Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Chapter 17

Of UNO and Thunderstorms

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

Chapter Seventeen

Natalie's POV

Most of the next day was pretty boring. There wasn't a whole lot to do. It felt weird after travelling for a while just to be able to sit and do nothing. The elves gave Olympia, Kate, Francesca and I our other clothes back. "Hallelujah!" Olympia yelled before running off somewhere to get changed. She then gave back the dress and came to sit by me. Francesca and Kate also went somewhere and changed back into their other clothes. "Hiya!" Olympia grinned at me and put my other clothes in my lap. "Thanks. You're in a good mood now, aren't ya?" I asked her with a smirk. "Yep! I got my clothes back! No more dresses for me!" she threw her arms up in the air happily. "Well, not right now anyway. I'm sure you'll have to wear a dress again at some point." I pointed out. "Must you ruin everything?!" Olympia laughed. "Yes, yes I must." I replied. Olympia narrowed her eyes for a second, then we both started to laugh.

After a moment of chuckling on our part, Olympia's face lost all traces of laughter and merriment and whatnot. She suddenly became serious again like she was last night when we were talking with Francesca and I already knew what she was going to ask. "Do you have a plan yet for, you know?" she asked with a quick, discreet glance in Boromir's direction. Yep, I totally saw that one coming. How am I going to do that? I have to do it today, I freaking crossed my heart! "I'm going to wait until I can talk to him alone. I can't really say that when everyone else is around." I answered her, coming up with that plan on the spot. Olympia seemed to think I'd thought on that and nodded slowly. "Maybe I can help with that." She whispered to me, a grin suddenly on her face. "How so?" I arched an eyebrow. Olympia's grin grew bigger and she winked at me before standing up and walking to the middle of our camp.

"Who wants to come exploring with me?" she asked in general. Kate, Francesca, Merry and Pippin all stood up to go with her. Frodo elected to stay behind, his reason being that he had a lot on his mind. And he did, poor little hobbit had to carry the freaking Ring around for God's sake! Sam decided to stay with him. Such a good friend he is. Aragorn and Legolas were sitting on the other side of the camp doing whatever it is they were doing. I didn't really care. Bless you Olympia, it wasn't a bad idea. But that didn't help worth a shit. Olympia and everyone else who was bored to death left a minute later with Kate yelling back to us, "I promise I'll keep them from disturbing the peace!" I chuckled to myself. Leave it to Kate to be the responsible one. Of course, Olympia, Francesca and I can be responsible too. When we want to be. Soon, I finally got sick of my dress and went to change.

After I came back I sat for a moment, trying to decide what to do. I don't think Sam, Frodo, Aragorn or Legolas is going to be overly interested what I'm doing at present. But, I don't want anyone else to hear. I know they won't eavesdrop but it's so freaking quiet here that they'll probably hear me even if I whisper. Nah, I'll wait for the opportune moment. Dammit, now I sound like Jack Sparrow! Well, I'm bored! I wonder…...Would I be able to catch up to Kate and company without getting lost if I left right now? Meh, it's worth a shot. I stood up and dusted myself off and headed in the direction Kate and company had gone in.

"Where are you going?" Boromir looked at me curiously, stopping me in my tracks before I had even left the camp. "I'm going to find where Kate, Francesca, Olympia, Merry, and Pippin went. I don't really have anything to do and I'm bored." I told him. Boromir looked at the ground for a minute as if pondering some great philosophical thing. He then stood up and walked over to me. "May I join you?" he asked. "Uh, sure." I whispered, not entirely trusting my voice as I was suddenly very nervous. Boromir gave me a small smile and we headed off.

We walked through the woods for a while, looking for any sign of our other friends. There was absolutely nothing. "How on earth is it that they travel so fast, yet leave absolutely nothing behind for us to track them by? I mean I know they're elves and hobbits and all but this is just insanity!" I mused, seeing as we hadn't found any trace of them yet. "I do not know." Boromir shrugged lightly as we continued through the forest. My heart was pounding and I marveled at the fact that Boromir couldn't hear it. It's all I could freaking hear. I took in the scenery around us. This place really was beautiful. All the trees looked golden and the wind rustled the leaves ever so slightly, giving it a sort of peaceful atmosphere. We were completely silent, neither of us spoke and soon it became awkward. Should I say something to him? Damn this awkward silence!

