My Ranking Points
DAUGHTER OF HANS
I stare down at the photo of Amelia and Anna. Anna, the same Anna who my dad tricked and left in a room to die, is my best friend’s mother?! I am frozen, unable to move. All this time… and I never knew? It explains the way Amelia reacted when I told her my father was Hans. But why didn’t Amelia tell me before that? I set the picture down on the desk and I go to sit in one of the chairs.
As I sink into it, I sigh. How did I not see it before? The red hair Amelia got from her mother, and she got her deep brown eyes from her father, Kristoff. I sit and think about what to do next. How do I approach Amelia? How will I tell Leo? How will I tell father that I am best friends with the daughter of his enemy?
Later that day, I decide to go and relax in the garden. I head there at about three o’clock, when school is letting out. I don’t feel like facing Amelia right now.
I take a seat on a bench in the garden and look around. There are many trees, beautiful flowers, and vines curving everywhere. It’s very peaceful, but my thoughts wander back to stressful things: my evil uncle trying to kill my father, my newfound nemesis/cousin, and my best friend who I feel like I don’t even know anymore.
Suddenly, I hear footsteps and look up.
Ted is standing there, with his hands in his pockets. He has taken off his blue uniform coat and now only wears his white shirt and tan-colored vest. He smiles. “Hi!” he says.
“Hi…” I say, a little less enthusiasticly than I intended. I look down.
Ted takes a seat next to me on the bench. “Somethin’ wrong?” he asks, looking at me.
I stare down at my feet. “I just found out that Amelia is the daughter of Anna.”
Ted is silent. I look at him. His eyebrows are raised. “You mean… you mean like THAT Anna? Like the Anna your dad proposed to on the day they met but then locked in a room to freeze to death?”
Ted gulps. “Er… not that your dad would ever do that today.”
“Thanks,” I say, looking into the garden. I sigh. “Yeah, she is the daughter of that Anna. I don’t know how to break it to her that I know about it. I also don’t know how to tell Leo. I mean, how are they ever going to get together if their parents are enemies?”
Ted nods. “They’ll find a way.”
“It’s just…” I start to say, “I have a lot going on lately. What with the whole thing with my dad and his evil brother, and now Renee and Rufus… Renee even threatened me! She said she was going to get me like Uncle Ray was going to get Father.” I proceed to tell Ted everything that’s been bothering me lately. He listens carefully and quietly, never interrupting me or saying anything judgmental. I find myself talking freely to Ted, as if there isn’t anything I can’t say. I don’t know why, but I feel like I can trust him with anything.
When I finally finish talking, I look at Ted. “I feel a lot better after having someone to talk to. Thanks for listening, Ted.” I smile at him.
Ted smiles back. “It was an honor. And don’t worry about all that stuff with your uncle and your cousin, Amber. Everything’ll turn out good in the end.” He stares into my eyes. “It always does.”
I am reassured by Ted’s words. “Thanks, Ted. That means a lot.”
Ted and I look at each other for a few moments, and I am lost in his green eyes. His hand grazes mine for just a second, then Ted stands up and says, “I should get going. I have a lot of homework to do. See ya ’round?” He looks at me hopefully.
I smile shyly and answer, “Of course.” Ted breaks into a grin and then strolls happily out of the garden.
I am lying in my bed reading a book when I hear the door open. I shut my book quickly and climb down the ladder.
Amelia is standing over her desk, where the picture of her and her mom sits. She looks at it, then at me, knowing I had to have seen it.
“Did you…” she asks nervously.
I take a step toward her. “Yes,” I say. “I know who your mom is now, Amelia.”
Amelia sighs and plops down in the desk chair. She covers her face with her hands. “I should have told you when we first met, but I… I don’t know… I’m really sorry, Amber!” she doesn’t look at me.
I walk up and stand over her. “Hey,” I say, “just because our parents were enemies a while back doesn’t mean we can’t be friends.”
Amelia looks up at me. “It doesn’t?” she asks.
I shake my head. “Of course not,” I say. “But, why didn’t you tell me? I mean, it’s not like in my case where my dad is a former villain. Your mom is a famous fairy tale hero! I would want everyone to know.”
Amelia sighs. “I didn’t want to have friends who only liked me because of who my mom is. I wanted real friends, ones who actually like me for me, instead of my mom.”
“Oh,” I say, realizing. I had never thought of it like that. I had always been a little jealous of the people whose parents were heroes, but it had never occurred to me that they might have troubles of their own. “Amelia, I completely understand. But you have friends who like you for you! So now you can tell them all about your mom and they will still be your friends.” I smile at her.
She looks worried. “But what about Leo?” she asks.
I sigh. “Leo will always like you, Amelia. He won’t care who your mom is. And our parents will come around to each other eventually. Besides, Father’s Good now.”
“Thanks, Am,” Amelia says as she gets up and hugs me.
“No problem,” I say as I look over her shoulder and into the doorway.
Suddenly, Ted pokes his head in the doorway and looks at me. He gives me a quick thumbs-up, and then disappears.
Amelia and I separate, and she starts her homework. I walk towards the dorm door, and peek my head out to see if Ted is still there. He isn’t, but I see Zaq, an Everboy in my Forest Group who was also Leo’s butler back in the Southern Isles, walking up to me.
I stroll up to meet him. “Oh, hey Zaq!” I say.
Zaq walks up to me and waves. “Hey, bro! Have you seen Leo?”
“No, I haven’t seen him,” I say. “He might be in his dorm.”
Zaq snaps his fingers twice and then says, “Okay, I’ll check there next, bro.”
I start to respond, but I am interrupted by a sound from above. I scream as I see a bag of heavy rocks drop from the ceiling. I duck out of the way just in time as they crash to the floor. I would have died if I hadn’t moved.
Zaq gasps and rushes to me. “Bro, you okay?”
I brush myself off fix my hair. “I’m fine,” I say.
Amelia comes rushing out of the dorm. “What was that?!” she asks. She sees the bag of rocks and says, “Oh my!”
Soon, Ted comes rushing down the hall. “I heard a scream! What happened?!” He rushes to me and grabs my hands. “Are you okay, Amber?!”
“I’m okay,” I answer. “But that was no accident. Someone is trying to kill me, and I know who.”