A/N: Holy goodness, now it really is over! I'm seriously crying now guys. Thank you so much for sticking by me through 24 chapters of Suspian goodness, with a little extra here and there. I hope it was as much fun for all of you as it was for me. Enjoy :)
Disclaimer: My last disclaimer... it feels like the end of an era, doesn't it? Oh, and by the way, I don't own the Chronicles of Narnia... *SOB*
One Year Later
"Darling, there you are. I've been all over the castle looking for you. Peter and Aliyah are about to be on their way." came the voice of the Gentle Queen of Narnia. Caspian looked up at her, away from the ocean, as she made her way across the sand towards him.
"They're leaving already? What time is it?" Caspian mused, as his wife of just over a year took a seat beside him.
"It's nearly noon. Same time we left on our honeymoon." she said, and Caspian grinned at the memory. What a spectacular honeymoon it had been…
"I'm still extremely surprised he bucked up the courage to actually ask her to marry him. I thought for sure they'd be courting for something like ten years." Caspian said, and Susan gave him a playful shove.
"Ten years is a little bit of an exaggeration, Caspian." she chastised, and he laughed.
"Yes, I suppose it is. He loves her too much to wait that long." he mused, and Susan smiled.
"Like how you loved me too much to allow us to ride into battle without having proposed first?" she asked, and he smiled at her.
"Exactly like that, dearest. Exactly."
"So, what brought you out here in the first place? You don't usually brood so early in the morning." Susan teased after a few minutes of silence, and Caspian had to laugh.
"I was thinking about something."
"There's a big surprise."
"Stuff it, Su. It was actually something important." he said, but he couldn't help laughing. He was well known for not being able to focus on one thing for too long.
"Well, tell me darling. Or is a secret?" she asked. He laughed.
"No, it's not. You remember, on my coronation day, how I promised Aslan, one day, I'd sail to find the seven Lords my uncle banished after the death of my father?" he asked. Susan nodded thoughtfully.
"You think now is a good time to embark on this endeavor?" she asked, and Caspian shook his head.
"No, absolutely not. It'll take at least a year and a half to build a ship anyway. I was thinking maybe in two years. We could sail to Galma, see the Lone Islands, and Reepicheep is adamant that one day he will see the end of the world, and Aslan's country. It could be a great adventure, and maybe even a lot of fun." he said. Susan was smiling now.
"You're serious about this? A voyage across the eastern ocean? You me, Lu, maybe Ed… Aliyah would never come, she hates the water. It took Peter weeks to get her to put her toes in." Susan added, and Caspian started to smile as well.
"You would come? You approve?" he asked, feeling his excitement build. Who cares if the voyage was two years away? Susan wanted to come with him.
"Sounds like a splendid adventure to me, love." she replied, leaning in to kiss him with the same fiery-hot passion she'd always kissed him with. Caspian was already looking forward to it.
A/N: THE END! My god, it really is over... it hasn't really sunk in over on my side yet. Well, I really hoped you guys liked it, I know I had a TON of fun writing it for you all to read! I'll post the first chapter of the sequel tomorrow! So, it's not all sad, the story WILL continue!
ALSO, there is going to be quite a time gap between this story and the next, and there already is a time gap between chapter 23 and the epilogue. So, to further fulfill your Suspian needs, I'm going to start a file that will be a collection of one and two-shots, filling in important events from the story I didn't manage to fit in. Like Peter and Aliyah's wedding ;) I've already started the first one, telling the story of what exactly happened when Peter took Aliyah to visit Aslan's How, while she was visiting with the ambassador and his son. I really hope you guys like them! Until I write again, my ever-loyal readers! THANK YOU, once again!
All my love,