“Katrin!” She awoke with a start, bolting upright as she heard the urgency in her husband’s voice. She looked over at him, her eyes adjusting to his face as the first rays of sunlight seeped in through their window. She hadn’t seen terror like that in his eyes ever before, and it took her a moment later to hear all the commotion outside. He was quicker on the uptake, jumping out of bed and hastily putting his outerwear on. “I think there’s an attack!” He said, opening up the cabinet in their bedroom to draw out a blade. He was a farmer and he never knew how to use it. His father had been a soldier, but Edwin was never his father. Katrin couldn’t help but have the emotions well up in her chest, clapping a hand over her mouth as she heard scurrying and screaming outside. With the king completely unfit to rule and the Rohirrim banished, there was no one left to protect them. Whoever was attacking them, they were on their own. It took her a moment to realize Edwin was shouting at her again, “-Aro! Get him!” He screamed, and she nodded vaguely before springing to her feet. She grasped a shawl and put it around herself, knowing it was cold out. They had never done any drills on what to do if they came under attack, but they did have a horse. Katrin rushed to the next room in their two room farmhouse, their seven year old son sleepily rubbing his eyes as he was already up. She quickly scooped him up, hearing complete chaos outside. Edwin looked out the window, his eyes widening as he turned back to look at her. “Go! They’re already here! Take the horse and make for Edoras!” “What about you?” “JUST GO, KAT!” She was crying now. She didn’t even realize when she began. Aro was complaining about something, but she didn’t hear it, clutching him fiercely. She flung the door open and quickly rushed towards the stables, but she had to stop. She spotted an unnatural creature - it had the shape of a man and was more sturdily built than an orc. It stood tall and was clearly unaffected by the sunlight now bathing its black, grotesque body. Katrin watched in horror as the creature plunged a rusty blade directly into the back of a man, slowly raising its face to sneer at her. It had seen her.