Strange Love: Chapter One: Reunions

"Legolas", said Aragorn, shaking the sleeping elf. "Legolas, wake up. You've slept for hours. 'Tis time to leave."

Legolas' eyelashes fluttered and he slowly opened his eyes and sat up. He let out a small moan while putting his hand on his forehead.

"Are ye feeing alright, laddie?" asked Gimli.

Legolas rubbed his eyes and yawned.

"I had a little trouble getting to sleep last night," he said, getting out of bed. "If you'll excuse me."

Aragorn and Gimli nodded and walked outside, shutting the door behind them. Legolas removed his night robe and put on his green and brown clothing (much like the clothes he wore in the LOTR movie). He equipped himself with his sword, belt, and bow and arrows. This morning, they were leaving to visit the Shire for a reunion with Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin. Legolas was excited to see his friends again, but even more excited to see Frodo. At least they would give him comfort in his time of loneliness.

What everyone was looking forward to, however, was that they would once again roam Middle-earth together. They'd be on sort of a fun quest, you might say. Legolas, who couldn't resist adventure, was ready to go the minute he was off with Aragorn, Crystal, Arwen, and Gimli.

Legolas smiled, taking in the fresh air and letting the cool breeze blow in his face and making his long, golden hair fly in the wind. Everyone was glad to finally see a smile on the prince's face, as he'd not smiled for months.

"Daddy," said Crystal, pulling on Aragorn's cloak, "did you and the others really do all that?"

"We sure did, little princess," said Aragorn, smiling and picking her up. "Legolas here helped us a lot during this quest."

Legolas turned his head to face Aragorn, smiling and cocking an eyebrow.

"Isn't that right, my friend?" asked Aragorn to Gimli.

Gimli smiled. "Even I can admit to that, laddie. It did us some good bringing this Woodland Elf along."

"I'm flattered," said Legolas, blushing. "I hear your father's told you much of our adventures, young Crystal."

"Uh-huh," she said with a smile. "Would you show me how to use your bow and arrows?"

Aragorn, Legolas, Arwen, and Gimli all laughed.

"Of course I will, little lady," laughed Legolas, cheerfully. "Just don't ask Gimli how to use his axe."

Gimli laughed. "Still have some spunk in ye, laddie."

Crystal giggled, bringing yet another smile to Legolas' fair, elven face.

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"Mr. Frodo!" yelled Sam. "Mr. Frodo, they're here! All of them!"

"Finally," laughed Frodo, runnning out to the open hills of the Shire.

"Did you hear the news, Frodo?" asked Pippin, running up to join them with Merry at his side.

"Yes, I have," said Frodo, smiling. "It will be a fine day, indeed. Reuniting with all our friends. I'm very excited."

"So are we all, Frodo," said Merry, wide-eyed with excitement.

"There they are!" yelled Pippin, pointing to the entrance of the Shire. Five figures walked into the small village, smiling.

The young hobbits could contain themselves no longer and ran out to greet them.

Legolas was the first one to spot them and ran out to them. They all jumped on him and hugged him, knocking to the ground. Legolas only laughed with happiness and excitement as he hugged his small friends. Aragorn and the others soon joined in, group-hugging and laughing. They were reunited once more.
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"Crystal," said Frodo, taking a bite of his bread, "what do you think of the stories your father tells you?"

"They're really cool," she said with a smile. This deligted Frodo.

"Do you know that they're all true?" asked Merry.

Her eyes widened. "They are?"

"ALL of them," said Legolas, taking a sip of his drink. "Not a single one false."

"Do you like the Shire, little one?" asked Sam.

"Yeah, it's really pretty."

Aragorn smiled, as did Arwen.

"Indeed it is," said Arwen.

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"And this," said Legolas, "is my bow." He pulled out his bow and showed it to Crystal.

"It's so cool, Legolas," said Crystal.

"Would you like to know how to shoot arrows from it?" he asked.

She nodded.

"Very well." He took out an arrow and placed it in between the bow and the string attatched to it. "First you pull back on the string." He pulled back on it and moved the bow up higher, facing the south. "Then, look at whatever you want to shoot. Say, for example, that hill there." He pointed his arrow at the hill below them. "Then, you just let it go." He let the string go and the arrow flew across the fields and hit the top of the hill.

"Can I try?" she asked.

"I have not a problem with it," he said. "Of course, it's up to your parents."

"Mom, Dad, can I? Please?"

Arwen smiled. "Go on, sweetheart, but let Legolas help."

She smiled and Legolas handed her the bow and put an arrow in it. She did exactly what Legolas showed her and her arrow landed right next to his on the hill.

"Good shot, little one!" yelled Frodo.

"Thanks, Frodo, and thank you, Legolas, for teaching me how to do it."

"You're very welcome, I'm sure," he said, bowing and smiling. She laughed at him, but he wanted that reaction. He loved seeing and hearing her laugh. It made him happy, too.
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