Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Chapter 23

Of UNO and Thunderstorms


Chapter Twenty Three

Natalie's POV

Have you ever ridden an Ent? I don't recommend it for those who aren't the best tree climbers or who are scared of heights. Merry, Pippin and I were all sitting up in Treebeard's branches as the Ent recited some sort of poem type thing as he walked through the forest towards his home.

"O Rowen mine. I saw you shine, upon a summer's day. Upon your head, how golden red, the crown you bore aloft. Such beautiful verse." Treebeard recited. Merry let out a huge yawn. "Is it much further?" he asked. "Don't be hasty. You might call it far perhaps. My home lies deep in the forest, near the roots of the mountain. I told Gandalf I would keep you safe and safe is where I'll keep you. I believe you will enjoy this next one too. It's one of my own compositions. Right." Treebeard said. I looked down to one of Treebeard's lower branches where Pippin was and saw the hobbit starting to nod off.

Treebeard cleared his throat before reciting another verse. I didn't hear what that next verse was for two reasons. One being that I was too tired to listen any more at that point and I was seriously considering going to sleep; and the second reason being that I was wondering about Kate, Olympia and Francesca and where they could have gotten themselves to. I didn't see Francesca at all during the battle so I think she might have gone with Sam and Frodo to Mordor. I'd bet that Olympia and Kate went with Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli. That means that I'll be seeing them sometime in the not so distant future. I thought to myself as Treebeard continued to walk through the forest.

Somehow I managed to stay awake until Treebeard stopped somewhere deep in the forest, I'm assuming it was his home. Merry and Pippin had conked out a while ago. Treebeard then picked up all three of us and set us gently on the grass. "Sleep, little ones. Heed no nightly noise. Sleep till morning light. I have business in the forest. There are many to call, many that must come. The Shadow lies on Fangorn. The withering of all woods is drawing near." Treebeard said as he walked away into the forest for whatever business he needed to take care of. I myself fell asleep about thirty seconds after the Ent left.

*Olympia's POV*

We stopped to rest that night for the first time in about four days. One would have thought I would have passed out the minute I sat down, but I didn't. We all stayed up, munched on some lembas, started a fire to keep warm, and then Gimli fell asleep. Kate soon followed and curled up on her blankets. Legolas, Aragorn, Gandalf and I stayed up for a while. Gandalf and Aragorn talked for a while about how Sauron feared Aragorn, how he would attack the world of Men by using Saruman to destroy Rohan, how we basically had the element of surprise on our side because Sauron did not know that Frodo was on his way to Mordor at that very moment. Aragorn then told Gandalf that Frodo wasn't alone and that Sam and Francesca had gone with him. At this, Gandalf cracked a smile.

Soon after that conversation, both Gandalf and Aragorn fell asleep. Wow, it must be pretty late if both Gandalf and Aragorn have fallen asleep. I thought. I looked around our camp. The fire was dying down, and nearly everyone was asleep. Everyone except for me and Legolas. I looked over to where Legolas sat on the opposite side of the fire and smiled at him; he returned the smile and came to sit next to me. I started to randomly hum to myself.

"Olympia, it would do you well to get some rest." He told me. "It wouldn't exactly kill you to get some sleep too, you know?" I laughed along with Legolas when he chuckled at that. I leaned back and crossed my legs at my knees, letting my left foot swing slightly, and looked up at the stars. Legolas remained sitting and looked at me. "I see you enjoy looking at the stars." He pointed out. "Uh-huh. I always have, except there aren't this many stars back home. We were in a small town with lots of streetlights and cars and stuff, so all the pollution and extra lights blocked out a lot of the stars. I remember going upstate into the woods with friends of mine once. There were more stars up there, but there are much more here. Back home, I was able to find a whole ton of constellations, patterns and shapes in the stars. Legolas, do you remember when we were in my world and played capture the flag?" I asked after rambling for a little while.

"Yes, I remember. Our team hid the flag in a tree in your yard. Aragorn was right; you were a good captain for our team." Legolas replied. "Thanks. I would go out and climb that tree all the time. Sometimes in the summer when it was warm, I would take my iPod, climb that tree and listen to music while looking at the stars. I would sing along to my music and Kate would call out the window to me and say that she could hear me singing from in the house." I laughed at the memories of those nights. I'm going to say Legolas could picture that fairly easily because he chuckled.

"While we are speaking of singing; I have heard you sing to yourself on several occasions." Legolas stated. "Really?" I asked, embarrassed. "Yes. You have a beautiful voice." He complimented me. "T-thank you." I stuttered, blushing slightly. "If you would not mind, could you sing a song for me, please?" Legolas asked. "Hmm. I wouldn't mind at all actually, I feel like singing. Just let me think for a minute." I answered. Legolas beamed at me. Hmm. What should I sing? Well, Colbie Caillat has been stuck in my head for a while, so I might as well….. I thought as I decided on a song.I smiled and started drumming the beginning of 'Fallin' for you' on my leg. I took a deep breath and started to sing softly as to not wake anyone.

