Of UNO and Thunderstorms
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN LORD OF THE RINGS OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT I REFERENCE! NATALIE AND FRANCESCA OWN THEMSELVES RESPECTIVELY! I ONLY OWN MYSELF AND MY OCS!
Chapter Twenty Nine
Kate and I found Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn walking through the crowds of people going into the caves. Aragorn was explaining a battle strategy when we found them.
"We'll place the reserves along the wall. They can support the archers from above the gate." Aragorn stated, gesturing up to the walls as he did. "Aragorn you must rest. You're no use to us half alive." Legolas argued quietly. Suddenly I heard Eowyn's voice and turned to see her rushing towards Aragorn.
"Aragorn! I'm to be sent with the women into the caves." She told him. "That is an honorable charge." Aragorn responded. "To mind the children, to find food and bedding when the men return. What renown is there in that?" Eowyn countered. "My Lady, a time may come for valor without renown. Who then will your people look to in the last defense?" Aragorn asked. "Let me stand at your side." Eowyn pleaded. "It is not in my power to command it." Aragorn told her, then turned to walk away.
"You do not command the others to stay!" Eowyn snapped. Aragorn turned back to look at her and I raised an eyebrow. "They fight beside you because they would not be parted from you; because they love you." Eowyn continued. She and Aragorn stared at each other for a while. "I'm sorry." Eowyn finally said. She then pushed past the rest of us and walked off into the caves. Legolas, Aragorn, Gimli, Kate and I made our way to the armory, where weapons were being passed out to any man or young boy who could fight. I watched as men well into their sixties, trained soldiers, and boys barely twelve all prepared for battle. Aragorn put down a sword he had been looking at and wove through the people towards us.
"Farmers, farriers, stable boys. These are no soldiers." He stated with a small shake of his head. "Most have seen too many winters." Gimli commented. "Or too few." Legolas added. "Look at them. They're frightened. I can see it in their eyes." He continued. Every man within earshot stopped whatever he was doing, turned, and stared at Legolas, who promptly switched into elvish.
"Boe a hyn, neled herain dan caer menig!" Legolas exclaimed. "Si beriathar hyn ammaeg na ned Edoras." Aragorn replied. I was lost, completely and utterly lost. I just stood there awkwardly, not having even the slightest clue of what was being said. "Aragorn, nedin dagor hen ú 'erir otheri. Natha daged dhaer!" Legolas shot back. "Then I shall die as one of them!" Aragorn yelled, then walked off somewhere. Legolas went to follow him but Gimli stopped him. "Let him go lad. Let him be." He advised.
I took some of the weapons that hadn't been handed out yet, gave a couple to Kate, and started helping people get ready for the battle. I handed a sword to a young boy who looked to be in his early teens. I'd say thirteen or so. He had blonde-ish hair that came just past his shoulders and brown eyes that looked absolutely terrified. He was almost chin height to me, which made me feel very short. He looked a bit like my cousin Jason, Rachel's brother.
"Is something the matter?" I asked. The boy looked up to me. For a second he looked shocked. "You are one of the elves who arrived with Gandalf." He stated. "Yes. I am." I nodded. "Are you fighting this night?" The boy asked in a whisper. "Yes. You look positively terrified. What's wrong?" I asked. "My lady, the men say this fight is hopeless and that we will all meet our deaths this night." The boy's voice cracked. I took a deep breath. "What is your name?" I asked him. "Cellyn, son of Rhaemyn, my lady." He replied. "Cellyn. First off I am going to ask that you not call me 'my lady'. My name is Olympia, please call me Olympia. Second, everything is going to be alright. I know the odds are not in our favor, but we need to have faith that not everyone will perish tonight. Everything is going to be okay and someday, many years from now when this war is over, there will be stories told about this." I told him.
Cellyn looked up at me. "How can you be so certain?" he inquired. I let out a shaky breath, trying to control my own nerves. "I'm not. But I have hope." I answered. "I do not wish to die. I must defend Rohan and my people, but I fear death." Cellyn admitted. "Cellyn, you are not going to die. Do you want to know why?" I looked right at him. "Why?" he asked. "Because I'm going to watch out for you and that's why. You have your whole life ahead of you." I told him. Cellyn nodded. "Now, I must go get ready for battle myself. But remember that I'll make sure you'll be okay. And have a little faith." I smiled at the young boy and went to go find Kate and have her help me with some armor and chainmail and whatnot.
Hours and hours later, the sun had set, Pippin had fallen asleep, Merry had resorted to pacing back and forth and the Ents were still talking. I sat leaning against a nearby tree, watching Merry pace. This is going to take a while. I thought.
"Merry, you're going to wear a rut in the dirt if you keep that up." I told him. "It's been going for hours." Merry commented. "They must have decided something by now." Pippin added, standing up. "I wouldn't be so sure." I mumbled.
