Elsa of the jungle: The legend begins @mbcarver
Chapter 58

Kristoff lied awake in their tent that night, holding his hands behind his head. He glanced anxiously to the tent's entrance, which hung open. Peering to the blacken jungle outside. He leaned up and sighed, shaking his head.

"I never thought I'd say this," he said, glancing to Tadashi.

"But I can't sleep."

Tadashi glanced up from his laptop.

"I know what you mean," He said.

"Today's really got me on edge. I don't think I'm gonna be able to sleep tonight."

There was a sudden sound in the distance. The two glanced to jungle outside. Kristoff gulped. It didn't sound like the call the wild girl made. But still, he could hear it echoing in his mind. Tadashi glanced to him.

"Relax," He said.

"I don't think it was..."

He then paused.

"Yeah, well that doesn't exactly make me feel better," Kristoff said.

He groaned and shook his head.

"Ah, what is happening?" he exclaimed.

"Since we got here, this whole trip has been a disaster. If you ask me, we just need to forget about this herb and go home."

"What about Jack?" Tadashi pointed out.

Kristoff paused, realizing he had forgotten about Jack. He groaned.

"Right," He said.

"But how the hell are we going to get him back from that jungle girl?"

Tadashi narrowed his head as he thought. Kristoff had a point. How were they suppose to get Jack back?

They both saw what happened today. And the fact that she was able to command the animals didn't exactly help.

They then heard the flap of tent entrance. They looked up and saw Anna enter the tent.

"Kristoff!" she said.

"Anna, what is it?" Kristoff asked, getting out of his sleeping bag.

"Have you guys seen Jenna?" she asked, worryingly.

Kristoff and Tadashi glance to one another, curiously.

"She's not with you?" Kristoff asked, looking back to her.

"No," She said, shaking her head.

Mund came up from behind Anna.

"Balto's gone, too." He said.

Anna turned to him.

"Well we should go looking for them." Anna insisted.

"Nah, you three stay here and get some shut eye," Mund said.

"Me and North will go look for them. Don't worry, Balto knows his way around this part of the jungle. If Jenna's with him, she should be alright."

Anna was hesitant.

"Please bring her back safe. She pleaded with the tracker.

"Aye, you got it." Mund said, nodding back.

He then turned and walked out of the tent. Anna stood, cupping her hands anxiously. She worried for Jenna. She must be so lost and scared. She hoped she was somewhere safe.

There was a ringing sound coming from Tadashi's laptop. Tadashi glanced down at the screen and saw he was getting a skype call from Hiro.

"It's Hiro!" he said, turning to Kristoff and Anna.

He scrolled down and pressed answer. Hiro then came up over the screen.

"Hey, guys," Hiro said, waving.

Anna came around and peered to the screen.

"Hey Hiro," she said, smiling.

"Hows it going ?" Hiro asked, curiously.

Tadashi and Anna glanced to each other. Both seeming uninsured to say the least the questions.

"It's been... quite the day." Tadashi said, turning back to his younger brother.

Hiro glanced around.

"Where's Jack and kristoff?" He asked.

Kristoff stood up from his bed and came up behind Tadashi and Anna.

"I'm here," he said, waving to him.

"Hey, Hiro what's up?"

"Oh I was just calling cause see how you guys are doing," Hiro said.

"Oh, and I also did some digging on Hans like you asked."

Tadashi and Anna turned back to Kristoff, raising an eye brow, curiously.

"Digging?" Anna asked, curiously.

Kristoff glanced guiltily to the side the side, rubbing the back of his neck.

"I did some digging and check this out." He said, pulling up a news article.

The three peered to the article on screen. The head line said: CEO of Southern Isles Industry cuts ties with Professor Adgar, due to partner ship with Rival company.

"Cuts ties?" Anna asked, curiously.

"Yeah," Hiro said, as he scrolled down the article.

"And listen to this. Apparently, Adgar was using equipment from the University and S. I. Industries to do his research. But after his obsession with his work and Professor Callahan cutting off his access to university resources, he decided to partner up with S. I's rival."

