they were, or else they would not have been caught in the first place - they were very clever and quiet and hard to catch. She looked behind them. The elf guards were coming up, when they saw them one shouted and they ran up to seize them. They called to Letora,<BR><BR>"Halt! What are you doing there with those two prisoners? Who are you? You must have leave of his highness before you are allowed to roam the chambers freely."<BR><BR>The elf responded more quickly than the hobbits had expected, she must have ben a quick thinker under pressure, much as they were. She turned around and looked them in the eyes.<BR><BR>"I am a prison guard of the king, such as yourselves. I have been newly assigned from a secret spy of the king to the sentinel." <BR><BR>She added, explaining to be a spy as it would explain her different clothing. She just prayed her own guard would not be in the midst of them and recognize her for who she really was. None of them seemd to cry out, and therefore was not the one, but they all looked very suspiciously at her.<BR><BR>"And why exactly then are these two out of their shackles? They could just burst away at any moment now and escape."<BR><BR>They were now having some mixed feelings. It looked as if the elves were going to believe their story so far at least, but now there was a new problem. They seemed they were going to be more cautious than expected. Perry had gotten the both of them out of their chains earlier, as was their way - they easily escaped any sort of binding confinement. <BR><BR>"I loosed them from their chains for an easier hold on them." She responded, tugging Tobias up to her side. "Hobbits can be quite difficult at times, and I'm late to take them to their trial now. So if you don't mind..." She began to set off with them again down the passage, but was immediately stopped by one guard, the one who had been guarding the hobbits' cell. She looked rather suspicious, a strange gleam in her eye.<BR><BR>"I will go with you. As you said, hobbits are none to be contained easily, and I would take to them with you, to see that they don't..... escape." She looked down at Tobias, who flinched a bit at the look in her eye that showed she was not to leave them for a amoment.<BR><BR>"No," Letora protested nervously, "I can take them myself. I - "<BR><BR>"Oh, but I insist." The elf walked up to her and grabbed Perry around the wrist in a firm grasp, Lora holding Tobias in her own hand. She could tell this guard was not going to be easily fooled as the rest, the look in her eye now showed pure, unbreakable determination. They were now stuck in what seemed an impossible position for the moment, so they went on through the quarters, to the trial chamber. Once they were inside, they saw many grim and curious elven faces about them, the king was seated before the front of the hall. The look on his face told he was ready to deal out the harshest punishment imaginable to the two young halflings; stealing his precious gems was one thing, but these two scallawags, these two riff-raffs would be the last of it- they would not get away, and especially with that one jewel still concealed in Tobias's pocket; the one bright blue jewel, now glowing hungrily, but the light of it out of sight of all others.<BR><BR>"Bring forth the prisoners," the chief guard angrily demanded, Letora looked back for one last hope of escape, but found it impossible. The guard took the two and threw them onto the trial bench and chained their ankles down and their hands together. "The criminals are being tried for theft of the high crowned jewels, a felony above most, which will most certainly not be taken lightly. Their sentence will be decided by his majesty, King Thranduil, and carried out by either the guards or executioner, depending on the hearing. Your highness." The guard turned to the king and bowed down, leaving the center court so that the high elf had plain view of the halflings. He sat atop a high throne, showered and encrusted with jewels all about. But there seemd to be one missing, one from atop his staff in his hand. Tobias thought he knew which one that was. To the king's left was his son, the prince of Northern Mirkwood. He opened his mouth to speak.
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Postby Letora » Sat Aug 03, 2002 11:28 am

The words left the king's mouth in a rage of terror,"Letora? What on Earth are you doing out of your cell? You should be in the dungeon serving your punishment."<BR><BR>"But Father I want to watch the trial. May I decide their fate?"<BR><BR>"I knew she was out to get us," Tobias whispered to Perry.<BR><BR>But Perry wasn't thinking about that. "What do you mean Father."<BR>Her words were directed right at Letora.<BR><BR>"Well you don't always meet folks in need of the gold they steel in the dungeon," Letora replied.<BR><BR>"Alright you can decide their fate. Here sit in you usual throne," the king said to Letora.<BR><BR>She seated herself on his left hand side. Then she picked up the crown placed on the armrest and set it on her head.
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Postby Periannath » Sat Aug 03, 2002 5:57 pm

Perry and Tobias were now feeling, besides nervousness, fear and anxiousness, utter astonishment at this turn of events. Perry was having so many mixed feelings and emotions and suspicions right now, she didn't know where to begin. At first her thoughts were of shock, then despair, then complete hopelessness. Then came confusion, anger, and fright. She knew this couldn't be right, for many reasons. Letora had been a prisoner, but was the princess, how could she be a prisoner? But no, maybe Tobias was right. Maybe she was a spy. Just a set-up, to see their escape for excuse of an even worse punishment. But then why would they put them through all that in the first place? The little hobbit's head was swimming. She had always been a sharp thinker, and a fast one at that. So while all this was going on in her quiet mind, only a few seconds had passed by. As she watched Lora take the throne beside the king, she looked to her brother, who was mutering curses and glaring up at the royal elves.<BR><BR>"What is all this? Some kind of game? Are you all just trying some way to toy with our minds, till we go mad?" his eyes were full of rage and tension, but Perry could se a tear or two trickle down the halfling's cheek. <BR><BR>"Tobias, hush!" Perry whispered harshly to him, "You'll get us into even deper trouble than we are now, if that's possible. I'm not quite sure what all this is going on here, but we'll se in a moment. Just wait." <BR><BR>They both turned frightened back up to the king, and the prince to his side, and Letora beside him, looking at them in a strange way.
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Postby Letora » Sat Aug 03, 2002 6:45 pm

