Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Chapter 35

Of UNO and Thunderstorms

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

Chapter Thirty Five

Olympia's POV

Kate completely cut off Natalie's alcohol after her performance of the 'Cotton Eye Joe.' Eventually she sobered up enough to walk relatively straight and speak coherently. Even then, she wasn't allowed any more ale for the night. After a while, I decided I needed to go out and get some fresh air. It was very stuffy in the Golden Hall and it was beginning to annoy me.

"I'm going outside." I told Legolas as I got up. Legolas got up with me. "May I join you?" he asked. "Sure." I told him. Legolas took my hand and we walked outside the Golden Hall and towards the back of the building that faced out onto the plains. I smiled as a cool breeze started blowing. "Much better; it was getting really stuffy in there." I thought out loud. Legolas nodded in agreement and I looked up at the stars, making an attempt to see if I could find constellations of any kind. I couldn't find any.

"Legolas, I just realized something." I stated randomly after few minutes. "And what is that, my love?" Legolas asked. "Seeing as you've been to my world, you know almost everything there is to know about my life, but I don't know anything about what your life was like before….all these crazy complicated things happened." I explained, waving my hand around for emphasis, having realized that I didn't know a lot about Legolas's past.

"I see. I would answer any questions you have about my life, seeing as you answered so many of mine when I came to your world. What would you like me to tell you?" Legolas responded. Hmm. Good question. Crap, he stumped me on this one. What do I want to know? I thought on that for a moment.

"Do you have any siblings?" I asked. Legolas smiled. "Yes. I have two brothers. One is older than I am and the other is younger. My elder brother is named Tawarthion and my younger brother is named Veryan." Legolas answered. I nodded. "What do they look like?" I continued. "Both of my brothers look relatively like me. Tawarthion is taller than both Veryan and I. Veryan and I are nearly the same height. Both of my brothers have grey eyes and fair hair." Legolas elaborated. I nodded. We talked like this for a while, Legolas told me about his life in Mirkwood and his adventures, and misadventures, with his brothers. I also told Legolas about my childhood, including both times I've sprained my wrist. Once was from falling off the swing set, once was from falling out of a tree; both happened when I was in second grade. I sprained the right wrist both times. I was a klutzy child.

"Olympia, do you ever miss your world?" Legolas asked randomly. I bit my lip. Truth be told, sometimes I did really miss my world. It's been my home for my entire life. "Sometimes I do. I've never known any other place up until recently. But, even if there were some way for me to get back, I wouldn't. Neither would Kate or Natalie or Francesca. We think of the Fellowship as family now. And, Legolas, I love you way too much to leave." I gave Legolas a hug. He immediately hugged me back. "I love you as well." Legolas whispered, lifting up my chin. I looked up at him and smiled. He smiled back, leaned in and kissed me. I internally smiled and kissed him back.

"Get a room, will ya!?" a voice shouted from behind us. Natalie's voice. Apparently she was sober now. Legolas and I jumped slightly and turned to see Natalie and Kate. I blushed and buried my face in Legolas's shoulder, mentally cursing Natalie. Natalie and Kate started laughing. I glared at them.

"Why do you do these things to me?" I asked. "Because messing with you is fun." Natalie answered. Kate grinned and nodded in agreement. I rolled my eyes as the two walked over to Legolas and I. Natalie teased us for a good ten minutes before Kate Gibbs slapped her and we all went back inside.

Natalie, Kate and I changed and returned the dresses to Eowyn before she showed us where the rest of the Fellowship was sleeping. I curled up in my blankets and fell asleep in about five minutes.

*Francesca's POV*

I woke up to the sound of Gollum wailing 'Master!' at the top of his lungs. Why must these things always happen in the middle of the night? I mused as I sat up groggily. Frodo, being much more alert than me at this ungodly hour of the morning, ran over to where Sam was pinning Gollum to the ground. My eyes widened and I was on my feet in an instant. Frodo rushed over to them.

"No Sam! Leave him alone!" he cried, pulling Sam off Gollum. "I heard it from his own mouth! He means to murder us!" Sam told Frodo. I stood up and walked over, watching Gollum warily.

"Never! Sméagol wouldn't hurt a fly! Aaaagh! He is a horrid, fat hobbit who hates Sméagol and who makes up nasty lies." Gollum whined. He shut his eyes and all but collapsed on the ground. I would have head-desked if I could have, but seeing as there was a distinct lack of desks in the middle of nowhere, I face-palmed.

