Simon Petrikov was a man just like any other. He had a dream, and he had a beautiful and loving fiancé, his Betty. The two were to be married and live happily ever after, like a fairy tale. But things changed after a trip to Scandinavia, and he lost his Princess forever.
"Betty, you must see what I got in Scandinavia!" Simon said happily as he was unpacking from his trip. He had gotten home only hours before and the two had spent his time back talking and catching up on what they couldn't cover in their phone calls. Simon couldn't wait any longer to show his sweet Betty the things he got on his trip.. "First you need to close your eyes."
Betty giggled and did so, excited about what Simon would show her. She knew it had to be a gift, but what? Some sort of tourist trinket? Or maybe a new antique to add to their collection. After placing it in her hands, Simon gave her the ok to open her eyes, and when she did her eyes lit up.
"Simon! It's beautiful!" she exclaimed looking at the beautiful necklace placed in her hands.
"I knew you'd like it." Simon said as he took the necklace and stood behind Betty to put it on her. "It's almost as beautiful as you."
"Oh stop it! You're just saying that!"
"No I really mean it! I would never lie to my princess!" Simon smiled and Betty blushed before the two of them kissed. "Now, I have one more thing I want to show you."
"Do I have to close my eyes?" Betty asked playfully.
"Only if you want to, but you won't want to miss
This!" He pulled out a crown, encrusted with three large red gems.
"Oh Simon! That's a beautiful crown! How on earth did you find it?" Betty was astonished, they had collected many artifacts over the years, but this had to be the most expensive looking thing she had ever seen him buy.
"I met a man in Scandinavia, he seemed happy to sell it to me." Simon said inspecting the crown. "They say that a mad old king used to own this crown. They say he was magic and could control the ice and snow. When he was alive it did nothing but snow and it was cold all the time." He laughed at this, knowing this story was ridiculous and most likely just a myth. He believed the crown belonged to a king long ago, and it may have snowed a lot in his reign, but he was certain this was just a myth created to explain the never ending snow.
"Maybe if you put it on you'll get his powers!" Betty said joking, and at the Simon put on the crown and started walking towards her with his arms out.
"Watch out Betty! I'm the Ice King!" He said in a "Scary" voice as he began to chase her around the room. That's when everything started, and everything ended. That would be the last time He'd ever see his beloved Betty. This was when the visions started. He yelled at them, he fought with them, but he couldn't stop them. They filled his mind with such terrible images, he must have been yelling like a madman, attacking his Betty, because when he took of the crown she was looking at him with such contempt. Crying she stormed out of the house, and he never saw her again.
As days turned into weeks and weeks turned into days, the visions started to get worse, he didn't even have to be wearing to crown and he heard the voice, he heard the crown telling him that it could protect him, that he could become something powerful. He fought with it, he didn't want to give in, but as the voice grew louder his mind grew weaker, and he gave into the crowns desire. He went mad, and soon he forgot everything that had ever been important to him.
Time went by, months, years, centuries, he wasn't sure, he was no longer keeping track of time, he was no longer keeping track of everything. He ruled the land of snow, he was there when the land of Ooo began. He didn't remember his old life, but there were parts of his life that seemed vaguely familiar. Things he couldn't quite put his finger on.
He named all the penguins in his land Gunther, he wasn't sure why he just liked it. Together they were the son he never had, but he didn't understand why he felt that way. He never cared to be a father, he just wanted to marry a princess, he never thought about children. Even the boy and his dog who always foiled his plans were familiar to him.He even met a Doctor, beautiful, smart, not quite a princess but close enough, who wore a pendent on her head that looked so familiar. But he could never place his finger on why she was so familiar.
His days passed and his life went on in a repetitive cycle, but he never noticed and continued his life ignorant of his own past.
And where was Betty all this time? She was beside his hospital bed, reading to him, talking to him, bringing family to visit, telling him about how she was pregnant. It was a boy, and she was going to name it Gunther, after Simon's father.
She lost her fiancé in an innocent game of cat and mouse. While chasing her, Simon slipped and banged his head hard on the corner of a table and passed out. It had hit him hard and he was sent into a coma. After months he never woke up, and after Gunther was born Betty realized she could no longer visit every day. She had to take care of their son, and after a while, she could no longer afford to keep him on life support, in hopes that he would wake up.
The final day, when they pulled the plug, Betty was at Simon's side, and gave him one final kiss. When the plug was pulled, and before his heart gave out, She could have sworn to see him smile, that she heard him say her name, but soon after he was gone, his body no longer able to sustain itself. The doctors told her she just imagined it, it was her hope to see him again that made her imagine it, and that it was impossible. But she never believed them once, she knew what she saw, and she never doubted it for a moment.
For Betty, Simon's final moments were with her, and he was happy.
For the Ice King, he had finally found his Princess. One who loved him, and would be with him forever.
His Princess Betty.