A/N: Last chapter! I can't believe it! This story has been a blast to write, and I'm glad that all of you enjoyed it! For those of you who read my Merlin stories I always thank all my reviews in the last chapter so...THANK YOU TO: Junkie, josie95, qtgirl33, Logical Fallacy, Fyen, merlincrazy, Animadeus, Druid Archer, ofir, Emzy2k11, Shadow-Chan 4, Mariana Lestrange, Hope and Love, Cheresy, Allons-y allonso, Myri78, BlackHaru3, Diva's, rainwillow, emres mayfleet, Nia Scarlet, Ash Colored Wings, twiggy31, VampireDragonGirl66, Lemynx, lifi, .God., goldenfightergirl, FloReader, and RR! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Anariel couldn't believe it. Frodo and Sam were alive. As she walked through the halls in the Houses of Healing, she couldn't help but think of their journey. From start to finish, she relived everything. So much had happened. In the course of a little more than a year, she had joined a quest to destroy the One Ring, befriended a Dwarf, fallen in love with an Elvish prince, fought three unwinnable battles, battled the halls of Moria, watched Gandalf 'die'. She had made enough memories in one year than she had in her previous thousand.
She heard the feather light footsteps of an elf behind her and she turned and saw Legolas striding towards her, Gimli beside him. Anariel raised her eyebrows, questioning the bright smile on his face. "What are you smiling about?" she asked curiously.
"Frodo is awake," Legolas answered and Anariel's eyes widened before she grabbed Legolas' hand and began to tow him down to Frodo's room.
They arrived just in time to see Merry and Pippin run through the door and jump on the hobbit's bed. Laughter was the only discernable noise in the room and Anariel knew that the joy was plain on her face. Aragorn walked in behind them, and he too was smiling.
Frodo's face lit up when Aragorn walked into the room, "Aragorn!" he cried happily.
Legolas wrapped an arm around Anariel's waist and pulled her close. Anariel looked up at him and grinned. The joy in the room was practically tangible. Anariel looked back at Frodo and noticed that the hobbit's eyes were trained on a figure in the doorway. Anariel smiled when she saw Sam. He was truly a hero in his own right.
Anariel watched as Frodo smiled softly at his friend before the hobbit fixed her with his gaze. She watched as he took in Legolas' arm around her waist and laughed, "It seems like I've missed a lot."
"Indeed you have my friend," Anariel answered smiling.
Anariel stood beside Legolas as they watched from a distance Aragorn being crowned King. As the new King of Gondor began his procession down the avenue, she and Legolas and the Elves behind them began a procession of their own. Anariel was grinning deviously. Her family was with her now.
When she'd seen Arwen, she had simply stared for a moment. Her sister was as beautiful as ever, mortality could not take that away. They had talked long into the night, and reluctantly Anariel had agreed to keep her arrival secret.
Seeing her father had been an emotional rollercoaster. She was insanely happy to see him again, and this time under peaceful circumstances. They'd embraced, but soon Anariel had begun to cry. Why, she did not know. Perhaps it was simply the relief that it was all over…that there could finally be peace.
Anariel glanced up at Legolas who caught her gaze and smiled. Anariel took his hand as the people in front of them parted to let them through. Finally, they broke through the crowd and Aragorn stopped in front of them.
The King of Gondor looked from Anariel's mischievous expression, to Legolas' knowing look in confusion. Subtly, Legolas' gestured behind them and Aragorn saw Arwen appear from behind a banner. They seemed to stare at each other for a moment before Arwen launched herself at him, and they kissed passionately.
Anariel smiled up at Legolas and then glanced to her left at her father who was smiling. It was about time that everyone was happy. Anariel watched contentedly as Arwen and Aragorn strolled down to the end of the avenue to where four hobbits stood. They were dressed in their old clothes, now mended and clean. However, they were fidgeting nervously. As Aragorn and Arwen approached they bowed and Anariel smiled as Aragorn said softly, "My friends…you bow to no one."
Then Aragorn and Arwen kneeled before the hobbits and everyone else followed suit, including Legolas and Anariel. Anariel glanced up to see that Frodo had tears in his eyes as he looked at the four thousand people bowed before him…honoring him for the deed that he and Sam had done.
Anariel smiled. Peace.
It was later that evening and they were all gathered in the throne room. The elves of Rivendell and the Fellowship of the Ring all chatted with the new King and Queen. Legolas and Anariel were standing with Aragorn, Arwen, Gimli, and Merry and Pippin. They were all laughing, and Anariel could not remember the last time she was so content.
Suddenly Pippin spoke, "You know. I don't quite know what to do now. No quest. No orcs. No massive armies of orcs. No trolls. No Balrogs. What happens next?"
Anariel laughed, "I don't know Pippin. I'm sure you will think of something," she assured before looking up at Legolas. "What do you think?"
Legolas smiled softly, and subtly glanced at Elrond who nodded, a slow smile spreading across his face. Anariel's eyes narrowed suspiciously, but her stomach was beginning to do all kinds of flips.
Legolas returned his gaze to her and he took her hand, "I have an idea," he said as he got down on one knee in front of her. "Marry me?"
Anariel smiled and dropped down on her knees so she was level with him. She put a loving hand on his face and laughed softly. "Of course I will."
Okay...it's done...finished...the END! (tear)...but all good things come to an end eventually. Again, I just have to say thank you to everyone who reviewed, and I encourage you all to review one last time, even those silent readers that have never reviewed! Please, please, please, there's nothing like feedback from a story that you've worked so hard on! I've left this ending really open so you can take it in whatever direction you wish, as I've always felt that it's better to let the reader do that anyway.
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