Chapter 39: Love Will Thaw
'Dragons' - Dragonese
The dragons were flying high over the trees as they raced towards Arendelle. They had to get to Hans so that he could kiss her and help thaw her the ice in her heart. Anna shivered in Audrey's arms. The others could see that she was weakening.
"Come on, everyone, faster!" Hiccup ordered.
All of the dragons grunted and flapped their wings harder as they flew to the entrance to the castle gates. Aileana gently placed Sven back on the ground as the other dragons landed beside him. Kristoff dismounted Cielo and went over to Quicksilver. Audrey carefully handed Anna to Kristoff who carried her bridal style and walked towards the gate.
"It's Princess Anna!" A guard yelled.
"I've got you." Kristoff said to Anna.
"...Are you g-gonna be okay?" Anna shivered out.
"Don't worry about me." Kristoff reassured her.
Just then Gerda, Kai, and female servant another servant rushed to help Anna.
"Anna! Oh, you had us worried sick." Gerda said.
Kristoff helped Anna stand up as Gerda rushed towards her.
"My Lady. You are freezing." Kai said.
"Get her warm and find Prince Hans, immediately." Kristoff ordered.
"We will. Thank you." Kai thanked as he, Anna, Gerda, and the other female servant entered the castle.
"Make sure she's safe!" Kristoff yelled.
Gerda and the female servant guided Anna who glanced over her shoulder and stared at Kristoff until the castle gates closed on him. Kristoff stood there with Sven for a beat, staring with worry at the closed gates as Sven stood by his side. Finally, he sighed and placed his hand on Sven's neck, turned, and walked off. Sven stood at the gate and mooed sadly at it. Then he reluctantly followed. The dragons and their riders stared at Kristoff with worry.
"Don't worry, she'll be fine. Kristoff." Audrey reassured.
However Kristoff walked past her and the others with Sven behind him.
"Do you think he'll be okay?" Carlos asked, staring at Kristoff.
"I don't know. But right now we better report to Rapunzel and Eugene." Hiccup stated.
"Right." Merida agreed.
The dragons stayed outside of the castle as the riders snuck back in and went to find Rapunzel and Eugene. They ran down the halls and spotted Kai and Gerda. They recognized the riders and led them to where the dignitaries and guards were. Rapunzel and Eugene were relieved when they spotted the riders.
"Hiccup! Carlos, Merida, Audrey, you're safe." Rapunzel said as she hugged the riders.
"Thank goodness that you are. We got so worried about you all." Eugene added.
"Never mind that! It's getting colder by the minute. If we don't do something soon, we'll freeze to death." The Duke of Weselton complained as he rubbed his arms and shivered.
"Gee, we didn't notice." Carlos muttered sarcastically as he and the riders rolled their eyes.
Hans came in, putting on his most distraught face.
"Prince Hans..." The Spanish Dignitary stated concerned when he and the others noticed him.
"Princess Anna is...dead." Hans admitted.
Everyone gasped with shock.
"What happened to her?" The Duke asked as he walked up to Hans.
Hans stumbled, weak with grief. The men helped him to a chair.
"She was killed...by Queen Elsa." Hans said.
"No!" The Duke gasped with the other dignitaries, "Her own sister."
"At least Anna and I got to say our marriage vows...before she died in my arms..." Hans said as he bowed his head in a brilliant display of teary grief.
"There can be no doubt now; Queen Elsa is a monster and we are all in grave danger." The Duke stated firmly looking at the others.
"Prince Hans, Arendelle looks to you." The Spanish Dignitary told Hans slowly.
Hiccup and the riders felt suspicious of Hans. Somehow, he reminded them of Mother Gothel, the woman who kidnapped Rapunzel as a baby and raised her in a tower hidden in the woods.
"With a heavy heart, I charge Queen Elsa of Arendelle with treason and sentenced her to death." Hans told them sadly but firmly.
