Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Let The Music Move You: Highway Don't Care By Tim McGraw Ft. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban/ Words of Wisdom Romans 12:9

Here is one song that I discovered out of curiosity. And did I mention that I fell in love with it? I remember seeing this on the advertising banners so I typed it up one day and fell in love with it. Tim McGraw was great as usual and Keith Urban didn't even sing. That is wrong! Taylor Swift's voice fit this song perfectly! Yes, I like and listen to Taylor Swift's music. No, I don't care if you don't like her music. I like her old songs as in "Love Story" "A Place In This World" "Our Song" "Beautiful Eyes" "Teardrops On My Guitar" and "Change". A.K.A. when Taylor Swift was actually a country artist. Now she's not. Stay on track, Anna! This song is a song about people who are on their cell-phones and are driving at the same time. It shows in the music video, how easily you can get into an accident. Great song, message and music video! 

Oh, yes, I would like to apologize. Words Of Wisdom has been getting neglected. Celebrating Musicals Week threw me off my groove. But now, I would like to get back into the groove of posting every Tuesday. So sorry! So this post will double as Let The Music Move You and Words Of Wisdom.

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Happy New Year's Eve! 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Cozying Up With Cocoa 12-27-13

Hello to all! It feels like I haven't done one of my life updates in forever. Anyways, yesterday, I posted a survey for my business. Okay, we're done with that. 

Alright, The Voice is over! It has been over for quite some time, but I decided to save the winner for my CUWC. The winner was.....

Tessanne Chin!!!

I was so happy! All of my favorites made it in!! Will Champlin and Jacquie Lee were also phenomenal! Jacquie got second and Will got third. I saw so glad when Blake didn't even make it into the finals. I was so happy! So congrats to Tessanne! I guess my voting made a difference! 

A Winter Wonderland Blog Party is officially over. :( But congrats to Rose P., Lady Éowyn and Tara Therese for participating in week two, The Ultimate Winter Writing Challenge. 

I had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! We did secret Santa's and I got my dad. Funny, because he got me! And what did I get him? Well, I got him a Nurf gun and ten disks. But what I got was awesome!! 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 25TH ANNIVERSARY ADDITION AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL ON DVD!!!!! I was so thrilled and happy! Since Christmas, I have watched it twice already. I love the 25th version so much! It makes 2004 movie look just, hm, how do I say this nicely? Just a little bit smaller. Here's some other things I got: 

We had duck, homemade mashed potatoes and sweet corn for our Christmas feast. It was so yummy! I enjoyed the potatoes the most! And the best part, I got to peel the potatoes! I love that job. Why, you may ask? It simply gets all my anger out in every single harsh swipe to the tiny, innocent, helpless potato. No comments please! :)

Now, I have to make a few apologies. I have been slacking on finishing my Joly fan-fiction. Why? Well, we're coming to the end of one of my favorite barricade boys' story. It's hard and heart-breaking to write. So hopefully, that should be coming out soon. Another thing, I am still considering my recreation of The Phantom Of The Opera. I still what to know if you think I should and if you would like to hear it. Beware for some serious changes!! 

Oh yes, when I said I didn't have a Christmas tradition, I totally forgot that I did! We always put together a giant puzzle about 1500-2500 pieces. But this year, we had a competition. My sister and I and my dad and my older sister. They put together a Coke puzzle and my sister and I put together a scenery one. Well, they won, but we didn't lose by much. My apologies for the bad quality. 

Can you believe that in four days 2014 is here? It seems that it was only yesterday when I discovered Les Misérables and Phantom. I'm so glad did, because it has made such an impact on my life. I used to enjoy music leisurely, but now, I feel like I connect with it more. I understand it and appreciate it more now than ever. I would never have guessed that I would love musicals as much as I do now. 

Looking back on 2013, it was a definite year of changes. But it all seemed to turn out for the best. 

Random Fact: 
I love to make card towers!
Fun fact: I made a 9 tier card tower at the fair in our media club headquarters and it stood for a whole week! 

So, I leave you with this last sentence. 

Welcome To 2014!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Surveys! Any Surveys To Partake In?

Hey everyone! Did you catch the reference to POTO? If you didn't, my post title is called "Surveys! Any Surveys To Partake in?", and there's a chapter in POTO that is called "Barrels? Any Barrels To Sell?" Anyways, back to business. I am having a survey here on my blog. But this time, it's not for my blog, nor is it on my sidebar. You see, dear readers, I am participating in YEA! Otherwise known as the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. One thing that we really, Really, REALLY, need to do, is to do some research on our target audience and our market. So, this is where my lovely survey and you, my readers or visitors, come into the picture. I would be forever thankful if you could take a few minutes out of your day to take my survey. I would appreciate it more than I can say. So, if you could just take a few minutes out of your schedule, please partake in my survey! 

Thank You To All Who Partake In This Survey! I Appreciate It More Than I Can Possibly Say!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

The Winners Are

First off, I would like to thank all the participants of The Winter Wonderland Blog Party. Even if you did the first week or the second, a big thanks to all the participants. Each and every one of you made this party as great as it was. First off, here are the links to read all of the posts by the participants: 

Thanks to everyone!! And now, for the winners of The Ultimate Winter Writing Challenge!! 

