Crimson Sunrise - Chapter 10

~Chapter 10~

Jessina yawned as she woke up. The first light of the sun was creeping into the window, and she sat up, rubbing her eyes. It took her a moment to remember where she was: in Bungo and Belladonna's hobbit-hole. She stretched carefully, wincing a bit at the sudden pain in her leg, and massaging it until it passed. As soon as the ache was gone, she stood and looked out the small, round window.

As far as she could see, the green hills glistened and sparkled with dew in the pale orange sunrise. A few early risers were already up and about, doing business in the market or at work in the many fields. The cool breeze that slipped silently through the window, ruffling her tangled early-morning hair, smelled faintly of moisture and tilled earth. She shivered slightly at the brisk air and sat back on the bed, pulling the blankets around her as she attempted to fully wake up.

Her peaceful meditation was broken, however, by the barely-audible pattering of light feet. She opened an eye and watched as Bilbo tiptoed into the room.

"You up?" he whispered. She nodded and yawned.

"I was trying to wake up."

"You sleep like that?" She laughed quietly.

"Sitting up? No, silly. Are your mother and father up yet?" Bilbo nodded.

"Mommy making breakfast." He took her hand and led her into the kitchen. Belladonna was setting the table- this time with bread and butter, berries, eggs, bacon, jam, and milk.

"Morning, dear," the hobbit said, smiling brightly. "Hungry?" Jessina nodded and yawned again. "Bilbo didn't wake you, did he?"

"Not at all," she said, winking at the boy.

"How'd you sleep?"

"Quite well, thank you." She sat at the same chair as the night before. Gandalf was sitting as well, and Bilbo was waiting to be put in his high chair, but Bungo was no where to be seen.

"Where's Bungo?" she asked, stifling another yawn.

"Oh, he's helping in the fields already. He promised a friend he would lend him a hand." She nodded silently as Belladonna sat down and they all filled their plates.

"So what you want we do today?" Bilbo asked her, kicking his feet under the table.

"I don't know. What do you feel like doing?" Bilbo stuffed a bite of bread with jam into his mouth.

"I show you my friends."

"Don't talk with your mouth full, Bilbo," Belladonna scolded.

"That sounds good to me," Jessina said, finishing her plate quickly. She went back to her room and dressed and washed, then joined Bilbo in front of the fire, where he was waiting for her.

"We have to come back soon for second breakfast, mommy said."

"Second breakfast?" Bilbo nodded eagerly. Jessina shrugged. Gandalf entered the room, carefully avoiding the treacherous ceiling beams.

"We should be leaving some time later today, so have fun while you can, my boy," Gandalf said, ruffling Bilbo's hair. Bilbo took Jessina's hand and led her out the door into the pleasant morning sunshine.


Ever close your eyes
ever stop and listen
ever feel alive
and you've nothing missing
you don't need a reason
let the day go on and on

Let the rain fall down
everywhere around you
give into it now
let the day surround you
you don't need a reason
let the rain go on and on

What a day
what a day to take to
what a way
what a way
to make it through
what a day
what a day to take to
a wild child

Only take the time
from the helter skelter
every day you find
everything's in kilter
you don't need a reason
let the day go on and on

Every summer sun
every winter evening
every spring to come
every autumn leaving
you don't need a reason
let the day go on and on

What a day
what a day to take to
what a way
what a way
to make it through
what a day
what a day to take to
a wild child...


***One week later***

Jessina hugged Bilbo tightly as he sniffled. Kneeling down in front of him so they might be eye-level, she took his hands.

"Bilbo, I'm sure I'll see you again," she said, hugging him close. Gandalf nodded from behind her.

"We've already stayed much longer than I thought we would. You'll see her again someday, don't worry," Gandalf said, smiling and accepting a warm hug from the boy. Belladonna smiled sadly.

"Don't worry, Bilbo, come here." She picked him up as he wiped his eyes with tiny fists. Gandalf helped Jessina into his cart.

"Thank you very much, Belladonna and Bungo. I'm sorry we stayed so much longer than I meant to."

"It's not a problem at all," Bungo said, shrugging. Gandalf smiled.

"Well then, I'll see you three in a while." He climbed up next to Jessina and waved to Bilbo. "Don't worry, my boy." He flicked the reigns and the horse started walking.

"Bye-bye, Dessina," Bilbo called after them. "Bye-bye Ganaf!" He squirmed out of his mother's arms and began to chase them, until his legs would carry him no further and he stood waving. Jessina turned to wave one last time, then turned forward and smiled.

"Hobbits," she mused. "I should like to see them again someday. Especially Bilbo- he's so sweet. And, well..." she paused for a moment and Gandalf watched her expression change from happiness to confusion. "He seems familiar to me for some reason." She sighed, and the wheels of Gandalf's mind began turning as he pondered her comment. "Gandalf?" she asked a few minutes later. He turned to her. "It's been bothering me, in the back of my mind, since the first night we were here. What's a wizard?" He chuckled.

"I am a wizard, my dear. I suppose you could say wizards are like elves, in a sense... only they have more magic in them." She studied him for a moment- he certainly didn't look like an elf. "They can appear as they wish," he said, once again making her wonder if he knew what she was thinking.

"Oh," she said, looking away. After another moment: "Gandalf, where are we going?"

"Rivendell- or Imladris, in the tongue of elves. It is the home of Elrond half-elven, and a place where many elves live." She nodded slowly.

"Will you explain to me about elves again?" He laughed.

"Of course."


...What a day
what a day to take to
what a way
what a way
to make it through
what a day
what a day to take to
a wild child

Enya, "Wild Child"


((Thank you very much for waiting for the next chapter. It's been a while, and that's mostly because I got a bit lazy. I've also started another story, "At Last," and it would be wonderful if you guys could check it out. (It should be up by the time this is posted.) Due to a severe case of writer's block, however, it might be a while again before you see another new chapter... *sigh* It's like Tolkien said- when things are good there isn't much to write about, to put it shortly. But I'll figure out something. Until then, thanks again for waiting, reading, and commenting! ))

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