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14 December 2010 @ 10:29 am
Fic: ‘Tis the Season: Hope renewed.  
Title: ‘Tis the Season: Hope renewed.
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia (movie)
Rating: (G)
Time Period: During events in the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.
Summary: An unnatural winter come to an end.

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

This is the third of the Chronicles of Narnia stories I’d decided to write for ‘Tis the Season after seeing the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe not too long ago. This is the story that comes after Hope not lost.

Disclaimer
All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of C. S. Lewis; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by him.


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The large sack sat behind him in the sleigh. Each year, for one hundred years, it had been filled with gifts that had never been delivered. Each year, for one hundred years, he had driven to the edge of the magic that kept him away and never been allowed one step into the snow covered land beyond. He had never given up hope that the unnatural winter would end and he would be allowed back. Yet, every year, he had been kept at bay by the magic driving the unnatural winter; it never ceased, never faltered. His heart had grown heavier each year for the creatures caught within the borders of that unnatural magical winter. He hoped that they had not surrendered to the heaviness of that ongoing winter that stole hope and faith with each passing year. He had not lost his hope throughout the years but he was not living within the grip of that winter.

He lightly slapped the reins upon the backs of the reindeer drawing the sleigh, wondering if this would be the year he could pass its borders. The tinkling of the sleigh’s bells travelled lightly ahead in the crisp clean air. The reindeer ran, drawing the sleigh easily behind them. He shivered within his warm coat. Something was different. Something felt different. Something ...

He laughed, the cool air snatching the rich warm sound once it was uttered and running with it into the forest and hills of the land. He had passed the border! With each mile they passed, he could feel the difference in the air and when he stopped in a clearing in some woods, he asked what had changed.

“Aslan is on the move!” squeaked a squirrel, a child in the reckoning of his elders. He smiled at the squirrel and pulled a large ham from his sack along with plates and knives of silver.

“Then it is time to celebrate,” he laughed as he handed the gifts to the wide-eyed creatures standing before him. “Long may Aslan’s return be!”

As he sat back in the sleigh, he smiled and quietly urged the reindeer on. That was the change he had felt in the air: hope. Soon may the White Witch’s reign end.

Soon.
 
 
 
Armchair DM: Igor: Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!armchairdm on December 14th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Wheeeeee! I love this story.
F. J.: Christmas Candlesmorethanacandle on December 14th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
If I may ask: why?
Armchair DM: Igor: Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!armchairdm on December 14th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
It's the whole feeling of Aslan being on the move. Reminds me of that rhyme the Beavers tell Peter, Susan and Lucy (don't have the book on me right now to quote it).
Armchair DM: Igor: Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!armchairdm on December 14th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Also reminds me greatly of the family of squirrels the White Witch comes across in the book - the one who tells her that Father Christmas gave them the presents and says they're lying, then the really little squirrel bangs his spoon on the table and goes 'he did! he did!' - and she turns the whole family to stone; but they're also highlighted from memory as a group that got saved by Aslan.
F. J.: Christmas Candlesmorethanacandle on December 14th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of that rhyme the Beavers tell Peter, Susan and Lucy
I'm going to have what little I remember of that rhyme stuck in my head for days now!

then the really little squirrel bangs his spoon on the table and goes 'he did! he did!'
I liked that squirrel ...
Angel... Dark Wings Descending...angel_in_tears on December 14th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I love this! It made me smile and I love how he keeps holding on to hope :) ♥
F. J.: Christmas Candlesmorethanacandle on December 15th, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
I love this! It made me smile and I love how he keeps holding on to hope :) ♥
That's really lovely to hear; thank you!

Also, I couldn't imagine Father Christmas losing hope after writing I will not lose hope; after writing that, I had a picture of him coming back, year after year, to check on that winter and to speak loudly, as he had in I will not lose hope, to keep the hope and faith of the Narnia creatures who might be listening alive.