The Winner Is..... 
Rose P.! 

Rose, your story was beautiful and amazing. It immediately caught my attention and I loved how you incorporated all of your elements of another kingdom that no one knew existed, the scrolls, the child of sun and the child of ice. I was quite impressed. Well done!! 

The Winner Of "The Most Creative Award" Is.....
Tara Therese! 

Tara, your story was beautiful and exciting. Which is the reason that you won "The Most Creative Award"! Congratulations!!! 

The Winner Of The "Well Written Award" Is.....
Lady Éowyn!

Lady Éowyn, I thought your story was amazing! A great ending and fun characters! I loved your style of writing, which is why Natalie and I award you with the "Well Written Award". 

I want to thank all of the participants. All of you did wonderful jobs on your posts and on your stories. This could never have been such a great party if it weren't for all of you! I appreciate you all and I'm glad Natalie and my first party hit it off with a bang! Though this is the end, I hope everyone had plenty of fun. That's all that matters. Once again, congrats to Rose P., Tara Therese and Lady Éowyn!! For our winners, Natalie has made special and very beautiful buttons for you to put on your sidebar of your blogs to show your awards. Signing out! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Story l Part III

Part three of my story! WARNING: The final day to post is tomorrow!!! 

       Grunts. Pants. A thumping sound and her name. That was what Elsa heard. Reader, imagine that you have just fallen off a giant mountain. You ought to feel that you are dead and you ought to hear angels singing in Heaven. Not grunts, not pants, nor thumping sounds or calls for you. But that was what Elsa heard. Before long, she could see snow being push away from her face. Light shined above her, spilling all around her face. Edmund was there. His hair all disheveled and messy, his clothes soaked. After all, snow is ice and ice is frozen water. 
"Elsa! Are you okay?" Edmund pulled her up to a sitting position. Elsa looked around. So much snow had fallen from the triggered avalanche. At least five to seven feet had fallen. 
"How long have I been unconscious?" Elsa asked. 
"I got out nearly an hour ago. I've been digging for you ever since. If my time calculations are correct, you've been under the snow for two hours. I, for one hour. We need to get you dry." Edmund quickly built a fire. Todd, who had dug his own way out, simply sat shivering. Edmund brought out a cup and melted some snow over the fire, making it steamy warm water, before handing it to Elsa. Edmund brought out the icicles, and set them from longest to shortest. Elsa took one and held it over the fire. The first drop that fell into the fire suddenly glowed. Beside the fire, appeared a woman. She wore a white dress, her hair was light brown, and she held a long scepter in her hand. She had a kind smile and a ice crown atop her head. 
"Greetings, travelers. My name is Mariana. I am an ice princess. I am here, to help you." 
"You're an ice princess? I've always heard stories about ice princesses when I was a little girl. I never thought I would really meet one!" Elsa scrambled to her feet and curtsied. Edmund stood and bowed. Todd stayed in the sitting position and nodded his hello, before turning back to his own cup of hot water. Rolling her eyes, Elsa turned her glance back to Mariana. 
"Yes. It is such a pleasure to meet you, princess. I am here to give you a riddle to solve the mystery of the icicles. Listen carefully: An elephant is big. A mouse is meek. Look not only at the bottom, but at the peak. That is not all you need to know, but remember to always start low." Mariana told them. "Remember, this and listen to your heart." She repeated those words, before fading away and disappearing. Elsa and Edmund quickly got to work, repeating the ice princess' words to each other. They separated the icicles. One pile was the leftovers, the others were the ones with the tallest point. They then eyed each of the bottoms of the icicles. Before long, Edmund and Elsa found on with a snowflake symbol at the bottom. 
"This is it! Now all we need to find is the perfect peppermint leaves." Edmund read off the page. They packed up, got back on the horses, who, fortunately, were not buried, nor injured. Todd was silent and rode in the back as usual. They were headed to the Mint Marsh, which, thankfully, was frozen and not it's usually swampy wet low-land self. It wasn't too long of a ride; in fact, it was actually on the way back to the castle. Elsa felt a bit more confident that they were going to get back in time. After finding the perfect peppermint leaves, they were on their way back. 

Caydan felt that he had power and control. So he used it, barking orders, and treating the servants cruelly. King Julius and Queen Tiana approached him. "Just who do you think you are, bossing all these people around like you're their king?" King Julius demanded. Caydan glared at him and coldly replied, "I believe you are talking to the king of Icilia. You will bow to me, Sire." Taken aback, King Julius asked, "What do you mean?" 
"I am the rightful king to this throne! This is my throne! My throne! No one, not even that worthless King Harold will take it away from me. The princess hasn't been seen since last night. The law states that the official heir has two days to step forward and take the crown, and she isn't here is she? There is no other heir, but me! But me! Therefore the crown is mine!" Caydan screamed. He then stalked off. 
"What can we do, Julius? We can't chance the laws of a country that is not ours? And Todd, Elsa and that servant boy are not back yet. What shall we do? If the law states it, then it must be followed." Queen Tiana wondered aloud. 
"We have to wait." King Julius looked toward the fading sun. Elsa, Edmund and Todd had only a day to get back, before Caydan would take the throne. 

