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28 February 2011 @ 04:48 pm
Fic: ‘Sweet farewell to childish games.’  
Title: Sweet farewell to childish games.
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia (movie)
Rating: (G)
Time Period: During events in the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (before they returned to this world) & Prince Caspian (at the end).
Summary: Susan’s farewell to Narnia.

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

The kiss between Caspian and Susan at the end of Prince Caspian had me wondering whether something else was at work; could Susan have been saying goodbye to Narnia, and thus the kiss? I started thinking about that when I saw the movie last but this story lay dormant at the back of my mind until now, when it clicked into place.

Disclaimer
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.

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When the time came for Susan to step over the threshold from girl to young woman, all she had to rely upon was vaguely remembered knowledge she’d learned by peeking into a medical text at the Professor’s house.

When the first time came for Lucy to step over that threshold, she had Susan. They walked along the beach by Cair Paravel, Susan having cited privacy to their brothers; women’s business, they sagely pronounced, and returned to brushing down the horses; Edmund always took such care of Philippe.

When the time came again for Susan to cross that threshold, she turned to her mother, leaving the barely remembered knowledge behind for the comfort of her mother’s arms and quiet voice telling her that she was no longer a girl but on the first steps to becoming a woman.

It was time, she decided, to leave childish games, and Narnia, behind. Especially when Aslan explained she could no longer return.

However, before she left that final time, she turned and, her hands on his shoulders, pressed her lips to his. A first kiss, and a last; a sweet farewell to childhood and its adventures and acceptance of what now lay before her. Turning, she walked toward the archway without a backward glance.

When the second time came for Lucy, she embraced the knowledge Susan had imparted in Narnia and didn’t say farewell to childish games, and Narnia.
 
 
 
emivemiv on February 28th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
Ah, Susan. I love her, and I you capture her here so well. I can't quite forgive C.S. Lewis for what he did to her. (I get too attached to character, apparently.) ;)

The fifth paragraph, I think, is my favorite of this. This line especially:

A first kiss, and a last; a sweet farewell to childhood and its adventures and acceptance of what now lay before her.

Very well put!

I really need to rewatch these films (and get around to seeing Dawn Treader!) :)
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on February 28th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
you capture her here so well.
Wow. Thank you. I haven't written for her much so I had my fingers crossed on whether I captured her!

The fifth paragraph, I think, is my favorite of this.
That paragraph, and in particular that line, were my favourite to write.

I really need to rewatch these films (and get around to seeing Dawn Treader!) :)
I've heard Dawn Treader isn't too bad.
Armchair DM: Igor: Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!armchairdm on February 28th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
This really is simply beautiful; and a wonderful capturing of the character of Susan. And also, rather neatly, sums up the difference between the two sisters.
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on February 28th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!