Oct. 31st, 2006

betrayer_redeemed: (Cas/Ed)
Title / Prompt: 10/06 - Picture Prompt 1- Stained Glass Window
Character: Edmund Pevensie
Warnings: none
Pairings: Caspian/Edmund
Your character's fandom: Narnia
Word count: 475 per PocketWord
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Walden Media, Disney, and the Lewis estate aside, C.S.Lewis himself said, "Why not write stories for yourself to fill up the gaps in Narnian history? I've left you plenty of hints -- especially where Lucy and the Unicorn are talking in The Last Battle. I feel I have done all I can!"
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] licenseartistic


There were times when it was hard to reconcile the time that passed in Narnia with the time that passed in Edmund's London. He would sometimes find himself thinking that only a few years had passed between his first visit through the wardrobe and the second time, when the Pevensies found themselves in the ruins of Caer Paravel. It seemed so strange to him that over a thousand years had passed in the span of one year, and yet it had.

It didn't really affect him in any way, it was just that it was strange to think about, and sometimes he gave himself a headache trying to puzzle out how it worked. And then Caspian would see him frown and rub his forehead, and would distract him from his thoughts with gentle kisses and soft touches.

Despite his duties as King, Caspian could not quite silence his urge to explore, and so it came to pass that one fine summer day, they were riding out in woods that Edmund had been very familiar with just a few short years -- or an eternity -- ago. The royal hunting trails were overgrown now, little more than deer and rabbit trails through the woods. The land was wild and untamed, and Edmund wasn't entirely sure whether he liked it better this way, or the way he had known it.

Caspian had ridden a little ahead, and soon wheeled his horse and came trotting back. "Ed! You have to see what I just found!" he called, and when he rode up beside Edmund he was beaming. "It's beautiful!"

"Oh?" Edmund asked, finding his lover's enthusiasm infectious. "Show me!"

Caspian led him a few yards on, then pointed at a small clearing. Next to a twisted little tree and half-hidden by weedy undergrowth, there stood a lone stained glass window, shaped like an arch. The sunlight glinted through the pieces of glass, gold and green and pale turquoise, reds and blues and purples; turning the light in the clearing into rainbows. Edmund gasped softly, and although he still smiled, his eyes held a little sadness. "Oh Caspian -- that's one of the windows of Caer Paravel! I loved that corridor -- in the afternoon sun there were rainbows all over the floor and walls... I used to sit in one of the window seats and read..."

"It's lovely, Ed," Caspian said softly, "I think I would have liked that very much." Then he gently touched Edmund's hand and asked, "Is it very strange for you, having so much time passed here when barely any has back in your world?"

Edmund took his hand and squeezed it gently, then quietly answered, "This is my world now, Cas." With that, his sadness was gone, and the two of them dismounted and ate their lunch in the patch of coloured sunlight.

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