Of UNO and Thunderstorms

Chapter 7

Of UNO and Thunderstorms

DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN LORD OF THE RINGS OR ANYTHING I REFERENCE! NATALIE AND FRANCESCA OWN THEMSELVES! I ONLY OWN MYSELF AND MY OC KATE!

Chapter Seven

Olympia POV

About halfway through dinner, Kate decided we needed some music. So she went and turned on the radio and put in a Bon Jovi CD. "Kate, I swear you can read my mind!" I laughed. "How so?" Kate sat back down and raised an eyebrow at me. "I wanted to listen to Bon Jovi too." I said simply. Kate smiled. "What is Bon Jovi?" Gimli asked. Kate and I simultaneously gasped in mock surprise. Francesca chuckled and Natalie face-palmed "Bon Jovi is a band. Our parents introduced us to the band when we were kids and we love their music." Kate explained. The remainder of dinner consisted of Kate and I singing along to Bon Jovi, Francesca and Natalie laughing at the fact that Kate and I knew all the words, and attempting to teach the Fellowship the words to some of the songs. That failed miserably by the way. Oh, and me air guitar-ing.

After dinner, Natalie and Francesca gathered up all of their stuff and decided that they should get going. "Bye guys! Are you two going to Rachie's party Saturday?" I asked as they got ready to leave. Francesca and Natalie had also been invited to Rachel's Sweet Sixteen. "Yeah. I'll meet you here after Ju Jitsu class, okay?" Natalie replied. "Yeah, after you shower and change and pack your dress and stuff. The party doesn't start until 2:30 and knowing Rachel, we'll be lucky if we get out before midnight." I told her with a small laugh. "I'll just come around 1:00 ish so we can all get ready and be on the road before 2:00. The place is about a half hour from here right?" Francesca said. "Yeah, that'll work. See you on Saturday!" I responded hugging my friends and watching them leave.

"Well, now it's just us." Kate clapped her hands together once we'd all gathered in the basement. "Yep. What do you want to do?" I asked no one in particular. "If you do not mind, I would like to hear you play some more of that instrument. It was called a piano, wasn't it?" Merry said. Kate smiled, "Yes it's called a piano. I don't mind playing more music on it; I also play a bunch of other instruments. I can play the piano, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, flute and some others." She told them. "Why did you learn so many instruments?" Boromir asked her. "I want to be a music teacher, so I have to learn a lot of instruments." Kate shrugged. "Lady Olympia, do you play an instrument?" Aragorn turned to me. "Yeah, I play the flute." I answered. "She can also sing." Kate added. "But, I've never taken vocal lessons and I don't like singing for people." I reminded her. Suddenly my feet became very interesting. "It doesn't matter. You're good! You got mom's singing voice. You were also in the chorus in summer music. I got Uncle Dean's voice, and he can't carry a tune with a forklift. What do you call that?" Kate retorted. "I call that dumb luck." I smiled. "Would I be correct to assume that means he cannot sing well?" Legolas raised an eyebrow. "Yes." Kate and I chorused. "What song should we do?" Kate asked me. "You can pick." I told her. Kate smiled and walked over to the piano.

I sat on the edge of the couch as Kate sifted through her music for a few minutes. "Aha!" Kate exclaimed. We all turned to look at her. "I've got it." Kate smiled. "What song?" I asked. My sister leaned over and whispered to me her song choice. "Halo, by Beyoncé." She said. I smiled and nodded Kate did some of her piano warm ups and I cleared my throat and warmed up my voice. "After this I want to play my flute." I told Kate. "Deal." Kate nodded her head as she started to play the familiar first bars to the song.

"Remember those walls I builtWell, baby they're tumbling downAnd they didn't even put up a fightThey didn't even make up a sound

I found a way to let you inBut I never really had a doubtStanding in the light of your haloI got my angel now

It's like I've been awakenedEvery rule I had you breakin'It's the risk that I'm takin'I ain't never gonna shut you out

Everywhere I'm looking nowI'm surrounded by your embraceBaby I can see your haloYou know you're my saving grace

You're everything I need and moreIt's written all over your faceBaby I can feel your haloPray it won't fade away

I can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo haloI can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo halo

Hit me like a ray of sunBurning through my darkest nightYou're the only one that I wantThink I'm addicted to your light

I swore I'd never fall againBut this don't even feel like fallingGravity can't forgetTo pull me back to the ground again

Feels like I've been awakenedEvery rule I had you breakin'The risk that I'm takin'I'm never gonna shut you out

Everywhere I'm looking nowI'm surrounded by your embraceBaby I can see your haloYou know you're my saving grace

You're everything I need and moreIt's written all over your faceBaby I can feel your haloPray it won't fade away

I can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo haloI can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo halo

I can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo haloI can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo haloHalo, halo

Everywhere I'm looking nowI'm surrounded by your embraceBaby I can see your haloYou know you're my saving grace

You're everything I need and moreIt's written all over your faceBaby I can feel your haloPray it won't fade away

I can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo haloI can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo halo

I can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo haloI can feel your halo halo haloI can see your halo halo halo"

