A Chance Meeting
It was finally coronation day in the kingdom of Arendelle. For many years, the king and queen of Arendelle had kept their family hidden, but for a mysterious purpose. They had two daughters, the eldest named Elsa, and the youngest named Anna. Elsa had a special gift: she could create snow and ice, even in the middle of summer. And Anna always loved to play with her sister, since Elsa could create snow. But suddenly, Elsa’s powers had changed drastically, and on one fateful night, she accidentally struck Anna with her powers.
But with help from the magic trolls, Anna’s life was spared. For now. But it became clear that the king and queen needed to hide Elsa’s icy magic from the eyes of the outside world. So, they immediately ordered that all the gates, windows, doors, and walls be closed forever. And the sisters were then isolated from each other. Elsa tried and failed so much to keep her powers hidden, but there was a small twinge of hope. As the girls grew, the king and queen died in a ferocious thunderstorm. Now that the girls were finally grown up, it was time for Elsa to become the new queen of Arendelle.
"Oh my gosh! I can't believe it's today!" Anna exclaimed excitedly as she saw two servants opening up the windows. “I can’t believe it’s finally coronation day!” She ran across the halls as doors and windows everywhere were finally opened up. “Now I don’t have to be alone for a long time! Now I can finally meet new people!” Elsa, who was already dressed in her coronation robes, found Anna in her imaginary revelry. “Anna, please. Stop running around like that, you could get hurt,” she said. “Sorry, I’m just so excited about today!” Anna said. “We’ve been inside these castle gates for so long, I’m ready to see the gates open for the first time!” “I know you’re excited, Anna,” Elsa said. “I am, too. But we’re only opening up the gates for the coronation today,” Elsa said.
“See you later then, Elsa,” Anna said, heading for the door. “I’m going outside. I want to see what it feels like to finally be outside!” “Okay, don’t hurt yourself,” Elsa said. “I promise!” Anna said. Then, in a flash, she took off.
As Anna left, Elsa walked up the stairs, alone. She made it to the top of the castle balcony, where she stood in front of the glass doors, which were firmly closed. She stared out among the growing crowd that had gathered outside in the castle courtyard. “Don’t let them in,” she said silently to herself. “Don’t let them see…”
She slowly walked up to a portrait of her father posing for his coronation. “Be the good girl you always have to be,” she told herself. She decided it was time to test her ability to control her powers. Removing her gloves, she reached for a candlestick and tiny jar, pretending that they were the royal scepter and orb. So far, so good. She was about to feel relaxed when ice suddenly appeared. She hastily put the items back and put on her gloves. “Make one wrong move and everyone will know.”
She took a deep breath. “It’s only for today,” she reminded herself. The coronation should only last for today. And after that, the gates will be closed again. Then she can go back to concealing herself.
As she approached the front entrance of the castle, she paused, staring at the doors for a long time. “Your Majesty, are you all right?” one of her handmaidens asked. “I don’t know if I can pull this off,” Elsa said. “I don’t know if this will go exactly according to plan.” “You’ll be fine,” the servant said.
After a few more moments of mental preparation, it was finally time for the coronation ceremony to officially begin. The cathedral was packed with hundreds of people who had sailed to Arendelle from afar. Elsa then faced the bishop, looking regal and calm, all while Anna held the train of her coronation gown.
With Elsa bowing down, the bishop had placed the crown neatly on top of her head. Then, Elsa stood straight back up, just as the bishop had begun to hand her the royal orb and scepter. But as Elsa slowly reached for the items, the bishop had stopped her right then, saying, “Your gloves, your Majesty.” Elsa paused for a long time. It did not become clear to her that she had to PHYSICALLY remove her gloves and hold the items with her bare hands. Slowly taking off her gloves one by one, she took a deep breath. With trembling hands, she picked up the scepter and orb and faced the crowd, who all stood up.
“As the undoubted queen, protector of this kingdom,” the bishop began to speak, “keeper of the doctrine and government thereof, I present to you, her Majesty…” Elsa stood vigil as he spoke. But as she looked own at her hands, ice began forming around the scepter and orb! She was desperately waiting for the bishop to finish the speech.
“…Queen Elsa of Arendelle!” The bishop had declared. Right then and there, Elsa quickly put the items back and put on the gloves. Soon, the people inside the cathedral stood up and cheered for their new ruler.
