Chapter Ten – A Sudden Shift

Title: Dragon Heart
Pairing: Fili/Bella
Summary: Not all dragons were bad, not all were simply just dragons either and those who held a dragon’s heart was a blessed indeed.

BTW I should mention Italics are the elves speaking in their native tongue Sindarin. Bold Italics is when they are speaking in Khuzdul. All words translated at the bottom. }}…{{ anything starting with that is Dovahzul – Dragon Language or regular bold in usual sentences. ))…(( anything between them is the black speech. For this chapter anything between {{…}} is the eagle speech.

Disclaimer: I do not own anything but the plot! No matter how much I wish it to be so.


Third POV

Bilbo screamed as he fell before grunting as he felt something impact with him and then his body jerking, his eyes flicking up to see Lady Isabella’s face and then having to double look as he saw wings from her back before effectively passing out.

A scream of agony tore out of Bella’s lips as some of the rock ledge caught her wing and dragged her down, she could feel the bones break under the force and decided to just fall. Her wings furled around both her and Bilbo except for her left wing which could only be moved so much before her body slammed into the rock ledge and finally coming to a stop.

“Bilbo?” She called as she unfurled her wings to see him passed out within her arms. Her body sagged as exhaustion hit her along with agony.

Get up briinah… you need to keep moving. It is not safe here. She heard her brother whisper. A strangled cry escaped her lips as she sat up, her wing dropping at a bad angle as she did so. She pushed herself up before clutching Bilbo tightly to her chest and stumbled her way to the cave near her left. It smelt heavily of goblins and of something else, something twisted and it had her on guard.

}}Laas Yah Nir.{{ She breathed out and blinked when she saw the mass of life far above her and very little to none down in the caverns. This she was thankful for as she let her dragon eyes come forth to navigate the dark passageways.

She found a small cavern with only one exit and collapsed to her knees before toppling over as the pain became too much, her body throwing up the dust of the floor as Bilbo rolled away from her. The last thing she saw was his frame stopping just out of arms reach before darkness took her.

“Lady Isabella?” Bilbo whispered as he came too, his eyes widening as he took in the scene before him. She was still, face down in the dirt as the wings… she had wings… spread out of her back. He could tell instantly that something was wrong as one didn’t sit like the other.

“Lady Isabella?” He whispered again nervously as he stumbled closer to her. He could hardly see in the cavern and if it wasn’t for the slight glow of whatever was in the walls he would not be able to se her at all.

Bilbo quickly placed his hands on the wing, jerking back as she let out a moan of pain in her sleep. It was broken. He needed to find help; he needed to get help or find water and some form of stick to use as a brace.

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Fíli didn’t fight as the goblins began to charge at them once they tried to get up from the harsh wooden floor they were dumped in. He was numb and only when a goblin caused his brother to cry out did he react by punching the creature in the face.

The goblins push and pull the company down winding rickety makeshift bridges, each of the company cursing and pushing the creatures back in return as they were marched into the large open cavern room. Clangs and cracks could be heard over the squeals and cheers of the goblins causing many of the company to cover their ears at the horrible tune.

“I feel a song coming on!” The goblin king laughed out while his minions laughed and cheered and the Dwarrow to stare up at the beast in horror and disgust.

Snip snap, the black crack

Grip, grab, pinch, and nab

Batter and beat

Milk ’em, stammer and squeak!

Pound, pound, far underground

Down, down, down in Goblin Town

With a swish and smack

And a whip and a crack

Everybody talks when they’re on our rack

Pound, pound, far underground

Down, down, down in Goblin Town

Hammer and torch, get out your knockers and gongs

You wont last long on the end of my prongs

Clish, clash, crush and smash

Bang, break, shiver and shake

You can yell and yelp

But there aint no help

Pound pound, far underground

Down, down, down in Goblin Town

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The Dwarrow ducked as the beast spun around trying to avoid the staff and being knocked off. They watched disgusted as the beast, the large goblin moved back to his throne, crushing the ones who were used as stairs under his feet.

“Catchy, isn’t it? It’s one of my own compositions” The goblin king stated proud before staring at the prisoners before him.

