Martin is already afraid of elevators, but the one in his apartment building is particularly scary. He would take the stairs, but he wants to prove to his father he isn't a coward.
until THE MORNING THE ELEVATOR STOPPED AT THE FOURTEENTH FLOOR, AND THE FAT LADY GOT ON.
she said, and laughed, and pushed the stop button.
The fat lady struck the back of Martin's head, and he went down fast. He awoke to snow, in the middle of July, and a beautiful stream frozen over. The fat lady was nowhere to be seen.
the sky cleared, and for weeks martin sat under the tree, waiting for everything to go back to normal. he only got up for his occasional drink of water. He often thought of finding a way home, but he was too scared, too much of a coward, to discover what was hidden beyond the stream.
eventually martin worked up the nerve to escape, and found a magical castle. he decided to explore; little did he know an even fatter lady was waiting for him somewhere nearby.