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Shikamaru continued signing the after action reports, ignoring the loud music and the raucous laughter outside. Parties just weren’t his thing, even a blowout to celebrate the end of the Fourth Great War.
Even after he had dismissed them, his squad mates had tried their best to convince him to join them in the festivities. Ino had practically danced back into the tent, her long blonde hair flowing behind her, giving him a forced, flirtatious wink from under her long bangs. “Come with us Shikamaru!” she had teased, smiling through her sorrow and loss, but it didn’t reach her eyes. “The war’s over! We won! Surely we can forget the paperwork and live a little!”
Ino had been drowning in her grief; she desperately needed an escape from the reality of things dragging her down. She had held them all together. Tiles moved on his mental bo
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The door shut behind Hiccup and the room went dark. He heard the bar slide into place, and his heart began to race again.
Elinor had told him that all he had to do was retrieve Merida from the dungeon during a mock raid. The idea seemed a bit odd, but it made a weird kind of sense, most of the interactions between the Viking and the Highlands had been raids and they were acknowledging that.
Hiccup was hoping that there wouldn’t be too many injuries. Elinor had confided in him that she was hoping this would also tire everyone so the new couple could have a quiet night together.
Elinor had just locked him into this dark room. Merida was in here somewhere, but how to find her. He waited as his eyes tried to adjust to the darkness. The slave chain on his belt clanked gently.
He started as he heard some rocks start rolling nearby. There was a thump and a window opened. There in the beam of sunlight was a white cocoon topped with wild red hair.
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Merida tottered out of the meeting that she and her mother had had with Astrid. Mum was arranging a room for the girl and a place for her dragon.
Merida had a hand on the stone wall guiding her, because she wasn’t sure how she was feeling. Hiccup had sent Astrid, the girl she thought Hiccup liked, to ask Merida to marry him. It would be a political marriage, the way to stop the raids on Scotland.
Merida stumbled down the stairs, grabbing the handrail. Her eyes didn’t seem to want to focus, her ears couldn’t hear. Part of her was raging, she didn’t want to give up her freedom. The freedom she had fought so hard for and hurt her mum over. Another part of her liked Hiccup, and held out the hope that maybe she could love him like Mum loved Da. The princess part of her knew what had to be done for the sake of her people.
Her feet carried her out of the castle and into the woods. There was a comforting presence next to her, Kevin MacG
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The tribe kept an eye on the Skivvy Scroungers while dragons stayed close to Hiccup as he trained with his father. Everyone could see a few of BigEars’ men loitering near Stoic’s campsite. Stoic had some men keep watch.
The Althing still had quite a bit of business to take care of, and since it was traditional for a holmgang to have a cool down period between the acceptance of the challenge and the fight itself, it would be several days before the fight. That allowed the ship bringing Toothless to arrive.
Fishlegs dumped an armload of bread onto the table. Gobber and the teens dug in, as they sat in Stoic’s tent after another day of watching and training.
“Hiccup, you had to go mess up a good thing.” complained Snotlout as they met around a table in Stoic’s tent.
“What do you mean?” asked Hiccup.
“I had all those girls swarming me.” said Snotlout.
“Hey, it’s not that bad.”
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“So how will the Althing help with the woman problem and the raiding of Scotland?” asked Hiccup.
“Well, son. At the very least we would be able to buy slave wives for the men.” said Stoic.
“Dad, that’s not a good solution and doesn’t help with the Scots.”
“No, but it is an option and is a simple answer to the most pressing problem.” Stoic held up a hand to keep Hiccup from butting in. “But there should be unattached women from other tribes available that might consider marrying into the tribe.”
“Okay, but what about protecting the Scots?”
“I am not exactly sure. I don’t really have a good understanding of the law and other nations. That’s why I want to talk to the lawspeaker and introduce you to him as well.”
“Yes, you. I don’t exactly have a plan yet. There are too many things I just don’t kn
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“Her hair is like a fully enflamed Monstrous Nightmare. Her eyes are blue like the clear sky after a blizzard. Her hands are strong and callused but her touch is gentle like pussywillows. She smelled of apple. Her skin is like warm cream. Her face is round like a bowl you cup in your hands before drinking in her wonderful goodness.” Hiccup had his hands cupped before him.
“And her lips.” Ruffnut cooed.
“H-her lips....” Hiccup licked his own.
“sNerk.” A slightly muffled laugh came from Tuffnut.
Hiccup snapped out his revere. He looked around at the other teens and dashed away into the darkness beyond the bonfire on the observation deck, blushing bright red.
“Aw, you had to ruin it, didn’t you.” Ruffnut complained hitting her brother.
“Stop it! Won’t you ever stop it?” shouted Astrid, rising and spinning her ax in her hand.
Everyone stared at her.
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Merida came tearing out of the castle. Maudie had told her a dragon had been sighted.
She looked into the sunset. It was Toothless. She ran to wait in the big field as he got closer. Her parents and others came to see. The trees were covered in the bright green of new spring growth now.
She had figured out that Hiccup was trying to get away from her once Astrid had shown up. As her parents had talked to Astrid, Hiccup had cupped her cheek in his hand and looked into her eyes, then he had gathered his things and left without a word. She figured that it was somehow too dangerous for him to say something. It was obvious that Astrid was jealous, and dangerous. But it had left her feeling devastated for him to leave without actually saying good-bye to her and she didn’t know why.
