Frodo just stood there, staring at her. He still couldn’t believe she was here and that his wish had come true, well part of it anyway. He didn’t know what Elrond, Galadriel, and Celeborn would say about this. The only thing Frodo did know was that he was looking at the lass with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life.
“Well, Miss Took,” said Gandalf, breaking into Frodo’s thoughts. “We need to escort you to the council room to talk to Elrond, Galadriel, and Celeborn about this.” Then Gandalf laughed. “Your devotion to Frodo surpasses Sam’s. They might decide to let you stay, we’ll see. Frodo, if you don’t mind giving the lady your arm?” Frodo was more than willing to give her his arm; he wanted to give everything he had to her. He decided right then and there that whatever the Elves decided he would go wherever they sent her. But there was another burning desire in him, one that needed answering right now.
“Pearl?” said Frodo, looking into her eyes.
“How did you get onto the ship without any of the Elves seeing you?”
Pearl laughed, “Simple, when they weren’t looking.” She grinned at him. Frodo laughed; leave it to the Tooks. He pulled her closer to him and smiled; he was feeling better already. Now if he could only convince the elves to let her come with him to the Undying Lands, then life would be perfect. He would heal while being able to be with the one he loved.
Before long they found themselves in front of the council room door. Gandalf was there already talking to Bilbo who was standing in the doorway. Bilbo was the first to notice them and motioned them to come closer to him and Gandalf.
“Elrond, Galadriel, and Celeborn are willing to listen to your case, Miss Took. They said that they might allow you to stay with Frodo, we will see. They will not make their decision until they have heard your case.”
Pearl nodded, shared a look with Frodo, and walked into the council room. She looked into the eyes of the Elves and knew what she wanted to say. She opened her mouth and told her side of the story. Once she was finished with her story, the Elves requested that Bilbo, Gandalf, and Frodo tell them all that they knew about Pearl. They took notes while Bilbo sang her praises (and thought out loud that he should write a poem for her), while Gandalf spoke of the little he did know about her, and while Frodo recalled several instances from the time when they were children. When everyone was finished with their tales, the Elves stood up and walked into a different room, leaving the others to ponder their decision.
Pearl and Frodo walked to another part of the room, away from Bilbo and Gandalf to talk privately.
“Frodo, do you think they will let me stay?” she asked him.
“I can’t be sure, but I certainly hope they will. I do know that you cannot enter the Undying Lands since you have not held a ring of power nor are you an immortal like the Elves and Gandalf. I think Gandalf mentioned earlier that there were some islands before the Undying Lands, we might be able to live on one of those.”
“We could do that, and Bilbo could stay with us if he wants and visit the Elves, or he could stay with the Elves and both he and Gandalf could visit us. It’s his choice either way.”
“Yes, it would be his choice, but I do hope he will stay with us,” replied Frodo.
The sound of a door opening stopped their conversation. The Elves had returned with their decision.