Of UNO and Thunderstorms
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN LORD OF THE RINGS! FRANCESCA AND NATALIE OWN THEMSELVES! I ONLY OWN MYSELF AND MY OCS!
After a while of walking through the mines, Gandalf noticed some silvery white lines on the rock face and ran his hand across them."The wealth of Moria is not in gold or jewels, but mithril." He said as he shined his staff into the cavern below us, lighting up the abandoned mines and ladders and things that were down there. Kate stood close to the edge of the rock ledge we were standing on as she looked at the mines. Both Francesca and I grabbed her arms to keep her from falling. "Thanks guys." She whispered to us. I raised an eyebrow at her and smirked. "This from the overprotective, motherly one of our group." Francesca stated, trying not to laugh at the irony. Kate smacked her arm and we continued walking.
"Bilbo had a shirt of mithril rings that Thorin gave him." Gandalf told us. "Oh that was a kingly gift!" Gimli exclaimed. "Yes. I never told him but its worth was greater than the value of the Shire!" Gandalf continued. Damn! I thought. We soon came to another set of stairs. These were very steep and we all had to climb using our hands in addition to our feet to keep from falling. Natalie slipped a few times but Boromir usually helped her back up. I smirked knowingly at her and she mouthed 'Screw you' to me. I gave her a shit eating grin and continued climbing. Natalie climbed up next to me. "Tienes un agolpamiento en él. Tu sabes que hacer." (You have a crush on him. You know you do.) I smiled broadly at my friend. "Te odio." (I hate you) she whispered. "Yeah, okay. Tú me amas." (You love me) I rolled my eyes when she just glared at me.
Gandalf reached the top of the stairs first and looked at the three different paths that forked off from ours. "I have no memory of this place." He murmured after a moment. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU *rage face* I thought as we all settled down to wait for Gandalf to figure out which way we should go. Gandalf and Aragorn both lit their pipes and started smoking. "Are we lost?" Pippin asked. "No." Merry told him. "I think we are." Pippin retorted. "Shh! Gandalf's thinking!" Sam shushed the bickering pair. "Merry!" Pippin started up again after a minute. "What!" Merry answered. "I'm hungry." Pippin said simply. It took all my willpower not to burst into laughter, though I admit that I did giggle a bit along with Kate, who was sitting with Natalie and Francesca. I can't say the same for Natalie and Francesca, who were practically rolling on the floor laughing. I rolled my eyes at them and sort of zoned out.
After a few minutes, someone came to sit next to me. I turned and looked to see Legolas. "Hi." I whispered. "Hello." He said just as quietly as I did. There was a minute or so of awkward silence. "You seem troubled." Legolas observed. "I'm scared." I admitted. "Would you tell me what it is you fear?" he asked, putting his hand on my own, trying to help me. I sighed. "It's….complicated. I'm not sure how to explain it. I'm just scared." I replied. It was all I could think of to say without giving away what was going to happen. Legolas just nodded. "I heard you talking to Natalie earlier in that language you told us about in your world. What were you discussing?" Legolas changed the subject after another awkward silence. I laughed a bit. "I was teasing her in Spanish." I smiled. "About what?" Legolas urged. I quickly glanced over at Natalie to make sure she hadn't heard us. She was busy talking to Francesca and Boromir, unsurprisingly. I smirked. She's gonna kill me for this. I motioned for Legolas to lean closer to me. "She'd kill me for telling anyone but, I think she kinda likes Boromir." I whispered. "What do you mean?" he whispered back. "I think she like likes him." I said, nodding my head back over to Natalie and Boromir. Francesca was now talking to Kate. Legolas followed my gaze and realization washed over his face. "You think she fancies him?" he asked me quietly. "Yes. But you can't tell anyone because then Natalie will know that I told you. Then she'll kill me, then possibly you, and then me again!" I whispered, flailing my arms a bit as I gestured to myself, then Legolas and then back to myself. Legolas raised an eyebrow at me. "I do not believe she would really kill us." He pointed out. "Probably not, but she'd be very mad and that's not good." I told him. We sat in silence for a while and I began humming the song 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri to myself.
"I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened." I heard Frodo say as I started eavesdropping on him and Gandalf. "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, in which case you were also meant to have it, and that is an encouraging thought. Oh, it's that way!" Gandalf raised his voice a bit at this last part and everyone turned to look at him. That was one of my favorite Gandalf quotes. I thought randomly. "He's remembered!" Merry cried as he jumped to his feet. Everyone grabbed their stuff and crowded at the doorway Gandalf was standing at. "No, but the air doesn't smell so foul down here. When in doubt, Meriadoc, always follow your nose." Gandalf said as he began to lead us down the stairs and into the tunnel. Legolas took my hand in his again as we walked. I smiled a bit and attempted to ignore the butterflies that had taken up residence in my stomach.
