After a horrible night's sleep full of nightmares and loneliness. In the morning she was woken once again by a knocking on her door. She got out of bed, and started shuffling over to her door, expecting Gerda again.
To her horror, the door swung open before she could get to it, revealing Julius in fancy silk robes. He had a sadistic smile on his face, and he was holding a bottle of ice wine in his hand. He walked in casually, closing the door behind him.
"I know it's not traditional, but I don't have anything to do today, and I don't have any official things planned for you today. So I think it's high time we got to know each other as future wife and husband." He said darkly.
"Wait, you're don't seriously think-" Elsa started to object.
"I don't think anything Elsa. You don't have a choice, like it or not, I really don't care." He interrupted, stepping closer to her.
Elsa took a step back, he kept advancing. She didn't know what to do, she didn't think she could live with herself if what he was trying to do. But she couldn't find a way out of this though, there were at least two guards right outside her door and Julius probably had a heating stone on him. She was effectively powerless.
He put the bottle down on her desk and kept getting closer. Her back pressed against the wall, she tried to make herself as small as possible, getting as far back as she could. But he pressed closer, putting a hand on either side of her head and leaning in. She could smell the faint scent of wine and alcohol on his breath.
He leaned in for a kiss, his lips just seconds away from hers. But he was stopped by the room shaking and a huge band being heard from outside of the door. Julius' whole body flinched at the noise, while Elsa was supported by the wall.
Julius whipped around as the guards burst into the room. "What the hell was that?!" he demanded from the guards.
"We don't know sir," one of the guards said in a gruff voice, they had helmets on pulled low over their faces.
"Must I do everything myself?!" Julius shouted, greatly enraged. The two guards looked at each other, seeming to be confused, not sure what to say. "Idiots. Give me a sword, I'll solve this myself."
One of the guards drew his sword and handed it over to Julius. Who then proceeded to storm out of the room and down the hall. The guards followed after and closed the door behind them. Elsa taking control of the situation, quickly grabbed a semi-knife-looking letter opener and hid it behind her back, waiting for Julius' return. She knew that killing him would be like signing a death warrant for her and her family, but there was no way she was going to let Julius had her way with her.
She waited and waited for Julius to return. And after an hour, he did. He returned with a smile much different than the first. This one was full of actual happiness. Strangely enough, laugh-lines showed up around the edge of his mouth and eyes. He practically skipped in, closing the door behind him.
"Well, good morning Elsa." he greeted with a large grin and a happy little wave.
Instead of waiting for him to make the first move again, Elsa lunged across the room whipping the knife from behind her back and jabbing it towards his throat. Faster than she had ever seen him move before, he both quickstepped to the side and caught the wrist she attacked with, stopping the blade a ways away from his neck.
"Whoa, hold on there blue eyes." He said, quickly yet gently snatched the knife from her hand and gave her a small push away, forcing her to take a step or two back. "Let's not do anything we'll regret later."
She looked at him with wide eyes, he even sounded happier, like he was at least ten years younger. She didn't know what to think, she was both terrified that he had disarmed her so quickly yet she found it hard to be very scared of him, with his newfound jovialness.
"So, what were we doing before?" He asked, seeming to genuinely have forgotten.
From the other side of the door, one of the guards muffled voice could be heard through the wood. "You were going to get to know her more intimately."
Julius then blushed, like the idea sounded scandalous to him now. "Well, that's embarrassing. I think we should uhm... save that for later." He cleared his throat. She looked at him curiously, he sounded like a nervous youth talking to his first girlfriend. "Anyways, do you know what I did with those papers you were working on?"
Elsa just shook her head, her voice not working in her confusion. Julius frowned at that, like it was a small problem he hadn't figure the answer out of. "Well, that's inconvenient." His eyes then glanced over to where he had left the bottle of wine. "Oooh look, wine!"
He glided over and picked it up, checking the date and vintage. He nodded his head in satisfaction while Elsa furrowed her eyebrows. "I think I'll just take this and get out of your hair."
With a quick little bow, he glided out of the room. She just stood there, trying to understand Julius' quick attitude change. Eventually, she gave up and just went over to her bookshelf and pulled out her favorite book.
She curled up on her bed, her legs pulled up close to her chest. She got about two chapters into it before there was another knock on the door. She looked up from her book at her door. She considered not opening it, having had enough weirdness and stress for the day.
Julius' voice sounded from the other side of the door. "Elsa, may I come in?"
He's actually asking politely? Elsa thought to herself. She quickly buried her confusion with a thick layer of anger and spitefulness. "Saying no has never stopped you before." She snapped at him.
"Well, I'm just trying to be considerate." He responded.
"What do you want?"
"Just a few wedding details I want to go over." He said. "Please, it'll just take a few minutes."
Elsa let out an angry breath. "Fine. Whatever."
He opened the door, and came in with a stack of papers in his arms, gently closing the door behind him. He placed the papers on the bed in front of her and neatly spread them out so they could be easily read. "Alright, I think there should be a few things changed about the plans."
"Like what? A reduction of self centered-ness?" She quipped at him.
"Actually, yes." He said, which surprised her, but she didn't let it show. "First and foremost, I think we should switch up the times. Anna and Kristoff's wedding should go after ours."
Elsa was speechless, this was the single greatest act of kindness he had ever done. She just sat there staring at him. Her mouth dropped open slightly.
"It's not polite to stare, Elsa." Julius snapped at her. "Also, there are a few other details. Like; the decorations, your dress, and the guest lists. I had the guards rearrange the decorations to be more Arendellian and invited all the towns people, and I think you should make your own dress, Delores is too busy making your sister her dress. Also, I think we should have them sooner as opposed to later, so that we can avoid those jerkish 'friends' of mine."
