Leaving Once More (Narnia- Prince Caspian One-Shot)
“Susan, Lucy, what do you think of this one?” Adley asked, holding up a pale blue gown with gold embroidery across the bodice.
“It’s alright,” Lucy said. She went to rummage through Adley’s trunk, looking for the perfect dress to leave Narnia in.
“How about this one?” Lucy asked, holding a red dress with a yellow stitching on the sleeves.
“No, that’s too bold,” Susan said. She made her way towards Adley’s trunk, and pulled out a pale purple dress with grey embroidery on the skirt.
“Here,” Susan said. Adley shook her head again, looking through the bottom, and then found a pale green dress just under a dagger and a shield that she had once used.
“How about this?” Adley asked. A stunned looked appeared on Susan and Lucy’s faces, and she knew that this was the right one.
Adley slipped off her robe, pulling the dress up and onto her body, lacing the ribbons in the front and back. She looked at herself in the mirror, fluffed her hair behind her back, and deemed herself appropriate for the occasion.
“Alright, is this good?” Adley asked, receiving smiles from the two sisters that stood with her.
“Perfect, Ad, it’s perfect,” Susan said. “All of the boys are going to swoon over you.”
“As if,” Adley mumbled, putting her gold pendant around her neck. It had a lion on it, and at the top rested an emerald. It matched her eye color to a tee.
The three girls left the room, going to stand with Edmund, Peter, and Caspian by the tree arch. The three girls drew the eye of every boy in the court, including all of the three who stood with Aslan, Trumpkin, and Reepicheep.
“Come, dear ones,” Aslan said. Adley walked to stand next to Edmund, who looked emotionless.
“Narnia belongs to Narnians as much as it does to man,” Caspian said. “Any Telmarines who wish to live here in peace may do so, but if you wish to begin again, Aslan can return you to the land of your forefathers.”
“We haven’t returned to Telmar in generations,” a man from the crowd said.
“We’re not referring to Telmar,” Asland said. “Your ancestors were seafaring brigands. Pirates running aground on an island. They found a rare chasm which connected their world to this one. The same one as our kings and queens. It is to this island I can return you, to start anew.”
“I will take this offer,” a man said. Adley recognized him as one of the Telmarine soldiers that worked alongside Miraz in the battle. A couple and their child also stepped forward.
Aslan slowly approached the Telmarine soldier, and spoke to him softly. The four people went through the arch, slowly, and disappeared before the very eyes of the kings, queens, and Adley. The townspeople gasped at the sudden disappearance of the four that had stepped through the arch.
“He killed them,” someone announced.
“How do we know he’s not leading us to our deaths?” another questioned.
“Sire, if it’s any help,” Reepicheep said. “I’ll take eleven mice through, no question.”
Adley turned to Peter in shock, almost frightened of his reply. “We will?” Lucy asked.
“After all, we’re not needed here any longer,” Peter said. “Come on, time’s up.”
“I will look after it until you return,” Caspian said. Adley smiled, then looked to Peter for his reply.
“That’s just it…” Peter said. “We aren’t returning.”
“What did you say?” Adley asked, now upset.
“You three will,” Peter said.
“Aslan, what does he mean?” Adley asked. Aslan gave a peaceful look to Adley, reassuring her that everything would be alright.
“Peter and Susan have learned everything they can in this world,” Aslan said. “And now it is time for them to live in their own.”
Adley looked to the floor, upset that they wouldn’t be returning. She walked up to Reepicheep, and knelt down before him. “Brave knight, may your courage grace all around you. I’ll miss you, dear friend.”
“Thank you for your kind words to me, Lady Adley-Beth,” Reepicheep said. Adley embraced him, and she smiled contently.
“Thank you for keeping me lighthearted.”
Adley moved onto Trumpkin, who looked sad, but had a facade of gruffness upon him. She smiled, and curtsied to him. Adley hugged Trumpkin, tossing out the formalities, and whispered soft thanks in his ear.
Caspian was the final one she had to say goodbye to. It brought tears to her eyes, saying goodbye to the ones she loved dearly.
“It was a pleasure to have met you,” Adley said, curtsying to the newly crowned king. Caspian rolled his eyes, and lifted her off the ground, enveloping her into a warm embrace. He kissed the top of her head, brushing the hair from her eyes.
“Until we meet again, Lady Adley-Beth,” Caspian said, bowing to her. She rose up and kissed him on the cheek, leaving him quietly stunned for a few seconds.
The Pevensie’s finished saying their goodbyes to everyone, which resulted in a tear fest. Aslan stopped them before they went through the arch, however.
“Lady Adley-Beth, you are to remain here. Your fate lies in Narnia,” Aslan said. Adley almost dropped to the floor in sheer shock.
“She can’t stay!” Lucy exclaimed in outrage. Aslan gave her one pointed look, and Lucy silenced herself quickly.
