Rapunzel finished brushing her hair, panting from the effort, and sat down on her stool. Looking up at the wall, her eyes darted over her many paintings, resting themselves on one in particular. It was her interpretation of what her cousin Elsa looked like, from her mother’s description. Before Rapunzel and Anna had been born, Elsa had visited Corona with her mother when she was two. That was when it was decided that Anna and Rapunzel were to be as close in age as possible, though Rapunzel didn’t really know why. She ran her hand over the detailing of Elsa’s dress, which was a Scandinavian pattern that she had found in a book about Arendelle. The pattern made a nice red trim along the bottom of the sky-blue dress. The cream-colored skin of her neck made its way to darker lips, about the shade of a light pink pansy. Her eyes had a tiny bit more white mixed into them than the dress did, and were framed by dark lashes, giving them the appearance of being very large. Her hair was tied into pigtails, with the ties being the same shade of blue as the dress. Next to Elsa was a painting of Rapunzel when she was young, and she hoped to also make a painting of Anna, as well as the three of them as they looked now, when Elsa and Anna arrived.
Rapunzel glanced over at her painting of Corona’s sun, which seemed to be lonely compared to the other paintings covering the walls, so she decided to paint Arendelle’s snowflake next to it. After deciding that plain white looked too bright, she added in a drop of the yellow that she had used for the sun, making the paint the same color as Elsa’s hair. Satisfied, she opened the book about Arendelle and copied the snowflake onto her wall. As she did so, she wondered what Anna and Elsa would be like. Her mother had described Elsa as being a “very bright child”, and Rapunzel wondered if she and Elsa had any favorite books in common. From letters, Anna had been described as a “spunky redhead that is either stuck in her own little world or getting into mischief, and is always trying new things”. Rapunzel thought that she would have more in common with Anna, based off of that description, and not just because they were the same age. Anna seemed more like a person with multiple interests, like Rapunzel was, as well as the fact that they were both the youngest child. However, Anna didn’t seem like the kind of person to lock herself in her tower so she could work on things without being distracted.
Shortly after that visit to the orphanage when she was seven, word began to spread through the royal family’s servants that Rapunzel’s magic hair could create “mystical illusions, clearer than dreams while having the distortion of a reflection in the sea.” This prompted people to start fearing Rapunzel and wanting her hair to be cut. When a lock of her hair was cut, it turned brown and didn’t glow anymore when she sang, making the rest of her hair a symbol of Corona. However, because the fear of what else her hair could do still remained, it was agreed that at the funeral, she would sacrifice almost all of it, which would be burned and become the fuel for the lanterns that were to light up the sky. The King and Queen also sent word to Arendelle, requesting that Elsa and Anna also bring some sort of sacrifice.
As she finished the snowflake, Rapunzel noticed that it was growing dark outside and walked to her window. She looked up at the sky that was slowly filling with stars. Her astronomy studies had taught her that those were the exact same stars that Anna and Elsa saw in Arendelle. Then she looked over at the moon. Some of the myths that she had read said that the other side of the moon, the one that didn’t faced the Earth, could only be seen by the dead. Even though she couldn’t find any scientific evidence to support it, Rapunzel still believed with all her heart that it was true.