Of UNO and Thunderstorms
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN LORD OF THE RINGS OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT I REFERENCE! FRANCESCA AND NATALIE OWN THEMSELVES RESECTIVELY! I ONLY OWN MYSELF AND MY OCS!
Chapter Forty Seven
"Hold your ground! Hold your ground!" Aragorn yelled to the army as we approached them. I stopped Arya and she began to shift nervously. I petted her neck.
"It's going to be okay. Everything's going to be fine. We're going to be okay."I whispered, though whether I was trying to convince my horse or myself, I still don't know. Aragorn rode across the front of the army.
"Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes, the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day! An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand! Men of the West!" Aragorn shouted, raising his sword into the air.
At once, every soldier and warrior in that army unsheathed their weapons and Aragorn's horse reared up as he turned to face the army of orcs coming towards us. The orcs army split and moved to surround us. I hissed and made a face. Kate and Natalie both raised an eyebrow at me. I shrugged and glared at the orcs.
"I never thought I'd die fighting side by side with Elves." Gimli commented from next to me. We'd gotten off our horses and stood facing the orcs who had surrounded us. Kate, Legolas and I all turned and looked at Gimli.
"What about side by side with friends?" Legolas asked, smiling.
"Aye. I could do that." Gimli replied, looking at each of us in turn. I smiled and took out my fighting knives, mentally steeling myself for the battle.
After what felt like hours, Sauron's Eye turned away from Frodo, towards the north. Please be okay. Please be okay. Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, be okay! I thought as I turned my gaze towards where the impending battle would be. All three of us eventually got up and started walking again.
That didn't last long though, or maybe it did. I don't know. I couldn't keep track of time in Mordor. Eventually, Sam, Frodo and I all collapsed on the rocks. I groaned as one particularly sharp rock dug into my back, but I didn't really care. I was too tired, physically and mentally, to care.
Frodo, however, grit his teeth and crawled up to where Sam had collapsed before dropping down again. For a moment we all just lay there, thinking that it was hopeless. Sam soon got up and pulled an unconscious Frodo towards him. Sam hugged Frodo's upper body and stared at Mount Doom. I hauled my sorry ass up and sat next to Sam, who was crying.
"Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It will be spring soon and the orchards will be in bloom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thickets. And they will be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields, and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?" Sam asked, looking at Frodo.
I tried, very hard, not to cry when Sam said this. But I couldn't manage it and I all but burst into tears. Frodo looked up at Sam, who was also crying.
"No Sam. I can't recall the taste of food, nor the sound of water or the touch of grass. I'm naked in the dark. There's….there's nothing, no veil between me and the wheel of fire. I can see him with my waking eyes!" Frodo croaked, beginning to panic.
"Then let us be rid of it, once and for all! Come on Mr. Frodo! I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you! Come on!" Sam said, hauling Frodo up over his shoulder with great difficulty. I got up myself and steadied Sam as he staggered, trying to get his balance. And so we made our way to Mount Doom, step by step.
The Eye of Sauron was now upon us. I, in all my brilliance, glared at it. I stood next to my sister and one of my closest friends in the world as the orcs growled and hissed at us. I looked at Legolas out of the corner of my eye. He was also glaring at the Eye of Sauron. I moved to stand next to him.
"Legolas, no matter what happens today; I want you to know that I love you." I whispered. Legolas turned and looked into my eyes.
"I love you as well, Olympia. More than anything in this world." Legolas told me. I smiled a little and we fell quiet.
Slowly, Aragorn took a few steps away from us. For a moment, everyone just stared. I glanced at Kate behind me, who put one hand on my shoulder and moved so her other was on Natalie's shoulder. I looked at my friend standing on my other side and in her hazel eyes I saw absolute terror. In that moment I knew we were all scared out of our minds. I looked at my sister, then back to Natalie, and put on a brave face. We were going to make it. We had to.
"For Frodo." Aragorn whispered, turning back to us. I smiled. Aragorn then turned and charged at the orc army. Merry and Pippin yelled a battle cry and ran after him. A split second later, the rest of our army charged the orcs with a loud battle cry.
"For Frodo!" I yelled at the top of my lungs as I ran. A second later, the two armies collided and the battle began.
I sliced the head off the first orc I came across and kept going after that. I sliced, slashed and stabbed at anything that got in my way. I lost track of where Kate and Natalie were.
I've heard people say before that one goes numb after walking a while. I can honestly say that whoever says that has obviously never walked through Mordor. My feet and legs were in agony. Every step hurt. Sam, still carrying Frodo, and I made our way up a flat, stone stairway and came to a door. It was the way into the volcano, the only way to destroy the Ring.
"Look, Mr. Frodo. A doorway! We're almost there!" Sam exclaimed. Frodo groaned slightly in reply. Suddenly, Gollum appeared on top of a giant boulder on the side of the path.
"Clever hobbits, to climb so high!" Gollum hissed. Sam looked up, but Gollum jumped on him, on Frodo. They struggled for a minute or two, but Sam fell and Frodo and Gollum tumbled back, grappling. Sam fell into me and we both collapsed on the ground. "Musn't go that way! Musn't hurt the precious!" Gollum yelled at Frodo, who he had pinned down and was trying to strangle.
"You swore! You swore on the precious!" Frodo sort of shouted at Gollum. Gollum mocked him. "Smeagol promised!" Frodo added.
"Smeagol lied." Gollum stated, squeezing Frodo's throat. Sam sat up and picked up a rock. I quickly grabbed a rock and we threw said rocks at Gollum's head. Gollum yelled and fell off Frodo. Frodo started coughing and Gollum held his head in pain.
