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"It’s hot." Diana flopped onto the couch and then slid off it to lie on the floor.
"Stop complaining." Averia waved one hand tiredly at her sister. It was the middle of summer and their air conditioning had broken down. Their Aunt Vanille had come over to try and fix it, but all she had done was void the warranty after turning it into a killer robot.
"But it is hot." Anna joined Diana on the floor. "I think my brain is melting."
"It isn’t that bad." Elsa shrugged and continued reading her book on Cocoon’s history.
"Wait…" Vanille sat up from her position on the floor. After subduing the air condition turned killer robot, Fang and Lightning had "suggested" she stay home and watch the kids while they went out to buy a new one. "Why aren’t you hot?"
All the kids perked up.
"Yeah…" Diana eyed Elsa suspiciously. "Are you hiding ice cream?"
"No." Elsa held Diana’s gaze, knowing full well that anything else would be considered an admission of guilt. "I am not hiding ice cream."
"But then -"
"It’s her magic!" Anna leapt to her feet. "Your magic must be keeping you cool, Elsa." She ran over to her sister and threw her arms around her. "I can’t believe we didn’t think of it earlier. Please, please, please, use your magic to make it cooler! I think we’ll die if you don’t."
"Yeah." Diana flopped about like a guppy. "We’ll die."
"But… but what if I damage the house?"
Vanille shrugged. “If anyone asks, you can say that I gave you permission.” Averia stared. “Look, kiddo, your parents already want to strangle me, so it can’t get much worse. Besides, I can always use you lot as human shields.” She gestured at Elsa. “Give it a try.”
Elsa nodded slowly. “Okay… here I go.”
Fang and Lightning came back an hour later…
"Hey, guys, guess who got a new air conditioner…" Fang trailed off and then laughed. "I guess we don’t need one after all."
A cool breeze was blowing through the entire house courtesy of Elsa. Little ripples of magic filled the air as the others formed a circle around her, basking in the chill she radiated.
"Look, mommy!" Diana pointed at Elsa. "She’s way better than an air conditioner!"
Averia sighed and pulled Diana into a headlock. “Don’t compare Elsa to an air conditioner. She’s part of the family now.”
"I know she is, but she can be an air conditioner and part of our family just like Chirpy is a chocobo and a part of our family." That was Diana-logic at its finest.
Anna giggled and snuggled up to Elsa. It was like sitting right next to a fan. “You are pretty handy to have around, Elsa.”
Elsa beamed. It was so nice to be around people who actually liked her magic instead of fearing it. And it was even nicer to be considered part of a family, even if it could be a weird one at times. She’d never even seen a killer robot until today.
Vanille got to her feet and stretched. “So… about that new air conditioner… do you want me to help you set it up?”
Lightning glared. “No.”