There is no excuse for how long it took for me to write this. *hugs everyone* I'm sorry.

Loveofthering: Of course I'm going to keep you crying! With this story anyway. :0)

MLynnBloom: I'm glad you liked the song! :0) Here's the epilogue.

Tavion: Yes, you have discovered my greatest joy in writing: imagery. The more descriptive the better, as I always say (well, I don't always say that, but you get the picture). :0)

Lemondrop: *sigh of relief* I'm glad you thought that last chapter was okay. I was really nervous with this story because it required some really short chapters here and there. You don't know how relieved I am to know that it turned out okay! Oh, if we could all have a Sam! But if wishes were fishes, then Gollum would be very happy indeed. (I can't wait to see what had become of those plot bunnies! You be sure to tell me as soon as you get something up, okay?)

Fireblade K'Chona: Yes yes, I know how you feel. *hugs*

Lily C: Oh thank you very much for the kind words! *hugs* I'm very glad you're enjoying it! I wish I could say there will be a hobbit party in this story, but there's not. There will be one in the future in my new story, but that's all. :0)

Shirebound: I'm glad you liked it! *hugs* And thank you very very much for that little correction there. And please tell me if you see anything else. I am completely open to anything that might make my writing better. :0)

ShireElf: Yes he is a sweetheart isn't he? *hugs Sam* :0)

Michelle Frodo: Thank you for your kind words! I'm sorry to say that the epilogue isn't exactly any more cheerful than the rest of the story. Couldn't spoil the mood, you know? But I hope you still like it.

Aragorns-gurl33: Yay! A new reviewer! *hugs* O_O And one who writes long reviews too! Thank you very much! I'm very glad you like my stories! *hands Sam to aragorns-gurl33* You just keep on hugging him. I'm sure he needs it. :0) Namarie mellonin!

NOTE: Again, this is quite a short chapter, and it's for the same reasons as what I wrote in the previous chapter.

If you want to know where I'm going from here, I will now be devoting the bulk of my time to my new Merry/Estella story To Melt a Heart of Ice. I hope to see you there!

Now, on to the last chapter!

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The first of the stars to appear were tiny drops of golden light in the sky. With the night approaching by the sea, the only sounds were the calm laps of the waves. The sun, a lonely flame in a sky ever deepening into darker shades of blue, sank into the west.

A lone hobbit stood on the shore, his large bare feet cushioned by the sand. He looked up at the brightest of the few stars that graced the sky.

"A light when all other lights go out . . ." he whispered, and was suddenly struck with a stab of longing. But he was comforted in knowing that it would not last long. He would see his friend and master again soon.

"Master Samwise?" An Elf in gray robes approached, his timeless eyes shining in the growing dark. "Are you prepared?"

"Yes, sir," Sam replied softly, his gaze roving over to a large and graceful Elven ship, "I'll be there in a moment."

The Elf bowed his head in acknowledgement before turning to go back to the ship.

A gentle wind caressed Sam's cheeks. He never thought he could feel this old and tired. With a fleeting notion, he wondered if this was the way Elves felt, only many times worse over the thousands of years in which they lived.

Perhaps what Sam felt had something to do with the ache in his heart for his wife, Rosie. Sam could feel the last lingering threads of warmth from the setting sun. Rosie used to love the sun.

So many people who were dear to him had been taken away over the years.

A sudden shrill call pierced the air. Sam lifted his head, and saw a gull flying over the sails of the Elven ship. He watched as it danced and soared through the air. It's wings spread and it caught the currents of the wind and flew with them just like a kite.

With a sigh, Sam turned and walked to the ship.

The End.