"Let the trial begin," the king proclaimed.<BR><BR>It wasn't long before they were searched and the blue diamond was found in Tobias's pocket. Letora looked completely confident. Her smile hurt Perry and Tobias even more. They both had horrible thoughts going through their heads. For some reason they were both thinking that they were going to go through somje kind of long painful death.<BR><BR>"I think that they should be cast into the spiders den. I shall go with them to make sure that they ddd-die," she said to the crowd that had gathered. She stuttered only once. The two Hobbits were the only one to notice. They figured that she was instead going to save them while in the forest.<BR><BR>Then the king asigned a few guards to take his daughter and all of the prisoners to the Spiders Den. Then all of them were lead down to the dungeons to wait till it was time for them to leave.
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Postby Periannath » Sun Aug 04, 2002 7:28 am

As the hobbits waited anxiously for the outcome, both expectantly and frightened beyond all hope of escape now, they expected the worse and were afraid of what might happen. Letora sat down beside the king once again, and then rose in her seat a bit to speak.<BR><BR>"The prisoners' punishment is now decided, and will be announced before the trial court of his majesty. The two young hobbits, who have been tried for theft and intrusion in the emperial forest, shall be sentenced to death, by the treason of the spiders in the dark wood. They may be sent with some other prisoners of my own choice whom will share the same fate, and I shall also go with them, to be sure that their sentece is carried out."<BR><BR>The hobbits were now utterly despaired. They knew what this meant, though most hobbits would never even know what they meant by "the spiders." They knew. They had ventured to Mordor once, for reasons of their own, when coming across the darkest tunnels they'd ever seen. So many evil memories, ones that they never wished to recall nor recieve. But they did remember, and now that memory came in handy. Although it would not help them much against the beasts other than to know their few weaknesses. They had always hated spiders to begin with, but this was the most cruel thing that they thought could happen to them.<BR><BR>"And the prisoners shall be sent with only one weapon of their choice, though it will certainly not protect them much from their fate, it may get rid of some of the creatures for us." She looked over at the two. Tobias glared at her angrily, a fiery contempt in his eyes, but Perry was mostly concerned. There was a strange look in Letora's eyes, a small flicker of light perhaps, almost like a wink. She thought for a moment.<BR><BR>"I told you!" Whispered Tobias harshly and tensely, "She was on their side all along! Oh, we should have known better than to trust an elf. We never had before, and it should've been kept that way. I can't believe what a situation we're in!"<BR><BR>Perry turned to her brother and whispered back, "Don't be too sure of it, Toby. I know there was a reason we trusted her, and it may still turn out all right. I think she may mean to help us escape yet. And if not, well, if not, then maybe we can still escape the spiders. They will take us there, whether or no Letora means to help us, but we will have our bows, as she said; our weapon of choice. We've never been taken down before, and after all we've been through, well, I think with our skills we still have a pretty good chance."
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Postby Periannath » Wed Aug 07, 2002 9:21 am

The trial was now over, their sentences would now be carried out. The two hobbits were exceedingly nervous, as they were lead to the chamber where their confiscated weapons lay. The hobbits' bows were hanging on a peg in the wall, and several of their small knives and pocket-daggers lay about, surrounded by many more weapons, of mases, swords, bows, crossbows, dirks, blow-darts, chain-whips, and various others, belonging to other prisoners still contained in their cells, serving out whatever punishment they may have earned. Perry and Tobias were each allowed to take one item, be it of their own or another. Of course, being the skilled archers they were, they took their own two smallbows with the quivers, Tobias secretly slipping a small knife into his pocket unnoticed. The other prisoners sharing their sentence moved out as well, taking what they could, depending on what would be best for their survival against the giant beasts waiting for them in the dark forest.<BR><BR>When they were each set up with one of their weapons, a group of eight guards took the prisoners out, leading them to the edge of the kingdom. When they had reached the borders, Letora and one other guard, the guard that had originally kept watch over the two hobbits, took them further now along with the other few prisoners, to the spiders' den. Everything became dark as they entered the dense canopy of the black trees, following a single dirt path into the last stage of the travel. They entered a clearing, with sticky, thick strings all around, forming webs in a huge circle around the area of woods. <BR><BR>"Here is the limit of our leading," ther guard said, "m'lady Letora, it is your own decision to watch these prisoners, and see to it that their fate is carried out. You will certainly be fine, with you heritage and skills," she looked at the hobbits, "but these two, well...." she laughed a bit, in mockery of the two. "Farewell for now, m'lady." the guard took off back to the kingdom, or so they thought, but had suspected something of the prisoners and Letora, and knew she might try to help them escape, so she snuck back and kept watch on them all.<BR><BR>They were now enclosed in the very area of the spiders, huddled in a group in the center, their weapons out and ready. The twins were back-to-back, their bows out and ready, an arrow knotched in each. They all suddenly heard a soft, hissing laughter, coming from the trees, from above them, all around them. They got ready for battle.
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Postby Letora » Wed Aug 07, 2002 10:24 am

"Stop," Letora yelded in Elvish at the spiders,"stop this immediantely." She took a key out of her pocket and took the shackles off that had been there to ensure death to the prisoners. "Come on. Let us go deeper into the forest. We need to get away from the kingdom. We shall go to the main road before I help you anymore."<BR><BR>All of the prisoners looked at her astonished. They didn't budge. All of them were still a little uneasy.<BR><BR>"You think I'm still going to let you die don't you?" Letora asked the lot of them. "Well anyone who thinks that can just stay here to die. I mean why would I risk my life to watch you die? The thought of death gives me the jitters. I don't know why I would want to watch it happen before my eyes. Do you know why I would want to do that?"
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Postby Periannath » Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:43 am

