Warm Hugs


Two weeks passed since Hans's life was spared and he was recovering very quickly. Elsa had been in his room once or twice more but she was mostly trying to avoid seeing him as much as possible. She told Anna that she didn't have any romantic feelings towards Hans, which she didn't, but she did feel sympathy for him. After listening to his past prior to coming to Arendelle, she realized that they were very similar to one another. They both grew up in isolation because of fear and they both seek to be loved. At least Elsa had and, thankfully, still has Anna, but Hans had no one. Elsa had read plenty of books were the villain redeemed himself and the girl eventually fell in love with him, and because of that, she avoided Hans knowing that her current sympathy could lead into something more, which frightened her.

Thankfully, being a queen kept her relatively busy, "Your Majesty, now that the docks are repaired, the council wishes to meet with you soon to discuss other matters."

Elsa continued walking down the castle corridors, "Please let them know that my agenda is completely booked and will, therefore, schedule them for next week."

Kai bowed, "Yes, Your Majesty."

Elsa stopped walking and looked at her servant with a concerned expression, "Kai? How is Hans doing? I have not seen him at all this week."

Kai smiled, "He is doing much better, although he is starting to get a little restless from staying in bed all day. Perhaps a visit from the Queen will take his mind off things for a while?"

Elsa expression was unreadable but she just nodded, "Perhaps I should relieve the guards for a while…" She started to make her way to Hans' room, then stopped, "But then again, there is so much that needs to get done that-"

Kai had a mischievous twinkle in his eye, "Your Majesty? Part of your job is to make certain that those of your staff are healthy and ready to serve at all times. So technically you're still doing your job, but it just so happens that this task also requires you to take a break."

Elsa couldn't help but laugh at Kai's twisted logic, "I can't help but get the feeling that you want me to go?"

He raised one of his eyebrows, "Well, Your Majesty, it's definitely a part of the job."

She smiled, "Alright, I'll go. For the sake of the job."

Elsa gently knocked on Hans's door, not wanting to wake him if he was asleep. When she didn't hear a reply she quietly opened the door, and attempted to peek in to see if Hans was decent. The last thing I need right now is to see Hans indecent and completely humiliate both of us. She started blushing at the thought, and then I definitely wouldn't be able to talk to him without any awkward tension around us. It was uncomfortable enough the first night when he couldn't put his shirt on so I was basically staying the night in a room with a half-naked man, which I, unfortunately, couldn't help but notice how in shape he was. She noticed that she had started to freeze the door handle and quickly let go. Get a grip on yourself, Elsa! Remember what he did to Anna! Elsa peeked inside the room to see that Hans was asleep so she made her way to the seat across the room from him, and opened up the book she had brought with her.

About five minutes later, Hans woke up and squinted his eyes at her, not knowing who she was at first glance, "Elsa?"

She regally looked up from her book, "It's Queen Elsa, we aren't on the same level anymore."

He smiled sheepishly, "My apologizes, Your Majesty. I keep on forgetting that I am no longer a prince. It's still rather new to me. And for the record, even as a prince I was never on the same level as you."

Elsa put her book down and sat on the edge of his bed, "How are you feeling? You look a lot better than you did last week." She gave his face the once over, "No more cut lip, no more black eye, no more bruising, and your broken nose seems to be doing well."

He smiled, "Yes, my superficial wounds are mostly healed thanks to you and the doctor. I just wish that my femur and my ribs would heal just as fast."

A concerned expression came across her face, "Are you still in a lot of pain?"

"Not as much as I was the first night here, but it is still rather painful." He tried to sit up but he was still weak from all the injuries.

"Here let me help you prop up the pillow…" She reached for his pillow.

He tried to sit up again, "No, its fine I need to do this myself-"

She leaned over the bed further, "Please I insist-"

His arms were starting to give out, "Your Majesty, I can do it-"

Then all of a sudden, Hans's arms collapsed underneath himself and the pillow flew out from beneath him as Elsa gave the pillow one final tug. Hans's head fell back on the headboard with a loud BANG! while Elsa lost her balance and fell right on top of him, causing him to shout from the pain.

Elsa quickly lifted her weight off of him, "I'm so sorry!" Her body was still hovering above his, "Are you hurt?"

And to her surprise, he started laughing, "I'm fine! You're not that heavy! You actually remind me of Anna when I first met her at the docks."

Elsa started giggling as she remembered the awkward tale her sister had told her a while back, "At least we know it's a genetics thing." Gradually, Hans stopped laughing and just looked at her. Her face was so close to his that he could have easily reach up and kissed her and she, too, noticed his intense gaze upon her. She quickly got off of him before someone was to come in and see them in this indecent position, "Ah…ahem…well…"

Hans was slightly disappointed when she got off, "You didn't hurt yourself, did you?"

She patted down the wrinkles on her dress and adjusted her crown, "No…no I'm fine."

Hans roguishly grinned, "Good thing there weren't any guards around to see that…" he got a naughty twinkle in his eye, "…we wouldn't want them to get the wrong idea about us."

Elsa was actually irritated by his sly remark, "No we would not."

Hans continued grinning, "Which actually brings up a question I've been wanting to ask you…How come anyone who comes in here has to be accompanied by at least one guard, while you insist on coming in here by yourself?"

Now Elsa was actually getting angry on what he was insinuating. She turned around, grabbed her book, and glared icy daggers back at him, "Because they all know what I am capable of…" She stormed to the door and harshly said over her shoulder, "…and I know that you know too." And with that, she was gone.

Hans laid his head back, covered his eyes with his arm, and let out a deep sigh, "Rule number one: Do not tease the Queen."

Elsa furiously strode down the hall, passing Kai who was talking to Anna at the moment. He noticed the Queen heading their way, "Oh, Your Majesty! How did everything go with-"

She walked right past them, "It was a mistake."

Kai and Anna looked at each other and Anna shrugged. Kai followed after Elsa, "What happened?"

Her voice was cold, "Nothing worth repeating, but let's just say that Hans almost got his nose broken again."

Kai was trying to keep up with her brisk walking pace, "I'm sorry, Your Majesty, I just thought that-"

The Queen didn't show any signs of slowing down, "I need to go; There are better things that require my attention." Then she just took off down the hall.

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