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Recaptured!: 42. The Plan

"You should be ready to leave in the morning,
Meriadoc." Gandalf put his hand on the hobbit’s shoulder, startling him
slightly.



"Where am I to go?" Merry asked in surprise, he
had thought that he would be staying in Dunharrow.



"I have to go to Minas Tirith," Gandalf explained,

"and I think I would rather keep you close by. The Wraith will not give up
its search for you so easily and you
will be safer with me to protect you. It will not stand against me."



"Oh," Merry
sounded less than enthusiastic. "I just thought I was to stay here… with
the others."



"They will also
be leaving at first light, Merry." Gandalf had known Meriadoc long enough
to sense that the hobbit was not telling him everything, but did not feel he
should pressure him. "Legolas and Gimli plan to ride with Aragorn, so
there will be none of the Fellowship left here. You cannot ride with Théoden
and his men, so I think you will be better off coming with me."



"But if Legolas
goes I might not be able to talk to Pip any more." Merry said in dismay.
He did not tell the wizard that it would also upset any plans he was hatching
for finding a way to reach Pippin.



"I think you
will," Gandalf patted his shoulder. "Legolas seems to think you don’t
need to be in close contact with him any longer as you have established a
strong telepathic bond now and that through him you will still be able to talk
to Pippin."



"But what if
something were to happen to Legolas?" Merry asked anxiously, "If he
were lost, then Pip would be lost too. That is I may never find him
again."



"I know,
Merry," Gandalf took the hobbit’s hand to lead him to the tent. "But
that is a fate we all face at the moment. You being with Legolas will not make any
difference."



"It’s just that,
I know Pippin is going to need us really soon." Merry wished he could
articulate what he felt. "and it seems as if we can help him more when I
am beside Legolas."



****



‘meerrrry!
legooooolas!’



"Pip!"
Merry sat bolt upright, hands gripping onto nothingness, his heart thumping so
hard he could hear it. "Pippin!"



Merry tumbled out of
his blanket, pulling on his breeches and shirt, he groped for the tent flap. He
made it outside but then fell over a guy rope, thumping down hard on the
ground, grazing both his knees. Before he could jump up again a hand steadied
him and then two hands went under his arms and effortlessly lifted him back to
his feet.



"Take care,
little hobbit." It was Gimli. "Are you all right?"



"Yes, Gimli,
where’s Legolas?" Merry caught hold of the dwarf’s arm to steady himself.
"It’s Pippin, I think he needs us!"



"I know,"

the dwarf began steering Merry towards where the elf sat on a patch of moonlit
grass. "He asked me to see if you were all right."



‘Merry, don’t
worry little one, you don’t need to be by me now. We can still hear each other,
and Pippin as well, when we want to.’



‘sorry i legolas –
forgotted’



‘merr! legolas!
you go waked up?’



‘what wrong pip?
you go sad?’



‘no – i go be
h-happy!’



‘good’



‘Why are you happy
little one?’



‘mmm… poppy’



"Pippin! Have
you been eating poppy paste again! Where did you get it, you bad hobbit?’



‘pip! strider be
cross’



‘strider not
gotted be here.’



‘then merry be
cross!’



‘And Legolas!’



‘not find i it –
orc give – put in mouf – mou-tttthh.’



‘legolas – he go
drunked!’



‘Well, high, any
way. Pippin was that what you woke us up to tell us? Or was it something else?’



‘elshh – elfff –
no you go be elf – ha ha! – elssh – think – forgottened’



'try 'member pip –
is imprortran – is big thing?'



'big orc'



'What about the
big orc?'



'take i go up –
not same – not think good now be.'



'Pippin, think
slowly and do one word at a time, we can't understand you.'



'he sayed – go up
steps – got differnent orc – some bad thing gone to go happ- happnen-ed – no –
happen.'



'what merr sayed –
go 'fraid bit – but poppy good'



"Legolas?"
Merry said out loud. Gimli guided the hobbit over to where Legolas was sitting
on the grass. "Do you think he's in trouble?"



"I don't think
he knows himself for sure." Legolas steered Merry down onto the grass
beside him. "Perhaps we had better wait with him and find out."



'Are you all right
Pippin?'



we wait – you go
say things pip'



'go in dark – bad
– 'fraid it too big othrer orc'



'pip?'



'aaai! iimmm! mer…
h-hel-p… nooo it he… comed back m-m-mmeerrry… too 'fraid'



'what is pip?'



'Calm down,
Pippin. Tell us slowly, little one, take a breath.'



'wraith comed!
nooo! taked i – holded i – meerrr… please… too 'fraid…'



'QUIET – BE
SILENT! YOUR THOUGHTS ARE DISPLACED AND MEANINGLESS – WHY IS THERE NO CHANGE?'



"Merry, Don't
speak in Pip's head." Legolas urgently warned him out loud. "Wait
until we find out what's happening. We shouldn't have heard the wraith, but it
seems the link is growing stronger than ever."



"What should we
d-do?" Merry asked breathlessly, "We can't leave Pip alone."



"No we can't.
Gimli, could you wake Gandalf and bring him here." Legolas asked the
dwarf, "I think we may need his help before too long."



