Title: Of Love And War
Part of the Eternal Queen & Future King Series
Pairings: Chloe/Caspian, Chloe/Peter
Fandoms: Smallville, Narnia
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: That one night with the future king has left consequences Chloe never expected, and now not only does she have to tell Caspian and ready her people for war with the Telmarines, but The Kings and Queens are back.
A Griffin flew over the Telmarine castle, carrying Edmund.
They landed on top of a tower, out of sight of a soldier who stood guard.
The soldier looked up, seeing nothing but the darkness of the sky.
Suddenly the Griffin grabbed him and pulled him up as Edmund jumped down, using his torch to signal to the others as Peter, Susan and Caspian, carried by Griffins, flew in and landed as well.
Another soldier noticed Edmund's signals and aimed his crossbow, but Susan shot him before any other arrow could fly.
Outside, one of the very few Minotaurs who'd decided to join the raid, snuck along.
A soldier noticed him and drew his sword.
The Minotaur put a finger to his lips. "Shhh
Nikabrik came up behind the soldier and hit him in the head.
Peter, Susan, and Caspian climbed down a wall, and the Telmarine prince knocked on a window.
"Professor?" He whispered, opening the window and stepping into Cornelius' study.
The professor wasn't there.
But his glasses were.
A cold feeling of dread descended on Caspian as he picked them up.
"I have to find him."
"You don't have time." Peter frowned. "You have to get to the gatehouse."
"You wouldn't even be here without him." Caspian snapped, refusing to leave the only friend he'd ever had alone to rot under Miraz's 'care'. "And neither would I."
Peter and Susan exchanged glances.
"We can take care of Miraz." Susan whispered.
"And I can still make it to the gatehouse in time." Caspian replied, determined.
Peter opened his mouth.
Caspian didn't give him the opportunity to speak, rushing off.
"The raid must be on the way."
Chloe looked up, seeing Lucy, the only other Queen, to have not joined the raid. "Yes, it must be."
The blonde High Queen obviously hadn't gone because of her delicate pregnancy, but even if she hadn't been pregnant, Chloe didn't know if she would have joined.
Lucy sat down next to her with a sigh. "You don't agree with this raid."
"No, I don't. Caspian grew up in that castle, he knows the ins and outs of it, and he knows the viciousness of his uncle and the Telmarines." Chloe looked down at her fingers. "But if I'd said so they would believe I was taking Caspian's side over Peter's, and Peter would think so as well." Chloe looked up at her. "He's been through enough already because of me."
The littlest Queen looked to her side, where a couple of Minotaurs were standing guard. "I think they realized that too, that's why only three went on the raid."
Chloe sent a smile in the Minotaurs' direction. "They're very loyal."
"You know, now that they're on our side, I think they have the potential of being kinda cute." Lucy admitted, sharing a giggle with the woman she'd always loved as an older sister.
"Oh Lucy," Chloe smiled, wrapping her arms around her sister-in-law. "I missed you so much."
Giggling, Lucy hugged her as well. "I missed you too."
They sat together in silence, leaning against each other.
"I know this situation must be hard on you." Chloe whispered, one hand cradling her stomach.
"It's...weird." Lucy admitted. "But I think it must be harder on you
Chloe chuckled tiredly before hanging her head with a sigh. "You know that I love your brother, right?"
"Yeah, and he loves you." Lucy nodded, clearing her throat. "But you don't look at Peter, look to him, the way you used to." She shot Chloe a sideways glance. "You look at Caspian that way now."
Chloe sighed again, nodding. "I don't want to hurt Peter. My best years were by his side in Narnia. We were so happy together. But you have to understand, I've been so long without him-I don't feel married to Peter anymore. And I know it sounds horrible but its the truth. And I'm so sorry but I can't change that."
Lucy bit her bottom lip. "Chloe, I-before we met up with you and Caspian, I had a dream that I was talking to Aslan."
The blonde turned to her. "Aslan's back?"
Chloe had never doubted her.
"I think so." Lucy nodded. "I've seen him, when I was awake, but no one would believe me."
"Why wouldn't they?" Chloe frowned darkly.
Lucy wanted to hug her, instead she cleared her throat. "I asked Aslan, about everything, about you, about Narnia. I asked him why he'd abandoned you all after we were sent back, why he'd let the Telmarines invade and conquer."
Chloe gulped, conflicted emotions on her face. "What did he answer?"
