Chapter 36: The Ice Seller and the Talking Snowman
'Dragons' - Dragonese
The riders went off into the next morning to find Princess Anna. Figuring that she had never really been outside of the castle, she wouldn't know much about traveling through the mountains. Not to mention that she didn't bring any equipment or supplies with her. But then night began to fall for our riders until one of them spotted a light moving in the forest. So they decided to follow it. The sound of wolves and two people arguing were heard and the dragons flew faster. Soon enough, they saw a massive gorge and a sled, lead by a reindeer, with two people on it, heading towards it.
"Get ready to jump, Sven!" Anna yelled, seeing the gorge up ahead.
"You don't tell him what to do!" Kristoff shoved a satchel into her arms then scooped her up. "I do!" Kristoff tossed Anna onto Sven, then unhooked Sven's harness from the sled, "Jump, Sven!" Kristoff ordered.
Sven jumped the gorge with Anna on his back while Kristoff goes flying off behind them, still on the sled. Anna and Sven landed safely on the other side of the gorge. Kristoff's sled began to lose momentum. Knowing the man might not get to the other side, Aileana flapped her wings harder and at the last second, Aileana caught the man before he could hit the edge of the snow slope. She glided further up the slope and gently dropped him in the snow. The riders landed beside Aileana and ran over to him. But he quickly got up and goes to over to the edge and saw his sled in pieces. The others looked over the edge and saw the sled burst into flames.
"But I just paid it." Kristoff whined as he stood up and flew on his back and covered his face with his hands.
"So the sled was worth more than your life?" Carlos asked, brow arched.
He got a groan from the man in response. Anna walked over to Kristoff.
"I'll replace your sled and everything in it," Anna breathed heavy. Kristoff groaned. "And I...understand if you don't want to help me anymore." Anna walked off, sadly. Sven came over and nuzzled Kristoff.
"Of course I don't want to help her anymore. In fact, this whole thing has ruined me for helping anyone ever again." Kristoff sighed as he argued with himself acting with Sven's voice.
"But she'll die on her own." He said in Sven's made up voice. "I can live with that." Kristoff added normally. Through their conversation, they watched Anna go the wrong way...turned, go the other wrong way, turned, tripped, "But you won't get your new sled if she's dead.?..." Kristoff said in Sven's voice. Knowing he's got a point, "...You know sometimes I really don't like you." Kristoff mumbled, Sven licked Kristoff happily. Kristoff turned to the left and saw Hiccup right in front of him.
"What?" Kristoff asked.
"You talk to a reindeer?" Hiccup asked.
"Yeah, what of it?" Kristoff questioned.
"Don't you find that a little strange?" Hiccup pondered.
"No, but who are you?" Kristoff asked and then he spotted Toothless beside him. He quickly scooted and pointed at the dragon, "And what the heck is that?!"
Hiccup turned to Toothless who gave him an innocent look of confusion.
"My name's Hiccup and this is my dragon friend, Toothless and Sharpshot."
"Nice to meet you." Toothless and Sharpshot said.
"I'm Merida and this is Aileana." Merida said.
"I'm Carlos and this is Cielo." Carlos said.
"I'm Audrey and this is Quicksilver." Audrey said.
"Pleasure to meet you all." Anna greeted, "I'm Anna."
"Likewise." Carlos said.
"So who are you two?" Audrey asked.
"Kristoff and this is Sven." Kristoff gestured himself and the reindeer next to him.
Kristoff was tall and muscular with fair skin and light freckles along with short blond hair and light brown eyes.
"I find it strange that he voices the reindeer even though he can't understand him." Toothless commented.
"Very strange indeed." Sharpshot added.
"I fully agree with you." Hiccup said.
Then he noticed that Kristoff was looking at him strangely.
"What?" Hiccup asked.
"Isn't strange that you can talk to a dragon?" Kristoff asked.
"No, you talk to a reindeer. Isn't that strange?" Hiccup asked.
