One summer night in Arendelle, during the very early morning hours, every member of the kingdom's royal family was fast asleep in all of their beds in their own rooms, although the little princess Heidi was sleeping in a crib in her parents' rooms. She had done so for the past seven months since her birth, because her parents wanted to wait until she was a little older before she became roommates with Joseff.
However, as Kristoff and Anna slept in their bed, their peaceful slumber, as well as those of everyone else nearby, was interrupted when all of a sudden…
"Oww!" Kristoff shouted as he awoke immediately upon feeling something kick him hard in the stomach.
His loud cry of pain quickly jolted Anna from her sleep. She cried, "Kristoff! What's the matter?!"
Kristoff was wincing as he sat up and clutched his stomach. Finally, he exclaimed, "Something kicked me! Did you do it?"
"I don't know. Well, I'm sorry if I did," Anna apologized.
Still feeling a little pain, Kristoff tried to smile. "No, it's not your fault. These things can happen to people in their sleep."
But Anna thought it couldn't have been her, since she had also been fast asleep. So she pulled the covers down and saw…Joseff lying in the bed with his eyes closed. Anna instantly realized who really kicked Kristoff.
Without seeing Joseff at the same time Anna discovered him, he asked, "Yeah?"
Anna sighed. "I think we found the kicker."
Kristoff turned towards her and saw their son in the bed. He groaned, "Why is he in here again? This is the third night in a row!"
Just then, the couple heard the sound of crying. They looked in the direction from which it was coming, and realized that it was Heidi, who was crying because of their loud voices had awoken her.
Anna groaned softly, but tried to stay calm. "Great. Now Heidi's awake because we were talking so loudly."
Moments later, Elsa walked into the room. She looked very tired. "What's going on in here? I heard loud voices, then Heidi crying."
"Sorry, Elsa," Kristoff apologized. "Joseff snuck into our bed again and kicked me, and then we accidentally woke Heidi up from the noise."
At that moment, Joseff sat up from his place in the bed and yawned. "What's going on?"
"Honey, were you just pretending to be asleep this whole time?" Anna asked.
"Maybe, maybe not."
"Joe, why did you come into the bed again?" Kristoff asked.
"I got lonely. You have Heidi in here with you, so I wanted to be close to you and Mama, too."
Anna looked at Kristoff with a smile that said, "Why don't we let him stay again tonight?", but Kristoff mouthed to her, "No." So she said out loud, "Joseff, honey, will you please go to your room while your papa and I talk?"
"Okay, Mommy," he said. Then he jumped off the bed and ran out of the room, but not before Elsa tried to playfully grab him.
"Anna," Kristoff began, "I don't want Joseff to sleep in our bed again tonight. If we keep allowing him, he'll think he can sleep in here permanently and may never even sleep in his own bed again. And face it; we're not always going to be able to get a good night's rest if he keeps sleeping with us, especially if he accidentally kicks one of us in our sleep."
"Kristoff, don't you think you're being a little too judgmental about this situation? Joseff is only three years old; I'm sure he does get lonely sleeping in the big bedroom all by himself. If we deny letting him sleep with us once in a while, he won't understand why we won't let him." Anna turned to her sister. "What do you think, Elsa?"
Elsa sighed. "I don't know if it really matters what I think, but I am inclined to agree more with Kristoff."
"Why?" Anna asked.
Elsa sighed again. "Anna, I know he's too little to understand this right now, but at his age, if you allow him to do so much and don't say no, he's going to think that he can do anything he wants. If you don't attempt to explain or set rules and discipline for him now, he's not going to understand, maybe not even listen to you, if you attempt to do so when he's much older."
"I guess you're right. But then what can we do to make sure he stays in his own room and bed?"
Before Elsa could answer, Heidi suddenly let out a wail, making her parents and aunt remember that she was still awake.
Elsa walked over to Heidi, then said, "Look, why don't you two try to talk to Joseff? I'll stay with Heidi and try to make her calm down."
Kristoff and Anna left the room to go to that of Joseff, and Elsa picked Heidi up from her crib. "It's okay, sweetie. Auntie Elsa will look after you." She sat down in the nearby rocking chair and gently sang to her niece to help her go back to sleep.
