{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Idrylla would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Fili's Second Chance

By Idrylla

Other / Fantasy

Saying Goodbye

It was their final dinner together before the men folk would head out on their big quest - the reclaiming of Erebor. Dis had cooked up all the family's favorite dishes. They sat around the table eating, laughing and sharing stories. Tomorrow was the big day. Fili and Kili would be setting out for the Shire. Thorin had a meeting to attend, but he would meet the lads and the rest of the company on the appointed date.

No one wanted to bring up the fact that it might be their last time all together. The possibility of never seeing the family complete again was real and too terrible to think about. It lingered in the backs of all their minds.

They said their good-nights and retired to their rooms.

Kili went to his and shut the door. Even though it had been a year since Fili had married and moved out, Kili still missed his brother's presence. They had been together for more than seventy five years and apart for one. Kili hoped it wouldn't be another seventy five before he didn't miss his brother quite so much. Fili's bed was still there, but the rest of his side of the room was empty. One thing Kili looked forward to on this trip was sleeping near his brother again. It was a selfish, childish desire, he knew, but he missed his brother's quiet snores. His bags were packed and sitting on the floor next to his bed. He was ready to go.

Fili and Mailli went to the rooms that had become their own apartment. It had been some spare rooms of Dis's home, but when Fili married, they closed off that section of the house and created a separate apartment. It was nothing more than a couple of rooms - a cooking area that also served as the sitting and dining room, a small bedroom and a washroom. It was small, but it was all they needed.

They changed into their night clothes and crawled into bed. Fili pulled his wife close. She curved her body into his and wrapped her arm around his waist. He breathed in deeply, smelling her hair. He rubbed his cheek against her head and felt the softness of her hair. He pulled her in tighter. She scooted in as close as she could get. Her face was pressed up against his chest. She kissed it and squeezed his waist. He kissed her head. She looked up to him and they kissed each other's faces. Their hands caressed each other's backs and heads.

Fili was determined to commit every part of Mailli to his memory - her hair, her face, the shape of her body, the feel of her skin. He would make every moment of time they had together tonight count.

* * * *

The brothers rode their ponies in silence. Saying good bye had been devastatingly hard to do. There had been no dry eyes among them. Kili thought about suggesting Fili stay behind. That way he could be with Mailli and protect her and their mother, but he knew Fili would be insulted at the suggestion. Fili was going because he was the crown prince and by reclaiming Erebor, he could provide a real home for his wife and family.

Kili offered to stay and he was sure they would take him up on that. He wasn't really needed on this quest. They had a good company and if Uncle Thorin was successful, Dain and his army would join them. And it was no secret that Dis did not want her baby going off on this venture. As much as it would hurt his pride, Kili could stay behind and protect the women-folk.

It was Mailli that came to Kili's rescue. She insisted he go and keep an eye on Fili for her and make sure he stayed out of trouble. Fili acted insulted. After all, he was the older brother and there to keep Kili out of trouble, but secretly he was grateful to his wife for giving Kili the permission to go. Fili did not want to go on this journey without his brother.

It didn't make saying good bye any easier, though.

After the third day on the road and the Blue Mountains were out of sight, the brothers began to enjoy their journey more. The Shire wasn't too far and the roads were relatively safe. It was the first time the brothers had been on their own for so long and it felt good. They had no doubt that their quest would be a success. Erebor and all of its splendor would be theirs.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

NancyRichFoster: This second book of the Anmah Series was as awesome as the first story, I disagree with spare runner. The names were ordinary names with different spellings, which I for one loved. I am now going to read the third book in this amazingly awesome story!

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

Stephen Warner: To start off, I am thoroughly impressed. The writing style is somewhat unique, and the plot seemed to move at a nice and steady pace. However, I was not expecting this to be a vampire book! I am usually not one for novels about vampires, but I was pleasantly surprised! You wrote with such grace a...

Mourn8220House: When first reading "Avarice," I thought it would be another fairytale but I was taken back the author's approach and choice of ending. There is little to be said for the story and overall plot besides the sudden twists and speculation, other than that I do not want to ruin a fantastic tale, you m...

Megan King: This book is absolutely amazing, it kept me on my toes through the entire book. I hope there is a second book. I would 10 out of 10 recommend this for anyone who loves fantasy, action or romance because it is full of all three 💕

SPepper: I had a hard time putting this book down even to go to sleep. The story is compelling and beautifully character driven. I hope author will make this a series.

Jessica Esa: With a tantalising end to the first chapter, the authour has given us a treat and a welcome addition to the fantasy adventure genre. To limit it to just such would be an injustice however, as this novel clearly draws on elements of historical fiction, fairy tale and horror. Simply, there's someth...

Olivia N J Hamel: I want this book. I love it so much. It is so enjoyable to read and to have a copy of this always, I would be very happy, to always be able to come back and look at it again.

More Recommendations

ynez2005: I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!!!!Though you really need to make another book,more Princesses!!! Whoooo!!!Girl Power!!!Mabey it could even be Devona's BFF???That would make it even better!!!Plus can you pleeease make Akki come back,together with Thea and Authur amd the whole family is back!Other th...

maewilde25: I am so in love with this story!!! captivated me till the very end, there wasn't a dull moment. Didn't particularly enjoy the lay out and some bits of info was missing along with how a 21 year old man amassed so much wealth that needed to be explained other than that and a few spelling errors, th...

Sara Grover: Being that this is your first story and I assume first draft, a lot of little mistakes are common, we all have made them; little things like your instead of you're, missed capitalization, missing punctuation, etc.As for the plot, I have a lot of questions and I did leave comments on certain secti...

Catherine Kopf: Wow! This was a really great story. I really enjoy reading fantasy, so it didn't take long for me to become invested in the book and its characters like Jacob. I really liked your writing style, and it seemed to flow very well. The descriptions that you used for your world were also created n...

minallie: One word, brilliant

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.