Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 9 of Straight from the Heart. Thank you to all of those who have left reviews and who have kept up with this story. It really does mean a lot to me that you guys are enjoying it. I promise you guys there will be more good stuff coming up in the last few chapters of this story. I just can't reveal too much as River Song would say Spoilers darling. Without further ado Chapter 9. Enjoy!
The Fellowship ran through the hall, and entered a passageway, then down a flight of steps. Parts of the steps end into a chasm and Boromir nearly fell into it.
Legolas pulled him back just before he was about to fall in.
Theolynn looked on in shock as she stopped.
The hobbits stop short of falling into it.
They took another flight of stairs down.
Aragorn and Gandalf brought up the rear of the company.
"Gandalf." Aragorn called out to the grey wizard.
"Lead them on Aragorn. The bridge is near."
Aragorn resists, but Gandalf pushes him away.
"Do as I say! Swords are no more use here."
The fellowship ran down the steep staircase. Halfway down, they encountered a gap on the stairs.
Legolas leapt forward and landed on the other side. He waved to Gandalf. "Gandalf!"
Gandalf looked back up towards the Hall as they heard a loud growl and stones began to fall around them. He then leapt after Legolas.
Suddenly, arrows whistled in the air, striking the steps they stood upon.
Legolas and Aragorn shoot back, killing many orcs.
"Merry! Pippin!" Boromir took Merry and Pippin, one on each side, and leapt forward landing on the other side.
Theolynn then made the jump across after them landing safely on the other side.
"Sam!" Aragorn threw Sam to the other side and was caught by Boromir. Aragorn reached to pick up Gimli, but Gimli held up his hand.
"Nobody tosses a Dwarf."
Before Aragorn managed to do anything, Gimli leapt forward but nearly fell back into the chasm.
Legolas grabbed onto his beard.
"Not the beard!"
Some of the stone steps crumbled and fell into the fires below.
Aragorn pushed Frodo back up the steps and climbed after him. They struggled to their feet and looked at the widened gap that separated them from the rest of their company.
The Balrog is heard from the other hall, its fiery light is seen. Stone structures around the mine collapsed as it drew near. A huge rock fell from the ceiling and smashed down the steps behind Aragorn and Frodo, creating another gap behind them and weakening the stairs foundation. The stairs began to wobble.
"Steady! Hold on. Hang on! Lean forward! Steady!" Aragorn told Frodo, trying to keep himself and the poor hobbit calm.
"Come on! Now!" Legolas called out to his friend.
Frodo and Aragorn shifted their weight forward, tipping the stairs across the divide and slamming onto the steps where their companions were. They leapt across to safety, caught by Legolas and Boromir.
They continued to run down the stairs as the stone structures collapsed behind them.
"Over the bridge! Fly!" Gandalf ordered them.
The Fellowship crossed the bridge.
Gandalf stopped halfway over and turned to face the Balrog, who appeared out of the fires, growling. "You cannot pass!"
"Gandalf!" Frodo yelled.
A blazing light radiated from Gandalf's staff, illuminating the entire bridge and its surroundings.
"I am the servant of the secret fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. The dark fire will not avail you! Flame of Udûn!"
The Balrog striked down on Gandalf with a flaming sword. Gandalf parried the blow with Glamdring, shattering the Balrog's sword.
"Go back to the Shadow!"
Theolynn panted softly as they got up to safety to get out of the mines. She turned her head, her blue eyes going wide seeing the Balrog brandishing a flaming whip, lashing it about menacingly.
"YOU….SHALL NOT…PASS!" Gandalf shouted, striking his staff and sword onto the bridge.
The Balrog stopped, not knowing what to do. As it stepped forward, the bridge collapsed under it and the demon fell backward into the chasm, growling.
Gandalf, exhausted, leaned on his staff and watched the Balrog fall then turned to follow the others.
At the last minute, the flaming whip lashed up from the depths and wounded Gandalf's ankle, dragging him over the edge. He clung to the bridge but was straining to keep his grip.
Frodo rushed forward, only to have Boromir restrain him.
"No! No!" Boromir said, holding him back.
Theolynn held onto Boromir to help him to keep Frodo in place.
