Hope had Faded

by Luthiena

Author's Note:  This is just a 'what if' idea I got while reading the Two Towers. Hope you like it. Well, maybe not like it. It's not really a likeable ficlet, unless you're some kind of sadist. Maybe not. I don't know. Well, hope you read it, and it makes you uncomfortable, at the least. Mmm, sad, too. ^.^
Warnings: Torture (not graphic, just mentioned), character death (again, just mentioned, really)

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“ 'My dear tender little fools,' hissed Grishnákh, 'everything you have, and everything you know, will be got out of you in due time: everything! You'll wish there was more that you could tell to satisfy the Questioner, indeed you will: quite soon. We shan't hurry the enquiry. Oh dear no! What do you think you've been kept alive for? My dear little fellows, please believe me when I say that it was not out of kindness: that's not even one of Uglúk's faults.' “

Merry slowly opened his eyes, and looked around.

Ah- so the orcs had finally given up questioning him.

They had tortured him, with their whips and their cruel devices, but somehow he had managed to not tell them anything thus far. The last thing he remembered was pain, and screaming: Pippin, screaming for them to leave Merry alone, blending horrifically with Merry's own cries of agony.

Pippin- where was Pippin now?

Merry sat up, and immediately regretted it as pain shot through every inch of his body.

But worse than the physical pain were the sudden, horrid shrieks of torment that now reached his ears.

Merry closed his eyes for a moment, sucking in a harsh breath.

They were torturing Pippin.

Bile rose in Merry's throat. He wanted desperately to help his friend, but he knew that there was nothing he could do.

“Frodo! Frodo has the Ring!”

Merry's heart stopped, his blood running cold.They had broken Pippin, and the Enemy would soon know all that he needed.

He sank back down to the floor in despair. He knew it was all ended now. They would take what they eneded from Pippin, and then kill both him and Merry. Then, Sauron would hunt Frodo down, and kill him as well.

He would take the Ring.
Hope had faded- forever.