Of UNO and Thunderstorms
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN LORD OF THE RINGS! I DO NOT OWN NATALIE OR FRANCESCA! I DO NOT OWN ANYTHING ELSE THAT IS RECOGNIZABLE! I ONLY OWN MYSELF AND MY OCS!
The wind and snow had picked up considerably since yesterday. We were now trudging our way through a full blown blizzard. Well, I can't exactly say we seeing as Kate, Legolas and I were walking on top of the snow. I still love that! Legolas walked to the head of the group and tried to see past the sheets of snow that were coming down on us. Kate and I were close behind him. "There is a fell voice on the air." Legolas pointed out. I strained my ears a little to hear past the howling wind and found that he was right. There was a voice chanting somewhere in the distance. "Cuiva nwalca Carnirasse; nai yarvaxea rasselya!"It was in a foreign language so I couldn't tell what it meant. Apparently Gandalf could though. "It's Saruman!" he shouted over the storm. Shit. Suddenly there was a cracking sound above us and some loose rocks came crashing down. Kate took my arm and pulled me against the cliff face with the others so we wouldn't be crushed.
"He's trying to bring down the mountain! Gandalf, we must turn back!" Aragorn yelled. "No!" Gandalf responded. I narrowed my eyes as Saruman's voice continued chanting. Gandalf stood up straight and shouted something into the wind. "Losto Caradhras, sedho, hodo, nuitho i 'ruith!" he shouted. I'm assuming he was trying to stop Saruman. It didn't work and Saruman's voice grew louder for a minute. I flinched as lightning cracked overhead and a mini avalanche came tumbling down on us. Then, everything went white. Snow buried me and I couldn't breathe; the snow was suffocating me. I held what breath I had left, tried not to panic because that wouldn't help and attempted to tunnel my way to the surface. The key word there was attempted. Suddenly, someone reached down into the snow and grabbed my arm. I gripped the person's wrist and was yanked up to the surface. I gasped for air for a second and looked up to see Legolas. "Thanks." I managed to choke out as I wiggled the rest of me out of the snow. Francesca yelped and started coughing as I pulled her out of the snow by her hair. "By my hair? Seriously?" she asked rubbing her head. "It's all I could get a hold on; I couldn't find your hands. Sorry." I gave her an apologetic smile and helped dig out some of the rest of our companions and soon we were all back on our feet.
"We must get off the mountain! Make for the gap of Rohan and take the West Road to my city!" Boromir shouted over the wind to Gandalf. "The Gap of Rohan takes us too close to Isengard!" Aragorn argued. "If we cannot pass over the mountain, let us go under it! Let us go through the Mines of Moria!" Gimli suggested. I shuddered at the thought. I don't do well underground. I already knew that that was going to be our road and was already on the verge of being a nervous wreck. Gandalf didn't do anything for a minute; he just looked to be deep in thought.
"Let the Ringbearer decide." Gandalf finally responded. Frodo looked up at him for a minute and I turned my eyes to Frodo. "We cannot stay here! This will be the death of the hobbits!" Boromir said. "Frodo?" Gandalf looked at the hobbit in question. "We will go through the mines." Frodo decided. Fan-freaking-tastic! In case you haven't noticed, I practically ooze sarcasm. Usually I have enough sense to keep it to myself unless it's really good. "So be it." Gandalf replied solemnly.
Over the next few days my nervousness about going through Moria did not fade, in fact it strengthened as we got closer to the place. Kate, Francesca and Natalie were nervous and scared too, I could feel it. We all knew what was going to happen and we knew we couldn't do a damn thing about it. Do you have any idea how much that sucks? Knowing what's going to happen but also knowing that if you try and stop it you'll just fuck everything up? It's not a good feeling. A few nights ago we had had a discussion about this and agreed that staying as close to the canon as possible was the best idea. I walked with Kate, Natalie and Francesca in silence. We were all too worried to talk or joke at the moment. Good god, what are we going to do when we actually have to fight? Nope, scratch that! I know exactly what we'll do. Natalie and I will go into ninja mode, Francesca will stay with the hobbits, and Kate will probably try to protect all of us at once. That's just what she does. After that it's just a simple matter of killing orcs and not dying in the process! I thought bitterly.It's true though; Kate was usually very protective of us and maybe a bit motherly.
