The Marriage Law
Anna was pacing back and forth in the castle hallways, waiting to go down into town for an Easter celebration with the citizens of Arendelle. She leaned against the wall and let out a long impatient sigh, but quickly stood back up when she saw Kristoff running towards her, "Sorry I'm late…I was with a client."
Anna smiled at his handsome physique running towards her, "It's fine, I wasn't going to leave without you anyways…" She stopped talking when she noticed his eyes widening as he came towards her, "What?"
Kristoff stood directly in front of her, taking in her pastel pink dress that came off the shoulder and her long red hair that freely flowed out beneath her pink bonnet, "Wow…you look beautiful today." Before Anna could thank him, he suddenly reached down and gave her a sweet spontaneous kiss. He gave her a lopsided smile as he continued to hold her in his arms, "So we're ready to go?"
Anna frowned, "Not quite."
Kristoff looked around the hallway, "Where's Elsa?"
Anna let out an irritated breath and started pacing again, "Still in a meeting with that ridiculous council of hers…"
Kristoff furrowed his brow, "On Easter?!"
"She said that they were adamant about meeting with her today."
"That is ridiculous…why doesn't she get a new one?"
Anna let out a snort, "Kristoff, they're not ice picks…you can't just go back to the store and ask for a new one. These are people and not just people, they're the wisest men among high society and parliament…or at least, they're supposed to be."
Kristoff leaned against the wall, "If you were queen, would you have kept this council?"
Anna began to wring her hands, "That's not my call to make since, well, I'm not queen."
Kristoff crossed his arms and wore a smug smile on his face, "You wouldn't have, would you…I can see it in your eyes. You can't lie to me, Anna, I know you too well."
Anna turned away from him and looked out the window, "Elsa has her reasons…I trust her and her ability to rule as Queen of Arendelle."
Kristoff came up from behind and gave her a hug, wrapping his strong arms around her slim waist, "So do I…it's that nasty council of hers that I don't trust. What on earth is so important that they need to have a meeting on Easter? You and Elsa have that children's Easter Egg Hunt in the town today that you need to set up for and, speaking of which, you should have been in town ten minutes ago."
Anna leaned back against Kristoff's strong chest, "I already sent William down to the town to let everyone know what's happening. They must understand that Elsa's duties as queen requires a lot from her."
Kristoff gave her a little squeeze and rested his cheek against her head, "I still think this meeting is bogus…what do you think they're talking about?"
Anna bit her lip, "I don't have the slightest clue…"
"What do you mean I have to get married?"
Elsa stood at her end of the table while the rest of her council nervously fidgeted in their chairs, until one brave man with gray hair finally spoke up, "Your Majesty, your father gave us specific instructions that his two daughters were to be married by the time they turned twenty-two years of age. Up until the age of twenty-one, you and Princess Anna were allowed to find your own husbands, no matter the social rank. But once you turned twenty-one, you have one year to seek a suitable husband of royal blood and agree to an arranged marriage. Fortunately for Princess Anna, she seems to be getting along fairly well with the ice harvester and she still has two years to marry the boy before her privilege of choosing her husband is taken away. Unfortunately for you, Queen Elsa, you are no longer eligible to choose your own husband."
"I want to see proof of this written down somewhere."
One the council men slid a paper towards her, "Here's the paper, Your Majesty."
Elsa picked it up and read the entire page silently in her head. By the time she finished, she had sat back down and the color began to drain from her face, "It's true, it's in my father's handwriting…how can this be?"
The same gray haired councilman spoke up again, "Most princesses don't get their choice of husband so your father thought that his daughters deserved, at least, the privilege to choose their own spouse, until they became of the proper age. But once the gates were closed, this idea got pushed to the side and was never changed before your father unexpectedly passed away. Therefore, we must honor the late King's request and arrange your marriage to another prince before the end of the season."
Elsa tried to hide the desperation she was feeling, "Well, I can certainly change that, can't I? I have the power to-"
"Your Majesty, under normal circumstances you could change any law or decree your father made previously, along with a group vote by us, of course. But since this regards you, you have no power over this decision. I'm sorry, Queen Elsa…"
Another councilman spoke up, "But given the circumstances of what's recently occurred-"
Elsa hopefully perked up, "I don't have to get married?"
"We took a vote and agreed to allow you to choose your husband, given that he's a prince."
Elsa raised a skeptical eyebrow, "Why can't you vote and allow me to remain husbandless?"
