8. One Last Breath
One last breath and Bungo is gone.
Belladonna feels tears start, but just as swiftly feels Bilbo's arm around her shoulders.
"Just you and me now, Mum."
She smiles as he brushes her face with his handkerchief.
"Just you and me, Bilbo."
Walking through Bag End later on- Bilbo is out Making Arrangements- she realises they were wrong.
He'll always be there- in their memories, in their dreams, in their hearts…
She glances at her Father's old armchair- Bungo's old armchair- and the tears flow freely now...
…and no handkerchief in all of Middle-Earth could wipe them all away.