A wizard so brave,that just withstood Sarumans fire without a thought bundled up the heavy black ball in his white cloak as if frightened.Why would he be frightened of such a little thing?What does it do?It must be evil if saruman had it.
After going to Rohan there was a ceromany to celebrate the victory of Gondor.
“Hail the victorious death,”cried king Theoden,taking a sip of the glass the lady Eowyn so gracefully handed him.
“Come on Pip,do you want to go up,for old time sake?Or does this crowd make you nervous?”Teased Merry,playfully.
“Nervous?Oh please Merry,lets go dance and sing on Rohirrim tables in a serious atmosphere,just to liven up the party,”I replied.”This is going to be quite a story!In a place far away from the Shire my cousin and I are going to sing and dance on tables like old fools!
We jumped up on the tables and the rohirrim settled from their conversations as if they expected this.Merry always convinces me to do stupid things.
“Oh you can search far and wide,
You can drink the whole town dry!
But you’ll never find a beer so brown,you’ll never find a beer so brown,
You’ll never find a beer so brown, as the one we drink in our home town!
You can drink your fancy ales,you can drink em by the flagon!
But the only brew for the brave and true….
…I caught Gandalf’s eye and thought What are we doing! While Frodo and Sam are out there suffering…
But the only brew for the brave and true,
Comes from the Green Dragon!
When we got down I expected Merry to tease me about my hesitation.
“What happened Pippin? I’ve never actually known you to be nervous..”
“I couldn’t help but think of Frodo,Sam and the fact that while we’re so happily enjoying life they could be tortured,or worse!”I replied sorrowfully. I tried not to think about that happening to them but…
“Pip, I’m worried too, but I’m sure they’re fine…”Merry tried to convince me, but I could hear it in his voice, the topic depressed him.
“But Merry! Even if they’re fine they’re still risking their lives wishing they were anywhere but there I’ll bet, it upsets me to believe that while were having such a great time they’re not!” Merry didn’t say anything else. I’m sure he was trying to come up with a reply to ease my thoughts.But there was no easing my thoughts, nor anybody elses.
After the party we went to our blankets and pillows on the floor. My head was a puddle of thoughts. That black ball Gandalf was so eager to place under his cloak and Frodo and Sam weighed heavy on my mind. I don’t know what I was thinking but finally, I pushed the blankets back and crept up quietly sneaking towards Gandalf and the ball nestled in his arms.
“What you doing?”Merry’s voice broke the silence.I whipped around to look at him and shook my head hastily. When I turned to my target I was looking into Gandalf’s great blue eyes, I flinched. I waved my hand in front of his face but his eyes were glued straight ahead,unseeing. I reached for my target, so close now. I drew back a little as Gandalf murmered in his sleep. I reached for a pot and quickly switched before anymore interuptions could occur. I had it,my questions will be answered! Small beads of sweat glistened on my forehead.
“Pippin,Are you mad?” Merry sounded alarmed.
“I just want to look at it,just one more time,” I replied in a hurry unravelling the cloth that covered it.
“Put it back!” Merry whispered urgently.
When I succeeded in removing the cloth I stared at it entranced. My smile faded when suddenly my hands felt glued to the ball. I heard a voice in my head that echoed off the inside of my eardrums. I felt myself shake.
What is your name?” I heard it hiss. I didn’t answer, I couldn’t.
“I see you!”I was paralyzed with fear. An image of a withered white tree danced before my eyelids, dark smoke billowed beyond it. It was dead. Then suddenly a pain creeped quickly through my arms and slithered to my neck. I couldn’t breathe. It was choking me. I jumped up trying to call for help but a dark image was before my eyes. I knew who it was. I shook my arms violently when suddenly something I couldn’t see relieved me of my pain then everything went dark.
I opened my eyes breathing in deep lungfuls. Gandalf was before me, I was lying down.
“Look at me,” he said.
“Gandalf, forgive me,” I breathed closing my eyes and looking anywhere then at Gandalf.
“Look at me.What did you see?” he asked.
“A tree, there was a white tree… in a courtyard of stone. It was dead, the city was burning,” I finished. I hoped the answer I gave was enough.
“Minis Tirith? Is that what you saw?” he asked urgently.
“I saw..I saw him.” I replied having difficulty controlling my voice.
“I could hear His voice in my head!”
“And what did you tell Him? Speak!” Gandalf demanded.
” He asked me my name, I didn’t answer,he hurt me!” I answered,near tears. The memory was haunting.
“What did you tell Him about Frodo and the Ring?!” Gandalf demanded, a flicker of fear in his voice.
“Nothing at all, he never even asked!” I exclaimed. I’m not that much of a fool to give away the most important secret of all!
The next day Gandalf had a conversation with King Théoden about the nights events. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli were also present.
They discussed what happened and after the
conversation, Merry and I followed Gandalf out towards the stables.Were they planning on taking us to the place I witnessed being burned?
“Of all the inquisitive hobbits, Peregrin Took, you are the worst! Hurry! Hurry!” yelled Gandalf over his shoulder. Merry walked ahead, I ran to try and catch up, I didn’t fully understand the concepts of the meeting.
“Where are we going?” I asked Merry,finally catching up.
“Why did you look? Why do you always have to look?!” Merry asked more angry then I expected.
“I don’t know, I can’t help it!” I replied hurt and disappointed with myself.
“You never can..” he replied annoyed. Gandalf is mad at me and now my cousin is. Why can’t he understand?
“Look I’m sorry alright!I won’t do it again!” I really won’t, it was all a stupid mistake. Merry turned looking at me a serious expression upon his face. He walked slowly over to me, maybe he knows I’m unaware of what is going on!
“Don’t you understand? The enemy thinks you have the Ring! He’s going to be looking for you Pip. They have to get you out of here!” I looked at him in shock! I didn’t think I messed up that much! But Merry…
“And y-you’re coming with me?”I asked concerned. Merry only continued to follow Gandalf.
“Come on!” he shouted in response to my call. I felt so helpless. I’ve never been without Merry! Maybe because of this mistake he doesn’t even want to come! I followed,those thoughts heavy on my mind, depressing me.
Gandalf lifted me up on the great steedes back.
“How far is Minas Tirith?” I asked trying to hide my emotion.
“Three days ride as the Nazgûl flies. And we better hope we don’t have one of those on our tail…” replied Gandalf. Such a long journey! Merry stepped forth and handed me a pack. After some inspection I realized what he had handed me.
“Here. Something for the road,” Merry said, trying to hide his emotion but failing.
“Last of the longbottom leaf,”I managed to say.
“I know you’ve run out,you smoke too much Pip.” Was he saying good bye forever?
“B-but we’ll see each other soon…won’t we?” I asked my voice weak from the lump forming in my throat.Merry side glanced to Gandalf.
“I don’t know, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Merry replied his voice trembling.
“Merry!” I yelled. No this can’t happen. can’t go by myself without Merry to Minas Tirith.
“Run Shadowfax and show us the meaning of haste,” Gandalf’s voice cut through my thoughts.
“Merry!”I yelled. I wanted to say a final goodbye. My mind was a mist of nothing. This is all my fault. I followed him since before we were tweenagers and now he’s gone, maybe forever. My heart was in despair. Silent tears filled the corner of my eyes. I couldn’t lose Merry. What last hope I had vanished as Gandalf and I dissapeared from Merry’s sight, maybe forever.
Authours Notelease leave a comment about my story,it’s my first installment.I am open to any suggestions.Even if you are to tell me that it was the worst story you ever read and the rating is 1 I would really appreciate it.I also would like to thank you Morganna for encouraging me to write a story,thanks.