She knew that Astrid was dangerous, but so was she. Hiccup had said Astrid had basically claimed him after he recovered from their adventure
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Hiccup and Astrid glided into Berk. Hiccup was amazed as it looked like the whole village turned out as they came in. Everyone was shouting questions, and crowding around him. Astrid was glaring at everyone as they dismounted. Hiccup was looking for his father, but so many women were so close to him, touching him. Astrid and Ruffnut elbowed their way right next to him as Stoic came barreling through the crowd.
“Hiccup, son!” called Stoic as he caught his son up in a hug. “You’re alright. What happened? When you didn’t come back in time we sent out search parties.”
“Oh, ah, good. Did anyone find the message I left at Nest 5?”
“Yes, but saying you went looking for it didn’t exactly help. I found him in Scotland.” grumbled Astrid.
“Scotland?” Whispers wandered through the crowd.
“I found the dragons feeding off Scotland and I helped them deal with
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Toothless landed by a sheltered outcropping of rock. He used the last of his flame to heat the ground. Together Hiccup and Merida curled up in Toothless’ protective embrace.
“Hiccup, are we going to be okay? We aren’t really prepared for a blizzard,” asked Merida, drawing her cloak close, it was a little charred on the edge but she had ducked behind Hiccup as they flew through the fire. They didn’t have any food or water; they were only supposed to take an hour to look around. Eating the snow was too dangerous, it was so cold it would chill them faster and kill them. She knew they could last a day or two without food and water, but lack of shelter was a serious problem in a blizzard. However, the blizzard felt relatively warm after the terrible cold of this winter.
“We’ll be okay, Toothless can keep us warm. Here, lay on me and cover us with your cloak.”
“Hiccup that leaves you with
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“So what was your first flight like?” asked Merida casually, as she and Hiccup sat down near the fire, watching Toothless curl up for a nap. The thought of riding a dragon was so very interesting.
Toothless could fully extend his wings now. They were settling down after taking him outside to flap his wings to stretch them out. He had thrown up quite the flurry of snow from the snowstorm the previous day. It was getting a little bit warmer; at least it was warm enough to snow now.
Merida was unprepared for the reaction she got from Hiccup’s face. He smiled, not just a little awkward smile but a real all the way to the eyes smile. She knew she was seeing the real Hiccup, like when she had seen her real mum in her room just before the introduction of the suitors.
“It was amazing. Our first flight didn’t go so well, because I hadn’t figured everything out yet, hardly anything actually. I had created a new t
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Hiccup woke up to the sound of Toothless’ teeth extending, which made him sit up and look around really quickly. It was really early in the morning, a torch was guttering low on the wall by the kitchen. The windows were covered with wooden shudders and furs to keep out the cold but there were still drafts making the torch waver.
In front of Toothless were four young children. Three were redheads, Merida had introduced them as Harris, Hubert and Hammish, but he had no idea who was whom. Merida seemed to have no problem with it though.
There was another child, a little blonde girl about the same age as the boys. She had a halo of messy blonde hair, that told Hiccup that she must be related to Lord MacGuffin. He knew that Lord MacGuffin had some other children besides Kevin, his firstborn. There was a son about Hiccup’s age that he had seen, but hadn’t been introduced to. As well as a preteen girl, who he had seen rush up
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Notes: Thought of this while I was staring at Elsa gifs.
This what I imagine to be going through Elsa’s head as she’s running away from Arendelle. Also, this is my way of waiting for Frozen to come out.
Disney, hurry up and release the movie please.
How could this have happened?
The recently crowned Queen Elsa of Arendelle had cursed her kingdom to spend the rest of eternity in winter. And all she could do was run away in shame. She couldn't even face her people. She had turned her back on them.
Elsa breathed heavily as she ran, her hands pressed tightly against her chest so that she wouldn't cause anymore harm. Her feet creating ice along the surface of the water, allowing her to run away over the large lake that separated Arendelle from the mountains.
She'd be safe there, and her people would be safe from her.
The young queen quickened her pace, her cape flowing behind her as she made her way accross the icy surface. She bit her lip, fighti
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As Elsa changed into a different outfit, Anna tackled her into the soft pile of clothes and begins to tickle her unmercifully.
In between bouts of uncontrollable laughter Elsa screams “Stop!”
Snow and ice blast out of her hands and threw her sister across the room leaving her under a pile of ice and snow.
“Anna?” Elsa scrambled out of the clothes and looks around.
“Anna!” Elsa franticly dug her sister out of the snow, but Anna is cold, unconscious and her lips are blue.
“Mother!” Elsa raced for the door.
Soon they are with the doctor. Anna is wrapped in warm blankets and she is pink again, she had woken slightly but was asleep again. Elsa was trying to explain what happened but it was difficult since she didn’t understand what happened.
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There was ice all over her bed!
She looked around. Cold air was swirling in through the slightly open window onto her.
It was Fall but this seemed like an early frost, she gathered her blanket and carefully dumped the ice out of the window. It landed with a clatter in the courtyard below.
Elsa looked to her sister Anna sleeping across the room, but she just snorted and slept on.
Elsa tiptoed to the wardrobe and pulled out the extra blanket after laying her cold wet blanket over a chair.
