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REFLECTIONS -- CHAPTER 6
"Waking Up"
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He was left then, curled up, everything taken from him. Everything. How could he go on? It had been foolishness to entrust the ring to him. He was only a hobbit. He wasn't a great leader or a hero. He was only Frodo Baggins.

He wanted nothing more than to curl up and die just then. It was hopeless, everything that he had done to get to this point, all that he had lost, everyone who must now be dead because of him. Sam? What had happened to dear Samwise? He didn't know. He would never know.

It didn't matter how many times they hit him or tortured him, he didn't know where anything was. It was gone. It had left him. That was all that mattered. He was alone, and there was nothing that he could do about it. He was helpless and at their mercy.

Orcs however, did not know the meaning of the word Mercy. They would torture him body and soul until he could stand it no longer and faded into darkness. His fate had been decided. He was weak…It was over. Everything…

He was only Frodo Baggins…What could he do against such hatred.

"Hush now, Mr. Frodo. Sam's here."

Someone was rocking him in their arms. What? Was this a dream?

Maybe it was.

Was the dream any better than reality? He reached up to his neck and felt something very heavy there. He trembled and tears fell from his eyes as he shook uncontrollably in his saviors arms. He was no longer in the tower. Sam -had- found him. But he was still being tortured, there was nothing more to it than that.

Bearing the Ring of Power was killing him.

Even if no Orc blade touched his throat, it would still kill him.

He drank thirstily from the cup that Sam put to his lips as he tried to focus on where he was, on who he was…"Where are we, Sam?" he gasped out.

"You're safe, Mr. Frodo. Its alright." Sam said softly. "Just rest a bit."

"Safe, Sam?" Frodo sighed, the nightmares would always be with him, for as long as he carried the ring and beyond. "I will never be safe again."

**THE END**

(I know its short, but I didn't plan on continuing w/this story and realized I kinda left it hanging. In short, he had a nightmare about being in the tower..)