****



Pippin trembled in
fright and horror as the big orc threw him to the ground in front of the black
robed wraith. He thought he might be sick again, simply with fear, but the
poppy juice was the only thing in his belly. The effects of the poppy were now
turning sour, as adrenaline mingled with the opiate to send the little hobbit's
head swirling and his stomach churning.



The wraith reached
forward with its gauntlet-clad fists and plucked the terrified hobbit up,
clutching him to his ice-cold, vapour-white breast. Pippin began to
hyperventilate, his eyes grown wide with fear; he could not even struggle since
his hands were tightly bound behind his back.



****



Merry and Legolas sat
holding hands, listening in tense silence. They could hear Pip's rapid
breathing and an occasional whimper that echoed through his mind and filtered
into theirs.



Gandalf arrived,
anxious and concerned. He had only had the briefest explanation from Gimli, who
did not really understand himself what was happening. He put a hand each on
Merry's and Legolas's shoulders.



The elf opened his
eyes, which had been tightly closed in concentration, "Gandalf… I think it
is the wraith, the Witch-King, Lord of the Nazgûl, himself I believe. He is
holding Pip and I suspect he may be taking him to Sauron."



"Is Pippin
saying anything?" The wizard asked. "Does he sound coherent?"



"Quite the
opposite." Merry put in. "He's b-been at the poppy p-paste again – or
rather some orc gave it to him. B-but Gandalf –he's v-very frightened."



"He does sounds
very afraid." Legolas could not hide the anxiety in his voice either.
"What shall we do if they start to question him – about the Quest or the
Ring?"



"But is he
saying anything now?" Gandalf asked again.



"No, he stopped
when the wraith sh-shouted at h-him." Merry bit his tongue in annoyance at
the return of the stutter. "We k-kept quiet then t-too."



"I want to
attempt something," Gandalf knelt down on the grass next to the two.
"I need the help of both of you and it is not something I do lightly – but
much is at stake."



"Will it put
P-Pip in more d-danger?" Merry knew he would have to agree no matter what.
"Only I-I…"



"It may help
Pip." Gandalf drew Merry to him in a light embrace to let him know he
understood. "It certainly won't make things any worse for him. Are you
willing?"



"Of
c-course." Merry said at once.



"And I."
Legolas agreed.



"Very
well," Gandalf drew a deep breath. "Here's what we shall do."



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Stories: 15
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Stories I have read and liked, dealing primarily with interactions between members of the Fellowship.

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Story Information

Author: Llinos

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Action

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 03/23/07

Original Post: 06/26/02

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Chapter List

1. A Twist in the Tale

2. Hobbit Hurling

3. Merry Yule and Orange Pips

4. A Palantír Is Not A Toy

5. Rescue

6. King Théoden

7. Pippin

8. Merry

9. Gandalf

10. Legolas

11. The Council

12. Interlude

13. The Road To Edoras

14. Poppy Paste

15. Attack!

16. All In Pippin's Mind

17. Merry Gets Sad

18. Pippin Gets High

19. A Sulky Hobbit

20. Poor Merry

21. Fever

22. Don't Let Me Go!

23. Bitter and Sweet

24. The Trial

25. Crime and Punishment

26. The Show

27. Drums of War

28. Rumblings

29. Searching

30. Converging

31. Betrayal

32. Aftermath

33. Wraithride

34. Lessons

35. Stigmata

36. Decisions

37. Ménage à trois

38. Misunderstandings

39. Visions

40. Remembering

41. Summoned

42. The Plan

43. Confrontation

44. Questions

45. Goodbye

46. Gone

47. Recovery

48. Promises

49. Friends and Strangers

50. Knots and Plots

51. Hide The Hobbit

52. Lost and Found

53. Promises and Threats

54. Blood and Water

55. Dead or Alive

56. Sad and Lonely

57. Hide and Seek

58. Near and Far

59. Touch and Go

60. Questions and Answers

61. Rough and Tumble

62. Beyond Help

63. Planning and Scheming

64. Requiescat

65. Echoes

66. Bribery and Corruption

67. Quo Vadis?

68. Friend or Foe

69. Terra Incognita

70. Caveat

71. Déjà vu

72. Truth and Lies

73. Catching Up

74. frodosam

75. Partings and Meetings

76. Gollum and Co

77. Shelob's Revenge

78. Rendezvous

79. Quartet

80. Needing Help

81. Perilous Paths

82. It's Magnic!

83. Ambush

84. Many Meetings

85. Telling the Tale

86. Love in a Shirt

87. News Fair and Foul

88. Rejoined

89. Minas Tirith

90. Honours

91. Bonding

92. Trusting to Luck

93. Conversations

94. Dangerous Thoughts

95. No Escape

96. No Surrender

97. Coup de gras

98. Requiescat In Pace

99. Feelings

100. Dead or Alive

101. Tales and Toil

102. Boromir The Brave

103. Calon Lân - (A Pure Heart)

104. In Dreams

105. The Last Debate

106. Battle Plans

107. Hey Ho To the Battle I Go!

108. Getting There

109. Who Wants To Play?