A/N: Wrote this shortly after the movie. This was a ship that in the beginning had me rolling my eyes but by the end I liked it very much. Also, Andrew Adamson: genius. Turned a crappy book into a great movie. And for those of you who remember my last chapter/rant, he TOTALLY put in that missing scene, I actually punched the air in triumph in the theater.
Caspian leaned against a certain tree, arms folded. A year ago, he had last seen Susan as she walked through the gateway and disappeared forever. It seemed like this morning and an eternity at the same time.
He had finally found a moment's peace from his duties, and decided to get some fresh air. His wanderings had led him here.
Caspian carefully avoided looking at the horn hanging at his side. Susan's horn. He would have used it a thousand times by now except that she had said she would never be able to come back. She was beyond his call now.
Strange how he hadn't even known her that long. How she had spent most of that time rejecting his attentions. How they had saved each other's lives. How she had kissed him goodbye. How she had glanced back right before the gateway had taken her away.
He shook his head to clear the memories. Brooding would do no good now. Not when she was gone.
No, she could still come back. She had to. The queen of old could be wrong. She had proved that before. He could call her back.
His hand was unstrapping the horn from his belt before he even knew what he was doing.
Caspian started guiltily. A young woman was standing at the bottom of the steps. She was watching him, clearly worried. "Is everything all right, Your Majesty?" she asked. "Are you calling the kings and queens of old again? Do you need their help?"
"No," Caspian said a little too quickly. What was he thinking? The horn was a call for help, not a summoning for love. Ashamed, he re-knotted the strap.
"I was just thinking," he added lamely.
It seemed to work. The girl smiled in relief. "Begging your pardon, Your Majesty, but I've been sent to summon you to council."
"Thank you." They started back for the citadel.
It was time for Caspian to stop wandering and return to the real world.
Until Susan called to his heart again.