The Lord of the (FanGathe)Rings

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Re: The Lord of the (FanGathe)Rings

Post by Battery » Sat 11th Dec 2010

Teehee, I have no idea what's gotten into me lately; I guess I just like writing this XD It's not written that well, but y'know. It's all for fun. Here's the next chapter :D

I'm not going to add the cast at the end this time around, since there's no one new in this chapter. The next time I'll add the cast will be a while from now, when we meet the rest of the fellowship ;)

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SEVEN

"What'cha thinking about?"

Cookie nearly jumped out of her chair at the sound of her cousin's cheerful voice. Irritated, she turned to face the younger girl. Winnie was standing behind her chair, her arms lying on its back with her head resting on both arms. The grin on her face told her that the poor girl was completely oblivious to the fact that she had nearly given her older cousin a heart attack at the worst of possible times. Cookie sighed, setting down the book she had been pretending to read, and trying to formulate an answer. The girl had caught her off guard. She had not been aware that anyone else had been awake before now, and was mildly surprised to see Winnie up this early. Usually, her youngest cousin was the last to rise and the last to sleep, complaining at the force of both.

"Nothing, really," she answered, faking a smile. She didn't need to worry the girl for nothing. She cared too much for both Winnie and Muri to bring either of them into anything that wasn't necessary. Even unloading some of her worries without an explanation would be dangerous. Although... when she thought about it, how could either of them really pick up anything from what she said? If she was vague and left out any sort of details, then... no. She couldn't risk it.

"Are you sure?" Winnie asked, bringing her back from her thoughts. "You look kinda sad."

Cookie let herself show a grim smile. That, at least, was true. All those who spoke of her baby cousin lacking any brains were idiots. She had found herself, on more than one occasion, proud of the girl's intuitiveness. She was only glad that, at the times when people dared to insult the girl to her face, Muri was there to defend her instead. Cookie had never been much of a fighter.

"I'm alright," she assured Winnie, placing a hand on her arm before rising and making her way to the table. Without a doubt, Winnie would be hungry. She and her other cousin ate more in a day than she thought possible. As she pulled a plate from the cabinet, she heard her cousin come up behind her. She felt the younger girl's eyes on her, and turned again to avoid meeting her gaze. It was hard, this business of secret-keeping. Especially when her dearest friends were involved.

"So, Cookie..."

The girl in question sighed, leaning briefly on the table for support. She wasn't ready to talk about anything right now. She had hoped to sit up well into the afternoon, thinking about the journey ahead of her and blocking out the world around her, if only for a while. The last thing she wanted was to be questioned by a beloved friend and relative who, although meaning well, was prying far too deep for her liking.

"Yes?" she answered finally, hoping that she didn't sound as weary as she felt. If she did, Winnie did not mention it.

"Are you... planning a trip somewhere?"

The question took Cookie entirely off guard, knocking the wind out of her like a punch to the stomach. Planning a trip? Was she being that obvious? She could have sworn that she had been taking every precaution to be secretive, and to keep her business her own. But if Winnie had somehow figured out what was going on... that would be the worst thing that could happen. If any of the others had managed to work out where she was going, then there would be no stopping them, and she knew it. And the last thing she wanted to do was to drag her best friends into danger like this.

"A-a trip?" she stammered, unable to compose herself before replying. She looked determinedly at the opposite wall, still refusing to look at her friend. If Winnie could see her face, then she would know. "How do you mean?"

When Winnie spoke next, she was much closer than Cookie had known, causing her to jump for the second time that morning. She really needed to keep up a better guard.

"Yeah," the girl said casually. "Y'know, leaving for a while? Muri and I have noticed you packing some things... talking like you're going away somewhere..." She paused, and though Cookie could not see it, her expression was unsure. Muri had told her not to let Cookie know that they knew anything, but... maybe if she gave her the chance, maybe she would let them come on her own. She stepped forward once more, placing a hand on her older cousin's shoulder.

"You know..." she began quietly, "if there's anything wrong, anything at all that you need to talk about... you can talk to me..."

The room was still for several moments, the tension hanging palpably in the air as the two cousins battled their will internally. At last, it was Cookie who broke the silence, finally bringing herself to turn and face her cousin.

"No," she answered in a low, defeated voice. Her eyes were tired, almost as broken as she had seemed when Winnie had overheard her conversation with Wan and Clare. "There's nothing wrong. Thank you."

And with that, Cookie shrugged off the hand on her shoulder, retreating to her bedroom. Winnie stayed where she stood, staring after her friend. She felt sad and frustrated. Why wouldn't she trust them? They had never done anything but help her, never done anything but stay by her side in bad times. Why was this time any different?

