|The Masks We All Wear
Author: x.muse93.x PM
Once the Pevensies return to Narnia, the royals begin to let their guard down as a new evil rises in the shadows. Join them on their dangerous adventure as they walk down memory lane and travel through ancient lands, with new friends to be made and romance in the air... Suspian!...my first fanfiction...Please Review!...I shall be uploading several chapters at a time.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Adventure - Caspian X & Susan Pevensie - Chapters: 30 - Words: 74,071 - Reviews: 162 - Favs: 68 - Follows: 73 - Updated: 01-18-13 - Published: 06-02-12 - id: 8177357
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Moving onto the fluffy parts of my story...
They climbed out of Underland, breathing in the smell of the fresh Narnian air.
"Aslan! I knew you would help us." Lucy exclaimed as she threw her arms around him.
"I will always be here to aid those who are not afraid to ask for help." Aslan said mightily.
Eldar, Durin and Gloin kneeled before him.
"Great Aslan. Forgive us, we have lost the Auryn."
"Some things are better lost. That way they can never be found." Aslan said wisely. "You may return to your home, knowing that you fulfilled the duty I bestowed upon your ancestors."
"Thank you Sire."
The three of them turned to the Pevensie's and Caspian.
"Well I guess this is goodbye then." Durin said sadly.
"Farewell our friends." Peter said smiling at them.
The men all shook hands as Lucy gave them a hug. Durin and Gloin looked at Susan with sad puppy dog eyes as they bowed to her. She smiled sadly and stood on her tip toes giving them both a kiss on the cheek causing them to blush a deep red. Eldar approached Caspian rather awkwardly as they watched Susan.
"Thank you, for coming back for me. I owe you my life." Eldar said genuinely grateful
Caspian nodded to him. "No problem."
They both glanced over to Susan as Lucy gave her a drop of her cordial, healing the large gash on her forehead.
"I guess I lost to the better man." Caspian looked at Eldar thoughtfully. "Only the purest of hearts would sacrifice themselves for the one they love." He added wisely giving him a pat on the back.
He walked over to Susan and kissed her hand. "My Lady, please forgive my past behaviour towards you."
"There is nothing to forgive." She said sweetly as he smiled at her. "Goodbye Eldar."
The exit of Underland was rather close to Cair Paravel, much to their relief as they were exhausted from their journey.
Each was too afraid to find out the answer to the question that had long haunted them. Susan could barely look at Caspian in the face in fear of falling apart as they all walked in silence. Aslan stopped on the outskirts of the forest, facing Cair Paravel.
"Here I must leave you as you go on to Cair Paravel." Aslan said as he turned to them.
"Wait. You're not sending us back? To our world?" Edmund asked in surprise.
"No I am not. For you no longer exist in your world." Aslan replied calmly.
They all looked at him shocked and confused. "What?" Peter asked bluntly.
"You mean we're dead?" Susan asked shakily.
He looked at them all gently as his presence clamed them slightly. "Yes dear one."
"How?" Lucy asked her eyes were as wide as saucers.
Aslan turned his attention to only her. "You already know the answer to that my child. Deep inside you, you remember."
They all turned to her as she looked down thoughtfully. Visualising their last moments in their world. "I remember us being engulfed by light. I remember a brighter light at the side of the car; I remember the sound of screeching and smashing... We were in a car crash." She said slowly.
"Yes dear one."
"Our parents?" Peter asked quickly as they each turned to Aslan worriedly.
"They live in another world, where they have found eternal piece. I sent you each back to your world to live out the remainder of your lives there. Though to live out your lives to the fullest you needed to believe you would never return to Narnia. You each needed time to grow into the young adults that now stand before me. I am so very proud of each of you." He said in a peaceful, majestic tone.
They felt disheartened that they weren't going to see their parents for possibly a very long time. Yet they had already lived a life without them, they no longer needed them as much as they once did. Like all children do, they had grown up ready to live their own lives. But they felt comforting warmth fill their hearts, like they knew they would see them again, one day.
"So...We never have to go back there again?" Susan asked shakily as her vision blurred with tears. Aslan shook his head as his majestic eyes shined at her. Tears fell down Susan's face as a sob escaped her lips causing her to put her hands over her face as her shoulders trembled. Caspian and her siblings looked at her in surprise at her outburst of emotion, as her sobs turned into laughter. She showed her face to them as her eyes sparkled through her tears as she held her arms out to her siblings.
Peter laughed shakily as he threw his arms around Susan and Edmund who were closest to him. Lucy quickly joined in the hug laughing joyously she grabbed hold of Caspian's shirt and pulled him into the family hug.
The kingdom was overjoyed as they celebrated the news of the stay of the Kings and Queens of Old. A feast was held outside, as tents and tables were set up with a large bonfire on the outskirts of the forest. Caspian watched Susan intensity as he sipped from his goblet; he leaned his body against a tree casually. Susan couldn't glow anymore with warmth and happiness as she danced freely around the bonfire with the dryads and fauns. She put even the dryads to shame in both beauty and talent.
