--sniff-- Here's the last chapter guys…Read. Enjoy. Review.
Carrie was brought to the edge of consciousness by two voices, seemingly speaking from a distance. She did not fight to bring herself completely awake and instead listened to the voices, which struck her as somehow familiar.
"I would like to point out that I was correct in regards to her whereabouts."
"Indeed, you need to point out whenever you are correct for it happens so seldom."
"At least it happens. I could not say the same for you."
"You could not say much for me, for your kind lacks the eloquence to speak of such things."
"And your kind lacks the ability to notice the obvious, such as the fact that she is grasping one of your arrows."
"It is true. You far surpass me in your ability to state the obvious."
"Well at least I am not one to…"
"Shh…" The more soothing of the two voices interrupted the gruff one. "She stirs."
The voices were silent and Carrie felt herself drifting closer and closer to consciousness. Still hesitant to open her eyes, she lay there, comforted by the voices and waiting to see if they would continue. After a few moments the gruff voice spoke again.
"I see no sign of waking."
"Which is odd, being that your eyes are so much closer to the ground than mine."
"You're a fine one to talk of odd, being that…wait, I think she smiled."
There was silence again. Carrie realized that she had indeed smiled and considered pulling herself completely awake, but was still for some reason hesitant to do so. After some more time passed, the sweet melodious voice spoke again.
"She may have just smiled in her sleep."
"Surely that is the case, for if she were awake and saw you looming over her, a smile would be the last expression I would expect to see."
"Master Dwarf, to you, everybody appears looming, due to your short stature."
Upon hearing the word 'dwarf,' Carrie felt the last lingering bit of unconsciousness slip away and she opened her eyes, blinking a few times. She looked up at the two owners of the voices and her jaw dropped in surprise and wonder.
"Where…where am I?" she asked, disoriented from just having woken up, and from seeing two of the last people she would have ever expected to see again.
The two owners of the voices turned to look at her. They both smiled and Gimli knelt down next to her. "It is good to see you again, Carrie. But now, against my better judgement," he turned and pursed his lips up at the elf, "I will depart and leave you to his miserable company."
She heard what sounded very much like a snort from Legolas, but hesitated to look up at him. She smiled at Gimli and watched as he stood and walked away into the small woods. She stayed watching after him long after she could no longer see him, too nervous to look up at the elf that she had run away from just a week before.
He stood in his spot for a moment before kneeling down next to her and tilting her chin up to look in her eyes. The moment their eyes met Carrie was lost in a flood of emotions. She sat up and hugged him; not wanting to ever let go. Eventually, uncertainty began to creep into Carrie's mind. She pulled away and looked back up into his eyes.
"You're here," she breathed out, relief and gratefulness flooding her voice.
"I'm here," he acknowledged, but his voice was warm and compassionate.
"What now?" she asked tentatively.
The smile he gave her weakened her knees. "You tell me."
She shook her head in astonishment, still not entirely believing that he was there before her. "I don't know. Do you have the time to stay here with me for a little bit?" she asked hopefully.
"I'm an immortal." He grinned at her. "I have all the time in the world."
She laughed giddily at this, and it felt good after the week of misery that she had put herself through. Had it only been a week? It felt like so much longer since she had last seen him. It felt like ages since she had been able to look into those eyes that held so many more years of wisdom than she would ever see. It felt like years since she had felt his comforting arms around her.
"But don't you have to go back? I know there are things you have yet to do!"
He nodded at her. "I do have to eventually return, but regardless of the amount of time I spend here, I will return there at the same moment I left. This I was assured upon my leaving."
"But what about Gimli?"
"Contrary to what I might say, he will be fine finding his own way back."
Carrie remembered the reason for her hasty decision to return home. "But what about the sea longing?" The last two words were a whisper, as if she were afraid that saying them too loud would give too much weight to them and their meaning.
He held her gaze for a while before answering. "It is something I will feel for as long as I remain on this side of the sea. But the sea is not the only thing that holds sway over my heart."
She felt a pang in her chest at his words, but was still gripped with indecision. She looked thoughtfully at him and then shrugged helplessly. "I don't know what to do…help me out here!" she begged playfully.
He took her hands in his and spoke his response tenderly to her. "You decide what you want to do. Stay here or go back there, it matters not, for where you go, I will follow."
Carrie gasped at this overwhelming show of devotion and commitment. It was then that she realized that they were committed, as far as he was concerned. She remembered; not dreamed, she thought happily; what Aragorn had told her the last night she was in middle earth. Anything else they did would only be a matter of ceremony. This brought a question to her mind. "When did you…I mean…how long did you wait before…?" she broke off, unsure how to pose the question in her head.
Understanding what she was asking, he answered her simply. "I went to find Lady Galadriel the moment you fell asleep."
Not knowing what else to do at his answer, she threw her arms around him and buried her face in his chest. He laughed at her reaction and she pulled back to look at him.
"Well…" she smiled up at him. "I don't have to decide right now, do I?" He smiled back at her and shook his head. She closed her eyes and smiled, basking in the contentment that threatened to overwhelm her.
