Kira glared at the pinned man, "What business do you have with Frodo, Mr. Strider?"

Strider looked at the Sais pinning him to the wall in faint surprise as Frodo spoke," Kira, he means no harm; he's a friend of Gandalf's."

Kira paused, eyeing the man warily before shrugging while removing her Sais to jump when the door was slammed open abruptly by Sessohmaru, Kagome, and the others, the hobbits holding furniture for weapons.

Kira instantly burst into giggles upon spotting the hobbits, her laughter quickly filling the room as she choked out," Ano –laughs- guys, -giggle- as much as I'm sure -snicker- Frodo appreciates it –snort- I doubt a chair and such'll do much.-insane giggles-"

Strider shook his head as Sessohmaru smirked and Kagome giggled softly herself while Shippo poked his laughing aunt eliciting soft squeals from her.

"Shippo!" Kira admonished, giggling as she attempted to keep her nephew from tickling her more.

()()()()()()() Aragon sat silently on a chair by the window, Kagome sat on its sill with Shippo snoring softly in her lap. Sessohmaru sat in a chair next to her, his gaze cast toward the ceiling; meanwhile Kira lay silently on her stomach next to Kilala, drawing ancient symbols across the wooden floor in front of the green blanket she was laying on.

"What are they?" Pippin asked as he and the other hobbits woke at the high pitched screams of the dark riders, sitting abruptly to face the window from their position in the beds.

"They were once men…kings of men. Then Sauron the Deceiver gave them nine rings of power. And blinded by their greed, they took them without question. One by one, they fell into darkness. Now they are but slaves to his will." Strider told them, pausing as the riders rode off in anger, Kagome, Sessohmaru, and Kira sharing a look silently. Strider continued, " They are the Nazgoul, Ringwraths, neither living nor dead. At all times they feel the presence of the ring and are drawn to the power of the One. They will never stop hunting you."

Strider's words, although haunting, the mood was broken by a loud snore from Shippo, who had amazingly slept through everything. Kagome and the others sweatdroped as they looked toward the sleeping kitsune.

Shaking her head, Kira stood, "Okay peoplez, I think we should follow Shippo-kun's -snicker- example and get to bed. "

()()()()()Dawn rose quickly and with such the groups travel onward into the forests. Strider walked quickly as guide with Sessohmaru and Kilala following just behind him, the hobbits traveled in the middle of the group with Shippo as the sisters, Kagome and Kira, took up the rear.

Kira frowned at the hobbits as Kagome and her watched them whisper about Strider, hanging back farther in hopes that he wouldn't hear.

"How do we know that this Strider is a friend of Gandalf?" Sam asked.

Frodo answered, watching the Ranger," I think a servant of the enemy would look fairer and feel fouler."

"He's foul enough." Mary commented.

Kagome shook her head at Kira when she whispered under her breath, her kitsune ears easily picking it up," They're very 'picky' they accepted us sooo easily but are indecisive about one 'outsider'. Crazy hobbits."

"We have no choice but to trust him." Frodo replied in return to have Sam question," But where is he leading us?"

Strider called back, startling them," To Rivendale, Master Gamgee. To the house of Elrond."

Kira snickered softly at noticing how startled they were.

"Did you hear that? Rvendale! We're going the see the elves!" Sam exclaimed happily.

()()()()()() Kira: How was that pplz? I hope you aren't mad that it took a while but cha! 'Nyways, I'll update again once I get 2 reviews, K? K! JA! (lol, it rhymed! ^-^)