Lucy worried her bottom lip before speaking. "He said: 'If they had listened to me, it could have been avoided'." She frowned. "Do you know what he could have meant with that?"
Chloe's eyes widened in horror. "No. He-he couldn't be talking about that."
"Talking about what?" Lucy pressed.
Suddenly a jolt of agony raced through Chloe's body and she screamed, doubling over and slipping off of the boulder she'd been seated on, landing hard on the ground.
"Chloe?" Lucy cried, slipping off of the boulder and going to her knees next to her sister-in-law as the blonde screamed on the floor.
Everyone rushed towards them.
"Lucy." Chloe looked at her in terror. "Something's wrong!"
And that was when Lucy saw the blood.
Caspian stepped into Cornelius' cell, where his professor lay chained to the floor.
Anger filled him as he went towards the man who'd been the only man who'd treated him as family since his father's death. Caspian bent to his knees and shook the old man carefully.
"Five more minutes?"
Doctor Cornelius looked up at him in worry. "What are you doing here? I didn't help you escape just so you could get captured again! You have to get out before Miraz learns you're here."
"He'll learn soon enough." Caspian promised him darkly as he helped the old man to his feet. "We're giving him your cell."
Doctor Cornelius reached for him, face serious. "Don't underestimate Miraz as your father did."
Caspian froze. "What are you talking about?"
The old man sighed, lowering his head. "I'm sorry."
Caspian turned to the faun behind him. "Take care of him and get him out of here."
With that he turned and ran away.
Chloe screamed, body covered in sweat, blood pooling out from her.
Lucy watched in terror as the blonde writhed in agony.
Everyone was trying to do what they could, but it wasn't working.
Chloe's healing ability wasn't working.
Neither was Lucy's cordial.
The High Queen was losing her baby.
Miraz's eyes opened when he felt the blade against his throat.
He looked up and chuckled. "Thank goodness...you're safe."
"Get up." Caspian hissed, anger and hurt and rage building deep inside of him.
Miraz slowly climbed out of bed.
Prunaprismia sat up, wiping the sleep from her eyes. "Caspian?"
"Stay where you are." Caspian snarled.
"What are you doing?" She asked, looking around, confused.
"I should think it's obvious, dear." Miraz responded dryly as he looked at Caspian. "You know, some might consider this inappropriate behavior."
"That doesn't seem to have stopped you." Caspian responded darkly.
"But you're not like me, are you?" Miraz sneered. "It's sad. The first time you show any backbone, and it's such a waste."
Prunaprismia reached down and pulled up a crossbow, aiming it at her nephew. "Put the sword down, Caspian. I don't want to do this."
"We don't want you to either!" Suddenly Susan and Peter entered the bedroom, Peter drawing his sword and Susan, the speaker, aiming her arrow at Prunaprismia.
"This used to be a private room." Miraz felt the need to point out.
Peter turned to Caspian, eyes narrowed. "What are you doing? You're supposed to be at the gatehouse!"
"No!" Caspian snapped back. "Tonight, for once, I want the truth!" He turned to Miraz. "Did you kill my father?"
"Now you get to it." His uncle murmured.
His wife's eyes widened. "You told me your brother died in his sleep."
"That was more or less true." Miraz shrugged.
Caspian took a few steps towards Miraz, and Miraz was forced to step back against the window. "Did you kill my father?"
"Caspian," Susan tried. "This won't make things any better."
"We Telmarines would have had nothing had we not taken it." Miraz announced, meeting Caspian's gaze unflinchingly. "Your father knew that as well as anyone."
Prunaprisimia lowered the crossbow a little. "How could you?"
"For the same reason you will pull that trigger!" Miraz snapped, starting to walk forwards while Caspian slowly stepped back.
"Stop!" Susan yelled. "Stay right there!"
"For our son!" Miraz ignored her, still speaking to his wife. "You must choose. Do you want our child to be king or do you want him to be like Caspian here?" He made up his face in disgust. "Fatherless!"
"No!" His wife yelled as she shot.
Caspian jerked to the right, losing his footing and falling, yet managing to dodge the arrow.
Miraz escaped through a secret door in the wall.
Lucy looked up when Trufflehunter walked out of the door.
The badger looked at her and then shook his head, the tears running down his face.
"Chloe?" Lucy's voice broke.
"She needs you, Your Highness."
Lucy didn't need to be told twice, she ran inside towards the sobbing blonde.
The gate started closing, and the last surviving Minotaur who'd joined their raid rushed towards it, holding the gate open.
