Rings: The Fellowship Continues - Chapter 3

They had been walking for five hours when they left the Shire. Shrill screams made Frodo jump behind Davia and wrap his hands around her arm. "Scared." It was more of a statement than a question. "Yes." He whimpered and as another screech pierced their ears he buried his face in her shoulder. Davia put her arm about his shoulders. "It's ok! They aren't going to hurt you!" "I hope!" he mumbled. Legolas got on the other side of him and smiled. "Everything is going to be fine!" Legolas was too busy reassuring Frodo that he didn't look where he was going and crashed right into Boromir. They went tumbling down a muddy hill and landed in a creek at the bottom. Boromir landed on top so he was barely wet. The rest of the company stood at the top and laughed as they dragged themselves back to the top. Legolas was soaked to the skin when they reached the top. Between giggles Aragorn managed to say, "We...he, he...will stop here to...ha...night!" The Elf and Human stood there shivering. "Um, Elf boy, it is not a good idea to go swimming in the middle of November." Gimli laughed as Legolas wiped water from his face. Davia removed her cloak and draped it around Legolas's shoulders. Aragorn did the same for Boromir.

They walked on for a few minutes before finding a grove of trees. The Hobbits and Gimli went to get firewood while Aragorn and Davia helped Boromir and Legolas dry off. Soon they had a fire going with Boromir and Legolas, wrapped in blankets, sitting beside it. Sam was cooking dinner, along with keeping Merry and Pippin out of the food supplies. Aragorn, Gimli and Davia were scouting around for danger. Legolas talked with Boromir and Frodo. Every now and then Sam would walk over to Frodo and ask for his help. "Mr. Frodo, seeing as how you are taller than those two cousins of yours would you so kindly get them away from the food?" And Frodo would stand up, walk over to Merry and Pippin and drag them away from the food, giving them a scolding each time.

When dinner was ready Aragorn, Gimli and Davia came back to the camp. They ate their dinner in silence. Soon afterwards a light rain began to fall and the temperature got very cold. Merry, Pippin, and Sam curled up under their blankets and were soon fast asleep. Gimli sat by the fire and smoked his pipe. Aragorn climbed a tree not very far off to act as look out. Legolas, Davia, Boromir, and Frodo sat and talk for a while before Boromir and Frodo went to sleep.

Legolas shivered with the cold even though he was wrapped in his blanket. "Legolas go lie down by the fire." "No I'm fine." "Legolas you are cold to the touch." "I will be fine." Davia looked at Legolas and frowned. His lips had a tint of blue to them and he was shivering. Legolas lay down by a tree and was soon asleep. Davia decided to stay awake to make sure he was going to be ok. Before long sleep overtook her and she sank into a dreamless depth.

Davia awoke with a start when she heard a moan from beside her. She turned and Legolas lay curled up on the ground shaking. "Oh no!" she sighed and covered him with her blanket as well. Legolas stirred, "Davia, don't, you need this." "Sh! You need it more than me." She whispered and gently sat him up. Davia sat down beside him. His head fell onto her shoulder. The princess put her arm around Legolas and drew him closer. They were soon both asleep.

Legolas awoke before any one else and gently moved Davia's arm from his shoulder. He sat up slowly only to pass out on the cold ground. The movement beside her awoke Davia and she knelt beside Legolas. "Legolas?" "Davia. I'm so cold." He muttered. "Here." Davia smiled and placed the blankets over him. She went over to her pack and pulled out another blanket. When she covered him with it he tried to push it back but was too weak. "Legolas you need this. Trust me!" Finally Legolas consented.

A sound from above her made Davia jump. She looked up but saw nothing in the trees. Suddenly a hand reached around her neck and a voice said. "Good morning." "Argh! Aragorn! Don't do that! I could have killed you!" "Oops! Sorry. What is wrong with him?" Aragorn bent down next to Legolas. "He's freezing!" Aragorn cried. "Yes he wouldn't sleep near the fire last night. I tried to keep him warm." "You did a good job. Wake the others. I will take care of him." Davia nodded and walked off.

Later that day Davia came back into the camp with more firewood only to see the travelers readying to leave. She walked over to Aragorn, "How is Legolas?" "He's freezing out here. We have to get him to Bree before we can even think of keeping him alive." "Well, how are we going to do that?" asked Davia skeptically. "We will take turns carrying him. Boromir and I can. Frodo said that he could but I need to ask you about it." "He can. Don't worry, Frodo is very strong even though he doesn't look it." "Well, alright then! Let's go!" "How long do you think it will take?" "Merry says about a day so he should be ok `til we get there." "Good." Davia smiled and went to help Sam pack up the food.