Sooner than I thought we would, we heard the sounds of our friends talking not too far from where we were. "Are we lost?" Merry's voice asked. "Nope! Camp's back that way!" Olympia stated. I'm assuming she was pointing in whatever direction they had come from. "Alright." Merry replied. "Did anyone bring food? I'm hungry." Pippin said. "No, we didn't bring any food. And Pippin, you're always hungry." Kate replied. "I believe we've found them, Lady Natalie." Boromir told me, smiling a huge smile, and he started in their direction. If ever there was an opportune moment, it would be now. Oh god. I thought as I took a deep breath, trying to calm my nerves….and failing miserably.

"Wait!" I called to Boromir. "What is it? Did you not want to find our companions?" Boromir turned back to me, confused. "I-I want to talk to you first." I stuttered. The voices of our friends had died away and now everything was quiet. If they're listening I'm gonna kill them. I thought as Boromir walked back over to me and we stood together for a moment. "What would you like to talk about?" Boromir asked me, his eyebrows still furrowed in confusion."Well first of all; please just call me Natalie. I don't like the formal title." I said. There was a pause. "There is something else on your mind, Natalie. I can see it in your eyes." Boromir stated after staring at me intently for a minute. I felt like he could see into my soul. "There's uh, something I want to tell you." I started, having no idea what-so-freaking-ever as to how I should say this. Just do it! What's the worst that could happen? WAIT! Don't answer that! Just tell him dammit! Boromir looked at me expectantly as I waged this mental battle against myself.

It's now or never… I thought as I took a deep breath. "BoromirIthinkIloveyou." I said in a rushed whisper. I could feel my face heat up and I turned my gaze down to my feet. Dammit! I'm blushing! I NEVER BLUSH! Like, ever! GRRRR! There was an awkward silence for a minute before Boromir let out a small sigh of…..Was that relief? No, it couldn't have been. Could it? He walked right up in front of me and took my chin in his hand and turned my face up so he could see me. "Natalie, you will never know how glad I am to hear you say that." Boromir said. I looked at him curiously as I pondered these words. What the flying fladoodles?! Does this mean that...? I didn't even have the heart to finish that thought.

"Natalie, I love you as well. I know we have not known one another for very long. However I fell as though I have known you for my entire life. I-" Boromir admitted. He probably would have said more but I cut him off with a huge bear hug. He wrapped his arms around me and hugged me back. I've got no idea how long we stood like that, but eventually I pulled back and looked at him with a huge stupid grin on my face. Boromir also had a huge smile on. "I think we should probably go back. I'd be willing to bet that Kate and Francesca and company have gotten back to camp by now and everyone wants to know where the hell we've gotten to." I told him as I looked up to the sky and saw that it was kinda dark.

"You are right. We should return to camp soon." Boromir agreed. "Boromir, I think we can make them wait just a minute longer." I stated, completely contradicting what I had just said. Boromir just looked at me. Blushing tomato red, I leaned in and gave him a quick kiss on the cheek. "Okay, we can go now!" I told him. Boromir looked stunned for a second, then we walked back to camp together.

*Olympia POV*

My merry team of adventurers and I had come back to camp just after sunset. "Where are Boromir and Miss Natalie?" Sam asked after we had all settled down. "I didn't know that they left." I told him. "They went off in search of you not long after you left." Frodo explained. "We didn't see them." Francesca knit her eyebrows together in confusion. "Where could they be?" Aragorn wondered. I shrugged. "What should we do?" Merry joined the conversation.

"What should we do about what?" I heard a voice behind me and turned around to see Natalie and Boromir walking back towards us, Natalie with a shit eating grin on her face and Boromir looking slightly stunned. Then I realized the most surprising part, they were holding hands. Good God, what did she do?! I wondered when I saw Boromir's expression. "And just where the hell have you two been?" Francesca smirked. "Around." Natalie answered vaguely as she came to sit beside me. "You told him didn't you?" I asked her. "Yep!" she nodded. "Why does he look shell-shocked?" I asked as I saw Boromir walk and sit close to Natalie, not right next to her, but still kinda close. "I kissed him on the cheek." Natalie explained. "Well, that answers that question." I chuckled. Natalie shrugged. "I'm going to assume he loves you too." I said after a minute. Natalie blushed and looked down at her feet. Very strange, Natalie doesn't blush. Ever. I've never seen it happen before now. "Yes." She said quietly. Aha. So that was the reason for the blush. God bless ya Natalie! I really hope she enjoys this moment, I'm afraid it's not going to last very long. It's gonna suck when there's no chocolate or ice cream for her. She'll need lots and lots of hugs. Why am I thinking about such depressing things?! MEEP!