"Decided? We only just finished saying, good morning." Treebeard stated. "But it's nighttime already. You can't take forever." Merry protested. "Don't be hasty." Treebeard told him. "We're running out of time!" Merry yelled. "We can't afford not to be a somewhat hasty!" I added. Merry slumped down next to me by the tree.
"Our friends are out there fighting an epic battle, the odds of which are definitely against them, and these guys take all day to say 'Good morning'. What are we going to do?" I asked quietly. "I don't know. We need to do something!" Merry answered. "Damn straight we need to do something. We're going to do something. What we're going to do or how it is going to get done, however, is still a mystery to me." I told him. He nodded determinedly and I could almost see the gears turning in the hobbit's head as he tried to come up with a plan. I watched the Ents talk for a while before falling asleep myself.
I found my sister and we grabbed some chainmail and light-ish armor. I knew I wouldn't be able to do much Ju Jitsu if I were decked out in a ton of armor, but Kate, Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn would all have heart failure if I went into battle without any armor. Besides, I'm not that crazy. With our armor in tow, Kate and I went into a separate room and between the two of us, somehow figured out how to put it all on. Once that was done, Kate and I did some random Ju Jitsu techniques to see how well we could move in the armor.
"Alright, hair. We need to do something with it. It just needs to happen." Kate told me. "Ya think? I don't want to have to chop off anymore if some McNasty grabs it." I commented. Kate half-chuckled half-snorted at me and rolled her eyes. I grabbed Kate's brush and a handful of leather strips. "You first." I stated and started brushing out my sister's hair.
She nodded and sat cross-legged on the floor and I quickly pulled her hair back into a series of tight, secure braids. Two Dutch lace braids ran along the sides of her head and then joined into a small braid. I then took that small braid with the rest of her hair and braided that all into one braid that reached her waist. When Kate felt around her head to see what I did, she smiled. This hairstyle had been one of Kate's own design. She'd done it to me once. My hair had successfully made it through school, Winter Guard practice and then about 3 hours of Just Dance 2 with Germany and Francey Pants. I'm just going to say that my sister is brilliant. Kate took the brush from me and did the same thing to my hair. As she finished up, we heard a horn blowing loud and clear outside.
"In the words of your boyfriend, 'That is no orc horn!'" Kate grinned and pulled me to my feet. "On any other day, I'd Gibbs slap you for that boyfriend comment. But today I'd rather race you to the gate." I stated simply, then bolted outside, Kate hot on my heels, to see Haldir and an army of Elves arriving at Helm's Deep. I skidded to a stop and watched Haldir talking to King Theoden.
"I bring word from Elrond of Rivendell. An alliance once existed between Elves and Men. Long ago we fought, and died, together. We come to honor that allegiance." Haldir explained. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli came running outside. Kate and I joined them and we all walked down the stairs to meet Haldir.
"Mae govannen Haldir." Aragorn smiled. Haldir bowed slightly and Aragorn bowed back and promptly hugged the elf. Haldir's expression of shock was priceless as he awkwardly hugged Aragorn for a second. "You are most welcome." Aragorn told him after they separated. Legolas walked forward and he and Haldir clasped each other's shoulders. In the background, the army of elves turned to face him and stood at attention. For a moment I was confused and glanced at Kate, who rolled her eyes. I mentally face-palmed; suddenly remembering that Legolas is the Prince of Mirkwood and that was the reason for the army of Elves more of less saluting him. Kate and I both smiled and waved at Haldir, who smiled back at us before turning back to King Theoden. "We are proud to fight alongside men once more." Haldir told the King.
Not long after the elves came, we were all armed and lined up on the walls waiting for the Uruk Hai. I was standing with Legolas, Gimli, Kate and all the other elves. I turned to look back at King Theoden's soldiers. It took me a little bit, but I managed to pick Cellyn out of the crowd and store into my memory what he looked like seeing as I had every intention of making sure he survived the night and lived the many long years that were ahead of him. I saw Haldir among the elves and made a mental note to watch him too.
"Olympia. You can't save everyone. It's not physically possible." Kate whispered to me. I shot her a questioning look. "I overheard you talking to that Cellyn kid and while I know you'll be able to watch him and take care of yourself, I'm not sure you can watch him and Haldir and take care of yourself." She explained. "I can sure as hell try. I'll be watching you too Kate." I nudged my sister with my elbow. "I don't need watching. If anything, I'll be watching you." Kate replied. I smiled up at her and was grateful that I had a sister who had always watched out for me.
"You could have picked a better spot." Gimli commented to Legolas as he stood on his toes to try and see over the walls. I chuckled and Gimli shot me a look that I interpreted as 'Don't you dare make a short joke.' I handed my bow to Kate for a second in order to hold my hands up in a sign of surrender, causing Gimli to roll his eyes and grin to himself. Aragorn came up behind us and stood between Legolas and Gimli. "Well lad, whatever luck you live by, let's hope it lasts the night." Gimli told Aragorn. Suddenly, there was a loud clap of thunder and lightning lit up the sky. I jumped.