Tobias and Pery each looked at Letora strangely. They half expected this, but it was a little late for escape. Tobias quickly spoke up in nervousnes and agitation.<BR><BR>"What?! What do you mean escape to the main road? We can't do that now! You've picked a fne time for your little escape plot. We've been lead right into the spiders' den, and are surrounded! Haven't you ever fought spiders like these before? Well, apparently you haven't but we have. They're gigantic! And they'll stop at nothing to capture their victims. We have no way out now but to fight!" and with that, Tobias let loose three arrows into the trees. Two spiders, as big as sheep, fell dead, their hideous black blood trickling along the ground from the wound of the impaling dart. The third one missed its mark, and now the spiders were ready to launch their attack. About a dozen or so rushed out from the tres, the bushes, the undergrowth, everywhere. Perry and Tobias did most of the work before the others had a chance, their silvery-feathered arrows whistled through the air, flying into the beasts, who crumpled to the ground, their legs scrunched up beneath their huge bodies. <BR><BR>"Letora, help!" Perry cried, out of arrows and using sharp shards of stone to defend herself against the oncoming swarms of spiders with, more and more coming at every second, "You've done nearly nothing to help any of us so far, as much as we could expect from an elf! And a Mirkwood elf at that - the <i>princess</i>! I'm beginning to think you're just like all the others, and you probably are!" the hobbit twins were now both out of arrows, Tobias was using his hidden dagger, and Perry had run out of anything usable to fight with, and was concentrating mainly on her defens skills, darting this way and that swiftly and hidden, which wouldn't last as long with the more and more spiders coming on. They awaited any action at all from Letora; she seemed useless to fight - only to escape. But they couldn't escape now. Now that they were being poured upon by more and more of the beastly things, and strings of web were flying everywhere, and would catch them all one by one in due time if they did not find a way out of this quickly.
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Postby Letora » Wed Aug 07, 2002 12:03 pm

Letora had been seeing how well these two Hobbits could do against spiders. Now she realized she better start to fight. She pulled out arrow after arrow. Killing the beasts with one shot in each. At the same time she yelled words in Elvish to try and stop the many spiders attacking the prisoners.<BR><BR>Then she spoke to Perry,"How dare you say I've never fought the giant spiders. I think that you should apologize for ever thinking that I would betray you. And last but not least if you hadn't killed their children they would have let us pass. After all I had spoken some elvish words to stop them." She pulled out a knife and throuigh it at the last one. "There we're done. Now will you come with me to the main road and I shall get us out of here. Come on."<BR><BR>THe prisoners followed Letora throught the woods. Her feet barely made a sound and she never broke a stick with them. THey could see the road ahead. She turned to the others and motioned to follow her, but not speak.<BR><BR>"There now you're at the main road but I shall not desert you."<BR><BR>THe gaurd that had been watching the hobbits had been following them through the forest.<BR><BR>"Ahhh," he said when he finally came out of hiding,"so Letora you wer going to take them away. Weren't you?"<BR><BR>She made no reply instead she began to look scared.
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Postby Periannath » Wed Aug 07, 2002 12:28 pm

Perry quickly picked up a stone, and threw the rock at the guard, almost without thinking. It hit her in the stomach, and the guard dropped to her knees in a slight flinch. <BR><BR>"Now!" cried the hobbits, "Run!" they made their way as quickly as they could through the forest, and soon came to one of the roads. Perry now stopped, catching her breath, and turned to Letora, rather annoyed.<BR><BR>"I never said that we thought you would betray us - I only meant that I thought we had more experience than you! My brother and I have been all over Middle Earth, probably farther than you will ever go in your immortal life, and we have seen what these things can do. Those weren't babies we hot - they were nearly full grown. And if we hadn't they would've dropped right on top of you and paralyzed you with one swift nip to the neck. These things attack in huge swarms, no matter what. No stupid elvish words are going to stop them! They're blood lusters! They would've come at us all over if we hadn'r attacked them first! And we're still not out of it yet - the spiders' dens are all around us, in one great circle nearly one eigth the size of Mirkwood. We've probably gotten through the most now, yes, but there are more ahead. Stronger, and smarter ones at that. Trust me - we know more about these creatures than any elf ever could. We've been to Mordor, and we've seen the first one who began it - the mother of them all, Shelob. Only a few have ever even lived to see the vile beast, and if my brother and I are one of those few, I expect we do have more experience than you elves could ever comprehend." she finished, still panting, a fiery glow in the hobbit's coal-black eyes. Tobias would've put a word in in agreement, but Perry had always been the better speaker, and seemed to be doing a good job of it. He now just waited beside the other prisoners, waiting for the next signal of what to do.
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Postby Periannath » Sun Aug 11, 2002 5:27 pm

They all heard a chorus of sharp hisses. They could see numerous spiders coming at them, from all different directions in the woods. The lot of them screamed and charged the things, going this way and that. Soon things were all in a ruckus, and most were separated from each other in various places in the wood. Now none of them could track where the others were, and all panicked. Where was the road? Perry could not tell. She didn't know where she was. She had run from the spiders chasing her rather than fought, for she was now far too tired and hurt. She tripped and fell as she ran, and landed hard in a clearing, her leg slashed across an upturned root. She huddled herself into an opening in the tree whose root it was, just at the base, and drifted off into unconsciousness from exhaustion in current protestion from the blood thirsty creatures outside. <BR><BR>Tobias had kept his head more than the others. He stabbed with his dagger at the spiders when they came too close, and tried to keep close behind the only person in his sight, who he could not make out at the moment. They ran through the forest, beads of sweat forming on his brow. They came to a path in the wood, and a small white chapel in the center, obviously an elvish make. He was directed toward it by the elf in front of him, who pulled him in and thrust forward a fallen branch to the entrance, blocking the spiders from entering. The hissed and spat outside, one by one giving up to leave. They breathed a sigh of relief. The place was very old; aging growth covered the inside and surrounded it, vines crept in from the broken crystal windows. Tobias turned about to face his leader to the sanctuary. It was Letora, and this actually reassured him much, knowing that it was someone he somewhat knew, and what that knew well what she was doing. He put his blade back into his vest, and took a few steps up to her. <BR><BR>"What can we do now?" he asked, "We're stuck here until they leave, and that might be a while... And even then it won't be safe to go out, not really..."
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Postby HappyHobbit » Sun Aug 11, 2002 7:10 pm