"Because we believe that you should have a husband by this point in your life."
Elsa stood back up, "That is so old fashioned…who says a woman needs a man by her side in order to successfully rule her kingdom?"
The gray haired councilman spoke up again, "Do you have a suitor in mind?"
Elsa was silent for a few minutes as she went over the situation in her head; I don't want to get married at this point in my life, but at the same time, it's not like I'm waiting to marry the man of my dreams. I did tell Hans, long ago on the boat, that I am content with marrying for alliance not love…so if I must… "Prince Benedict of Livonia…I choose him."
The gray-haired man smiled, "Very well, Your Majesty. We shall send word to him of your decision by tonight."
Elsa pushed back her chair and began making her way out the door, "Is there anything else I should know?"
"That is all at this time, Queen Elsa…thank you and enjoy the Easter celebration with your people."
Elsa calmly closed the door behind her, but she stormed down the hallway towards Anna's direction. Anna and Kristoff were still in their embrace when Elsa stormed by them, causing Anna to jog after her sister, "Elsa! W-what happened?"
Elsa held an expression of determination on her face, "How late are we?"
Kristoff quickly responded, "About half an hour, Your Majesty."
Elsa let out a slight huff, "Then we have no time to lose."
Anna grabbed Elsa's arm, "Elsa, wait!"
Elsa continued down the hallways with her sister dragging behind her, "We can talk later, Anna, I promise…but right now, our number one priority is getting into town as quickly as we can."
"But can't we walk and talk? You were always good at multitasking."
Elsa and Anna climbed into the carriage, while Kristoff went off to go hide the Easter eggs for the children around town. Elsa avoided making eye contact with her sister by looking out the window, "Promise me that you'll marry Kristoff before you turn twenty-one."
Anna raised her eyebrows in shock, "What?"
"Just promise me."
Anna looked back at Kristoff, who was walking towards town, "I promise you, that I intend to marry him before I turn twenty-one."
Elsa gave her sister a sad smile, "Good."
Anna was now terribly confused, "Elsa, what on earth has gotten into you?"
Elsa let out a sigh and held Anna's hands, "I'm getting married…"
Anna dropped Elsa's hands, "Wait, what?! To who?"
Elsa felt a lump form in her throat as tears began to sting her eyes, "Prince Benedict of Livonia."
Anna saw Elsa's distressed expression and tried to calm her down, "Whoa, hold on, I knew you two had hit it off at your birthday ball, but I didn't even know it was that serious-"
Elsa couldn't keep the tears back any longer, "Anna, it's an arranged marriage!"
Anna blinked a few times, "An arranged marriage?"
"Yes! Our father pardoned us from the duty of arranged marriages up until the age of twenty-one so that you and I were allowed to find our own husbands, no matter the social rank. But once we turn twenty-one, we have one year to seek a suitable husband of royal blood and agree to an arranged marriage."
"But that's not fair! We didn't even know about this! Can't you do something about this?"
Elsa held her face in her hands, "I can't overturn anything father did previously that concerns or benefits me."
Anna moved to sit beside Elsa and wrapped a comforting arm around her shoulders, "Elsa, I'm so sorry…at least the council decided to let you choose your husband, instead of just forcing you to marry a random stranger. You could have been stuck with that grabby Prince Harold of Arsubia…"
Elsa leaned her head against Anna's shoulder, "Yeah, at least Benedict seemed to be a good man."
"He made you smile and laugh…and he wasn't too hard on the eyes. I didn't get a good look at his butt though, did you?"
Elsa couldn't help but let out a giggle, "No, I didn't."
"No matter, he seemed like the type who cares about his appearance and physique. And he seemed to care about you and tried to protect you from Prince Harold. I think things will work out Elsa, and who knows, maybe this hurdle is going to help you get over losing Hans."
Elsa bit her lip, "Maybe…"
The carriage stopped and Anna realized that the town square was filled with excited villagers waiting to see their queen and princess. Anna gave her sister a concerned look, "Are you going to be okay?"
Elsa wiped away any leftover tears and straightened out her dress, "I think I'll be fine as long as I don't think about it."
Hans was practically dragging Annaliese to the side of the ship, "There it is, Annaliese! Arendelle! I can't believe we're almost there! Isn't it marvelous?!"
Annaliese laughed, "Are you excited? I can't tell."