She opened her eyes and took his hand. "Come on." They walked back through the park together, hand in hand, their bodies becoming silhouettes in the dark, and eventually blending with the rest of the shadows on the street.
Wow. I can't believe it is over. First and foremost I would like to thank everyone who has ever read or reviewed this story. When I started out, I had never imagined I would reach so many people. The fact that many of you wrote to say you cried over the last few chapters touched me so much as a writer I can't even say. And the fact that this last chapter had the most reviews of the whole story makes me extraordinarily happy.
Thank you Alagdelothiel, alice, allgoodfungall247, ally, Amirel, Angel312, Avardoiel, bant, bookwormqueen, BtchieChrissy, Calime07, Cindy, Crecy, crimson7319, elfangel5687, ElvenDragon, ElvenPrincessSapphire, Empress Guinevere Sparrow, Flamingo Feathers, Gilraen73051, Gina, GinnyPotter4eva, Iariel, ikhny87, iris williams, Jack-Sparrow-Lover, JilseponieAngel, Julia M, Julie7, Juniper, kalika55 Kerla, Kurams-san7767, Lady Aranel, Lady Shannon Took, Lainfaer, lathalian, Linda19, Lopus, Lothliana, LtSonya, Miriellar, moonbunny77, Moralinde, Nanook, nap-003, nilimade, NimrodelPR, padfootknightengale, PsychoPixie, rain137 (Kris and Kitty), reading addict, Rhythmic Breathing, sam, SayDee27, Shadowfax04, silkenroses15, sofia, stardust-creations, The Lady of Mirkwood, the original sessy, Timid Wild One, Vanima Bliss, Velvet, Vivian Black, WhIPpeD CrEaM 0, and XxgemxX.
Thank you to my sister for being my first beta reader. Your encouragement in the begging was very helpful. Thank you to LtSonya for being my beta reader later on. The help, corrections, encouragement and writing tips have not only helped this story, but have helped me grow as a writer. Thank you to Lady Aranel for her help with that exquisite love scene.
And last and definitely not least, thank you to Prof. Tolkien for giving us this beautiful world in which to play, and for coming up with Legolas, who we all love to go into the world to play with.
Lainfaer: Thanks for the chocolate. I hope this was to your satisfaction.
Jack-Sparrow-Lover: Thanks for your reviews throughout the whole story!
SayDee27: I'm ready for my elf now…
BtchieChrissy: No need to buy me anything. Thanks for all your reviews.
ElvenDragon: Thanks for the review! I hope all was revealed.
Avardoiel: Well, that was it. Thanks for the review!
elfangel5687: No, no sequel, sorry. But I am writing more stuff. Keep an eye out!
moonbunny77: Wow – stroke of genius? Thanks! Hope you got your closure.
Moralinde: Here's the update – and the end. Thank you for reviewing.
GinnyPotter4eva: I've always said I was Evil!Arandil. I'm glad my story moved you --hands over tissue--
Amirel: Um…here's the explanation. She never hated him. Ever. Not throughout the whole story. She was just hurt and confused. And a little irrational. But, she's been that way the whole time. Thanks for the review.
Linda19: Trevor is a nice guy, but just not the right one for Carrie. (Woo…I can say stuff like that without giving anything away now!) There's only one guy for her.
Kerla: It wasn't too happy ever after. I tried to make it more…real. They're together. (Which is more than I can say for the first draft…)
Timid Wild One: Yes, it's free. It sucks up all of your free time, but it doesn't cost a dime. Thanks for the review.
sofia: Just keep writing. This story didn't spring fully formed, Athena-like out of my head. It started with one chapter. One very short chapter. Some others came quickly. Some others made me rip my hair out. I'm glad you like it. Sorry this was the last chapter, but it had to end sometime…
PsycoPixie: Welcome back – hope you had a good trip! I'm glad you liked the chapters. Thanks for all your reviews throughout the story.
ElvenPrincessSapphire: Yeah, he's way sexy. I'm glad you like the story – just make sure to take sleep breaks!!! (I'm guilty of staying up past 3am to finish a story and then having to get up 3 hours later. Not a good idea – trust me!)
So, that's all she wrote, folks. Thanks for coming on this journey with me. There are more stories in the works, but don't expect another Legomance too soon. (I just don't think I could do that to Carrie!) But there will be more Legolas. And more romance.
I know as soon as I post this I'll think of something else I want to say. I will respond to reviews via email if you are signed in or if you leave an email address. So I guess all that's left to say is, once again, THANK YOU!
Hugs and Cookies,
PS. Sorry – had to get one more shameless plug in. June was named International Legolas Month (I didn't do it! I swear!) over at HASA. There are many many song parodies in honor of the One Elf that will be posted in the "International Legolas Month Song Parody Palooza Challenge" after the month is over. I'll post the address on my bio as soon as it goes public. Make sure to keep an eye out for it! I have several of my own in there, but everyone's is extremely funny.