Daylight was also fading where the prince, princess and servant boy were. 
"We should camp for the night." Todd proclaimed, as he stopped his horse. 
"We can't. We have to get back to my father. Our laws states that when a king dies, the heir must take the throne two days after. If my father has died, I only have two days to get back and have my coronation." Elsa turned to look at Todd. Edmund also turned, and finally had had enough of this snobbish, arrogant prince. 
"We have two days to get back to save King Harold's life. Do you care? Even a little? You are to be married to Elsa, so why don't you care about your future father-in-law? You can stay and camp overnight, but Elsa is going on. So am I." Edmund's voice was firm. Todd rode over to him and spat, "You dare to talk to a prince in such a way! You're only a servant boy!" He raised his fist and threw it at Edmund's face. 
"Edmund!" Elsa cried, as Edmund fell off of his horse. The force of Todd's fist was like steel. Todd hopped off his horse, as Edmund lay sprawled out on the ground, before he got up. Blood gushed from Edmund's lip. But Edmund only wiped it away on his damp shirt sleeve.
"I'm tired of you getting in the way of everything. You're in the way of my happiness and my soon-to-be marriage. You're in the way of everything. When I take over the kingdom if Icilia, you'll be the first one I banish to the Land Of Wandering." Todd pulled his sword out of his sheath. He motioned with his sword for Edmund to get his out. Edmund did not comply, much to Todd's annoyance. 
"We don't have time for this." Edmund tried to walk by Todd, but was stopped by the cold sharp touch of steel to his throat. 
"Fight, you coward." Todd commanded. "Or are you too much of a coward?" 
"I am not a coward, but I am wise. We don't have time for this, and I know that I can beat you. What you'll do if I beat you, is accuse me of hurting you and you'll make sure that I'm hanged the moment we step foot in Icilia." Edmund stated, calmly. 
"All right. I'll make you a deal. You fight me. Whether I win or lose, I will not have you hanged. But we fight for the princess' hand." Todd point his sword at Elsa. A look of confidence rose in Edmund's eyes, as he pulled out his own sword. Elsa knew that Edmund was going to win. Every year in the Summer Icilia Tournaments, Edmund won the swordsmanship award. He was an expert swordsman, and Elsa knew he could beat Todd. The finest swordsman came from all around, even from different kingdoms. Edmund was great enough even to best the kings and princes of other kingdoms. Todd made the fist move. They danced around for a while. Edmund's moves were clean, sharp and precise, whereas Todd's were sharp, but wobbly and unsure. It lasted longer than Elsa thought, but her thoughts stood correctly, when Edmund won with a flick of his sword. Todd stood astonished. 
"You, you beat me." Todd stated the obvious. Edmund picked up Todd's sword and put it in Todd's grasp. 
"Yes, but beating you was not on my mind." Edmund put his own sword back in his sheath and went over to Elsa. "But you were, Elsa, my love." He then lifted Elsa and twirled her around before setting her down on her feet and kissing her softly. After that, he swung her up on his own horse and with Todd on his own horse, they rode back. Unfortunately, there was a terrible blizzard and they group had to stop, for they could not see a thing, in front, behind or to either sides of them. When they woke up the next morning, there was so much snow, it was up to the stirrup on the saddles of the horses. It was taking much longer. Tree branches had fallen all in the way, it took time to move them away. By sundown, they were only a little ways outside the village. But even more trees had collapsed and it was a big job. Villagers came with axes to help cut the branches. All of a sudden, the special icicle glowed and a snow fairy came out. She was small, and she left trails of blue dust all around the branches. They lifted and broke into tiny pieces so that Elsa, Edmund and Todd could go through. 
"Thank you, everyone! But I must get home!" Elsa told them. 
"Wait, milady! Did you hear the news? Captain Caydan is planning to take the throne in less than ten minutes. You have to get home quickly!" a elderly man told her. 
"Thank you, kind sir. Come on, Edmund!" Elsa took out Edmund's knife and cut the rope holding her horse and Edmund's from Todd's. They galloped on their way. 

