Wherever We Are
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN LORD OF THE RINGS OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT I REFERENCE! NATALIE AND FRANCESCA OWN THEMSELVES RESPECTIVELY! I ONLY OWN MYSELF AND MY OCS!
The guests who had come for Aragorn's coronation stayed for a while. It made sense seeing as Aragorn and Arwen were married a week after the coronation. Another feast was put together and another party had.
A few days later, I found myself on the training grounds of Minas Tirith with King Thranduil, Tawarthion, Veryan, all of the Fellowship except Aragorn, and a small crowd of others. I'd chosen that day to make good on my promise to show King Thranduil my Jiu Jitsu and apparently word got around. Nearly every elf who had come to Gondor, along with Cellyn, Eowyn, Faramir and Éomer were also watching on the sidelines.
"Way to draw a crowd Olympia." Natalie commented as she, Kate and I stood on the training grounds looking around at the crowd. I shrugged.
"It's just like a Shiai. Or…at least that's what I'm telling myself to keep from having a panic attack." I replied. Kate smiled.
"Showoff." My sister commented. I grinned at her.
"You know it." I stated.
Kate went to Gibbs slap me, but I turned around and blocked it. Kate raised an eyebrow and I fanned the strike down and twisted her wrist away from her. She took an aerial fall and all the sideline chatter that had been going on stopped.
Natalie laughed and Kate got up just as Natalie and I started sparring. I did my best to ignore the fact that everyone was watching me and focus on what I was doing. That said, I could feel King Thranduil's eyes on me the whole time. That's really creepy. I thought as I took note of that.
Kate and Natalie helped me show off for a bit. We sparred and Kate let me practice judo throws on her, seeing as judo throws were not Natalie's forte. Once that was done, Legolas motioned for us to join him, his father and his brothers. The three of us walked over to where they had been watching.
"Legolas was right. That was quite impressive." King Thranduil commented. I smiled politely and thanked him. Haha! Win! I freaking win! I thought.
"I am intrigued. Do you think you could show Tawarthion and I how to do some of that?" Veryan asked. Hmm. Now there's an idea….I mused.
"Maybe." I told him. Tawarthion smiled and nodded and Veryan laughed.
Kate, Francesca, Natalie and I spent the rest of the day with Cellyn. We hadn't seen much of him in the last few days. The five of us wandered into the gardens and sat there together. Cellyn seemed a bit nervous. It seemed like there was something on his mind that was bothering him. Odd, for such a usually bubbly cheerful kid.
"Cellyn, what's wrong? You seem on edge." I asked. All eyes turned to the Rohirric kid and Cellyn shifted slightly.
"What will you do now that the war is over, my friends? Soon, King Éomer and the rest of the Rohirrim will return to Rohan, and I with them." Cellyn said eventually. Kate sighed and Francesca, Natalie and I all exchanged looks. After King Theoden's death, Éomer had been made King of Rohan.
"We're all going to different places, Cellyn. Olympia's going to Mirkwood with Legolas, I'm going with them to make sure my sister gets settled alright then I'm going to Rivendell, Natalie will stay in Gondor so you can see her sometimes, and Francesca's going to the Shire with the other Hobbits." Kate told him. Cellyn looked sad, but he nodded in understanding. I felt terrible and I wanted to hug to kid.
"You will write to me often, will you not?" Cellyn asked.
"Of course we'll write! We'll all write to each other all the time and we'll visit whenever we can. How does that sound?" I replied. Cellyn's face brightened a bit.
"It sounds as though we have a deal, Olympia!" he exclaimed.
We all grinned. Good! I guess I'll be writing a lot…Hmm. I hope Cellyn will be able to decipher my god-awful handwriting. I thought. Truly, my penmanship sucked. We sat and talked together until dinner.
Legolas asked me to sit with him and his family at dinner as we had been all that week. I accepted and decided to drag Kate with me. She sat next to me and Legolas sat on my other side.