I held the last note out for about four beats, getting softer as I did. Kate finished the piano part as I cut off the note. The whole room was silent for a minute. "What did you think?" Kate turned back to the Fellowship. "I liked it." Pippin was the first to speak. "I agree with Pippin." Sam stated. Merry and Frodo nodded. "You have a lovely singing voice, Olympia. And you, Kate are a very good piano player." Gandalf complimented us. "Thank you!" Kate beamed. "Thanks." I whispered, blushing. I'm a shy person by nature, so naturally I don't like to sing in front of people. That's why I usually don't sing in front of people. Kate always tells me that I need to take the confidence I have in Ju Jitsu class and use it when I sing for a crowd. She's been trying to get me to sing for people more often so it comes easier and so I don't get stage fright like I used to when I was one of those little five year old ballerina girls in the pink tutus. Yep, that was me when I was little. Now, I can't dance for my life and hate the color pink. Go figure. "Olympia, go get your flute!" Kate told me and pointed to the stairs. "What should I play?" I asked. "Something!" she replied. "Gee, that was helpful." I said sarcastically. "Oh, just go get the flute." Kate sighed. I put my glasses on before heading up the stairs into the kitchen.

I ran upstairs to my room and took my flute case off my desk and set up my flute on my bed. I put it together, making sure not to put the head joint in all the way, or the sound would be sharp. I played some scales to warm up and dug out my Harry Potter music book. I flipped open to Hedwig's Theme, put it on my music stand and brought it all downstairs, book, stand, instrument, everything. By the time I was trying to get down the second flight of stairs, my music was halfway off the stand and I was still trying to balance it. So, me being my klutzy self, I tripped on the bottom stair and everything went flying. I landed hard on my ass for the second time that day. "These things only seem to happen to me." I mused, checking my flute for any dents or out-of-whack keys and pushing my glasses back up my nose. "Only you." Kate shook her head and smiled as she picked up my music stand. I stuck my tongue out at her. Sam, as he was nearest when I fell, handed me my music book. "Thanks." I smiled a little and got up. "You are welcome, Miss Olympia." He replied as I walked past him to the piano chair where my sister had set up my music stand. I sat down and started playing.

When I was finished, Kate cheered and gave me a round of applause. The other members of the Fellowship slowly started clapping. "That was really good! You stayed in pitch on the high notes. That's hard to do." Kate stated. I grinned at my sister and got all my stuff ready to bring back upstairs. "Would you like some assistance with bringing all of that back upstairs?" Legolas asked. "I think I can handle it." I told him, attempting to juggle all my stuff. Legolas raised an eyebrow at me. "You're fighting a losing battle Olympia." Kate laughed. "Okay. Could you please carry this?" I asked, handing him my music stand. Legolas smiled at me, took the music stand and we walked back upstairs to my room. "Uh, just put it over there by the desk." I told him, pointing to the usual spot where my music stand is. Legolas put down the music stand and I started taking apart my flute. I cleaned the instrument with a rag I kept for it and put it away. I got up and noticed that Legolas was standing by the door, waiting for me. "You didn't really have to wait for me, you know." I told him once I reached the door. Legolas didn't answer me and we walked back downstairs in silence.

All of us hung out for a while before we decided to go to sleep. During this time, Kate and I had introduced the Fellowship to television and explained NCIS to them as there was a marathon on and NCIS is our favorite show. After the Fellowship went to bed, Kate and I sat on her bed and talked. "We seriously need to figure out how to get them home." I started. "How the hell would we do that?" Kate asked. "I don't freaking know." I sighed. I watched my sister go into thinking mode for a minute, then her eyes widened. "What if we got them back the same way they got here?" She smirked. "By playing the first movie during a thunderstorm and playing UNO? That's insane." My eyes went wide. "I know. It's so crazy it just might work. The next thunderstorm is supposed to be on Sunday night. We'll play UNO downstairs during it. We can't show them the movie, all hell would break loose. We'll just have to hope this works." Kate stated. "But wait, what if whatever magic brought them here takes us with them when they go back?" I slumped into Kate's pillow. "I don't think that's going to happen." Kate replied. "But what if it does?" I persisted. "It won't. You worry too much, and you read too much fanfiction. And you're paranoid." Kate laughed and punched my arm lightly. "Okay fine. But one day my paranoia is going to save us all!" I joked, pointing my index finger up to the ceiling. "One day your paranoia is going to drive you even more insane than you already are." Kate teased. "Probably. Good night!" I shrugged and left her room. "Good night." She called after me. I smiled for a second and fell asleep.

Author's note: *dramatic music* DUN DUN DUN! Foreshadowing-ness is foreshadow-y. I thought the idea of returning the Fellowship to Middle Earth the same way they arrived on Earth would be cool to do. So there! In case you were wondering, Francesca and Natalie will both be joining me and Kate when we do get to Middle Earth. Their insanity adds to my insanity and usually makes for very confused people, which is very fun for us. Anywhoo that was chapter seven, I hope you liked it. REVIEW PLEASE!

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