Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Chapter 51

Of UNO and Thunderstorms


Chapter Fifty

Kate's POV

The next day, Francesca and I had felt bad for Aragorn seeing as he was running around like a chicken without a head trying to get everything done and ready for his coronation. Natalie and Olympia were hanging out with Merry, Pippin, Frodo, Sam, Legolas and Gimli.

"Aragorn, do you need help with anything?" Francesca asked when we'd managed to stop him.

"I could use some help, yes." He admitted. Francesca and I looked at each other.

"What needs to be done?" We asked in unison. Aragorn smiled at us.

"Thank you, my friends. I believe we are expecting the Elvenking of Mirkwood to arrive today, if you would be so kind as to greet him on my behalf it would be very much appreciated." Aragorn told us. Francesca and I nodded.

"We're on it." Francesca said as we turned to leave. Aragorn sighed in relief and was promptly pulled off to do something. Francesca and I left after that, walking through the city and down to the gates where King Thranduil would be coming.

"You know, I'm glad we didn't talk Olympia into doing this today." I commented as the two of us looked out over Pelennor Fields. Francesca laughed.

"She'd be a nervous wreck; pacing, almost ripping her hair out, muttering to herself in Spanish, chewing her fingernails, the usual 'Nervous Olympia' bit. Just a million times worse." Francesca stated. I nodded, able to picture that very clearly.

"Actually, I got her to stop biting her nails." I commented. Francesca raised an eyebrow at me as if to ask 'How?!' I smirked. "I would put red-hot chili pepper on her fingertips while she was asleep and then she'd go to bite them and….yeah." I replied, stopping when Francesca burst into laughter.

After a while, Francesca and I saw something on the horizon. Francesca squinted trying to make out whatever it was. I almost laughed out loud when Francesca turned to me, looking annoyed.

"I know there's something there, but I can't see anything other than I giant blob." She stated. At that, I laughed.

"I can't see much more than a giant blob. Wait for it." I told her. A few minutes later I was able to make out the shape of two horses, with blonde elves riding them and…something else.

"Is that a moose?" Francesca asked upon seeing the aforementioned something else. I shook my head.

"I think it's an elk of some sort." I stated.

"It looks like a moose. I'm calling it a moose-elk." Francesca replied. I chuckled and continued watching the horses and moose-elk.

As it got closer, I saw that King Thranduil was in fact riding the moose-elk. I blinked a few times just to be sure. King Thranduil looked almost exactly like the actor who had portrayed him in the first 'The Hobbit' movie Peter Jackson did. Olympia is going to have a heart attack. I thought. The group soon came up to the gates and Francesca and I smiled and attempted to curtsey.

"Welcome to Gondor, my lords! I am Francesca Adams and my companion here is Katelyn Kochie. We are here on behalf of Aragorn, seeing as he has been extremely busy since he got back." Francesca greeted. Wow. I know we're supposed to be nice but…no one uses my full name. I thought.

"Well met, my ladies. I am King Thranduil of Mirkwood. These are two of my sons, Tawarthion and Veryan." King Thranduil responded, gesturing to the two elves on either side of him. Tawarthion was the taller of the two and looked a little bit more serious. Both had blonde hair and grey eyes. Veryan, however, had a slightly mischievous look in his eyes.

With introductions over with, we led the three into the city. There was a section of the stables that was being used for the horses and moose-elk, apparently, of the guests. Until we got there, everyone stopped and stared at them. Or more accurately, they stared at the moose-elk.

"May I ask how you know Aragorn, my ladies?" Veryan asked once we were all on foot. Francesca and I glanced at each other, a gesture that evidently did not go unnoticed by King Thranduil seeing as he furrowed his eyebrows slightly. Francesca nodded encouragingly at me. Why do I have to do it? I groaned internally.

"Well my lord; that is a rather long story. One which I feel Francesca would be better able to tell seeing as she was there when the important part happened." I stated. Francesca glared evilly at me, Veryan let out a short laugh, Tawarthion and King Thranduil both looked like they were biting back smirks.

So with that, Francesca found herself unable to argue and launched into the 'We're not from around here' speech, as we'd begun calling it. She blatantly left out anything having to do with Olympia and Legolas being a couple in order to avoid painful death via Olympia. Obviously, they were a bit skeptical at first. But then Francesca asked me to speak Spanish and I went off on a light-speed rant about how annoying giving this speech to everyone was, not that anyone understood what I was saying. And that was all it took to convince them.

Aragorn rushed by us, stopped to say 'Hello!' and helped us show King Thranduil, Tawarthion and Veryan to the rooms they'd be staying in. He also told us that the rest of the members of the Fellowship were in the gardens hanging out. Francesca couldn't hide her grin.

"Lady Katelyn, would you and Lady Francesca be so kind as to show us where the gardens Aragorn spoke of are? I would be very happy to see my son again after so long." King Thranduil asked after he and his sons had dropped their stuff in their rooms.

"Of course!" I replied. Francesca looked far happier than she should have been. The five of us then made our way to the gardens. Just like Aragorn said, everyone else was there.

Natalie was the first to notice our presence and she grinned and waved us over. The hobbits all looked slightly star struck, probably from having heard about King Thranduil from Bilbo, to say Gimli looked unhappy would be an enormous understatement, Legolas's face lit up and Olympia paled considerably.

