Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Chapter 12

Of UNO and Thunderstorms


Chapter Twelve

Olympia's POV

I'm not sure how long we travelled until we all needed a rest. We found a place on a hill with a bunch of rocks and we all sat down. Boromir had decided to teach Merry and Pippin a bit of swordplay and they were practicing. Natalie and Francesca were sparring a little way's apart from them. Aragorn, Kate and I were sitting nearby and watching. Aragorn was smoking his pipe. Frodo and Sam were sitting on a rock ledge somewhat above us with plates of food. Gandalf and Gimli were sitting and talking and Legolas was on watch duty.

"We must hold this course west of the Misty Mountains for forty days, if our luck holds, the Gap of Rohan will still be open to us. From there our road turns east to Mordor." Gandalf said from where he was sitting a few yards off from me. However, thanks to my new elf senses, I was able to hear him perfectly. This is going to take a lot of getting used to. I thought as I pondered said heightened senses. "2..1..5. Good, very good." Boromir said to Pippin as they trained. "Move your feet." Aragorn coached from the sidelines. "You block good Pippin." Merry complimented. "Thanks." Pippin replied. "Faster." Boromir said as he started striking at Merry. Francesca and Natalie were still sparring. Francesca was having a tough time keeping up with Natalie. Francesca was faster but Natalie had her Ju Jitsu training working for her. "Trip her, Francey Pants!" I called to them. "But that's not fair!" Natalie protested. "Life isn't fair!" Kate commented with a laugh. Natalie was about to say something back when Francesca took my suggestion and tripped Natalie, who promptly fell on her ass. "Karma for waking me up early." I told her. "I thought you already got me for that." Natalie stated. "Not really. All I did was noogie you until Kate broke us up. That, meaning what just happened, was much better revenge." I smiled. Natalie glared at me. I then turned my attention to Gandalf and Gimli as I felt like eavesdropping on their conversation.

"If anyone was to ask for my opinion, which I note they're not, I'd say we were taking the long way around. Gandalf, we could pass through the Mines of Moria. My cousin Balin would give us a royal welcome." Gimli pointed out. "No Gimli, I would not take the road through Moria unless I had no other choice." Gandalf turned to face the dwarf. Legolas ran over from his spot and stood on a rock near Gimli. Pippin cried out in pain as Boromir accidently hit his hand with his sword. I looked back over to them. "I'm sorry!" Boromir apologized. This was met with Pippin kicking him in the shins. "Get him!" Merry shouted and the two hobbits tackled Boromir to the ground. "For the Shire!" Merry yelled. Natalie and Francesca stopped to watch. Aragorn chuckled and Kate and I were failing at stifling our laughter. "Hold him! Hold him! Merry!" Pippin shouted. Francesca and Natalie looked at each other, shrugged, and also ran to tackle Boromir. I think that, if it were possible, Kate and I would have died laughing. I bit my lip in an attempt to stop laughing but failed when Natalie tripped over Francesca and fell on top poor Boromir, who was already fighting to keep three hobbits off him. "Gentlemen that's enough." Aragorn went over and tried to pull Merry and Pippin off Boromir. Said hobbits just pulled on the backs of his legs and Aragorn fell on his back with a thud. I was doubled over with laughter and leaning on Kate at this point. Kate wasn't much better and was silent laughing trying to catch her breath.

"What is that?" Sam asked, looking up at the sky. This caught my attention and I looked to see what I knew were the Crebain from Dunland flying in our direction. Oh Joy! I thought sarcastically and stopped laughing immediately after. "Nothing, it's but a wisp of cloud." Gimli answered. "It's moving fast, against the wind." Boromir pointed out as he helped Natalie back to her feet; she was tomato red. Now is not the time but eventually I will have to interrogate that girl. "Crebain from Dunland!" Legolas yelled. "Hide!" Aragorn shouted. "Hurry!" Boromir urged. I quickly looked around and saw a bush nearby. There were also some of our supplies between me and the bush. Shit. I took a short running start and scooped up a bag in my arms as I dive rolled into the bush. But of course, I just had to pick the same hiding place as Legolas. I had misjudged either the distance between me and the bush or the distance I had rolled because I was only half in the bushes when I finished the roll. Legolas took my free arm; the other was holding the bag I picked up, and pulled me into the bushes. Good thing too, because a second later the demonic birds were flying overhead. Let me tell you, the screeches of those things were like nails on a chalkboard. And then you multiply that by about a hundred because there were almost that many demon birds. I flinched slightly at the noise and looked over to Natalie who, along with Boromir, was hiding in another bunch of bushes nearby. She was staring up at the birds with her signature 'Shut the fuck up' face. I made a mental note that Legolas was still holding onto my arm.