"That's...a lot of changes really fast." Elsa said.
"Oh don't worry about that, I got it all handled," He said, then he pulled a quill and ink pot out and set it next to the papers, "I just need your signature to authorize the changes."
It took her a second but she took the quill and wrote her name on the last sheet of paper.
"Thanks, Elsa, much appreciated." Julius said, and gathered up the paper before moving to the door. He stopped and glanced back, "Oh, I forgot to mention, Anna wants to see you if you've got the time."
"You mean I can leave?" Elsa asked incredulously.
Julius looked surprised, like the idea that he had made it clear that she couldn't leave had never occurred to him. "Why would you..." then he seemed to remember something and cleared his throat, straightening his back and putting on a serious face. "I mean, uhm, you can see her if you want, just this time though. Yeah, I'm in charge." Then he whipped around and dashed out the door and down the hallway.
This just gets weirder and weirder. Elsa thought. She got off her bed and peaked out of her door. There were still two guards standing outside her door at attention. But they didn't make any move to push her back into her room. She casually strolled out of her room, carefully watching the guards. But they still didn't move to stop her, so she walked quickly through the halls to her sister's room which also had guards watching it.
Elsa knocked lightly on the door, and it immediately swung open to reveal her strawberry-haired sister who crushed her in a warm embrace. "Oh my god, Elsa. Are you okay? Did that jerk do anything to you?"
"Anna," Elsa chocked out. "I. Can't. Breath."
Anna released her sister, and pulled her by the arm into her room. The room was painted all pink, a result of not repainting it since she had moved in to it when Elsa and Anna stopped sleeping in the same room. Her floor was covered in discarded clothes and papers and other such items that could end up on the floor if the room's inhabitant is particularly messy.
"Really, Anna." Elsa chastised. "Your room is a total mess."
"Don't change the subject, Elsa." Anna said sternly. "Did he do something to you? Because if he did I swear-"
"Anna, he didn't do anything to me." Elsa interrupted. "He tried but, that big bang distracted him. And when he came back he was like a totally different person."
"I know right?" Anna said. "He came to talk to me and was actually...moderately pleasant. What happened to him?"
"I don't know. But both Marshual and James contacted me lately. They both told me to just let things happen, and pretty much told me that Ishnaugh was helping me somehow. Do you think maybe the Primordials got involved in this?"
"Wait, wait, wait. James isn't dead?" Anna asked.
"No, he was hurt really badly, and was taken to a Primordial healer." Elsa explained. "Sorry, I didn't really explain that did I?"
"Well no, but do you think that they used some kind of magic to change Julius' personality? I don't really think James is the kind of person who would permanently change someone like that." Anna responded.
Elsa thought about it for a second, the answer was no. In a fight, James didn't hold back much, he fought like there was no tomorrow. But he was the kind of person who would regret it, and didn't want to hurt anyone. And there was absolutely no possible way that he would change a person like that; totally rearrange someone's head, even if it was someone like Julius who Elsa knew he hated.
"No." She finally admitted. "He wouldn't do anything like that. Even though he might really want to."
After a moment, Anna asked, "So what do we do now?"
"I don't know. But I trust James, I think he knows what he's doing."
"Alright, we wait for James to make the first move?"
"That's what I was thinking, after that all we can do is improvise."
"Well, that's better than where I thought we were." Anna said, visibly relaxing. "So in the meantime, I think we should get ready."
"Ready for what?"
A huge grin grew across her face and a gleam blossomed in her eyes. "Uh, I'm getting married, duh!"
Elsa couldn't help but grin with her sister. Leave it up to Anna to brighten up a horrible situation. For the rest of the day, the two sisters spent their time together talking and laughing. They gleefully talked about Anna and Kristoff's life together after this nightmare. They were careful to avoid talking about Elsa's wedding, nor about James, or anything that would darken their good time. For the whole day, they were very close to happiness, almost forgetting what held them here unhappily.
As the sun went down they were still talking, both just finding solace from each other's conversation. Anna used her powers to light a few candles around the room and a small floating fire to keep them cozy.
But an hour or so later there was a polite knock on the door. Anna opened the door, revealing a guard whose face was hidden behind his helmet. "I apologize, your majesties, but I believe it's been long enough. It's about time for your to return to your room Queen Elsa."
Over the guards shoulder, the two royals could see a group of guards holding crossbows, a grim reality check of what was happening to them. Elsa gave her sister one last hug before turning back to the guard who side stepped to allow Elsa a path to walk.
"Oh wait!" Anna said. She ran over to her dresser, and pulled something out of the top drawer. She came over and handed it over to Elsa. As Elsa observed it, she recognized it. In her palm was the small crystal-like sphere with a star still burning bright in it. It was the necklace James had made for her, and it looked like the small chain had been snapped neatly in the middle. "I found this on the floor in the hallway outside of your room."
"Oh wow, thanks Anna." Elsa said, not caring if the guards were waiting for her, she hugged her sister tightly. "I'll see you soon, I love you."
"I love you too, Elsa." Anna replied into her sister's shoulder.
The two sisters separated with smiles. The guard politely ushered Elsa out of the room and down through the halls back to her room. Once back inside, Elsa examined the chain on her necklace. It took her a second but she managed to make an extra link to repair it. She morphed her outfit into a night dress and slipped the chain over her head. The star was a gentle warmth against her cold skin.
She laid in bed, unsure of what was happening. She knew somewhere out there, there were mostly likely a bunch of angry Primordials plotting and scheming. And it was possible that James was among them, making plans to save her. But she held the star necklace close and took comfort in the constant and kindly warmth radiating from it. And that night, Elsa didn't have any nightmares, she had a deep peaceful sleep only with dreams of James.