Caydan smiled, gleefully. There was no princess in sight. King Harold was near death. In less than ten minutes I will be king and King Harold will be dead! This is going better than I planned! He rubbed his hands together. He didn't know within the palace, that Elsa and Edmund were melting the icicles and the peppermint leaves over the fire. 
"This should make the tea that should heal the king. Elsa, you need to go! It's only five minutes before Caydan takes the throne. Go now! I'll help the king." Edmund gently pushed her away. He hurried up to the king's room with the icicle and peppermint leaves all made into tea. Cadyan was just about to place the crown on his head, when Elsa made her appearance. 
"Princess Elsa! How nice to see you! But I'm afraid it's too late. The king is de-," Caydan was interrupted by Edmund at the top of the staircase. 
"He lives! King Harold lives!" Edmund yelled. King Harold appeared at the top of the stairs. He walked down and took the crown from Caydan's hands. 
"I am fully aware of what has happened. And it is my duty to inform you that you will be sent to the Land Of Wandering first thing tomorrow morning. Guards, take him away." King Harold ordered. Caydan was dragged away to the deep dark dungeon under the castle. King Julius and Queen Tiana talked with King Harold. 
"A decision must be made about the marriage." Queen Tiana reminded King Harold. 
"There has been a decision made. I am sorry, King Julius and Queen Tiana. But my heart goes to Edmund, not Prince Todd. Please forgive me, but I cannot marry someone I do not love." Elsa replied, before walked to Edmund. 
"This! This is why I told your father to send you to boarding school to teach you how to act like a man!" Queen Tiana stomped her foot. "No princess will ever fall for you if you're so arrogant!" She watched her son let his head fall back as if he heard that all the time. 
"Your Majesty, with your blessing, I wish to marry Elsa right away tomorrow." Edmund's beautiful brown eyes never left Elsa's face. He smiled, as he saw her blushing madly. 
"I am honored to call you my son-in-law. And the new king. I feel that I am getting too old to run a kingdom. Therefore, your coronation and Elsa's will be held after the wedding." King Harold smiled. 

The next morning was not as hectic as Elsa thought it would be. The throne room turned into the wedding area, and the banquet was being set with places for the wedding party. It was decorated with white roses, and lots of ribbon and wood. Elsa dress was a fashionable one. Made of the finest silk and tule, Elsa's dress had a sweetheart neckline, the bodice was covered in jewels, and the skirt was a bit smaller than a ballroom skirt. Her hair was left down in soft pressed curls. It was personally requested by the groom himself. The crowns selected her brilliant. Edmund's was a gold crown and Elsa's was a fine silver one with sapphire gemstones and diamonds all embedded in it. And low and behold! The very day of the wedding and the snow was melting at a rapid pace. The sun was hot and you could actually see the grass coming to peek out. The whole town came to see the wedding. King Edmund and Queen Elsa were married precisely at eleven in the morning, before taking their coronation. Caydan was banished to the Land Of Wandering and Todd, King Julius and Queen Tiana remained friends with the kingdom of Iciclia. That night, as Edmund and Elsa were walking to their sleeping chambers, Edmund stopped her and teased, "One adventure after another. I don't know how much more I can take in three days." His look then turned serious, as he asked, "Elsa, are you ready to start a new chapter in your life?" Elsa smiled, and replied, "I am ready to start a new chapter in our life." Smiling, Edmund leaned in to kiss her, before scooping her up in his arms, carrying her through the door of their chambers and locking it tight. 

Reader, can you imagine what happens next? Make it up in your mind. Put twists and danger, fear and love and all kinds things into the next chapter of Elsa and Edmund's life. Imagine it as you like. But hopefully, for now, the princess and the peasant boy's love story will end as a happy one. 

The End Of My Story! Tell Me What You Think! Comment Your Thoughts!!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Deal About Phil Robertson

Hey everyone!! So, I was planning to post another part of my story today, buuuuttttttt something I wanted to talk about came up. I don't know if many of my readers watch the show Duck Dynasty, but I know I do sometimes! I love it, but I have entrepreneurs class and I have to go to bed at 10. Most of the time I forget and miss it. :( Anyways, Phil Robertson, father of Willie, Jase, Jep and Alan, husband of Miss Kay and brother of the one and only Si Robertson was suspended for sharing his thoughts on homosexuality. He basically stated he thought it was a sin and it was disgusting. I was shocked and outraged when I read about it here

I mean, seriously! What about right of free speech? Just because people don't want to hear it doesn't mean that people should be silent and not say a word! I support Phil Robertson in his beliefs of the homosexuality deal all the way! I'm going to have another one of my controversial debates probably after my blog party is done and probably after the first of the new year. Be Prepared!!! Get your debate clothes on. Hm. Maybe I should just make this blog a debate hotspot. I have plenty more up my sleeve, because I want to hear what you think! So get on your debate clothes and get ready! I'm ready to get some not-so-nice comments and to respond to them. I respect all opinions, but I also know that I stick with what I believe in. No one can change that. So, A&E, I hope you have some bullet proof vests on, because people (including me) are outraged. Here are some articles to read if you want to read about it: 
1. Link One
2. Link Two

 What Do You Think About What Happened To Phil Robertson? How Do You Feel About What He Believes? Comment Below!!!
WARNING! All comments that have bad language will instantly be deleted and not shown, nor be responded to. Please state your opinion with respect and no foul language. Thank You. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Story l Part II

Part two!! 

The next day, Elsa awoke and dressed in a beautiful peach dress and her hair was woven into a braid. She left the room only to be stopped by Todd. 