Once the demon birds were gone, we all slowly came out of hiding. Legolas offered me his hand and helped me up. Once I was back on my feet, I glared daggers after the demon birds. "Spies of Saruman. The passage south is being watched." Gandalf proclaimed as we all got up and gathered around him. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that Boromir and Natalie were still standing together. This only made me want to interrogate my friend more. "We must take the pass of Caradhras." Gandalf continued, staring towards the ominous looking mountain ahead of us. That means snow, which means Natalie, Francesca or Kate will start a snowball fight. Or possibly me. That could quite possibly spell disaster for all of us. Although, it would be kind of fun to pelt them with snowballs. I thought with an evil grin in Francesca's direction. My hobbit friend was the most likely to start a snowball fight on her own or help me start one.


We had only just started our trek up the mountain and for the moment, I was pretty happy because I love the cold. Being elves, Kate, Legolas and I were able to walk on top of the snow and that was really cool. "I want to know how the hell they can do that." Natalie whispered to Francesca as they trudged through the stuff next to me. I looked at her with a huge smile and shrugged. Just then, Frodo stumbled and lost his footing in the snow. This caused him to fall and roll down the mountain a bit. "Frodo!" Aragorn rushed forward a bit to stop the hobbit and help him back to his feet. Frodo dusted himself off and searched his neck for the Ring. Said Ring was lying in the snow a few yards away from him. I death glared the thing for a minute, then Boromir picked it up and just stared at it. Aragorn gave him a look and Gandalf stopped to watch. I bit my lip. "Boromir." Aragorn tried to catch the man's attention, but failed. "It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing." Boromir whispered to himself. I bit harder on my lip as I watched him reach up to the Ring with his free hand. "Boromir!" Aragorn yelled. This seemed to snap Boromir out of his musings and he looked over to Aragorn. I raised an eyebrow at Boromir in a slightly skeptical look and Kate looked at him warily. "Give the Ring to Frodo." Aragorn never once broke eye contact with Boromir as he said this. Boromir hesitated a moment then walked over to Frodo. "As you wish. I care not." He said as he handed the Ring back to Frodo and ruffled his hair a bit before walking back towards the front of the group where the rest of us had been watching intently. Aragorn stared after him and slowly took his hand away from the handle of his sword.

I decided to walk with Francesca at this point and we walked together for a while. "Francey Pants, I have an idea." I whispered to her. "What's your idea?" she asked. "Do you want to start a snowball fight?" I smiled broadly down at my friend. She looked up at me and her brown eyes met my green ones. She smiled and answered, "Hell yeah!" I laughed a bit and Gimli gave me a weird look. I raised an eyebrow at him in response. "I know just who our first victim I going to be." Francesca whispered to me with an evil smile. "Who?" I smirked. She just stooped down, made a snowball and looked pointedly at Boromir. My eyes widened. "I'm not sure that's a good idea." I warned her. "I'm not either, but that's not going to stop me." Francesca answered as she launched the snowball at Boromir. I stifled my giggles as he whirled around and glared at Francesca. "Natalie did it!" Francesca yelled and pointed at Natalie, who was next to us. "What?" was all she had time to say before Boromir threw a snowball back at her. I laughed and Francesca threw some snow up at me. I made a snowball myself and aimed it at Natalie. Natalie took a few steps back and I smiled, turned and nailed Legolas in the back of the head. He turned around and looked at us in surprise. "It was Olympia." My sister gave me up in a heartbeat. "Oh come on! Did you have to?" I protested. "Yes, I did." She answered. I opened my mouth to give her a sarcastic comment and promptly got a face full of snow. Natalie turned to laugh at me and Boromir hit her in the side of the head with a snowball. I wiped some snow off my face and glared at Legolas, who was laughing at me. I picked up some snow and decided to get the hobbits involved in this. I'll get Legolas later. I decided.

"What was that?" Pippin yelped as he was hit with my snowball. "That was a snowball Pippin!" I called, attempting to dodge snowballs that both Legolas and Kate were pelting me with. Legolas always got me and only a few of Kate's hit me. Soon enough, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, and Gimli were all participating in our free for all snow war. Even Sam played for a bit, but decided he had enough when Natalie, Merry and Pippin all teamed up on him. Frodo wisely chose to watch from the sidelines. Gandalf had stopped and was just watching us and shaking his head. A snowball hit me in the side of the face and I quickly turned to glare at Kate as I suspected her of throwing it at me. She shook her head and pointed at Merry and Pippin. I turned my evil glare on them and they just threw more snow at me. I hit each one of them with one more snowball before I decided to get my revenge on Legolas. He was currently dodging snowballs from Aragorn, Gimli, Natalie and Boromir. Surprisingly, they had made a temporary truce. Natalie had built a fort that she and her allies were hiding behind. I ran and positioned myself across from the fort so that I was behind Legolas. I then started throwing snowballs at him in rapid fire succession. He turned to see who else had decided to pelt him with snow and gave me a smirk. I furrowed my eyebrows and Natalie threw a snowball at me. While I was focused on Natalie, someone pulled the hood of my cloak over my head. It's not that that annoyed me, it was the fact that my hood had been filled with snow first. I squealed as some of the snow found its way into the back of my tunic and slid down my back. It was cold damn it to hell! For a minute I jumped around like an idiot trying to get the snow out of my shirt. I pulled my hood down and shook off the snow before turning around to see none other than Legolas, standing there with a victorious smile on his face and trying not to laugh. Oh he is going to pay for that one. I thought. Kate had apparently seen this whole thing and gave me a knowing look and motioned for me to come over to her. I rolled my eyes and snowball fought my way over to my sister.

