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 Forty Eight
The ground started shaking once more and Legolas and I all but jumped away from each other in shock. I heard what sounded like an explosion and we turned to see Mount Doom erupting and lava gushing out of the volcano. I gulped and watched, terrified. The battlefield went completely silent and everyone watched with varying degrees of concern, shock and sadness on their faces.
Sam, Frodo and I all ran like hell out of the mountain and out the way we had come. Mount Doom was erupting behind us and lava was gushing out of the mountain right on our heels as we ran. We jumped over a small-ish chasm and onto a rock higher above the lava. We stood there for a moment, catching our breath.
"It's gone. It's done." Frodo panted.
"Yes Mr. Frodo. It's over now." Sam responded. I couldn't think of anything to say. It's done. The Ring is destroyed. I thought.
There was a loud crash behind us and the ground lurched forward, causing all of us to stumble and fall off balance. We sat down and Frodo fell onto his back and closed his eyes.
I looked around and saw lava flowing all around our rock. Not for the first time on this quest, I thought I was going to die. Suddenly, I started to get a bunch of flashbacks of home. I saw Kate, Natalie Olympia and I swimming in my pool one summer, Olympia falling flat on her ass while we tried to teach her how to ice skate, My mom and dad and all the best memories I had with them, my cat Harry. I saw more recent memories too, the Fellowship crash landing in Olympia and Kate's living room, the nerf war we had, crash landing back here in Middle Earth, our snowball fight on Caradhras, Lothlórien and the last time I saw any of them. I prayed that they were okay and started to cry.
"I can see the Shire. The Brandywine River. Bag End. Gandalf's fireworks. The lights on the Party Tree." Frodo panted.
"Rosie Cotton dancing. She had ribbons in her hair. If ever I was to marry someone, it would've been her. It would've been her!" Sam began crying when he finished. Frodo sat up and he and I hugged Sam.
"I'm glad to be with you two, Samwise Gamgee and Francesca Adams. Here, at the end of all things." Frodo told us. I sniffled.
"You guys are some of my best friends, you know that?" I asked, still crying myself. We all hugged even tighter and sat there for a while. I wish I could've seen the Fellowship one last time…Oh listen to me! If Kate were here she'd be telling me not to think such morbid thoughts. I don't see how I'm getting out of this one. I thought to myself, looking at the lava surrounding us.
A while later, all three of us were lying motionless on the rock. We hadn't passed out yet, but the heat from the lava all around us had become too much to bear. I looked up and I could've sworn there were four giant eagles flying towards us. No, that can't be right. I've got to be hallucinating. There's no way that there are four giant eagles coming this way…or that Gandalf is riding one of them. Wait a minute…Gandalf?! Riding a giant eagle?! Yeah. I'm definitely hallucinating. I thought.
The feeling of being picked up in the talons of one of the giant eagles was enough to convince me that I hadn't completely lost my mind. The last thing I remembered before I lost consciousness was wondering how on earth eagles got this big. Then everything went black.
Gandalf left the battlefield with four of the eagles soon after Mount Doom started erupting to get Sam, Frodo and Francesca. The rest of us turned and headed back to Gondor almost immediately after Gandalf left. Kate and Natalie both rode Kate's horse again on the way back to Gondor.
"What are we going to do now?" I wondered out loud as I rode next to Kate and Natalie.
"Quite honestly, I don't know." Kate sighed.
When we got back to Gondor, I had barely gotten off my horse in the stables before Kate, Natalie and I were pulled into a bear hug.
"Oof!" I exclaimed.
"Hi Eowyn." Kate laughed and I returned the hug.
"I was so worried for you. We saw Mount Doom erupt from the Houses of Healing. Are any of you injured?" Eowyn asked, pulling away from the hug and looking at Natalie, Kate and I.
"I think I'm good." Natalie replied.
"I'm fine." Kate stated.
"I'm not hurt. I also think my shoulder finally healed." I smiled sheepishly. Eowyn grinned. "Do you by any chance know a Cellyn, son of Rhaemyn?" I asked.
"No. I do not know him." Eowyn replied, confused.
"Oh." I replied. Natalie, Eowyn, Kate and I then went to the Houses of Healing so we could find Cellyn. The boy nearly jumped out of his bed when Natalie, Kate and I walked in.
"You are back!" he exclaimed, grinning. The four of us sat at the edge of Cellyn's bed.
"We won. Sauron has been defeated and we won." Kate told him, unable to keep the smile off her face. Cellyn grinned even wider at the news.
"The healers have told me I can leave the Houses of Healing tomorrow." Cellyn told us.
