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 Thirty Four
Once we got back to Rohan, Kate made a bee-line for Eowyn and Natalie had to bear hug me in order to stop me from going in the opposite direction. Kate and Eowyn talked for a while and as it turned out, she would be able to get dresses for Kate, Natalie and me. Fan-freaking-tastic. Eowyn and Kate ushered Natalie and I into a room I'm going to say was Eowyn's. Eowyn told Natalie, Kate and I to sit down on the bed and wait for her to come back, but Kate insisted on going with Eowyn. Natalie and I sat down and the other two left.
"Wow. Just, just wow. That is quite possibly the scariest thing I've seen all week. I can handle orcs and trolls and most other manner of McNasties but Eowyn and Kate going into girly mode…." I trailed off and shuddered a bit. Natalie snorted and chuckled at me. "I'm pretty sure you couldn't fight a Balrog or Nazgûl on your own." she pointed out.
"Well that's why I said most other manner of McNasties. I'm not a complete badass." I answered, looking around the room. Eowyn's room was pretty neat and organized, very much unlike mine was at home. There was a wardrobe-closet type thing, something that vaguely resembled a vanity table, the bed, of course, and a window on the wall opposite the door. Upon seeing the vanity table, I groaned and Natalie laughed at me.
"Soo….Your hair seems shorter. Did something happen or is that just me?" Natalie broke the silence that had fallen over us. Mentally, I let out a sigh of relief. It could have been worse; she could have started pestering me about me and Legolas.
"Uh, yeah. About that...On the way to Helm's Deep, we were kinda attacked by orcs who rode wargs. You remember that from the movie, right?" I started. Natalie nodded. "So, when we were attacked, I kinda went the same route Aragorn did. You know; the whole 'falling off a cliff while fighting a warg' thing. So as I shoved an orc off the warg, said orc grabbed onto the bottom of my hair, forcing me to cut off about four inches and then both Aragorn and I fell off the cliff. This led Kate, Gimli and Legolas to believe that both of us were dead. When we got back, Gimli damn near killed us both, and I was tackle hugged by Kate and almost tackle hugged by Legolas." I finished.
Natalie started laughing. "Alright. Now, you need to tell me something. Who won the orc killing contest? I know you and Kate both participated in it; it's something you two would do. Natalie smirked. I grinned. "Who do you think?" I asked. "Hmmm. Gimli!" she answered. "No! It was me!" I laughed.
We then lapsed into a comfortable silence. It was during this silence that I found myself trying to make sense of what was going to happen in the future, both near and distant. Why? Let's put it this way; Natalie didn't look like she wanted to talk and I was bored.
Alright. Let's get this straight. Tonight, obviously, we party. Then there's the whole Pippin and the Palantir situation. Then Pippin and Gandalf go to Gondor. Then the beacons are lit and we start off for Gondor. After that it's going to the Paths of the Dead with Aragorn. Then the Battle of Pelennor Fields, then at the Black Gates, and then Aragorn's coronation. And then the storyline of the movies ends. Four years from now, give or take a few months, Frodo will leave for the Grey Havens. But, what about the rest of us? I think Natalie might stay in Gondor. Francesca will most likely go to the Shire. Kate and I….I don't know what we'll do. I think Kate wants to see Rivendell. But if I know my sister, she'll make sure I get where I'm going first. I'll probably go to Mirkwood. No scratch that. I'm definitely going to Mirkwood, or wherever Legolas goes when this is done. But that puts us all in different places. Oh we'll have to do something about that; write to each other all the time, get together simply to see each other, something!
My internal rambling was interrupted when Kate and Eowyn came back, each carrying two dresses. One for each of us. This should be fun. Kate grinned evilly at me. I backed up and put my feet up in a floor fighting position. She has fancy looking shoes too. I'm done for! I thought.