"What?" I whispered. "Two things. One; You have a crush on Legolas. I know you do." She started. Damn her she's good. There's no point in trying to deny it. She knows! How obvious is it? "Yes. If you tell anyone I will be forced to kill you." I sighed and blushed. "I know. Two; I'll distract him so you can get him back." She smiled. "Just one question. Was it obvious?" I asked. "Not really. I just know you so well." Kate answered. I shrugged and snuck up behind Legolas who, at this point was locked in a snow battle with the hobbits and Gimli. Natalie and Boromir had broken their temporary truce and were fighting each other again. Kate made a snowball and hit Legolas in the gut with it. She then joined the hobbits and they resumed throwing snowballs at him. I picked up a bunch of snow and stuffed it into the hood of Legolas's cloak and pulled it over his head, then ran over to my sister and we started laughing hysterically. Legolas pulled his hood down, shook off the snow and glared at me with an 'I'm going to get you' look on his face. I stopped laughing and watched as Legolas aimed a snowball at my face. He threw it and I ducked faster than I thought I'd be able to and the snowball landed a few feet behind me. I looked at it for a minute, then I looked back at Legolas wide eyed. "Ya missed me!" I pointed out. Kate and anyone else who had heard me started laughing. Gimli nearly fell over he was laughing so hard. "Now, as the rhyme goes, you have to kiss her." Kate looked back at Legolas with a serious expression. Legolas just stood there, eyes wide with shock when my sister said this. I blushed and threw a snowball at my sister's head, successfully getting her face. "Shut up!" I told her.

After a while Gandalf broke up our snowball fight and told us we had to keep moving. After a while more of walking we stopped for the night and set up camp. Legolas and I didn't practice archery that night because there was nothing around for us to shoot. I sat down with Kate and Francesca and we ate dinner together. Natalie was sitting with Boromir and they were arguing over the events of the snowball war. I chuckled at this and shook my head. Soon dinner was finished and cleared away and everyone was starting to go to sleep. Kate, Francesca, Natalie and I were still up for whatever reason. Legolas had taken the first watch and was standing a little bit off from the group and scanning the surroundings.

Deciding that this was as good a time as any to interrogate Natalie, I walked over and sat by her. She was sitting on her bedroll and staring into the fire. "What's up?" I asked. "Nothing much. What's with you?" she looked at me. "I've noticed you hanging out with Boromir a lot lately." I said conversationally. "Yeah. I guess I've been hanging out with him more than the rest of the Fellowship." Natalie admitted. "Do you like, like him or something?" I hesitated a bit, not sure how to approach the subject and not wanting to piss off Natalie. "I think I do. I don't know." She sighed. "You know you can come to me of you need to talk about it." I patted her shoulder. "Thanks, Prussia." She smiled. "Any time Germany." I gave her a hug and walked back over to my bedroll next to Francesca.

"Hey." I waved to her as I sat down. "Hello!" Francesca waved back to me. We talked for a while about random things when she smiled mischievously all of a sudden. "What's with the look?" I raised an eyebrow at her. "I've got a question." She stated. "What?" I asked. Her smile grew wider and she asked, "Do you like Legolas? Like, like him?" I swear my face paled and my eyes popped out of my head. "Shh! Not so loud." I shushed her and looked over at Legolas to see if he had heard her. He probably did but he didn't show it; he was still staring out into the surrounding area and keeping watch. "How did you know?" I asked Francesca, giving her the most threatening glare I could manage. "I overheard you and Kate during the snowball fight." She said simply. "Don't tell anyone. Especially Legolas. I would die of embarrassment and then I would come back and haunt you for the rest of your natural life." I told her. "I won't tell anyone. And I don't think you can die of embarrassment." Francesca replied. I narrowed my eyes at her. "Meep." I said. "Good night, Prussia." Francesca yawned and soon fell asleep. "Good night Francey Pants." I whispered. I couldn't get to sleep so I started singing 'What Hurts the Most' by Rascal Flatts.

Author's note: Whew! Long chapter compared to the rest. On another note, yeah, Kate and Francesca now know that I have a crush on Legolas. Natalie has mixed feelings about Boromir. On another note, I seem to have an obsession with Olympia/Legolas fluff. I should probably do something about that. Anyways, REVIEW PLEASE!

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