Ice to water
by Ryougas Best friend
Ice is very hard and very cold, its cold causes discomfort, numbness and
even pain to those who touch it. One day a young girl was so sad about her life that she made a mask. A mask made out of ice,
the coldest ice she cold find. She couldnt stand the feeling of loneliness and sadness and succumbed to the numbness of her
mask. Many people tried to remove the mask from the girl but to painful to touch. Others tried to break it, but just as it
would start to chip away the girls loneliness and sadness would cause it to reform and become harder. As time passed on the
number people began to dwindle, until even the girls closest friends and family gave up on saving her. It even came down to
outright hostility from some. They would whisper behind her back, laugh at her and gave her dirty looks. Out of cruelness
they dubbed her the Ice Queen. This only caused her more grief causing the ice to grow, over the years she became surrounded
by a think sheet of ice. She was left alone inside with her mask shutting everyone else out, afraid of her feelings and past.
One day while she was sitting inside her shell, her mask firmly on. A strange boy walked up and eyed the barrier. After taking
a deep breath he placed both hands on the barrier and much to everyones surprise he didnt recoil in pain. He just stood there,
hands against the barrier with a calm expression on his face. The girl was in shock as the ice began to melt, slowly but surly.
She watched as day and night the boy stood there his hands against the barrier which continued to melt. Both she and the other
people tried to dissuade him, but he would just smirk and try harder.
One day she woke up and the boy was sitting
by her side with a soft smile on his face her barrier now a puddle of water. With a gasp of fear she held her mask on her
face, her last shred of her false image. With a soft smile the boy gently brought her hands down and lifted the mask from
her face and threw it high and far. The mask made a quick decent smashing into a large rock, the girl cried out as it shattered
into a million pieces. She hide her face and sobbed, she felt naked and venerable. Her true self which she hid behind a mask
and a the false image of the Ice Queen was now visible to the boy and everyone else. The boy looked down into the girls frightened
eyes with the same kind smile on his face. "Who would have thought there was such a beautiful face under that horrible
mask" This statement struck the girl into silence, she stared longingly into the boys big blue eyes. After a moment that
seemed like forever he swept her into his strong arms and place a soft gentle kiss on her lips. From that day forward the
Ice Queen was no more, vanquished by a single kind soul. The End.
The storyteller let out a contented sigh, she
always loved that story. She was a women in her late 20s with short brown hair cut neatly just above her shoulders. Shes wearing
a white blouse and black pants, on her hand a gold ring with a small diamond which still shines brightly even though its age.
The story was told to a young girl of about 7 years. She had soft brown hair going just past her shoulders, her bright blue
eyes were half closed due to sleepiness. "Mommy?" she asked groggily.
"Yes honey" the older
"Do you think a boy will come for me, like that girl n the story?" she asked hopefully,
the women smiled.
"Of course Honami-chan" she walked over to the bed and tucked Honami in. The mother
kissed her daughter on the forehead "Goodnight".
"Goodnight Mommy" she closed her eyes and began
dreaming of her handsome prince and fantasy. The mother left quietly leaving the door open a crack. She jumped as someone
spoke behind her, she turned quickly hand clutching her chest.
"Hi Nabiki-chan" A man whispered so not
to wake the sleeping girl. The man was tall with a smirk on his face, his black hair done up in a familiar looking pigtail
framing a much more mature face. The women relaxed and gave him a gentle push.
"What did I tell you about sneaking
up on me Ranma-chan?" she tried to look angry but the silly grin on his face gave her a smile.
so cute when your all flustered" he said innocently. They shared a quick peak on the lips and a hug. They turned to face
there daughters room, formally Akanes. "Shes such a great kid" he said affectionately, Nabiki nodded with a smile
resting her head on his shoulder. On reflex he draped his arm around her, he looked down amused "Well your certainly
in a good mood. Let me guess you told her the Ice Queen story again" he smiled as she blushed lightly.
requested it I swear" she said in mock urgency leading him to the stairs. "Besides" she started as they descended
the stairs. "Who wouldnt want to here about the damsel in distress and her pigtailed savior?" she dramatized, Ranma
raised an eyebrow. They sat down on the porch by the Koi pond.
"So he has a pigtail now?" he asked amused.
"He did in the original" she said with a small smile. They embraced with a contented sigh watching the
pond. There was a long silence where they merely enjoyed the quiet knowing it would cease in the morning when Honami woke.
"Every thing is so different now, you know?"
"Yeah, I guess it is. Most of the craziness is gone,
I almost miss it" he said wistfully, he noticed the look his wife was giving him. "I said Almost. Besides you have
to admit it was fun sometimes" after a moment she nodded.
"Yeah, it had its moments" she said reluctantly,
"Good and Bad".
"Hey we got through didnt we" Ranma said trying to lighten her mood. "Besides
I came out with the best girl of the bunch" he said. Nabiki blushed looking at the ground with shy smile.
Ranma, you overconfident jock" she insulted jokingly.
"Uncute mercenary" he shot back with a smirk.
"Arrogant" she returned turning to face him.
"Stubborn" he turned to meet her and
they shared a soft kiss in the moonlight.