Here's the next chapter, hope you all enjoy!
It wasn't long before the group had reached their destination. It looked to be an abandoned house, and Lilly didn't like the feeling it gave off. She stood to the side as the dwarves set up camp.
"You feel it too?" Jake moved to stand next to his sister.
"Yeah, it feels wrong, I really don't like it," Lilly shivered as a cold chill swept over her.
"Keep your eyes peeled, we'll take turns for watch with the dwarves, I'll start," Jake went to sit next to the fire, accepting a bowl of soup that one of the dwarves gave him. Lilly smiled as Bombur handed her a bowl of the hearty stuff, she always did love stew, and the dwarf's was good, for working with what they had. Bilbo had left to take the prince's their meals, and Lilly noticed Gandalf's absence. That didn't make her feel any better, she knew there was strength in numbers, it also meant he was somewhere away from her watchful eyes.
"Are you alright, Lilly?" Bofur moved to sit by the wary girl.
"Something doesn't sit right with me," her voice was quiet as she glanced at the dwarf, "this place, why was it abandoned?"
Bofur shrugged, "they probably got ran off or went to find better land."
Lilly frowned at his dismissal, "I don't like that we're staying here. I hope I'm wrong, but I think that there is something evil here." Despite whispering her words, Thorin heard.
"First Gandalf, now you," Thorin almost bellowed, it must have been a king thing, "if you have a problem staying here, then go on ahead, let us see how far you make it on your own."
Lilly scowled, "I was just saying that something feels off, nothing against you, sir."
Jake recognized the look that crosses his sister's face; the same one she wore when she followed their father. She loved their father, Jake knew that, but she lost respect for him when she was old enough to know he took away his children's lives and any hope of happiness. He could see some similarities between the king and their dad.
"I know this land more than you do. I will not lead my kin wrong."
Just then, Fili and Kili rushed to the camp, breathless.
"Trolls, they stole the horses, Bilbo is going to try and get them back," Kili said.
1lilly wanted nothing more than to tell the king 'I told you so,' but hearing Bilbo was in danger made her spring into action. The siblings grabbed their machetes and Lilly tucked her handgun into the waist of her pants, while Jake grabbed a shotgun full of rock salt.
"Do you really think you should be heading off into this battle? You never fought trolls," Bofur wanted the girl to be safe.
"Never doubt me, Bofur," Lilly's voice was cold, "if Bilbo is facing off trolls, he needs our help."
Bofur felt like he was slapped, "I just worry for you, I apologize, dearie."
Lilly sent him a tired glance before Jake interrupted, "let's go Lils, we have trolls to kill."
The two followed a fidgety Kili, as the rest tried to get their own weapons together. Creeping up to the trolls camp, Lilly felt adrenalin pump through her, readying for a fight. She had never seen a being so hideous, the trolls were large and lumpy and obviously going to be stronger than the three of them. That did not stop Kili, who was emboldened by the presence of the siblings, and went charging in.
"Drop him!" Kili demanded, that spurred the two hiding out into action, Lilly leaping over a fallen tree as Jake led the way. She quickly went into formation, standing back to back to back with the other two.
"You what?" the troll holding Bilbo asked.
"I said, drop him," Kili all but growled. Lilly was shocked when the large monster threw the short man at them, knocking them over and disorienting them. The rest of the dwarves chose to attack then, yelling and fighting. The group put up a good fight, but it all went downhill when Bilbo was captured and was practically torn apart. Lilly did not hesitate in laying down her weapon, not wanting to see her new little friend be ripped apart so soon after meeting him. The trolls tied her over the fire, on a rotating spit. She saw Jake was down with the others, in a bag. She zoned out, ignoring the arguing of how to cook her group, instead attempting to get to the knife she wore on her thigh.
"Damn, this is hot," Lilly mumbled to herself, frowning as her fingers strained.
"Aye, unfortunately it is going to be a slow death though, not hot enough to kill us quickly," Lilly could hear the grim grin in Bofur's voice.
"For fuck's sake!" Lilly all but yelled, "if I'm gonna die, I don't want to hear your damned bickering."
The trolls stopped dead, and Lilly attempted to shrug, trying her best to give them a winning smile.
"She's right. Dawn ain't far away, let's get a move on! I don't fancy bein' turned to stone."
"Wait! You're making a terrible mistake!" Bilbo quickly interjected.
"You can't reason with them, they're half-wits," Dori grumbled.
"What does that make us?" Bofur asked, morbid humor shining through.
"I meant with the...uh, with the...with the seasoning," Lilly grinned, Bofur was being erratic, but maybe he had a plan.
"What about the seasoning?" a troll asked.
Lilly watched as Bilbo spun a quick lie, saying they all had parasites, and had to swallow her laughter at the change of mood, the dwarves quickly playing along.
"The dawn will take you all!" Gandalf bellowed, as he popped out of nowhere, destroying half the cliff he stood on.
Lilly gaped in awe, watching the trolls turn to stone. Gandalf and Bilbo soon cut down the dwarves and Lilly, since they were in the immediate danger, before helping the others out of the bags. Almost as soon as Jake was righted, he gathered Lilly up in his arms, hugging her tightly.
"Looks like we fight another day," Lilly quipped. She grinned when she felt Jake's chest rumble from his laugh. Gandalf and Thorin were off to the side, talking.
"There must be a cave nearby," Thorin said, and from his voice Jake knew where they were going, it seemed they were making a little detour.
Yay! Hope you liked it. Reviews are lovely :)