Secret Love: Part 1 - A new creature in middle Earth! Tells of the title later on.

Aerrianah sat in her study trying to pay attention to her lessons. It was so beautiful outside of Rivendale and she longed so much to be a part of it. She wanted to go to the Shire to see what it was like there. She had heard stories of hobbits and wanted to see them, but she had told her father that she would complete her lessons. Aerrianah was almost half way done with Biology. How could she leave? *I guess the venture will have to wait.* She sighed then picked up her quill to resume writing. It was 8:00 in the morning and her parents weren't awake yet. Aerrianah stopped writing and looked out the window. A small smile crept across her gentle face. She closed her book and walked over to the door. She turned the lock, bolted it and slid the metal rod into place. She pulled her silver stranded elfin cloak out from under her pillow and fastened the broach pin at her neck.

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Aerrianah walked to her window, opened it and leaned out. "Killi, Killi, come here girl." Keeping her voice quiet, she clicked twice and whistled one. A white mare came trotting around the corner of the castle and with a small winnie stopped underneath her window. Her hooves against the paved walk tinkled like distant silver bells. Her mane was of silvery silk as was her tail, and small blue flowers were woven all through her silky hair which rippled down to the tops of her silky white ankles. Her eyes were pale blue and a barely distinguished, gray diamond was faint on her forehead. A blue and silver wound rope hung about her neck. She wore no saddle.

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Aerrianah climbed down the winding vines that crept up the side of the castle ending with wide golden flowers swaying in the wind, and, quiet as a hobbit, walked to Killi's side. She took the woven rope in her hand and lead Killi to the road. As soon as they were out of sight, Aerrianah wound her hair up and covered it with her loose hood. She climbed onto Killi's back and with a click of her tounge and a kick in the flank. They began to fly over the pavement. The wind played at Killi's hair as they both ran through the elfin countryside and through the barrow weights. They came to the old forest but did not stop running. Even though the branches threatened to maul them they did not stop running. They wove through the trees lifting birds and were out in 20 minutes.

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They continued out but stopped when they reached the rushing Brandywine River. "How will we ever get across?" Aerrianah dismounted Killi and took the rope in her hand. Aerrianah walked up and down the river trying to spy out a bridge of some kind. She saw a line of large stepping stones barely visable right below the surface. She brought Killi to her side. She knew the stones would be slippery. Aerrianah took a deep breath and jumped onto the first stone then regaining her balance, she jumped to the second one and Killi stepped onto the first. Aerrianah jumped to the third and regained her balance. A brown serpent skimmed the water right in front of her feet and she gasped. She dared not move until it had passed. After ten feet of serpent had passed she looked up the river to make sure it was far enough away that she could jump she could not wait for the rest of it to pass. She jumped the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh then jumped to the bank followed closely by Killi. When she broke her concentration and looked up at the sky, the sun was barely visible above the horizon. *Funny, I sure thought these horses were fast enough to reach the middle of the shire come the falling of the sun.* Aerrianah remounted Killi and they again, began to run. They continued to run over the hills. Once dark had fully fallen, Killi slowed to a walk and began to stumble through the dark. "Yes Killi, I'm tired too." Once at the top of the tall hill, Aerrianah dismounted Killi. The beautiful mare lay down on the ground, the moon shining on her silky white coat. Aerrianah slid down next to Killi. She felt something soft brush against her bare feet. She jumped as a small rabbit crawled over her legs. The exhausted elfin girl pulled her cloak around her and fell into a fitful sleep. The night air settled around her and she shivered. She curled closer to Killi's warm neck. The gentle mare put her head on Aerrianah's back.

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Aerrianah awoke to a soft chattering. A few small hobbits were scampering around Killi, putting their tiny hands on her silky coat. One small hobbit with dark brown, almost black hair, and wearing play clothes a bit larger than he was said, "It's a giant pony!" "Merry, don't be silly. It can't be a giant pony. Ponies only come in one side." A smaller hobbit piped. Merry, who was only 8, frowned at the young female who had spoken. "They do not!" he screeched. Another little boy looked up at Merry. "They do to! You can ask Sandyman!" The tiny hobbits flew into a quarrel about pony sizes and balled their tiny fists. "Hey! You guys calm down!" 3 older hobbits ran up the hill. 2 girls and a boy. The boy looked about ten and the girls, who knew. They grabbed the little hobbits away from each other. "Sam, isn't it true that there is only one size of ponies?" The small hobbit girl looked up at Sam. "Marigold, we only have one size of ponies at our stables, but that doesn't mean there's not another size." Merry twisted in Sam's arms and looked up at him. "So does that mean that white pony is a giant?" Merry pointed down at Killi. Sam chuckled. "That's a horse Merry."

