Bilbo watched her leave, a satisfied grin still on his face. He turned back to find his stallion watching him with fond eyes. “What?”
“You always fight for him.” There was no accusation in Thorin’s voice.
“Well, it wasn’t just for him. I fight for her too. He’s family, and she deserves to be happy.” Bilbo shrugged. “You know that means we have four mated pairs in our herd now? And more likely to come. We still have three unmated mares—well, four if you count Dis, but she’s stubborn. But I know that stallion she danced with still has his eyes on her.” He tapped the side of his nose.
Thorin laughed quietly. “You are incredible. Do you know that?”
“Oh, I’m not that special.” Bilbo waved the compliment away. “I just like taking care of people. And that includes seeing them happily mated.” He waggled his eyebrows.
Chuckling, Thorin pulled him closer. “I suppose that’s fine. As long as you let us take care of you as well. What did Oin have to say?”
“Everything’s Good. There’s no problems. I’d know before he did, anyway.”
“Fair enough. When was the last time you ate?”
“It’s been forever! I’m starving!”
“So about an hour then?” Thorin chuckled.
Bilbo scoffed. “Maybe,” he said sassily.
“Then we best go fill your belly … all of your bellies.” Thorin rubbed Bilbo’s growing middle, referring to the two little beings who were housed safely within.
“I think we’d all enjoy that.” Bilbo played along with a giggle. And they returned to their tent.
~~Excerpt from chapter 66 of The Herd of Durin by Domestic Goddess on Ao3 to be updated on Oct 19th. Subscribe now! ❤