After the sun fully rose and stopped making the sky blue instead of red and purple, I helped Elsa down from the roof via miniature tornado (Don’t worry I didn’t blow any wind up her dress-like nightgown. And we made our way back in to the cabin to have breakfast with everyone else. As I made my way through the cabin with Elsa by my side a question dawned on me.
“Elsa, who were those people yesterday?” I asked, stopping and turning to face Elsa.
“Those would be the Arendelle Riders, I believe the Emperor sent them after us after we left.” Elsa explained, “Speaking of which I need to ask you a favor. I need you to protect Anna, and if you can teach her how to fight.”
“If that’s what you want I will. But I want you to think about it, hard. Violence doesn’t solve anything.”
“I have thought about it, but I can’t always be there to protect her and neither can you. Please James, I couldn’t live with myself if she got hurt.” She begged.
I could see the desperation in her eyes. It should’ve been an easy decision; I know it should’ve been easy. But I hesitated, and I hated myself for it. It’s not that I wasn’t worried about Anna, I was probably just as worried about Anna as Elsa was. The problem was that Anna had a pure soul, a soul that hadn’t been tainted by anything. Although she had been through a lot of dark things, and had seen a lot of dark deeds, she was still only affected by love.
And the love that had made Anna’s soul so bright was the problem. It’s one thing to hurt people, which I could bring myself to do in life or death situations involving me or someone else, but allowing a pure soul like Anna’s to be darkened by violence and pain is something on an entirely different level.
But if either Elsa or Anna got hurt I would never forgive myself. I couldn’t even stand to think about them hurt. A horrible image of Elsa dying in my arms and Anna freezing to death flashed through my mind. Elsa must have seen me react to that thought because she started looking more worried than before.
“James, are you okay? You got really pale and a dazed look.” Elsa asked, obviously concerned.
“Oh yeah no, I- I’m good. But uhm…I’ll try to train Anna. But I need you to promise me that she won’t need it.” I insisted, looking Elsa straight in the eyes. She took a second but finally promised. “Thank you.
We then walked the rest of the way to the dining room in silence, the content silence that has no pent up tension in it whatsoever. But of course, once we got there it got even worse, as soon as I entered the people in the room got quiet, essentially everyone else in the cabin. Embarrassing enough to blow up mid musical performance, but to go back to the people who saw you is far worse.
I sat on the end of the large oaken table in the center of the room. Trying to be as small as I can be, which isn’t small at all considering how freakishly tall I am. Elsa, as kind hearted as she is, sat next to me on my left side with a small smile.
After a bit of convincing, Anna finally broke away from the other side of the table where Kristoff was sitting and sat on my right side with her typical fully involved smile. Kristoff then moved down to sit next to Anna, even though he didn’t look very happy of comfortable. Eugene and Repunzel however stayed a little bit further down the table, I didn’t blame them for that or for the kind of fearful look on Repunzel’s face.
“Anna, Elsa would like me to teach you how to defend yourself.” I informed Anna as pancakes where being passed around.
“Really?! That’s awesome!” Anna nearly shouted as her face lit up and her perpetual smile got even bigger. “When do we get started?”
“Well, you certainly are excited aren’t you?” I remarked, smiling despite how serious she wasn’t taking the news. “I don’t see why we can’t start immediately after breakfast.”
At this Anna’s inner child burst out and forced her to bounce up and down in her chair and squeal like a little girl. Both of the other girls giggled at her excitement. However the guys and I all flinched as her squeal reached an uncomfortably high pitch, but we faked some smiles and managed not to be nagged by the ladies.
The rest of breakfast went by pretty fast, Anna devoured hers in a matter of seconds and had to impatiently wait for me to finish, but everyone else took their time. No one really talked, I tried to make eye contact with Elsa but every time I looked over at her she always jerked her head away from me and focused on eating.
After finishing I excused myself into the main room, I sat in a big comfy chair with a book I found lying around. I had temporarily forgotten about Anna’s training, and I really didn’t want to start it anyways. I was making some serious headway and way totally absorbed in the book when Anna decided to cut in.
She walked up, I didn’t notice her amazingly, and simply stood above me looking down angrily. Her presence slowly dawned on me and I looked up from the book, being unaware of how close she was so when I saw her I might have flipped out a bit. I jumped up from the chair, tripped and fell down in a fit of random defensive blocks.
Anna on the other hand remained standing but was nonetheless suffering a fit of laughter, pointing at my little freak out and giggling. I slowly picked myself up off the floor, and finally saw that she had changed into grey loose fitting pants and a tight green shirt.