She crawled back into bed and as she pulled the blanket over her she noticed the still open window. She got up and closed the window, just in case.
As she snuggled under the blanket again, she shivered, but she wasn’t cold.
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"Thank you, mother." replied Elsa, feeling a little embarrassed, but enjoyed the hug mother wrapped her in.
"Dear, are you alright? You feel so cold." asked Mother holding her daughter at arms length.
"I feel really warm." Elsa began fanning herself, "Could I have some water please?"
"Of course, dear." Mother quickly poured some water from the pitcher into a mug and gave it to her daughter, who drank it quickly.
"Yes, mother. Thank you."
"Well, your body is changing and you will feel things from time to time, but it should be fine. If you feel more strange then you are comfortable with talk to me."
"Yes, mum. Thank you mum."
"You're welcome. Come, let's go to the town for something special for you."
"Oh goody!" Elsa squealed, clapping her hands after putting down the mug on the kitchen table.
In their excitement, they didn't notice the rime of ice on the mug.
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The King is looking at the pile of clothes that was all that was left of Gothel. The person that his daughter still called Mother, and yes he can hear the capital M when she says it. The person he has hated, hated for 18 long, soul-crushing years.
Was it worth it?
He sent the Stabbington brothers to run for freedom, in a way they had made it, they did reach the border in time, but then they died. That hadn't helped any of the pain. Neither did torturing them. Oh, he had just talked to them, but he had seen their faces and knew that he was inflicting pain on them.
It had felt so good at the time, it had felt too good, it scared him, more then a little. He didn't like to think of himself as a vicious man.
But that was what he had done, inflicted pain for the sake of causing pain and that was wrong. He and his kingdom tried to live by law and provide human dignity to all even those in prison, because they might be redeemed. True, they some
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Author's Note: At some point Eugene, Rapunzel and her parents need to go back to the tower to share in Rapunzel's memories, both the good and the bad. Yes, that key really is on the wall by the window in the movie.
"Rapunzel. Your mother and I were wondering if you were ready to go back and show us where you lived," gently asked her papa, King Leonard of Corona. As they sat together on a fish embroidered sofa after dinner, so they could be close for a while.
It had been two weeks since the Return of the Lost Princess. The celebrations were over, detailed stories were shared of each of their lives.
Things were settling down. Rapunzel was feeling much better.
The chaos of the celebration had been overwhelming at times. But she had had so many wonderful experiences.
The big final celebration after her coronation was amazing. She was pretty sure she finally meet everyone in the kingdom. It had broken her heart to tell the little girl
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Rapunzel was kneeling on a little purple pillow in front of the entire kingdom. She had her head down, humbly, as the ceremony continued. The archbishop pontificating about honor and duty and Corona.
And Princess Rapunzel of Corona was biting her lip, trying desperately not to giggle. Papa was going to boom her full name out in front of the entire kingdom.
Her parents were on their thrones behind her. From the corner of her eye she could see Eugene, and in the other corner were all her dear friends from the Snuggly Duckling. They looked almost dashing in tunics. Dear HookHand was up front, he had been invited for so many parties in the city to perform, he was also good to talk to, it helped so much. BigNose was crying. Attila still had flour on him, he had been baking cupcakes for 2 days straight, he looked rather handsome without his helmet and a shave and haircut, that mustache just didn't work at all.
To distract herself, she
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It was dawn.
Eugene poked his head out of his room and looked down the hall. The king and queen were doing the same. The guards looked back and the chambermaid shrugged.
It was quiet.
Could it be, wonder of wonders, Rapunzel not having a nightmare for once? Maybe the rosemary tea had taken effect or one of the other anti-nightmare remedies.
Together they padded quietly to Rapunzel's room and the Queen put her ear to the door. Her face fell. She opened the door and Eugene could hear Rapunzel thrashing around on the bed and moaning.
The Queen moved quickly to the bed and gave her daughter a shake. Rapunzel awoke with a gasp, "Oh, mama it's you," and relaxed and gave her a hug.
"Another nightmare, dear?"
"No, not exactly. Just exhausting." yawned Rapunzel. "Eugene and I were rolling around in the grass and flowers. It was a good dream, but then most of the nightmares don't start out bad. I like rolling around in the grass."
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Eugene and Rapunzel on the plaza balcony he is pointing at something as the queen comes out. She gives her daughter a hug on the opposite side as Pascal and asks what he was pointing at, seeing nothing out there right now.
"Oh, I was showing her where we were in the little boat when the lanterns went up. It was to be the best day of her life and I wanted to make sure she had the best seat." Eugene explains.
The queens cocked her head and her eyes unfocused as she remembered back to that night. Comforting her husband just before the launch, coming outside and lifting it free of its ribbons together, the plaza coming alive with lanterns, ships launching lanterns too and a little boat all alone on the water.
"Yes, I remember , I thought it odd that there was a little boat out there all by itself. That was you?"
"Yes, it was. She almost capsized us when she saw the first one."
The queen smiled. There were a lot of firsts that day for Rapun
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With HookHand and the others staying in the palace, it was easy for Rapunzel to have him play for some after dinner entertainment. Finally, things were winding down for the night and she sits next to him as he played a soft melody.
"How have you been doing?" she asks.
"This has been great. I've been playing for all sorts of people and they've really loved it. It feels incredible all the time. I've never felt so good for so long ever."
