Secret Love: Part 3 - New Creature in Middle Earth! Tells of the title Later on.

Aerrianah began to run through the burning rubble in search of her family. "Mother!! Father!!" She cried again. No answer came. The smoke began to fill her lungs and she coughed. She looked around and through the flames she could see shadows. She jumped through the singeing red and orange flames and ran to the first shadow it was a body of a small female elf. She ran farther on and found a body of an Elvin warrior with an arrow through his heart and blood on his face. Aerrianah cried out and staggered back from the body. His hand had moved. She turned and ran through the dark halls. Body after body of elves burned and bloody passed but not one belonged to a member of her family. This sparked a small hope and a feeling of terror. Perhaps her parents got away, or worse, what if they didn't and now float with the other ashes? What if they burned away completely? Aerrianah began to cry at this thought. She had to keep looking.

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Aerrianah ran to the end of the dark hallway and turned into her parent's bedroom. The walls were stained with red. She gasped and franticly looked around. Several elves that she did not know were lying dead and some were pinned to the wall. A small movement caught her eye and she swung around. An elf was struggling to her feet and the side of her dress was soaked in blood. Aerrianah ran to help the woman. When the elf looked at her, she gasped, "Mother! You're all right!" The Woman smiled and nodded. "And so are you my love. We thought you were dead considering you are not yet immortal." The woman smiled at her daughter. "Mother where is my father?" Aerrianah asked. "The goblins, they took him. He was the first person. The goblins took your father Elrond, along with your sister Arwen." The woman stroked Aerrianah's beautiful hair. "Mother how come you do not heel your wound?" Aerrianah's eyes flooded with tears but she would not let them fall. "I haven't the strength my dear, but I will regain it someday."

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A burning leaf fell onto the marble in front of them and Aerrianah grabbed her mother's good arm. "Mother, we have to get out! Come on." They ran from the bedroom and down the dark hallway. They entered the fiery room that Aerrianah had come from. The flames she had jumped before were much higher then at first. "Mother we can't jump them! They're too high!" Aerrianah cried. "Let's go this way darling." Her mother pointed to a gap in the flames and they ran for it. It closed up. They ran the other way but the gap there closed up too. "We're trapped!" Aerrianah screamed. "Help will come for you Aeri! Help will come!" Aerrianah's mother showered her with blue light and looked at her daughter. Aerrianah could see the fear in her eyes. Her mother hadn't called her Aeri in years and that brought tears to her eyes once again. This time she did not hold them back. She ran to her mother and threw her arms around her waist. "Please don't leave me Mother! Please!"

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The queen gripped her daughter's shoulders tight and Aerrianah looked up at her.

Her mother was crying. She had never seen her mother cry. "I will never leave you child. No matter what happens." Aerrianah stepped back from her mother and looked into her face. She heard a crackling sound and a burning vine crashed down on her mother's back. Aerrianah screamed and ran to her mother. "Help will come for you Aeri." Her mother's eyes closed and her head fell to the ground. "No Mother. Don't leave me." Aerrianah grabbed her mother's arm and dragged her across the marble floor of the castle. She tripped and fell on the ground crying. She did not get up.

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A soft nose nudged Aerrianah and she lifted her head dizzily. Killi stood in the ring of flame that Aerrianah sat in and she lowered her front down to the small elf. Aerrianah raised her arms to the white horse and wrapped them around her neck. Killi lifted her head back up and with Aerrianah dangling like a helpless child she launched herself over the flames and ran out of the castle doors. Cool rain splashed against Aerrianah's face and drenched her sooty clothes. Aerrianah pulled herself up and lay across Killi's back. The silvery mare kept running. Everything started to spin and Aerrianah started to feel sick. Her head dropped onto Killi's coat and she was no longer aware of what was going on.

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The rain began to fall harder and harder. Killi faced the rain and sliced through it without a care. The rain was cool but plummeted Aerrianah's limp body. Thunder rolled in the distance but no lightning flashed. The elfin countryside flew by as The Mares hooves plummeted the ground. Mud splashed up on her ankles but she still ran. She passed through the barrow weights and flew through the old forest. The birds chirped and the more unpleasant creatures snarled from the muddy ground. Their ugliness made them invisible to the beautiful creatures. Little goons scampered down tree trunks and with their huge bauble like eyes they stared at the white mare with the big silver stranded stain on her back. They did not know that the "stain" was a being in need of help. They chased after the beautiful mare trying to "ugly" her bright coat. The tree branches snared her mane as she ran by but she paid no mind.