Gandalf led us into an enormous cavern with columns that stretched from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. "Let me risk a little more light." Gandalf said to himself and he lifted his staff, which glowed much brighter and gave us all a very good view of the cavern. Upon further investigation, I discovered that the columns were very ornately decorated. "Behold the great realm and dwarf city of Dwarrowdelf." He continued in a louder voice so we could all hear him. "There's an eye opener and no mistake." Sam murmured as he stared at the cavern around him.
As we were walking through Dwarrowdelf, something in another room on the side caught Gimli's attention. "Oh!" he cried as he ran off to the other room. "Gimli!" Gandalf called after him. The rest of us followed him into the room where we saw Gimli kneeling before the tomb of his cousin and sobbing I'll say, for lack of a better word. Gandalf walked over to the tomb and read the dwarf runes on it. "Here lies Balin, son of Fundin, Lord of Moria. He is dead then. It's as I feared." Gandalf took off his hat upon finishing. He then noticed a dwarf skeleton nearby holding a really big book. Gandalf gave Pippin his hat and staff and removed the book from the skeleton's hands. As he picked it up, a bunch of pages fell out. "We must move on, we cannot linger." Legolas whispered to Aragorn as Gandalf blew some dust off the book and began to read from it.
"They have taken the bridge and the second hall. We have barred the gates, but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes. Drums, drums in the deep. We cannot get out. A shadow moves in the dark. We cannot get out. They are coming." Everyone was looking around nervously as if something were going to jump out at us from nowhere. Just then a crashing sound was heard that echoed off the walls. Everyone turned to see Pippin looking guilty and a headless dwarf skeleton with some chains fall down a well, chains and all. The crashing and noise that followed that was even louder than the first. Everyone held their breath and Pippin grimaced as the noise finally died away. Aragorn and Boromir let out sighs of relief when nothing happened. "Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in next time and rid us of your stupidity." Gandalf snapped at Pippin and took back his hat and staff. Okay, that was a little harsh. Then came the drums and the screeching. Everyone looked around and Francesca, Kate, Natalie and I started to get a little jumpy. Nat and Kate had their hands on the handles of their swords. I let go of Legolas's hand and got ready to draw my knives. I would need them in about five minutes.
"Frodo!" Sam called and Frodo unsheathed his sword. It was glowing blue, meaning that orcs were coming. "Orcs!" Legolas yelled. Boromir ran to the door and was almost shot in the head. Twice. "Get back! And stay close to Gandalf!" Aragorn told the hobbits. Shitcakes, freaking shitcakes. I thought as Aragorn and Boromir started to bar the doors. "They have a cave troll!" Boromir stated, obviously pissed. And a side helping of shit! I finished my thought as Legolas started throwing axes and stuff to Aragorn and Boromir to bar the doors. They soon came back to us and we drew our weapons. I put on a brave face and took out my knives. My heart was pounding loudly in my chest and I wondered how no one else in the room heard it. Gimli stood up on Balin's tomb. "Let them come! There's one dwarf yet in Moria who still draws breath." He growled as orcs pounded against the doors. Pieces of the doors fell away and Legolas and Aragorn shot through the holes left behind. There was constant screeching and shrieking from the other side. The doors broke down and all hell broke loose.
I let out a battle cry and started slashing at everything in sight. Somewhere behind me I heard Natalie yell out, "NNAAAATTAALIIEEEE GIITTTIIIN!" I'll give you all a hint. Leeeerrroooooy Jeeeeennnkiiiinsssss! If my life weren't in danger I would have laughed. One orc just stood in front of me and I stabbed it in the throat. Then I whirled around and saw why he was standing so still, one of his buddies was sneaking up behind me. I took a swipe at it. He blocked me with his sword thing and I used my other knife to stab him. Yet another orc screeched from my left side and I turned just in time to keep him from decapitating me. I stepped to the side so I was next to the orc and stabbed him. More orcs just kept coming. I let my instincts take over and went into ninja mode. Some orc swung at my head and I ducked, leaned back on my hands in floor fighting position and kicked him where the sun doesn't shine. I hopped back to my feet and finished him off with one swipe of my knife while he was processing what the hell just happened to him. Yeah, I know. No freaking mercy.
Aaaand then they brought in the cave troll. I stopped what I was doing just for a moment as Legolas, who was next to me at the time, shot the beast. The arrow didn't affect it and it tried to whack Sam with its hammer. "Olympia! Behind you!" Kate yelled. I whirled around and started fighting the orc that was trying to sneak up on me. This one put up a bit more of a fight than the others had. He blocked most of my strikes so I settled for roundhouse kicking him in the throat and decapitating him. "Shit!" Natalie yelled as the cave troll flung Boromir into the wall. I winced and side kicked an orc. He stumbled back and tried to run me through with his sword. I stepped to the side and stabbed him in the throat before he could stop himself and turn around. There was a huge crash as the troll brought its hammer down on Balin's tomb.
