Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Of Fourth walls and Feanorian Muses

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!

This does not technically count as a chapter.

Third person POV

In a small suburban town in America, a teenage girl sat a desk, staring at a blank Microsoft Word document with a miserable and annoyed expression on her face. Meepalicious ran her hands through her dirty blonde hair and clutched the sides of her head, letting out a frustrated groan and giving the computer screen the most annoyed look she could muster.

She hadn't written anything in almost three weeks and it was beginning to annoy her. Then again, it wasn't her fault that she'd been beyond busy lately.

"Shit-take mushrooms!" a boy exclaimed from the desk behind Meep. The girl furrowed her eyebrows and turned her spinny office chair around to give her younger brother an incredulous look. In the twelve years I have known that child, I've never heard him say that. Meep mused as she stared at the boy, whose face was buried in the other computer Meep's family owned.

"Shit-take mushrooms?" Meep asked, trying not to snicker. The boy gave no sign that he had actually heard his older sister and continued to mutter at Lord of the Rings Online. Meep rolled her eyes and snapped her fingers in front of the boy's face.

"What the hell was that for?" The boy asked. The boy's brown eyes met the green ones of his sister as he turned to face Meep. At first glance, the two did not appear to be related at all, let alone siblings. Where Meepalicious's hair was dirty blonde, the boy's was dark brown. The boy had a dark complexion, while Meep was pale. The list goes on and on.

"You realize its pronounced shitake mushrooms and not shit-take mushrooms, right Ryan?" Meep asked. Ryan narrowed his eyes at his sister, pausing the game to apparently keep his character from being killed by a troll.

"I know. But Lord of the Rings Online is being a bitch. Don't you have a story to write?" Ryan replied, looking around his sister and at the blank Word document. Meep rolled her eyes at her brother again.

"The muse is being a bitch. I haven't been writing a lot lately because my teachers are bad at planning. They decide, in April, to start cramming for the Regents exams we have to take. They've also decided to give us a ton of other assignments to do. I'm just happy I was able to finish my book!" Meep exclaimed.

"You actually finished 'The Silmarillion'?!" Ryan asked. Meep smiled to herself. She'd finally finished that monster of a book.

"Yes. But now muses have taken up residence in my mind in the forms of Fëanor and his sons. And that's not helping my current story." Meep answered. Ryan raised his eyebrows at Meep in a disturbed and confused expression.

"You've lost your mind." Ryan stated bluntly. Meep raised her eyebrows as well.

"I have not lost my mind! I've got it backed up on a disk somewhere!" Meep replied, pretending to be offended by her brother's response. Both of them started laughing. Ryan went back to his video game and Meep put on some music and continued staring at the blank Word document.

Suddenly, Meep's head snapped up and her expression was one of complete shock. She grinned and the light bulb above her head might as well have been visible, it was so obvious that she had come up with an idea. Sure, it might be breaking the fourth wall, but if I don't update soon the readers are going to be pissed. Besides, it's still something! The young authoress thought to herself as she began rapidly typing.

*Olympia's POV*

Natalie, Kate, Gimli, Merry, Aragorn, Legolas and I sat in the room in Rohan that we'd all been sleeping in. It was a weird feeling, not having anything to do at the moment. I leaned against Legolas's shoulder and stared off into space.

"What are we doing?" Merry asked randomly. Good question. I have no idea. We haven't been doing anything today except for that random karaoke party Natalie, Kate, Legolas and I had earlier. I thought to myself.

"I don't know. Hey Kate, is it okay if I break the fourth wall?" Natalie responded. Kate's eyes went wide and I think mine popped out of my head. Aragorn, Merry, Gimli and Legolas all looked confused and slightly alarmed.

"Why would you wish to break a wall?" Aragorn asked. Natalie burst out laughing and Kate bit her lip to keep back her laugher. I just grinned to myself.

"I'm not literally going to break a wall." Natalie laughed. Kate shook her head and attempted to stop doing that weird silent-laughing thing.

"Then why would you say you would?" Merry continued. Kate took a deep breath to steady herself, took one look at the stupid grin on my face and started laughing again.