Hans leaned forward on the railing, "More than excited…I've been waiting for four months to see Elsa again. It feels like a lifetime ago since I saw those rosy cheeks, those captivating eyes, those silver locks, those sensual lips…"
"Are you in love? I can't tell."
Hans stepped away from the railing and sighed, "I just hope that I'm not too late…and what if she does want to be with me? Can I be the man that she deserves?"
Annaliese followed him, "What is wrong with you? Look Hans, you have grown so much since I last saw you in the Southern Isle prison five-six years ago…you are no longer like your father and brothers. You've become a man that your mother would have been proud of, and what would she say if she was here watching you doubt yourself?"
Hans looked out over the horizon; "Hush sweetie, don't cry. Someday you'll be an important leader of some far off kingdom and the people there will absolutely love you. Oh Hans, you will become a far better ruler than any of your brothers. And you want to know why?...Because you are a sweet, polite, kind-hearted, brave, resourceful, and ambitious boy. Unlike your brothers who seek nothing but power, you seek to please others. Your brothers see the throne as a tool to control the world but you see it as a tool to make a positive difference in the world."
"Really Mommy? Do you think so?"
"Of course Hans. You are a lot like me, you know that? That's why I convinced your father to name you after me instead of some other posh relative of his."
"I want to be just like you when I grow up Mommy!"
"I'm happy to hear that. Just make sure your father doesn't know about it okay? He would have a field day if he found out that I favor you over his 'pride and joy'."
"I promise Mommy. And when I get older, I promise that you will be proud of me and the man I will have become."
"Spoken like a truly great future king...pinky swear?"
"Oh Hans, I know you will make me a proud mother someday. I love you so very much."
"I love you too, Mommy. Goodnight!"
Hans blinked several times, "Yes?"
"We're here…we just need to wait until a docking station opens up. We arrived a little earlier than expected but a ship should be departing anytime now."
Hans took in a deep cleansing breath, "Here goes nothing."
As soon as Elsa and Anna had set foot out of their carriage that morning, the rest of the day had been nothing but a whirlwind of fun and good times. They watched a play that was put on by the children, they ate and socialized with the adults, they dance with everyone in town in the main square, and finally, Elsa and Anna held a surprise Easter Egg Hunt for the children. The sun was beginning to set as Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff helped clean up the remains of the Easter celebration. Elsa just finished saying goodbye to a little girl before she happily walked over to Anna and Kristoff, "Well, I'd say that was quite a huge success."
Anna finished off another chocolate treat, "That was so much fun! Can we do it again tomorrow?"
Elsa laughed as she wiped some chocolate off her sister's face, "Tomorrow's not Easter, Anna."
"I don't care…I just don't want to wait until next year."
Elsa stole the chocolate that Anna was holding, "Sorry Anna, but you are just going to have to wait like all the other children."
Anna took another chocolate truffle out of her bonnet, "Fine…I'll try."
Elsa made her way to Kristoff who was counting up the Easter eggs, making sure that every single one was found, "How many did you count up Kristoff?"
"98…99…uh-oh." Kristoff looked up, "Queen Elsa? Only 99 eggs were found…we're still missing one."
Elsa pursed her lips, "Hmm…Anna you go search the docks, Kristoff you go back into town, and I'll go check by the pond."
Anna popped one more chocolate into her mouth and skipped off to the docks, "Yay! The hunt continues…"
Kristoff stood beside Elsa, "Is she always like that?"
Elsa cautiously gave him a side-glance, "Basically…you'll never be bored, that's for sure."
A silly grin spread across his face as he continued to watch Anna skip away, "She's perfect…how lucky can I get?"
Elsa couldn't help but smile at how much this man adored her younger sister, "She's certainly one of a kind."
Anna slowly wandered around the docks, carefully checking every inch, "Here Easter egg…where are you Mr. Easter Egg-"She froze when she saw a strangely familiar man walking down the gangplank with bright red hair and very distinct sideburns, "Oh. My. Gosh…Hans?!"
Hans turned around, "Anna?! Anna!" He excitedly ran towards her and embraced her in a hug, "I have never been so happy to see you!"
Anna didn't hug him back, she just stood there with a confused look on her face, "You're supposed to be dead…I, mean, I don't wish you to drop dead right here in front of me. Well, maybe a little part of me still wishes that, but never mind…Elsa! You're here for Elsa, aren't you?!"
Hans nervously nodded, "Yes…has she said anything about me?"
"Are you kidding?! She never stopped talking about you, you're all she ever thinks about. She even admitted that-wait, who is this?"
