Elsa sat on Anna's couch, her elbows propped on her knees, hands clasped in front of her mouth, and she was staring straight ahead. Anna had told her everything: her assignment to watch Elsa, the way the Chief thought the disappearance of Roman was linked to Elsa, the surveillance kept on Elsa's estate, and her newest assignment of watching Hans to see if he was in Arendelle to join forces with Elsa. Anna had sobbed through the confession, repeating apologies for not telling Elsa sooner.
"Elsa," Anna called, hoping the blond would look at her.
Elsa couldn't focus on any one thing, her mind was buzzing with hundreds of thoughts.
"I know we don't talk about work, but you could have at least warned me, Anna," Elsa finally spoke. She had been silent for the past half hour, letting all the new information sink in.
She heard Anna's breath catch in another sob. "I wanted to tell you, Elsa. I did. I-I just didn't kn-know how to." Anna sniffled. "I was afraid I would lose you," she said barely above a whisper.
Elsa looked at her then. She saw the sorrow that filled Anna's eyes, the way Anna fiddled with her fingers in her lap. Elsa wanted, desperately, to hold Anna, but she couldn't move. She just watched the redhead with a numbness she hadn't felt in a long time.
"I guess I always knew something like this would happen eventually," Elsa sighed, running her hands through her hair. Anna's eyes shifted away under Elsa's gaze.
"I've been trying to delay looking into you, if that helps anything," Anna said dejectedly. "I don't want to work your case, Elsa. I don't want to have you taken away from me."
"Anna," Elsa sighed, standing up to look out the window. "This isn't good."
"I know," Anna cried. The redhead pressed her fists to her forehead in frustration.
Elsa turned and leaned her back against the wall beside the window. She studied the woman on the couch. Her heart clenched to see the woman she loved in pain, to see Anna in such distress.
"What are we going to do?" Elsa asked. She wasn't sure if she was asking Anna or herself.
Anna shot off the couch, making her way over to where Elsa stood. The woman took Elsa's hands in her own, pressing one of Elsa's palms against her cheek, and kept her eyes locked with the blond. Elsa stroked her thumb against Anna's cheek, wiping away some of the wetness from the woman's face.
"Just tell me what to do, Elsa." Anna's eyes were earnest, pleading with Elsa.
"I can't tell you what to do," Elsa sighed. She brought her forehead to rest against Anna's, closing her eyes. "I'm not going to stop loving you over this, Anna. It makes what we have all the more complicated." She broke away from Anna's embrace, moving to the couch again.
"Elsa, I don't know what to do! I don't want to lose you, but this is my career!"
Elsa whirled around. "I can't exactly leave my profession, Anna! I have people I'm responsible for! Imagine what would happen if I were to walk away!" She was practically yelling. "I can't leave this. It's who I am!" Her heart was pounding in her chest and there was a roaring in her ears.
Anna shrunk back from Elsa. "You're more than some criminal, Elsa. At least, to me you are."
Elsa made her way over to Anna, grabbing her hips, and brought her closer. "And you mean more to me than some fling," she breathed. "But this," she motioned between the two of them, "I don't see this working unless one of us leaves our lifestyle. I don't see that happening, do you?"
Anna opened her mouth to speak when Elsa's cell phone began to ring. Elsa cursed under her breath, released her hold on Anna, and retrieved her phone from the coffee table. She stilled when her screen lit up with Marshall's name on it.
She pressed the phone to her ear. "Marshall, what is it?"
"You need to get down here, boss," the man's gruff voice came from the other end.
"I'll be right down," Elsa said hanging up the phone. She looked at Anna, seeing how broken down the woman was. "I have to go," she started.
"Please, don't leave me," Anna said, a new wave of sobs taking over her.
Elsa stepped closer to her, placing a finger under Anna's chin to get her to meet Elsa's eyes. "I'm not leaving you. Marshall needs me right now. I will be back up after I see what he needs," Elsa promised. She placed a light kiss to Anna's forehead before turning and walking out the door.
Elsa made her way down to the street as quickly as she could, crossing the street to where Marshall stood outside his car. He stood with his arms crossed over his chest, one hand was hidden beneath his jacket, no doubt gripping the pistol he kept there. His eyes scanned the street before landing on Elsa, who had thrown on her jacket, and pulled the hood up to hide her features.
"What's the problem?" Elsa asked in a low voice.