"Good morning, Princess." Todd fell into step with Elsa. 
"Good morning, your Highness." Elsa fingered the lace sleeves of her dress. While her head was bent, her crown fell and clattered to the floor, but not before it had rolled a ways away. Elsa scurried after her crown and when she took it, she looked up and bumped head with someone. Rubbing her forehead, she looked up to see it was Edmund. How wonderful he looked in his brown trousers, cream shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows, and of course his suspenders. 
"Princess, you ought to be more careful. How clumsy you are, Elsa." Edmund teased. 
"Sir, you will bite your tongue for speaking to the princess in such a way." Todd's stinging tone surprised Elsa. Before Elsa could speak, Edmund bowed low and replied, "Forgive me, princess. Your Highnesses." With that, he turned and walked away. Elsa couldn't control her own stinging tone, as she started to speak. 
"How could you do that? Edmund's my best friend! He's not the only one who can talk to me like that. Everyone in the village talks to me like that. Edmund has been my best friend for years. If you have a problem with that, then I can't marry you." With that, Elsa picked up her skirts and hurried off in the direction of Edmund, ignoring the prince's voice. She couldn't find him though, and her search was interrupted by Todd's voice saying, "I have scheduled a horse back ride through the countryside and meadows for the both of us." 
"Edmund must come along. Father orders him to. His job is basically like my constant companion." Elsa gracefully pulled on her riding boots. When they went out, Edmund had Snowflake, Wellington and Knight waiting, saddled and cleaned. Elsa climbed upon her horse, while Todd climbed onto Wellington's back. Edmund tried not to look as stunned as he felt, as he brushed Snowflake's back with a fine brush. Wellington was his horse. Just by the way that Knight had kicked him in the back while Edmund was mucking his stall, he knew that Knight was not an easy horse. 
"Um, your Highness, that is Edmund's horse." Elsa confronted him.
"He can ride Knight. Let us start our journey." Todd broke into a gallop. Elsa followed, as Edmund tried to get on Knight. Knight was a mean horse, and it was more than obvious that he did not like Edmund. He snorted, bucked, and event tried to kick him. 
"Well, this is lovely." Edmund swung up into the saddle, only to be bucked around, before following Elsa and Todd. They had been riding around and Elsa had been guiding the prince through the land, when they heard a horses hooves behind them. Elsa only had a second to look back before Knight collided with Snowflake, sending Edmund and Elsa into the snow. 
"I'm sorry, Elsa. I couldn't control him." Edmund moaned. 
"I'm sorry for flattening you." Elsa apologized but didn't move. She was quite comfortable right in Edmund's arms. Edmund's head moved closer to Elsa's face, but they were interrupted by a throat being cleared. With that as a cue, Edmund stood, helping Elsa up, before going after the horses. What is it with this prince? Elsa muttered to herself, as she brushed the snow off of her riding dress. Edmund helped her back into the saddle, before going to find Knight. 