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By the time Killi emerged from the forest the rain was falling even harder. Broken pine and leaves were tangled in her hair and most of the small blue flowers had been pulled out. Killi rushed to the Brandywine still bearing Aerrianah's dead weight. She did not stop running once she came to the water stones. She balanced across the water and her hooves splashed it up onto her knees. She stumbled once when she reached the bank on the other side and whinnied. She ran through the villages on the way to Hobbiton. Several hobbits tried to help the beautiful creature but she snorted at them in warning and kept running. This was her burden to bear.

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When Killi reached the gates of Hobbiton nobody was there. She waited for a long time trying to get through. Finally she started to back up and took a running leap over the gate, making sure Aerrianah did not fall. She ran straight into the village and looking around, saw no people stamping her hooves, she snorted and made an ear splitting whinny. Still nobody came. She whinnied a second time. Still nobody. The mare dipped her head and the rain fell upon her in shame. She raised her head again and started to rampage through the village whinnying. Soon round doors began to open and hobbits began to step out in the rain. They gathered around the whinnying horse and looked at the strange bundle that lay on her back. Frodo came out of his hobbit hole and walked to where the people gathered. Sam and the Gamgee girls soon came out and joined the throng. They pushed their way to where Frodo stood, as did Killi. She nudged him on the shoulder and snorted softly. Sam took hold of Frodo's now wet tunic. "Mr. Frodo, what's going on?" he asked. "I, I don't know Sam this horse was rampaging through the village with this strange bundle on its back." Sam look at the horse and his eyes went wide. "Why Mr. Frodo! That's the lady Aerrianah's horse that is!" He walked up to Killi and stroked her nose. "It can't be Sam, Killi had blue flowers in her hair." Sam ran his fingers through Killi's silvery hair and looked at Frodo. "She do Mr. Frodo. Just here." Sam pointed to a few remaining blue flowers near the top of Killi's head.

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Frodo studied Killi for a moment then his eyes traveled to the bundle on her back. "What is she doing way out here carrying a bundle, and look at that she's got twigs and such tangled in her hair." Sam nodded, "I'm reckoning she was in a great hurry and went through the Old Forest. And, I don't think that's no ordinary bundle she's got on her back." Sam walked up to Killi's side and looked her in the eyes. "Sit Killi." Killi nickered and swung her head in response. She curved her head and nipped at the silvery bundle. Nothing happened. "Sit Killi. It's all right. The ground is soft." Killi dipped her head and sat on the ground. Aerrianah rolled off of her back and her cloak unrolled revealing her drenched clothing and sooty face. Frodo gasped. "It's Aerrianah!" He ran to her side and touched her face. Soot came off on his fingers and he looked up. "Her face, it's all sooty. And her hair," Frodo picked a few strands up. "it's singed, and it smells like smoke! I'm reckoning there was a fire where she came from and Killi got her out." Pearl walked to Frodo and looked down at Aerrianah. "Frodo, I think we should get her out of the rain. She might catch cold." She said. Frodo nodded and picked Aerrianah up off of the ground. His wet hair dripped onto her face and hair. "I'm going to take her to my house. Sam ask the Gaffer if you all can stay with Bilbo and me. Tell him it's for good cause."

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Sam and the girls turned and rushed to their hobbit hole. Sam lead Killi to the Barn where he attempted to clean Her hair out. "Easy old girl, let me get this rubbish out of your hair." Sam picked out the leaves and pine then reached for the blue flowers. Killi snorted and yanked her head up so the flowers were beyond his reach. Sam chuckled. "Right girl. I got no right removing miss Aerrianah's gifts. Could I at least clean the rope up some?" He reached towards it than stopped to look at Killi. She dipped her head and he removed the rope.

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Frodo carried Aerrianah into the house and set her on the couch. Pearl came over a few minutes later with a bag of clothes. "Father said we could stay. The others will be over in a little bit. Sam is fixing up Killi." The rain had finally slowed and the sun peaked through the clouds. Frodo and Pearl worked together to get Aerrianah dry and Pearl got her into some dry clothes. Bilbo poured some tea down Aerrianah's throat and settled her. Soon after, Sam and the other girls arrived carrying bags of clothes. Pearl and the other girls worked to get Aerrianah cleaned up a bit. They washed the soot off of her and washed her hair. After they were finished cleaning her up, she was placed back on the couch. Now, all they had to do was wait.


...To Be Continued...

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