The day it started snowing again, I was shocked. It was snowing–AGAIN! Liz took me and Renee and Merida all into the dining room and stuck us on a stool in front of the window so we could look outside. The back porch was covering in snow. Liz snapped a funny looking picture of me before she ran off to do her stuff. She suddenly held up her phone and said, “Smile, Anna!”
So I obeyed, and she insisted I post the picture.
Yeah. So. After Liz left, Kristoff randomly appeared and just about scared the heck out of me, but he was giving me that look like I was weird or something so I just leaned against the windowsill and tried to look natural. “What’s up, Kristoff?” I said coolly.
“Came to see what all the fuss and bother is about,” he said.
“Anna? Are you up there?” a voice suddenly called from down below.
I went over to the edge of the stool and looked down to see Hans walking up with my sister on his arm. They’re so cute together, I thought. “Hi!” I yelled. “Watcha doing?”
“We thought we’d go for a walk, and Liz said she’d take us into the living room,” Elsa said. “She let us have the privilege of walking from there into here.”
“Hey, at least you didn’t have to traverse the forbidden hallway again,” I said loudly.
Elsa blinked several times, and I could tell I’d said the wrong thing in front of Hans. I guess she never has told him about her rebellion and the ice powers and stuff, I concluded silently.
I waved down to them. “I’ll be down in a minute,” I said, turning around to tell the others. And I came face-to-face with Raleigh. A yelp escaped my lips, and I jumped backwards in fright.
And would have fallen over the edge of the stool if Kristoff hadn’t caught me.
Which should’ve been cool, but it was all weird and awkward and stuff because everybody was watching. I felt that familiar feeling of expectation all around me, and suddenly I resented the fact that I was standing next to Kristoff. I stepped away and looked down in time to see Eugene walk up down below. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair!” he called in a melodramatic voice.
Raleigh snorted and lowered her hair down over the edge of the stool. “Come and rescue me, my Prince Charming!” she replied.
“Prince Charming belonged to Cinderella, my dear. I am Flynn Rider,” he said jokingly.
Renee furrowed her brows. “Prince Charming was in Snow White, I thought,” she said.
Merida shook her head, her makeshift hair-curlers bobbing. “But I thought Prince Charming is the one who saved Sleeping Beauty,” she said, and for some reason her Scottish accent annoyed me. Maybe everything was annoying me at the moment.
“Whatever,” Raleigh said. “Well, you coming up, Eugene?”
“If you’ll get out of the way,” he said.
Raleigh huffed. “Why not climb my hair? C’mon, I can take it,” she said with a giggle.
“Everybody knows you’re too delicate for that, Raleigh,” Renee said.
I rolled my eyes. Tell me about it, I thought.
“Eugene, are you going to let them put me down like this?”
He shrugged. “Fine, I can try it, but you’re going to fall right off the stool.” He walked up and waited for Raleigh to say “ready” before attempting to climb her hair.
I was at the ready, though, because I had a feeling I knew where this was headed. So when Raleigh started to slip, I jumped over and grabbed her legs. But it didn’t work, and she slipped right through my fingers and went careening into Eugene.
And that jerk she gave me was enough to pull me down with them.
Yeah. I couldn’t breathe or anything from the force of it.
But before I knew it, Hans was helping me up and asking if I was okay. Once he was assured that I was unharmed, he went and peeled Raleigh off of Eugene, who had been completely smashed by me and Raleigh.
But Eugene didn’t let Hans help him to his feet. He just waved his hand and said he’d been fine in a minute or two.
“Oh my gosh!” Raleigh cried. She practically tackled Eugene (again) and kept saying the whole thing was all her fault.
I couldn’t help but agree. In my head, I mean. I wouldn’t dare tell anyone that.
I looked over as Hans went back to Elsa. “My apologies,” I barely heard him say. “Thankfully, no one was hurt.” After Elsa said something too quiet for me to hear, Hans continued. “So, what is this I hear about you venturing down the hallway?” He said it with amusement in his voice, not like he expected her to explain.
She opened her mouth to say something, and just as I edged closer to hear her answer, Kristoff jumped down out of nowhere and landed right in front of me. “You okay?” he asked.
I stared at him for a good five seconds before his words penetrated. “Huh?” I suddenly realized what I’d just seen. “Did you just jump down from up there?” I asked, and I think my voice sounded a lot more horrified than I felt.
“Uh…” He blinked several times, and an unreadable look flashed in his eyes for a split second. Then he nervously cleared his throat, and I wondered if I’d imagined it. “Where were you going?” he asked.
“Um.” I gulped. “No where,” I said as nonchalantly as I could manage. I forced a smile. “No where at all.”
He glanced over his shoulder in the direction Hans had gone, and as I looked past Kristoff I thought I saw someone standing in the shadows behind a leg of the dinner table. A minute later, I was convinced I was either crazy or just seeing things. Or both. Or maybe the whole world was just going crazy. Because the person I’d seen…it was somebody it couldn’t have been.
It was Belle.
I shook the thought away and peered at the table again. I blinked several times to make sure that I was seeing correctly. I breathed a sigh when I realized it was Pocahontas. She was smiling at me. I opened my mouth to greet her, but she held a finger up to her lips and smiled secretively.
I returned the smile, although I didn’t understand why she wanted to remain hidden.
Come to think of it, I hardly understood anything.