"Alright. First things first, Olympia, chill out. Natalie, here; try this one on." Kate said, handing Natalie a dark red dress with gold colored sash things on the waist and arms and a pair of matching shoes. Natalie made a face. Kate stuck her tongue out at Natalie. Eowyn and I laughed. Kate set down her other dress on Eowyn's bed; it was light blue with silver colored designs and stuff. There was no way in hell I would wear something like that. I gave my sister a look.
"Don't worry, sis. The blue one's for me. Besides, I'd be a bad sister if I made you wear something that fancy. And don't you even think about bringing up Rachel's Sweet Sixteen. That was a special occasion that required fancy clothes." Kate pointed at me as I opened my mouth to argue with the exact comeback she had just foiled. Damn. She knows me too well. Then again, she is my sister, so that's expected. Eowyn handed me a purple dress similar to Natalie's except in the way that the sash type things were braided on mine, and they were silver.
"Your sister told me that you fancy this color." She told me when I gave her a confused look. I nodded and thanked her. Eowyn then took out a changing screen of sorts from behind the wardrobe and then we took turns changing. I was the last to change. By the time I had gotten the dress and shoes on, Kate was already brushing and figuring out something to do with Natalie's hair. Eowyn was standing behind Kate, brushing her own hair. She saw me in the mirror and smiled.
"You look beautiful, Lady Olympia." Eowyn told me. I stared at my feet and blushed a bit. Kate and Natalie looked up at meat this point. Natalie turned her head towards me, causing Kate to use some pretty colorful Spanish. Natalie had messed up the French braid Kate had been putting in her hair. I raised my eyebrows.
"Thank you, Eowyn." I said softly. Then I looked over to Kate, contemplating whether or not what she said was even physically possible. "You should really consider watching your language." I smiled at my sister. Kate rolled her eyes and handed me a hairbrush. I brushed my hair until Kate re-did Natalie's French Braid. Eowyn didn't get that fancy and just pinned back the front part of her hair so it was out of her face. When she was done with Natalie, Kate had me sit down in the stool at the vanity table and then proceeded to make two Dutch lace braids along the sides of my head and then braid them together. She left the rest of my hair down. Kate braided her own hair over one shoulder.
After all was said and done, Eowyn led us into the Golden Hall, where the feast/party would be taking place. Once we were inside, Kate, Natalie, and I quickly picked Legolas, Gimli, Merry and Pippin out of the crowd and went to go sit with them. Aragorn and Gandalf weren't with them. We laughed and talked for a while. Mainly this consisted of Merry and Pippin finding out that Legolas and I are together, and then both of them teasing us.
This continued until King Theoden began making a toast. The whole hall went quiet as Eowyn bowed and gave King Theoden a goblet with which to make said toast. King Theoden raised his glass and we all stood.
"Tonight we remember those who gave their blood to defend this country. Hail the victorious dead!" King Theoden's voice echoed throughout the hall. Everyone raised their mugs and responded with 'Hail!' I stared into my own mug, saying a silent prayer for the soldiers who died defending Helm's Deep, and a prayer for their families, before taking a long sip and sitting down to eat.
After eating and talking and generally having a good time for a while, my attention was captured by Éomer talking to Legolas and Gimli. He was explaining the rules of the drinking game they were about to participate in. I nudged Natalie and Kate and motioned towards them. I went over to the bar where this was happening and pulled up a stool next to Legolas. There is no way I'm missing this. I thought with a smile. Kate and Natalie also sat down nearby.
"Last one standing wins." Gimli stated, laughing a bit as he downed his whole mug of ale/beer/whatever it was. Legolas made a face as he took a sip from his mug. Natalie let out a small snort of laughter. I turned over to Éomer, who was watching Gimli and Legolas intently.
"Who do you think is going to win?" Kate asked Éomer from her seat next to me. Éomer shook his head slightly. "I do not know. It should be an interesting game." He replied. "If I had to guess, I'd say Legolas is going to win." Kate said. Éomer shrugged. I smirked.
After who knows how long, both Legolas and Gimli were still going and there was a growing number of empty mugs near them. Gimli farted and I face-palmed when Éomer did a double-take at the dwarf. Gimli, who by this point looked wrecked, just chuckled and downed another mug.
