Caspian trudged through the cold water, carrying Susan until it was shallow enough for her to stand. Susan could suddenly tell by the look on Caspian's face that he was considering throwing her into the water.
She clung on tighter to his damp shirt and pleaded. "Can you carry me all the way? The water is so cold"
Caspian raised both his eyebrows and laughed. "And you think I am immune to it? I'm cold too Susan" Caspian said, trying his hardest not to feel sorry for her.
Susan gently bit on her lower lip and thought for a moment before wrapping both of her arms around Caspian's neck, bringing his face closer to hers. Susan quickly leaned in and planted a soft kiss on his cheek. "Please, Caspian" She innocently whispered.
He slightly blushed and cleared his throat. "Well, since you asked so nicely…"
Susan giggled and rested her head on one of his shoulders.
When they finally reached the sand, Caspian placed her down gently. She then complained about her dress being ruined as she squeezed the water from it. Once she was done, she suddenly looked up to find Caspian staring at her.
"What?" She asked.
He immediately averted his gaze. "It's nothing…"
"You were staring at me" She said in a playful tone.
"No I wasn't…" He lied.
Susan walked back down to the waters edge and splashed water at him. "Yes, you were!"
"Stop that!" Caspian replied, stepping out of reach from her splashing.
He stood there expressionless for a moment, before charging down towards her. Susan screamed and tried to run away from him, but he was too fast and easily caught up. He pinned her up against a tree and stared down at her while breathing heavily.
"Finally!" He exclaimed, before giving a devilish laugh. "I've got you right where I want you!"
Susan's eyes grew wide and she gulped. "What are you doing?"
He stared down at her and smiled. Their bodies were slightly touching one another.
"Something I should have done quite some time ago…"
Before Susan got the chance to ask what exactly that was, Caspian had placed his hands on her cheeks and brought his lips down to kiss her. She was taken back a little at first, but happily returned the kiss. His lips were so soft, and his kiss was much tender than Peter's. She smiled against his lips, wrapped her arms around his body, bringing him closer. After a moment, they slowly parted and opened their eyes.
That's when they heard it. The sound of a sword being unsheathed. Susan looked passed Caspian's shoulder and saw Peter standing a few metres behind them. And he looked angry. "Wow! So now I know what it feels like to see someone you love kissing someone you hate"
"You never loved me!" Susan yelled.
Peter slowly walked closer to the pair while keeping his eyes on Caspian. "Yeah, well sometimes you don't realise what you have until it's gone"
"Stay away from her!" Caspian demanded in a deep threatening tone.
Peter rolled his head back and started laughing. "What are you going to do to stop me? You don't even have a weapon"
Caspian narrowed his eyes and firmly set his jaw. "You can have any woman you want Peter, yet why must you go after one who does not want to be with you?"
"Susan is mine!" Peter yelled, slamming his sword hard into the sand.
"She is not yours, and never will be!" Caspian retorted, taking a few steps towards the angry king.
"You want to fight for her then?" Peter suggested, raising his sword up into defensive position.
Caspian quickly bent down and picked up a reasonably sized log and replied "Gladly"
"No!" Susan shouted as she ran up behind Caspian and tried to pry the log from his hands. "Don't do it Caspian, you don't stand a chance"
Caspian ignored her words and gently pushed her out of the way.
Susan freaked out and said the only thing she could think of that would stop this fight from becoming lethal. "I… I want to be with him…" She said out loud, nodding towards Peter.
"What?" Caspian said incredulously as if he hadn't heard her correctly.
Peter's laughter filled the air, making Caspian feel like a complete fool.
"What did you say?" He asked Susan, watching as she lowered her head to stare at her feet.
"Let me go with him…" She whispered.
"You can't be serious" Caspian said, taking hold of her shoulders. "You can't go back to him!"
"I knew you'd wake up and realise what you lost, darling. Now, come with me" Peter said taking a step closer.
"Shut up!" Caspian yelled.
"Caspian…" Susan started to speak but was cut off.
"Susan, don't do this… I will fight for you! You don't need to do this!" Caspian lowered his voice.
"Susan, come with me" Peter repeated, making his way over to his horse.
She removed Caspian's hands from her shoulders and gave him a long, sad stare.
"Susan…" He whispered, low enough for only her to hear. "I know why you're doing this… but I promise I will come for you. You have my word"
Susan mouthed him a silent 'I know' before getting on the back of Peter's horse.
Peter triumphantly gazed down at Caspian before kicking his horse into a canter.
Caspian cursed under his breath as he watched the only woman he cared about being taken away by his rival.