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10 June 2012 @ 06:26 am
Fic: ‘A valuable gift.’  
Title: A valuable gift.
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia (movie)
Rating: (G)
Time Period: During the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe: Lucy’s first visit with Mister Tumnus.
Summary: Mr Tumnus decides.

Author's Note: This is quick ‘n’ dirty (for definition see the F. A. Q.).

I’ve never touched this moment except once, in Cherished moments of a journey and the afterward, in He knows he did right.

But, even then, I never really touched upon the decision of letting Lucy go, how her cry affected him, warming his heart. I’ve probably not done a very good job of it here, though! But it was worth a try!

All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of C. S. Lewis as well as Andrew Adamson, Ann Peacock, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (their interpretations); I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by his estate.


I thought you were my friend!

The cry cuts through him; her eyes accuse him.

She thought he was her friend. He had taken her in, away from the cold and the snow, away from the eyes of the trees and the birds and others. Away from all that and into his cosy home with a warm fire and a pot of tea as well as sardines.

What else was she to think but that he was her friend? How was she to know he wasn’t when everything said differently?

He feels a pang in his heart.

How could he give such an innocent to the Secret Police, knowing what he does of his Queen? How could he? Why should he betray his ...

Here his mind fails and his heart steps in, giving him the word he lacked.

Friend. He’d not had one in so long he’d forgotten what it was to have one. The warmth that floods through him is unfamiliar but ever so welcomed. He jumps to his hooves, ignoring the cold and the dark for they hold him no longer.

He would prove worthy of the valuable gift she gives him.

“We must be quick and careful. Even some of the trees are on her side!”
Angel... Dark Wings Descending...: NARNIAlucycourageangel_in_tears on June 10th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
This is so sweet ♥ I love how the word friend resonates with him, and how quickly he decides to be hers :)
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on June 10th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I thought that word, at that moment, would be the one that struck home the most; he's been lonely and he's been starved of friendship.
Armchair DM: Igor: A Rod Of Silencearmchairdm on June 11th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
So, so sad. Then you remember what happens to him due to his friendship...
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on June 11th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
... what's sad? This or what happened afterward?
Armchair DM: Carson: No no no AIEEE!!armchairdm on June 15th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
What happened afterward. And this is as well; but mainly because of what happened afterwards.
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on June 15th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
So you were thinking more of what happened afterward while reading this ...?
Armchair DM: Igor & Carson: Waitingarmchairdm on July 9th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yes and no. They're.. interwoven. You can't read this without remembering what happens afterwards; because what happens in this story is inextricably linked with what happens afterward.
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on July 9th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay; I see now what you're saying.