Under Hill, a Hobbit fanfiction by Lili
PROLOGUE : After the Storm
Several hours after the storm, the icy wind lashing the sides of the Misty Mountains had finally turned into a quiet breeze, and the torrential rain had given way to an intermittent drizzle, barely audible in the cave where Thorin and his company were taking refuge for the night. The only sound echoing against the dark, ragged stone walls was the Dwarves’ soft breathing and snoring; yet despite his best efforts, Kíli could not sleep.
He was exhausted and he knew that he would probably need all his strength when the company followed their route in the mountains the next morning, but he had been unable to sleep a wink since the Dwarves and Bilbo had settled down in the cave. Every time he shut his eyes, the same haunting image flashed before his closed lids: Fíli’s distraught expression as they were separated during the battle of the Stone Giants. The scene kept playing i