Princess Dorm 3.
Okay, so you all begged me to explain the Caroline thing. It’s about a girl I used to know. She was really dumb, and her name was Caroline. Well, she wasn’t exactly dumb, she was just a nutcase. She didn’t really grasp the concept of anything, and she ran around saying a bunch of stuff that I guess she thought was really impressive and smart, but it was just a bunch of gibberish to the normal people. I was the only person who was even nice to her, but on the inside, she drove me absolutely insane. I was glad to leave her behind when Mom married that king guy. She cried when I left, but I just hugged her and left. Even that annoyed me. There, you’ve been informed, and we can get back to the story.
When I woke up, nobody was singing, which was a slight disappointment, but no one was even in the room. That was also very disappointing. Then I heard a rush in the hallway and my door swung open. It was the Alice girl that we had saved last night.
“Come quickly! There are two new boys just arriving in the Dreamworks dorm!”
I threw on my housecoat and we both ran down the stairs, Alice holding my hand and pulling me faster than I wanted to go. When we got to the lobby, I saw two boys; neither of them could possibly be older than fourteen. One was barefoot, wearing brown pants and a blue drawstring hoodie, all covered in frost. He’d clearly not changed clothes for a while, which was evident because of the fact that his pants legs only went down to his ankles. The hoodie fit fine. His hair was white, spiked up like he could care less about how his hair looked. He carried with him a long stick with a curve on the top, it too frosted over. He was swishing the bottom of it on the floor absently. As he did, the carpet covered in frost that wouldn’t seem to melt. He had slight freckles, not as much as I did, and a mischievous look in his eyes, a look that said, “If you and I are going to be friends, you’re going to have to get used to being in trouble.” They were a pale, pale blue, so pale you almost couldn’t tell whether they were blue or white.
The other boy had brown hair that went down to his chin. It was also messy, and he clearly didn’t care how it looked. He had a nervous smile, and I saw that he had a little gap between his top front teeth. He wore a coarsely woven blue-green long-sleeve shirt with a brown fur vest over top. His pants were brown, and he had a brown fur boot over one of his feet. His other foot… well, it wasn’t a foot. It was some sort of metal contraption. I immediately insisted in my mind that I would find out how it happened. He kept pointing out the window and mentioning this Toothless guy. When I actually bothered to look out the window, I saw a giant black dragon. From what I could hear of what he was saying, that dragon was his. His big brown eyes said, “I will try and try to do what would make you happy, but I probably won’t be able to do it. I hope you’re okay with that.” There was also a touch of sadness in them and I could immediately see that something really awful had been said or done to him, and recently too.
I didn’t feel like flirting with either of them. Before I saw Derek, I used to be a great big flirt, but now that Derek was in my life, no matter how minorly, I didn’t want anything to do with any other boy until Derek flat out said that he didn’t like me and I knew he meant it. Besides, Merida and the brunette were already laughing and talking and seeming to be getting to know each other, so I would stay out of that. Rapunzel was singing that magic song that made her hair glow for the frost kid, and his eyes were glowing. Not from the light of her hair, but from wonder. There was another look in his eyes now, one that said, “I know you and love you already, but you don’t know me.” Kind of like a stalker’s eyes, but with less of a stalker attitude and more of a guardian look, if you understand that.
“What are their names, if you know them?” I asked Alice.
“The frosty one is none other than Jack Frost, and the brunette’s name is Hiccup.” I stared at her funny. “It’s a tradition where he’s from. The uglier the name, the less likely they are to be kidnapped by goblins. Foolish of course, but it’s his name now, so we’ll accept it.”
I smiled. This school was like a family tree with only two bad apples. I thought of them like my brothers and sisters. Except for Derek. He was more like… not family. I loved these two boys like family already. I decided to heck with it! I would just go up and hug them both. Hiccup waved at me and asked Merida for my name.
“Oh, that’s Vanessa. She came here only two wee days ago.”
“Welcome to the school Hiccup. I hope you feel like family here.” Then I hugged him. At first he was all shocked, but then he hugged me back. Merida looked at me and mouthed “What are you doing?”
“Thanks Vanessa. I hope so too.” Hiccup smiled and I waved as I went over to Jack.