"I don't know, but I think I may be fallin' for youDroppin' so quickly, maybe I should keep this to myselfWait until I know you better

I am tryin' not to tell you, but I want toI'm scared of what you'll saySo I'm hidin' what I'm feelin'But I'm tired of holdin' this inside my head

I've been spendin' all my time just thinkin' 'bout youI don't know what to do, I think I'm fallin' for youI've been waitin' all my life, and now I found youI don't know what to do, I think I'm fallin' for youI'm fallin' for you

As I'm standin' here, and you hold my handPull me towards you, and we start to danceAll around us, I see nobodyHere in silence, it's just you and me

I am tryin' not to tell you, but I want toI'm scared of what you'll saySo I'm hidin' what I'm feelin'But I'm tired of holdin' this inside my head

I've been spendin' all my time just thinkin' 'bout youI don't know what to do, I think I'm fallin' for youI've been waitin' all my life, and now I found youI don't know what to do, I think I'm fallin' for youI'm fallin' for you

Oh, I just can't take it, my heart is racin'Emotions keep spinnin' out

I've been spendin' all my time just thinkin' 'bout youI don't know what to do, I think I'm fallin' for youI've been waitin' all my life, and now I found youI don't know what to do, I think I'm fallin' for youI'm fallin' for you, I think I'm fallin' for you

I can't stop thinkin' 'bout it, I want you all around meAnd now I just can't hide it, I think I'm fallin' for youI can't stop thinkin' 'bout it, I want you all around meAnd now I just can't hide it, I think I'm fallin' for youI'm fallin' for you, oh, oh, oh, no, no, oh, oh, oh, ohOh, I'm fallin' for you"

I smiled as I finished and looked up at Legolas; he was also smiling. "Thank you. I rather liked that song." Legolas looked down at me. "Me too; it's one of my favorites actually. I've got a lot of favorite songs." I replied as I sat back up and put my arms on my knees, then rested my head on my arms. We lapsed into silence after a minute. Legolas looked like he was deep in thought, so I let him be and became lost in my own thoughts. Uhm, that was more than a little cheesy. Should I say something? I kinda want to tell him how I feel about him. But what would he think? Would he feel the same? What if he doesn't? Oh good grief! Why am I even debating this?! What's the worst that could happen? No, I'm not even going to grace that with an answer. I'm not going to make myself crazy over this. Okay, who am I trying to kid? I've already made myself crazy over this! I wondered nervously. Legolas fidgeted and then turned to face me.

"Olympia, I wish to tell you something." He stated simply. "Uh, sure. Legolas, you can tell me anything." I responded. Legolas moved closer to me and I sat up and turned to him. He took my hands in his own and drew a deep breath, almost as if he was nervous about something. My heart pounded in my chest and about a million thoughts raced through my mind. 'What on earth is going on?' seemed to be the only one I could actually process though.

Legolas tightened his grip on my hands ever so slightly and I looked up into his deep blue eyes. "Olympia, I love you." He whispered. My eyes popped out of my head, my heart stopped, time stood still, my mind went totally and completely blank, it was so silent you could have heard a pin drop from about ten yards off. I opened my mouth to say something but no words came and I just sat there, probably looking really stupid with my mouth hanging open the way it was. I was far too happy for words. It took me a moment to compose myself and not squeal like a total ditz, during which Legolas stared into my eyes with a worried, slightly sad expression.

"I-I love you too, Legolas." I murmured when I finally found my voice. A look of complete shock dominated Legolas's face for a split second before he beamed again and pulled me into a bone-crushing hug. I giggled and hugged him back. "I do not think you will ever know how unbelievably happy and relieved I am right now." Legolas whispered into my hair. I pulled back just a little bit to look him in the eyes. "I think I do. I've felt like this for a while, I just didn't know how to tell you or what you would say or if you would love me back. I've all but driven myself crazy. Never did I think this would happen." I told him. Legolas chuckled. "We cannot have you going crazy now, meleth nîn." Legolas replied. "Yeah, that would be bad. What does 'meleth nîn' mean?" I asked. Legolas smiled. "It means 'my love.'" he answered.