"You miserable little maggot! I'll stove your head in!" Sam yelled, charging at Gollum. Gollum ran behind a scrawny, sad looking tree nearby and attempted to hide. Frodo grabbed Sam's arm and pulled him back. "You calling me a liar?! You're a liar!" Sam shouted. Gollum shrieked.

I bit my lip. What the hell is happening to us? Sam's not usually like this. It kinda scares me to see what this whole Ring thing is doing…Granted, Gollum is a little bitch but…you know what? I don't even know anymore. I thought, chomping a bit harder on my lip, trying not to break down.

"If you scare him off then we are lost!" Frodo snapped, turning Sam around to face him. "I don't care! I can't do it Mr. Frodo! I won't wait around for him to kill us!" Sam argued. "I'm not sending him away." Frodo replied decisively. Gollum cowered behind his tree, hiding his face in his hands. I glared at him and watched as Sam and Frodo continued to fight. It broke my heart to see two friends as close as them fighting like this. I wanted to cry.

"You don't see it, do you? He's a villain." Sam lowered his voice a little bit. "We can't do this by ourselves Sam. Not without a guide. I need you on my side." Frodo countered and his usual soft tone of voice came back. "I'm on your side, Mr. Frodo." Sam responded. "I know Sam, I know. Trust me. Come Sméagol." Frodo said.

Gollum then came out from behind his tree, and Frodo took his hand as we started off again. Gollum looked back at Sam and I and gave us an evil look. Oh, so that's how you wanna play? I thought, glaring right back at him as Sam and I followed behind Frodo and Gollum.

"If anything, I'm on your side, Sam. Gollum's bad. And something's definitely not right here." I whispered to Sam as we walked. Sam chuckled humorlessly. "By rights, none of us should be anywhere near here. Mr. Frodo and I should be back home in the Shire, and you should be back at your home, Miss Francesca." Sam replied. "Well, none of this is 'by rights', now is it? Besides, I'd miss you and Frodo and Merry and Pippin and everyone if I were back home." I told him.

"Well that's very kind of you. Hopefully everything'll be 'by rights' again once the Ring is destroyed." Sam stated. "Hopefully." I muttered, knowing that not everything will be the way it was. "It's really the Ring that's doing this, isn't it. I think it feeds off of discord and fighting and all those nasty things." I mused. Sam nodded.

"That reminds me of something, Miss Francesca. When all this is said and done, what are you and Misses Natalie, Kate and Olympia going to do?" Sam asked. I made a face. "No clue. If it wouldn't be too much trouble, I think I'd go back to the Shire with you and Frodo and Merry and Pippin. It's not normal to see a hobbit anywhere else." I said.

"Trouble? Why, you would fit right in in the Shire!" Sam exclaimed quietly. I laughed a little. "I think Natalie will live in Gondor, or maybe Rohan. Kate and Olympia, being as close as they are, will probably stay together for a while. But, something tells me Olympia will end up going wherever it is that Legolas goes." I continued. Sam looked a little confused.

"What gives you that idea?" Sam inquired. "The fact that Olympia is madly in love with Legolas gives me that idea. If either of them were here to hear me say it, I'd be in trouble for telling; but I'm pretty sure Legolas loves her back. I won't know for sure until we see them again." I replied.

Sam just looked at me. It is my firm belief that he had no idea what-so-freakin-ever how to respond to that without seeming rude, which would be against the very nature of Samwise Gamgee. So, we just continued walking in silence.

*Olympia's POV*

I woke up to the sound of Merry yelling for help and the door to the room we were sleeping in slamming open. Kate and I stood up immediately, as did Gandalf. Aragorn and Legolas rushed into the room. Pippin had the palantír in his hands and was silently struggling with it. The palantír looked like it was on fire and Pippin's mouth was open as if he was screaming, but there was no sound. Everything that happened next happened very, very fast.

"Help him!" Merry cried. Aragorn took the palanír from Pippin's hands. He struggled with the thing for a moment before collapsing on the floor. The palantír rolled away from him. Kate and I stood there helplessly, not knowing what to do. If this weren't a dire emergency, I'd be pissed off for being woken up at this ungodly hour of the morning.

"Pippin!" Merry yelped and rushed over to his partner in crime, who was motionless on the floor. Gandalf threw a blanket over the palantír and whirled around to face the rest of us. I took a small step back. Gandalf looked positively livid and I was a bit scared.