Rapunzel and Eugene glanced at the riders and gestured them to find Anna while Hans and the dignitaries were distracted. The riders nodded and quietly left the room.
Anna shivered as she laid near death on the floor. She looked up and saw ice overtaking the ceiling. Then she heard the door clicking as she looked up weakly.
"Help..." Anna whispered hoarsely.
The door swung open. A carrot was in the lock and a giggle of victory was heard. Olaf took the carrot and put it back on his face. Then he and the riders saw Anna lying there.
"Anna! Oh no." Olaf gasped as he and the riders quickly went to Anna's side and knelt down beside her.
Then Olaf ran to the fireplace. He threw in some fresh wood, including one of his own arms, which he quickly rescued, before striking a match and relighting the fire.
"Olaf? Olaf. Get away from there." Anna warned him knowing that he could melt being so close to it.
"Whoa! So this is heat...I love it." Olaf reached a twig finger toward the flames. It caught on fire. "Ooh! But don't touch it!" He shook the flame out, as he rushed over to help the riders bring Anna towards the fire.
They gently sat her down in front of the fire. Sharpshot perched himself on her shoulder and wrapped his body like a scarf around her neck.
"So, where's Hans? What happened to your kiss?" Olaf asked.
"I was wrong about him. It wasn't true love." Anna stated, regrettably.
"But we ran all the way here." Olaf said, confused.
"He lied, Olaf." Merida said.
"He tricked Anna into falling in love with him so that he can take the throne." Audrey explained.
"Please Olaf, you can't stay here. You'll melt." Anna begged.
"I am not leaving here until we find some other act of true love to save you," Olaf stubbornly protested as he sat down behind her and leaned his back against hers and began to think, "Does anyone happen to have any ideas?"
The riders shook their heads with sadness.
"I don't even know what love is." Anna admitted.
"That's okay, I do." Olaf hopped back up and placed a soothing hand on her shoulder, "Love is...putting someone else's needs before yours, like, you know, how Kristoff brought you back here to Hans and left you forever."
"...Kristoff loves me?" Anna questioned, shocked.
"Wow, you really don't know anything about love, do you?" Olaf asked as his nose was about to slide off and he quickly put it back in place.
"Olaf!" Anna gasped.
"You're melting!" Hiccup gasped.
"Some people are worth melting for," Olaf assured them sweetly which caused them all to smile softly at him. But then...his face REALLY melted. He panicked and pushed the snow back in place, "Just maybe not right this second."
Suddenly, the window blew open, cold wind swept in.
"Don't worry, I've got it!" Olaf said as he ran to the window. He pulled one panel of it shut but struggled with the second panel and Carlos went over to help him, "We're going to get through-Oh, wait. Hang on. I'm getting something." Carlos stopped himself from closing the window as Olaf broke an icicle off the window, used it as a telescope and gasped when he saw Kristoff and Sven running back down the mountain, "It's Kristoff and Sven! They're coming back this way."
"They-they are?" Anna stuttered, shocked.
"Wow, he's really moving fast. I guess I was wrong. I guess Kristoff doesn't love you enough to leave you behind." Olaf stated.
"Help me up, everyone. Please." Anna pleaded as she tried to get to her feet.
The riders went to her side and began to help her up.
"No, no, no, no, no. You need to stay by the fire and keep warm." Olaf ordered as he hurried over, tumbling over the couch, knocking over the chess set and water jugs.
"I need to get to Kristoff." Anna declared.
"Why...?" Olaf asked, confused. Anna and the riders gave him a knowing look. He gasped as he realized and began to hop around excitedly as the riders helped Anna up, "Oh, oh, oh, I know why. There's your act of true love, right there, riding across the fjords like a valiant, pungent reindeer king! Come on!"
The walls cracked under the ice pressure.
"Look out!" Hiccup yelled.
The group quickly got out as the ceiling collapsed behind them. They quickly ran down the halls as Audrey and Hiccup were helping the struggling Anna. Ice spikes grew and blocked their path.