Legolas all but leapt to his feet and was promptly pulled into a bear hug by his brothers and, to everyone's surprise, his father. They conversed in elvish for a few minutes and Francesca and I moved to sit next to Olympia, who looked like she was having a heart attack.

"Relax. He seems relatively nice." I whispered to her. Olympia let out a shuddering sigh and Legolas turned around, still beaming.

"My friends, I wish to introduce my father, King Thranduil of Mirkwood and my brothers, Tawarthion and Veryan." Legolas stated. We all smiled, Olympia very shakily, in response. "These people were all a part of the Fellowship of the Ring. I introduce to you now; Frodo Baggins, the Ringbearer…" Legolas was forced to stop when King Thranduil, Tawarthion and Veryan all bowed to the hobbit and thanked him for what he did. Frodo nodded slightly in reply.

"Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc Brandybuck, Peregrin Took, Gimli son of Gloin..." Legolas once again had to stop when King Thranduil and Gimli had an epic glaring contest. Olympia bit her lip nervously and I just prayed we could avoid World War III. Tawarthion tried to inconspicuously nudge his father, though it wasn't all that subtle. "And our female companions; Natalie Gitin, Francesca Adams, Kate Kochie and last though certainly not least, her sister Olympia." Legolas finished, smiling in Olympia's direction as he did. Olympia blushed and probably cursed herself mentally for doing so.

"It is a pleasure to meet all of you. By your efforts, Middle Earth was saved from destruction. You should all be very proud." King Thranduil stated, smiling ever so slightly. Tawarthion and Veryan nodded. The three sat down on one of the benches in the clearing-like area we were in.

*Olympia's POV*

To say I was a nervous wreck when meeting King Thranduil would be the understatement of the century. I fidgeted nervously as Legolas introduced all of us and King Thranduil, Tawarthion and Veryan sat down.

Almost immediately, Merry and Pippin started a conversation with the Elves. I was extremely grateful for that because it gave me a minute to compose myself. Stop freaking out! Kate said he seemed sort of nice. And from what he said about all of us, he seems nice enough. Natalie, Francesca and Kate won't embarrass me, they know I'd freak out on them if they did. Even Gimli said he wouldn't hate me. So why am I being such a nervous wreck?! I thought, taking a deep breath. I could've sworn King Thranduil was watching me. It was like he knew somehow, that I was nervous. If he did he didn't acknowledge it, thankfully. Maybe he just doesn't want to make a scene…I thought.

"I would like to hear more about the world which you ladies came from, if you would be willing to tell us." Tawarthion's voice interrupted my mental breakdown.

"Sure! We'll tell you about it!" Natalie answered, smiling.

And so, we spent a good amount of time telling them about our world, how everything there worked, and our adventures there with the Fellowship. Veryan and Tawarthion laughed when we recounted Merry and Pippin's sugar highs and the resulting nerf war. The said hobbits at least had the decency to look embarrassed. King Thranduil smiled slightly, though that did nothing for my nerves.

As we continued to talk, I noticed Veryan lean over to Legolas and whisper something in his ear. Legolas blushed and whispered something back. Veryan was promptly smacked on the arm when he chuckled. Oh shit! I'm done! I thought when I wondered what they had been talking about.

"I still can't believe you actually fell off a cliff, Olympia." Natalie commented. Evidently, we'd begun detailing our quest to King Thranduil and Legolas's brothers. All of said elves raised an eyebrow at me.

"You left out the warg-fighting and the hair pulling that was happening when I fell off the cliff." I commented. "If you're going to tell that story, at least tell it right." I smirked at my friend. Natalie made a face at me and I laughed.

"While we were on our way to Helm's Deep, we were attacked by warg-riders. I had been thrown off my horse and was fighting on the ground. So, I swung myself up onto a passing warg and starting fighting the rider. When I pushed the rider off, he grabbed onto the end of my braid. I cut off about four inches of my hair to get him off, which is why my hair is so uneven. I have to fix that." I rambled for a minute, smiling nervously and twisting a bit of hair around my fingers. "Right…So after that situation, the warg ran off the edge of a nearby cliff because it couldn't stop soon enough to keep from falling. I killed the warg after falling off the cliff with it." I finished. King Thranduil looked mildly impressed.

"We all thought she and Aragorn were dead. Gimli threatened to kill them both when the two came riding back into Helm's Deep…Aragorn barely conscious." Kate commented. I smiled sheepishly and Kate looked like she wanted to Gibbs-slap me. Gimli made a sound that can only be described as 'Hmmph!'

"How did you feel about that, brother?" Veyan asked, giving Legolas a knowing look. Legolas glared at him.

"I was worried, of course! Olympia is a good friend of mine and I was under the impression that she may have been dead." Legolas defended. Tawarthion raised an eyebrow and King Thranduil looked from me to Legolas quickly and smirked slightly, as if to himself. Ahhh shit! I thought.

Soon after that, we were informed that it was time for dinner. All of us got up and went to dinner. Well, that did nothing to help the panic attack. Now I'm pretty sure they know about Legolas and me….Aarrgh! I groaned internally.

Author's Note: I present to you, the long-awaited Thranduil appearance! The next chapter shall include Aragorn's Coronation and the party we all know probably happened after that! And then we're done! Can you believe it? I can't… Meep! READ AND REVIEW PLEASE!

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