"Yes, it is." Hookhand says fervently.
A few bars pass as he plays.
"I never thought you were the Lost Princess. I guess it should be obvious now. The hair, those eyes. I can guess why Rider fell in love with you. Those eyes are a wonderful place to get lost in." He smiles at her.
She gives him a friendly punch in the arm.
His smile faded "But you're not here to make chit-chat, are you?"
"How could you know?" Rapunzel asks in wonder.
He waggles his hook. "I've had this for some time and when s
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Things were getting out of hand for Eugene.
Staying near Rapunzel was wonderful, but there had been so many people to meet, ceremonies and things going on, it was all starting to mush together in his head.
He was glad for the seneschal that made sure they were all in the right place at the right time.
Not that just being with Rapunzel wasn't distracting enough, then there were all the drinks people were buying for him. Here they were for some other ... important something or other, whatever, it was all beginning to run together in his head.
Rapunzel was the important thing to him right now.
She'd be talking about some chore she had done in the tower and he'd be enraptured, his eyes lingering on the curves of her face.
They'd be sitting across from one another at a state dinner and he'd get lost in those enormous eyes, he could hear Flynn Rider off gagging in some far off corner of his mind, and he didn't care.
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Rapunzel couldn't sleep. She was undoubtably tired, meeting all those people was overwhelming, and they all seemed to love her, especially the children. They had been waiting for her for so long, it was so hard to deal with all that emotional energy.
Yesterday at the end of the Jubilee she had fallen into bed and slept immediately for all she had a nap in the afternoon. But today she had found no sleep. It was all so exciting and so new. She felt unworthy of all this and deeply humbled.
She was also afraid to sleep, sleep brought nightmares, and they were so much worse then any she had ever had before. Even the worst thunderstorms where the lightning licked at the bowl her tower sat in and the thunder echoed and echoed, were as nothing compared to these nightmares. They had given her rosemary tea before bed to help with the nightmares, she drank it for her parent's sake, but it tasted awful, and it hadn't worked yet.
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Author's Note: A quick little flashback scene for the Queen and King.
King Leonard was looking out the window, not really thinking or anything.
He was mired in depression, it had been 12 long lonely years without his daughter. They had launched the lanterns last night and still no sign of her. She should be entering puberty now, becoming a woman. They had missed so much of her life already, how much more could they take?
Queen Rebecca came into his study. He truly admired his queen, she had so much hope about the return of their daughter, she even suggested the sky lanterns to call her home.
She sat down on the love seat and he sat next to her. Queen Rebecca was looking down at the floor. Worried, he took her hand in his and asked, "How are you, dear?"
"Promise me, that when we find the kidnapper, that she'll be mine to deal with as I see fit."
King Leonard was surprised, he knew his wife often cried herself to sleep, as she had las
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Queen Rebecca, Light of Corona, was watching her daughter over dinner. Rapunzel took such delight in each new experience, sometimes she needed encouragement and sometimes not, but something about her daughter was bothering her.
The incident with the orange could be waved aside due to being something she never had before, but she had been choosing a set of foods that bothered her for some reason. There was something about the foods Rapunzel was taking seconds and thirds of that reminded her of something and the queen just couldn't pin it down.
Was something wrong with her wonderful daughter?
It was dinnertime again. It was summertime and the fruits and vegetables were wonderfully ripe, and the chef was outdoing himself. The fish course was an oil-poached flounder with lemons and herbs that was delectable. They stopped Rapunzel from biting down on an olive, just keeping an close eye on Rapunzel so she didn't hu
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Flynn Rider was brought in, as he sat down and looks over the court a gaggle of girls in the visitor section start screaming and jumping up and down. The judge banged for order with his gavel, but no one can hear over the din.
Flynn takes action, he shoots a smolder at a couple of the noisiest ones, who go down in a swoon.
One girl in a tight pink corset jumps up on a chair, waves her arms and screams "Flynn Ride Me!" He blows her a kiss with a wink, hoping someone will catch her as she goes down backwards over the chairs into the crowd behind them. Soon the guards move in and carry the fainted girls out.
Once it was quiet the judge asks, "Does that happen often?"
Eugene looked at the royal box, the king was definitely grumpy looking, his little girl had been talking about Eugene rather a lot, looked embarrassed and nodded saying, "Usually it's not that bad, but I've been out of circulation for a while and the tension must be building up. It should dissipate i
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"Rapunzel! Rapunzel, let down your hair!" Called Eugene.
Mother had just finished gagging Rapunzel who was just coming around after having been knocked out with the frying pan. Gothel paused, looking from the girl she called daughter to the window.
Rapunzel had a look of hope in her unfocused eyes. Eugene had come back. He could save her from Mother, the person who had stolen her from her real parents, who kept her here in the tower, who never wanted her to leave the tower, who had lied to her, who had said she loved her most, but didn't.
Mother considered for a moment, biting her lip, a pensive look on her face, then threw the hair out of the window and pulling out her knife faded into the shadows near the window.