I continued fighting, never staying in one place very long. Somehow I ended up near Kate and fought back to back with her. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Natalie steal Aragorn's glory by throwing her sword into the back of an orc who tried to kill Boromir. Kate and I were more or less surrounded. One orc swung at my head with his sword. We were so close that when I ducked, he decapitated the orc behind me. I stabbed the one in front of me and Sparta kicked another one. He tripped backwards right into Kate's blade. "We make a pretty good team!" Kate yelled over the battle. "We always have!" I called back to her as I decapitated another orc. I jumped about two feet in the air as I saw Legolas jump off the cave troll's back and land less than three feet from me. I gave him a 'Dude seriously?' face, mouthed the words 'Showoff!' to him and ran to stab an orc that had cornered Francesca. She nodded at me and we caught a glimpse of Sam whacking orcs with his frying pan. Francesca chuckled and I yanked her out of the way of an orc as it tried to slash her in half. She sliced the lower half of its leg off and then stabbed it in the head. I linked my fingers together and nodded to Francesca. She jumped and used my hands as a springboard and I launched her up. I ducked; Francesca jumped over me and stabbed the orc behind us in the throat. She smiled and yelled, "That was fun!"
"Frodo!" Aragorn yelled. I turned to see the cave troll looking around a column. I finished off the orc I was fighting and turned to see Aragorn jump to Frodo's rescue and spear the troll while Merry and Pippin threw rocks at it. The troll moved sideways, throwing Aragorn against a wall as it did. Frodo ran to make sure he was okay. Then the troll speared at Frodo a few times, trying to turn him into a hobbit kebab. The troll succeeded in spearing Frodo and Frodo crumpled to the ground. Merry and Pippin yelled out a battle cry and jumped onto the troll's back and stabbed it repeatedly. Gandalf, Gimli, Natalie and I ran to help them and started fighting the troll. I saw Francesca and Kate trying to fight their way over to Frodo even though they knew he was going to be okay. While I was distracted the troll whacked me aside along with Natalie and Gimli. I landed on the ground and broke my fall with my arm, scraping it up pretty nicely in the process. Well that hurts like a bitch. At least it's not that bad this time. I remember when I fell off the swings and sprained it in the second grade. I shuddered at the memory and rolled up my sleeves as I watched Legolas shoot the troll in the throat.
I yanked Natalie to her feet and she pulled me away as the troll toppled over dead and Pippin yelled and rolled off its back. Everyone then froze as Aragorn made his way towards Frodo, who was lying face down in the stone floor. Frodo gasped as Aragorn rolled him over and Sam rushed to his side. "He's alive!" Sam breathed a sigh of relief and I let out the breath I hadn't realized I'd been holding. "I'm alright. I'm not hurt." Frodo panted as Sam helped him sit up. "You should be dead. That spear would have skewered a wild boar." Aragorn stated. "I think there's more to this hobbit than meets the eye." Gandalf added. Frodo pulled back his shirt to reveal the mithril shirt that had saved him. "Mithril! You are full of surprises Master Baggins." Gimli told him. I looked around when I heard screeching again. "To the Bridge of Khazad-dûm!" Gandalf told us as he too heard the screeching. And then we all ran like our lives depended on it; at that moment, they did.
We ran out of Balin's Tomb and back into the enormous cavern that was once the great dwarf city of Dwarrowdelf. Orcs and goblins chased us from behind and crawled out of cracks in the ground and out of the ceiling to chase and surround us. Yes, they crawled out of cracks in the damn ceiling. Eventually they completely surrounded us and we were forced to stop. I drew my knives again and took a fighting stance with Kate on one side and Legolas on the other. There was a split second of silence and then a ferocious roar. The assorted McNasties that had surrounded us stopped and scattered back into the deep recesses of the mines they had come from screeching and shrieking all the way. We all turned to look in the direction of the sound and saw an archway that was glowing a fiery red. There was another roar. Sweet merciful shitcakes! I thought as I realized exactly what was coming for us; a Balrog of Morgoth. I can honestly say that the next 15 or so minutes were the most terrifying moments of my life.
Author's note: AND CUE CLIFFHANGER! If we were watching a T.V. show, now would be the time where they cut to commercial and left us all hanging. Sorry guys! I was writing this at 1 in the morning on my cousin's laptop. I actually broke 3,000 words in this chapter! READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!