10. Just Making Sure
"Do you ever miss him, Bilbo?"
The question comes out of the blue and he looks up, startled.
"Do you ever miss him? Dad, I mean?"
For a moment he cannot speak- how does one answer such a question, after all?
It's not like it's a simple question, after all- not like "do you want mint sauce with your lamb" or "can I get you another glass of that"…
So he considers it.
Does he miss him?
A moment passes, and then…
"Of course I do- why wouldn't I?"
"Just making sure I wasn't the only one."