In Joseff's room, Joseff was sitting in his bed when Kristoff and Anna walked in. They both sat down on the bed.
"Joseff, we need to talk about you sleeping with Daddy and me in our bed," Anna said.
"What about it, Mommy?"
Anna inhaled and exhaled. "Look, honey, you know your daddy and I love you very, very much. Sometimes when you want to have or do something, Daddy and I might say no, but it wouldn't be because we don't love you. See, you have to understand that you can't have everything or what you want when you want it. And even though we let you do so the last couple of nights, Daddy and I can't keep letting you sleep with us."
"But why, Mommy? I don't want to be alone."
Kristoff spoke up, "Joe, we can't let you sleep with us because our bed isn't large enough to hold three people…"
"But I'm not so big, Daddy," Joseff interrupted.
"I know, son," Kristoff continued. "But you're not always going to be this little. You'll get bigger, and the bigger you get, the more difficult it will be for our bed to hold you, me, and Mommy."
"I guess, Daddy. But what about the monsters that live under my bed and in my closet?"
"Is that why you're afraid to be alone in here, honey?" Anna asked. Joseff nodded yes to her question.
"Joseff, I swear to you that there is nothing in this room that is going to hurt you," Kristoff said. He walked over to the closet and opened it, revealing nothing but clothes and toys that were neatly stacked. "See? No monsters." Then he walked back to the bed and looked under it. "Come here," Kristoff beckoned. Joseff hopped off the bed and looked under it with his father. "See?" his father said again. "There is nothing harmful under the bed, either."
"Maybe they're just hiding and waiting to come out when you and Mommy leave," Joseff said.
"Honey," Anna began, "We swear to you that there are no monsters whatsoever anywhere in the castle. You are always protected and safe here with me, Daddy, Auntie Elsa, and all of the staff members who live and work here."
"What about that Pwince Hans who tried to hurt you and Auntie Elsa, Mommy? Isn't he a monster? What if he comes back to Awendelle?"
"Son, you have no reason to worry about Prince Hans," Kristoff said. "Since he was caught for his crimes here in Arendelle, he was sent back to his own kingdom to be punished and banished from our kingdom forever. I have serious doubts that he'll be able to come back here alone, because we have been told that his brothers have been keeping a very close watch on him back in the Southern Isles."
"Are you sure, Daddy?"
Before Kristoff could answer, Elsa walked into the room. "I managed to finally put Heidi back to sleep, so let's keep our voices down." She walked over to the bed where her family was. "So how's it going in here?"
"Joseff is worried about monsters hurting him in his room, Elsa," Anna said. "Including Hans."
"Oh, honey, is that what's worrying you?" Elsa asked Joseff as she sat on the bed with them. Joseff nodded, so Elsa took him in her arms and gave him a little hug. "Sweetheart, Mommy, Daddy, and I promise you that Hans is in no way ever coming back to Arendelle to hurt any of us or you and your sister. All three of us are here to love and protect you and Heidi, so you have nothing to fear at all."
"Okay," Joseff said.
"Good!" Anna said. "Now then, with those assuring words, do you think you can stay in your room and sleep in your own bed?"
"I think so, Mama."
"Listen, Joseff, I have an idea," Elsa said. "If I sleep in here with you, just for tonight, will that make you feel better to stay in here alone afterwards?"
"Yes, Auntie Elsa," Joseff replied before he gave his aunt a big hug.
"Well, Kristoff and I should go back to bed," Anna said. "Good night, Elsa. Good night, sweetie," she added before she kissed the top of her son's head.
"Night, Elsa. Night, Joe," Kristoff said before he and Anna walked out of the room.
"Night, night," Joseff called after his parents.
"Good night, you two," Elsa said. Once they left the room, she stood up and gently placed Joseff into his bed, then got in next to him. "Now I'll stay with you just for tonight, Joseff, because you need to sleep in your own bed. I understand that you don't want to be alone, but you know we're here in our rooms during the night if you need us. And when Heidi is a little bigger, she'll move into this room with you."
"Okay, Auntie Elsa," Joseff said, then yawned. "Night, night."
"Good night, sweetie," Elsa said, then kissed the top of Joseff's head.
Before long, the queen and her little nephew were both fast asleep, and Joseff stayed in his bed and slept soundly for the rest of the night.