Author: CreepyFan PM
Inspired by the upcoming Disney production of the Snow Queen.Rated: Fiction K - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 7,056 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 03-03-13 - Published: 07-29-12 - id: 8372878
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(The story goes ahead 15 years as it is still forever winter. The village is quiet and calm. Pavel continues narrating.)
Pavel: 15 years later, the kingdom is still a Not-So-Wonderful-Winter-Wonderland. Crops are hard to grow in the snow and animals flee the land elsewhere for food. So, you can say that things aren't as great as they were before and with the Snow Queen still at power, people started to lose hope. Well, except for one person . . .
(Opening her window, Anna, now 21, looks outside and takes a deep breath in. She looks over a nest sitting on her windowsill and sees a Blue Jay and her baby inside.)
Anna: Good morning there, Miss. Jay.
Miss. Jay: Oh, good morning to you, Anna.
Anna: How's Junior Jay doing?
Miss. Jay: He's doing well. He just learned to fly all by himself yesterday!
Miss. Jay: Thank you. Now, we can move elsewhere where it's warm and safe.
Anna: (Sadly) Oh, I see.
Junior Jay: Come on, Mama!
Miss. Jay: In a minute, dear. It's been wonderful knowing you, Anna. We truly appreciate all that you've done for us.
Anna: You're welcome. Fly safely.
Miss. Jay: Will do. Ready, Junior?
Junior Jay: Uh-huh. Let's go!
Anna: (Waves) Farewell!
(The two birds take off from their nest and fly into the wintery sunrise. Anna watches them leave sadly.)
Anna: So long.
Grandmother: (From another room) Anna! Please come do your chores!
Anna: Coming, Grandmother!
(As Anna leaves her room, the wind blows the nest off the windowsill. It lands on Pavel's head, who is sleeping in a barrel.)
Pavel: (Panicking) Get it off! Get it off! Get it off! AHHH!
(He trips into a pile of snow. When he looks up, he realizes it's only a nest on his head.)
Pavel: Oh! He-He. I knew that.
Anna: Come on, Pavel! It's time to do chores!
(Anna comes out of the house with her coat, boots and gloves on. She grabs a shovel.)
Pavel: I don't like doing chores.
Anna: Well, the faster we get to it, the quicker we'll be done. Now, help me shovel.
(All day, Anna and Pavel do chores like shoveling snow, feed the farm animals, and helping Anna's Grandmother around the house. While working, Anna thinks of what it would be like if it was spring again. How happier she and the kingdom would be. After a long day, Anna and Pavel come in just as Grandmother is making supper.)
Anna: All of our chores are done, Grandmother.
Pavel: Yes, finally!
Grandmother: I'm happy to hear that. Now, wash up. Supper will be ready soon.
Pavel: Goodie! I'm starving!
Anna: Actually, I'm not so hungry. May I please skip supper tonight?
Grandmother: Is everything all right, dearie?
Anna: Yes, I just need to lay down for a bit. It's been a long day.
Grandmother: Oh! Well, I guess it's-
Anna: Thank you, Grandmother!
(Anna heads upstairs to her room and closes the door.)
Pavel: Something's up. I know it.
Grandmother: I agree. I'll go see what it is.
(Grandmother makes her way upstairs. Meanwhile in her room, Anna takes off her coat and throws it on the bed. She then takes a jug of water that's sitting on her dresser and walks over to her closet. She opens it to her garden box, which has a little tree growing inside. There, Anna pours water onto the plant. Grandmother quietly opens the door and sees her granddaughter caring for the tree. She can get a hint of sadness in the girl's eyes.)
Grandmother: You miss them, don't you?
Anna: (Sighs) I wish I can see them again.
Grandmother: Oh, Anna. I understand how hard it is, but you can't change the past.
Anna: If there was a way to change it, I would.
(Grandmother turns to the tree.)
Grandmother: What kind of tree is this?
Anna: It's just an acorn. Nothing special.
Grandmother: Oh, but it is special. Once the acorns are just right, you can give them to the creatures that really need them. Sure, it's not useful for us, but it is for something.
Anna: I'm not sure if this one will last any longer than the last one. It needs to be in the ground where there's soil and sunlight shining on it. Not in my closet where there's none at all.
Grandmother: Well, perhaps when some of the snow melts, you can place somewhere where it can grow safely.
Anna: That's the thing! The snow will never melt and if it did, more snow is going to take its place. It's never going to stop!
Grandmother: You don't know that.
Anna: Well, maybe the Snow Queen does.
Anna: And I know for sure that she doesn't understand. If she could just see what we are going through, she would stop this eternal winter. Someone needs to go and talk to her. Someone like me!
Grandmother: Anna! That's enough! You don't need to go anywhere. The Snow Queen is known to be a dangerous woman and you need to stay here where it's safe. I promised your parents I would watch over you and that I will.
Anna: But I want to make a change!
Grandmother: And you will one day, but not now.
Grandmother: No buts. Now, you may come down for supper if you want.
Anna: I'm still not hungry.
Grandmother: Suit yourself. Goodnight, Anna.
(She walks out of the room, leaving Anna alone. The young girl walks over to her window and looks at the remaining feathers of the birds that use to live there. She then looks at her tree in the closet.)
Anna: I'm sorry, Papa. I can't just sit here and do nothing. But what can I do?
(Suddenly, some of the leaves on the tree blow away out of the window. Anna turn out at the horizon as the sun sets: the leaves blow in the direction of the mountains where the Snow Queen lives. She knows now she has to do something about this winter.)
Anna: I know what to do now. And I'll leave tonight.