Characters/Pairing: Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee
Disclaimer: Just borrowing Tolkien's wonderful characters. I promise to return them unharmed.
“We should be moving on, Mr. Frodo,” said Sam.
“Give me another minute, Sam-lad.”
“All right, sir.” Sam’s burning eyes travelled idly over the tumble of rocks around them. Suddenly, he gave a low whistle. “Well, I never.”
“What is it?”
“This.” Sam picked up a rock and held it out to Frodo. Imprinted upon its grey surface was a delicate, lacy frond. “It’s a fern—or was.”
“This was once a green and growing land, Sam,” said Frodo sadly.
“And may be again someday, sir,” Sam softly replied.
He set the fern down, face up to the darkling sky.