Gerda placed the tray of the Queen's breakfast on the counter to smooth out her dark skirts. After fussing over her attire, Gerda halfheartedly proceeded to grab the tray until Kai stopped her and offered to carry it himself; he wore a black overcoat left unbuttoned over his round belly. Gerda nodded her head, grabbed the tea instead, and left the kitchen to bring the Queen her breakfast.
They smiled and bowed before her, placing the morning meal on the table. Elsa smiled in return while thanking them and like the two servants, Elsa adorned a darker navy gown today, much like the one she wore as a child, instead of her bright sapphire dress.
“Kai, if you may,” Elsa began. “Would you be kind enough to go wake Anna?”
A look of surprise came across the servant's face.
“You Majesty, Anna has already awakened and left the castle.” He explained.
“Oh, how long ago was this?”
“About two hours previous.”
Elsa could not fight her own surprise for even though she typically awoke the earliest, Anna had beaten her to it today. “Thank you for informing me, Kai.”
“My pleasure, your Majesty. Would you like for me to send someone for Anna?”
“No, that's quite alright. I know where I can find my sister, however, I would like to pardon you two for the day and the rest of the staff. Please inform the others that they may take leisure from their labors.”
Neither Kai or Gerda could muster words of thanks, but the look on their faces was enough for the Queen. They bowed and departed, leaving Elsa alone at the dining table. She placed her hands in her lap and looked at her breakfast. Her appetite did not come to her this morning, nor did she really expect it to. She cast her eyes out the window, wondering if Anna had missed breakfast too.
Elsa's black cape fluttered behind her as she rode through the cobbled streets of Arendelle. It was not the preferable ice cloth she typically conjured for herself, but instead an actual cape resting on her shoulders. It was just for today would she bear the weight to look presentable and normal, but it was not for the townspeople or herself; she wasn't quite sure if it even were for Anna. However, despite the uncomfortable attire, it did feel right.
By the time Elsa left the castle, many of the townspeople were roaming the streets. Villagers waved while also trying to get their attention. Elsa did not smile, but she did nod her head in the direction where people gathered. It was relieving when she finally reached the outskirts of town and rode into the forest. She slowed her horse to a light trot once under the foliage of trees and looked around. Most of the forest around Arendelle was unfamiliar to Elsa, but this wooded path was something very familiar to her.
She followed the long, worn path through the trees, rode pass the field of man-made stone, and came to the foot of a hill where another horse tied to a post waited. It was Anna's, of course, and Elsa could see her sister's figure atop the hill. The Queen...