The Chronicles of Narnia: The Telmarine Princess 2

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Chapter Twelve: Coriakin

Lucy followed the great Lion out into the passage and at once she saw coming towards them an old man, barefoot, dressed in a red robe. His white hair was crowned with a chaplet of oak leaves, his beard fell to his girdle, and he supported himself with a curiously carved staff. When he saw Aslan he bowed low and said,

"Welcome, Sir, to the least of your houses."

"Do you grow weary, Coriakin, of ruling such foolish subjects as I have given you here?" Aslan asked

"No," said the Magician, "they are very stupid but there is no real harm in them. I begin to grow rather fond of the creatures. Sometimes, perhaps, I am a little impatient, waiting for the day when they can be governed by wisdom instead of this rough magic."

"All in good time, Coriakin," said Aslan.

"Yes, all in very good time, Sir," was the answer. "Do you intend to show yourself to them?"

"Nay," said the Lion, with a little half-growl that meant (Lucy thought) the same as a laugh. "I should frighten them out of their senses. Many stars will grow old and come to take their rest in islands before your people are ripe for that. And today before sunset I must visit Trumpkin the Dwarf where he sits in the castle of Cair Paravel counting the days till his master Caspian comes home. I will tell him all your story, Lucy. Do not look so sad. We shall meet soon again."

"Please, Aslan," said Lucy, "what do you call soon?"

"I call all times soon," said Aslan; and instantly he was vanished away and Lucy was alone with the Magician.

The crew were still being held at bay by the invisible creatures when suddenly the creatures invisibility began to wear off and the crew saw them for what they really were. Dwarfs with one foot that were standing on top of each other to seem taller. As they noticed they were visible, the toppled over and fell. Edmund unsheathed his sword and pointed it at the chief's chin.

"Where is my sister, you little pipsqueak?" He asked.

"In the mansion" The chief said quivering.

"What mansion?" Edmund asked, looking around. Suddenly, a giant mansion became visible. "Oh, that mansion" He muttered, sheathing his sword. They saw Lucy and an elderly gentleman coming from the courtyard.

"It would be a pity to change them back," said Lucy. "They're so funny: and they're rather nice. Do you think it would make any difference if I told them that?"

"This is Coriakin" She said, "It's his Island" The chief looked at Coriakin furiously.

"you have wronged us" He said fearfully.

"I have not wronged you" Coriakin said, "Now begone" He threw some dust at them and they thumped away.

"What were those things?" Eustace asked.

"Dufflepuds" Coriakin replied. Eustace furrowed his brow, but said nothing.

"Follow me" Coriakin said, leading them into the mansion. He showed them into a room, where there was a giant lifelike map across the floor. "This is the whole of the eastern sea" He told them.

"We're searching for the last of the missing lords of narnia" Caspian said. "Did they pass this way?"

"Yes they did" Coriakin replied. "They were weary and tired when they reached the island. They journeyed onward to this Island" He pointed to an Island on the map.

"Why there?" Sophia asked.

"Because that is where I told them to go" Coriakin said. "It is an Island of plentiful food and rest. They needed it"

"Will they still be there?" Lucy asked.

"It's hard to say you're majesty" Coriakin replied. "They have not passed back this way" He snapped his fingers and a blue star rose up from the map.

"This star will guide you to the island" He told them.

That evening all the Narnians dined with Coriakin. At dinner everyone had by magic what they liked best to eat and drink, and after dinner Coriakin showed off his magic.

The next day, the Magician magically mended the stern of the Dawn Treader where it had been damaged by the Sea Serpent and loaded her with useful gifts. And then the Narnians were on thier way, following the blue star.