"He is going to have a massive hangover tomorrow morning and I am going to laugh at him." Natalie commented. I smiled and rolled my eyes and Kate laughed. "That's a little mean, don't you think?" I asked. Natalie shrugged.
"It's the dwarves that go swimming, with little, hairy women!" Gimli laughed drunkenly after a moment. Natalie raised her eyebrows at me as if to ask 'So…you were saying?' Kate blinked a couple times and shuddered ever so slightly. I just snorted and shook my head. All the other drunken people who had gathered around to watch started laughing at this comment.
"I feel something; a slight tingle in my fingers. I think it's affecting me." Legolas stated, looking at his fingers with concern. Éomer raised his eyebrows. "After that much alcohol, most people have lost all feeling whatsoever." Natalie said sarcastically. Gimli set down his, now empty, mug and lifted his hand up.
"What did I say? He can't hold his liquor." Gimli stated, waving his hand around for emphasis. Gimli then went cross-eyed and keeled over backwards, unconscious. Legolas, Éomer, Kate, Natalie and I all stared for a moment. Legolas then turned back to the rest of us. "Game over." He smirked. At this, Natalie, Kate and I burst out laughing.
"Oh my god!" Kate exclaimed, pointing to Merry and Pippin, who were climbing up onto a table. "This should be good." Natalie smiled. Legolas sat down on my other side as someone struck up a tune on a fiddle and the hobbits started singing and dancing.
"Oh you can search far and wide; you can drink the whole town dry. But you'll never find a beer so brown, but you'll never find a beer so brown, as the one we drink in our hometown, as the one we drink in our hometown. You can drink your fancy ales; you can drink 'em by the flagon. But the only brew for the brave and true…." Merry and Pippin trailed off for a moment when Pippin stopped and stared at Gandalf.
"Pippin!" Merry shouted after a second. "But the only brew for the brave and true, comes from the Green Dragon!" Merry and Pippin finished by clanking their cups together and downing them. We all laughed.
After another mug of beer, Natalie was stumbling and slurring her words. Kate and I kept eyes on her at all times, just to make sure nothing happened to her. About fifteen minutes later, the girl was about as smashed as the hobbits. Kate mouthed 'I have an idea' to me before going over to someone and borrowing a fiddle. Legolas furrowed his eyebrows and looked at me.
"What is she doing?" he asked. "I don't have the slightest clue. She told me she had an idea but….." I trailed off as Kate started playing 'Cotton Eye Joe' on her borrowed fiddle. "Oh god." I murmured.
Natalie got up on a nearby table and started dancing the only thing you can dance when someone plays this song. Yeah, Natalie was up on a table dancing the 'Cotton Eye Joe'. After the first verse, the hobbits caught on and got up on the table and started dancing along with Natalie. Kate was somehow still managing to play through her laughter and I was nearly in tears in my own fit of giggles. Legolas was laughing too as he watched our friends make fools of themselves. I also thought I saw Gandalf and Aragorn in a corner watching and laughing too. It's times like these where I really wanted a camcorder.
After the song was over, Natalie, Merry and Pippin stumbled off the table and back to the bar where Legolas and I were sitting. Natalie all but collapsed into the chair next to me and Merry and Pippin just got more ale. Natalie muttered something in highly unintelligible gibberish and I raised an eyebrow. Kate gave the fiddle back to whoever she borrowed it from and sat on Natalie's other side.
"She is going to have a massive hangover in the morning and I am going to laugh at her." I smiled. Kate laughed. "No you're not." She replied. "After that little performance, I just might." I said. Kate rolled her eyes and smiled at me.
Author's note: I am so, so sorry! I haven't updated in, like forever! It's been almost a month! My original plan was to follow hobbit tradition and give a gift to you all on my birthday in the form of this chapter. My birthday was eight days ago on the 20th. So obviously that didn't happen because the chapter wasn't done. READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!