The next day, after Frodo had left for school and before Bilbo could even shower, his doorbell rang. Bilbo sighed and stomped towards the door.
“Lobelia, if that’s you,” Bilbo ranted. “I will shove your umbrella–” He cut himself off as he swung the door open and saw Thorin instead of his cousin. “Oh, sorry, Thorin.”
“I take it you and Lobelia are still fighting?” Thorin asked, amused.
“Uh, yes.” Bilbo frowned as he wondered how Thorin knew he had always fought with Lobelia. “Oh! Do come in. I was just about to shower, but that can wait a bit.”
“Ah, sorry,” Thorin said awkwardly as he stepped in. He followed Bilbo into the kitchen and sat down at the table.
“Not a problem. Tea?”
“Sure.” Thorin looked at the table and fidgeted with a doily before saying. “I want to apologize for last night.”
Bilbo fumbled with the teapot. “Oh?”
“Talin is just an asshole and I shouldn’t have let him anger me into kissing you.”
“Well, it’s not like it was a hardship,” Bilbo joked as he poured the tea.
Thorin whipped his head up to stare at Bilbo. “What?”
“I mean, you are a good kisser and well. To tell you the truth, I’ve always had a bit of a crush on you.” Bilbo blushed furiously as he sat across from Thorin, sipping his tea.
Thorin stared at Bilbo, before blinking and asking, “Do you want to go out?”
“Like on a date?”
“I. Yes,” Bilbo said, smiling slightly. Then he frowned. “But you’re leaving.”
“Not for sometime,” Thorin said.
“Frodo is already upset about everyone leaving, I won’t add more sadness to his life.”
“Just because we’re moving doesn’t mean we can’t see each other. It’s only an hour drive to Erebor.”
Bilbo sipped his tea. “Okay. One date and we’ll see how things go.”
“Great!” Thorin smiled widely.
Bilbo smiled back and took another sip of tea.
At seven pm, the door to Bag End flung open and Frodo came running into Bilbo’s study. Bilbo smiled, but hid it as he turned to face Frodo.
“Young man, what have I told you about the door?” Bilbo asked mock sternly.
Frodo froze. “To shut it? But Fili and Kili are coming inside and I had to tell you. They picked me, Merry, Pippin, and Sam up from school and oh my god Uncle Bilbo. They took us to Bifur and Bofur’s toy shop and then to Bombur’s cafe for food. Then we went to the park and they chased and, Uncle Bilbo it was so much fun!” Frodo cried and threw himself at Bilbo.
Bilbo caught him and laughed. “I’m glad you had a good time.”
“But they’re leaving,” Frodo said softly into Bilbo’s chest.
“Erebor isn’t that far away,” Bilbo replied. He heard a scuffle and looked up to see Fili and Kili shoving each other. “Boys.”
“Sorry, Bilbo,” Fili said. He knelt down and motioned to Frodo. Frodo pulled away from Bilbo and flung himself into Fili’s arms.
Kili knelt down next to them. “Bilbo is right. Erebor isn’t that far away at all. We can come see you and you can come see us!”
Fili grinned cheekily and continued, “Yeah and besides our Uncle’s are going on a date, so we’ll see each other a lot more!”
Frodo turned back to Bilbo, his eyes wide. “Is it true, Uncle Bilbo?”
“Yes,” Bilbo said. “Thorin is going to take me out in a few days. Perhaps Fili and Kili can look after you then?”
“Of course!” cried Kili.
Frodo cheered, and so did Fili and Kili. Bilbo laughed and shook his head. Perhaps things would work out for the best.
“Look,” Talin said as he sipped on a coffee. “I want Thorin back, he’s worth far more now than he was before. The only way for that to happen is for Bilbo to be out of the picture.” He reached out and touched the other person’s hand. “Besides once I get back with Thorin, you can toss aside Bilbo, and we can be together and spend all of Thorin’s money.” Talin smiled gleefully at the idea.
Across the table Merimas Fleam smiled along with Talin. “You have a deal, my love!”