"Fall back!" Peter yelled over the sound of the massacre. "Retreat!"
Glenstorm swung Susan onto his back on the way out.
Susan turned to Peter. "Caspian!"
"I'll find him!" Peter promised.
Above, Edmund walked onto the tower where he'd first landed, using his torch to lock the door.
The young King of Narnia looked over the edge, but the Griffin who'd brought him there was nowhere in sight.
The soldiers on the other side banged against the door.
Below, Caspian and Cornelius emerged on Destiel, with Caspian holding the reigns of an extra horse.
Peter kicked a soldier and jumped onto the horse, taking the reigns from Caspian.
Up top, Edmund's flashlight broke and the soldiers burst through the door with drawn swords. The young man looked down, and then jumped.
The soldiers looked over the edge...and a Griffin flew up with Edmund riding.
Peter rode passed the Minotaur holding up the gate.
The creature was barely able to stand, arrows protruding from his back, but he held on until Caspian rode passed, and only after he made sure that Caspian was safely outside, did he collapse, the gate closing shut.
Many Narnians were still trapped inside, and Caspian, the last to exit, turned his horse around, watching in horror.
Cornelius, riding behind him on the steed, whispered something mournful.
." The Minotaur begged Caspian with his last breaths. "We have done our duty and kept you safe for our Queen."
Caspian's eyes widened as suddenly he understood why those Minotaurs had come.
It'd been to make sure that he got out safely for Chloe.
Tears filled his eyes. "Thank you
"Go!" The Minotaur begged, as the Narnians around them were massacred.
The drawbridge started going back.
"Caspian." Cornelius whispered. "We need to go."
Holding back tears, Caspian looked back at the Narnians and hesitated, before riding ahead.
On the Griffin, Edmund flew over the castle, surveying the carnage.
Lucy looked at her cordial as she waited in the Stone Table room.
What good was it to have such a gift if it couldn't be used to save the life of the most innocent of beings? A baby? Chloe's baby?
Guilt filled her at being unable to help her beloved sister-in-law.
Would Chloe have lost the baby if they hadn't returned, adding more stress to an already stressful situation?
Trufflehunter had said that Chloe had been under so much stress already, so much that her body hadn't been able to heal both her and the life inside of her.
Not even the Elixir of Life had been able to save the child's life.
Lucy gulped and wiped at a tear, remembering the broken woman she'd had to hold and cry along with for so many hours until Chloe cried herself to sleep.
The littlest Queen took in a deep, choked gulp.
How was she going to tell Caspian?
Even if the raid was successful, he'd be destroyed.
Chloe had told Lucy how this child was the only family Caspian had left, his only hope for one.
And Chloe had lost it.
And she hated herself for it.
Lucy's bottom lip trembled as she hugged herself.
Hearing a noise, she wiped at her tears viciously and hurried outside.
The army, or what was left of it, returned, led by Peter and Caspian.
"What happened?" She asked, horrified.
." Peter growled, dismounting.
"Peter." Susan whispered.
?" Caspian hissed as he dismounted as well. "You could have called it off! There was still time!"
"No there wasn't thanks to you." Peter snarled. "If you'd kept to the plan, those soldiers might be alive right now."
"And if you'd just stayed here like I suggested, they definitely would be!"
"You called us, remember?" Peter sneered.
"My first mistake." Caspian growled.
"No." Peter snapped, taking a step towards him. "Your first
mistake was thinking you could lead these people."
"Hey!" Caspian snarled. "I
am not the one who abandoned Narnia! Who abandoned his wife
"No! You're the one who invaded
Narnia." Peter looked ready to explode. "You invaded Narnia from its rightful inhabitants, and then you tried to steal my wife as well! Well you can't have Narnia! And you can't have Chloe either! You, Miraz, your father...Narnia's better off without the lot of you! And so is Chloe!"
Caspian roared as they both drew their swords.
!" Lucy screamed, tears filling her eyes, unable to deal with this anymore. She hung her head, shoulders shaking from her sobs. "Chloe lost the baby.
"Oh my god." Susan gasped in horror, bringing her hand to her mouth.
Both men froze, horror filling their faces.
." Caspian whispered, eyes filling with tears. "No
He turned and raced passed them, deeper into Aslan's How, towards Chloe.
Peter looked like he desperate wanted to follow, but he didn't, instead leaning against the entrance and bowing his head, a single tear making its way down his cheek.