"Fool of a Took!" he snapped, looking at Pippin. When Gandalf saw the state the aforementioned hobbit was in however, the anger in his face was replaced with concern. "No." he whispered to himself before running over to Pippin's side, pushing Merry out of his way as he knelt down. He took Pippin's hand and put his other hand on the hobbit's forehead. We all stared at them anxiously for a moment before Pippin jumped and began panting.

"Look at me." Gandalf stated. Pippin looked up at the wizard, then squeezed his eyes shut again. "Gandalf, forgive me." Pippin whispered, looking away. Gandalf turned the hobbit's head back to face him. "Look at me. What did you see?" he asked.

"A tree. There was a white tree in a courtyard of stone. It was dead, the city was burning." Pippin replied, looking panicked. Gandalf looked shocked. "Minas Tirith, is that what you saw?" Gandalf continued. "I-I saw him. I could hear his voice in my head." Pippin was nearly hysterical at this point.

"And what did you tell him? Speak!" Gandalf ordered, his tone of voice betraying the fear all of us felt. "He asked me my name. I didn't answer. He hurt me." Pippin whimpered after a moment. I bit my lip as I watched, and I felt terrible for him.

"And what did you tell him about Frodo and the Ring?" Gandalf insisted urgently. Pippin just stared at him. Gandalf left him alone after that and the rest of us made an attempt to get some more sleep. But none came, for any of us. Everyone was restless until finally we had exhausted ourselves, and even then it was an uneasy sleep.

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The next morning, Gandalf gathered every member of the Fellowship that was present, and King Theoden, in the Golden Hall. We filled in Gimli and Natalie on what had happened, seeing as they had been asleep when it did. How they slept through that is beyond me. We all stood silently near Gandalf, with Merry, Pippin and Gimli off to the side.

"There was no lie in Pippin's eyes. A fool, but an honest fool, he remains. He told Sauron nothing of Frodo and the Ring. We've been strangely fortunate. Pippin saw in the palantír a glimpse of the Enemy's plan. Sauron moves to strike the city of Minas Tirith. His defeat at Helm's Deep showed our enemy one thing. He knows the Heir of Elendil has come forth. Men are not as weak as he supposed; there is courage still. Strength enough, perhaps, to challenge him. Sauron fears this. He will not risk the peoples of Middle Earth uniting under one banner. He will raze Minas Tirith to the ground before he sees a king return to the throne of Men. If the beacons of Gondor are lit, Rohan must be ready for war." Gandalf explained.

"Tell me. Why should we ride to the aid of those who did not come to ours? What do we owe Gondor?" Theoden asked. I narrowed my eyes and glared at him. His 'What have you done for me lately?' attitude about this was pissing me off. I could tell it annoyed my sister too. She rolled her eyes up to the ceiling and mouthed something along the lines of 'God give me strength'.

"I will go." Aragorn volunteered. "No!" Gandalf protested. "They must be warned!" Aragorn argued. "They will be!" Gandalf replied, walking over to Aragorn and whispering something to him that not even Kate, Legolas and I could hear. "Understand this; things are now in motion that cannot be undone. I ride for Minas Tirith; and I won't be going alone." Gandalf said out loud, taking a step back from Aragorn and eyeing Pippin.

Natalie, Gimli, Kate, Legolas and I watched from outside the Golden Hall as Gandalf and Pippin galloped towards Gondor. They were riding as fast as they could and soon Shadowfax disappeared from our view. We all started wandering around, seeing as we had nothing to do.

"Hey, Kate?" I poked my sister's arm. "Yeah?" she replied. "I think I'm going to go check on Cellyn. I haven't seen him since after the battle and I want to make sure he's alright." I told her. Kate nodded and she, Natalie and I started walking towards the Houses of Healing. Finding Cellyn didn't take too long, and soon Kate and Natalie were properly introduced to him.

"So, how are you feeling?" I asked with a pointed look towards his ribs. He shrugged. "The wound is healing well enough. It hurts quite a bit. The healers say it will heal fully soon, though I believe there will be a scar there." Cellyn explained. I nodded; glad that he would be alright. Kate, Natalie, Cellyn and I talked for a while longer about nothing in particular. Kate, Natalie and I left a while later and went to find where Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn went.

Author's note: Please don't bite my head off for that whole thing I made up about Legolas's brothers. Please? Anyway, I know I haven't updated in like, two weeks. But I've been really busy. I'll try to work on updating sooner! READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!

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