Krystal had been walking slowly to the small spring by her camp, smiling as she took in the beauty of the day. She reached the stream and crouched down to feel the cool, clean water flow through her fingers. She cupped her hands, let them fill with the water, and brought it slowly to her mouth. <BR><BR>As she began to drink, her peaceful morning was suddenly interupted, and loud screams and hisses caught her off guard, causing her to spray her water in surprise. She rose quickly and looked around her, terrified by the horrible sounds that reached her ears. Such sounds she had never heard before in the quiet forest, and hoped she would never hear again in any place after. She turned and began to run blindly toward her camp, catching the movements of dark figures dropping from trees and scurring across the horizon out of the corner of her eyes. What was going on?!<BR><BR>She heard the sounds of harsh footfall both before and behind her now, and she continued to run until the weak muscules of her legs threatened to give out. She tripped over something and cried out as she was sprawled onto the forest floor. She coiled in pain and held her ankle; it felt as though it had been broken. As she was examining the bone, something else caught her eye. <BR><BR>She looked over to the place where her foot had faltered and saw a small, still form lying in the leaves. She crawled over to the figure and rolled it over. It was a hobbit! A small gasp of surprise escaped her lips as she looked closer at the face, wondering if it could be one of her relations, out looking for her. She shook her head sadly as she concluded she'd never seen this lass before, and from the looks of it she had to be no more than 14. A sudden hiss nearby caused Krystal to jump, forcing her back to the present. She nodded her head as she made a decision and leaned against a nearby tree, slowly forcing herself up. She winced in anticipation of the pain from her ankle, but it was far less then she'd feared it'd be; it must only be a slight sprain. She bent down and tried to pick up the hobbit, but the weight was too much for her. She looked around in dismay; her camp wasn't far, but she couldn't drag the poor hobbit the whole way there. She had a thought and disappeared through the trees, returning shortly with her small canteen in hand, dripping with water. She bent down and splashed the cold water on the hobbit's face.<BR><BR>Perry began to stir, and by the time Krystal had drained her canteen, she had awoken. A soft moan escaped her lips as she rubbed her head and looked around her. She looked up and gave a start as she met Krystal eye to eye. "Who are--" She began in a soft voice, but Krystal cut her off.<BR><BR>"My name is Krystal, and I'm afraid there's no time for proper 'how do you do?'s. Please, can you walk?"<BR><BR>Perry nodded slowly and allowed Krystal to help her up. Krystal felt Perry lean her weight into her as they moved slowly forward. Krystal looked behind her urgently as the noises of hissing drew nearer. After a short walk, they reached a large tree, with a small hollow in it's trunk. Inside were blankets, some supplies, and a small area set aside for a campfire. Krystal led them both inside, let Perry down on her bedroll, and sat nearby, her knees brought up to her chest and her legs trembling with fright.
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Postby Letora » Sun Aug 11, 2002 7:18 pm

"Well we shall stay here until we can't here anything outside. Then I know where your friend Perry is. I saw her fall she crawled into a tree. Many of the trees here are hollow. I want you to stay here I shall be back."<BR><BR>"What are you going to do?" Tobias questioned.<BR><BR>"I'm going to make sure that the others are safe. Don't worry it will be okay. Just stay in here." Letora ran out and instantly began to shoot arrows. It didn't take long to get everyone safely beneath the roots of trees.<BR><BR>After she had helped the others she back toward the tree where Tobias was. She pushed back the branches and crawled inside. The opening in the tree was quite large. Tobias was laying down now and waiting the return of Letora.<BR><BR>"Tobias, we need to get out of here. Don't worry about the others I have given them instructions on what to do when they can hear nothing. Though I fear it shall be quite a while until the spiders are gone. We shall probably have to wait here for a few days.<BR><BR>"Though you know nothing of me here I shall tell you a bit about me. My name is Letora and my title is Princess Letora Laoin of Mirkwood. The only reason I steal is because it is the only fun thing to do. That cell that I was in has become my regular cell. I don't know about you but I think that those cells are simple to get out of. The reason I calle dthe guards dumb is to give you a sense of relief. you know that they may not catch us so easily.<BR><BR>Now Tobias whom are you? What is your story? And most of all why are you in Mirkwood? What brings you so far from the Shire?"
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Postby Periannath » Mon Aug 12, 2002 5:39 pm

Perry woke to the feel of cool water trickling into her mouth. She slowly opened her eyes and let out a slight groan, trying to remember what had happened, and then slowly focused to see a hobbit kneeling over her, with a very anxious and worried expression on her face. Sh didn't kow what was happening; all Perry knew was that te spiders were still out there, and she could hear their hissing and hustling through the foliage, coming nearer and nearer with each passing moment. <BR><BR>The hobbit looked down at her, then to the woods, then back down to her again. "Can you walk?" she asked, urging her to get up. "I think so..." Perry responded, figuring that she had no choice but to trust nd follow this hobbit at the moment, and so staggered to her feet and hobled after her, trying to regain the feeling in her legs. <BR><BR>She was led into a tree hollow, and a rather large one at that, which appeared to be made into a makeshift camp-out retreat. She was let onto a soft cotton bedroll, and saw a fire and pot across the side, and various supplies and carryings. It seemed this hobit had been travelling, and rested in these woods, most likely lost. Perry was now aghast at this whole situaton, not so much being trapped in a tree in an elvish forest with dozens of deadly spiders looming about, but also seeing another hobbit here. The only other halfling she had ever seen before in her life had been her brother Tobias, and now he was gone somewhere in this foresaken place, and there was this new person. She and her brother had been brought up in the Wilderlands all their lives, and there were certainly no oter hobits out there in the East. She was beginning to think that they were the only ones. <BR><BR>The hobbit now went over to the fire, and seemed to be fixing something in the pot hanging over it. She stirred it a bit, then seemed to be looking around for something. <BR><BR>"Who - who are you?" Perry asked, rubbing her head from the harsh fall she had had earlier. She then looked down at her leg, the gash still showing a steady stream of blood. She didn't want to bleed on anything here, and so tore a piece of her cloak off, and wrapped it tightly in the cloth. It seemed this hobbit was hurt as well, on her left leg. "Your ankle is broken!" she pointed, and crawled up to examine it, to see if it was too bad for the hobbit to walk, or she might not be prepared for the spiders outside, when and if they ever got out. As she leaned over, something heavy fell from her pocket. "Huh-?" she looked down. It was a sparkling blue gem, fairly large, and recognized it to be the same as her brother Tobias had taken, and had it taken back when they had been searched. "He always was a good pocket picker," she thought to herself, figuring he must've re-stolen it when they were leaving. <BR><BR>She grasped the stone in her hand, and then looked back at the hobit's wound. "Oh, how I wish she wasn't hurt... Especially at this time... It looks so painful..." Suddenly, the jewel began to sparkle and glow brigt, with an ocean-like light. The eerie glow spread out, and reached the hobbit, swirling aroundher ankle. The bone, which seemed to be irregularly out of place, straightened, andshe gave a soft cry, and looked down at it. It seemed to be as good as new. She shrugged, and then so did Perry; she wasn't sure wht was going on with all this, but it was not the thing to ponder right now. <BR><BR>Perry asked again, "Who <i>are</i> you, and why are you out herein the elvish wood?"
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Postby *Hobbit~Ranger* » Mon Aug 12, 2002 6:54 pm