"Touche`." Kristoff agreed.
"So...these are real dragons?" Anna asked as she stood next to Merida.
"Yup." Merida replied as Aileana turned her head to the side and gazed at Anna.
"Wow." Anna awed at Aileana as she held her hand out to her while Aileana nudged her snout into Anna's gloved hand.
"So which way are we headed?" Carlos asked.
"You're coming with us?" Anna asked.
"Of course." Audrey said.
"Also, Princess Rapunzel requested that we help you." Hiccup added.
"Wait, you know Princess Rapunzel?" Anna asked, turning to Hiccup.
"Sure do." Carlos added.
"Well then, let's get going." Anna declared.
"Hold up. We're coming!" Kristoff called to her.
"You are?!" Anna asked excitedly, then calmed down clearing her throat a bit and caught herself. "I mean, sure. We'll let you tag along."
Kristoff only sighed with a smile shaking his head as he stood up while brushing himself off and the three of them along with the dragon riders and their dragons walked together towards the Northern Mountain.
After a long night of traveling non stop. Kristoff, Sven, Anna, the riders, and their dragons walked on a narrow rim of a mountain. While they walked, Anna saw a clearing and walked towards it. As they stepped out of the thick trees, Anna caught sight of something far below and she gasped while Kristoff and the others came beside her to look at what caught her eye.
"Arendelle..." She whispered out.
"It's completely frozen." Kristoff pointed out slowly.
"...But it'll be fine. Elsa will thaw it." Anna said firmly believing such.
"Will she?" Kristoff asked looking at Anna gently.
Anna nods a little uncertain.
"Yeah. Now come on. This way to the North Mountain?" She pointing straight ahead.
Kristoff laughed shaking his head at her.
"More like this way." He move her arm up so she points her finger up towards a perilously mighty mountain.
"Oh boy." Carlos muttered.
After a few more hours, they reached and area where they were beneath frozen willows. The hanging branches glisten like Christmas lights. Sven knocked them with his antlers. They tinkled like chimes.
"I never knew winter could be so beautiful." Anna smiled softly looking at it all.
Suddenly, a voice came in from nowhere. "Yeah...It really is beautiful, isn't it? But it's so white. You know, how about a little color? Must we bleach the joy out of it all? I'm thinking like maybe some crimson, chartreuse..."
While this is going on, Anna, Kristoff, the riders, and their dragons looked around for the source of the rambling. They looked at Sven who looked back at them, his antlers tangled in branches, just as baffled as they are. In the meantime, a nose-less snowman, wanders up behind them.
"How 'bout yellow-no, not yellow. Yellow and snow? Brrrr...no go." He stopped between Kristoff and Anna. They look down at him. He suddenly looked up at Anna.
"Am I right?" He asked.
Anna screamed as her reflexes take over and she kicked the snowman's head, sending it flying off his body and into Kristoff's arms.
"Hi!" The little snowman said happily to Kristoff now.
"You're creepy." Kristoff tossed the head back to Anna and they commence a game of hot potato or in this case, cold talking snowman head.
"I don't want it!" Anna tossed it back
"Back at chya!" Kristoff returned it to her.
"Please don't drop me." The snowman asked as his body ran towards Anna, arms waving, and then said calmly, "All right, we got off to a bad start."
"Ew, ew, the body!" Anna threw the head back on the body, upside down. The snowman smiled happily, then looked confused.
"Wow, talking snowman. Now I've seen everything." Hiccup commented. The other riders and dragons agreed.
"Wait, what am I looking at right now? Why are you hanging off the earth like a bat?" The snowman asked as Anna sympathetically knelt in front of the snowman and turned his head around the right way. "Oooh! Thank you!" He said smiling now.
"You're welcome." Anna replied gently to him.
"Now I'm perfect." The snowman gleamed looking over himself.
Anna looked over his innocent face and got an idea.