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Aerrianah stood up and pulled on Killi's rope. The mare stood up and nudged Aerrianah's shoulder. "Mellon Killi, Mellon." She cooed. Sam turned to see who had spoken. "Who are you?" He had a look of surprise on his face, regarding he had not noticed her before. "Are you the one rustling these little ones into a fit? If so, you're Gonna get it!" Aerrianah laughed. "You would fight a girl?!" Sam blushed. "You're, you're a girl?" Aerrianah smiled. "I'm Aerrianah. Who are you?" she held out her hand. "Sam Gamgee's the name. Pleased to meet you." Sam shook her hand. The taller of the two older girls walked up to her. She was about half an inch taller than Aerrianah. "I'm Pearl Gamgee. Are you from around here?" Before Aerrianah could answer, a hobbit older than all of them came running up the hill. He looked to be 23. Aerrianah herself had only just turned 20. He had brown curly hair and was thinner than most hobbits. He had rosy cheeks and deep, brown eyes. "There you guys are." He puffed. "The Gaffer still has a few things he wants us to... Who are you?" He stopped next to Sam and looked at Aerrianah. She smiled. "I'm Aerrianah." The hobbit smiled at her. "Frodo Baggins. Pleased to meet you." Frodo walked up to her and held out his hand and Aerrianah shook it. Frodo studied her for a moment then turned back to the others. "The Gaffer wants us to weed the garden. And I might add, he'll be paying us too." He turned and started down the hill, followed by Sam and the girls.

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Merry walked up to Aerrianah and held out his tiny hand. "I'm Meriadoc Brandybuck." Aerrianah shook his small hand and said, "And what a pleasure it is to meet you little master." Merry smiled up at her and asked, "You wanna weed the garden with us?" She smiled and followed the little hobbit down the hill, holding Killi's lead rope. Merry lead her to #3 Bagshot Row where Pearl was waiting at the front of the house. "You might want to change out of your white dress. Weeding can get pretty messy." Aerrianah looked up at Pearl. "Here. Come with me. You can barrow one of my dresses. Hey Sam, come and take Aerrianah's horse to the empty stall." Sam came around the side of the house and lead Killi to the barn. Pearl turned and Aerrianah followed her into the cozy hobbit hole.

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Pearl lead Aerrianah to a bedroom in the back and pulled an earth colored dress out of a closet. It was made out of a thin breathable material and the sleeves were long. It was made so, that she could remain cool. Pearl was also wearing a dress of the same sort. Pearl left Aerrianah alone in the small room. She looked around for a bit then pulled off her cloak. Her long white hair tumbled down her back. She changed into the earthen dress and wove through the rooms to leave the hobbit hole. Aerrianah wove her hair into a tight braid. Her feet moved over the soft grass without a sound. She walked around the house and entered the garden.

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Sam stood up and wiped his forehead, smearing dirt upon his head. The sun glinted off of Aerrianah's bright hair causing what looked like a white halo to appear around her head. Sam gasped and stumbled towards Frodo. "Mr. Frodo, Mr. Frodo," Sam whispered tugging at Frodo's Tunic. Frodo stood up and looked at Sam. "What is it Sam?" "I've got an elf in me garden!" Frodo chuckled. "Don't be silly Samwise. There are no elves in the Shire." "Then why is `er hair so white?" He whispered with exasperation that Frodo did not believe him. "Who's?" "The new hobbit's with the white horse!" Frodo's eyes met Sam's. "Sam, Aerrianah's hair is not white." He turned away from Sam and continued to weed. "Then what color do you suppose it is, cream?" Sam muttered to himself. He then turned back to the nettle that he had been tugging at. Several hours passed before they had all finished weeding. The gaffer came out once everyone was sitting on the grass. "All right, you all finished weeding me garden?" Several of the hobbits groaned in response. The gaffer turned and went back into the house. Sam glanced over at Aerrianah once more. "You see that Mr. Frodo? Several hours under the sun and she didn't even break a sweat."

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The Gaffer came back out of the hobbit hole and dropped two copper pennies into everyone's lap. They all managed to mutter a thanks but continued to sit. Gaffer Gamgee stared down at all of them. "Well, you lot sure are a sad bunch of lasses and lads. What are you waiting for? Off with you now. Go have fun!" They still did not move. Frodo looked up at Aerrianah only to find that she was staring directly at him. Deep Brown bore into Sky Blue.


...To Be Continued...

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