Soon after the coronation, a lively party was being held at the Great Hall. Couples danced jovially as a merry band played a lively tune as gathering crowds applauded in harmony. Soon, their attention as Elsa appeared before them. “Ladies an gentlemen,” a nobleman said, addressing the crowd, “Queen Elsa of Arendelle.” Then, he turned to Anna. “Princess Anna of Arendelle,” he addressed. The crowd applauded joyfully.
As the applause had died down, Elsa turned to Anna. “Hello,” she told her. “Oh, hello,” Anna replied. She found it rather strange to finally be talking to her sister for the first time in so many years. “You look beautiful,” Elsa said. “Thanks. And you look beautiful-er,” Anna said. “I mean, not that you’re fuller, not that! I just meant you’re more…beautiful.” “Thank you,” Elsa said.
It was all a rather pleasant experience for Elsa, since she could finally see so many people at the party. She could not help but gaze out upon the smiling faces that had gathered in the Great Hall that evening. She was even amused when she found Anna trying to keep up dancing with the Duke of Weselton, even though Anna was pitifully trying to get Elsa’s attention. After that spectacle was, done Anna had briefly laughed off that little disaster.
“Are you all right?” Elsa asked Anna, checking to see if her sister was okay. “I’ve…never been better,” Anna said. “I mean, this is so nice! I wish it could be like this all the time!” “I wish I could too,” Elsa said. Then she paused. “But it can’t.” “It can’t?” Anna asked. “Why not?” “It just can’t,” Elsa said firmly. “Excuse me.” She then left Anna to leave.
As Elsa walked through the crowd, she began to feel lost in thought. “She just doesn’t get it,” Elsa said to herself. “What is it going to take for Anna to understand that my powers can’t be exposed to the eyes of outside world? She needs to learn that.” She took a deep breath. “What am I saying? If I told Anna the truth, it would crush her. I don’t think I can trust myself to let her know, or the whole world know. I wonder if…”
Elsa paused suddenly. Her gazed shift toward the opposite direction, where there was a wide gap of people. Elsa suddenly found a young man standing in front of a dignitary. They seemed to be talking about something. The man had ginger hair, nice blue eyes, and was neatly dressed in an evening suit. He held a small pad of paper, carefully writing down something.
Elsa was awestruck. “Now who could that be?” she wondered to herself. Then, slowly, she began to walk toward them in a graceful manner.
Soon, Elsa had approached the young man, with his back turned to her. She slowly extended her hand toward him. “Excuse me, um…sir?” she asked. Then, she gave a light tap on the man’s shoulder. “Can I…”
The man suddenly turned around, revealing his face. Elsa was completely amazed. She could not help but find the man strikingly handsome. “Yes?” he asked. “Oh my,” Elsa said. She stared in awe at his eyes and wide but still friendly smile. “Are you all right?” the man had asked her. Elsa immediately snapped back to reality. “Oh, uh…yes! I am fine,” Elsa said. “You must be one of the guests, I hope?”
The dignitary who stood by smiled in anticipation. “Ah, Queen Elsa,” he said, approaching Elsa in a swift manner. “I see you’ve met our new guest.” He then gestured to the young man. “Your Majesty,” he said, gesturing to the man in front of her, “I would like you to meet Tintin. He has sailed all the way here to Arendelle from a faraway place in Belgium.” “Belgium,” Elsa said dreamily. “That must sound like a very pretty place.”
“Mr. Tintin,” the dignitary told Tintin, “may I present to you Queen Elsa of Arendelle.” “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Your Majesty,” Tintin said, bowing to Elsa, who curtsied in return. “Nice to meet you too, um…Tintin,” Elsa said. “And what brings you to the kingdom of Arendelle?”
“Oh, you see, the fact is,” Tintin started, “I just happen to be on vacation right now. This seemed like a nice place to go.” “Your Majesty,” the dignitary said, “I would also like to inform you that Tintin here is a reporter.” “Oh?” Elsa asked. “Yes,” the dignitary replied. “He has told me that he has come to Arendelle to conduct a bit of research on the history of the kingdom.”
“Right,” Tintin said. “And just now, I was asking him if I could have a private interview with the queen of Arendelle herself.” He turned his attention to Elsa. “Your Majesty, would you mind terribly if I could ask you a couple of questions in private?” “Um, yes. Of course you can. It is for a good cause after all,” Elsa said. “Great!” Tintin said. He eagerly escorted Elsa away from the crowd, and the two then went to another room in the castle.