"The walls of Moria." Gimli announcing that we were there brought me out of my thoughts. Francesca shot me a nervous look and all I could do in response was give her my own nervous look. There was nothing I could do to make her feel less nervous because I'd be lying if I tried. Bottom line; shit was about to get real. There was a lake between us and the walls, so we walked around the edge of the lake. Kate watched the water with her wide, wary blue eyes and kept looking back at us to make sure no one fell into the water. See what I mean about protective? I don't really mind though, she means well and has kept Francesca, Natalie and I out of trouble in the past. As we walked I fell into step beside Legolas and he just gave me a small smile. "Dwarf doors are invisible when closed." Gimli stated as he knocked his axe against the rock wall, trying to find the door into Moria. "Yes Gimli, their own masters cannot find them if their secrets are forgotten." Gandalf added. "Why doesn't that surprise me?" Legolas muttered as much as an elf can mutter. Gimli grumbled to himself. "Ah, now let me see. Ithildin. It mirrors only starlight and moonlight." Gandalf said and looked up at the sky.
As if to prove Gandalf's point, some clouds blew out of the way and revealed the full moon. Within seconds the doors were completely illuminated and we all stared at them in awe. Gandalf smiled and began to read the elvish writing on the doors. "It reads; The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak friend and enter." Gandalf said. "What do you suppose that means?" Merry inquired. "Well it's quite simple. If you are a friend you speak the password and the doors will open." Gandalf answered and held his staff up to the doors. "Annon Edhellen, edro hi ammen!" Gandalf's voice sounded commanding but nothing happened. Gandalf raised his arms up and tried to open the doors again. Once again, the doors remained shut. "Nothing's happening." Pippin stated. "No shit Sherlock." Natalie, Francesca and I said in unison. Kate rolled her eyes at us. At this point Gandalf resorted to good old elbow grease and tried pushing against the stubborn doors while muttering to himself. "What are you going to do then?" Pippin broke the somewhat awkward silence that had fallen over us. "Knock your head against these doors Peregrin Took! And if that does not shatter them and I'm allowed a little peace from foolish questions, I will try to find the opening words." Gandalf snapped at the hobbit.
We all decided to take a break and sit down for a while. I sat down with Francesca, Natalie and my sister. I was on the end of our little group and Natalie was next to me on one side. A few yards away from the group Aragorn and Sam were unloading our packs and stuff from Bill. "The mines are no place for a pony, even one so brave as Bill." Aragorn told a sad looking Sam. "Bye bye Bill." Sam said to the pony I knew he had grown so attached to. I felt bad for him. "Go on, Bill. Go on. Don't worry Sam. He knows the way home." Aragorn gave the pony a small push in the direction we had come from. Sam looked miserable and I just wanted to give him a hug.
A splashing sound caught my attention and I looked to see Merry throwing rocks into the lake. I gave him a look that said, 'I wouldn't do that if I were you.' I'd almost forgotten about the Watcher in the water. But that giant squid/octopus thing had refused to leave my mind alone completely. Pippin picked up a rock and was about to join Merry when Aragorn grabbed his arm. "Do not disturb the water." He warned. I shuddered and Natalie put a hand on my shoulder. "It'll be okay." She whispered so only I could hear her. I raised an eyebrow at her. "Oh it's useless." Gandalf sighed and sat down on a rock near Frodo. Francesca crawled over to me and also decided to whisper in my ear. "Can I tell the crappy fruit pun we found on the internet?" she asked. I chuckled a bit as I remembered when we found that. "Don't you think it's a little late for that? And no, you can't tell it. I don't think they'd appreciate it right now." I countered. "Yeah probably." Francesca shrugged. I face-palmed and shook my head. The water rippled a bit and I nudged Natalie and pointed to where the ripple had occurred. She scooted a little closer to the rock wall. I followed her lead, nudged Kate out of her thoughts and gave her a look.