“That’s not a song, it’s an abomination!” Cried Balin, making the company cheer on with their agreement.

“Abominations, mutations, deviations…that all you’re gonna find down here.” The Goblin King replied while his minions began to rip away the weapons and things from the company.

“Who would be so bold as to come armed into my kingdom? Spies? Thieves? Assassins?” The Goblin King asked, his foul breath fanning across their faces, causing some of the Dwarrow’s to gag.

“Dwarves ,Your Malevolence.” One of the Goblins replied.

“Dwarves?” The Goblin King asked as he eyed the prisoners. Dwarves were known to carry many weapons, many weapons in which could kill them.

“We found them on the front porch.” The same goblin replied nervous.

The Great Goblin eyed them once again, his voice booming as he gave an order. “Well, don’t just stand there; search them! Every crack, every crevice.”

Fíli fought hard with the goblins as they took the dagger his mate had made him and his adad’s swords. He could not lose them!

XX

Bella woke to the sound of twisted laughter and Bilbo’s stammering. Her wing throbbed and when she moved it she could tell that the bone had healed but the joint was still dislocated and with a silent scream she flung out her wing and popped it back into place before standing.

She could hear riddles and smell the scent of still water as she turned another corner to see Bilbo and a creature that was not dwarf, goblin or orc hissing at Bilbo.

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“He stole it. He stole it! Ahh! HE STOLE IT!” The creature snarled as it threw a rock towards Bilbo, who effectively deflected it and rushed towards where Bella stood.

“Go! That way.” She urged before stepping out and kicking the beast away. She turned on her foot and chased after Bilbo, sensing the darkness that clung to him and shook it away confused, no it was a trick of her senses.

They came to a hard spot in the wall, a small gap that only Bilbo could fit through with the help of Bella who apologised the golden buttons ripped from his vest and spilled across the floor with a clatter.

Bella spun as she heard the beast skid to a stop at the entrance that led to the cavern she was in. hissing and spitting as it stalked angrily towards her on all fours. “It’s ours. It’s ours!”

The creature sprung and Bella closed her eyes before reaching out and snapping its neck, her eyes clenched tight as she gently lowered the creature to the ground. A creature that was so twisted by darkness… a creature that was once a hobbit.

}}Aal graag reg vahraan hi…{{ (May the green lady heal you) She whispered as she closed the creatures eyes before snapping her head around with a slight snarl and bared teeth as she sensed something near her but could not see it even with her shifter eyes.

Her tail swished agitatedly, smacking up against something and in a blink Bilbo stood before her, staring at her, no at her wings and her pointed teeth. In a flash she had imprinted her wings and tail once more to her body, turning her head away from his wide eyes.

“QUICKLY THIS WAY!” The voice of Gandalf reached her ears as well as a horde of Dwarven feet followed by goblins.

“Gandalf!” She shouted, pulling herself and Bilbo from the cavern and into the hall.

“ISA!” Fíli yelled pleased as he pushed his way to her, pulling him tightly against her body she gave her mate a once over and growled lowly at the scrapes he had acquired.

“I am sorry my love but you must run, run now. I will hold them off. I will meet you at the base, GO!” She ordered, shoving him into the light before swinging her head towards Gandalf.

}}Bilbo saw my wings and tail, my eyes as well. But go, I will hold them off. It’s time the goblins remember the heat of dragon fire.{{ She explained to her old friend. }}Collapse the door behind you, I will get out.{{

Cries of protest reached her ears by many of the company as she passed off her bag she had somehow managed to keep upon her person and ran down the passageway towards the Goblins.

“Hurry! Lady Isabella will deal with it but you cannot be here for that!” Gandalf shouted and hurried the last of the dwarves out into the light before sagging as he smacked his staff against the door causing it to crumble.

Bella stopped in the door to the large opening, the scent of Dwarrow blood was thick in the air even over the scent of decay and filth.

))YOU HAVE MADE A BIG MISTAKE!(( She roared as the goblins came to a skidding halt at the sight of her grinning form. ))It is time to make you remember the touch of flames.((

With a dark laugh she jerked forward, her dress ripping and swords falling as her body twisted and shifted. A roar escaping her lips once she was in her natural form. Screams of terror escaped the fleeing goblins mouths as they tried to escape.