I nodded and my hair fell into my face as I did. I attempted to glare at it. Legolas moved the hair away from my face and let his hand linger on my cheek. I looked back up to Legolas, who looked like he was having a mental battle with himself. I raised an eyebrow, confused. Legolas looked back at me, smiled slightly, then leaned down and gently pressed his lips against mine. Sweet mother of cheese doodles! Legolas is KISSING me! What the meep?! That was the only thought in my mind as my eyes widened to the size of dinner plates. After a second my eyes fluttered shut and I kissed him back. We broke of the kiss after who knows how long and I just stared at him. He stared right back at me and after a second we started laughing. Don't ask me why, I still don't know.

"I think we should get some rest." I said after I got my breath back. "Yes, we should." Legolas agreed. I wrapped myself up in my cloak, not because I was cold but because it was comfortable and leaned back on the grass. Legolas laid down next to me after a minute and I curled up on my side facing him. "Good night, Legolas. I love you." I whispered and closed my eyes. "Good night, meleth nîn." I heard Legolas murmur. I grinned like an idiot and fell asleep.

*Francesca's POV*

We were climbing up a steep and uneven rock face. "The Black Gate of Mordor." Gollum announced as we reached the top. I looked out over the rocks and saw the huge, black, scary-as-shit looking gates. "Oh, save us. My old Gaffer would have a thing or two to say if he could see us now." Sam commented as we watched the gate. "Holy crap." I mumbled. "Master says to show him the way into Mordor. So good Smeagol does, master says so." Gollum said to Frodo.

"I did." Frodo answered, still staring up at the Black Gates of Mordor. "I think I see orcs up over there, patrolling the gates." I added as I saw them. "That's it then, we can't get past that." Sam turned to Frodo, who was crouching between Sam and I. Suddenly we heard someone shouting in a foreign language as an army of bad guys approached the Gates. A loud, echoing horn sounded and the Black Gates started to open. "Oh, that's not good." I commented. "Look, the gate! It's opening! I can see a way down." Sam told us as he crawled out onto the rock ledge he'd been leaning on to get a better view. The rock suddenly broke loose and Sam fell.

"Oh my god!" I yelped. "Sam, no!" Frodo yelled at the same time as he went down the rock face to help Sam. "Master!" Gollum called. Unsure of what to do, I crouched down behind my rock and pulled the hood of my elvish cloak up. I watched as two soldiers from the army of bad guys stepped out of their formation to investigate what just happened. Frodo had finally reached Sam and was trying to help him out of the rubble surrounding him when the two soldiers came close to them. Frodo pulled his elvish cloak over the both of them and they looked like a boulder. I held my breath as the two soldiers studied the 'boulder' for a moment before walking away back towards the army. After they rejoined the others, Sam and Frodo crouched behind a rock near them and watched the Gates and I let out a sigh of relief.

At this point, Gollum crept down towards them and I followed his lead. "I do not ask you to come with me Sam." Frodo said. "I know, Mr. Frodo. I doubt even these elvish cloaks will hide us in there." Sam replied. "Now!" Frodo yelled. The two of them started for the Gates but Gollum grabbed the back of Frodo's cloak, I grabbed the back of Sam's and we yanked them back. We all collapsed on the rocky ground. "No! No! No Master! They catch you! They catch you! Don't take it to him. He wants the precious. Always he is looking for it, and the precious is wanting to go back to him. But we mustn't let him have it." Gollum wailed.

"Well then what are we going to do?" I asked. I was rewarded with a shrug from Sam and Gollum totally ignoring me as Frodo ignored him and tried to run towards the gates again. "No!" Gollum yelled and held Frodo back by his shoulder. "There's another way, more secret. A dark way." Gollum told him. And you haven't mentioned this before because..? I wondered. "Why haven't you spoken of this before?" Sam demanded. Didn't I just think that? Meh, I guess great minds do think alike. "Because Master did not ask." Gollum said simply. "He's up to something!" Sam exclaimed.

"Are you saying there's another way into Mordor?" Frodo asked. "Yes. There's a path, and some stairs. And then, a tunnel." Gollum answered, stroking Frodo's cloak. Why is he stroking Frodo's cloak? That's creepy. I thought randomly as I watched both Gollum start whimpering and the Gates close. "He's led us this far, Sam." Frodo turned to look at Sam. "Mr. Frodo. No." Sam protested. "I agree with Sam on this one Frodo. I don't exactly trust Gollum." I added. "He's been true to his word." Frodo argued. "No." Sam whispered. "Lead the way Smeagol." Frodo told Gollum. Sam stared into space for a moment, looking hurt. I put a hand on his shoulder and he looked up at me. "It's okay Sam. Come on, we should get going." I told him, trying to make him feel better. Sam nodded slowly, I helped him up and we scrambled back up the rock face.

Author's note: Finally! The moment you've all been waiting for! Legolas and Olympia are officially a thing!*head-desks* I think that was the fluffiest, most adorable thing I have ever written between those two. My fluff obsession with them is back. Be prepared. READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!

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