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So we walked.

And walked.


Seriously, the movie never showed this much walking.

"My feet hurt," I whined.

"Sucks for you," Yenaa grinned from Hidan's back. I growled at her.

"I love you Kiko," Ema said, "but seriously, stop complaining."

"That's easy for you to say, you have a ride."

Did I mention Ema was on Kakashi's back?

I sighed, irritated.

I don't know if I've mentioned this, but I'm not athletic in the slightest. At all. I walked the mile run. Unhappily.

Finally, we stopped to rest on a rocky hill.

I recognized this.

"Uh, guys? I think we should stay close to cover..."

Gandalf and Aragorn looked at me sharply.

But I couldn't say anything. Because Lord Elrond had commanded me to keep my mouth shut about the events of the trip. And as much as I wanted to avoid the mines, I knew it was critical that we go through them. Because Gandalf gets all wise and powerful. Yeah.

"You know, just in case some spies of Saruman's are sent, or something completely crazy like that. Heh heh..." I trailed off awkwardly. So much for not saying anything.

"Yo, sexist dude. Teach me how to fight with a sword," Yenaa demanded.

Boromir scoffed, "I refuse."

Aragorn sighed patiently and said, "I'll teach you my lady."

Ema and I started giggling, then guffawed unattractively.

"Lady?" We laughed uncontrollably while Yenaa shrugged.

"Yeah, I'm not a lady."

Aragorn stood there awkwardly.

"Forgive me. Then if it pleases you miss, I shall teach you."

Yenaa grinned, "Yes please!"

So they began the process of learning to fight.

Have I mentioned Yenaa has two left feet? Figuratively speaking of course. I mean, if she really had two left feet, that'd be completely freakish and can you imagine how hard it'd be to get shoes? Seriously. Oh right. The story.

"Maybe you should learn how to fight Kiko," Ema grinned deviously.

"Uh, no."

"If you don't you'll only be a problem for everyone. You'll be holding them back."

"Well in that case, you should learn too."

We stared at each other. I made a face and she blinked.

"I win!"

"I believe it would be in the best interest of the group if the three of you did learn to fight," Gandalf nodded wisely.

"Itachi already taught me how to use kunai and shuriken," I said. Then I remembered he wasn't here. I winced as my heart thudded painfully.

Ema wrapped her arm around my shoulders and gave me a side hug.

Hidan, in order to break the awkward silence, threw a kunai at my feet.

"Show me what ya got."

I smiled.

"What's my target?"

He chuckled.


I laughed darkly.


So we proceeded to fight with kunai. I know, I know. You're thinking, oh great, a mary-sue. Actually, no. He took it easy on me. And by that he looked extremely bored whilst I attacked him. But Gandalf seemed satisfied that I could keep myself alive until someone could rush in to save me.

Ema grinned.

"I didn't tell you Kakashi has been teaching me how to fight too."

"Hidan, why haven't you been teaching me how to fight?" Yenaa whined.

"We were busy doing other things," Hidan grinned.

"Oh yeah," Yenaa slapped her forehead.


Ema rolled her eyes.

"ANYWAYS, we should fight Kiko," she smiled.

"Let's do it!" I fist pumped.

We took our stances, and I heard the dreaded statement.

"It's just a wisp of cloud."

"Hide!" I screamed.

No one questioned me. Everyone scrambled to put the fire out and hide under rocks. Legolas grabbed me and yanked me into prickly bushes. I scowled at him, and he smiled innocently. Everyone held their breath in the few seconds of silence before the Crebain arrived, screeching. It seemed like hours before it was over.

When they were gone, Legolas hopped out of the bush, looking fresh and clean.

Me? I scrambled out, muttering, and attempting to untangle my hair from the bush. Legolas chuckled quietly and grabbed my hands, then gently tugged my hair from the bush.

"It was my doing," he said quietly. I smiled at him.

"You're forgiven."

Ema cleared her throat, and I looked to see everyone looking at us.

"Whoa, wait, it's not like that!"

"Uh huh," Yenaa laughed.

I humphed and crossed my arms.

Gandalf cleared his throat impatiently.

"Spies of Saruman. The passage south is being watched. We must take the Pass of Caradhras."

I sighed.

"At least I like snow."

I hate snow. Seriously, I wish all of the snow would melt. Even if that meant that the world would flood and we'd all die. I hate it so frickin much.

Again, Ema and Yenaa were enjoying their rides, and personal heaters. Me? I had my arms tucked inside my tunic, and had tied a knot in the front of my cape so it'd stay closed. I was wet and miserable.

Again, I hate snow.

That's a lot of agains.

On with the story. Legolas glided over the snow. Ema held the pouch with the box within a box within a box close to her. It wasn't very big. Because really, then it'd take forever for the lava to burn through it and then we'd all be screwed. It was the size of an ipod touch, except much thicker. Duh.

I coughed, and tried not to breathe the cold air in. Which was impossible.

Finally, we got to the tiny path that I recognized from the movie. I sighed with relief. Boromir, who was trailing along beside me, raised an eyebrow.

I was just surprised he could move his eyebrows.

Then, snow and rocks started falling, Legolas talked about the voice, and Gandalf shouted back. When the avalanche fell on us, I was standing way too close to the edge of the path, and I slipped. Somehow, I held onto the edge of the path. The leather gloves barely moved.

"Help me!"

I heard everyone talking and looking for each other.

"Where's Kiko?" Ema asked, her voice shaking.

"Would somebody please pull me off of this damn cliff!"

Legolas looked over the edge of the pass and grabbed my arms. With Kakashi's help, they hauled me back onto the path.

Yenaa lunged at me and wrapped her arms around my neck.

"Ohmigod are you alright?"

I buried my face in her shoulder and sighed in relief at the warmth.

"Kami, that's fucking cold!" She pushed me away.

I pouted.

"I see that everyone is alright," Ema sighed.

Aragorn and the other peeps discussed our predicament.

"We must let the ring bearer decide." I tuned back in and wiped all emotion from my face. Ema looked to me for help. I just shook my head.

"Umm...I guess...err...the mines?" I smiled weakly at her, to show she chose the right path.

Gandalf stoically proclaimed, "So be it."

And we began our long trek down the mountain.

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