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Chapter I: A Failed Admission

"She calls me Peregrin."

"But you said you love her."

"But she calls me Peregrin."

"Pippin, you said you love her."

"I didn't say that," Pippin protested.

"Well, then what did you say?"

"All right, so I did say that." Pippin sighed. "She just seems so distant from me, Merry. What if she doesn't feel the same way?"

Merry crossed his arms. "Pippin, what did you tell me Diamond said to you?"

"She said I was something special," Pippin said quietly.

Merry nodded. "Now, doesn't that mean anything to you?"

"It could." Pippin looked up at him. "It could mean she thinks I'm peculiar and was trying to find a nice way of saying it."

"The only thing you can do is tell her how you feel," Merry advised. "You'll never find out otherwise."

"I can't do that!" Pippin cried. He bit his fingernails. "I can already see the stunned, confused look on her face."

"No, Pip, you're thinking of yourself."

"Merry!"

He laughed. "I'm sorry. I couldn't resist."

Pippin took a sip of tea. "So, you think I should tell her?"

Merry nodded. "It would be the smart thing to do."

"I won't be able to bear it if she doesn't feel the same way," Pippin said. He wiped his mouth on his sleeve, causing Merry to wince. "I'll see you in a few days."

He left Brandy Hall and headed straight to…well, he wasn't quite sure where he was going. He supposed he needed to speak with Diamond, but something inside him was pulling him back.

"Peregrin?"

He stopped abruptly and saw Diamond standing directly in front of him, staring curiously at him. "Em…hello, Diamond."

"Your sister told me I could find you at Brandy Hall," she explained. "I guess she was right."

He swallowed. "I suppose she was." He took a deep breath. "Er, Diamond, I just wanted to say…"

"Yes?"

"Uh…you, erm…your dress is nice," he finished quickly.

"Thank you, Peregrin." She smiled.

"Eh…would you like to go for a walk with me? Just for a bit." He thought his voice sounded a little frenetic. But she agreed all the same and they began walking.

"This is nice," Diamond said after a while. "Just walking like this."

Pippin nodded a bit nervously, wiping his sweaty palms on his pants. "Um," he began, his voice cracking. "Diamond, there's a reason I asked you to come along with me…well, it's because -" He stooped and plucked a few flowers from the earth. "I wanted to pick you some flowers." He thrust them into her hands, said, "Good-bye!" and was off. He only looked back once, and saw a frowning hobbit still standing there, watching him, the flowers hanging loosely from her fingers.