Hans smiled, "Anna, this is Annaliese."
Anna looked Annaliese up and down, "Annaliese? Yes! Annaliese! I remember Hans talking about you…"
Annaliese bowed, "It's a pleasure to finally meet you, Princess Anna."
Anna politely bowed her head and gave her a kind smile, "Aw, aren't you sweet." Anna looked back at Hans and motioned for him to follow her, "Hans, a word?"
Hans confusingly shrugged at Annaliese and cautiously followed Anna, "Sure thing." Once they were out of sight, Anna turned around and slapped Hans on the cheek, causing a bewildered look on his face, "What was that for?"
Anna angrily hissed, "How could you?!"
"How could I what?!"
Anna gestured towards Annaliese, "How many months is she pregnant?"
"About four-" Anna slapped him again, "Ow!"
"You've been gone for almost six months and you have the nerve to come back with your pregnant ex-girlfriend and still attempt to make a move on my sister? You little-"
As Anna pulled back her hand to strike him again, Hans grabbed her wrist, "Anna! She's my sister-in-law!"
Anna tried to shake her wrist out of his grasp, "You slept with your sister?!"
Hans firmly gripped both of her wrists, "No! She married Kendrick, correct?"
"Kendrick's my brother, right?"
"Therefore, Annaliese is pregnant with my nephew."
Anna stopped fidgeting, "Your nephew?" Hans nodded and let go of her wrists, as Anna blushed and sheepishly grinned, "Oh…aha, sorry." They walked back over to where Annaliese was standing, "I suppose that you would probably like to know where Elsa is right about now. She's looking for a lost Easter egg, by the pond."
Hans smiled, "Thank you…would you mind hanging out with Annaliese for awhile?"
"OH yeah, sure…I can do that. You can help me search for the 100th Easter egg!
Annaliese smiled, "Sounds like fun! Good luck, Hans."
Anna gave Hans a little wave, "Break a leg…I mean that as good luck, not literally go break a leg-"
Hans chuckled, "I think I got it Anna, thanks."
Elsa smiled when she finally reached the pond; It's so peaceful here…so serene. I could spend hours here just reading a good book or relaxing in the summer sun. She took off her heels and wiggled her toes in the cool grass, letting a light giggle escape from her lips, "I guess I'd better start looking for this missing egg…" She began searching in the bushes, "I wish Kristoff remembered where he hid all of the eggs-ow!" A thorn from the rose bush pierced her palm, "Well, that's inconvenient…" She stepped away from the rose bush and clenched her teeth as she pulled on the thorn. When it finally came out, blood began to trickle out of the wound, "Better go get you cleaned up…" She sat at the edge of the pond and dampened the end of her handkerchief, then began to wipe away some of the blood. When she finished cleaning the wound, she took out the ribbon on her bonnet and tried to wrap up the cut with it, "This is turning out to be more difficult than I originally had thought…"
"Maybe I can help?"
Elsa froze at the familiar voice. No. It can't be. She slowly turned around and widened her eyes, "Hans?"
Hans slowly walked towards her, "Hello, Elsa. Do you need help with that?"
Elsa stood up and continued to try wrapping her hand, "No, I'm fine…you're not real anyways."
Hans continued to walk closer, "I'm not real?"
Elsa avoided making eye contact with him, "You died almost six months ago…I remember as if it was just yesterday."
"You're right I did die…but I'm back, now."
Elsa scoffed, "Yeah, right. I must be feeling guilty about what happened at this morning's meeting." As he took another step closer, Elsa defensively put her hand out, "Just stay away from me."
"My dear, Elsa. Don't you see I can't? I have completely fallen for you. Everything you do, everything you say, everything you are. You are my first thought in the morning, you are my last thought before I fall asleep, and you are almost every thought in between." Hans now stood directly in front of her, "May I?" He gently took her hand and wrapped the ribbon around her wound. When he finished, he softly looked into her eyes, "You never answered my question, you know that?"
Hans kissed the cut on her hand, "I love you, Elsa…Do you feel the same way? Do you love me?"
Realization finally hit Elsa as she hesitated, looking back and forth between his eyes and his hand holding hers, "…Yes."
Hans smiled, "Well, that's all I needed to know…"
Hans dove right into a passionate kiss that was filled with a mixture of love, relief, and joy. He finally pulled away, but to his surprise Elsa grabbed his shirt collar and pulled him back in for another kiss, "I'm not letting you get away so easily this time." They stood there for a few minutes, exchanging words of love and kisses of yearning desire. By the time they were finished, they were both left breathless as Elsa began to giggle, "I don't believe it."
