Disclaimer: (pouts) WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH) Stop taunting me with the neither fact that I do not nor will I ever own the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

HI!! O.0 (dodges all the sharp pointy objects thrown at her) I suppose you guys are mad I didn't update in forever? Sorry, sorry, so sorry! There's been a lot on my mind (yes I do have one, surprising as that may seem)

NightbirdSongbird: OMIGOD!!! (hug NightbirdSongbird) That sucks so much! Why did you have to leave her though? I've known plenty of pit bulls that were way sweet! It's all in how they are raised. (unless they had problems "Upstairs" like mine did) lol, (gives everyone a cookie cept Nightbird who gets 6 cookies) Hehehe, interest! Please review again!

Nikki: Omigod! I loved Van Helsing! (grumbles about how it only got 1 ½ stars) but... how did that chapter remind you of it? (recalls no point in movie where person was brought back to life unless you wanna count Dracula's kids) Actually I based Legolas' new toy on the Tetsusaiga and Tenseiga from Inuyasha. (nod)

Lady Lenna: lol, it is so amusing to know all that will happen before my readers do, although it does take out some of the fun of it. And Legolas didn't kinda save them, he did, otherwise, they would've been worm chow. Lol, I never said Legolas would recuperate, but I never said he won't either. But maybe the ultimate salvation is death. (laughs at readers' confusion) lol, you'll just have to read and find out the others' reactions. Cookie for u!

Shadowwill: (nervously laughing) I suppose you're mad at me for taking forever to update? Here take three cookies! Just dun hurt me! (cowers)

Lainfaer: Yay, be proud of me, I spelled your name right without looking back and forth at the page! Ahem, lol, at least it's only been 2 months! Sorry, been busy, and I will be unto; July 13th now anyway. (pouts) I'm not gonna be home for the fourth of July! My brother better not use up all the firecrackers! (Gives Lainfaer a cookie)

Gilraen Ar-Feiniel1: lol, no, that was a good idea, but, well, do you want Aragorn to really kill Legolas? I thought not. Ok, Maia, not Mia. (nod) Will remember that! (is determined not to forget that even though her memory SUCKS) Here's a cookie!

Fire Faerie: lol, yeah, everything seems to be ok now (cept one of my best friends almost got pregnant, I told her it was a bad idea to go that far with her boyfriend with or without a condom but did she listen to me? Nooooooo. (sigh) Ah I love her anyway and I'm just glad I didn't become a premature godmother) Anyway, enough of my pathetic life, here's a cookie and ONTO THE FIC!!!

Chapter 17: You're Alive?!

Aragorn leaned against a tree, thinking about wha just occurred, and trying to think of a way Gimli could have survived that wound. He thought of nothing, 'How could I have let this happen again? Legolas and Gimli are both gone... Those two were my best friends and I let them both die in front of me.'

Haldir was thinking along the same thoughts, 'I allowed my own brothers to die.' He thought, reflecting on the ever joyful Rumil and Orophin. 'How could I?' he cringed as he remembered his brothers' smiles. Always ready to cheer him up. They were among the few that could get him to smile.

None of them were ready when all the dead came back into the clearing.

"Haldir!" came a familiar voice.

"Why do you look as a child who lost his dog?" jested another.

They all looked up and saw the elven party and Gimli walk back into the clearing without a scratch on them. Gimli laughed at the look on Aragorn's face, "Ye didn't think ye'd get rid of me that easily, did ye laddie?"

Aragorn smiled, he did survive.

Gandalf and Thranduil were wary, Thranduil showed this in a more physical manner than Gandalf, by pointing an arrow at the dwarf. "How are you still alive, dwarf? Your throat was sliced open, I know I saw that! How can any of you still live after that?"

Rumil answered, "To be completely honest, we don't know the answer to that question ourselves."

Orophin nodded, "Aye, we could have sworn we were dead ourselves."

Gimli smiled, "I think I have an idea though. I believe Legolas had something to do with it."

Aragorn couldn't dare to believe that, "You mean he didn't kill you all?"

Rumil laughed (not having heard about Legolas becoming a demon), "Why would Legolas kill us? I don't think he is quite that sore over my putting blue ink in his brush last time he was here." He stopped laughing when he saw the grim look on the travelers' faces, "... would he?"

Gandalf sighed, "Yes and no. You must keep this secret with you. Legolas is not himself..." The Maia explained all that happened and made it clear that Legolas was not to be allowed to pass the borders without alerting him.

Orophin nodded, "So, we are not to stop him ourselves?"

"And repeat dying? I think not, most do not get second chances like we did, I care not to waste that." Rumil replied.

Everyone laughed in spite of themselves.

Meanwhile, deeper in the forest.

Phantasma returned to the demons' camp and sat down gracefully. "Well, I got rid of the dwarf." Vulcan smiled eerily.

"Who said that you could?" he said flatly.

"Oh come now. It's not like we needed him anymore than that pack of elves." Phantasma retorted.

"Heh, it's not like they stayed dead..." came a cold voice from the forest before Exile walked into the clearing. "You lot left quite a mess so I had to clean it up."

Vulcan couldn't believe it. "What are you doing back?! Where's Doram?!" he shouted.

Sure enough, Doram came in behind Exile who just sat down on the edge of the campsite as though nothing had happened. "You... little... brat... Would you stop running ahead like that?"

"Hn, is it my fault if you can't keep up you little frog?" Exile snapped.

Vulcan got in Exile's face, "What do you mean by 'it's not like they didn't stay dead'?"

"Just what it sounds like, you idiot. Or do I have to write it all down for you although I doubt you can even read!" Exile snapped.

"You are not to be so arrogant. I thought they showed you your place down in hell."

Exile laughed quietly but maniacally as well, "They did." He drew the Blade of Darkness and held it to Vulcan's throat. "And it's above you, you piece of trash."

TBC

Ok, sorry it's so short and sucky! T.T I have failed all my reviewers! (gives them all extra cookies to make up for it) I won't be able to do anything else until I get back from "Geekiod Camp" July 12th. Buh bye! (hug) And all grammatical mistakes that are left are my own.