Rapunzel had to find a way to warn him, she looked around for a way to get the gag off, but then she started sliding across the cool tile floor as Eugene's weight started to pull on her hair and her. She began to panic, she hadn't braced herself, there
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Rapunzel never stopped sewing, even when she was at home. Holed up in her room in the three bedroom apartment she shared with Esmeralda and Cinderella, Rapunzel was running a skirt for herself in the machine. She liked her old Singer. It was black and cast iron, with intricate gold swirls floating all along the shapely metal. It was a late 1940’s model, a hand-me-down from her mother, who got it from her mother. Rapunzel’s mother had never used it, except as a table to put plants on in the family room when it was time to bring the pots in during the winter. Being used in such a manner had left the top lid of the case damaged. The varnish had peeled from over exposure to water. When it became Rapunzel’s in high school, her step-father had shown her how to refinish wood. It was her pride and joy.
There was a knock on her door.
“Are you coming out for cake?”
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Esmeralda practically leapt over her machine to shake Eugene’s hand.
“What a pleasure to meet you.” She shook his hand a little too enthusiastically. “I’m Esmeralda, that’s Cinderella, and the one hunched over her machine is Rapunzel.”
“Yes, Rapunzel is our costume designer, and due the budget of the movie, she is also our wardrobe manager,” said Milo.
“Rapunzel,” said Eugene, and he said her name like it was the name of an exotic wine, or so Rapunzel felt. “Rapunzel…Not Rapunzel Moore? The Rapunzel Moore? The brilliant mind of Hollywood’s most fabulous movie wardrobes? You’ve been nominated for Emmys!” Eugene almost sounded like he wanted to ask her why she was working for a low budget film, but he kept that to himself in just the nick of time.
Rapunzel suddenly felt naked. She wanted to shrink lower be
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Rapunzel sat upon the settee in her bedchamber, surrounded by stacks of newly arrived boxes from the seamstress containing yet more gowns to add to the stunning variety of walking dresses, riding habits, ball gowns, bonnets, shawls, long French kid gloves, and slippers that already filled every available storage space in her suite. "Your highness!" one of the maids gasped excitedly as she unwrapped a royal blue satin cloak with a wide hood, lined in ermine. "Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?"
"It's wonderful!" the princess exclaimed, without glancing up from the book in her hand "Her highness Gothel has an excellent taste."
Unknowingly a sigh escaped from her throat. It was true that Gothel had an excellent choice in everything, and she was an excellent teacher too. For the last few weeks she was following her around, drilling endless amounts of rules inside her head. She had no idea there were so many rules in the world for the princesses. Her parents were not much strict with
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"Eugene!" Rapunzel screamed. She shook him hard, even resorted to slapping his face, but it was of no use. Her finger moved to his lips, where there was no warm breath, although a moment ago he was panting. She placed her ear on the place of his chest where his heart used to beat.
Instead, she found silence.
His heart had failed. His already suffering heart couldn't take the burden of guilt and sickness anymore. And she was only shaking his lifeless form.
"Eugene, no…" her hand clasped over her mouth. She didn't want this. Even a day ago she wanted him to go away, to leave her alone but she never ever wanted him to die.
It was pitch black outside. The wild animals were howling, the owls were hooting and she was alone in the deep jungle, helpless. Suddenly she began to realize how afraid she was. She always though herself strong but…
"Eugene." Her voice was ragged; still she hoped that he could hear her. But no, he was unresponsive. Her eyes moved to his face- so pale and
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Brows furrowed in puzzlement Flynn stood outside of his tent, his gaze turned towards the small tent where the hostage was being kept. That girl… that girl was like a puzzle whose pieces he had to wait to see one at time and each piece was more surprising than the last.
And it was her, he knew. He knew the moment he laid his eyes upon her. It was long ago he had met her last, he had never imagined that she grew up into such a beautiful woman. How much he wanted to forget her since they stopped visiting each other? How much he told himself there was no place of those memories in his life anymore? But he wasn't successful. The memories kept returning since the day she came here. The more he wanted to hide himself with those rough behaviors or sarcastic comments, the more he became attracted to her. He knew it shouldn't be this way, never. This attraction would bring no happy ending, except unsatisfied desire and heartbreak. Yet he couldn't get away from this.
This unhealthy attrac
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Rapunzel didn't feel well. She woke up late, and alone. She put her hand out and did not find Eugene. She groggily opened her eyes. Eugene was not in the bedroom anywhere and his boots were gone as well.
He must have gone to the orphanage today.
Rapunzel turned over and rubbed her throat. It hurt and felt scratchy. Her head was muddled and her nose and cheeks felt heavy.
What's wrong with me? she thought. Confused and a little frightened, Rapunzel pushed herself up and fell back into her pillows immediately. Her head was spinning and continued to spin even as she laid there.
"Eugene?" she called. "Eugene?" No one answered her. I need help. Slowly, Rapunzel threw her covers off and sat up. She slipped her feet into her slippers and wrapped her robe around her shoulders, finding actually putting her arms through th
Tangled Fairytale: Chapter 1More Like This
They were carrying her for almost two hours- arms bound in a painful position behind her back, feet bare, and two giant twins guarding her like two statues over her shoulder. Her long sunny hair cascading from her head, cocooned around her in messy circle while her wide green eyes trained the identical guards- one with eye patch and another with scared face. A drop of sweat trickled down in a thin line along her rounded face as they continued carrying her under the hot morning sun.