Late that night, when she should have been asleep, Elsa called her lady in waiting to her room. Jessica was her name, and she was Elsa's closest maid. The room was lavish, fit for a true princess. The walls were done in wood, with a large fireplace near the door. The huge bed was covered in peach sheets, comforters, pillows and blankets. Large rugs covered most of the floor. Dressers were everywhere and the closet. Reader, imagine a closet that was bigger than an average bedroom. Imagine that is was filled with dresses of every possible color and shoes! Every pair ever invented right in her closet. The finest jewelry and coats. Everything that a princess could possibly imagine. 
"Jessica, why do I have to have an arranged marriage? Why can't I just live alone or elope?" 
"Well, princess, who would you elope with?" There was an obvious twinkle in Jessica's eyes. The maid wiggled her eyebrows and sent both of them into gales of laughter. It was a while before they could even breathe again. They both knew who. 
"You really should just marry Edmund. I know he loves you. I walk by the stables everyday at least a thousand times. He's always either humming that song you always sing or talking to himself about the feelings he has for you and telling himself he's not worthy compared to Prince Todd. Why won't you tell him?" 
"I would kiss him and up and marry him if that bastard would stop interrupting! I don't care if he's a prince! Todd is snobbish and rude. Edmund is-is, perfect." 
"I agree, princess. That Todd is not a worthy husband. You should count how many times he looks in a mirror to admire himself a day." 
"I can believe it." Elsa sighed, before throwing her covers back. "I'm going to find Edmund. I have to tell him before I'm forced into an unhappy marriage." Grabbing a candle, Elsa headed off to the stables. It was snowing, once again. Clumps of snow fell everywhere. In the royal stables in Wellington's stall was Edmund wrapped in a blanket with his horse right beside him. You could see his breathe in the air. 
"Edmund." Elsa whispered. "Edmund!" 
"Elsa, go. Leave. Don't worry about me. Marry him and be happy." Edmund mumbled in his sleep. He turned and pantomimed pushing someone away. 
"Edmund!" Elsa hissed. That was all it took for Edmund to wake up. 
"Elsa? Why are you going out here for at this time of night?" Edmund groaned as he sat up. He tossed his blanket off and looked around for his shirt, before venturing off with Elsa. They were near the end of the castle, when they heard a crash. They both rushed down near Caydan's room. They heard Caydan's voice and another mans voice. 
"I don't recognize that other voice." Edmund whispered as he crept near the door. 
"If you really want this," Aragon started inside the room. "Say 'twickle fickle deedle da'." 
"Why?" Caydan questioned. Aragon motioned for him to say it. Waving the wand, Caydan chanted, "Twickle fickle deedle da."  A bright green light flashed through the tiny window at the near-top of the door. Elsa and Edmund quickly ran, as they heard the door handle jiggling. They hid in an indent on the wall, leaning and facing each other. Caydan didn't go their way, but Elsa and Edmund were not at peace yet. They both stayed there for about ten minutes. 
"I think he's gone." Edmund whispered. 
"I think that you are right." Elsa agreed. 
"Princess?" Todd was standing right in front of the couple, who were leaned against each other, face to face. With them both scrunched against the wall, and Edmund's half unbuttoned shirt, Todd was suspicious. 
"Todd, it's not at all what you think." Elsa wiggled out of her spot. Suddenly a servant rushed at them. She told Elsa that her father had fallen ill during the night. When Elsa rushed to her father's bedside, her suspicion was confirmed. Caydan has used the spell to make her father fall ill. Grabbing a candle holder, Edmund lit a match and lit three other candles. With a determined look in her eye, Elsa, Edmund and Todd trooped to the very bottom of the castle to where the secret royal library was. It contained every law made, broken and changed ever since Icilia was made into a kingdom. No one knew about the secret room. Only Elsa's crown and the King's scepter could unlock the door. It was widely known to the palace servants as a storage room. Elsa came to the door and motioned for Edmund to turn Todd around. When he did, Elsa waved her crown in front of the keyhole and then pushed the door open. Inside was huge. With walls like a cathedral, you would have never guessed it was in the bottom of the castle, but on top. All the walls were actually fine bookcases, two of them were filled with small books, big books, thick books, thin books, all kinds of books. The other two were filled with scrolls. In the middle of the room, there was a large wooden table. A large steel chandelier with candles in the holders glimmered on the ceiling. The room had a smell of new and old books and quite a bit of dust. They set to work immediately. Edmund started on one side, Elsa on the other and Todd in the middle. Once the old king has died, a new heir must take the throne in the next two days. If not present, the crown shall be handed to the next heir, who will rule until their death. Elsa read on silently. She tossed the scroll on the table, before searching on. Turning his gaze to the bookcase, Edmund pulled out a dark red velvet book. Pulling out his own necklace that had a deep emerald stoned cross having from the middle, Edmund pressed it into the imprint on the front belt. The belt lock was freed and fell to the side. Looking around, Edmund saw that both the prince and princess were occupied at the moment and didn't care about with he was doing. Opening, the book, Edmund furiously flipped the pages until he reached a page with a blue liquid in a silver goblet. Quickly, he tore both pages out and stuffed them in his pocket, before putting the book and lock back in place and on the shelf. I'll fix the book later. Edmund told himself. 
"Elsa. I know what we need." Edmund told her. 
"What? I'll do anything to help my father, you know that." Elsa hurried over. Todd followed, after putting the scrolls back in place. Edmund pointed to a spot on a map that he had unfolded. It was old and yellowing, but still a trustworthy map. It had every possible location of the kingdom, inside the border and out. 
"We have to go to the Havackian Slopes." 
"That's a half a day's trip. I want to go with you, but at the same time, I can't leave. If my father dies and I'm not back in time, who knows who will claim the crown." 
"We'll have to hurry, but we'll make it. Who will we leave in charge of the kingdom?" Todd spoke up. The couple looked at him as if he had suddenly just appeared in the room. Have they really forgotten about me? I've only been searching with them for the past hour. Todd muttered to himself.
"We'll just leave and inform the kingdom that we will be back in two days." 
"But what if we're not?" Todd questioned. 
"'We're?'" Elsa looked at him. 
"I'm not letting you go alone. I don't care if this servant boy is with you. I am going." Todd proclaimed. Elsa eyed him for a while, before giving in, "It seems that I don't have much of a choice. We'll leave your parents in charge, but we will depart secretly right now. I don't want Caydan to know that we overheard the plan. He'll go after me if he knows. Tell your parents to stall time and tell them not to tell Caydan that I am gone. We leave in ten minutes." 

No later than ten minutes, Elsa, Edmund and Todd set off on horseback to the Havackian Slopes. They had packed bread a few bits of cheese and ham, matches, two maps, a couple lanterns, blankets and extra cloaks. Elsa dressed warmly in a thick white dress, red cloak, snow boots, mittens and thick warm stockings. Her hair was tightly braided away from her face and draping down her back. She informed all of the servants that she was leaving, and forbade any of them to tell Caydan where she was off to. Before they had left, Edmund had studied the map and Todd had informed his parents of their departure. Elsa knew nearly every inch of the kingdom, but Edmund, who had once been a guide for Elsa and her father, knew the safest and quickest paths to take. Before they had ventured out of the village, they had warned everyone in the town of their departure, and their promise that they would be back in two days. It was snowing in large clumps, and you could only see about three yards in front, behind and to the sides of you. In the front of the line was Edmund, who had tied a rope from Wellington's saddle, to Elsa's horse Snowflake, and then in the back, Todd was bringing up the rear with the rope ending around his saddle. Holding up his lantern to the map, Edmund shouted, "We're battling a winter blizzard. Keep your horses under control and don't let the rope break." The wind was ripping through Elsa's cloak. Little ice pieces fell around her neck. It felt like they were viciously biting into the back of her neck. They moved on slowly, as Edmund shielded his face from the incoming snow to see the map. Okay. First we have to find the border of the country that I marked. Edmund searched around with his eyes, before spotting a tree with a blue ribbon securely fastened around the trunk. He led the others on into the woods, where the tree slightly helped to shield them from the snow. Lord, help to guide me through this blizzard. We only have two days to find the antidote to save Elsa's father. I know you hear me, and I know you understand. Help us, Father, and protect all of us through this journey. Amen. 

