Section 7. Balin
Rating/Warnings: Minor angst
Word Count: 177
Disclaimer: If I owned the hobbit, it would be even sadder.
Summary: None of Thorin's companions will ever forget the day the dragon came.
2. Dori & Nori
Balin remembers standing on the ramparts and watching as Dale burned. He was one of the first to see the dragon, one of the first to realize what that roaring wind could mean. That sound was the harbinger of destruction and the dwarf had not wished to hear it. He did not want to know that his city’s doom had come.
But Balin’s denial was not enough to stop the dragon when Smaug swept down from the sky, fire on his tongue and murder in his eyes. The dwarf could hear Dale’s bells from clear across the valley even as the Lonely Mountain’s watchmen sounded the alarm. He knew that he should join them, that he should draw his sword in the defense of Erebor as he knew his brother would.
Yet Balin couldn’t move. Balin could only stand frozen as Smaug turned his flames upon him and sometimes he feels as though he truly died there, as though Thorin grabbed his arm too late and he was burned to ashes with the kingdom that he loved.