Tobias glanced swiftly over his shoulder as Letora appeared in the boughs ofthe tree. He was just finishing tying the branches together with his rope. Letora seemed to wonder what he was doing this for.<BR><BR>"I'm sealing an enclosure in the tree; spiders can climb better than most other creatures, I'm surprised you didn't know." He finished strapping the last loose branchestogether forming a perfect seal. "The others will have to fend for themselves now... Treetops are really unsafe places t be in if you're not sheltered; it's where most of the webs are..." He sat down on the base limb of the tee, and looked back up at Letora as she sat down beside him, and began to tell him a bit about herself.<BR><BR>"Though you know nothing of me here I shall tell you a bit about me. My name is Letora and my title is Princess Letora Laoin of Mirkwood. The only reason I steal is because it is the only fun thing to do. That cell that I was in has become my regular cell. I don't know about you but I think that those cells are simple to get out of. The reason I calle dthe guards dumb is to give you a sense of relief. you know that they may not catch us so easily.<BR><BR>Now Tobias whom are you? What is your story? And most of all why are you in Mirkwood? What brings you so far from the Shire?" <BR><BR>Tobias was really astounded to hear all this of Letora, being the princess of Mirkwood and all, and was a bit confused as o what to say. <BR><BR>"Well, first of, I, we, my sister and I, we don't believe in stealing just for fun, unless,of course, it's treasure you're dealing with," he said with a smirk, "But Perry and I were born in the Wilderlands, east of the Great River, and we've never been to the Shire, wherever that is..." he looked a it confused, as he had never heard of this place before, nor had he seen another hobbit in his life besides his sister. He continued, nonetheless, "Our father killed our mother after we were born. So we never knew our mother, and our father was, or is, a half human, part hobbit, and part elf. He joined with the dark side of Mordor as an ssistant to the Dark Overord, and in time, grew more powerful than most of them. He is now one of the most powerful, and rising to soon become master of the dark lands. He had us with our mother to try to create us to be great as well, and tried to make us evil like him, and when he escaped, he many times sent messengers to capture us, and bring us back. We escaped every time, though, sometimes on the very doorstep of Minas Morgul. We've many times been to Mordor as a result, and learned to defend ourselves well. Against many things, including...the spiders..." his voice trailed off for a bit, as if deep in thught or evil memory, "We've also learned to speak the black speech of the Mordorian tongue, and have many other, well - abilities. Some that we were born with, and some we picked up on the way. We spend most of our time wandering Middle Earth, and searching for something, though we do not yet know what... We steal to keep alive, or for anything we really like." he laughed a bit. "But please tell me more of yourself: why are you helping us escape now, instead of remaining at the palace?"
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Postby HappyHobbit » Mon Aug 12, 2002 7:13 pm

Krystal was limping with the pain from her ankle. She searched the floor around her, trying to find something; ANYTHING to ease the pain. The other hobbit moved forward and studied her ankle, a look of concern across her face. She held something tightly in her hand; something Krystal didn't remember seeing earlier. Before she could ask anything about it, the hobbit opened her hand as a great light escaped from it. Nearly falling back with surprise, Krystal watched as it wound itself around her ankle. She gasped softly while her ankle began to move back into it's normal position. The light faded and Krystal looked down at her ankle, her mouth open in surprise. She moved her foot from side to side a couple of times to reassure herself it had fully healed. She looked back into the face of the new hobbit, gave her a small smile, and shrugged it off, though the shock was still strong in her mind. <BR><BR>"Who <i>are</i> you, and what are you doing here in the Elven wood?"<BR><BR>Krystal realised she'd have to marvel over her magical ankle later, and she sat down next to her guest, eyeing her hand curiously. After she was satisfied whatever the hobbit was holding wouldn't do anything for the moment, she turned her eyes to meet those of her guest's. She smiled and responded, "My name's Krystal." She cocked her head to the side as she attempted to answer the rest of the hobbit's question. "What do you mean... Elven wood?"<BR><BR>Perry blinked at Krystal in surprise. "Well, Krystal, Elves live in these woods."<BR><BR>Krystal's eyes widened, causing Perry to laugh softly at her comical look. "Elves?" Krystal's voice was no louder than a whisper. Perry smiled and nodded her head. Krystal looked out of the tree hollow and saw the forest in a new found wonder. She hadn't known ELVES were in these woods. Of course these beasts that could still be heard hissing and running through the trees were new to her, too. 'Well that just shows how observant I am.' She thought to herself. 'Here I am, in what I think to be just an ordinary forest, and it turns out to be inhabited by the Fair Folk!' <BR><BR>"I didn't know Elves lived here." She began outloud, now moving her gaze back to meet again with the other hobbit's. "Mum and Da never told me what was in the forest we were going to, other then my Uncle that is. He'd disappeared, you see, about 3 months before we left. We wouldn't have left the Shire at all if my Aunt wasn't in such a distraught state. Da said it wasn't natural; a Hobbit traveling out of the Shire by choice. He thought the trip to be folly, and wanted nothing to do with it. But Mum made him go; she made us all go." Kyrstal averted her eyes to the ground as a small tear rolled down her cheek and sparkled in the dimmed light. She drew a shaky breath and continued, struggling to steady her voice. "They were all so happy and relieved when they found him. They packed up camp and left right away. In all the excitement, I got lost, and... here I am!" She said as she put out her arm, gesturing to the area around her.<BR><BR>"But... didn't your parents miss you?" Perry asked in disbelief.<BR><BR>Krystal sighed and shook her head. "I doubt it. I doubt they've even realised I've gone yet. They're all back home by now. We live in the Smials, and there are so many other Hobbits and children there that it's easy to get lost without even <i>going</i> anywhere." She looked around her and smiled. "I'm almost glad they forgot me; I've learned to appriciate the solitude." She paused and turned to smile at Perry. "What about you? Who are you and how did <i>you</i> get here? You surely seem to have an exciting story about how you've come to this place. Tell me everything!"
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Postby Periannath » Mon Aug 12, 2002 7:33 pm