"Uh...back this way." Olaf urged.
The group turned the other direction, but there were ice spikes blocking that path too.
"We're trapped." Carlos said.
They looked desperately for a way out. Then Hiccup spotted a window next to them. He left Anna's side and inspected the window.
"Carlos, give me a hand." Hiccup ordered.
Both boys pushed against the windows until finally opened, nearly making Carlos fall out if Hiccup hadn't grabbed his arm. Luckily the area around the window was big enough for them to get out. The storm was so strong it swept the window panes away. Hiccup offered his hand to Anna, she takes it.
"Slide, Anna." Hiccup called her over the wind.
Anna sat down on the edge and then slipped down. Hiccup came next then, Carlos, Merida, Audrey, and Olaf all slid down the iced-covered building. Anna arrived at the bottom first, weakening but uninjured. Then all of the riders arrived after her. Olaf gathered snow along the way. He arrived at the bottom as a giant snowball.
"We made it!" Olaf cheered. He shook off the extra snow as Anna struggled to her feet.
Carlos and Merida helped Anna down towards the fjord. The riders spotted their dragons right near the shore of the fjord.
"Kristoff!" Anna shouted as she walked away from the riders.
"Anna, wait!" Audrey yelled as she and the other riders were about to go after her.
However the strong wind made them stop in their steps as they raised their arms over their eyes to shield them from the snow. But they decided to go after her. The dragon came to their riders's sides. They held onto the straps of the saddles. At that moment, the wind lifted Olaf up and pulled him apart. The riders gasped when they saw him in pieces.
"Olaf!/Olaf!" The riders and dragons shouted/roared.
"Keep going!" Olaf hollered as he went swirling off into the storm.
The group turned back to where they could faintly see Anna going into the blizzard ahead. They soon trudged forward as well. Both dragon and rider were having a hard time trying to get through the cold wind. To Hiccup's point of view, this storm was more powerful than the ones that happened when he lived on Berk. In the distance, they could vaguely see Anna who seemed to be struggling walking as she called out to Kristoff. Suddenly one of the ships tipped over in front of them, blocking their path.
"Oh, no!" Audrey gasped.
"Don't worry, we just have to go around it." Hiccup assured her.
The group carefully went around the ship, but when they finally got around it, they lost sight of Anna.
"We lost her!" Merida yelled.
"Quick Toothless, try to location her!" Hiccup shouted.
"On it!" Toothless warbled.
The riders put their hands over their ears as Toothless roared, releasing sound waves. A few seconds later, Toothless's ears twitched.
"Straight ahead!" Toothless roared lowly, nodding his head straight.
"Good job, bud. Okay, let's keep moving, everyone." Hiccup ordered.
The group nodded their heads and continued forward as the wind whipped around them. Unexpectedly, swirling storm suddenly stopped and the snow froze in mid-air. Citizens and dignitaries rushed to the wall's edge and looked out to see why it had all suddenly stopped. The gang was confused by this. They wondered why the storm had stopped so quickly. But they decided to think about that later as they tried to spot Anna.
"There she is!" Quicksilver warbled, gesturing her head towards the direction.
Up ahead of them was Anna who looked like she was barely standing. A lot further ahead was Kristoff. When Kristoff spotted Anna, he quickly ran across the fjord towards her with everything he got. At that moment, Anna and the riders heard a sword being drawn. They turned towards the source and saw Hans walking behind a grieving Elsa who sat on the ice, as he raised his sword over his head. Anna's eyes widened at what Hans was about to do and looked back at Kristoff as he ran towards her. She gave him a longing look, but then turned away from him and then using all of her remaining strength as Hans brought his sword down, Anna threw herself in front of Elsa with one hand up to block the sword.
"No!" Anna shouted.
In that instant, Anna froze to solid ice. The sword hit her instead of Elsa. The sword shattered completely. The force of it sent Hans flying back and knocked him out. Anna let out her final breath of air as Elsa opened her eyes and looked over seeing Anna's hand. She scrambled to move to see her frozen face.
