~Oh my gosh. You guys must hate me. You're always so nice to me then I get so lazy and stuff and I let you down. :C I'm not being a good Hufflepuff! I'm sorry. I'm so so sorry.~

The Fellowship set out on the light Elven boats that were given to them.

Lily sat with Sam on a boat along with Legolas and Gimli.

"I have taken my worst wound at this parting, having looked my last upon that which is fairest," Gimli said with a small sigh. "Haugh, henceforth I will

call nothing fair unless it be her gift to me."

"What did you ask for, Gimli?" Lily asked curiously, looking over at the dwarf.

"I asked her for one hair from her golden head," He replied, grinning brightly as he remembered. "She gave me three."

Lily smiled along with the dwarf.

The Fellowship rest for the night on a small island.

Lily looked out at the dark water, watching a log drift past. She saw something reach out and grab onto the wood, eyes glinting softly on the creature's barely visible head.

"Hey!" Kayla shouted when Lily elbowed her, but before she could hit the hobbit back, she looked to where she was pointing. "

"What the heck is that thing?" She asked as she watched it with a look of slight disgust.

"Gollum. He's tracked us since Moria," Katt replied softly, also watching the thing.

"Oh. Yea, I've heard of him. Gandalf said something about him, right?" Lily asked, forgetting for the moment that the old wizard was gone.

"I had hoped we would lose him on the river, but he's too clever a waterman," Aragorn added to the conversation.

Lily looked around to Frodo and saw his worried expression. She followed Sam over to his friend and sat beside him.

"Have some food, Mr. Frodo," Sam offered.

"No, Sam," The hobbit replied softly with a shake of his head.

"You haven't eaten anything all day," Lily protested, concern obvious in her eyes.

"You're not sleeping, either," Sam added, also looking worried.

"Don't think we haven't noticed, Mr. Frodo," Lily said quietly.

"I'm all right," Frodo insisted.

"But you aren't!" Lily replied sternly.

"I'm here to help you. I promised Gandalf I would," Sam reminded him persistently.

Frodo paused thoughtfully.

"But you can't help me, Sam...Not this time..Get some sleep, both of you," Frodo told them.

Sam leaves but Lily stays behind and looks Frodo in the eyes.

"Mr. Frodo. I know you feel bad, alright? I'm not sure how this Ring stuff works, but I know it must be hard. Sam's worried, though, and I don't like seeing him like that. Please try to rest at least. For him," Lily said softly before also standing and leaving.

Boromir walked over to where Aragorn and Kat were sitting silently.

"Minas Tirith is the safer road. You know it. From there we can regroup..strike out for Mordor from a place of strength," Boromir advised to Aragorn.

"There is no strength in Gondor that can avail us," Aragorn stated simply, not looking up at Boromir.

"You were quick enough to trust the Elves," The man pointed out. "Have you so little faith in your own people? Yes, there is weakness. There is frailty. But there is courage also, and honor to be found in Men. But you will not see that."

Aragorn turned away from Boromir, but he grabbed his arm and turned him back.

Katt watched, surprised, then slowly stood up.

"Should I g-" She started, but Boromir interrupted, not listening to the woman.

"You are afraid! All your life, you have hidden in the shadows!" He accused angrily.

"Scared of who you are. Of what you are," He added softly, releasing Aragorn's arm.

Aragorn turned away. The argument seemed to be over when he turned back suddenly.

"I will not lead the Ring within a hundred leagues of your city!" He protested.

The Fellowship's boats float through a canyon.

Aragorn looked up and smiled slightly, then tapped Katt's shoulder, nodding to two huge statues carved out of the rock of the canyon.

"The Argonath. Long have I desired to look upon the kings of old. My kin," He explained.

"Whoa," Katt whispered as she looked up at the sight. "They're beautiful."

The group pulled the boats onto a gravel beach and looked around.

Katt glanced at Boromir, who seemed troubled, as if fighting some conflict with himself, but she soon looked away to help set up camp.

"We cross the lake at nightfall. Hide the boats and continue on foot. We approach Mordor from the North," Aragorn explained to them all.

"Oh, yes?" Gimli nodded. "It's just a simple matter of finding our way through Emyn Muil? An impassable labyrinth of razor sharp rocks!"

"What?!" Kayla looked up from making her bedroll to stare at the dwarf. "No razor sharp laby-whatevers for me, thanks," She said simply.

"And after that, it gets even better!" Gimli continued.

Pippin also looked up, alarmed, to listen to the ranting dwarf.

"Festering, stinking marshlands, far as the eyes can see!"

"That's where we must go," Katt stated with a shrug. They'd gotten through Moria, a creepy dark mine with skeletons and orcs and some weird fire shadow thing. How was this any worse?

"I suggest you take some rest and recover your strength, Master Dwarf," Aragorn added.

"Recover my? Pff-" Gimli shook his head.

Legolas turned to Aragorn. "We should leave now," He warned.

"No," Aragorn protested. "Orcs patrol the Eastern shore. We must wait for cover of darkness."

"It is not the eastern shore that worries me. A shadow and a threat has been growing in my mind. Something draws near..I can feel it," Legolas said softly.

Kayla looked at the elf, then looked around at the others.

"Does anyone else understand what blondie here's saying? Seriously, why can't he speak normal English?" She asked.

~Yay! I finished. :3 I probably should've made it longer to make up for abandoning you guys for so long, but...I didn't...Sorry. _~

~Well, there was a smidgen(I love that word :3) of Lily/Sam romance in there, for you guys that like that. I don't know..None of you has said anything about wanting more romance between those two...but I like Sam the best, so I guess I'm doing it for myself. :3~

~I realized that Kayla hasn't been in the recent chapters much...She'll come in more when she's captured by orcs. :3~

~PLEASE review, guys. :3 You make me so happy when you do. Reviewing gets me motivated to write more. xD So, that would be great. Thank you!~