Marshall motioned for her to follow him around to the other side of the car. Elsa saw a man lying on the ground beside the vehicle, his hands and feet tied up. He appeared to be unconscious.
"I caught him going around the back of the building. He seemed to be trying to pick the lock when I came up behind him," Marshall pushed the man onto his back with his foot. "He's one of Hans' men."
"What the hell would one of Hans' men be doing her-," Elsa paused, her eyes going wide. "Anna." Her head whipped around to gaze back up at Anna's apartment building. "Get him in the trunk and take him back to the estate," she said before taking off towards the building.
She sprinted up the steps as fast as her legs would allow her to. Elsa burst through the apartment door.
"Anna!" she yelled, looking around the small apartment. "Anna!" she said frantically. Elsa sighed in relief when she saw Anna come from the bedroom. She raced to the woman, wrapping her arms around the redhead, burying her face in the woman's hair. "Oh, thank god," she breathed. She felt Anna hesitate before wrapping her arms around the blond.
"E-Elsa?" Anna said confused. "What's going on?"
Elsa brought a hand up from around Anna's waist to cradle the woman's head against her shoulder. "I'm just glad you're safe."
"Why wouldn't I be?" Anna asked, her grip tightened around Elsa.
Elsa held Anna against her with one arm while she reached into her pocket, retrieving her phone, and dialing Marshall. It rang twice before the man answered.
"I need you to drop," she glanced down at Anna, "that thing off at the estate. Put it in the cellar, grab the bag inside my closet, and get back here as quickly as you can, understood?"
"Got it," he responded before disconnecting the line.
Elsa breathed a sigh of relief, thankful, again, that she had chosen Marshall to be her head of security. She was also thankful, beyond belief, that she could trust this man with her life.
Anna broke Elsa's train of thought, pulling back to look into the blonde's eyes. "You going to tell me what's going on?"
Elsa rubbed her forehead. "There was someone trying to get into the building."
Anna quirked a brow. "It is an apartment building, Elsa. Other people live here besides me."
"He was picking the lock for the backdoor. Most people use the front entrance."
"And this caused you to freak out and come busting in here in a panic?" Anna lifted a brow at Elsa.
Elsa gave an annoyed sigh. "Anna, it was one of Hans' men. So, he either knows I'm here, or he was here for you."
Anna blinked a few times, her jaw going slack. "Oh," she said when it finally clicked. "You think Hans wants to hurt one of us?" Elsa nodded. "Wait, why is Marshall grabbing a bag from your closet?"
"I'm going to make sure you're safe," Elsa stated. "I'm staying here tonight. We can figure out something to keep you safe."
Anna's eyes lit up. "You're going to stay, really?"
Elsa held up a hand. "I'm staying to make sure you're safe, Anna. We still have a lot to discuss." She saw Anna's face drop.
"Are you going to leave me?" Anna's eyes dropped, looking at the floor.
Elsa cupped her hand beneath Anna's chin, tilting her head up. "Anna, look at me." She waited for Anna's eyes to meet hers. "Things have never been simple between us, you know that. I love you. I would never want you in danger, but this whole situation is beyond fucked up. I will protect you until my last breath," she stroked Anna's chin with her thumb. "You know I can't just walk away from my lifestyle. There's consequences to someone like me stepping down. If someone, other than myself, took over this city, I can't even begin to explain all the things that would change."
"Are you saying that, with you 'running' Arendelle, things are better?" Anna asked disbelievingly.
"Can you imagine what Arendelle would be like if someone like Hans were to take over?" Anna shuddered. "Exactly," Elsa nodded. "It would destroy Arendelle."
Elsa released her hold on Anna, going through the apartment to check the windows, and locking her front door. By the time she finished checking the apartment, her phone began to buzz in her pocket. Anna had retreated to her bedroom, not knowing what to say to Elsa.
"I'm at the backdoor," came his reply.
"I'll be down in a minute." She hung up the phone, going back to the bedroom to talk to Anna. "I need your key."
"Why don't you just break back in," Anna said coldly. "You said they weren't hard to figure out."
"Anna," Elsa rubbed her forehead. "I need to lock the door behind me and if I'm going to leave you here while I go down to talk to Marshall, I don't want anyone else to be able to get in."
Anna tossed her keys to Elsa. She didn't look at Elsa when she spoke. "I'm going to take a shower."