"She was an easy catch, Marcus!" Eye patch said to his twin "So bad for a princess." Marcus, the scar-face nodded; she wondered if he was the mute one. They dumped her on the grass and she settled on the ground in a heap. Two of them pulled her up, and her feet were still a bit wobbly from the blow on her head, but most possibly she was too tired to offer any resistance as they shoved her inside the tent.
'Wait there girl!" Eye patch shoved her so hard that she stumbled forward, "Until Rider meets you."
Feral Rapunzel's First ChristmasA Tangled Christmas SpecialMore Like This
~ Flynn Rider and the Feral Princess
- Chapter 1
Flynn Rider slammed the shutters closed, finally safe from that stupid (okay, not so stupid) horse.
"Alone at last." Flynn said as he opened the satchel and pulled out the crown. He moved to a tall thin window and held it in the light, the jewels sparkling in the light. The three huge jewels that were most prominent on the crown were amazing. He found himself counting and categorizing all the lesser jewels that encrusted the crown as well. He had a buyer all ready and after ditching the Stabbington brothers he was going to take their cuts as well, more then enough for his island.
Soon enough though the excitement over the crown wore off and he looked around. The room was plain, there were a couple of chairs (the red one looked comfy enough), a wardrobe (he'd want to check that out for valuables), a spinning wheel (big deal), a neat little kitchen (he'd rummage through that, he was beginning to get hungry), a h
Eugene Frees the Feral Princess- Chapter 2More Like This
~ Eugene Fitzherbert Frees the Feral Princess
Eugene worked his lock-picks into the shackles. He could feel the rust in the mechanism. How many years had it been since they were last opened?
Solara whimpered as his face screwed up in anger.
"It's okay. I'm sorry, it's just a bit rusty. I'll get you out in just a minute." Eugene said trying to reassure the Lost Princess and calm himself. Then the lock clicked and the shackled fell free.
Solara just stared at her free wrist for a long moment while Eugene got to work on the other. She started moving her free wrist around, a look of wonder on her face as her arm felt so weightless without the heavy shackle on it or having to move her other arm with it.
"There you go. You're finally free," said Eugene, smiling, as the other lock clicked open.
Solara turned and jumped around the room, her arms flailing wildly as she felt so free. Eugene smiled, as he caught the crown, that flew off her head. She was sure taking delight in her new
Maleficent and the Broken PrinMaleficent and the Broken PrincessMore Like This
Final Warning: If you read this you will never watch Sleeping Beauty the same way again.
Maleficent observed the weeping princess from the fireplace as the flames died from her presence.
She reached out with her powers and entered the totally defenseless and undefended mind. Now she laughed her cold cruel laugh in that mind.
"Your friends have destroyed you more thoroughly then I could ever possibly had hoped to. Princess Aurora," Maleficent said with an ironic twist to her voice.
"Even calling you by your real name hurts you. Oh, this is just too easy. "
"Without prompting you'd throw yourself from your own balcony, but that just won't do, I cursed you and I intent to keep to that. You were gifted with beauty and music, I even gave you more beauty and grace, is there anything that is actually yours inside that body."
"Look at what your beloved aunts have done to you:
Your were hidden away and they took that away.
You had a cottage that you so
Raided: 1 The RaidRaided - A Mericup StoryMore Like This
~ The Raid
Aibhlinn was gutting fish in the early morning fog with her family. It had been a terrific catch and the entire village had been working hard all night to prepare the fish for preservation. They had run out of salt already, so mum was building up the fire to smoke the rest of the fish.
The smoke smelled heavy in the still air, which covered the stink of the fish guts a little.
Struan and some of his friends had gone out to the forest to get more wood, mainly branches to set the fish on. Aibhlinn liked Struan. He was a strapping lad, he made her feel a little funny inside and she tended to giggle for no reason whenever he looked at her. She was almost of age to start walking out with him. She was hoping so hard he would ask her, she tried to be near him as much as she could. He looked at her sometimes with such a gentle look on his face. Her pretty brown braids were falling apart from all the work, but she would make herself look extra good after a go
Bravely Training Dragons!-Chapter One.More Like This
Third Person P.O.V
Imagine this setting: We skim above a dark, wild ocean. Then we turn towards a lone island, its name, Berk. It is a gigantic shard of rock jutting straight out of the water. Our sight gazes over rolling hills to reveal a small village nestled on an outcropping of sea mounts.
This is Berk. Its twelve days North of hopeless and a few Degrees South of freezing to death. It's located solidly on the meridian of misery.
My village. In a word, sturdy. And it's been here for seven generations, but every single building is new.
We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunsets. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places have mice or mosquitos. We have...
I pull my wooden, splintering door wide open, and then slam it shut almost as quickly as I opened it. I lean against it as fire shoots through the slats of wood; I try my best to ignore how the wood is now going from warm to burning hot. I am certain that the fire is illuminating my gangly
RGHee022 The Lock Captain's Plan~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 022
~ The Lock Captain's Plan
The Lock Captain pulled out the worst-case scenario from the locked secret files.
He had finished cleaning up after the Princess's Birthday celebration of the day before. They were so hard, it reminded them of their worst failure; they had failed to protect the Princess the day she was kidnapped.
It didn't really matter to Captain Vince Taygon that they had been just been created the day she was born, nor did it matter that he had been in this very office compiling a list of names of possible guard candidates at the time.
He should have been there!
The failure still stung after all these years and he and the rest of the Lock Guard were determined not to let that happen again if they ever have another chance.