"Gandalf!" Frodo yelled in fear.
"Fly, you fools!" Gandalf ordered only to finally lose his grip and fell into the abyss below.
Boromir grabbed Frodo and ran heading for the stairs leading to the East Gate. "Aragorn!"
Aragorn is shocked, staring at the bridge in disbelief, unable to move for a few moments. But then orc arrows started whistling once again. Doding, he turned to follow the others up the stairs and into the light.
The fellowship came running out of the East Gate of Moria. Everyone was distraught about what had happened.
Sam sat on the ground, bowing his head into his hands and began to weep.
Merry consoled Pippin, who lay crying.
Boromir tried to restrain Gimli as the dwarf vented out his rage and sorrow.
Legolas wore a look of shock and disbelief.
Theolynn wasn on her knees weeping for their lost companion.
Aragorn stood on a distance from the others, cleaning his sword and re-sheathes it. Then he turned to the others. "Legolas, get them up."
"Give them a moment for pity's sake!" Boromir said, looking at Aragorn with wide eyes.
"By nightfall these hills will be swarming with Orcs! We must reach the Woods of Lothlórien. Come Boromir. Legolas. Gimli, get them up."
Theolynn shakily got up to her feet sniffling a little bit.
Aragorn reached down to pick up Sam. "On your feet Sam." Aragorn looked around for Frodo. "Frodo? Frodo!"
Frodo, a few paces away, grieved alone. Weeping silently, he turned to Aragorn.
They slowly began to continue on their journey.
Aragorn ran in front of them.
They crossed the Dimrill Dale and entered the Woods of Lothlorien. Slowly they walked under the huge trees.
"Stay close young Hobbits! They say there's a great sorceress lives in these woods. An Elf-witch of terrible power. All who look upon her fall under her spell…" Gimli warned the Hobbits.
Theolynn let out a soft chuckle and shook her head.
Frodo startled and began to look around.
"And are never seen again."
Frodo came to a stop.
"Mr. Frodo?" Sam questioned.
Frodo began to walk once again.
"Well, here's one Dwarf she won't ensnare so easily. I have the eyes of a hawk and the ears of a fox!"
Suddenly, Gimli had an arrow pointed towards him. Lorien elves appeared from behind the trees, aiming at the others as well.
The Fellowship stopped and looked around alarmed.
"The dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark." Haldir said, looking snidly at the dwarf.
Evening began to set in around them, Haldir stood with the Fellowship in one of the great trees.
"Mae govannen, Legolas Thranduilion." Haldir said, bowing his head slightly.
"Govannas vîn gwennen le, Haldir o Lórien." Legolas said softly.
"A Aragorn in Dúnedain istannen le ammen."
"Haldir." Aragorn said softly in greeting.
"So much for the legendary courtesy of the Elves! Speak words we can all understand!" Gimli said growling out in frustration.
"We have not had dealings with the Dwarves since the Dark Days." Haldir said, looking over at Gimli.
"And do you know what this Dwarf says to that? Ishkhaqwi ai durugnul!"
Aragorn looked over at Gimli. "That was not so courteous."
Haldir walked up and stopped in front of Frodo. "You bring great evil with you. You can go no further."
Sam and Pippin looked accusingly at Frodo.
Aragorn quietly argued with Haldir, attempting to get him to allow the Fellowship into Lothlorien.
"Gandalf's death was not in vain. Nor would he have you give up hope. You carry a heavy burden, Frodo. Don't carry the weight of the dead." Boromir said softly to Frodo.
Haldir and Aragorn stopped arguing with one another.
"You will follow me." Haldir leads them through a set of paths in the woods until they're all on a hill overlooking Caras Galadhon. "Caras Galadhon. The heart of Elvendom on earth. Realm of the Lord Celeborn and of Galadriel, Lady of Light."
This is the end of Chapter 9. I hope that you all enjoyed this chapter. I know that there is a lot of stuff going on and I do apologize. There are only 3 chapters left of this story and then it will take me a little bit to get the next story up to continue on with this series. Please leave a review and let me know what you think. I'll try to update as soon as I can. Until next time.