Elsa nodded. "I won't be long."
Elsa sighed as she left the bedroom. She locked the apartment door behind her and made her way down the stairwell to Marshall. He was standing with his back to the door, his gaze sweeping the alleyway for any potential threats, Elsa's duffle bag gripped in his hand. The sound of the door opening behind him caused him to turn around.
"Thank you, Marshall," Elsa said, taking the duffle bag when the man handed it over. "I need you to do something else for me," she paused, waiting for Marshall to acknowledge her. When he nodded, she continued. "I need someone to watch Anna. I know I have no right to ask this of you, but I need to be sure she's safe. I can't be with her every minute."
"You want me to keep an eye on her?"
"Yes, I do. Keep your distance, don't let her know you're there. I have to figure something out so Hans won't know where she's staying. Keep that piece of shit henchman in the cellar. I will personally speak to him when I return to the estate." Elsa's eyes were colder than ice. "I want to know which of us he was here for tonight."
"Hans will suspect something when his lackey doesn't return."
"He can think whatever he likes. If he was attacking Anna, he's going to be dealing with me," Elsa said through her teeth. She was seething at the thought of Hans sending some punk to do gods know what to Anna. "No one goes in the cellar before my return."
Marshall nodded. "Do you want me to stay around here, in case anyone else tries something?"
Elsa glanced down at the bag in her hand, readjusting her grip on the handle. "I've got that covered. Go back, get some sleep." He turned to leave. "Marshall," he glanced over his shoulder, "thank you."
"Not a problem, boss," he gave her a smile small before leaving her alone in the alley.
Elsa heard the shower still running when she reentered Anna's apartment. She locked the door, dropped the bag next to the couch, and walked back towards the bathroom. The sound of the shower running stopped when she reached the bedroom. She paused in the doorway, unsure if she should walk in or not. Elsa was still wrestling with her decision when Anna walked out of the bathroom, wrapped in only a towel, and brushing her wet hair. Elsa's eyes roved over Anna's slight form. The towel had to be the smallest one Anna owned, Elsa mused. It barely reached her thighs, showing off her pale legs. She had it wrapped around her chest, exposing the freckled shoulders and slender neck that beckoned to Elsa. Her mouth watered at the thought of attaching her lips to Anna's smooth skin. Her eyes met Anna's, whose own seemed to gleam with mischief.
Elsa averted her gaze. "I'll, uh, be in there," she pointed over her shoulder towards the living room.
Elsa was sitting on the couch, cleaning the pistol she had retrieved from her bag, when she felt a weight shift the cushion beside her. She began to reassemble the firearm when she felt hot breath against her neck, causing her to shudder in return. Warm lips brushed against the spot just behind Elsa's ear.
"Anna," Elsa half-moaned, tilting her head. Whether it was to grant better access or to pull away from the touch, Elsa wasn't sure.
Anna kissed along Elsa's neck, trailing down to her jaw, and finally pressing her lips to Elsa's. Elsa set her pistol down on the table, cupped one hand behind Anna's neck, and wrapped her arm around Anna's waist. As the kiss became more heated, Anna moved to straddle Elsa, pressing her body flush against the woman beneath her, and ran her fingers through Elsa's hair. Elsa felt Anna's tongue sweep across her bottom lip while the redhead ground herself against the blonde's stomach, a low moan escaping the younger woman. Elsa ran her hands down Anna's sides, bringing them down to grip the redhead's firm ass, and pulling Anna closer. She could feel the heat radiating from Anna's core as it ground against her stomach.
"Elsa," Anna moaned against the blonde's lips.
All of Elsa's movements stilled when Anna had spoken her name. Everything came rushing to her mind at once. Anna had been tracking her movements. Anna hadn't told her that she had been digging into her past and present. Anna was now looking into Hans as well. A man had tried to break into Anna's apartment building; not just a man, but one of Hans' men. Anna could've been hurt, or worse! Anna was sitting on her lap right now, though she had stopped grinding against her when she felt Elsa freeze up.
"Elsa?" Anna called to her, barely breaking through the fog in Elsa's mind. "Elsa, what is it?"
Elsa shook her head, gently pushing Anna off her lap, and onto the couch. She stood up and began pacing. Anna watched her with confusion, worry, and a slight amount of hurt. Elsa hadn't said a word yet, but the thoughts were bouncing around in her head.