He settled his two white criss-crossed sashes and put his red fez on his desk. Now it was time to start updating the contingency files. They had studied hard and had made so many plans; so the changes w
RGHee021 Maximus Saves the Day~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 021
~ Maximus Saves the Day
Note: A short interstitial about how Maximus was able to get the Pub Thugs to break Flynn out of prison.
Maximus, was sitting on the dock, waiting for the wonderful blonde girl and Flynn Rider to come back. He was a good horse and had left a few apples since Flynn Rider had said he had bought most of them. That was mean, he didn't know which ones had been stolen.
When he saw the guards take Flynn Rider away. Flynn kept calling Rapunzel's name. She must be in worse trouble then he was, and he was being taken to prison.
That's a bad sign.
Maximus ran through town and over the bridge to where he thought Flynn was looking. Maximus snuffled around and found two large men out cold on the beach. He could smell Flynn and Rapunzel and Pascal. There was someone else too, someone new, someone that smelled strange.
This was a big problem.
He followed the scent trail but it got lost crossing a stream. He went back and fou
RGHee020 Rapunzel Finishes Her Story~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 020
~ Rapunzel Finishes Her Story
The King and Queen were enraptured by the story. The soup, bread, meats and jams on the table were forgotten; the guards faded into the background as the candles began to burn down.
It was so much to take in and it had only covered a few hours of their daughter's life. She had shown amazing strength, goodness and bravery.
"Then Mother found me. She wanted to take me back, but I had done so much and met such wonderful people. I didn't want to go back yet. I still wanted to see the lanterns most of all. But Mother said he was just doing this for the crown, which she somehow had and gave to me, to test him, give it to him and see how fast he would leave. I didn't do that then, I was too scared." Rapunzel gave Eugene a shy look.
"The next morning Maximus found us and tried to take Eugene away. But I persuaded him to let him be my guide just for my birthday and then they could chase each other all they wante
RGHee019 Names~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 019
Rapunzel was distressed.
Here she was sitting in the palace, next to her with his arm around her, was her new dream Eugene, he'd pulled his chair close to her. Sitting in front of her, their knees almost touching were her parents, her real parents. Everyone was so close to her. Somehow she felt safe and protected, not anxious like she was sometimes around Mother.
So many new things she was learning, but not sure where to put them in her head. Persons were so different from Mother and herself, some had extra hair on their faces, but different from Eugene and her father, and some people like the seneschal were missing hair from the top of their heads. She had been on the lookout for people with pointy teeth, but there were none so far.
It made so little sense. She had grown up alone and ignorant in her tower, and didn't have any hooks in her mind to hang what she was learning on.
The person who was her father, something new sh
RGHee018 Decisions~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 018
The King waited for the door to close. The mantle of authority he had taken on for dealing with the prisoner dropped away as he dragged one of the white brocade fish chairs knee to knee with his new grown-up daughter.
Eugene was impressed with how quickly and easily the King switched demeanors.
The King took her small hand in his, it felt warm as he covered it with his other hand.
He looked in wonder at his daughter. "How did you do that? He's a hardened criminal, suspected to have killed at least one person over an insult. We bring him here in chains, he knows is facing the death penalty, yet all of his concern is on a girl he just met two days ago."
"He gave up his freedom to rescue a man he didn't even like, just to give you a chance, not an assurance but only a chance, to be rescued. He didn't know who you were then and didn't even recognize you now. He didn't even know your name and he mounted an assault on the pris
RGHee017 HookHand's Story~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 017
~ HookHand's Story
The doors to the family dining room were opened by palace guards their breastplates reflecting the light of the candles, leading in a large man wearing a roughly-made brown jerkin and leather kilt.
"The prisoner, your Majesty." A guard announced. HookHand was lead into the room. His hook had been taken; there were handcuffs, and just to be sure, there were chains around his ankles. He knew he was in trouble, but now it just got a lot worse.
Being pulled out of your cell in the middle of the night is never a good sign, being thrown into a room where the tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife, is worse. He saw Flynn Rider sitting next to a crying girl he didn't recognize, whom the Queen was hugging. He did not like being around crying girls, they tended to make life complicated.
The King turned, with a look of revulsion on his face. HookHand was used to that look, but for once it didn't seem to be direct
RGHee016 Justice and MercyRapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 016
~ Justice and Mercy
The King had stopped pacing behind his chair, he desperately missed his daughter, and dealing with this criminal was taking time from that, but he still knew he had to try being a good king. He shouldn't want to throw the kingdom away just because his only child was back, rescued by the second most wanted criminal from the most wanted criminal in the history of the kingdom.
"But I need to hear more of the story if I am to judge wisely. You said the thugs from the Snuggly Duckling helped you escape and Maximus too. I was told we captured a large number of men this morning because of your jailbreak. I presume these are the thugs you are talking about."
Rapunzel sat forward, "Please. They aren't bad people. HookHand just wants to be a concert pianist. BigNose wants to find true love. Attila wants to make cupcakes. They're all like that, they just look scary, but they're really sweet inside. Please don't
RGHee015 Eugene's Story~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 015
~ Eugene's Story
The royal couple shared a look and looking back at Eugene and their daughter, the King said, "That sounds like quite the story, and we'd better find a place to sit and hear it."