Jack’s smile matched his original eye-message, of friendship and trouble. He waved to me before Rapunzel noticed that I was there.
“Oh! Jack, this is Vanessa. She’s new too, only came two days ago.” Rapunzel cocked her head in my direction.
“Hi Jack. You’re not going to get into too much trouble here, are you?” I asked.
“I’m not making any promises.” He laughed, and it made me want to start a snowball fight, to have fun, and run around, not give a care about my responsibilities.
I shrugged off the feeling and wrapped my arms around him. He was as cold as I thought he would be. Jack wrapped his arms around me too.
“Welcome to the family Jack.” I said softly.
“Glad to be here Vanessa.” He let me go and kissed my cheek. Rapunzel told me that little swirly frost patterns appeared on my cheek and stayed for over ten minutes. She also glared at me as if she wanted to burn a whole through my… well, my whole body. I didn’t get it.
When I walked away, I touched my cheek where he had kissed it and felt severely conflicted. He had all the wonder and whimsy that I strived to have. If I couldn’t be that whimsical, I wanted to be with somebody who was. But what about Derek? Didn’t I like him? I was so conflicted. If what happened to change that hadn’t happened, I still would be. But it did, and now I’m with the guy I want to be with. Oops, almost gave something away! Lips sealed about the future for now. Only one hint; the world is more beautiful now that we’re married. Yes, I’m married, don’t act all surprised. Back to my memoirs.
So I went through my regular schedule and I found out that I had Magic with Jack as well. He sat next to me.
“I hope you don’t mind that I sit here.” Jack said with a shrug.
“Oh, no it’s not. It’s safe to sit there, and … I’d like you to sit there.” I snapped out of my stupor. “I mean, because Mrs. Pendragon would like me to catch you up on you studies, most likely.”
He looked from side to side, and then he kicked his feet up on the desk and blew a shaft of cold air all through the room. The room was soon occupied with a mysterious blizzard and Jack reached for my hand.
“Where are we going?” I asked nervously.
“Anywhere but here. Come on, Vanessa, let’s have some fun.”
I smiled and took his hand. We ran out the class door just as the blizzard began to settle. He took me outside. He swished his staff around and the courtyard became filled with snow. While I was looking around in wonder and feeling a lot less homesick, he whipped a snowball at the back of my head. I turned around with a shocked expression and gasped.
“You dare hit a princess?” I asked.
“I saved the world. I can throw snowballs at princesses all day long if I want to.”
I made it seem like I had let it go and started to roll a giant snowball. When Jack asked me what I was doing, I said I was making a snowman. He offered to help, so I let him. He touched it with his staff and it became as big as the base of a snowman normally is. I did the best hold-together spell I knew and hefted the thing up when his back was turned. I was strong enough to carry it without struggling, so I walked as a normal person would. He didn’t turn around until I had already dropped the thing straight on top of his head. He collapsed into a snow bank and didn’t move.
“Jack, are you okay?” I asked, worried as all get out.
He didn’t answer for a long while when he did he said, “Help me up. I think some of my ribs are broken.”
I panicked and grabbed his hand, delicately helping him up. When he was on his feet, I still had his hand, and I was wrapping his arm around my shoulder so that I could help him in. When it was completely around, he smirked and leaned on me so hard I lost my balance and ended up face-first in the snow bank. He laughed when he saw my face, red and covered in snow.
“Nobody out pranks the master.” said Jack. I laughed and held out my hand for him to help me up. When he grabbed it, I yanked him down with me.
He laughed faintly, but then he looked into my eyes with severity. He was so close to my face, I could fell his warm breath on my cheek. For one minute, I thought he was going to kiss me. Then I remembered that we had just met, and I didn’t have a crush on him, let alone want to kiss him.
He instead helped me up and asked me if I could stand a long story. I told him my mother used to tell me stories about how grass grew and how to know if it was growing right.
“Wow, your mother is extremely boring. I pity you for having to live with her.”
“I know. It was torture, but King… um… what’s his face was worse. He took Mom away and didn’t ever talk to me.” I started to get sad. “Pretty soon Mom stopped talking to me too. Neither of them cared about anything I said or did unless it was something bad.” I started to cry. “This school was all his idea and it actually turned out fine, but I’m so confused right now about you name it. I can’t stay here and risk losing it all, but if I don’t stay, I’m forced to going back to being ignored and neglected.”