))YOU CANNOT FLEE(( Kisenth laughed before opening her jowls and letting out a torrent of fire, those that escaped she ate filling her with rotting flesh but flesh none the less because she knew she would be ravenous when back to normal form.

XX

The others came to a halt a fair distance down the hill from the entrance, the ground rumbling under their feet.

“ISA!” Fíli yelled out once he managed to get his breath back, jerking forward and stopping as Dwalin and Kíli kept him from running up the hill.

“She will be fine Master Fíli; she will stick to her word.” Gandalf supplied as he too tried to regain his breath.

Bilbo turned his eyes to Gandalf. “But she’s injured!”

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“What do you mean injured?” Fíli demanded. “What is injured?”

The company yelled over Fíli before suddenly Thorin’s voice echoed across the open lands. “How did you even survive that fall?”

Gandalf shook his head sharply as Bilbo cast him a look. “I don’t know… I remember falling and being caught then… then I remember waking up in the cavern. Lady Isabella was unconscious but her arm was hurt, broken I think.”

Fíli opened his mouth to respond only to whip his head up as a howl filled the air, shortly by a few more. Familiar howls, not of wolves but wargs.

“Out of the frying pan…” Thorin muttered bitterly.

Gandalf looked down with wide eyes. “…and into the fire. RUN!”

They ran as fast as their tired and weary legs could take them but it was not fast enough as they came to a halt at the edge of the cliff and turning to fight the oncoming beasts. Bilbo gasped as he drew out his sword, holding it in front of him as the Warg charged his body shaking in fear as the beast slammed into his blade and dropped dead. His eyes never leaving the beast before him in shock and terror as the company fought off a few others.

“Up into the trees, all of you! Come on, climb!” Gandalf yelled before swinging up into the tree behind him. The one on the very edge of the cliff.

The company quickly began to climb the trees closest to them, Dwalin and a few of the others helping boost into the tree before climbing it themselves. Bilbo rushed forward and grasped his blade, jerking back as it would not budge before desperately trying to tug it free. Another tug had him stumbling back as his little dagger sliced free and he quickly glanced around for the others before hurrying up the tree as Bofur called his name.

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Thorin stared in fear and disbelief at the creature before him, a creature he refused to believe was still alive since Lady Isabella told him of who exactly was after his head in Bree. “Azog?!”

The beast spoke, the black speech spewing out hate and malice, taunting the Dwarrow’s before him in the trees as he told them what became of Thráin. Balin had tears in his eyes as they flickered from the Defiler to his king in worry and in fear.

Kod, Toragid biriz. Worori-da!” Azog ordered the pack and sneered as his wargs attacked.

Bella shuddered as her body shrunk and cracked, hissing as she stepped into the cold water of the lake she had found Bilbo and the twisted creature. Steam rose from her heated flesh and internal flame, she would have to let it be for now. Though her body ached from the great shift into her real form since the end of the second age she felt alive once more, glad she had killed all the goblins that lived in the mountain and caused the cavern above to cave in.

Though that feeling did not last long as the sounds of howls and screams reached her ears, wargs… Dwarrow’s! Fíli!

She shot from the water and landed on her feet, grasping her swords in her hands and making her way to the exit that Gandalf had collapsed for her. }}FUS RO DAH{{ She roared letting out a shockwave and blowing the collapsed doorway outwards. She saw flames down the hill as well as wargs and her love and his kin hanging on by a thread.

She felt her body shift as she caught the sound of the Eagles call on the wind and picked up her blades with her talons, she would fight as an eagle.

{{Kisenth, you have returned!}} Gwaihir cawed as he swooped around the sudden shifted eagle.

{{Yes, but now it is time to fight, the Dwarrow need to be helped! One is my mate, hair as golden as the sun.}} She replied back in the eagle’s familiar chirps and caws.

{{Gandalf the Grey called for our aid, but for you we shall carry them to the Carrock but no further.}} The Eagle prince stated before swooping down.