Perry was really very interested in all this hobit had to tell, especally about all her family, and all of the other hobbits she spoke of. Perry had never seen norheard of he Shire, and was a bit puzzled a to what she meant by it.<BR><BR>"Well, what exactly do you mean...The <i>Shire?</i> I've never heard of that place before. Are theremany other hobbits thee? Oh, well, there must be, considerig you've told me that anyone could easily get lost in all of them. But I don't know what all of this is, I mean - I - I -" she had so many questions, and didn't know where to begin. "First off, My name is Perry. Thank you for taking me to your shelter here - those spiders are so nasty... Though at least they're not as bad as Her, only her offspring...Oh, but I'm etting carried away with my thoughts again. I'm sorry... To begin, I was born a twin, my brother Tobias and I. We were born and raised in the Wilderlands, and have been many times to the lands of Mordor. We've been all over, at leas East of Anduin. I'm surprised you and your family ot this far with so little troule; it's more dangerous in Mirkwood than any other elvish dwelling. We were venturing into this forest, and wandered into the elves' kingdom by accident. My idiot brother just <i>had</i> to have their jewels, just <i>had</i> to se how <i>beautiful</i> and <i>sparkly</i> they were. Just <i>had</i> to get us imprisoned and sentenced to be sent ou into this miserable part of the woods, the wost in fact. The very den of these horrible spiders." she suddenly foud herself speaking ahead of what she had meant to again, and decided to change the subect to something a bit lighter. "I'm sorry I gave you such a strange look when I saw you, It's just, well, I've never seen another hobbit before, besies my brother, of course."
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Postby HappyHobbit » Mon Aug 12, 2002 8:36 pm

Krystal felt her jaw drop. She wasn't sure which surprised her more; that Perry had never seen anyother hobbit before, or that she'd never heard of the Shire. Krystal decided to address the Shire first. <BR><BR>"You've... never heard of the Shire?" She asked in disbelief. Perry shook her head sadly in answer. "Well, the Shire is where all the hobbits live." Krystal began enthusiastically. "Well, all the hobbits I know of anyway. There are so many! There are the Bagginses, their relatives the Sackville-Bagginses (hardly anyone likes <i>them</i>) and the Bradybucks, and the Tooks of the Great Smials, and Boffins and Proudfoots, and Boldgers, and the Bracegirdles, and the Goodbodys, and... and..." Krystal stopped when she saw the blank, confused stare Perry was giving her. She laughed softly and decided she'd best slow down before she lost her only audience behind in the dust. "Well, there are alot of hobbits there. We've lived there for hundreds of years, at least that's what the elders say. Oh, but you should see it, Perry!" Krystal said with a sigh so full of admiration that Perry couldn't help but smile. "It's full of softly rolling hills, all so green that anyother shade looks sickly. And each hill is a cosy little Hobbit hole, full of a family of hobbits. And there are crystal blue streams that run throughout the land, and out into the forests and lands beyond. And Hobbiton--oh, Hobbiton. It's the most beautiful place! Full of shops and bakeries and hobbits and flowers..." Krystal trailed off as she smiled at the warm memory of her home. She turned away, closed her eyes, and inhaled deeply, trying to see if she could smell the Shire all the way from Mirkwood.<BR><BR>As Perry listened to Krystal talk, and watched her actions now, it became quite clear to her that this hobbit didn't enjoy the solitude of the forest as much as she thought she did. She missed her home; whether she was aware of it or not.<BR><BR>Krystal opened her eyes and slowly turned back to Perry. She smiled warmly and said "You said you had a brother? Tell me about him. What's he like? Well, besides the fact that he's entranced by shiny objects that is." Krystal laughed softly and she turned to look out of the tree hollow. She then turned back and looked at Perry with concern. "Where is he? Is he alright?"
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Postby Periannath » Mon Aug 12, 2002 9:53 pm