He scrolled down to the symbol of a black horse, with the name, Pitch Black Industries underneath. Kristoff squinted his eyes, curiously.

"Pitch Black Industries?" Kristoff asked, curiously.

"Isn't that the company was said to have stolen vital research from S.I."

"That wasn't really exactly proven," Hiro insisted.

"They didn't find any evidence they stole from the company. So the case was dropped."

"So why would Adgar partner with them?" Kristoff asked.

"Apparently, they have state of the art equipment," Hiro said, bringing up document of Pitch Black's hardware.

"They got stuff that would make the University and S.I. look like a school science project."

Tadashi peered in awe at the hardware in the documents. The stuff he could do with this kind of hardware.

"Oh, man." he said.

"I know, right." Hiro exclaimed, excitedly.

"Uh, Hiro." Kristoff said, raising an eye brow.

"Oh, right," he said.

"So anyway, Professor Fortrume and Adgar were butting heads for the longest while, over his obsession with his research."

He scrolled down to several statements they took from the scientists at S.I.

"There were some at S.I that said he was abusing his access to the company. Halting several other projects to the company. And after finding out her partnered with Pitch Black Industries, he severed all ties with him, stating that he would never work with Adgar again."

Anna shook her head, confusingly. That didn't match up with what Hans had told them. He said that his father was all too eager with continuing his former colleague's research.

"No, no, that can't be right," she said, glancing to Tadashi and Kristoff.

"Hans said Adgar never went to his father about continuing his research."

"Then again, why wouldn't he?" Kristoff pointed out.

"They had all the resources he needed for studying the herb. So why wouldn't he go to them?"

"So why would Hans lie to us about it?" Tadashi asked, curiously.

The three glanced to one another. It did seem odd that he would share with them that information. But what reason would he have in not telling them this?

Something didn't add up about this. And this feud between the two companies might have the answer.

Kristoff turned back to Hiro.

"Hey, Hiro," he said.

"See if you can find out more about this feud. Also what you can dig up some dirt on Hans."

"Sure thing." Hiro said, nodding his head.

Balto was well accustomed to the jungle at night. Though Jenna was less the enthused. Scurrying through the underbrush, she heard a strange sound in the jungle off to her left. She then paused, glancing anxiously through the foliage. Balto glanced back to her. He then turned and came up to her.

"Don't worry, it's nothing," he reassured her.

"Are you sure?" she asked.

Balto nodded his head.

"Trust me," he said.

"I'd know."

Balto then turned and glanced to the jungle ahead. He knew predators would be hunting at this time. They should probably find shelter and continue in the morning. He then turned and saw a large curving root of a nearby tree. It seemed like a good place for them to spend the night.

"Come on," he said.

"We should spend the night here. Continue in the morning."

He two scurried up to the tree and settle next to the large root. Jenna laid next to Balto, when she heard a strange chirping from above. She frowned, panting nervously. He ears lowered down.

She then felt Balto nudge her. She turned to him and saw him smile, nodding his head. Assuring her that he would keep her safe. Jenna smiled at him. She leaned forward and nuzzled under his chin. She then lowered her head and laid them over his paws.

Balto then glanced up, scanning the foliage. His senses sharp for the long night ahead.

Elsa woke up the next morning, laying next to Jack. She leaned up, yawning as she stretched her arms. She then glanced down at Jack, who was still asleep. She smiled down at her mate. She reached out her hand gently cupped his cheek. Jack in turned groaned at her touched

Suddenly, she then heard a small hooting sound. She then turned and glanced back to the cave entrance. It was coming from outside. She got up and walked over to the mouth of the cave, where she stood peering outside. It was there she saw a family of small monkeys playing in the tree above.

Elsa smiled. She walked out of the cave and came up, peering up at the small monkeys. She saw two younger one, huddle in front of their mother, playing. Elsa chuckled. Suddenly, Elsa felt something lunge onto her shoulder. She turned and saw a monkey perched over onto her other shoulder.