Hans wrapped his arms around her, "Well, believe it, I'm here to stay."
Elsa laughed, "Not you, look…" She pointed up into the tree, "The missing Easter egg."
Hans chuckled, "How about that? Why don't you go find your shoes while I climb up to get the egg?"
She gave him a quick kiss on the cheek, "Deal." After Elsa gathered her shoes, she returned back to the tree just in time to watch Hans climb down with the egg; He really does have a nice butt…
Hans strode over to Elsa and gave her a quick up and down glance, "You look very beautiful today, lavender is definitely a good color on you."
Hans offered her his arm, and Elsa happily took it, "Thank you…" They began walking back to town, when Elsa flirtatiously looked up at Hans, "You know what other color looks good on me?"
Hans could feel her flirtatious energy, "What?"
Elsa gave him an impish smirk, "Red."
There was a naughty glint in his eyes, "I would like to see that."
Elsa stopped and gave him one more deep kiss, before she knew she had to start acting like a queen again, "Maybe someday you will…"
Hans let out a disappointed sigh, "Don't tease me like that, Your Majesty. It's been hard enough trying to keep my hands off of you before, but now that I know you feel the same way, it's going to be especially hard."
Elsa pursed her lips, "Don't worry, I'll be sure to keep you busy…work wise, I mean, not the other meaning."
Hans chuckled, "Of course, Queen Elsa. So I assume that my job position hasn't been filled?"
Elsa nervously bit her lip, "Actually…"
William was running towards the couple, "Queen Elsa…I've been looking all over for you. Is everything alright? Hello, Hans…" He did double take on Hans, "Hans?! You're back?! And you're alive?!"
Elsa could feel Hans' muscles tense up, "William…you here, in my old uniform…"
Elsa held onto Hans' arm, "William had nowhere else to go, so he came here and I eventually decided on giving him a job at the castle."
Hans wore a hard expression, "My job…"
William guiltily smiled, "It wasn't an easy decision for her. Queen Elsa was rather reluctant on giving me your job. But if you want you can have it back-"
"Elsa!" The group of three turned to see Kristoff jogging towards them, "Did you find the egg? I looked everywhere for it but-" He, too, took a double take on Hans, "Hans?! You're alive?!"
Hans gave him a friendly smile, "It would seem so, yes."
Kristoff gave Elsa a concerned look, "Does Anna know?"
Hans stood up a bit straighter, "She was the first one to spot me at the docks…actually there she is now."
Kristoff squint his eyes, "Wait a second, who's that woman with her?"
Hans wrapped his arm around Elsa, "Oh, that's-"
William's eyes widened, "Annaliese!"
Annaliese and William ran to each other and embraced one another in a long hug filled with tears of joy. William pulled away and looked Annaliese up and down, "Your Majesty, are you…?"
Annaliese blushed, "Pregnant? Yes…four months along. But William, Kendrick is dead."
William held her hands, "I know, I found his body by the cottage, and when I couldn't find you…I didn't know if they kidnapped you or if you got away."
Annaliese gave him another hug, "I'm safe now, William…and I'm glad you're safe too. How long have you been here?"
"I've been working in the castle since Elsa's Birthday Ball in December. What are you doing here?"
"I'm here to start a new life in Arendelle…I'm giving life a second chance."
The others finally joined Annaliese and William, but Anna was the first to speak up, "Where will you be staying, Annaliese?"
Annaliese nervously looked around, "I, uh, don't know…"
Elsa gave her a warm smile, "Well, you are more than welcome to stay at the castle for a little bit."
Annaliese's face brightened up, "May I? Oh, that would be great! Thank you!"
Elsa looked at her servant, "William can you show Annaliese to one of the guest bedrooms in the South Wing, please?"
William grinned, "Right away, Queen Elsa."
After the duo left, Anna anxiously looked at Elsa and Hans, "So, are you guys a couple now?"
Hans and Elsa smiled at each other, making Elsa giggle, "I think so…"
Anna bit her lip, "Elsa, do you remember what we discussed this morning during the carriage ride into town?"
Elsa looked down and silently thought back to that morning, soon her face darkened as she sadly looked back at Hans, "Oh no! Hans, I'm supposed to be getting married by the end of Spring!"
