Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Chapter 16

Of UNO and Thunderstorms

DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN LORD OF THE RINGS OR ANYTHING I REFERENCE! NATALIE AND FRANCESCA OWN THEMSELVES! I ONLY OWN MYSELF AND MY OCS!

Chapter Sixteen

Olympia's POV

The elves had led us up into the trees and we were all standing around on one of the talans with Haldir and a few other elves. More elves were standing on talans nearby and watching us. I stood with Kate, Natalie, and Francesca. Francesca and Natalie looked around at all the elves staring at us and shifted uncomfortably. "Mae govannen, Legolas Thranduilion." Haldir addressed Legolas. "Govannas vîn gwennen le, Haldir o Lórien." He replied. Huh? I don't understand any of this! Grr. So, this is how the Fellowship feels when Kate or Francesca or me or Natalie speaks Spanish. Haldir then turned to face Aragorn. "A, Aragorn in Dúnedain istannen le ammen." He stated. "Haldir." Aragorn replied with a bow of respect.

"So much for the legendary courtesy of the elves! Speak words we can all understand!" Gimli exclaimed. Amen to that! Sort of. "We have not had dealings with the dwarves since the dark days." Haldir glared at Gimli. "And do you know what this dwarf says to that? Ishkhaqwi ai durugnul!" Gimli responded. Aragorn put a hand on Gimli's shoulder. "That was not so courteous!" Aragorn scolded. Aaaannd now I want to know what that meant because I never bothered to look it up when I saw the movie! Haldir then turned and looked at Sam and Frodo. "You bring great evil with you." He said to Frodo. To me, it kinda looked like they were having an epic staring contest. "You can go no further!" Haldir continued after a pause.

Aragorn and Haldir then began arguing in elvish. I couldn't make heads or tails of what was being said so I spaced out and started looking around at the trees and the other elves that were still watching us. I gave them all a big smile and looked over at Francesca. "Hi!" she looked up at the elves and waved. Some of them looked at us with 'WTF?' faces. I just shrugged. "Gandalf's death was not in vain. Nor would he have you give up hope. You carry a heavy burden Frodo. Don't carry the weight of the dead." I looked over at Boromir as I heard him talking to Frodo. Haldir then walked up to Frodo and said, "You will follow me."

The elves were now leading us through Lothlórien and I was looking around at everything. I can't even put it into words how amazing it was. Soon, our group came to the top of a hill that overlooked a part of the forest that had trees that were at least fifty feet taller than the ones we had been walking through. No joke, these trees were huge. The sun was shining brightly and everything looked golden. "Caras Galadhon, the heart of Elvendom on Earth. Realm of Lord Celeborn and of Galadriel, Lady of Light." Haldir told us as we all gazed at Caras Galadhon in awe. I seriously think that I just died and went to heaven. That is the only logical explanation for this.

Haldir led us into Caras Galadhon and to a flight of stairs that wrapped around the enormous trunk of one of the mallorn trees. The stairs had columns on the sides that joined into canopies above us. The canopies had lanterns that twinkled as we passed under them. "Wow. That's all I can think of to say. Just, wow." I murmured to my friends next to me. Kate let out a low whistle and Natalie and Francesca just nodded in response. Haldir looked back at us for a second and I could've sworn I saw him smile. Either that or I've completely lost my mind.

We walked up the stairs for a while until we came to another talan with all sorts of beautiful decorations and lights. The lights made the whole place glow with a soft white light. It just blew me away, it really did. No words I can think of could describe it and succeed in doing it any justice whatsoever. Haldir led us into this talan and gathered all of the Fellowship in one place at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Oh my god. Lord Celeborn and Lady Galadriel are about to make their appearance. I thought. We shifted around for a moment and there was a white light at the top of the stairs.

I blinked once as Lord Celeborn and Lady Galadriel, all dressed in white, began their graceful descent down the stairs. All of a sudden I remembered that Galadriel can read minds. Not that it mattered to me at that moment; my mind was completely and utterly blank. "The Enemy knows you have entered here." Lord Celeborn began once he and Lady Galadriel reached the bottom of the stairs. I blinked again, my eyes still not quite adjusted to the light. "What hope you had in secrecy is now gone. Twelve there are here yet nine there were that set out from Rivendell. Tell me, where is Gandalf? For I much desire to speak with him." Lord Celeborn looked confused as he scanned all of our faces.