Adley went to hug Lucy, holding onto her as if she was her lifeline. “I’ll see you again soon, I swear,” Adley said, letting a few tears drip from her eyes. “I love you, Lu. I’ll see you soon.”
“You have to,” Lucy said, starting to cry. “I love you too, Ads.”
Susan came next. Susan practically threw herself around Adley, crying streams of hot tears. “Oh, Adley, it’s going to be horrible to not have you around,” she said. “I don’t know what I’ll do.”
“I’ll miss you terribly, Su,” Adley said, crying still. “I’ll be there with you, you know. I’ll come back.”
The two boys were the most difficult to say goodbye to for her. A large spill of tears flowed freely down Adley’s cheeks, making her face splotchy.
“I… I don’t know what to say,” Adley said. “I… well, I love you, you know.”
“I love you too, Adley,” Peter said, pulling her in for a hug. “You’re one of the best friends I could ever have, and I hope I’ll see you again, one day soon.” Peter kissed her on the forehead, then let her go to Edmund.
“I’ll miss you the most,” Adley said. “Thank you for making me laugh everyday and for not letting me go insane.”
“You’re welcome,” Edmund said awkwardly. Adley hugged him, holding on for life. He hugged her back as fast as her arms touched his waist. “I love you, Adley-Beth.”
Adley was shocked that he had said it first. “I love you too, Ed,” she said. She kissed him on the cheek, and in return, he kissed her on her cheek, causing her to become somewhat embarrassed by the gesture.
“Goodbye,” Adley mumbled. Edmund was becoming sadder by the second.
“No, you’re not allowed to say that,” Edmund said. “That means we won’t see you again. We will see you again.” Adley smiled, looking over to him, and then spoke two simple words.
Edmund fought back his sadness, and looked down at the floor. The four Pevensie’s made their way through the arch, disappearing for who knows how long.
Adley sunk to the floor in front of the tree, looking at the stone pavement and realizing that her best friends had all gone, the ones she loved so deeply that she couldn’t understand.
Adley felt warm breath over her shoulder, so she turned to face Aslan, who had a somewhat pitying look in his eyes.
“Rise, Queen Adley-Beth the Wise,” Aslan said. Adley’s eyes widened in utter shock.
“Pardon me, sir?” Adley asked. “I’m not a Queen.”
“You are to rule alongside Caspian,” Aslan said. “As equals and friends.”
Trumpkin came forward with a silver tiara, which had forest green gems captured throughout the leaves and flowers that created it.
Adley bent down slowly, and once she felt the metal gracing her head, she stood up, and embraced Aslan.
“Thank you,” Adley said. “I love you. I always have.”
“As I have always loved you, dear one,” Aslan said. “And I always will.”
Adley was completely shaken up. She was still overflowing with tears of sadness, for she felt as if she wouldn’t see Edmund and Lucy for a very long time.
Caspian walked to her, and took her hand. “I’ll be here for you, Queen Adley-Beth,” he said. “We’ll make an excellent team.”
“Thank you, Caspian,” Adley said. “For starters, however, please just call me Adley. We’ll be with each other for a while, and Adley-Beth is a bit taxing, don’t you think?”
Caspian smiled down at his friend, who he thought looked beautiful in her pale green dress. He brushed a stray strand of hair from her face, and tightened his grip on her hand.
“Wait, Aslan?” Adley asked.
“Yes, dear one?”
“Is that gate still open?” Adley asked.
“Yes, but you cannot go through it,” Aslan said. Adley nodded, smiling.
“Can you keep it open for ten more minutes?” Adley asked. Aslan nodded, and Adley sprinted off to the library, where she found a piece of parchment and some string. She scrawled out a letter, then rolled it up, tying it with a piece of string.
She then ran to Edmund’s room, grabbing the flashlight he had left, and tied the parchment around it. She sprinted back, throwing the flashlight and parchment into the arch, watching it disappear.
“Can we go back?” Edmund asked. The other three siblings smiled. “I’ve forgotten my new torch in Narnia.”
As soon as those words were uttered, something metal hit the ground in front of them.
Edmund almost began to laugh. “Look at that,” he muttered.
“Look, there’s parchment on it!” Lucy exclaimed. The siblings were now eagerly looking at the piece of paper, awaiting the words that were on it.
My dear Edmund, Susan, Peter, and Lucy
I noticed you forgot your torch, so it is with great pleasure I return it to you.
I was crowned Queen around fifteen minutes ago. I don’t understand how or what happened for me to get this position, but I’m taking it in with open arms.
I’ll see you soon. I love all of you so much. Edmund and Lucy, I’ll see you soon. Peter and Susan, until our next meeting, remember me.
Queen Adley-Beth the Wise
The siblings smiled at the letter, wishing they could write back.
All that Edmund could think was, “I’ll see my best friend again.”