The conversation mainly focused on mine and Kate's lives before the Fellowship landed in our living room. It was interesting to say the least. Especially so when we had to explain the American government to King Thranduil. There were a lot of questions from Legolas's brothers, mainly Veryan, about our family, which led to the telling of some stories I hadn't told or thought about in a long time.
"We saw each other a lot. Both of dad's sisters lived within walking distance of our house and our paternal grandparents lived a short drive away. Sometimes it was great but when you see someone too much they can…." Kate trailed off, looking for a phrase.
"Test one's patience, perhaps?" King Thranduil supplied. Kate nodded furiously.
"Yes. Very much so actually." She commented. Amen to that. I thought, almost bitterly.
"Emily and I particularly would butt heads a lot. We were the closest in age and had radically different opinions on most issues. Uh, we talked about high school hierarchy with you, yes?" I asked. King Thranduil, Tawarthion and Veryan nodded.
"Emily and Olympia, in addition to seeing each other all the time at family functions, attended the same high school." Kate started, pausing when everyone except King Thranduil winced slightly. "Yeah. Olympia was classified as a nerd or bookworm by the usual standards of high school hierarchy, but she didn't care because everyone at school is an idiot. Olympia and Francesca, who also went to their high school, usually kept to themselves. Emily was always trying to get in the good graces, if you will, of the popular crowd, who are all morons. To do so, she would occasionally talk smack about Olympia's friends. Essentially, she was changing herself to fit the standards of our twisted and corrupt society. Obviously that didn't sit well with Olympia, as you can tell by the way her eye is twitching at the mention of the subject." Kate explained. I narrowed my eyes at my sister. The others at the table nodded. For the rest of dinner, the subject of our family was avoided as much as possible.
Far too soon for anyone's liking, the day came for the Fellowship of the Ring to part ways for a while. Kate, Natalie, Francesca and I all packed up our stuff mournfully and in silence. As we left, I took one last look at the room. This is the closest thing I've got to a home in Middle Earth…I've stayed here for longer than we stayed anywhere else, except for Lothlórien. I thought.
Kate and I packed our stuff onto Braylla and Arya and stood with King Thranduil, Tawarthion, Legolas and Veryan with their horses and moose-elk. Éomer had told us we could keep the horses when we tried to give them back to him.
Aragorn and Arwen had come to see everyone off. Most of the good-byes were sad, though not painfully so. Then the time came to say good-bye to the Fellowship…and my two closest friends. I saved the good-byes to Natalie and Francesca for last; those were the most emotional for me.
"Write to me as soon as you get to Mirkwood, okay?" Natalie whispered when I hugged her. I nodded. "Also, not that I hope you have to, but kill some man-eating spiders for me if you get the chance." She added. I almost broke down on the spot. I completely forgot about the giant man-eating spiders in Mirkwood. I realized.
"Yeah. Okay. Good-bye Germany." I murmured, biting back the tears that had welled up in my eyes.
"Don't cry. Please. If you cry, then I'll cry and then none of us will get out of here." Natalie stated. I nodded, hugged her tighter for a moment, then let go.
"I'll write to you when I get to the Shire. Also, I want to know when the wedding is going to be." Francesca told me when I knelt down to hug her. I Gibbs slapped her and she laughed. "I love you, Prussia. You're my best friend." She whispered.
"I love you too, Francey Pants. You're the freakin' best." I mumbled. Kate said her tearful good-byes as well and then we left.
I looked back a few times as we rode across the plains. One stage of your journey is over. Another begins. I thought, remembering how Gandalf had said those exact words when he came back to us in Rohan. I almost laughed as I figured how true those words were at that moment.
Author's Note: Welcome to 'Wherever We Are'…*ducks to avoid having things thrown at me for the Bon Jovi song quote* Sorry, I had to. Anyways, this is the first chapter of the story that will detail the lives of our four heroines after the War of the Ring. *smiles evilly* And trust me when I say I still have a trick or two up my sleeve. Updates for this won't be extremely frequent, but they won't be extremely far between either. So…READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!