"Anna!" Elsa cried out as she touched her sister's frozen face. "Oh, Anna...No...No, please no." Elsa pleaded. By this point, The riders, the dragons, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf had walked over to see what happened.
"Anna?" Olaf asked, saddened.
"We were...too late..." Carlos breathed out.
Elsa hugged Anna's frozen body and cried. Kristoff along with the riders and their dragons watched in shocked despair. Sven stepped up to Kristoff side. Citizens and dignitaries on the castle walls bowed their heads. All of Arendelle joined in somber silence. The riders wrapped their arms around their dragons and sobbed. Elsa's body hung off Anna's frozen one as everyone stood there not sure what to say or do. Not noticed by anyone, in Anna's chest the ice began to melt and spread out to her arms, stomach, legs, and face. Olaf noticed first and gasped, that got the dragons and Sven's attention. Sven bumped Kristoff's arm making him look as his eyes widened with shock.
"Everyone, look…" Aileana warbled.
The riders looked up and silently gasped as Anna was fully thawed. Anna had lowered her arm and she took a deep inhale of air.
"Anna?" Elsa asked as she looked up her sister who was alive in front of her. She gasped and the two shared a loving hug. One that was very much wanted by the both of them.
"Oh, Elsa." Anna said, relieved.
The two pulled back from their embrace.
"You sacrificed yourself for me?" Elsa asked Anna.
"I love you." Anna replied calmly, taking Elsa's hands in hers.
Olaf realized what had happened. He's so excited about it, he lifted his head right off his body.
"An act of true love will thaw a frozen heart." Olaf exclaimed.
Elsa stood there a moment, processing what Olaf said.
"Love will thaw..." She said as thought about it then realized what it meant, "Love...Of course." Elsa said with a bright smile.
"Elsa?" Anna asked.
"Love!" Elsa lifted her arms, and the ground shook and cracked. The ice and snow broke away and rose high into the air. Beneath their feet the bow of a ship thawed. The entire fjord melted and other boats right themselves. The villagers came out to see the warmth returning. In one final wave, Elsa drew all of the snow into a giant snowflake in the sky, then waved it away, leaving only a warm summer day.
"I knew you could do it." Anna said to Elsa placing her hand on her back.
"Hands down, this is the best day of my life...and quite possibly the last..." Olaf said while in the process of melting.
"Oh, Olaf. Hang on, little guy." Elsa giggled a bit and waves her hand and surrounded Olaf with a swirl of cold air. He re-froze. Above his head she left a little, perpetually-snowing storm cloud. Olaf gasped with excitement.
"My own personal flurry!" Olaf laughed happily, a little bashful as Elsa, Anna, the riders, and dragons chuckled.
Kristoff saw Hans trying to get to his feet. The dragons growled as Kristoff marched toward him, prepared for a fight. But Anna put up a hand and stopped him. The riders did the same for their dragons.
"Uh. Uh. Uh." Anna said.
She went over to Hans who was rubbing his chin, trying to get feeling back into it. Then he noticed Anna had returned to normal and summer had returned to Arendelle.
"Anna? But she froze your heart." Hans stated, confused.
"The only frozen heart around here is yours." Anna remarked.
Anna turned away from him, proud of her words. But not yet satisfied, she turned back and punched him right in the face.
"Ah!" Hans yelled as he went overboard.
The riders and dragons chuckled at that while the townsfolk and dignitaries clapped and cheered. Elsa came over to Anna and hugged her. Sven nudged Kristoff arm. Kristoff smiled at the reindeer and placed his arm around his neck. The riders did the same gesture to their dragons. Anna looked over her shoulder and Kristoff met her eyes. She smiled brighter, finally happy that her sister was back.
Love is a more powerful force than magic. You can trick the mind and even the heart, but never the soul. When a person is not free to love with their soul, that is not love and that is why a love spell can never truly work. - Nikki Jefford