“Well at least we won’t have to worry about your dress getting in the way.” I grumbled after I managed to get back on my feet.
“Sweet! Teach me how to use this!” Anna insisted as she pulled out a pair of numb-chucks. Alright, she’s already getting into it, that’s pretty go-… wait, where did she get those?! Anna swung them around randomly before I could stop her, and both of us got repeated smacks in the face before I managed to grab it in mid air. I gave my best death glare at Anna, breathing angrily, but the meaning escaped her and she gave me an apologetic smile.“This, is going to be a long training session.”
When I said it was going to be a long training session, it was an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I love Anna’s constant energy, but after an hour of her going off on tangents and not really paying attention to anything I was trying to teach her, I was developing a serious headache. I had tried to get her to run around the cabin and through the woods to bleed off some of her incredibly energy. But she came back without even breaking a sweat.
“Alright, uhm..” I stalled, trying to think of something for her to do, “How about you practice counter grabs?”
Anna then took up a defensive stance and practiced breaking out of grabs, and countering pretend attacks from every angle. She went through all the moves precisely. She actually surprised me, she wasn’t paying attention at all when I was teaching her the counters but she performed them almost perfectly.
“Anna, that was… perfect. How did you do that?” I asked, astonished.
“A while ago, I had what you would say a lot of free time on my hands.” Anna said with a small sad smile, but her smile widened and she got a devious look in her eyes, and my stomach dropped in response. “I’ve got a question for you now. When are you going to ask her?”
“I’m sorry, I have no idea what you’re talking about.” I said after a few seconds of confusion.
“I’m talking about Elsa of course!” She exclaimed, “When are you going to ask her if you can court her?”
I’ve been hit before, I’ve even been knocked unconscious before. But what Anna just asked me knocked the air out of me faster than anything I remember experiencing. So I just stood there, I couldn’t think of anything to say, so I didn’t say anything. And I’m pretty sure I looked just as shocked as I felt because Anna burst out laughing.
“Don’t pretend like you don’t like her. I’ve seen the way you look at her. And you protected her in the castle. Come on, even Kristoff can see that you two would be perfect together.”
“Anna, be realistic. Even if I did like Elsa, and I’m not saying that I do, what makes you think that she’d say yes?” I asked.
“Isn’t that for her to tell you? I mean, it is her love life. Don’t you think you should at least try?”
“Well even if I asked, she is still engaged and besides we would she choose me over the nearly limitless amount of suitors that would kill for a chance at her?”
“That’s an easy one; because you have her sister’s approval!” Anna exclaimed, throwing her hands up and giving a big grin.
“W-why? I’m nothing special. I’m not even the only one who can do magic.” I asked, completely confused. “I’m just some guy of unknown age who doesn’t even know his own last name. While Elsa is smart, caring, unique, and beautiful. I don’t measure up to anyone who would ask to court her.”
Anna just stood there with a shocked expression for a few seconds and I realized what I had just said, and I blushed, looking down. “That speech… that speech is why you have my support. And if you say something like that to Elsa, she’ll no doubt say yes.” Anna said with a small smile. “So when are you going to ask her?”
“Ask her what?” I heard a voice ask behind me. I jumped slightly at the sound and spun around to face a pair of ice blue eyes. Well, that’s just my luck. None other than Elsa herself was standing behind me with an inquisitive smile, wearing her typical ice dress with a side slit.
“Ah! Uhm, Elsa. Hi. Uh, well ask you…” Anna had made her way around to stand behind Elsa and was making gestures to continue, “… If you know any good board games?”
“Board games?” Elsa asked, slightly confused. “Not really, there’s not that many board games in the castle, mostly just books, sorry. But anyways, I came to tell you that the Emperor has requested to meet me alone tonight, so I’ll be leaving in a few hours and I don’t know when I’ll be back.”
“Would you like someone to protect you?” I asked, trying to bring the subject away from me asking Elsa for courtship.
“No, I don’t want to risk anyone getting hurt or caught. Plus, what danger can the Snow Queen be in?” Elsa asked with a smug smile. And with that she turned around and walked back to the cabin, swaying her hips in her usual distracting way. Why can’t you walk normally so I won’t watch you as you leave? I mentally shouted.
After Elsa left earshot Anna stepped up to me with a scowl. “What in the world?! Not only did you not ask her, but you also let her walk off for alone time with her despicable fiancé.”But before I could answer a mischievous smile spread across her face and a devious light shone through her green eyes. And she asked in a demented sing song voice, “Hey James, do you want to crash a date?”