"Hello." she said, petting the monkey under his chin.

The monkey in turned hooted to her. Elsa in turned chuckled. She glanced up to the other monkeys, who were hooting down at them. The monkey leaped off her shoulder and scurried up the tree. He came up to the other monkeys, who each gathered around him.

Elsa peered up at them, as a sudden feeling of homesickness came over her. She glanced down, narrowing her eyes as she frowned. Seeing the monkeys together and after hearing what Nala said last night, it made her think about the pride. Simba. Nala. Mufasa. Sarabi. Kion. Kovu... Mother.

Elsa wished she could be home.

But she knew she couldn't. Not with Jack. She couldn't endanger them.

Elsa then heard the monkey's hooting above. She glanced up and saw the monkey peering down at her, hooting. Elsa smiled. She walked up to tree and climbed up to where the monkey's were perched. She came up to them, grunting and hooting in their language.

The monkey grunted before climbing up into the tree. Elsa chuckled and climbed up after them.

Down below, Jack came out of the cave, yawning. He glanced around but saw no sign of Elsa.

"Elsa?" he called out.

He walked out of the cave, looked around for the wild woman.


Jack came up under the tree when he heard the sound of a monkey's hooting above. Followed by a familiar voice sounding as if she was speaking monkey. He glanced up and saw Elsa, playing with some monkeys high in the tree. Hanging from the branch, she reached out and grabbed the next, swinging herself along with the monkeys.

Jack chuckled at her. She really was something. And the fact she could understand and speak to animals, this jungle law she's been going on about. it all seemed to make the jungle seem... almost enlivening.

Elsa dropped from above, hanging upside down from the branch above. Jack gasped.

"Elsa!" He said.

Elsa smiled, chuckling. She then turned an dropped down from the branch and landed in front of Jack. She came up to him, grabbing his hand.

"Jack, follow Elsa." She said, pulling him along.

"Hey, where are we going?" Jack asked, curiously.

"Elsa teach Jack to swing." Elsa said.

Jack glanced to her curiously.

"Swing?" he asked.

"You mean like...?"

Jack pointed up at the monkeys above. Elsa glanced up them before glancing back at Jack. She nodded her head.

"Come on!" she insisted.

Elsa then pulled Jack along as she turned and ran off into the jungle.

Elsa climbed up into a tree, turning back to Jack who came up behind her. He glanced up to her, reaching up his hand.

"Uh, a little help." he said.

Elsa grabbed his hand and pulled him up into the tree with her. Jack stood up, nearly falling back. Though Elsa was quick to catch him and pull him back. Jack sighed in relief.

"Thanks." He said.

Elsa smiled. She then turned to the nearby branch, where she saw a nearby vine. She scurried up over the branch and grabbed the vine, tugging on it to be sure it was sturdy. She then turned back to Jack.

"Here," she said, handing him the vine.

Jack glanced nervously to the wild woman.

"Uhhhh," he said, turning to peer below.

They were really high off the ground. It would be a long drop if anything happened. Jack shook his head.

"Yeah, I don't think so." He said.

"Jack not worry," Elsa insisted.

"Elsa be right behind Jack."

She continued to press the vine to him, insisting he take it. Jack continued to glanced below, nervous about the notion that he would fall. He then sighed and grabbed hold of the vine.

"You sure about this?" Jack asked, glancing to Elsa.

"Trees fastest way to travel through jungle." Elsa explained.

"Rafiki teach Elsa to swing from vines. Say Elsa like monkey people and that in trees, Elsa would be more swifter like Bagheera."

"Okay," he said, holding the vine tightly.

"So now what?"

Elsa came up to Jack and came up behind him. She reached around him and grabbed the vine in her hands. Holding her right hand over her left.

"Hold like this." Elsa said.

Jack slid his hands close to one another, copying how she held the vine.

"Alright," he said, holding her hands close together.

Elsa came from behind him, perched over the branch.

"Now Jump!" she said.

Jack turned to her.

"Jump?" he said.

Elsa nodded her head.

"Jack, Jump!"