Hans took a step back, "Wait, what?"
"It's some complicated law our father made up a long time ago…basically, I have to get married to a prince by the end of the season."
Hans furrowed his brow, "So you're supposed to find a husband that also has to be a prince and get married to him by mid-June?"
Elsa nervously fidgeted, "Well, I don't really have to find a husband because I already made my decision on who I'm marrying-"
Hans took another step back, "So you're engaged?"
Elsa looked at Anna and Kristoff, then back at Hans, "I guess technically I am…but I don't want to be! The council forced me to choose this morning!"
Hans methodically rubbed his chin, "This morning? So your so-called fiancé hasn't heard of the news yet?"
"No, the council will be sending off the letter tonight."
Hans stood close to Elsa and held her hands, looking straight into her eyes, "Elsa…you don't want to marry that man correct?"
She desperately nodded, "Correct…"
"Would you be willing to marry a man that you already knew…perhaps a man that you love?"
"That would probably be ideal."
Hans dropped down to one knee, "Elsa, will you marry me?"
Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa's jaw all dropped at the same time, but it was Elsa who responded first, "What-"
"You need to marry a prince…" Hans stood up and bowed, "Prince Hans of the Southern Isle, at your service."
Elsa let go of his hand, "But you're no longer a prince."
Hans took back her hand, "If I was a prince again, would you marry me instead?"
"Yes, of course."
"Then it's settled…" Hans cupped Elsa's face in his hands, "I'm going back to the Southern Isles and I'll get my father to reinstate my title. Once I'm Prince Hans again, I'll come back with the intention of becoming your husband."
"But, I thought you wanted to avoid your family…you specifically asked me to not tell them about me sparring your life. What will they say when they see you…alive?"
"That's my problem to deal with, but your problem is to find a way to stop that letter from reaching your 'fiancé'."
Elsa smiled, "I can do that."
Hans leaned forward and gave her a light kiss, "I'll be back in a week's time."
Elsa brought him in for a long hug, "And I'll be waiting here. Please be careful, I just got you back and I don't think I could take losing you all over again."
Hans deeply inhaled, taking in Elsa's scent, a scent that he had missed for several months, "You have my word."
Anna cleared her throat, "Sorry to interrupt but the sun's been down for about an hour so, Elsa, if you want to catch that letter you need to go now."
Elsa broke away from their embrace, but still held his hand, "She's right; I need to go…take my ship, it's faster and it'll guarantee you a docking station because of the royal emblem."
Hans kissed her hand, "Thank you, Elsa."
Elsa smiled and turned to go, with Kristoff and Anna on her heels, "Kristoff can you take care of the eggs, Anna and I need to get back to the castle as quickly as possible."
Kristoff broke away from the sisters, "Sure thing."
Anna and Elsa ran so fast, that they made it back to the castle in record time. As soon as they stepped through the gates, Elsa spotted Olaf roaming around the courtyard, "Olaf! Have you seen anybody leave the gates recently?"
The snowman happily ran over to the sisters, "Oh, hiya, Elsa! No, I don't think I've seen anyone leave for at least the past three hours."
Elsa nodded and dashed up the stairs, while Anna stopped to catch her breath, "You've been wandering around the courtyard for three hours?"
"Yup! What can I say, I'm very easily entertained."
When Elsa reached the top of the stairs, she realized she was missing her sister, "Anna!"
Anna obediently started running again with Olaf right behind her, "Oh! Sorry, Olaf, I guess I'll talk to you later."
Elsa was about to start running when an idea struck her, "Actually, you guys should stay in the courtyard in case I miss the letter!"
Anna stopped running and nodded to her sister, "Okay, good luck!"
Elsa made a beeline straight towards the council room, where she knew most of her councilmen worked during the day if they weren't working elsewhere in town. She threw open the door, startling the one man who was standing at his desk, "Your Majesty, can I help you with anything?"
Elsa tried to compose herself, while catching her breath, "The letter…have you sent the letter?"
"Not yet, I actually have it right here."
"May I see it, please? It is a very personal message, and I want to make sure that it sounds acceptable."
He handed her the letter, "Yes, Queen Elsa, if you wish…"
Elsa silently read the letter, "This is very well-written, good job…"
The man smiled, "Thank you, Your Majesty-" His eyes widened when Elsa began tearing the letter in front of his eyes, "What are you doing?!"
Elsa gave the man a haughty smirk as she threw the letter scraps into the fire, "I've changed my mind."