The guards ushered them to a dining room, with a small table where they could sit close to each other.
"Please, just don't freak out" Rapunzel asked her parents. Eugene gave a small smile at that request, as they sat around the table heaped with several small easy-to-eat items. They looked somewhat tempting, they had only have some apples, cheese and some stale bread from the tower. The Snuggly Duckling had been empty; everyone was in prison.
Rapunzel gave a gasp of happiness when she opened the soup terrine and found hazelnut soup. She dug in while Eugene started his story. She hadn't had anything today, since the cupcakes yesterday, but a couple of apples, cheese and some stale bread from the tower.
"It all started three days ago when I st
RGHee014 Rapunzel Meets Her ParentsRapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 014
~ Rapunzel Meets Her Parents
After what felt like several sunlit days the newly rejoined royal family and Eugene stood up. They stayed very close to one another. Rapunzel and her mother holding hands and the king had his arm around the waist of the queen and Eugene had an arm around the shoulders of Rapunzel, his other hand still in the queen's.
The King held Rapunzel at arms length next to the Queen, "She looks so much like you; the Test must have been pointless."
"Please, let's go inside and sit, so we can hear your story," invites the king as he takes his daughter's hand and moves to the doors, which are opened by a pair of those guards with the crossed sashes.
That hug was one of the most precious memories that Eugene now had. It was the second best hug ever.
For several beautiful minutes he actually felt like he was part of a family, with real parents and everything. Something he hadn't felt in a long, long time. Rapunzel was far
RGHee013 The Test~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)More Like This
~ Chapter 013
~ The Test
The seneschal, Mortimer Danberry, pondered what had happened back in the Testing Chamber as he strode down the corridor to find the queen, she should be in her sewing room taking care of internal affairs. The interview was only a formality, all the false Lost Princesses had come with elaborate back stories and explanations, but he had never encountered anything like this girl before.
She was brunette for one very big thing.
The girl seemed completely honest and innocent. She truly believed her story. He knew that Maximus had broken the dam from the Captain's report. That the search for the crown had gone to the Snuggly Duckling.
He even knew that a girl with long golden hair had been in the city for the celebration, her joy and innocence had attracted a lot of attention. His princess warning system had alerted him and he was expecting her to make her claim but she never did. This girl had taken him completely by surprise.
The Bride of AtlasShe met him when the world was new;More Like This
when wars were fought in the cosmos
and celestial beings deigned expose
and visit themselves upon the mortals.
In darkness he came to her;
somewhere between fantasy and the real,
disguised as a human, burly and firm
with want of a lover and yearning for release.
She knew him as a man
and he loved her as his wife.
A Titan he had always been
at battle with Olympians
who garnered all of humanity's love
and chose war over peace to keep it.
As lightning struck, thunder roared,
and waves destroyed the earth,
all grew quiet as Olympus rejoiced
and she knew that he had lost.
Zeus then rest upon his shoulders
the weight of the world eternal.
A punishment made more severe
by lack of warmth from her mortal heart.
He carried his punishment made unending
as Earth's coarsened face gouged his back.
The insects and beasts stung and mauled
and the humans warred and burned his flesh.
Still he held the world atop his shoulders
The Crowns of DunBroch - ElinorElinor was looking at her crown. Her crown scared her a little now. Watching it sit on the table.More Like This
Merida had brought it back to her a couple of days after their adventure.
Queen Elinor and King Fergus were going to be sitting on their thrones again to talk with the clan-chiefs some more before they sailed home.
But Elinor was afraid if she put the crown on again, she wouldn't be who she was now anymore.
She had carefully put it down before going into the stream to try catching fish to eat. She had been so hungry, even after all the fish Merida had caught for her, but she hadn't wanted to loose the crown. She had felt the tug of the bear on her almost as soon as she changed; to be the bear, the beast, wild and untamable.
She had needed the crown and clothes as a shield against that. But it hadn't been enough. She had lost herself to the bear. She had hurt her own daughter.
It had hurt a lot when she had learned that Merida had done this to her. She had asked herself if she hadn't been a
AndromedaAmongst the darkened skiesMore Like This
Brightened by only starlight
Field & Sea.
Gravity is only an afterthought
Hilltops become ladders into the sky while
Inferior planets stare down upon the Earth
Jealous of such simplicity yet contemplating grandeur.
Keppler only thought of science
Linear, elliptical, movement…
Mythology had no such thoughts
Neptune & Nebulas both inhabit space
Orbiting across the lonely darkness
Probably never worried about mundane things
Questioning their existence
Right now or for all eternity such as us.
Shooting stars make us joyful while
Terminator is an otherworldly spectacle
Unknown to all those hidden in their houses
Various stars await us outside
Waiting to play like we did before
Xenagogue & inviting
Youthful but ancient curiosities.
Zenith induced euphoria continues until daylight…
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Sticks and Stones
Sticks and stones will break my bones,
But words will slowly kill me
Hurricanes will break my home,
But storms will never kill me
Death is not an experience,
we can wait for in life*
Guns will be the death of me,
If I pull the trigger
Cuts from Knives will make me bleed,
But bandages will heal them
Emotions though can cut deeper,
Hearts will never heal.
Bombs will shatter my city,
love will shatter life
Hate will destroy this world,
Friends the only shelter **
The world will be left broken,
My words will describe it
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