Vaguely aware of Francesca humming the song 'They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard' my mind went into overdrive. Does Lady Galadriel know what happened to the Fellowship? I mean the fact that they came to our world. Does she know that Kate, Natalie, Francesca and I aren't from here? Does she know why we're here? Do we have to explain that whole thing? What if they don't believe us? Well, I guess we could always speak Spanish. But what if that doesn't work? AAAHHHH! These thoughts ran through my mind at lightning speed. I'm surprised I was able to process all of them. Then there was this voice, in the back of my head. Be at peace young one, I know of the events that brought you and your companions here, though I know not the reason behind it. Do not worry yourself so. I knew this voice to be Galadriel's and I looked up at her, completely missing everything else that was going on, and only aware of the fact that she was also speaking out loud from what I remember from the movies. But I didn't listen, there was far too much on my mind for that. Forgive me if I sound rude but I really need to ask. How did you know that Kate, Francesca, Natalie and I weren't from this world? Lady Galadriel didn't answer me; she just smiled mysteriously.

"What now becomes of this Fellowship? Without Gandalf hope is lost." Lord Celeborn said grimly as I finally decided to pay attention. I really want to know how Galadriel was able to speak to the Fellowship out loud and mind-speak with me at the same time. It just does not compute in my mind. "The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail, to the ruin of all." Lady Galadriel looked around at each member of the Fellowship as she told us this. Well that's a cheerful thought! "Yet hope remains, while company is true." She continued and I followed her gaze to Sam. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Go now and rest, for you are weary with sorrow and much toil. Tonight, you will sleep in peace" Galadriel finished.

Later that night, the whole Fellowship was gathered at our little camp and we were sitting around. I sat with Natalie, Kate and Francesca while wringing out my still-soaked hair. We'd all been able to wash up and change and whatnot and one of the elves who had supposedly been sent by Galadriel to find us gave Kate, Natalie, Francesca and I our own travelling packs and some leather strips to tie back our hair. I almost gave her a hug. Then the elf gave us another set of clothes to wear while the ones we showed up in were being washed. That other set of clothes meant dresses. I had made a face once she left. You all already know how I despise dresses. Luckily the dresses weren't super fancy or anything and, thank god, they weren't pink. They looked more like a silvery-white color. I'm giving it back once I get my other clothes. Something was still bothering me though.

"Hey guys." I called to my friends. "Yeah Olympia? What's up?" Kate turned to look at me. "Did Galadriel mind-speak to you guys too?" I asked in a hushed voice. Kate nodded. "Yeah, she did." Natalie and Francesca said in unison. "First off; I want to know how she mind-spoke to all of us and spoke to the Fellowship all at the same time." I started. Kate chuckled and Natalie shrugged. Francesca put on a thinking face for a minute before shrugging. "What did she say to you?" Kate asked after a minute. I wasn't paying attention because I'd been listening to the elves sing about Gandalf. "Huh?" I looked up and snapped out of the daze I had fallen into. "What did Galadriel say to you in your mind?" Natalie repeated. "She told me to chill the fuck out because I nearly had a heart attack when I thought we'd have to explain the whole alternate world thing. Obviously not in those exact words but that was the gist of it. I also asked how she already knew. She just smiled at me cryptically. What did she say to you guys?" I explained. "Same thing basically. Although when she explained the whole 'Love mingled with grief' thing she kinda looked between me and Boromir for a second, like she was trying to tell me something but didn't want to say it out loud. I've got no idea what that's supposed to mean." Natalie shared. "I wasn't exactly paying attention to that." I admitted. He's still going to die. Ohhhhhh shit! I realized a second later."I pulled a you on that one Olympia. I was flipping out and she calmed me down." Francesca smiled. Kate said she had a similar situation but she had asked about the packs and stuff. "Rawr!" I smiled as I bear hugged my sister as a way of thanking her. We all chuckled a little bit. Just a little though.

