Hi! This is my first fanfiction ever.
This idea may have been done before but I want to try it out. Just so you know, I have not read any of the books but I must say I love both the movies and hence my fanfic will be 'movieverse'. So, there are some changes I made in the original plot to make it fit into my idea (hey, it is a fanfiction, right?):
* This takes place after the Prince Caspian film. The Pevensie siblings stay in Narnia.
* The last Suspian scene of the movie did not take place. Only Caspian's coronation did.
All clear till now? Well, then here is the first chapter of my story, hope you like it. Please review and let me know.
Disclaimer: Narnia does not belong to me.
UPDATE 11/15: I am editing some parts of the story... more like polishing it. The plot and everything else will remain the same.
'FATE OR DESTINY?'
PROLOGUE – A NEW BEGINNING
Caspian stood in the balcony of the Telmar Palace, staring at the sun which had sunk deep behind the mountains, leaving behind its faint yellowish-orange glow. He loved the sunsets. They seemed so peaceful to him – and heavens knew that he needed all the peace he could after such long meetings in the court!
It was a month after the battle against Miraz. King Caspian had taken control of the Telmarine kingdom and as promised, Narnia was now becoming a peaceful home to humans and creatures alike, thanks to the five monarchs.
Aslan had told the five to be determined and work together before he left for the forest. Even though it seemed odd at first, none of them questioned or objected. They knew that the Great Lion had his own time and reasons for coming and leaving, and they respected that.
"After such a long time of rule under the wrong people, it takes time for a nation to truly return to its perfect state. But it can, as long as the subjects are willing and the rulers are right," Aslan had said, "And what better rulers could there be than these five: King Caspian – the savior of Narnia, High King Peter – the magnificent, Queen Susan – the gentle, King Edmund – the Just and Queen Lucy – the Valiant? I believe, Narnia is in good hands now."
Aslan was right.
Though, not everything was entirely in order now, things were under progress as the bravery, logic, gentleness, and justice of the Kings and Queens of Old merged with the administrative skills of Caspian to bring peace and harmony. Meetings, delegations, treaties… it was a tiring job, but it was something that the five monarchs did fairly well and with great enthusiasm.
"Tea?" Peter asked, standing some steps behind Caspian, holding two mugs.
"Yes, please." Caspian accepted it gratefully and sipped the hot tea. It soothed down his nerves. He was really tired. "Thank you."
Peter shrugged and then took a sip of his own tea as he stepped beside Caspian to admire the view outside. "I just thought you would want some after the long time of listening to reports in the throne room." He nodded towards the view before them. "It is beautiful."
Caspian agreed. The far away mountains, dark green due to the fading light with the occasional snow capped peak, were indeed beautiful.
The High-king stared far into space, his electric blue eyes unfocused. "I still cannot believe I'm back in Narnia."
"Well, you are, so you better believe it."
"I missed Narnia so much when we walked out of the wardrobe. I thought about it day and night. And when we returned here I thought it must have been a dream." Peter continued, deep in his thoughts. "But I guess it was not a dream. We really were back. I feared that Aslan would send us back now that the war was over and you were crowned as the king…" Peter trailed off.
"But he didn't." Caspian stated.
"He didn't." Peter smiled.
Both kings shared a few moments of friendly silence when they heard footsteps approaching them.
"Here you two are!" Edmund exclaimed. The Just King, dressed in dark brown robes, walked over to them. "I've been looking all over for you. Susan had disappeared in the washing chambers saying something about a long, relaxing bath and Lucy is sleeping. So, I went about to find you two and I couldn't find you but then I came here and here you are!" He paused. "What are you two talking about?"
"King Peter was just telling me how glad he is to be back in Narnia" Caspian told him.
"We all are." Edmund said, "It is good to be back here and be who we truly are. I was honestly tired of getting Pete out of his fights with other boys back in London."
"Come on, Ed," Peter objected, "I just fought them because they asked for it"
"No, you fought them because you couldn't accept the fact that you were a normal person – and not a king – back there."
"You know me better than that, Ed."
"You know," Edmund said thoughtfully, "Come to think of it, I never knew why those fights escalated even though I was always the punch-bag in them."
Peter shrugged, "Different reasons."
"Care to elaborate?"
"No." Peter responded.
Caspian looked between the two brothers, then decided to interject before they started an argument. "Can we talk about something else?"
"Sure. Anything." Edmund agreed slowly. "Unless it is about the meeting and paperwork, in which case I will hit you to make you shut up," Edmund said and then with a mischievous twinkle in his eye added, "Or about my beautiful elder sister in which case Peter here will smash your skull."
Caspian felt his cheeks getting red as he stuttered, "P-Pardon?" He could feel Peter's hard glare on him. Not good...
"Aww come on, Caspian, it is obvious that you like Su." Edmund grinned.
"T-that is… how c-can y-you… I mean-n I… w-what–?" Caspian stumbled over the words and then stopped, realizing how silly he must have been looking. His stuttering definitely would have given the wrong idea to the brothers.
This was proven when a moment later. "Caspian" Peter began, "I do not know what to make of Ed's words or of your... reaction to them, but let me make this simple for you: Stay away from my sister. I have this tendency of 'smashing skulls' as Ed so rightly said when it comes to Su and Lu."
"Is that a threat, King Peter?" Caspian couldn't help but ask, raising an eyebrow.
"Of course not!" Peter smiled much too politely, "I would not threaten you, King Caspian, never threat you. Even though, we have had our differences in the past, I have come to respect you for all you have done for Narnia. So, consider this an advice?"
Caspian nodded. "Believe me, King Peter, I consider you all – including Queen Susan – my friends. I do not know what King Edmund here is saying, but there is nothing like that."
This was, in fact, the truth. Yes, He was attracted to Queen Susan. He thought she was incredibly smart and beautiful - unlike any young woman he had met before in his life. But that did not mean that the attraction was... romantic. Did it? He knew he would have to explore them deep inside his mind and heart to understand what he felt for the Gentle Queen, but he never had the time. Nor did he think now was the time to get entangled in romance... if this was any inclination of romance at that. He - they - had a country to rebuild. They had their duties to fulfill as kings and queens, and that took precedence above all else.
The three boys looked out, now to the darkened skies, where the stars were shining brightly and the moon shone high above, bathing everything in its pale white light.
"I am glad the four of you are here" Caspian said slowly, breaking the silence. "I could not have handled everything on my own. Your guidance and support means a lot to me… thank you."
"Don't mention it, Caspian" Edmund replied, "However, you are a great king. You would have done everything well on your own."
"This is a new beginning." Caspian stated.
"Aye. Of Narnia's new age." Peter agreed.
"And of a wonderful friendship."
Peter raised his mug of tea in toast. "To a new beginning!"
There. That is the prologue. I know nothing much happened, but I wanted to show how things were going on. The story will actually start from the next chapter.
Thank you for reading and do review!