With a heavy sigh, Winnie moved back to where she had first found Cookie, taking the vacated chair and pulling her knees to her chest. They were leaving tomorrow, Cookie and Wan. And whether they liked it or not, Muri, Winnie, and Fruity were coming with them.
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Re: The Lord of the (FanGathe)Rings

Post by Duck With No Name » Sat 11th Dec 2010

Aww! Cookie! >< You can trust us!
:P Great update, AA! :D I love the way that I'm in character even when I'm being Pippin too, and I'm glad that you like writing this because I like you writing it too! XD I can't wait for the next update, AA! :D I love this story!
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Re: The Lord of the (FanGathe)Rings

Post by Alanna » Mon 20th Dec 2010

*puppy eyes* Can you pweez write more? Its awesome!
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Re: The Lord of the (FanGathe)Rings

Post by Battery » Fri 7th Jan 2011

Guhh, I've been so bussssy >< I managed another short one for you guys :)
Again, not so great, but is for fun! :awesome:

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Eight

"You're listening to 89.7 RDEL, your station for the latest in instrumental hits. This is DJ El Rond, keeping you alive for the next couple hours. Today, I have a band you might not have heard of yet, but I'm sure you will soon. They call themselves The Fellowsh--"


Muri flicked off the radio, craning her neck to watch the door as it opened. With a smile, she realized that Winnie was back, with Fruity in tow this time. Muri slid off her chair, hurrying to the hall to greet her two friends. Winnie returned her smile, hugging her cousin briefly before setting down her bag. Fruity's smile was considerably more nervous, but sincere all the same. Good. They were both ready, then. As ready as they could ever be for this, anyway.

"Did you bring your things?" Muri asked the girl, placing a hand on her shoulder to reassure her. Fruity nodded.

"I left some of them outside- I hope you don't mind," she answered. "Winnie said it would be better if Cookie didn't see I'd packed a lot."

Muri nodded approvingly, taking the bag that she did have. Perhaps she had been wrong when she'd thought that Winnie might not be up to keeping this secret. As far as she knew, her cousin had given nothing away, and was doing a good job at making sure that no one else did, either. With luck, they might just pull this plan off. A small sound from the corner of the room brought their attention to the doorway into the kitchen. Wan was peeking into the room, blinking blearily. He had obviously been sleeping just a few moments ago. How he had managed to sleep through the radio, she couldn't fathom.

"Fruity," he greeted with a somewhat nervous nod. Muri rolled her eyes, looking back to the other two and motioning them into the main room. Wan had never been very good at dealing with his friend's cousins, especially when Cookie herself was not around. Especially, Muri added to herself on an afterthought, when the entire purpose of their gathering was to plot behind Cookie's back.

"Hi Wan!" Winnie called with a grin and a wave. Knowing the younger girl, she probably would have gone over and given him a hug as well, but everyone present knew that their male friend was not a fan of that. Instead, the boy returned the wave a bit awkwardly, moving to the main room to sit in Muri's recently vacated armchair and pulling himself into a little ball. Muri felt for him for a moment. It had to be hard for him, with Cookie as his best friend. Going into this sort of danger, lying to her... and on top of that, he was worried for her.

"What's she doing here?" the boy asked somewhat apprehensively, eying Fruity. "No offense intended, but I thought she was meeting us at Crickhollow."

Wan's head jerked forward, and a surprised squeak escaped him as Muri gave him a light slap in the back of the head. Honestly, the nerves and anxiety were no excuse for tactlessness towards their friends.

"She is," she said matter-of-factly. "I am, too. We're leaving in a few hours, and meeting you three there when you get there."

After setting Fruity's bags down in the corner, Winnie came up behind Wan and patted him on the shoulder, smiling playfully.

"I think he's going to miss you, Mur," she said with an overly serious face. Muri grinned, wrestling her friend away from their poor traitor and steering her over to the pile of bags that now rested in the corner of the kitchen.

"Come on, help me with these," she ordered, taking the two largest bags in each hand. Winnie sighed, obviously not happy that her cousin had allowed her to move the bags this far when they would only be moving them again in a few minutes, but not complaining. The smaller girl took the other two bags, standing and waiting for Muri to lead the way.

~*~

The chatter and the laughter of the inn's more regular patrons swallowed up the light click of the opening door, but Alanna's eyes caught the movement anyway. She looked up, rising immediately at the sight of the newcomer and pushing her way through the crowd to meet her friend.

"I was beginning to think you weren't going to show up," she said with a smile.

Clare grinned back, though it was not entirely genuine.

"I was delayed," she explained in as low a voice as she could manage over the crowd. "I'll explain later. Do you have a room? We need somewhere private to talk."

Alanna nodded wordlessly, turning to the hallway and making for her room, away from the din in the main room. She could here Clare's light footsteps following behind her. If something had managed to keep her friend on her way here, it had to be important. And now, with the ring found, things could be even worse.
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Re: The Lord of the (FanGathe)Rings

Post by Duck With No Name » Mon 24th Jan 2011

DJ El Rond! XD I love all of your puns, AA! They crack me up! It's a brilliant update and I'm suprised that I didn't see it earlier... I must have skipped it or something... o.o But it's amazing as per usual and I can't wait for the next one! ;)
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