It was the next morning, and King Julius was up early. He called the entire village to hear what he had to say. He was dressed in his fine clothes and most importantly, his red and gold crown. His wife, Queen Tiana was with King Harold at the present moment, helping the maids to try to heal the king. Two guards opened the balcony doors. Below him were the village people, anxiously awaiting the news. 
"Attention! People Of Icilia! Your king, King Harold, has fallen ill overnight. We do not know the date when he will return to his royal duties, but we ask you, as the people, to bear with me, and my wife, as your temporary king and queen until King Harold is well and able, once again. We promise to do the best to our abilities, and to love and care for you as your king has for the past years. Please go on with life, and any well wishes to the king will be appreciated. You are dismissed, now. Thank you for your prayers and cooperation." With that, King Julius left the balcony. He hurried off to the king's chambers. When he got to the door, his wife was slipping out. Tears were gathered in her eyes, as she told him that the king was getting worse. 
Deep within the castle in his room, Caydan was dancing around, while Aragon was rolling his eyes at the childish moves of the captain. 
"Yes, yes, yes!! It's working. Before three days is up, King Harold will be dead and I can reclaimed my cr-," Caydan was stopped by Aragon's clearing of the throat. "What?" he demanded, annoyed that the man would even dare to interrupt his time of celebration. 
"Have you forgotten about the Princess? Elsa is next in line for the throne. You would have to get rid of her as well." Aragon pointed out the obvious fact. 
"No, I wouldn't. She's only eighteen. Too young to rule a country by herself. She would need a suitable husband. And that Prince Todd is no match for me. I am the prince of this country, rightfully the king, and it would be my kingly duty to marry her and rule." Caydan paced throughout his small little room. What is it with me and pacing? Stop it, you! Caydan stopped pacing. Aragon stood in the corner, playing with his beard. Reader, can you imagine how poor Aragon feels having to obey a lunatic like Caydan? I simply do not think that I could handle it. Plain and simple. 
"You're 40 years old, and Elsa's barely even eighteen. That's an uncomfortable age difference." Aragon stated, bluntly. 
"Don't care. I will force her to marry me. Even if I'm not the king, I'm still the prince, and she's a princess. I am older," Caydan started. "Much." Aragon corrected as he 'coughed'. Rolling his eyes, Caydan continued, "than her and I have the authority to marry her. That is my plan." 