Soon after Natalie and Boromir came back we ate dinner. After that we hung out for a while and Kate let me braid her hair. "I feel like I've been missing something. What happened with you and Boromir earlier today?" Kate asked Natalie once we all sat down to chat. "I told him I loved him and he loves me too. And then I kissed him on the cheek." Natalie spilled her beans and Kate gasped dramatically. "Oooooh." Kate grinned. Natalie smacked her leg and Francesca burst out laughing. I laughed too as I continued braiding my sister's hair. She taught me all sorts of braids and stuff when we were kids. One does not simply live with my sister and not know these things. It's not possible. I would know; I've tried. I tied a small strip of leather in Kate's hair to keep the braid together and we laughed and talked for a while. Eventually, Francesca, Natalie and I fell asleep.

*Legolas POV*

Soon after Olympia, Natalie and Francesca fell asleep Kate walked over to me and sat down. They had all asked us not to use formal titles at one point or another. Why however, I do not know. Kate studied me for a moment. "Legolas, is something wrong? It seems like there's something on your mind." She said. "I do not know. There have been many things on my mind as of late." I answered her. "Like what?" she raised an eyebrow at me. "Olympia. I have found myself thinking about your sister almost constantly. I feel drawn to her somehow. I do not know why, though I feel as though I must protect her. That does not make sense, I know that should the need arise, Olympia is very capable of defending herself." I started. Kate looked deep in thought.

"You got that right. She can defend herself. But sometimes she does need a little bit of protecting. For some reason, Olympia has never liked having to ask for help. But sometimes she bites off a bit more than she can chew. She's an independent person. In school she was so shy and she didn't talk very much. Her teachers would tell our mom this and she'd say to them 'Really? She doesn't shut up at home!' She confuses me sometimes. When she's around people she doesn't know well and when she's at school, she's the shy, quiet girl who never raises her hand. When she's at home or with her friends she's talkative and fun but also kind, calm and a total sweetheart. But if you get on her bad side or if her friends are in trouble she'll kick your ass in about a bajillion ways and not even think twice about it. She's got a sort of 'Thou shalt not take shit' attitudes, meaning she stands up for herself and her beliefs and doesn't let anyone push her around. She's a complex person. Anyone who knows her well enough will honestly say that she'll stand by her friends and people she cares about." Kate said.

"Remind me not to get on her bad side." I murmured. Kate laughed at this. "I don't think you'll need reminding now. Besides, she considers you and everyone in the Fellowship her friends. She can't stay mad at her friends and she'll defend any one of us here until her last breath. She's determined sometimes to the point of stubbornness and sometimes that gets her in trouble." Kate continued. I smiled inwardly, glad that Olympia would count me among her friends. "It seems there is more to her than meets the eye." I concluded. "You bet. She's one of a kind; I can't find any words that can better describe her. Kate agreed. Olympia truly is an intriguing person. I agree with Kate; she is one of a kind. Though I still do not understand why I think about her as often as I do, or why my heart races when she looks at me, or why I felt the need to comfort her specifically after Gandalf fell. I cannot bear to see her so upset. I wanted to see her smile and laugh and be happy again. She looks beautiful when she smiles and she has the most infectious laugh. Could I, perhaps, be in love with her? That would explain all of these feelings.

"Now I know there's something on your mind. I can see it." Kate's voice pulled me from my thoughts. "I think I may be in love with your sister." I admitted to her. "I know. It's written all over your face and I can sense it in the way you talk about her." Kate stated. My eyes widened in shock. If Kate could sense it, does that mean Olympia knows as well? "How is it that you were able to tell? Do you think Olympia knows of my feelings for her?" I asked. "I can read people pretty well. I don't think Olympia knows. If she does, she probably won't say anything about it. She'd be too shy to." Kate answered. "You will not tell her, will you?" I inquired. I did not want Olympia to know quite yet. "I promise I won't tell her." Kate promised. Suddenly, her face was very serious. "But I can also promise you that if you break her heart not only will she hate you for the rest of your immortal life, and it's really hard to get Olympia to truly hate someone, but I will break your face." She told me with a threatening glare. "I would never dream of hurting your sister." I assured her. "Good. Good night!" Kate smiled cheerfully and walked back to her bedroll and fell asleep.

Author's note: *head-desks* Is it just me, or was everyone kinda OOC in this chapter? Kate's pretty damn scary when she wants to be huh? I referenced an episode of Avater: The Last Airbender in this chapter. Virtual high five for you if you can find it! I did not make up the phrase 'Thou shalt not take shit' I found it somewhere on the internet and I take not credit for that phrase whatsoever. Anyway, READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!

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