He made for Frodo again, but Sam tackled him to the ground. As the two wrestled, I helped Frodo up and he dragged me along as he ran for the entrance to the volcano. I heard Sam shouting for Frodo somewhere behind us.
I was fighting back to back with Legolas. I found that Jiu Jitsu still worked even when my enemies were wearing armor. The orc I'd just disarmed swung a punch at me, I blocked it, fanned his punch down and did a wrist throw. He didn't make it to the ground and fell into another orc. I smirked; quickly picked up the knife I'd lost during the fight and started slashing at the other orcs.
The battle was complete chaos. Swords clanging and people and orcs shouting rang in my ears. I had the sudden urge to cover my ears when I heard the ungodly shrieking of the Nazgûl as they joined the fight with their Fell Beasts.
I tried to block out the shrieking and continued to fight. Somehow, Legolas and I had ended up near Gandalf. So when he stopped fighting for a split second as a moth fluttered by, I grinned. The Eagles of Manwë are coming. I thought. Not a second later, I heard a cry that definitely was not a Nazgûl and looked up to see an Eagle fighting a low-flying Fell Beast.
"The Eagles! The Eagles are coming!" I heard Pippin shouting. A few more Eagles swooped down out of the sky and began fighting off the Fell Beasts. I grinned wider and focused back on the ground fighting.
I stopped about halfway down the stone pathway inside the volcano. Frodo continued all the way to the edge and stood there. A split second after I stopped, Sam came up beside me.
"Frodo!" he shouted. Frodo turned towards him.
"I'm here Sam!" Frodo called. His voice sounded suddenly stronger than it had been in a long time.
"Destroy it!" Sam yelled over the sounds of the wind that had suddenly started up inside the volcano. Frodo picked up the chain he'd had the Ring on this whole time and held it in front of him. "Go on! Now! Throw it in the fire!" Sam urged Frodo.
I risked a glance over the edge of the pathway and gulped. Why did I do that?! Ooh, we're really high up…I thought, edging towards the middle of the pathway, away from the river of lava below us. I was, and still am, terrified of heights.
"What are you waiting for? Just let it go!" Sam yelled.
"Come on Frodo! You can do it!" I shouted to Frodo. Frodo suddenly turned to us, looking extremely angry. I almost took a step back. Almost.
"The Ring is mine." Frodo stated, pulling the Ring off its chain.
"No. No!" Sam and I yelled in unison. Frodo put on the Ring and promptly disappeared. "Nooo!" Sam and I wailed. Suddenly, something smashed into the back of my head. I groaned and fell to the ground, blacking out.
Suddenly, the Nazgûl fled the battle with a terrible shriek. I stared at the sky as they flew towards Mount Doom. I was brought back to the battle by a hard whack on the back of my head. I hissed and spun around to face the orc, who'd hit me in the back of the head with the bottom of his sword.
I ducked another blow from the orc, leaned back on my hands and swept his legs out. I then moved over to the orc and killed him. There was a loud roar as I got up and I looked over in that direction to see cave trolls. One was fighting Aragorn and the others were running around, causing even more chaos.
I had found Kate at some point during the battle and looked at her next to me. I looked at a troll, whose back was to me, and back at Kate. She rolled her eyes and moved so she was between me and the troll. I fought through a few more orcs, then ran towards Kate, who crouched down and linked her fingers together, launching me up and helping me to leap onto the troll's back.
Once there, I leaned on the troll's back to keep from falling off. Kate gave me a thumbs up and continued to fight. I turned away from her and wobbled as the troll moved around. I stabbed the troll in the back of its neck with one of my knives and was flung forward when the troll fell. I did a roll and landed near Natalie. She gave me a 'WTF?' look before we started fighting back to back.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Kate pulling a similar stunt with another troll. Yet somehow, Kate was able to make the troll turn and trample half a dozen orcs before the troll finally fell. As she tumbled off, I saw her twist and pull her dagger out of the back of the troll's neck. Of course! She twisted the dagger, causing the troll to move away from the direction of the pain, trampling half a dozen orcs in the process. I thought as I continued fighting.
When I came to again, Sam was leaning over the edge of the pathway, holding onto Frodo's arm as he hung off the edge. Ignoring the throbbing pain in the back of my head, I scrambled to my feet and ran over to Sam and knelt down next to him, grabbing his other arm and his shoulders, helping him haul Frodo back up.
"Frodo Baggins don't you dare let go!" I told Frodo as we struggled to pull him up. All three of us stumbled as Frodo made it back onto the path. Sam hauled Frodo to his feet and we all ran out of the sort of cave we were in.
The ground suddenly began to shake underneath our feet. Everyone stopped fighting and loud rumble to thunder caught my attention. I looked towards Mordor. The Eye of Sauron suddenly blazed a little brighter and began to look around frantically as the tower crumbled and collapsed. My eyes started to water slightly and I couldn't have kept the grin off my face even if I tried.
Sauron's Eye then exploded and sent en enormous shockwave out. The Black Gates of Mordor themselves crumbled and orcs tried to run away, but the ground beneath them gave out, sinking them all along with the black Gates into an enormous chasm.
I cheered and pumped my fist into the air. We'd won! The War of the Ring had come to an end. I looked to Legolas next to me, who had an expression of shock on his face as he watched all of this. Acting on the first thought that came into my head, I grabbed the collar of his shirt and kissed him. For a second, he didn't respond. I was about to pull away when Legolas wrapped his arms around my waist and kissed me back.
Author's note: And yes, that's really where I'm cutting off this chapter! I've gotten some questions about where I'm going to end this story and whether or not I'm going to write a sequel. I'm not going to give away too much, but I'm ending this story just after Aragorn's coronation and yes, I fully intend on writing a sequel! READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!