"It's a riddle," Frodo piped up and stood in front of the doors, studying them. The water rippled again, this time closer to the shore, and we looked at the lake with concern. "Speak friend and enter. What's the elvish word for friend?" Frodo asked. "Mellon." Gandalf answered after a moment. Francesca giggled a bit, very likely remembering the crappy fruit pun. A loud crack was heard and the doors swung open. Gandalf chuckled and we all got up and we all walked inside. Kate and Legolas stood on either side of me and Kate looked at me to make sure I would be alright. I was past the point of a nervous wreck at this point.
"Soon Master Elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the dwarves. Roaring fires! Malt Beer! Red meat off the bone!" Gimli told Legolas. Gandalf lit up his staff, revealing the multitude of dead bodies that were scattered through the place. I bit my lip and looked around. Whatever attempt I had made to keep myself calm had completely failed. "This, my friend is the home of my cousin Balin. And they call it a mine, a mine!" Gimli continued. "This isn't a mine, it's a tomb." Boromir stated. "No! NOOOOOOO!" Gimli wailed. Legolas pulled an arrow out of a nearby dwarf corpse. "Goblins." He made a face and threw down the arrow. All our weapons were out and at the ready in seconds. "We make for the Gap of Rohan. We should never have come here." Boromir glared at nothing in particular. Everyone else was searching the darkness for goblins. The hobbits, Francesca included, backed towards the way out. "Now get out of here. Get out!" Boromir shouted. Suddenly a tentacle came out from the lake and grabbed Frodo. He yelped and was dragged towards the water.
"Frodo! Frodo!" Merry and Pippin yelled. Sam turned to the rest of us. "Strider!" he shouted and turned back to the tentacle. "Get off him." He said as he severed the tentacle. Francesca and the others tried to pull Frodo back to the doors but several other tentacles shot out of the water and grabbed Frodo. And Francesca!? Not on my watch! Natalie, Kate and I ran out to try and get them down. Legolas fired and arrow at the tentacle holding Frodo and Boromir, Aragorn, Kate, Natalie and I all slashed at the other tentacles trying to free our friends. Frodo and Francesca were screaming for help. "Strider!" Frodo yelled. "Italy, Prussia, Germany! Somebody!" Francesca shrieked as she tried to twist out of the Watcher's grasp. Speaking of the beast, it then decided to rear its ugly head and try to eat our hobbits! No giant demon squid thing from Hell is going to eat my friends if I'm here to say otherwise! I thought as Natalie and I found the tentacle that held Francesca and we sliced through it. Aragorn had severed the tentacle holding Frodo and Boromir caught him when he fell. I tried to catch Francesca but failed. She crashed into me and we fell into the water.
Kate pulled me up and Natalie half dragged Francesca back to shore. "Into the mines!" Gandalf exclaimed. Legolas shot an arrow at the Watcher's face and we all ran into the mines. The Watcher then decided to be an asshole and pull the doors down on us as we got inside. The rocks crumbled and fell over the entrance, sealing the way out. I backed up and nearly bumped into Legolas, who put a hand on my shoulder. Fuck you Watcher. Just fuck you. Thinking that didn't help the situation but made me feel a little better. "We now have but one choice; we must face the long dark of Moria. Be on your guard. There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of the world." Gandalf told us as he lit up his staff again. He began to lead us up a flight of stairs. "Quietly now it's a four day journey to the other side. Let us hope that our presence may go unnoticed." He advised. Yeah, that's not gonna happen. I walked beside Legolas, my soaked through boots squelching as I did.
Author's note: I'M SO SO SORRY THAT IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO UPDATE! My pc's hard drive decided to die! It just died! So we had to go and get it fixed and whatnot. Updates might be slow for a bit because I lost the next few chapters that were already written and now I have to re-write them. Grrr. Hehehe, crappy fruit pun. Most of you have probably heard the one Francesca wanted to tell. If you haven't, well then I'm sorry. The crappy fruit pun is not mine and I can take no credit for it. Soo yeah. REVIEW PLEASE!