"That's great!" Natalie, Kate and I exclaimed.
"I am permitted to walk freely through the Houses of Healing, though I cannot leave. The healers do not know I left to see you when you returned." Eowyn stated.
"Aw. I'm sorry Eowyn. But, you did kill the Witch King. After finding out you weren't dead, I expected you to be bedridden for a while." I replied. Eowyn made a face and smacked my arm lightly.
"I take it you are all uninjured. Please say you are uninjured." Cellyn said, looking worriedly at us.
"Cellyn, do we look injured to you?" Natalie asked.
"No…" Cellyn trailed off, smiling sheepishly.
"It's okay. We're fine." Kate replied.
After promising to come back later, Natalie, Kate, Eowyn and I left Cellyn's room and started to walk back towards Eowyn's room. She'd told us she wanted us to meet Faramir and we agreed. While we walked however, a whole bunch of healers, along with Gandalf, came rushing through the hall and towards the nearest available empty room. Some of the healers were carrying Sam, Frodo and Francesca.
"We'll have to visit them later." I stated.
"Oh yeah." Kate said.
"Yep!" Natalie agreed. Eowyn then led us to the room she'd been staying in. Faramir stood near the window, looking out at what remained of Mordor. Eowyn coughed conspicuously and Faramir turned to us, his blue-grey eyes wide.
"You frightened me when you left in such a hurry Eowyn. May I ask where you went off to?" Faramir asked politely, concern evident in his voice.
"I left to greet three friends of mine upon their return from the battle." Eowyn replied. Faramir looked at Natalie, Kate and I as if noticing for the first time that we were there. He smiled at us.
"You must be the three women Eowyn spoke so fondly of. I am Faramir. It is a pleasure to meet you." Faramir stated.
"Eowyn told you about us?" All three of us asked in unison, looking first at Faramir, then at Eowyn. Eowyn smiled sheepishly. We laughed.
"It's very nice to meet you too Faramir. I am Olympia. This is my sister Kate and our friend Natalie." I introduced us.
"But I'm pretty sure you already knew that." Natalie added. Faramir and Eowyn laughed. We talked with Eowyn and Faramir for a long time.
After a while, Kate, Natalie and I said good-bye to Eowyn and Faramir, paid Cellyn a quick visit and found the room where Sam, Frodo and Francesca were. They were still unconscious, but the healers watching them let us stay for a bit.
"Are they friends of yours, my ladies?" One of the women asked. We nodded.
"They're very good friends." Natalie stated.
"We have to go now. Would you please tell us when they wake up?" Kate asked.
"Of course, my lady." The healer replied. Kate smiled sadly and the three of us left. We found Gimli and Legolas as we were wandering back to our rooms and walked with them.
"Where are Aragorn and Gandalf?" Natalie asked.
"They've been talking in the Great Hall since we returned, lassie." Gimli replied.
"Preparations are being made for Aragorn's coronation ceremony." Legolas told us.
"Do we know who's coming yet?" Kate asked.
"Lord Elrond and his family are being coming; I believe Lord Glorfindel and Lord Erestor will accompany them." Legolas answered.
"Naturally." Kate commented. Legolas nodded and smiled.
"There's something else." I stated. Legolas's smile grew and he nodded again.
"Word is being sent to my father in Eryn Lasgalen. I believe he is going to make the trip to see the King of Gondor be crowned." Legolas told us. Kate and Natalie grinned widely and I think I paled. As stupid as it may sound, my first thought was something along the lines of 'What if he hates me?'
"Sis, you alright?" Kate asked, seeing my likely terrified expression. Natalie raised an eyebrow, silently asking the same question.
"What if he hates me?" I voiced my fear. Legolas pulled me into a side hug.
"Do not worry, my love. My father will not hate you." he told me.
"Lass, as much as I dislike the King of Mirkwood, I think he'll like you. You are a hard person to dislike, once one gets to know you." Gimli stated. Wow. That's pretty encouraging. Gimli's saying something sort of nice about the Elvenking. You don't see that every day. I thought.
"Thanks guys. It means a lot." I smiled. Legolas beamed and hugged me tighter. Gimli chuckled a bit and Kate and Natalie grinned. We'd somehow reached the rooms we'd been staying in and only when I got inside did the exhaustion of the last few days hit me. I flopped unceremoniously on my bed and didn't care enough to acknowledge Kate's and Natalie's chuckles. I fell asleep within seconds.
Author's Note: Yes, I'm seriously having Thranduil come to Aragorn's coronation. Holy shit! Guys, there's only a few chapters left in this story! I'm hoping to have this finished before I go back to school in September. As always, READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!