"Well, almost." Anna said while she dug into Kristoff's satchel, held up a carrot just as the snowman turned toward her. The carrot accidentally slammed all the way through his head. The others winced at that.
"Woo! Head rush!" The snowman said, wobbling a bit.
"Oh! Too hard. I'm sorry! I-I, I was just... Are you okay?" Anna asked quickly as the snowman saw a tiny piece of carrot sticking out between his eyes. He lit up at the sight of it.
"Are you kidding me? I am wonderful! I've always wanted a nose." He went cross-eyed to look at his tiny nose, "So cute. It's like a little baby unicorn." He touched it lightly as Anna reached behind him to the bulk of the carrot sticking out the back of his head and pushed it forward. "What? Hey! Whoa." He now saw his now big nose, "Oh, I love it even more! Hah...All right, let's start this thing over. Hi everyone. I'm Olaf. And I like warm hugs." The snowman now named Olaf introduced himself with his arms opened wide to Anna.
"Olaf?..." Anna questioned the snowman until her eyes lit up, "That's right. Olaf!"
"...And you are?" Olaf asked, confused.
"Oh, um...I'm Anna." She greeted softly smiling to him.
"And who's the funky-looking donkey over there?" Olaf asked curiously, looking at Kristoff and Sven.
"That's Sven." Anna said.
"Uh-huh. And who's the reindeer?" Olaf questioned her, Anna blinked a little.
"...Sven." She replied.
Olaf looked from Kristoff to Sven, confused.
"Oh. They're-oh, okay..." He said now accepting it, "Makes things easier for me." Olaf beamed while Sven tried to bite Olaf's nose. "Ha. Aw, look at him tryin' to kiss my nose. I like you, too!" Olaf said happily.
Then he noticed the riders and the dragons.
"Who are you guys?" Olaf asked, pointing at them.
"Hiccup and this is Toothless and Sharpshot."
"Carlos and Cielo."
"Merida and Aileana."
"Audrey and Quicksilver."
"Olaf, did Elsa build you?" Anna asked him now, turning his attention towards her.
"Yeah. Why?" Olaf responded while a curious Kristoff took one of Olaf's twig arms off and studied it. It seemed to be moving in sync with his other arm.
"Do you know where she is?" Anna asked with hope in her voice.
"Fascinating..." Kristoff commented, now studying the arm.
"Yeah. Why?" Olaf said again.
"Do you think you could show us the way?" Anna smiled wide to the snowman.
"Yeah. Why?" Olaf repeated for the third time in response.
"How does this work?" He asked, bending the twig arm before it slapped Kristoff across the face.
"Stop it, Sven. Trying to focus here." Olaf stated firmly taking his arm back and putting it in place before turning to Anna again, "Yeah, why?"
"I'll tell you why. We need Elsa to bring back summer." Kristoff responded to the snowman now.
"Summer?" Olaf asked, shocked, before sinking into wistfulness, "Oh, I don't know why but I've always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hot." Olaf said in a whisper of curiosity and delight.
"Really? I'm guessing you don't have much experience with heat." Kristoff remarked sarcastically as Anna shot him a glare.
"Nope. But sometimes I like to close my eyes and imagine what it'd be like when summer does come." Olaf wandered into a dream like state thinking about Summer.
"I'm gonna tell him." Kristoff grinned, Anna smacked his arm hard.
"Don't you dare." Anna warned him.
Olaf then straightened up and smiled.
"So, come on! Elsa's this way. Let's go bring back summer!" Olaf grabbed Anna's hand and pulled her along up the mountain.
"I'm coming!" Anna laughed and then Sven hopped along, happily following them. The riders and dragons looked at the trio and shrugged. Then followed after them. Kristoff watched all of them like they're nuts.
"Somebody's gotta tell him." Kristoff said in disbelief and soon followed the rest of the group along the mountain.
In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. Summer is more wooing and seductive, more versatile and human, appeals to the affections and the sentiments, and fosters inquiry and the art impulse. - John Burroughs