"It's just an expression we use back at home. Breaking the fourth wall is the term we use for when the characters in a story interact, talk to, or speak on behalf of the author of the story. I want to break the fourth wall at the moment and start complaining at the author for not updating for like, three weeks." Natalie explained.

I started laughing at the looks on everyone's faces. I'm guessing Kate didn't have words for that, because she simply Gibbs slapped Natalie. Natalie gave Kate a look and they both chuckled.

"Go ahead, its fine with me." I smiled at my friend. Kate face-palmed and shook her head.

"Alright here goes. Damn it Meep! Get your ass to your computer and start writing stuff again! I don't care how busy you've been! The readers are going to get pissed off at you and come after you with llamas and pitchforks! Write something, anything! Just get something uploaded!" Natalie yelled to the sky.

"Damn it to hell." I added. Natalie nodded and grinned. Kate chuckled again.

"Feel better now? Come on. You know Meep has been a very busy girl lately. We all remember how much Regents exams and those stupid state tests for the teachers sucked. She also has a research paper to write and winter guard Championships coming up. I personally wouldn't blame her for not having time to write for a while. " Kate replied, giving Natalie a 'WTF?' look.

"That doesn't make me feel better." Natalie admitted. I started laughing. Soon enough Kate and Natalie joined in.

"In case anyone's wondering, Meep's only got about half of the next chapter written. I think she'll update by the end of the month." I added.

"Who is Meep?" Merry asked. He looked at the three of us with a very confused expression. I'm going to assume that he didn't understand any of what was going on. I didn't exactly blame him though. Writing fanfiction is hard to understand for those who aren't fanfiction authors.

"What is a llama?" Gimli continued. Kate, Natalie and I dissolved into a new fit of laughter at this. I buried my face in Legolas's shoulder trying to stop laughing.

"Why on earth would people ride these llamas to chase whoever this Meep is?" Legolas finished. By this point, we had stopped laughing and looked at the confused expressions on everyone's faces.

We spent a lot of that day providing Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and Merry with explanations of Regents exams, winter guards, llamas, research papers, and high school in general. I nearly kissed Legolas when he said he thought the tests that were used to supposedly evaluate a teacher's teaching ability were completely pointless.

*Francesca's POV*

Sam, Frodo, Gollum and I had stopped for a rest in the forest we were still travelling in. We had munched on some lembas when we stopped and we were now just resting. I was scribbling something in the dirt with a stick when I felt a chill run down my spine. Something felt off, but as far as I remember, we weren't supposed to run into trouble for some time yet.

Suddenly, it dawned on me. It wasn't the timeline that was off. It was the story itself. Someone was breaking the fourth wall. I rolled my eyes and smiled at the thought of Natale, Kate or Olympia having to explain the fourth wall to the members of the Fellowship that were with them.

Another small chill went down my spine. "I feel a disturbance in the Force." I stated ominously. Sam, Frodo and Gollum all looked at me like I was crazy. I smirked internally.

*Third Person POV*

Eight muses, in the forms of elves, sat around Meepalicious's room. The muses were invisible, even to the author they were annoying. Four of the elves had dark hair, three had red, and one of them was blonde. All of them watched as Meepalicious paced back and forth across the room, muttering to herself.

The elf-muses all watched the young authoress with varying degrees of amusement. The steely grey eyes of all eight elves locked together for a moment. Then, seven pairs of eyes turned to one of the dark haired elves. "I believe we have irritated her enough for the time being. Let us leave her be, for the moment." The Fëanor muse grinned wickedly.

Author's note: That was really just my clever way of getting around the rule that says authors can't have an Author's Note as a chapter. So, this happened. I'm really sorry that I've been gone so long but I've been swept up in the torrential firestorm that is high school. I've had assignments that needed to be done, research papers and note cards that had to be written and Regents reviews to do. And on top of all of that, ever since I finished 'The Silmarillion' muses in the forms of Fëanor and his sons have taken up residence in my mind, turning everything upside down in the process. Again, I'm really, really sorry about this. I should have another actual chapter up soon. I hope that, at the very least, this made you crack a smile and know that I am indeed alive. READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!

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