Featured image art “Monarch of Arendelle” by hanna.digiArt (@HDigiart)
You can hardly believe what is written on the daily “schedule” of the queen. It’s less of a schedule and more of a relentless barrage of important matters, one after the other, that leaves one hour of sleep for Anna each night.
Kristoff looks positively nervous as you read the sheet with horror. The two of you are spending a late night in a famous restaurant in Arendelle, The Lonely Reindeer. You were discussing Kristoff’s business until the subject of his fiancée came up. As of this moment, well after ten in the evening, she’s still holed up in her study.
“Yeah,” he says glumly, shrugging his shoulders in helpless agreement as you shake your head in incredulity. As the queen’s fiancé, he would have been the first to admonish Anna for such a ridiculous timetable, but here it is before you.
*~ WEDNESDAY, FOURTEENTH OF APRIL, 1844 ~*
5:30am – 6:30am: Get up; morning routine
7:00am: Breakfast with Kristoff; daily papers
7:30am – 9:00am: Talk to Honeymaren about latest developments in Northuldra
10:00am – 12:00pm: Policy discussion with Vi and Elsa
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch with Mattias; visit military garrison
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Dockside visit, ribbon-cutting for several new shops
3:30pm – 5:00pm: Break and afternoon tea with Elsa at home
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Kingdom Hall opera and social with Vi and Luna
6:15 – 8:30: Dinner at Arendelle Castle with inner court
9:00pm – 10:30pm: Games night with Olaf and Sven
10:00pm – 11:00pm: Bedtime for Kristoff, bring him hot chocolate
11:30pm – 12:00am: Supper and inner court discussion with Elsa
12:30am – 2:30am: Work alone in study
3:00am – 4:00am: Early morning bath and get ready for bed
“She can’t live like this,” you say to Kristoff, gobsmacked. “This isn’t just ridiculous. It’s unhealthy. The queen is hurting herself every night she does this.”
“Yeah. I told Anna it’s plain stupid. She’ll collapse if she does more than a few months of this, and that’s pretty crazy already,” Kristoff sighed. “Look, you’ve got to help me out here. I’m busier than ever with Bjorgman, and Anna’s burdens are heavier than either of us could have predicted. She claims she’s taking a day off tomorrow, but I need to handle some shipments that can’t wait. Can you please stay with her? Even if only to make sure she actually rests instead of working?”
Kristoff had been handpicked by Anna to be the Gold Reindeer, the second member of the Exalted. As tai-pan of his company of Bjorgman, which had the moniker of the Princely House, he was one of the pillars of Arendelle’s economy, and increasingly, a world player in business and finance. Despite all this going on, he was worried about his queen. Now he’d come to you, one of the few he and Anna trusted without reservation.