Lucy walked over to Caspian and followed his gaze to Susan.
"You still haven't spoken to her yet." She said observantly.
"I haven't had the chance."
Lucy's eyes wandered across the crowd to see Lord Volnac brooding in the corner as he stared at Susan. Caspian noticed her face drop and he followed her gaze.
"Lucy, what is it?"
Lucy looked up into his dark brown orbs. "I have something to tell you." She said determinedly.
Susan joined her brothers, Gwaine, Trumpkin and the rest of their closest friends as they spoke of their adventure. She glanced over to Caspian standing with Lucy as she spoke to him. She noticed his face turn to thunder as he glared at Lord Volnac. He took several angry strides into his direction but Lucy blocked his path speaking to him quickly. Susan rose from her seat as she saw Caspian fist his hands as his body shook in rage. He looked away from Lucy as she tried to calm him but he just abruptly turned from her and stormed into the forest.
"I'll be right back." Susan murmured.
She ran after Caspian into the thick of the forest.
He relaxed slightly at the softness of her voice, yet his body remained tense as he turned to face her.
"Lord Volnac lied to you Susan." Caspian said in a low voice.
Susan felt her heart drop as she looked at him in shock. "What?"
"By Telmarine law over half of the council must be in favour of electing a new king. Half of our council are Narnian's. Our most loyal and trusted friends, should I have refused to marry they would have made me name a successor." He explained strongly as he continued to move closer to her.
"He manipulated me." Susan whispered as she worked her head around the situation.
Caspian glared at the floor. "He shall get what's coming to him." He said in a low dangerous tone.
"Lucy told you." She stated in understanding.
He looked up into her shining slivery-blue eyes and felt his anger soften slightly. "Yes. But you should have told me." He said gently yet firmly.
Susan's eyes began to water. "I... I'm so desperately sorry." She whispered in a broken voice. She sniffed back her tears as she took a small step towards him. "I was trying to protect you. Lord Volcan saw us together Caspian! He saw how I am completely in love with you! He manipulated my feelings for you, because he knew I would tear apart my own heart to stop you from losing what you love most!" Each sentence was raised as she became more frantic, unable to handle the thought of him hating her for what she had done.
"You are what I love most Susan! And I lost you once, but I'll be damned if I lose you again." He exclaimed passionately.
In one stride his grabbed her face and kissed her passionately, making her gasp as she fisted his shirt bringing them closer together as she returned his passion. They felt their hearts swell with love they couldn't express it enough. They knew nothing was going to separate them now, nothing was holding them back from showing their love for each other. They finally parted slightly, panting for air as they looked at each other through lidded eyes. Caspian caressed her soft cheeks with his thumbs as he held her gaze.
"Don't you ever think that there is anything in this world that I love more than you, Susan." He said huskily.
Susan briefly closed her eyes as she sighed lightly. "I love you Caspian." She whispered softly. She nuzzled her nose softly against his before she leaned in to kiss him once more. He smiled into the kiss, feeling her declaration of love, heal his wounded heart. He had known deep inside his soul that she returned his feelings yet it didn't stop her denial and lies from hurting any less.
Susan moaned as they kissed slowly and deeply. He snaked his strong arms around her waist and back her into a large tree. She slowly moved her hands up his muscley arms and around his neck, fisting his hair. Susan wrapped her leg around his, bringing him a step closer to her, so their heated bodies were as close as physically possible.
Lucy walked quietly through the forest looking for them when she heard a deep moan and the sound of heavy breathing. She stopped abruptly and shifted her position to look around an ancient oak tree. Her eyes widened in shock as she saw Susan pinned against the tree, kissing Caspian passionately as his hands searched the side curves of her body. She saw her older sister grow weaker in his arms as he used his strong embrace to keep her against him.
Lucy's cheeks felt as if they were on fire as she quickly turned from them and quietly rushed out of the forest, back to the feast.
Peter, Edmund, Gwaine and Trumpkin looked up at her from their drinking game.
"Did you find them?" Edmund asked.
"Nope." Lucy said rather quickly. Her brothers looked at her a little confused as they were about to press the subject. Lucy quickly ran over to the dryads and fauns and began dancing around the bonfire.
"He's going to ask your permission to court your sister." Gwaine said a little slurred.
"What?" Peter asked seriously.
"Please, they've waited long enough; pretty boy will probably just ask your permission for her hand." Trumpkin said rather soberly.
Peter and Edmund looked at each other thoughtfully. A warm laughter nearby brought Peter out of his thoughts. He looked over to see Melitta and Mr. Andros laughing merrily with Bear and Nymeria. As he watched her, he felt his heart beat strangely in his chest. She was so beautiful and kind, he found he couldn't take his eyes off her as each movement she made, intrigued him more and more.
