Pairing: Elia Martell/Rhaegar Targaryen, Elia Martell/Oberyn Martell, Rhaegar Targaryen/Lyanna Stark
Summary: "You need only remember this. We are Martells. And we are not weak.“
Why I Love It: Before I read this story, I’d never really given too much thought to Elia Martell. But oh BOY, did that change. The author has a really wonderful prose style: clear, concise, and powerful. It’s told in a series of short scenes, all from Elia’s point of view. Her perspective is one of a bright, passionate woman trapped in a situation not of her choosing, and it’s so beautiful and tragic.
Because if it weren’t for Joanna Lannister’s death, Cersei could have married Oberyn Martell and Jaime could have married Elia. It would have been fun to watch Cersei in Dorne, with a husband as womanizer as Robert, but not at all like him. And Jaime would have grown somehow far from Cersei with sweet Elia as his wife.
“Elia and I were older, to be sure. Your brother and sister could not have been more than eight or nine. Still, a difference of five or six years is little enough. And there was an empty cabin on our ship, a very nice cabin, such as might be kept for a person of high birth. As if it were intended that we take someone back to Sunspear. A young page, perhaps. Or a companion for Elia. Your lady mother meant to betroth Jaime to my sister, or Cersei to me. Perhaps both.”
I hope she is as fierce as I have heard, I hope she is more than you can handle. I hope she puts you in your damned place, because Gods know there may not be another woman alive who will be capable of it.