Jack turned forward, gripping the vine tightly in his hands. He took a deep breath before lunging from the branch. He clung to the vine tightly as he swung through the air.

"Wow, wow, wow!" he cried as the vine twisted around.

Swinging up to a nearby tree, he stretched out his leg and and hooked it over the branch. Desperately, he tried pulling himself up to the branch. Only to have his foot slip causing him to swing backwards. The vine once more twirled around when he suddenly lost his grip, causing him to fall.

He closed his eyes, waiting sudden impact. Only to feel something wrap around his chest, stopping him from falling. He looked up and saw he was being swung into the air. He glanced up and saw Elsa, holding onto him as she swung them through the trees.

She swung to a nearby tree and landed over the branch, setting Jack next to her.

"Wow," Jack said, struggling to keep his balance.

He fell forward, only to once again be caught by Elsa. Pulling him back over the branch, Elsa looked up at Jack, who stared down below.

"Man, you know how to swing in at the right time." Jack commented, glancing back at her.

Elsa stared up at Jack, peering into his icy blue eyes. Jack glanced down her, seeing the look on her face. The same as she had back at the watering hole. Her cheeks blushed a bright red as he stared down at her. Slowly she reached her hand up her his shoulder. Only for Jack to grab it and hold it, softly.

While he like Elsa, he knew this couldn't be. At least, not now. They had only just met the other day. They were far from being together romantically. Though he couldn't exactly blame her really. Being raised by animals, unspoiled by the comforts of civilization, her concept of love was much different then his.

Animals never really knew the concept of getting to know each other before getting serious. They acted more on instinct. which is exactly what she was doing. But the fact that she was attracted to him, someone of her own kind. It showed she had some self awareness.

"Look, um," he said, trying to find the words to make her understand.

"I uh, I know what your thinking. And believe me, I like you too."

Elsa tilted her head, curiously.

"Jack like Elsa?" She asked, curiously.

"Well, yeah," he said, nodding his head.

Elsa smiled up at Jack. As she went to take him into her arms, she was stopped by Jack, who took her by shoulders.

"Wait, stop," He said.

Elsa frowned, confusingly.

"Look," he said, pondering.

He narrowed his head, pondering of how he could make her understand. When suddenly, an idea then came to mind. He thought back to when she was telling him about the Law of the Jungle. The way she was trying to teach him and how she described it. Maybe he could do the same.

Jack smirked. He glanced back to Elsa.

"I know that you have feeling for me," He started.

"But in man's world, love is much different then in the jungle."

Elsa tilted her head, curiously.

"Different?" she asked, curiously.

Jack nodded his head to her.

"Yes," he insisted, sitting down over the branch.

"You see, a man and woman can't simply be mates like how the people of the jungle does. It is something that must be earned by them both."

"Elsa must earn?" Elsa asked, curiously.

"Yes," Jack said, raising a finger.

"Elsa must earn it. As well as Jack."

Elsa glanced to the side, pondering. Love was something that had to be earned in man's world? But how was such a thing earned?

She looked up to Jack.

"How Elsa earn?" she asked, curiously.

"Well," Jack said, glancing down as he thought.

"You earn it by... talking."

"Talking?" Elsa asked, curiously.

"Yeah," Jack said, nodding his head.

"We need to get to know each other, see what our interests are and if we have something in common."

"Do Elsa and Jack have things in common?" Elsa asked, curiously.

Jack glanced to her, curiously. He pondered for a moment before turning to a nearby vine.

"Well, I'm not sure vine swinging is one of them." he joked, turning back to her.

He then looked into her eyes and noticed they were an icy blue, the same as his.

"But, we do have the same eyes," he pointed out.

"And we... we... um..."

Jack turned, pondering what else they had in common. Elsa frowned.

"We not have things in common?" she asked, curiously.

Jack shook his head.

"Well, we don't really know each other all that well yet," he insisted.

"We still have to spend more time together in order to really be sure. But we don't always have to have things in common."

Elsa glanced away, pondering. Man's ways seemed so complicated.

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