The Fellowship: Part XX
The panther was not the only one happy that Kristiel and
Aragorn had made up. Gandalf was, as well. Difficult times were
ahead, and everyone needed to stick together. The success of the
quest depended everyone, not just a select few.
Gandalf watched, in silence, as the camp for the night was
formed. Even his granddaughter's Familiar was helping. Well,
sort of. The wizard chuckled softly, as he saw AmaurŽa playfully
pounce on Pippin, causing the remaining hobbits, except Frodo, to
pounce on the panther.
Gandalf looked around for the Ringbearer, finding Frodo by
Kristiel. The two were talking, though what about he could not
discern. If he needed to know, one or the other, or both, would
He saw Kristiel nod at something Frodo said, before smiling
at the hobbit. She said something to him, and Frodo nodded back at
her, before turning and going over to where his fellow hobbits were
still playing with AmaurŽa. Kristiel walked towards Gandalf.
When she reached him, she spoke.
"I pray that they never lose the part of them that makes
them what they are," she said, as she watched the hobbits along
"Hobbits are resourceful beings," he replied. "These
four will most likely be jaded by the events yet to come. However,
I do not believe that they will lose that part which you speak
His granddaughter looked thoughtful, before she nodded. She
looked like she wanted to say something, but she did not. Instead,
she told Gandalf that she was going to scout the area again, before
she turned in for the night. Gandalf bade her be careful, even
though he knew that she always was, to which Kristiel smiled, before
turning and walking away from the camp.
Gandalf watched her, until she was no longer in sight. He
noticed the Elf, Legolas, looking off in the direction that Kristiel
had taken. A moment later, he walked from the camp, going in that
HmmÖ What was this? Had Gandalf missed something? He did
not think that he had. Should he look into the matter, or wait and
see how it panned out, first? He finally decided to wait. It was
possible that he was making something out of nothing.
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