Perry stared for a moment in shock: The Shire? The Shire. Krystal's description of it, it made everything inside her feel wonderful, as if she was there now, gazing out over the miles and miles of flourishing green hills, feils of flowers and...hobbit holes...She guessed that was whatshe expected. She and her brother had always had the urge to dig holes in the earth to stay in, to shelter in burrows every time there was danger near. All the other hobbits must be like thm, she thought. She felt as though she had known the Shire to be a part of her forever, ever since before she was born. It was as if it had been right under her nose this entire time, and yet she never realized it. She could imagine it perfectly, she could see it in Krystal's eyes. There seemed to be so many of them...Baggins, Boffins, Bolgers... she had quite forgotten the rest, she had gotten lost in all the different names, unexpecting of what she would hear. It sounded, it felt, so beautiful and perfect...<BR><BR>"You must really miss it," Perry said to her, a glazed, thouhtful and pitiful look in her eyes. <BR><BR>"Yes," Krystal responded, looking away, "I wonder when I'll ever get back..." it sounded like her voice were now slightly breaking, as if she were about to cry. Prry decided to go on to the next question, and perhapschange the subject a bit. <BR><BR>"My brother," she said, "Tobias, I don't know where he is now. We had been cast into the spiders' den by those horrible elves, and got separated when we were attacked. I lost all my arrows..." she said sadly, looking down at her empty quiver, "I don't know where he could be now, but I suppose he can take care of himself, he always has, though we've almost never been separted before..." She gazed into the dim glow of the fire, concern in her eyes. "I hate those elves. And elves have always hated us; they always dohate us when they find that we're from Mord-, erm, nevermind...Perry quickly tried to change the subject, to avoid the question of Mordor for now. She didn't want anyone to know now, not that she'd actuallymade a friend with someone, though it was probably too late now; she'd beentalking all out of her senses, and had blabbed out far too much more than she should have. <BR><BR>Perry looked outside of the tree-shelter. Darkness was creeping over; it would be night soon. The golden shadows of the trees faded from orange, to brown, to gray, and finally to black. She saw Krstal involuntarily shiver down her spine as night crept over. Perry was beginning to get a bit weary, but was unsure if she could sleep after all that had happened, and was happening. She turned to Krystal, and waited for her to say something, anything, to break the silence. "Would you tell me more of the Shire?" Perry asked hesitantly, her black eyes shimmering in the light of the fire.
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Postby Letora » Tue Aug 13, 2002 2:30 pm

Letora had been trying build a fire while Tobias was talking to her. Finally she got the flames started and turned to look at Tobias in amazement.<BR><BR>"You've never heard of the Shire?" Tobias shook his head. Letora looked at him in disbelief. "Well the Shire is the origanation place of all halflings," she said, Tobias looked confused," halflings are half men or Hobbits. The Shire is quaint as can be. But i wouldn't be happy living there. On the other hand I shall be leaving for the Gray Havens soon. Now you wish to know why I tried to save you. There is a perfectly good explanation for that. I like Hobbits. You and your sister are the 4th Hobbits I've ever met. Well more about me. I am not really 18 I just go by that age. I am really 1800 years old. I shall be turning 1801 in 2 months exactly. But that doesn't matter. Birthdays are only celebrated eveery ten b-days here in Mirkwood. I was alive for the Great War of the Ring. I met good old Frodo but I didn't meet his companions."<BR><BR>She began to prod at the flames in front of her. She was beginning to get tired but held herself from sleep. There was sleep in Tobias's eyes. He looked tired from the long day.<BR><BR>It was beginning to get dark outside. She was glad for the light that was inside her little hollow tree. There was so much she wanted to tell Tobias, but as she looked at him she realized he was asleep.<BR><BR>"Tobias," she said quietly just incase he was just trying to get to sleep, but no answer came from the sleeping figure so she came to the conclusion that he was asleep. She took off her robe and put it behind her head. She closed her eyes and was instantly asleep. <BR><BR>In her dreams she saw the guard that had been watching them earlier. He was looking for something. Her father had once told her that Elven dreams told her what was happening to her. She woke up and peered out through the branches. There in front of the tree was the guard. She quickly exstinguished the fire, and watched to make sure that he didn't even glance in her direction. She was so scared that he would catch her. She shook Tobias's shoulder until he awoke. <BR><BR>"Shoosh, don't make a sound. The guard that was watching you and Perry in the dungeons is out there looking for us. I hope that he doesn't find anyone. Hopefully he will think that we are all dead. But hopefully he will also think that I got away. Quick lean back so he doesn't see the light hit your face." The two of them leaned back and calmed their breath. They stared out of the branches in fear. Both of them were as scared as ever. They pressed themselves against the back of the tree. He walked toward where they were. Instantly a spider jumped out of the tree that they were hidden in. <BR><BR>The guard screamed in astonishment and began to fire his arrows. He soon began to run. Fear consumed him quickly. The two watched him run out of site. They both breathed sighs of relief. <BR><BR>"Now we can sleep." It wasn't long before both of them were consumed by sleep.
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Postby HappyHobbit » Tue Aug 13, 2002 7:04 pm

Krystal smiled warmly. "Of course, Perry; I could talk about the Shire all day!" Some of what Perry said earlier confused her, especially the mention of the 'spiders', and 'her', but Perry seemed uncomfortable at the idea of talking about it, so Krystal let it go. She didn't want to upset her new friend. <BR><BR>"Oh, where do I start?" She asked herself outloud, her eyes sparkling at the memories of her wonderful home. "Well, the Shire is a big place. It's split into 4 Farthings; the North, the South, the East, and the West. Most of my family lives in the West Farthing by Tuckborough. Well, more by Waymoot than Tuckborough really, but I spend most of my time in Hobbiton. My older brother has a job there in the pub the Green Dragon, and though I can't remain there after it gets dark, I do enjoy staying at the bar and talking with the customers. Everyone in the Shire is so nice! Well most of them are. I don't really talk with the unpleasent hobbits, though I know of them. When I'm not in Hobbiton, I like to visit the Tooks in Tuckborough. It's a big family!" Krystal said with a laugh. "Even bigger than mine. I love them though; they're all so kind and good natured. They're deffinatly the biggest family in the West Farthing. Most of them are relatives to the Bradybucks, who live over in Buckland in the East Farthing. They're a pretty sizely family, too. The Tooks live in the Great Smials, while the Bradybucks live in Brandy Hall. I've been over there a couple of times. They've got the Brandywine River flowing righ by them. Oh, the Brandywine is one of the most beautiful rivers you've ever seen! Its banks are green and shallow, and the water is always clear and cool! It separates Buckland from the Old Forest. I've never been in the Old Forest, nor do I wish to visit it any time soon. I've heard all sorts of stories about that evil place. They say that the wolves crossed over the Brandwine the year it froze over, but that had to have been at least a hundred years ago. The Shire never freezes. It's weather is always perfect; the summer never too hot nor the winter too cold. It never floods either, well some areas around the Brandywine may flood a little during the rainy season, but it's never anything to worry about. Most of the South Farthing is just beautiful country side and small farms, and sometimes my sisters and I hike over to it and camp on the green for a day if the weather's just too good to waste by sitting inside, which it often is." Krystal paused and smiled fondly, almost feeling the warmth of the sun on her back and the breeze in her hair. She hesitated and looked around her sadly. <BR><BR>"It's never this dark in the Shire." She shivered as she looked out into the dark of the forest. "Or this cold. We always have out fireplaces to keep us warm in the cooler nights..."<BR><BR>She didn't realise how much she missed home until now. Nor did she realise how loney she was before she met Perry. She turned and smiled at her softly. "I think you'd like it there, Perry. You really <i>must</i> see it! I'll take you! You and Tobias. When we find him that is. I miss my family, and I'm sure they'll just <i>love</i> you!" Perry couldn't help but smile at Krystal's enthusiasm as she continued. "I'm sure we can find our way back, I can almost smell my Mum's garden from here. My family says that every hobbit can find the Shire, should they ever wonder out, even if they've never been to it!" Krystal turned and smiled at Perry. "What do you think, Perry? Would you and Tobias like to come home with me?"
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Postby Periannath » Tue Aug 13, 2002 7:44 pm