Pushing away the blue spruce pine tree branches, Edmund rode on, before letting go of them. They smacked Todd in the face and snow fell from the branches onto his head. Growling, Todd shook the snow off. The blizzard was over and quite a bit of snow had fallen. They had traveled overnight. They were halfway to the Havackian Slopes. He looked at Edmund in agony, seeing a sleeping Elsa in his arms. How he would like the feel of her against his chest! After all, he had come to wed her. Edmund worked to steady Elsa in his arms, as he scanned the map. 
"Need a little help? I'll take her for you." offered Todd, as he rode up beside Edmund. 
"No thank you, Sire. I am quite fine." Edmund straightened the map. Just a few more hours, and they would be there. In the meantime, Elsa had awakened. It's so warm. Too warm. What am I leaning against? Where am I? Elsa then opened her eyes to see Edmund's tan shirt. He was warm and Elsa didn't want to move. But she did and got back on her own horse. Edmund took out one of the papers that he had snatched out of the book. 
"Here is a riddle. Elsa, you're good at riddles. It says 'On the top that's where you'll find, a pile of icicles, so make up your mind. Pull it off let it be, if you choose wrong you will never be set free'. What does that mean?" Edmund read off the paper. They rode on, letting Elsa think for a while. 'On the top'. That means the slopes. We're looking for, what it looks like, an icicle. We have to pick just one. But what does 'If you choose wrong you will never be free' mean? Does it trigger an avalanche that will trap us forever if we pick the wrong icicle? 
"Ah, here we are. The Havackian Slopes!" Edmund announced, as he pulled Wellington to a halt. Elsa rode up beside him, Todd on her other side. Opening his knapsack, Edmund pulled out a large nail and a hammer. He hammered it into the ground, before tying all of the horses reins. Edmund then went and walked right and then left before motioning Elsa and Todd to the right side. 
"This side seems less steep with less snow and ice. Over on the left, it's packed with ice and snow. We'll surely lose someone if we go that way." Edmund pointed. Extending his hand, Edmund asked, "Shall we, Elsa?" She blushed a little as she nodded. Edmund had rope around his waist, in which he tied it around Elsa and Todd, before reaching up with his sword and sharp axe and testing the snowfall and ice. There were many little ledges where your feet and hands could go. But the Havackian Slopes could never promise that the ledges would hold. The first half hour of climbing the relatively easy. But as they were getting higher and higher, it became steeper and more dangerous. Once they got to a ledge where they could all sit and rest, Edmund pulled out the page of the book. Elsa looked around. The view was breathtaking. The sky was blue as could be. All you could see for miles was snow covered banks, frozen ponds and rivers, and if you squinted hard enough, dear reader, you could see the top of the castle. If you were standing in that ledge of the slope, you could hear the screeches of eagles, and perhaps you could even see a few snowy owls. As Edmund sat down, Elsa scooted beside him, as he spoke of the right path. "We're making exceptionally good time. But we need to move quicker. It already took us half the day to get here, it'll take another half day to get back, and who knows how long it will take to find what who're looking for. So we need to move quicker. Remember, if you fall, don't make any suddenly move moments. It could send us all down to our deaths." Edmund pulled out a cloth where his lunch was. Elsa had eaten most of hers. Edmund handed her the cloth that was filled with bits of cheese, ham and bread, before standing and venturing off to scope out their next moves. Todd intently watched Elsa, who also had stood to look around for Edmund. When Edmund returned, Elsa caught his arm, before holding a piece of bread, a small slice of ham and a small bit of cheese out for him. He took it, but before he put the sandwich in his mouth, he brought up the princess' hand, kissed it and bowed. Edmund grabbed his knapsack and Todd stood, before they continued. About another fifteen minutes into their journey, they came to a barrier. 
"This is not good. We can't go around this slope. We have to go up." Edmund hurried to put down his knapsack. 
"What do you mean?" Todd demanded, suspiciously. 
"Have you not climbed slopes and mountains, your Highness?" Edmund asked, innocently, as he pulled out more rope. 
"No, it is not proper for royalty to climb mountains." Todd's voice was full of petulance and arrogance. 
"Edmund and I used to climb these slopes every Saturday." Elsa smiled at the thought. Her look caught Todd's arrogant one. Clearing his throat, Todd replied, "When we are married you shall be able to climb the slopes whenever you wish." When we are married. Elsa echoed silently. We will never be married! Edmund started, "What I'm going to do, is climb up there. Elsa, Todd, your job is to hold the rope as I climb up. Don't tug on it, or I'll fall. Once I get there, I'll pull both of you up." Edmund pulled out his sword, his axe and his extra one. He stabbed his sword in place, before starting to climb up. With every move that Edmund made, it was obvious to Elsa that it was always graceful, careful and extremely thought out. Though he was making good progress, Edmund still had a long way to go. Todd rolled his eyes. Showoff! I could do that easily! I'll show Elsa that that servant boy isn't the only one who can climb  a mountain! Todd was so busy in his thoughts that he had walked a few feet away, jerking the rope around. 
"Whoa!" Edmund let out a shout. The rope was attached to Edmund's stomach, and Todd had pulled on the rope. Before his eyes, he was falling off the mountain. 
"Edmund!" Elsa screamed in panic. She yanked Todd's fine gold and silver sword out of his sheath and carefully aimed it below Edmund, before throwing it with all of her might. The sword stuck in the side of the slope and Edmund grabbed it, before stabbing his own in. Elsa put a hand to her pounding heart. That was the scariest moment of her life. Edmund hung onto the swords, his own heart racing even faster than Elsa's. 
"What, Sire, do you not understand about the order 'don't pull on the rope'?" Edmund demanded. Todd shrugged and replied, "Sorry!" When Edmund made it to the top, he undid the rope and pulled Elsa and Todd up. When Elsa was on her feet, she threw herself into Edmund's arms and cried. 
"I'm okay, Elsa." 
"I was so scared. I've never been that scared in my life! I don't know what I would have done if you had," Elsa sobbed. 
"Died? That would never have happened. I could never leave you on earth this young." Edmund teased her. Elsa let go of him. Turning, she let out a loud happy scream. They had made it to the top. They all turned around to see a patch of glowing icicles. There were little ones, big ones all kinds. Todd reached for a large one, when Elsa caught his hand and yelled, "No! Remember what the riddle said? We can't pick just any. We have to pick the right one." 
"Elsa, darling, it is just a trick. They are trying to fool us, and you're falling for it. Watch." Todd broke one off, as just Edmund yelled, "Stop!" and Elsa screamed, "Don't!" Just as Todd broke off the icicle, a loud rumble was heard. Snow started to fall in little bits, but the amounts increased. Edmund thought quickly and broke off every single icicle, no matter how big or small and stuffed them into his knapsack. All of a sudden, a large rock rolled from above on a ledge. 
"Jump!" Edmund grabbed Elsa's hand and ran off the cliff. Elsa screamed. They were falling. Falling off of a mountain. So this is it. Our death. This is the end of our road. If only we could have saved my father. Elsa didn't know how she could even think, as they were falling to their death. Before long, her world had darkened completely.