Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Chapter 18

Of UNO and Thunderstorms

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

Chapter Eighteen

Olympia's POV

I stood silently between Francesca and Legolas as the elves in front of us came forward and fastened the leaf shaped brooches of our new cloaks. The cloaks were a green/gray color and very lightweight. I smiled up at the she-elf who had given me my cloak, she smiled back at me for a moment before she and the others stepped back. Yeah, I had to look up to see her. I feel so freaking short around all these people! Well, except for the hobbits and Gimli. I'm still taller than them.

"Never before have we clad strangers in the garb of our own people. May these cloaks help shield you from unfriendly eyes." Lord Celeborn had told us as the elves gave us our cloaks. Soon after we were given our cloaks we started to pack up all of our stuff in the boats and prepare to leave. I really, really didn't want to go. I knew that danger would follow us now and I didn't know if we, meaning Kate, Francesca, Natalie and I, were ready to face it yet. Mainly Natalie. I was seriously worried about that girl. Aaarrrgh! Why is there never any chocolate or ice cream when you need it?! Because damn it to hell we are going to need chocolate and ice cream!

"Lembas! Elvish way bread. One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man." I heard Legolas explain to Merry and Pippin as they sat in their boat. He put the lembas back in its packaging and put it on the boat with the two hobbits. "How many did you eat?" Merry asked once Legolas had left. "Four." Pippin answered. Two things. One; how the hell does that not make him sick? Two; what does that say about the appetites of hobbits? I thought with a small smirk as I helped pack. Soon we were all ready to leave, so we got in our boats and headed off.

Kate and I were sharing a boat with Legolas and Gimli, Natalie was in a boat with Merry, Pippin and Boromir, and Francesca was with Aragorn, Frodo and Sam. As we paddled down the river, I noticed to looks on my companions' faces and knew they were thinking about the gifts Lady Galadriel had given them. A broad smile made its way to my face as I thought about her gift to me.

*Enter Flashback Sequence*

My gift to you Olympia is a bow and a quiver of arrows. I have been informed of your training with a bow and your steadily increasing skill with it. Use these gifts well. Lady Galadriel mind-spoke to me. Meep! My eyes widened and I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I saw the bow and quiver she handed me. The bow looked very similar to Legolas' and the bows I had seen the elves here use. Of course I hadn't really studied the bow when I was more concerned with the arrow that had been pointed in my face.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! How did you know I wanted a bow? And that I know how to use one? And that my favorite color is purple?! I wondered as I looked at the arrows and found that their feathers were indeed purple. I wanted to give her a hug, I really did. I had a huge grin on my face and Lady Galadriel laughed and glanced in Legolas's direction. How did he know I wanted a bow? I know how he knew my favorite color is purple. Did he tell you all of this? I thought. Lady Galadriel just smiled at me before continuing to my sister and friends. She had given Francesca a dagger with a sheath that vaguely reminded me of the ones she had given Merry and Pippin. Kate had been given a new sheath for her sword and a new dagger and Natalie had been given a new sword. I smiled and mentally thanked God that we'd been given things we would need.

*End Flashback Sequence*

I'll have to thank Legolas for telling Lady Galadriel about my bow training. I wonder if he planned that with her. That's really sweet. He's getting a hug for this. He just is. "I have taken my worst wound at this parting. I have looked my last upon that which is fairest." Gimli's voice, and Kate's elbow in my ribs, snapped me back to reality. Mostly Kate's elbow though. "Henceforth I will call nothing fair unless it be her gift to me." Gimli continued. "What was it?" Legolas asked. "I asked her for one hair from her golden head. She gave me three." Gimli whispered the last part and the other three of us smiled at him.

We continued to make our way down the river for the next few days. I would have loved to enjoy the scenery around us, but I knew that somewhere in those trees were a whole bunch of Uruk-Hai McNasties that were just waiting to ambush us. The fight would come any day now. I was almost sure of it. This is one case in which knowing the future absolutely sucks. Kate, Natalie, Francesca and I often exchanged nervous glances. Good grief! If we start doing this before every freaking battle, I swear someone's going to have a freaking panic attack! And that would most certainly suck.

One evening when we had all settled down on the shore, I decided I really wanted to know what lembas tasted like. So, I asked Kate for a piece and she broke off a small chunk and handed it to me. Francesca, Natalie and Kate all looked at me expectantly. I nibbled on it and my eyes all but freaking popped out of my head. "Holy crap this is good." I mumbled. I don't know how to describe what it tastes like because they don't have anything remotely similar back home. Whatever it is, it's good! I felt instantly full, like I had eaten an entire freaking meal. My friends and sister all burst out laughing at my response. Well, that is until they tried the stuff for themselves and found that I was right. Then it was my turn to laugh. They looked really funny all frozen on the spot while in the middle of chewing lembas. We packed our lembas back into our packs and sat around laughing and joking and trying to pretend everyone wasn't about to all separate and go in completely different directions.

