Frozen @rainbowhairedgirl
Chapter 7

Authoress Note: Welcome to Chapter 7. I am glad that you guys are still with me so far. Hopefully I haven't failed you guys yet with this story. I really am trying my best with it. And it is hard to add certain things into this story to make it my own. I am just hoping that the interactions between Boromir and Asta are alright. I know it is kind of taking a while for the two of them to get together. But it is kind of needed. He probably won't admit to himself any time soon. Probably not until they are faced with a life or death situation. I know it is kind of odd having a female fighting in battle, but what can I say. My character is stubborn and with the fact that she is an Easterling Princess of course she would do everything in her power to fight. I hope that you enjoy this chapter. I hope that it isn't badly written or jumpy during this part of the story. Without further ado Chapter 7.

Chapter 7

Lost In Moria

Three days had gone by and they had come to three portals of where they could go.

"I have no memory of this place…" Gandalf said, looking around.

Asta looked at Gandalf in surprise. He had no idea where they were going? Oh well this was fantastic. That was a problem. That meant that they were lost in this place and it was a place that she wasn't willing to die in. She sat down and ran her hand through her hair.

"Are we lost?" Pippin asked Merry.

Asta looked over at the two hobbits. She shook her head as she ran her finger over her knife. She was careful not to cut herself with the sharp blade.

"No." Merry stated looking over at his cousin.

"I think we are."

"Shhh! Gandalf is thinking." Sam hissed at Pippin.

Asta looked over at Gandalf. She saw the look that Gandalf had. He was really deep in thought. She could only hope that Gandalf would be able to get them out of there without too much trouble.

"Merry?"

"What?" His cousin asked him again. He was getting tired of Pippin.

"I'm hungry."

Asta shook her head. She saw Frodo move over to Gandalf quite quickly. She couldn't help, but wonder what was wrong with the young hobbit. She looked down and saw something moving in the darkness. Her eyes widened. Was something or someone following them? She felt fear beginning to rise inside of her. How on earth did they not even know that someone was following them. She strained her ear to listen to what Gandalf and Frodo were talking about.

"There's something down there."

"It's Gollum." Gandalf said, looking over at Frodo.

Frodo's eyes widened in fear. "Gollum?"

"He's been following us for three days."

"He escaped the dungeons of Barad-Dur?"

"Escaped… or was set loose?"

Asta's eyes widened. Gandalf knew about the creature that was following them? How could she not have known? Easterlings always kept their eyes peeled for such a thing and she missed the creature that was following them. She closed her eyes and cursed at herself for being so blinded.

"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. Smeagol's life is a sad story."

Frodo looked at Gandalf in surprise.

"Yes, Smeagol he was once called. Before the Ring found him. Before it drove him mad."

Frodo looked at Gollum in distaste. "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."

Frodo sits down next to Gandalf.

Asta looked down and saw the creature that backed off. She closed her eyes and a soft sigh left her lips. This was a good thing. She could only hope that the creature would not continue following them.

"I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened." Frodo said softly.

"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."

Asta knew what Gandalf was stating was true. She had turned her life around to bring better in the world. She didn't want to be on the side of evil and now she had that chance to do so. She was making a better choice in her life.

"Ah! It's that way." Gandalf said, looking at one of the portals.

Asta got to her feet sheathing her dagger into its case that was around her leg. She dusted off her breeches and carefully stretched some, being careful to not make too much noise.

"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." Gandalf stated.

Asta shook her head and followed behind Boromir.

They came into an open space.

"Let me risk a little more light." Gandalf illuminates his staff and reveals a huge hall of stone lined with tall pillars and arched ceilings as far as anyone could see.

They looked in awe.

"Behold! The great realm and Dwarf-city of Dwarrowdelf."

"Now there's an eye opener, and no mistake." Sam said in awe.

Asta looked around. "This is a beautiful place." She said softly.

They walked through the hall.

Gimli saw a ray of sunlight shining through the Chamber of Mazarbul. "Oh!"

"Gimli!"

Gimli ran ahead. He stops and kneels and starts to sob in front of the crypt. "No! Oh, no. Noooo!"

Asta's eyes widening.

Boromir moved away from her side and put his hand on Gimli's shoulder.

Gandalf stops next to Gimli. "Here lies Balin, son of Fundin, Lord of Moria." He let out a soft sigh. "He is dead, then. It's as I feared."

Asta closed her eyes. She knew that this was not good. They could not stay there. Not when someone could see them.

Gandalf handed his staff to Pippin. He bends down and takes the book that was in the dead dwarf's hands. He opens it and clears the dirt from its pages.

Legolas looks around the chamber.

Asta felt something was wrong. Her hand went to the sword that was on her side. There was something lingering in the darkness.

"We must move on, we cannot linger." Legolas said to Aragorn.

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This is the end of Chapter 7. I am sorry that there isn't much happening in this chapter, but action will be coming in the next chapter that is for sure. Maybe this will be the chapter where Boromir will realize that perhaps he just doesn't hate Asta like he thought he did. Perhaps he is beginning to care about her. Please let me know if there is anything that you would like to perhaps see in the upcoming chapters. I still have quite a bit of ways to go before part one of this series is over and before I can start The Two Towers. Which will definitely be as it looks right now will be an alternate universe. I think that I will allow Boromir to live. Which is going to make it more of a challenge for me to write that is for sure. I hope that I didn't fail in this chapter. I hope that I will be able to update soon. Until next time.

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