Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 7 of Straight from the Heart. Thank you to all of those who have left reviews and have kept up with this story. It really does mean a lot to me. There are only 5 chapters left after this chapter. I hope that you guys are enjoying this story and I hope that you guys enjoy this next chapter. Without further ado Chapter 7. Enjoy!
The Fellowship carefully made their way over the floor and towards the steps. They slowly began to walk up the stairs.
Theolynn bit her lip softly as she felt Boromir's hand on hers. She grasped his hand tightly in hers.
"Quietly now. It's a four-day journey to the other side. Let us hope that our presence may go unnoticed." Gandalf told them softly.
The Fellowship walked down the halls of Moria.
As they slowly walked along the walls, Gandalf's hand ran his hand over the walls. "The wealth of Moria was not in gold or jewels – but mithril." Gandalf shined his light down into a vast mine below them.
Everyone stared in wonder at it.
Pippin held Merry back from getting too close to the edge.
Theolynn bit her lip softly gripping Boromir's hand tightly in hers.
Boromir ran his thumb over her hand softly trying to soothe her.
"Bilbo had a shirt of mithril rings that Thorin gave him."
"Oh, that was a kingly gift!" Gilmi said in surprise.
"Yes. I never told him, but it's worth was greater than the value of the Shire."
The Fellowship entered a great cavern with a walkway down through the middle. They then slowly made their way up the steep steps on the side of a cavern.
For a second, Pippin lost his footing and slipped into Merry.
Theolynn looked back towards the two hobbits. "You alright back there?" She questioned her brows furrowed in concern.
"Yes." Pippin called back to Theolynn.
Theolynn nodded her head as she slowly walked up the stairs.
The fourth day of their journey inside of the mines, they climbed up another flight of stairs to a crossroad in the mine, three portals loomed before them in trying to figure out the path to go.
"I have no memory of this place." Gandalf said, looking around.
They all decided to sit around the portals, resting while Gandalf tried to figure out which portal to enter.
Theolynn rested her head softly on Boromir's shoulder and almost sound asleep due to Boromir stroking her blonde hair softly.
"Are we lost?" Pippin questioned curiously, hoping that they weren't lost.
"No." Merry said firmly.
"I think we are."
"Shhh! Gandalf's thinking." Sam scolds Pippin.
"Merry?" Pippin said softly.
Theolynn shifted some, moving closer to Boromir.
Boromir let out a soft chuckle looking over at her with a soft look on his face.
Aragorn looked over at Boromir seeing Theolynn laying her head on his shoulder. "You seem content."
Boromir looked up at Aragorn and nodded his head softly.
"You seem to care for her a lot."
"Yes, she's my intended."
"Your future wife?"
Boromir nodded his head, biting the inner side of his cheek.
Theolynn shifted some more letting out a soft sleepy breath.
"She's good for you." He admitted softly.
Boromir nodded his head softly. "Yes, but I do worry for her… there is something that she's not telling me…"
Aragorn nodded his head softly in understanding. "She said something was going on in Rohan."
Boromir's brows furrowed in concern.
Frodo looked over his shoulder, back to the way they came, and sawa a small figure leaping from one stone to another. Scared, he moved quickly over to where Gandalf was. "There's something down there."
Frodo looked at Gandalf even more scared. "Gollum?"
"He's been following us for three days."
"He escaped the dungeons of Barad-Dûr?"
"Escaped…or was set loose."
From the distance below, Gollum looked up, his large eyes observed the company.
"Now the Ring has brought him here. He will never be rid of his need for it. He hates and loves the Ring, as he hates and loves himself. Sméagol's life is a sad story."
Frodo looked at Gandalf in surprise.
"Yes, Sméagol he was once called. Before the Ring found him. Before it drove him mad."
Frodo looked at Gollum in disgust. He couldn't believe that Bilbo had let him live. "It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he had the chance."
"Pity? It was a pity that it stayed in Bilbo's hand. Many that live deserve death, and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death and judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many."
Gollum slowly backed off.
Frodo slowly sat down next to Gandalf with a soft sigh. "I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."
"So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, in which case you also were meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought." Gandalf looked towards one of the portals. "Ah! It's that way."
"He's remembered!" Merry said happily.
"No, but the air doesn't smell so foul down here. If in doubt, Meriadoc, always follow your nose."
Theolynn slowly opened her eyes, shifting some sitting up and stretching out some.
Boromir looked at her with a soft look as she slowly got up to her feet. Boromir slowly got up to his feet knowing that they would be on the move in just a few short moments.
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