“That’s the last crate of supplies on board, Sir Miguel,” said the dockmaster, as his men behind him walked down on the ramp from a ship.
“Thank you,” said Miguel. Then he turned to face me. “Well, I guess this is goodbye,” he said.
I started to sniffle.
“What’s wrong, Anna?” Miguel asked, as he walked to me.
“Why do you want to leave?” I asked him. “What’s wrong with Arendelle?”
“Nothing, Anna,” he replied. “This place is beautiful. But I could never settle in one place forever. I just have the… uh… urge to get out and discover the world.”
“And I would have come with you like you offered,” I said. “But since my friends came to rescue me – I just don’t know.”
“Well, I think it’s better that you do stay here,” said Miguel.
Those words made me frown at him.
“I didn’t mean all the time,” he explained. “Take a holiday or something sometime. What I meant was if you came with me and Altivo, I wouldn’t know where we were going. I couldn’t promise that you will be safe. I couldn’t promise I could bring you back to Arendelle whenever you feel like to. And I can’t even promise I will come back here.”
I was glad he was being honest, but it was still upsetting me. I lowered my head in sadness, but Miguel’s hand lifted my chin up.
“But I can promise you one thing,” he went on, as I faced him. “I can promise that I will never forget you. I will never forget your beautiful face and all the times you made me laugh. And there’s no one I would rather go and fight goblins, wizards and witches with instead of you.”
Tears started to come out of my eyes but those compliments made me smile as I hugged Miguel and he hugged me back.
“Promise me that you’ll be safe, too,” I whispered to him.
“I will,” whispered Miguel. “You’ll be all right, I know it.”
I let go of him and he moved over to Kristoff.
“Take care, mate,” said Kristoff, shaking hands with Miguel.
“You too,” smiled Miguel.
“‘And look after yourself’,” said Kristoff, talking for Sven.
“I will, Sven,” Miguel chuckled, patting him on the cheek. Then he moved over to Olaf who was not his usually happy self. “What’s wrong, Olaf?” he asked.
“I’ve never said goodbye to a friend before,” Olaf sobbed. “I think this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
“I’ve never said goodbye to anyone before either,” said Miguel, as he bent down to the little snowman. “But someone’s told me that your friends will never leave you as long as you keep the happiest memories of them with you forever.”
“Really?” cried Olaf. “Who told you that?”
“I can’t remember, but I think it was someone from Spain,” replied Miguel. Then he and the snowman hugged.
“I shall miss your warm hugs,” said Olaf.
“I shall miss your… um… hugs, too,” said Miguel, as he got up. “Take care, buddy.”
“Are you sure you want to do this?” asked Elsa, as he approached her. “Because, as queen, I can give you a nice home and a good job.”
“I appreciate that, Elsa,” said Miguel. “I really do. It’s just that I’ve been remembering when I first met Tulio and all the good times we’ve had together since. My point is, I’ve made my bed with him and I can’t seem to roll out of it, I have to lie in it.”
“I see what you mean,” said Elsa.
“Anyway,” went on Miguel, “I just wanted to say thank you for the ship, the knighthood and the ice-skating experience.”
“You’re very welcome, Miguel,” Elsa smiled. “And I just want you to – ”
“Never forget you?” said Miguel. “Because I never will.”
“Thank you,” said Elsa. “Also I want to know that you and your friends are welcome back here at Arendelle anytime.”
“Thank you,” smiled Miguel.
“And there is one more thing I would like to give to you,” said Elsa. “This is something very few men have received, but no had ever truly deserved.”
“Oh, Elsa, I apprentice everything you’ve given me,” said Miguel, “but I think you’re overdo – ”
Then what I saw was something I had never ever seen my sister do before in my life. I had seen her kissing princes before, but they were what she called being polite to them. Miguel was the first man I’ve seen Elsa kissing on her own will.
“Well, good luck,” she said.
“Thanks.” Miguel gave her one last bow and grabbed Altivo’s reins. “Come on, boy.”
They boarded the boat, brought the ramp up, set the sails and they were off. Miguel gave us one last wave.
“Well, me and Sven must get back to work,” I heard Kristoff say. “Isn’t that right, Sven?”
“‘Yes, it is’,” I heard Kristoff talking for Sven.
“Well, good luck, both of you,” I said, without turning around to see them. “I’ll see you guys later.” I was keeping my eyes on my Spanish friend until he sailed out of sight.
I turned to face Elsa and Olaf.
“Don’t worry about him,” she said. “He’ll be all right.”
“Yeah, I suppose,” I said. Then I cleared my throat. “Elsa, I’m sorry.”
“Sorry for what?”
“If I’d known you had given up your kingdom to come and find me,” I explained, “I wouldn’t have thought of leaving you behind.”
“That’s okay, Anna,” said Olaf. “You were gone for two months. Your mind was probably just wondering.”
“But it wasn’t just that made me wanted to leave,” I confessed. Then I faced my sister again. “Before the goblins kidnapped me, Elsa, I have wondering what good am I to this kingdom. After all, you have your royal advisors, your ice powers and your kingdom to run and…”
Elsa gently put her finger on my lips. “Yes, I have been busy recently. All of us have. But ever since you’ve been on those negotiations trips, business in Arendelle has never better in all of its history. So, you see, you’re a credit to this kingdom and I still trust you. In fact, you are the person I trust the most.”
That made me feel really good. As Elsa and I embraced, Olaf joined us.
“Want to skate back home for some hot chocolate?” Elsa asked me.
Before I could even move my mouth to answer, she fired a line of ice on the path and gave me some ice-skating shoes. Then we skated our way back to the castle with Olaf sliding behind us.