Our conversation died down just in time for us to hear Sam start singing about Gandalf's fireworks. "The finest rockets ever seen, they burst in stars of blue and green. For after thunder, silver showers came falling like a rain of flowers. Oh that doesn't do them justice by a mile." Sam mumbled the last part as he sat back down. I stood up and sat by him. "I liked it Sam. I thought that was really nice." I told him. Sam flushed slightly at the compliment. "Thank you, Miss Olympia." He whispered. "Please, please just call me Olympia." I said. "Beggin' your pardon but it wouldn't be proper just to call you Olympia, Miss." Sam replied politely. "Fair enough." I smiled back at the hobbit as I got up and walked back over to Kate.

Late that night, after everyone else had fallen asleep but before Frodo went to see Galadriel's Mirror, Natalie, Francesca and I sat up and talked. Kate was out cold and like me, has a habit of getting back at people who woke her up. So we just let her be. "Olympia, Francesca. I need to talk to you, badly." Natalie said once we all moved around and sat down together. "What about?" Francesca asked. I think I already knew the answer. "Boromir. I-I think I'm in love with him." She stuttered over her words a bit and I started to worry. I had never, ever, in all the long years I've known Natalie, seen her like this before. She was always so confident and sure of herself and now she seemed uncertain and insecure. I didn't know what to say at first so I took a deep breath before replying. "Then I think, maybe you should tell him how you feel. It'll be better that way." I told her as I looked her in the eyes. Francesca nodded in agreement. Natalie looked afraid for minute. "But, what if he doesn't feel the same way? What do I do then?" she bit her lip. "Natalie, I've seen how you two interact and I've watched you guys for a while. Something tells me he's gonna feel the same way." Francesca replied. "Exactly. It'll work out." I added but I'm almost certain she didn't believe me. Natalie screwed her lips to the side and made a face. Yep, she didn't buy it. "Okay. I'll tell him tomorrow. Cross my heart. Good night!" Natalie crossed her heart and went back to sleep. It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all…. Oh for the love of meep! Who am I kidding?! She's going to be heartbroken!

"So now what?" Francesca looked up at me. "Get down and pretend to be asleep for a minute." I told her as I noticed Frodo getting up to follow Galadriel. I slumped back into my blankets and closed my eyes until I heard Frodo's soft footsteps fade away. "What do you want to talk about now?" I asked Francesca softly as we both sat up again. "I still want to know about you and Legolas. What's the deal with that?" Francesca smirked at me. I glared at her for a moment before sighing. "I thought I told you this already. I admit it, I like him." I whispered. Francesca raised an eyebrow at me questioningly. "Okay, okay. You win, I'll tell you. I, uh, uhhm, I love him." I coughed the last part and felt my face getting red. "What? I didn't quite catch that." Francesca's smirk grew and I knew immediately that she was full of shit. "You heard me damn well. I love him." I repeated. "I know. I just wanted to hear you say it." My friend replied with a huge grin on her face. "Screw you." I narrowed my eyes. "When do you plan on telling him?" she asked. "As soon as I figure out how I'm going to do it." I told her. She grinned again. "Good night. I'm going to sleep." Francesca said with a yawn as she left and went back to where she was sleeping. This left me alone with my thoughts for a while. How am I going to tell him and when am I going to do it? Will I even be able to work up the courage to tell him? What the hell am I going to say? I can't just walk up to him and say 'I love you!' Universe! Why you so damn confuzzling? *Insert why you no meme here.*

Author's note: AARRGH! Lots of guy drama in this chapter! Nyeeegh! On another note, we finally got confessions out of me and Natalie! The next chapter should be pretty fun as I am going to include a little bit of Natalie and Boromir fluff. I also plan on going back into Legolas's POV for a bit. For anyone who cares, I went back to school today! Because of this I may not have as much time for writing as I have had over the summer and updates might be a bit farther between. I know it sucks, but until I find a balance between my schoolwork, my Ju Jitsu classes, my social life and my writing, it'll have to be this way. READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!

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