Fíli jerked as two blades fell from the sky, two familiar blades of his mate and spun around to see her, only to see flames and giant birds as they swooped down. He quickly sheathed his father’s swords once more before grasping the hilt of his mate’s swords and shuddering as the power rippled over his skin and continued to fight towards his uncle.

{{There! The gold haired one and the one next to him, toss them on my back!}} Kisenth instructed one of the younger eagles while she watched Gwaihir carefully lift the wounded dwarf king.

Fíli and Kíli cried out as they found themselves being tossed into the air and onto the back of another. Both turned towards the fiery cliff and searched for the familiar figure of Bella.

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“Thorin! Bella!” Fíli yelled out desperately, his eyes finding Thorin’s unconscious form and no sign of his mate.

The eagle beneath him and Kíli cawed before swooping down and closer to the eagle that carried Thorin.

“He can’t be dead Fee.” Kíli whispered as he buried himself into the back of his brother’s hair. “He can’t be.”

“He’s not Kee… He’s not.” Fíli tried to reassure but knew he failed because he too had seen his uncle cry out in pain as the Warg chomped down and tossed him away. Though he was worried for his uncle he was worried for his One as well, she said she’d meet them at the base of the mountain at the distance they are gaining away from the goblins, orcs and wargs he didn’t know if she could catch up or if…

“She’s okay too.” Kíli whispered. “She has to be.”

Night turned to day and soon the company found themselves being placed down atop of a rock formation, Gwaihir laid the dwarf on the surface gently before taking off once more. Gandalf quickly rushed towards Thorin and resting his hand upon his face and chanted a spell while ignoring the others.

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Bella, Fíli and Kíli were the last to land on the Carrock as she had swooped around to make sure everyone was on their safe before landing herself. Fíli and Kíli slid off her neck and rushed towards their uncle.

{{Thank you Gwaihir, give your kin my thanks.}} She cawed out as the Eagle Prince and his brother swooped around.

{{If you need our aid further Kisenth call for us, we will hear it.}} Gwaihir replied.

Bella shook her head and fluffed up her feathers as she watched the scene before her, moving out of the way once Thorin caught sight of the lone peak in the distance. Everyone completely ignored her as they too took in the sight of Erebor.

“Erebor—The Lonely Mountain. The last of the great dwarf kingdoms of Middle-earth.” Gandalf supplied, his eyes twinkling as he watched the company.

“Our home.” Thorin breathed, watching the colour lighten over the mountain.

Fíli could look no longer and turned his head down from the view. He had hoped a single hope that his One would be by his side at the first glimpse he ever got of Erebor and he knew that Kíli had hoped for the same, to share that experience.

“What is wrong lad?” Balin asked softly, drawing the others attentions away from the view.

“Lady Isabella, she said she’d meet us at the base of the mountain.” Kíli replied for his brother. “We did not see her being carried by the eagles and she is not here.”

Gandalf chuckled. “Ah but she is Master Kíli, Master Fíli.”

“What do you mean?” Fíli asked, snapping his eyes to the wizard.

“I simply mean, that Lady Isabella was the one who carried you and your brother here.” The whole company whipped their heads around to the lone eagle left on the mountain with such speed some of their necks cracked.

Bella cawed and bowed, spreading her wings out in a way of a curtsey since she couldn’t actually bed one in front of her. Fíli quickly rushed forward and removed his coat, Kíli and the Ri brothers doing the same as they adverted their eyes.

A laugh filled the air after a tense moment of silence. “Okay, you can look now. Thank you once again for the coat Hes Kulaan. And you Kíli, I thought I was your sister to be, why do you insist on calling me Lady Isabella? Really, all of you.

The company blustered and stammered as they tried to explain she hadn’t actually given them express permission to use her first name without titles and so had called her Lady Isabella. Bella’s brows raised high into her brows as she listened to the mutterings, sharing an amused look with Nori, Fíli and Gandalf.

“But Gandalf calls you it!” Glóin cried out causing Bella to laugh.

“Gandalf likes to stir the pot; he calls me by my name when you do not listen.” She explained amused as her eldest friend spluttered as the Dwarrow glared at him.

Ah, the amusing life with a company of Dwarrow’s.


Author Note: Well next is Beorn! I hope or the into to him.

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