Remix reveal day! I wrote two stories this year: They Have To Take
You In (A Sheepish Story) for Gramarye and Follow
the Story (One Queen, Bearing Gifts) for rthstewart. I’m going to
talk about each in a separate post.
Follow the Story (One Queen, Bearing Gifts):
1,825 words, June 2015. On Ramandu’s island, Lucy and the Star’s daughter speak of
stories, choices, and new beginnings.
Remixed from Follow the Star, by rthstewart.
I told rthstewart that I’d write her a Madness fic, and
then I did. :-)
This remix is a little unusual in that the main change was
to its canon. In other words, I took
a story that was written for the Disney film version of VDT and stuck it into
book!verse. This required a fair bit of conceptual mangling, given how
different the plots of the book and movie apparently are! (Full disclosure: I
have never actually seen that movie.) I had to change the topic of the entire
first half of the conversation, but I hope I kept the general sense of two
girls talking about their futures and reaffirming each other’s hope and faith.
The story is also an excuse to patch two minor continuity
holes in VDT. First, what became of the sailors who accompanied the sleeping
lords to Ramandu’s island? Second, what is the origin of Ramandu’s daughter, and
what is she, metaphysically speaking, since she doesn’t give off light like
non-disgraced Stars all seem to do? I feel that my answer to the second
question renders my authorship blindingly obvious, considering it’s a variation
of my origin story for the siren in Into
Something Rich and Strange – or more accurately, the siren’s origin
is a variation of this theory,
because I came up with this one first. It just took me two years to find a
story where I could use it. Victory! \o/
Rth’s story also includes some dialogue about Lucy’s name
and its meaning, which struck me as a perfect segue into the odd namelessness
of the other main character, who is only ever identified by her relationships
with men: Ramandu’s daughter, Caspian’s wife, Rilian’s mother. You can judge
for yourself whether my attempt to address that situation worked.
This fic is also a little frustrating for me in that it’s
not an obvious AU, and yet it doesn’t quite fit into my Lost
Chronicles of Narnia timeline – because of that name issue,
ironically enough. In my main continuity, the Star’s daughter already has her
own name, which is Tarazeth.
So I think this will remain a might-have-been, much though I like the idea of
Lucy getting to have an on-page conversation with another female character
aside from Susan.