That failed miserably and I found myself wondering which way we would all go. That depends on where we all end up during the battle. I don't know. I want us all to be able to stay together but I've got a feeling it's not going to happen. I won't know what's happened to them until they tell me once all is said and done. By then something super crazy important might have happened. That's going to drive me insane until I know….I'm not going to like not knowing whether or not they're safe. I mean, I know what's going to happen to the original Fellowship; that much is practically set in stone unless we start screwing with the canon. But what about me and Kate and Francesca and Natalie? We're not even supposed to be here! Our safety is by no means guaranteed. We'll all have to be extra über careful to watch out for ourselves. We could all die for all I know! Wow, leave it to me to come up with the most depressing options huh? Meep, meep, meep and again meep. I thought as I looked out over the river and saw Gollum and his log floating near the opposite shore. I made a face and started fidgeting out of nervousness.

Soon I started fiddling with one of my arrows. I seriously love the fact that the feathers are freaking purple. I love it! Suddenly I remembered that I wanted to ask Legolas whether or not he planned that out with Lady Galadriel and walked over to where he was. "Hi Legolas!" I smiled as I sat down next to Legolas. "Hello, Olympia." He said. I took out one of my arrows and started fiddling with it again. Legolas smiled at me for a second. "Did you have anything to do with this?" I asked, getting right to the point and waving the arrow around a bit for emphasis. "I do not know what you speak of." Legolas replied quickly as he looked at something in the distance. A little too quickly if you ask me. I hesitated for a minute. "Something tells me you do. How did Lady Galadriel know that I've had training with a bow? And how did she know that purple is my favorite color? No one outside the Fellowship knew that about me." I pointed out. Legolas looked at me for a second. "I may have told Lady Galadriel a few things." He smirked a tiny bit and I could have sworn on my life that I saw him blush just a little bit. Wow, elves blush. Who knew? I sure as hell didn't.