Perry listened with great interest to Krystal's tales of the Shire and was ever more and more eager to hear the descriptions of all the places and people, and rivers and forests. She couldn't help but stop her mind for a momnt when she heard herspeak of the "Green Dragon," but then kicked herself for knowing how stupid it was to think a rea dragon for a moment. She'd only seen one dragon in her short life, but from so far away she could not tell muc about it. It had greatly frightened her though, and had caused so much damage o the lands about it. She then saw how Krystal stopped for a moment, and looked out into the cold forest night. She could tell the hobbit really did miss her home in the Shire, and her family, more than she probably knew right now. That always happened with Perry: something might happen, to change something in her life, and it slowly rushed in upon her as she sat and thought, when she didn't even notice it at first. Tobias always did. He thought very differently from her. Tobias! She picked up her head as she heard Krystal mention his name, asking if they would want to come home with her, back to the Shire. Perry's mind automatically clicked upon hearing this, and she blurted out without thinking.<BR><BR>"Why, of course! We would love to come! Oh, I would love that more than anything, to be able to see the Shire, to see all the different places and meet all the other hobbits there..." she suddenly broke off, her senses coming back to her. She wanted more than anything in the wold to see the Shire, though she had only just eard of the place, it was where she wanted to go despite all opposing hr. But how could she? If she ever found Tobias, she would sure she would, but how would they get past their father? Perry hated bringing that matter up in her head again, as she did so many times when evil or good things happened. Her father would sense their leaving, and would be out to get them more than ever, desperate to bring them back to Mordor... But she expelled all those thoughts from her mind now, for once. For once, she was not going to worry about that. She was going to look only on the lighter side of this, and how much in her heart she wanted to go and see this place, the Shire. It must've been in the far West, she knew, for this sounded the most perfect land in the world to her, and she had lived in the East all her life, and as she travelled farther East, the worse the lands became. And so she decided. She would not let her family matters keep her from achieving this. But what would happen when they found Letora again? "She's certainly found Tobias by now," she thought, "And is probably looking after him right now. When I finally find them again, what will happen? What will Letora do then? Probably go back to the Mirkwood palace. She wasn't sure. But now wasn't exactly the perfect time for thinking ahead. She looekd back up at Krystal.<BR><BR>"I would love more than anything to come back there with you," she said, still imagining what the Shire must be like. "But we will first have to figure our way out of this accursed forest, and then make our way back through the West... We should probably leave by tomorrow, not necessarily morning, but enough time so that we will have plentyof daylight left when we set out." She looked back outside, jus in time to see a single star escape the dense, shrouded leaves of the endless rees, and shimmer through the black night sky, seeming to look down on them through the endless veil of time.
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Postby HappyHobbit » Tue Aug 13, 2002 8:41 pm

"Wonderful!" Krystal could hardly believe her luck; she was going home! It made her giddy just thinking about it. She noticed some resistance in Perry's face before she answered, but all traces of it seemed to have disappeared. Krystal crawled over to her pack and pulled out her extra blanket. She laid it on the floor a between the bedroll and fireplace, and lied down on it. <BR><BR>"We'd best get our sleep then, if we're to get a good start tomorrow." She yawned while she said this, now feeling the weariness in her mind and body. She leaned over and poured some extra water in a pot over the edges of the fire, trying to allow it to weaken enough so they wouldn't have to worry about it spreading during the night. Part of it remained lit, and the light from the small flames flickered against the walls of the trunk, throwing shadows in every direction. <BR><BR>She turned to look at Perry. "You can sleep on the bedroll. It's not exactly as comfortable as a bed, but it's the best I have. We'll go looking for Tobias tomorrow. I don't want us to leave without him." Krystal didn't know why she was saying this; she'd never met Tobias before and had no idea where to even begin looking for him. But then again she couldn't expect Perry to up and leave her brother in this lonely wood, and she was looking forward to meeting the lad. <i>We'll find him.</i> She thought to herself. <i>We just have to. I couldn't let myself leave him alone in this place; I wouldn't wish such lonliness on anyone, not after I've lived through it and know how it hurts.</i> <BR><BR>Krystal shifted under her blanket, trying to find a comfortable spot, and turned once again to Perry. "Will you be comfortable for the night? I appologize again for the crudness of the bed, but it's all my family packed in my backpack. I hope you can have a good night sleep, Perry; I'll see you in the morning." Krystal smiled as she said those words, happy beyond belief that she had someone to say them too again. Perry was the first friend she'd ever really had; though there were many hobbits around her home, she mostly tagged along with her sisters, brothers, or cousins, and didn't know anyone outside the family too well. <i>It's nice to have a friend.</i> She thought as a large smile spread across her face.
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