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Anna hadn’t even realized she had fallen back asleep again until the chirping of birds roused her from her slumber. When she opened her eyes, however, the room was gray, signaling that the sun had only just begun to rise on the horizon.

How long have I been asleep?

Just like everything else, she had no idea.

“Hi.”

The voice was soft, and deep, and Anna was surprised when she didn’t jump at the sound of it. She turned to see a man sitting at the foot of her bed.

“Hello,” Anna replied cautiously. The sight of him made her body feel warm. She could feel her face flush when her gaze met his.

“I’m glad you’re awake,” the man said softly, a relieved smile playing at the corners of his lips.

The sun was making its way over the horizon now, and sunlight began to filter into the room, illuminating the strange man’s features. He had a boyish face, and a study build. His hair was a golden blonde, not as pale as Elsa’s. His large hands rested on his knees. Anna felt the need to hold those hands, but she wasn’t sure why.

“I know you,” Anna said thoughtfully after a moment.

The man looked surprised, then quickly changed his expression.

“Elsa said you lost your memories.”

Anna nodded. “Yeah. I don’t remember anything. But you seem… familiar. We’ve met before, haven’t we?”

The man nodded back thoughtfully. “My name is Kristoff.”

Anna thought hard, but no memories of Kristoff came to mind. She sighed.

“I’m sorry. I don’t remember you. But I know that I know you.”

Anna swore she saw a hint of despair flash across his eyes, but Kristoff only chuckled in response. The sound tinkled in her ears like music.

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Kaleidoscope by Duchess Sophie von Teschen » A mysterious conspiracy has left Anna without her memories. Anna x Kristoff.

Rated M for violence, language, sexual content.

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The Racławice Panorama (Polish: Panorama racławicka) is a monumental (15 × 114 meter) cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice, during the Kościuszko Uprising. The idea came from the painter Jan Styka in Lwów who invited the renowned battle-painter Wojciech Kossak to participate in the project. They were assisted by Ludwik Boller, Tadeusz Popiel, Zygmunt Rozwadowski, Teodor Axentowicz, Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Wincenty Wodzinowski and Michał Sozański. It is currently located in Wrocław, Poland. The painting is one of only a few preserved relics of a genre of 19th century mass culture, and the oldest in Poland. The panorama stands in a circular fashion and, with the viewer in the center, presents different scenes at various viewing angles. A special kind of perspective used in the painting and additional effects (lighting, artificial terrain) create a feeling of reality.
Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen said about this painting, “This is the most beautiful panorama I have ever seen.”

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Royal Birthdays for today, June 10th:

James Francis Edward, Prince of Wales, 1688

Amelia, Princess of Great Britain, 1711

Caroline, Princess of Great Britain, 1713

Hildegard of Bavaria, Duchess of Teschen, 1825

Igor Constantinovich, Russian Prince, 1894

Tatiana Nikolaevna, Russian Grand Duchess, 1897

Marie Auguste of Anhalt, Princess of Prussia, 1898

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921

George Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, 1976

Madeline of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, 1982

Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria Este, later Queen of Bavaria (middle) with brothers, Archduke Friedrich and Archduchess Maria Cristina of Austria-Teschen (later Queen Regent of Spain). Early 1860s