"Why?" I asked after a moment of awkward silence. "I had a feeling you wanted your own bow and I believe it would do you good in the future." Legolas answered. "So, you're worried about my safety?" I asked after pondering his words for a moment. "Yes." Legolas whispered. I couldn't help but think something along the lines of; that is so sweet. I scooted closer and wrapped Legolas in a bear hug. "Thank you. That was really sweet and I really appreciate it." I murmured. After a second, Legolas hugged me back. "I am glad you are happy." He whispered to me. I pulled back after a bit and we sat there. "We should probably, you know, get some rest." I stated awkwardly. I mentally face-palmed. Legolas nodded in agreement and I got up and went back over to where I had set up my stuff. I put down my bow and quiver and went to sleep.

~~~~~meep~~~~~meep~~~~~meep~~~~~

The next day was quite boring seeing as we were stuck in the boats and didn't really have anything to do except for paddle our way down the river. Out of sheer, absolute boredom I started humming 'Row, row, row your boat' to myself to pass the time. Don't judge, it was the first thing that came to my mind. Francesca somehow heard me from her boat and laughed. I stuck my tongue out at her and she did the 'Imaaaginaaation' hand sign thing from SpongeBob while mouthing 'Fuck everything.' I just laughed. At some point during the day we came to these huge statues the held their hands out towards us with their palms facing us. I knew they were kings of long ago but I couldn't remember the name for my life.

"The Argonath. Long have I desired to look upon the kings of old. My kin." Aragorn said as we rowed past, his voice barely above a whisper. The Argonath! That's the name! *Face-palm* I remembered. Everyone stared up at the extremely detailed statues as we passed them and I tilted my head all the way back to see their faces. It made me wonder how long it took to build those statues. They were gigantic!

We paddled on past the statues and saw the Falls of Rauros ahead and were forced to pull onto the shore. "We cross the lake at nightfall, hide the boats and continue on foot. We approach Mordor from the north." Aragorn told us as he took some supplies out of the boats. "Oh yes. Just a simple matter of finding our way through Emyn Muil; an impassable labyrinth of razor-sharp rocks! And after that, it gets even better!" Gimli protested and Pippin looked absolutely terrified. "Festering, stinking, marshlands as far as the eye can see." Gimli went on. "That is our road. I suggest you take some rest and recover your strength, Master Dwarf." Aragorn replied. Francesca, who had been sitting with and talking to Sam, got a look on her face that plainly read, 'Ooh! You just got pwned!'

"Recover my..? Grrr." Gimli trailed off and began grumbling to himself. I fidgeted in my seat. The McNasties, as I like to call orcs and Uruk Hai and all things of that nature, were coming. I knew that, but I could also feel it. There was just an unsettling feeling around and it was creeping me out. From what I could tell, some of the others felt it too. Legolas walked over to Aragorn and they started whispering amongst themselves. I still heard them and decided to listen in, seeing as I had nothing else really to do.

"We should leave now." Legolas told Aragorn. "No. Orcs patrol the eastern shore. We must wait for cover of darkness." Aragorn argued. Legolas looked around nervously for a moment, as if we were all being watched. I studied the ground at my feet as to not make it obvious that I was eavesdropping. "It is not the eastern shore that worries me. A shadow and a threat has been growing in my mind. Something draws near. I can feel it." Legolas replied, staring off into the trees. "Where's Frodo?" Merry asked suddenly. I looked around quickly and found the hobbit gone. My gaze fell on Boromir's shield, which lay abandoned near his stuff. "And where's Boromir?" I whispered. Sometimes, I really hate knowing the future.

Without another word everyone got up and started looking for Frodo and Boromir. Natalie took off in one direction with Merry and Pippin, Francesca and Sam went another way, and Aragorn bolted in yet another direction. Kate, Legolas, Gimli and I all ran into the trees after sharing 'Oh shit!' faces with each other. Soon we came upon Aragorn, fighting all sorts of McNasties on his own. I knocked an arrow into my bow and fired it into an orc's throat. I stated firing arrows as fast as I could. The orcs that were too close to shoot, I stabbed with arrows.

"Aragorn! Go!" Legolas shouted before shooting through two orcs with the same arrow and stabbing another one in the face. My mind completely turned off when I put my bow on my back and took out my knives. Although I do love shooting a bow, I prefer my combination of knives and Ju Jitsu in close combat situations like this. One Uruk Hai noticed me in the split second where I didn't have a weapon in my hand and came at me. I shuffled towards him and side kicked him in the chest. He stumbled back long enough for Gimli to axe him in the back. Another Uruk Hai swung at me with his sword thing and I ducked, stepping around him and decapitating him from behind. All these assorted McNasties were taller than me, so decapitating one wasn't easy. One of them caught my upper arm and yanked me up off my feet. He glared at me for a moment and raised his sword thing to chop off my head with. Acting on instinct, I kicked him right in the balls. He dropped me and doubled over. I stumbled back a few steps and stabbed him in the neck. I noticed my sister had her hands full with about four Uruk Hai attacking her at once. Another one was sneaking up behind her. He was going to kill her while she had her back turned. The bastard!

"Kate! Behind you!" I shouted, drawing my bow once more and finishing off a few of the ones she had been fighting. Kate drew her dagger and whirled around to stab the Uruk Hai behind her. "Thanks!" I heard her yell over the battle. I ducked and wove my way over to her, never staying in one spot for longer than it took me to slice open an Uruk Hai's throat. Eventually I found myself fighting back to back to back with Kate and Legolas. "What the hell are the odds of this happening?" Kate wondered as she noticed the triangle we formed. "Not very high." I commented as I Sparta kicked a McNasty with all the strength I could muster. He stumbled back quite a bit and charged at me again. I decided to try something amazingly stupid and dangerous simply because it was the first thing to pop into my head. I backed up and ran at the orc head on, ducking down and sliding on my knees as the orc jumped up with his sword raised, ready to stab me had I not moved. I slid behind him while he was in the air, stood up, now behind him, and stabbed him in the back of the neck.

"What the hell was that?!" Kate yelled, apparently catching my little stunt. "The first thing that popped into my head!" I shouted to her. The number of orcs was quickly decreasing and I had the occasional spare second which I used to pick up my arrows. There weren't too many McNasties left in our area when I heard it. Three loud horn notes. The sound carried on the wind and pierced my very soul. "Oh shit!" I swore under my breath. "The Horn of Gondor!" Legolas stated upon hearing the horn as well. "Boromir!" Aragorn yelled and took off in the direction of the sound. My eyes widened and without a second's hesitation I bolted after him towards where I knew would be Boromir's final stand. I knew that once we got there it would be too late. I knew exactly what we would find. But in that moment, I didn't give a woolly rat's ass.

Author's note: Whew, that chapter was kinda long. I know my ideas for Lady Galadriel's gifts to the girls weren't exactly original but I honestly couldn't come up with anything else. *My eyes suddenly widen* No! I just left another cliffhanger! Sorry guys! I'll try to post the next chapter soon so you don't all die of anticipation! READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!

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