They traveled for many hours before the gates of Bree came into view. The gatekeeper saw them coming and threw open the gate. "What happened to him?" he asked through the tobacco he was chewing. "Fell into a river." "Well, then you'd best get him to The Pony before he a dies of the cold." "That is where we are headed sir." They passed through the gates with Legolas slung over Aragorn's shoulder. "Aragorn. Go up ahead of us. Get him there as fast as you can! We will stay behind with them." "Right!" he called and ran ahead.

They were still able to see him when he stopped at the door breathing hard. They had almost caught up when he lifted Legolas onto his shoulder again and kicked the door open. Davia heard him yell to the innkeeper "We need a room now!" and then turn away from the door. "Come on boys we had better hurry, we have all of Aragorn's medicine." They ran to the door to find the innkeeper walking back down the stairs. "Well, well, I never thought I would see you again Mr. Underhill." "Well, I'm back. We are all with the man that just came it. Could you tell us which room?" "Same as the one you were in last time." "Thanks!" Frodo called as he and the rest dashed up the stairs and into the room. Legolas was lying on the bed with Aragorn bending over him. "Aragorn, here's your stuff." "Thank you Davia." He murmured as he opened the pack. "How's he doing?" Gimli asked as he walked to the other side of the bed. "He's weak. Davia are Elves able to get pneumonia?" "Not exactly but we kinda get the same affects." Aragorn swore and pulled Davia out of the room. "Well, then we will be here a while." "He's...?" "Yes." "Let me stay with him tonight." "Ok. We have the room across the hall too. All of us will stay in there while you are in there with him. But come and get me if anything happens." "I promise." "Good." Aragorn walked back in the room and explained everything to the others. They filed out of the room into the one across the hall.

Davia closed the door and removed her cloak. Legolas gave a soft moan and sat up in the bed. "Hey. Lay back." Davia soothed gently as she laid him back down. "Where am I?" he asked slowly. "You're in Bree." Legolas looked out the window and saw the stars sparkling overhead. "How did you get me here?" "Aragorn, Boromir, and Frodo took turns carrying you." Legolas reached down and took her hand. "Don't leave me." He murmured as he drifted off to sleep. "I wont." Davia squeezed his hand.

Halfway through the night Davia stood up and walked around the room a little. "Ugh! I am so stiff!" she laughed softly. Legolas stirred in his sleep opened his eyes. At first he didn't see her. "Davia?" he almost screamed her name. "I'm right here." Davia stopped walking at the foot of the bed. "I didn't see you." "I said I wouldn't leave and I wont!" Davia replied. "Thank you." Legolas whispered. The prince slowly pushed himself up onto the pillows. "Here." Davia helped him sit up a little more and then sat down beside him. Legolas looked at her for a moment before laying his hand on her cheek. "I love you." Davia turned away from him and stared out the window. "Did I say something wrong?" Legolas apologized. "No, you just surprised me, that's all." Davia turned to him again. A small tear trickled down her face. She leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek. Legolas pulled her closer to him and kissed her lips. He kissed her over and over until she pulled away. "I'm sorry." Legolas sighed. He was surprised that he had been so bold. "Don't be." Davia bent down to kiss him again when Merry crashed through the door. "Ring...wraith...outside...the...front...door!" he gasped. "What?" Davia cried and looked out the window. Sure enough all nine of them were dismounting their horses. "Go tell Aragorn! Quick!" screamed Davia.

A few minutes later Aragorn came crashing in the room. "Merry told me. Listen. Frodo and the Hobbits are going to be in here with you two. Gimli will be right outside the door. Boromir and I are going down stairs to watch them. If they get up the stairs Gimli will let ya know. Davia, no matter what you do, keep Frodo away from them!" "Alright. Be careful!" Davia called after him. Aragorn turned and nodded. "Good luck, Princess." Boromir called as he descended the stairs. Davia turned and walked back in the room. She heard Gimli take his position outside. "Davia, do you think they will make it up here?" "I hope not!" Davia answered hesitantly.

A loud crash echoed from down stairs. "Oh great here we go!" Thought Davia. "Frodo! Get back against the wall!" "I can fight!" "Not with the Ring!" Davia screamed as Gimli burst through the door and slammed it behind him. "They're down stairs." Davia smiled wickedly. "Legolas, could you use a bow?" "I think so." "Good!" Davia laughed. A flame leapt from her open palm into the air and came to rest beside Legolas. "Whoa! Flamin' arrows!!! Perfect!!!" Legolas cried as Pippin tossed him his bow and arrows.

A black-cloaked figure crashed through the door. "Give us the Halfling!" its menacing voice echoed through the room. Davia's sword was against his in a second. "If you want him come and claim him!" Davia cried as she blocked a blow aimed for her head.


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