For a guy as cold as Jack Frost, he had the warmest smile, laugh, and heart of anyone I’d ever met. He put his hand under my chin and tilted my head up so I could look into his eyes.
“Merida, I don’t age. I’ve been around for as long as the world can remember, making snow and frost and cold wherever I go. Nothing about my life was warm; I had no home, no friends, and no comfort. I played around with the children and did what I liked to do, telling myself that if I just abandoned all responsibilities, that I would live on this Earth and have fun and never need anyone. That worked out fine, until one day, I found a tower in a clearing of a place I had never stopped in before. In the window, I saw the face of a little girl, which surprised me, because it was the middle of the night.” I managed a laugh, and it wasn’t even forced. “I flew up to the window and asked the girl what she was doing. She said…”
“You could fly?” I asked in amazement.
“Well, I still can, actually.” Jack pushed off of the ground and whooshed in a loop de loop before touching down again. “She told me that she was watching her birthday lights. She pointed, and sure enough, there were little lights throughout the whole sky. She said that one day she wanted to go see her lights in person, but her mother wouldn’t let her leave the tower. She looked at me and asked that I come back on the same day the next year. I came on that day every year until she turned seven. That was three years. On the fourth year, I forgot precisely which day her birthday was and was too embarrassed to go apologize. I also didn’t want to break her heart further, so I never came again. It was tragic, because I promised her on her fifth birthday that one day; I would take her to go see the lights. When I finally worked up the nerve to go back and apologize, she was gone. I thought I’d never see her again. But I did. I saw her again today, and thank the heavens that she doesn’t remember me.”
“C’mon, you’re killing me. Tell me who it was!” I was eager now, so very eager.
“Rapunzel. Just don’t tell her, I’d sound creepy. The point is, for years, I’ve been in love, and for years, I’ve had to pretend I was all right. It’s not good for your soul, so promise me you’ll never do anything that you’re going to regret when you grow up. Even if you do, at least you’ll die and never have to live with you regrets as long as I have lived with mine.”
I didn’t want to be like this boy anymore. I thought he was carefree, worried about nothing, but he was more sorrowful than anyone I’d ever met. I didn’t think for a moment and, without hesitation or doubt, kissed Jack square on the mouth. Then I pulled away in sadness, because I had a suspicion that I was the first person to ever have kissed him, which I found sad.
“Oh, now I’ve gone and done it.”I ran away crying. One minute we were fine, just getting to be friends, and then I go ahead and confuse everyone, myself and Jack.
I ran until I could see no more snow and it had all melted off of me. I found the only logical place I could think to go; the gazebo Kida and I had sat in a yesterday. Was it really just yesterday that my life had made sense? It felt like years ago. When I was inside, who but Derek would be sitting there?
“Oh, Vanessa! Good to see you. I was looking for you, actually. There’s a dance tomorrow, and I was wondering if you would…” I cut him off.
“Derek, I can’t say yes or no to that. I’m turning my back on our tomorrow and forgetting our yesterday. There will be no we or us for a very long time. I’m never going to be part of an us if all of this keeps up.” I ran back into the school and went to my room, sat and cried.
I don’t know how long I was up there for before Merida opened the door. Hiccup was there as well.
“…And this is my…” She heard me and ran over to grab my hands. Hiccup came in too. “Och, are ya okay? Are ya hurt?”
“Only in my heart, Meri, only in my heart.” I continued to sob and wouldn’t explain anything to either of them.
“Okay, well, I’m just going to…Yeah. I’ll see you at dinner Merida.” Hiccup stood and left.
“Are ya goin’ to tell me anything now that he’s gone?” I continued to sob. “I take it that’s a no. You do realize you’ve been awailin’ for over an hour now?” I stopped as if on cue.
“Crying’s overrated.” I said with my voice completely normal.
“Wow. I should have done that a while ago.” She laughed. She looked at the clock. “It’s lunch now. Are ya comin’ with me?”
I shrugged. I wanted to see the girls, but would I be able to face Jack after what had happened despite all he’d told me about his love for Rapunzel?
To be continued.
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