You're going to lose her. One way or another, you're going to lose her.
Elsa continued pacing, her hands gripping her hair.
You think this could work? What an idiot you've been. This girl will never choose you over her career.
She could faintly make out Anna's voice, tinged with genuine concern, calling her name over and over.
Hans will probably kill her anyway. Better to just cut your losses now and be done with her. Look how close he got tonight. Wouldn't take much to just let him-
Her treacherous thoughts were interrupted by warm hands on her cheeks. Elsa looked up from the floor to meet aquamarine. She saw concern in those eyes. She saw trust in those eyes. She saw love shinning brightest of all.
"I could have lost you," Elsa whispered. "I could still lose you." Her anxiety was quickly turning to rage. "I can't just fuck you and forget about everything, Anna!"
"Th-That wasn't what I was trying to do, Elsa." Anna blinked rapidly, shocked at the quick change in Elsa's attitude.
Elsa broke away from Anna's touch. "You drop this bomb on me, and expect everything to go back to normal? I can't do that," Elsa gritted her teeth. "I can't have you looking into my files one minute, and fucking me the next. Don't you see how messed up that is?"
"Elsa, we don't discuss our work lives! That is what I do at work! You don't tell me what's going on with you in your daily life!" Anna shouted back.
"I do when it concerns you," Elsa deadpanned. "Do you think, for a second, that I would let anything happen to you without giving you a warning first? Fuck no, I wouldn't." She was shouting now. "I told you I knew you were following Hans. I warned you that he's not a good guy! Look what happened tonight, Anna! One of his stupid henchmen tried to break into your apartment building!"
Anna shrank back from Elsa's outburst. "You're right," her voice quivered. "I should have told you the minute I got assigned. It was stupid of me to not do that. I was so afraid how you would react." Tears began to fall down her cheeks.
Elsa sighed, rubbing the heels of her hands over her eyes. "Look, it's been a long day. Go get some sleep. I'll make sure everything is alright out here."
Anna nodded, her eyes falling to the floor. "Are you going to stay out here all night?"
"I don't know," Elsa answered. "I may sleep on the couch, if I sleep at all."
She watched as Anna gave a curt nod and walked off to her bedroom. Anna barely looked over her shoulder and whispered faintly, "I still love you."
Elsa felt her chest tighten when the words met her ears. The impact they had on the blond was enough to have her collapsing onto the couch. She placed her elbows on her knees and buried her face in her hands. She felt the tears burning in her eyes.
Everything is so fucked up right now.
Her shoulders shook with the force of her sobs, but she kept them silent. She wouldn't let Anna hear how broken she was, she couldn't. When her tears subsided, she checked the windows and the door a final time. She laid down on the sofa, pulling the blanket to drape over her, when she heard something come from Anna's bedroom. Elsa grabbed her firearm, moving slowly down the short hallway to the bedroom. She peaked in through the crack of the open door to see Anna facing away from the door. The only light in the room came through the window as moonlight spilled across Anna's pale skin.
Elsa was about to make her way back to the couch when she heard the noise again. It was a quiet whimper. Her eyes fell back on Anna and she saw the woman's shoulders shaking. Every voice in Elsa's head was screaming at her to go back to the couch and let Anna deal with it on her own, but she found herself opening Anna's door. She padded across the carpet to the redhead's bed. Setting her gun on the nightstand, Elsa lifted the covers, and slid in behind Anna. She wrapped her arms around Anna's waist, pulling her back against herself. Anna turned in Elsa's embrace, burying her face in the blonde's chest. Elsa dropped her chin to rest on the strawberry blond locks beneath her, and stroked Anna's back and hair while she cried. She had Elsa's shirt clenched in her fists, clinging on desperately to the woman she loved.
Anna's tears subsided, leaving her feeling exhausted, and Elsa could feel her slipping into unconsciousness. She placed a feather light kiss to Anna's temple. Elsa's voice was the last thing Anna heard before falling asleep, a small smile tugging at her lips.
"I still love you, and I will always protect you."
A/N: Hello all you lovely people. I hope you all enjoyed this chapter... and don't get mad at me for it. lol. Things are a little complicated for our girls (well, more complicated.) Thank you everyone for the follows, favorites, and reviews! Up to 285 followers now! Holy shit! That's insane! And thank you to everyone that took time to write a review. Always makes my day. :) You all are awesome.
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