Susan threw some clothes in her saddle bag, followed closely by some light provisions and extra weapons.

It was only days before a battle, you could smell it in the air. That's why she had to leave.

Susan was going to go to Cair Paraval, the only safe place left undisturbed in Narnia. It was so destroyed that the telmarines no longer went near it.

Plus, there was an object she wanted to get that she was sure had been left in the armory.

The legendary sword of Aslan, sister sword to the one Peter had. It was rumored to be undefeated, and the only way to find it was through a passage in the treasury at Cair Paraval.

She grabbed the saddle bag and ran for the stables. No one could know that she was leaving.

Quickly, she bridled her horse, not bothering with the saddle, it would weigh them down and she could live without it.

She was about to swing up on the horse when her hand was grasped from behind.

Whirling in shock, she was met with Caspian's worried face.


Susan bit her lip. How had he found her? Did the others know?

"Yes?" Caspian's brow furrowed.

"What are you doing? You can't leave the meadow, the scouts are still there" Susan ignored him and turned back to her bag, realizing that without a saddle, she couldn't carry the bag.

"Damn" She slipped under Caspian's arm and grabbed a saddle from the rack. She was wasting precious time.

She shoved past Caspian and saddled the horse, her agitation growing. She was about to mount when Caspian's hand stopped her again.

"Milady, I can't let you do this, it's too dangerous" Susan rolled her eyes and pushed on his chest. He was about as moveable as a rock.

"At least let me come with you" Caspian tried as she fruitlessly tried to push him away.

"No, you're needed here" Caspian took a step forward so that his face was barely a couple inches away from hers.

"You're just as valuable as I am, at least let me protect you"

That, plus her earlier frustrations pushed susan over the edge.

"Protect me?" Caspian flinched, realizing his mistake.

"I-I only meant that you could use an extra person on your...your venture"

Susan frowned then turned away from him again.

"Get on"