Author's Note: Hey guys! Welcome to my new story! Or...maybe I should say stories. I've had this idea in my head for quite awhile, but wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to put it up on FanFiction. Well, now I am! :D Yay!

I'm going to split this story into four fanfics, and the uploading schedule is TBD. Three of the books will follow the storyline of the LotR trilogy, but this first one...well, you'll see. ;)

Oh, and this is a self-insert. I didn't change anything about my real-life self except for my age, for both plot and personal reasons. :D Flame if ya want, but remember this as you troll: I write for me before anyone else. If I can't satisfy myself, then what's the point? Anyway...let's get on with it!

The Changing Destinies Series: Book One

A Strange Twist of Fate

Disclaimer: I do not own any recognizable characters, places, or objects from Lord of the Rings.

I slammed the door of my mom's dark gray Honda shut and squealed with joy. It was gorgeous day, April 16th to be exact, and the sun was shining high in the sky, with a gentle breeze wafting through the air. My orange flip-flops crunched across the gravel of our driveway as my mom and I walked up to our house. She had just picked me up from school, and I was more than excited to get this weekend started.

Speaking of mom, she shot me an odd look as we stepped onto the stone walkway that led to our front porch. "What was that about?"

"Don't you remember what I told you this morning?" I asked. When she shook her head, I reached into my black school bag and whipped out my newest and most valuable possessions. "My super-late birthday present from my friends! They bought me the extended editions of all three Lord of the Rings movies!"

"Oh," my mom said, rolling her eyes. She had never really been a fan of the epic trilogy. "And you're watching all of them?"

"No, I'm only gonna watch the first one and then burn the other two," I said sarcastically. "Of course I'm watching them all!"

"All right," she said as we reached the front door. "Just make sure you get any homework you have done."

"No promises," I mumbled under my breath. I ran inside and upstairs to my bedroom, passing my dad's office along the way. "Hi Dad!"

"Hi Erin," he replied. "How was school?"

"Awesome!" I called back. I tossed my bag onto my bed, neatly set the DVDs on my dresser, and plopped down at my desk, logging into my purple laptop to go through my messages on Facebook and deviantART rather quickly. Within five minutes, I had logged back out nad ran back to my door, pausing to glance in my body mirror along the way. My hair looked just like it always did, light brown in color, straight, but curled slightly so that it flipped out in various places at the bottom, hanging in layers around my face, with blunt bangs that covered my forehead. My eyes were a light green with a rim of a much darker green around the edges of my irises, and I was of average height and weight for a 17-year old. I had a modest chest and curves that were wonderfully plastic-free and never obnoxiously shown off. I was nothing special, really, but happy with my body all the same.

Grabbing the DVD set, I continued out the door, stopping as I passed my dad's office again. I stuck my head inside, giving him a triumphant smirk. "Wanna know why it was so awesome?"
He turned his gaze away from his computer screen and looked up at me. "Why?"

"'Cause I have...these!" I proudly held up the three movies, grinning widely.

My dad's jaw dropped. "Oh, that is awesome! Where did you get them?"

"It was my birthday present from all my friends," I explained. "They all combined their allowances and little snippets of their paychecks to buy it for me!"

My dad grinned back at me. "And I guess you're gonna watch them without me, huh?" He was the one that had gotten me into Tolkien's masterpieces, along with the amazing movies that Jackson had made. My dad and I had a bunch of lines that we'd quote around the house all the time.

"Hey, don't worry about it!" I said. "I own these now. You can watch them whenever you want."

He chuckled. "Okay, have fun, bug."

I smiled and continued on down the stairs, quickly popping in The Fellowship of the Ring into our DVD player and turning on the TV. With a quick flick of the light switch, the room became insanely dark, save for the bit of sunlight the leaked through the blinds of the two windows in the room.

As I settled down on the couch parallel to the 47" screen, I happened to glance over at the window, knowing that the neighborhood kids would be outside, running around and having fun. That could be me out there, I realized. I could be out and about with my best friends, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and getting decent exercise for the first time in months.

And then my attention was drawn back to the TV as the faint music of Lothlórien came through the speakers, along with Galadriel's ethereal voice.

"I amar...prestar aen...The world is changing...han mathon ned hen...I feel it in the water...han mathon ne chae...I feel it in the earth...a han nostod ned 'wilith. I smell it in the air."

I spoke the next words of the prologue along with the elf queen. "Much that once was...is lost, for none now live who remember it."

As the History of the Ring theme swelled, making its presence known, I cast one last glance back at the window. That could wait.

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Later that evening, I returned to my room, absolutely giddy as I hummed the hobbits' party music while I changed into my pajamas. The extended edition had been everything I'd expected, and then some! It was awesome! I couldn't wait to watch The Two Towers tomorrow.

As I snuggled down into bed and closed my eyes, I replayed various scenes from the movie in my head. Now all I needed was to take a trip to New Zealand one day, visit the places where PJ filmed, and my life as a fangirl would be complete. Wait, scratch that. I wanted to visit New Zealand, meet the actors and actresses, and see the Lord of the Rings Symphony Orchestra perform live. Then my life as a fangirl would be complete. But for the moment, I guess I was content enough with my movies.

After all, it's not like I could actually go to Middle-Earth, right?