called_lioness: (Sleep)
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It's easy to change into her nightgown, and it's easy to wash her face and brush and braid her hair.

And it's easy to get in bed with Caspian, but it's hard that it's so quiet as they do it, and it's hard that she isn't certain if she can put her arms around him, and it's hard enough that instead she rests with her back towards him as she murmurs, "I love you," and pretends she doesn't feel his hand ghost over her hair for a moment as he says the same back.

And it's very, very hard to close her eyes and let go.




But she's good at that, by now, too.

Date: 2006-09-27 02:17 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: (narnia: cair paravel)
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It's bright. Blue light throws itself haphazardly across the polished wood beneath her feet, and the thud and slap of bare feet echoes as men race across the decks, up the rigging, into the clear diamond air, where the rigging stretches like cobwebs over the gleaming white towers behind them. Shouts sound merrily back and forth, and one young man stands at the base of a mast, his hands cupped around his mouth.

"Look alive, there, or the morning tide'll leave without us!"

Nearby sailors nudge each other and grin, white teeth flashing against their tans. The King is young, but he works as hard as any.

Date: 2006-09-27 02:28 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: ([dt] in the morning sun)
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"Pardon, lady?" he says, startled but not discomfited, and offers her a slight smile.

"Nay, we shan't--the captain is set on our making port at Galma before their bells toll noon tomorrow." His smile is very young, indeed.

"And the captain is a very stubborn man, madam. But, pray, how came you to be on board ship? Surely you have said your goodbyes on shore with the rest of our well-wishers?"

Date: 2006-09-27 02:37 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: ([dt] in the morning sun)
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He smiles again, a little more uncertainly, and walks towards her, sea-boots clumping on the wood. Caspian at seventeen is wiry and strong, without the height his son will have, and the familiar eyes, sea-gray and merry with youth.

"I regret to say that the crew is full up, lady," he says, nearing her, "and I fear that nowhere on the Treader would we have accomodations for you. All the same--"

He is standing before her now, his mouth still curved into a smile, though a crease has started between his brows.

"You seem familiar to me."

Date: 2006-09-27 02:50 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: ([dt] just a boy)
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He flushes, violently, though his shoulders straighten.

"I'm sorry," he apologizes. "I don't mean to seem, ah, forward." He slants another half-smile at her as he moves to tighten a knot at the railing. "You made me think of a friend of mine, though you're rather older."

Date: 2006-09-27 03:01 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: ([dt] so swing)
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In answer

(and he'd done this, when he saw her in the bar, speaking with the man he would later know as Adam Young)

he grins at her and in a rush his arms are about her waist and he swings her up into the air, laughing, and does not speak until he has set her lightly back on the deck.

"So it is you, Lucy! Where is the little girl I have known?"

Date: 2006-09-27 03:14 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: ([dt] innocence)
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He grins at her, widely, and if a flush stains his cheek before he gently takes her arms from around his neck, it's hard to see when he turns away.

Still, his hand takes one of hers and he pulls her along the railing, energy and pride radiating from him like sunlight.

"Still here!" he laughs, "though a little more grown-up on the outside. But look, Lucy! She's finished. Isn't she beautiful?"

His eyes travel over the lines of rigging, the gay green and gilt paint, and when he turns to her to see her approval, his other hand rises to take her free one.

Date: 2006-09-27 03:30 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: (laughing)
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He ducks his head again and laughs, and drags her along to the prow to point out the details of the dragon's head, and they stand together and look back over the boat with the morning sun gleaming.

"You shouldn't worry," he remarks, leaning back against the railing, and there is a certain satisfaction in his pose, comfortable and easy. "I think you might be able to find the boy anytime you like, Lucy."

He doesn't seem to find it odd that she is alone, that she is older and that she is beautiful. He thinks, perhaps, that this is a dream--after all, he's had this dream before.

Date: 2006-09-27 03:39 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: ([dt] in the morning sun)
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"And here I thought I would have to win you with sweet words," he laments, but mischievous eyes flit towards her and his grin is teasing.

"How sad for me that you should so prefer the boy."

Date: 2006-09-27 03:53 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: ([dt] so blow ye winds)
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His smile falters, slightly, at the look in her eyes, and he turns to look back at the bustle with embarrassment coloring his cheeks.

"Will you be setting sail with us, Your Majesty?"

Date: 2006-09-27 04:03 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: (into the east)
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"Aye, so it shall," and his eyes burn brighter with the thought of what might be, as he looks over to that far Eastern horizon.

"Long and full of adventure and possibility," he exclaims, as a playful breeze tosses at his curls and at Lucy's hair, setting golden hair glowing. "Only the Lion may tell what we will find, or whether we might perish, as some disbelievers have been saying, but Lucy, I feel it in my very bones that we will succeed."

Date: 2006-09-27 04:11 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: (laughing)
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"Well, we shan't be able to make way if a Queen of Narnia topples overboard," he laughs, and turns around to lean on the railing with her, one hand light at the small of her back.

"So be cautious."

Date: 2006-09-27 04:22 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: ([dt] just a boy)
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Her mischief is reflected in his own face as he turns again to jump up, boosting himself to sit up on the top railing and he grins down at her from his newfound height, balancing precariously with a loose grip on the railing.

"I'd rather you didn't make me go in after you," he admits, "though I would, of course be happy to. Still it seems as though it might be rather a poor ending to your visit."

Date: 2006-09-27 04:29 am (UTC)
the_seafarer: (caspian/lucy: love you when you laugh)
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He makes a face up at her, squinting into the sun, and Rhince stands amazed at the base of a mast as his King carefully pulls himself up to balance on the railing of the ship as she sways slowly at anchor.

"We could try dancing next," he suggests, after he has carefully stood, "but I think that will end with us both in the water, and as we were trying to avoid that, I find myself out of suggestions."

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