So someone suggested I add a bit of originally to the story so I tried to accommodate! Hope ya'll like it!

Chapter Eight~

As the others mourn in their own way outside Aragon sets me down and I wobble a bit on my feet as my emotions try to get the better of me, but I push them down saying to myself how he'll be fine.

"Oh Gandalf," I mutter stepping away from Aragon as he calls,

"Legolas! Get them up!" and heads over to make the others move as Boromir cries in disbelief,

"Give them a moment! For pities sake!"

"By nightfall this hills will be swarming with orcs! We must reach the woods of Lothlórien. Come, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, get them up!" and as he goes over to Sam to lift him upright I go over to Frodo whose by himself and stop when he turns around. Seeing one tear on his cheek I bite my lip and walk over to put a hand on his shoulder but instead he hugs me tight. I'm surprised but let him cry into my waist and put my head atop his as the others come along near us.

"Come on Frodo." I whisper as the others pass us and so we pull apart and I cup his cheek before taking his shoulder to lead him onwards. We run and run until Aragon cross a stream and smiles around at the woods. As we enter the woods the Hobbits are together and I'm near Legolas and Aragon.

"Stay close young hobbits. They say there's a great sorceress lives in these woods. An Elf-witch of terrible power. All who look upon her fall under her spell...and are never seen again." Gimli says taking Frodo's arm and pulling him along and knowing the Elves are going to sneak up on us I put my sword away and wait as Gimli continues,

"Well! Here's one dwarf she won't ensnare so easily! I have the eyes of a hawk, and ears of a fox!" and then the Elves jump us, each of us getting an arrow or three in our faces. I just roll my eyes as the others make ready to fight and look around for Haldir who steps forward saying,

"The dwarf breathes so loud, we could have shot him in the dark." Aragon speaks in Elvish to Haldir who I notice is looking at me and so I look away and huff crossing my arms but not before tapping one of the arrows away from my face saying,

"Get that out of my face please."

"Aragorn, these woods are perilous! We should go back." Gimli says angrily but Haldir says in reply,

"You have entered the realm of the Lady of the Wood. You cannot go back. Come, she is waiting." and so we are led into the woods blindfolded, the Elves around the Fellowship in formation as night falls over the woods. Soon we arrive at Caras Galadhon and it's more beautiful than I could have hoped; the city is bathed in silvery light, the trees seem to glow and everything is in pure white. We wind up a set of stairs as the other Elves fall away leaving Haldir to lead the group, but seeing as if I already know where were going follow right behind him. Coming to the Court of Galadriel and Celeborn we watch as a glow come down the stairs and the two steps forward hand in hand. They stop before us on the stairs Celeborn saying,

"Nine there are when ten set out from Rivendell, tell me where is Gandalf, for I much desire to speak with him." Galadriel looks to Aragon but seeing as if he can't answer I say,

"He fell." making both of the Elves stare at me, Galadriel's face reading shock.

"You know far too much." I hear her say in my mind but retort,

"And you should try staying out of peoples head, Boromir isn't right in his and you're not helping." she smiles then before saying in her melody filled voice,

"The quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the company is true. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Go now and rest for you are weary with sorrow and much toil. Tonight you will sleep in peace." and as she speaks she looks to both Boromir and Sam before finishing and as we turn to go she stops us by saying,

"Lady Zoe, please come with me." groaning, I look back at the others and say,

"It's a girl thing." before shaking my head and turning to follow the White Lady. She leads me through her Court and up a few more stairs before coming to her tallan where she turns to say,

"I shall send my maid to find you a dress, and perhaps you are in need of a bath." then she steps over to me and cups my cheek saying,

"You have seen so much for someone so young, your life has not been easy and you wish so badly for friends. Though you have made some you will make even stronger bonds with those you do not realize." then looking down at my ankle says,

"I shall also fetch a healer for your ankle."

"I'll be fine, I just want to return to the Fellowship." I say trying to be as nice as I can but in her presence I am fearful and intimidated, yet she seems to sense this for she smiled warmly and say,

"You shall, when you are patched and mended." and then she calls a female Elf to attend to me as she goes to get the healer. The female Elf leads me to a bathing chamber that has a massive sunk in bath with a flowing water spout and tells me that only females are allowed in here, that she shall return with a dress for me. I thank her and peal my tunic and breeches off, set my sword aside and take off my boots before getting in the soothingly warm water. I take several moments to bathe and soon the female Elf has returned with a silver colored gown with golden thread at the collar and sleeves.

"Oh no, no, no, that is too fancy for me." I say as I sink into the waters a bit embarrassed but she doesn't seem to notice as she says,

"The Lady gave this to you, you should wear it." rolling my eyes, I thank her and ask her to leave so I can change and though she does she looks confused, Elves have a completely different sense of nakedness it seems. Stepping out, I change quickly and realize that the gown fits me like a glove.

"That's just too creepy." I say to no one as I find a brush to do my hair, and decide to let it down before heading out. I find the Lady waiting just outside the hallway with an ancient looking Elf who smiles and asks,

"You need healing?" I nod and point to my ankle and he leads me to a chair within the main room of the tallan. As I sit the Lady watches on and smiles the whole time he inspects my swollen angry red ankle.

"It is not broken, but will need several day's rest. I shall get some herbs for the pain, but I must insist you stay off it while you are here if you wish to continue on." I nod and thank him before noticing that the doorway is opening and in walks Haldir whose eyes widen upon seeing me. Feeling sheepish, I look away as he clears his throat and says in a tight voice,

"The Fellowship are requesting the lady, they are most instant." I smile at this and stand in order to go back to them and turn to the Lady to say,

"Thank you for the dress, I feel like royalty."

"And so you shall be if you choose." she replies softly before nodding for me to go and so turning head out and brush beside Haldir who hasn't budged. I make my way down the stairs of the tree and hearing footsteps can only guess who it is.

"Haldir," I say turning to see him and sighing continue,

"I'm fine so you don't have to worry about me."

"I do, you are a lady and yet you travel with the company of those who can lead you to your death. You are too young to go riding into battle, too young to see that which can make the heart heavy." I feel anger at his words and so hit his shoulder saying,

"You know nothing Haldir! I grew up utterly alone and now for once in my life I have those I can call friends, call family. I won't leave them just because others are concerned for me, they need me, and I need them." and then I turn and flee back to the group only to stop when I spot them and feel a wave of nervousness drench me. I can hear the Elves singing and the others asking about it before it's Aragon who asks,

"Where is Zoe?"

"Hi." I say stepping out of my hiding spot only to look down when everyone stares at me.

"She don't look so different." Pippin says but that gets a slap from the other Hobbits which gets me to laugh.