AN: It's short I know... I'm sorry

"Tell me one more time, please," his soft voice begs; the words echo off the cavern walls hauntingly. No tears trail down his face though he must be in pain, oh Mahal it hurts you just looking at it so it must be painful…. Yet he makes not a sound. He's so brave and you tell him so as you kiss his forehead. A hand reaches up and wipes away tears you're not ashamed of letting free, there is a shaky smile on his face as he gazes up at you.

"Just tell me one more time."

"I love you, Ori. I love you more than the stars and the sun. You are my One," you whisper, and if it hadn't been such a dire time you would have patted yourself on the back for how you strung the words together. Chocolate eyes start to drift closed and you whimper. You can't lose him! Not now, not when you've just admitted your love.

"I love you too, Dwalin."

He uses his last breath to say that and he goes still.