Gwaine cleared his throat, getting his attention and motioned his head towards Susan and Caspian as they walked out of the forest, their fingers entwined as they smiled at each other flirtatiously. They both looked a little worse for wear, their hair was slightly messy, and Susan even had the odd leaf in hers. Caspian's clothes were skew-whiff from Susan's needy touches. Her lips were pink and slightly swollen from his ardent affection, her cheeky were flushed and her eyes sparkled deeply as Caspian's appeared almost black as his intense gaze smouldered her.
They whispered to each other from a distance as Peter and Edmund tried to make out what they were saying. Susan nodded and smiled beautifully at him before she stood on her tip toes and kissed his cheek softly as she rested her palm over his heart. Peter stood up with Edmund and quietly walked towards Caspian as Susan went over to speak with Bear and Nymeria.
"So..." Edmund's voice startled Caspian as he watched Susan walk away from him with the most besotted look on his face. "Where have you been? You've been missing a good feast." Edmund said grinning at him.
Caspian smirked at them as he approached them. "I've been with Susan. We went for a walk." He said casually.
"So we've noticed." Peter said knowingly. "Seems now we know we are staying in Narnia, you two don't seem to be afraid of getting close." His big brotherly, protective vibe was radiating from him.
Caspian looked a little uncomfortable as he cleared his throat. "Yes, I've been meaning to ask your permission to court Susan."
"And if we refused?" Peter asked folding his arms across his chest.
"I would court her anyway. Though we would both prefer your blessings." Caspian replied strongly.
Peter smiled at his answer. "We've had many men asking us permission to court Susan."
Edmund snorted. "Many is an understatement Pete."
Peter looked at Edmund irritably at him interrupting his well rehearsed speech. "I've never believed they truly loved her, that they would stop at nothing to protect her, and that they would do anything to make her happy. More importantly I've never seen her possess those feelings, until now."
"You're saying yes?" Caspian asked grinning.
"You're like a brother to us anyway Caspian. Why not just make it official?" Edmund said playfully as he smacked him on the shoulder.
"Yes. But if you hurt her, we will tear you apart, High King or not." Peter said warningly.
"I would never do anything to hurt Susan. I love her and I intend to marry her. If she will accept." Caspian said passionately.
Peter and Edmund stared at him a little shocked yet their hearts felt rest assured at his strong declaration of love for Susan. They had to give it to him, he had a lot of backbone too, and no suitor who had ever asked to court Susan would ever say if they refused he would still court her.
The three of them looked over to Susan thoughtfully as her warm laughter filled the air. She caught them looking at her and she smiled at her three favourite men in her life. As she walked over to them, Peter met her halfway.
"I'm so happy for you Su." He said with a grin on his face.
"You weren't too hard on him were you?" She asked playfully.
"Well, I had to give him the speech and the warning but other than that..." They both smiled at each other. "I wouldn't trust any other with you." He said tenderly.
"Thank you Peter." She said sweetly as she squeezed his arm. She looked over to Melitta. "Perhaps on day you'll find someone." She added knowingly.
Peter smirked at her and walked over to Mr. Andros and Melitta, giving her a kiss on the hand. Susan smiled as she watched him. She felt a warm strong presence behind her as the air filled with an intoxicating scent. She bit her lip and smiled as she turned to face Caspian, who was standing only a few inches away from her.
"So they agreed." Susan said.
Caspian entwined both of their hands as they faced each other. "Yes. We are officially courting." He said with a dashing smirk.
Susan giggled as she gave him a quick kiss and wrapped her arms around his waist, resting her head on his strong chest. He stroked her hair and kissed her head as they both felt the exhaustion hit them after their journey.
"Hmm. I'm so tired." Susan muttered softly into his chest.
"Shall I escort you to your chambers?" Caspian asked in a gentlemanly fashion as he whispered in her ear.
He felt Susan nod against him and he took her hand, leading her back to Cair Paravel.
Outside Susan's chambers both she and Caspian were locked in a slow, soft kiss. They pulled apart and looked at each other lovingly.
"I don't want to sleep in fear of waking to find all this a dream." Susan said passionately as Caspian held her in his arms.
"This isn't a dream. You're staying in Narnia and we can finally be together." He said softly as he leaned his forehead against hers.
"I never stopped wishing for this, for a moment." She whispered as she moved her palms across his chest, feeling his heart race uncontrollably, matching hers.
"Nor did I." He replied gently.
She smiled and caressed his soft clean shaven face. He held her hand and kissed her palm as she melted into his passionate dark orbs.
She kissed him gently. "Goodnight My King." She said huskily as she slowly let go of his hand.
"Goodnight My Queen." He said ardently.
They smiled at each other as Susan slowly closed her chamber door behind her.