"Your friends are with you Aragorn." Legolas said. "Let's hope they last the night." Gimli commented. Thunder rolled in the sky again and it started pouring. I flinched at the thunder. Lighting split the sky every few seconds and thunder rumbled almost constantly as we watched the army of Uruk Hai approach Helm's Deep. They stopped and one of the Uruk Hai stood up on a nearby rock.
Gimli hopped up and down trying to see over the wall. "What's happening out there?" he asked. "Shall I describe it to you? Or would you like me to find you a box?" Legolas smirked and looked down at Gimli. I smirked, Kate tried to pass of her laughing fit as a cough and Gimli chuckled after glaring at Legolas for a second.
The army of Uruk Hai started to shout and pound the ground with their spears, generally making a lot of noise. King Theoden's archers prepared to fire at the Uruk Hai army, which had continued to make noise. Out of the corner of my eye I saw an elderly man loose his grip on his arrow, shooting an Uruk Hai in the neck. My heart pounded as the other Uruk Hai growled ferociously and began running towards Helm's Deep.
I heard Aragorn yell something in elvish and the elves around me all prepared to fire. I followed their lead and knocked an arrow into my bow, picking a random Uruk Hai and aiming at it. Legolas said something in elvish to the elves around him and Aragorn gave to command to fire. I let loose my arrow and watched as it struck its target and the Uruk Hai fell dead, along with many others that had been shot.
"Did they hit anything?" Gimli asked Legolas. I pretended to look offended. "Do you honestly think they didn't hit anything?" Kate asked. "Fire!" one of King Theoden's soldiers yelled. I rolled my eyes and continued shooting arrows in rapid fire succession. "Send them to me! Come on!" Gimli shouted as arrows continued to rain down on the Uruk Hai. It was then that some of the Uruk Hai pulled out crossbows and started to shoot up at us. I ducked and an arrow whistled over my head. I got up and resumed firing my own arrows as the Uruk Hai began to set ladders against the wall. "Good!" Gimli shouted as he noticed this.
"Swords! Swords!" Aragorn shouted. I put my bow on my back and unsheathed my fighting knives as the other elves pulled out their swords. Soon, the Uruk Hai were at the tops of the ladders. I took a fighting stance and started bouncing on the balls of my feet. One of the Uruk Hai jumped off the ladder and slashed his sword thing down at me. I moved to the side and sliced his head off. That makes eighteen! I thought. Yeah, I started counting this time. I spun around just in time to block a strike to the head from another Uruk Hai. I pushed his sword away from me and tried to stab him in the throat. He blocked my strike and swung at my head. I ducked and swept his legs out from under him. I jumped back up to my feet and stabbed him in the throat before he hit the ground.
"Legolas! Two already!" I heard Gimli yell. "I'm on seventeen!" Legolas replied with a grin. "Nineteen!"I shouted. "I'll have no pointy-ear outscoring me!" Gimli yelled. I pulled out my bow again and fired two arrows at Uruk Hai climbing up the ladders. "Nineteen!" Legolas yelled. "Twenty-one!" I called as I fired another arrow.
I put my bow on my back again and roundhouse kicked an Uruk Hai in the jaw. I took out my knives as the Uruk Hai ran at me. With one hand he swung his sword at my gut. I ducked the sword, then kicked his hand, causing him to drop the sword. The Uruk Hai growled at me and I slit his throat. I spun around and fought anything that got within my striking range, ducking, bobbing and weaving my way through the hordes of Uruk Hai.
After what felt like forever, but was probably only a few hours, Treebeard turned away from the Entmoot to talk to Merry, Pippin and I. Pippin waved for us when he did. "Natalie, Merry." He called and we all walked toward the Ent, waiting to hear what he had to say.
"We have just agreed." Treebeard told us. Merry, Pippin and I all looked at each other, then back at Treebeard. "Yes?" Merry asked, his eyebrows raised. "I have told your names to the Entmoot, and we have agreed that you are not orcs." Treebeard explained. I face-palmed.
"Well, that's good news." Pippin stated. I lifted my face out of my palm and raised an eyebrow at him. "And what about Saruman? Have you come to a decision about him?" Merry asked. "Now, don't be hasty Master Meriadoc." Treebeard told him.
"Hasty? Our friends are out there. And they need our help. They cannot fight this war on their own." Merry argued, pointing out towards where I knew many of our friends would be fighting at Helm's Deep. "War? Yes. It affects us all. Tree, root and twig. But you must understand young hobbit….it takes a long time to say anything, in Old Entish. And we never say anything, unless it is worth taking….a long time to say." Treebeard explained. Merry sighed. I face-palmed again and sat down. All this sitting around and doing nothing is going to drive me insane! I thought.
Author's note: Ta-da! I'm back! I'm sorry it took me so long to update! Holidays, you know. Also, I couldn't get on my computer because I was sick for a while. Really sick. Like, couldn't-get-out-of-bed-for-days-and-my-mom-had-me-on-all-sorts-of-meds sick. But I'm better now! READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!