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NFE Reveals - I wrote 3 things

So first, I urge you will all haste to go read the wonderful things that [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake  wrote for me. She is amazing and so are the stories.


What I got
A little madness story,
Fit to be tied (723 words) by Syrena_of_the_lake
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Pevensie
Additional Tags: Crack Crossover, Anansi - Freeform, Chronicles of Narnia - Kangarooverse
Summary: Susan does not like surprises. Tebbitt does not like spiders. Anansi does not care.

And the glorious Rule of Threes Raid which does not require familiarity with the xover Rat Patrol (RAT- how perfect is that?)
The Rule of Threes Raid (18796 words) by Syrena_of_the_lake
Chapters: 3/3
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Sam Troy, Jack Moffitt, Mark Hitchcock, Tully Pettigrew, Hans Dietrich
Additional Tags: World War II
Summary:The Rat Patrol's mission is "to attack, harass and wreak havoc on Field Marshal Rommel's vaunted Afrika Korps." Susan's mission is a bit more complicated, as is her relationship with the desert. A story of daring and deception and of loyalties built on shifting sands.

What I wrote,
My big story, written for Selden, is Flee From Memory. There's a lot that happens here, and it's right after the siege of Anvard, with Tumnus arriving to help with the complex diplomatic issues. As I was trying to decide what to do for NFE in response to Selden's marvelous GA prompts, she specifically said that she didn't mind romance and was curious how Tumnus reacted to Lucy the little girl as Queen. Seldon was also interested in worldbuilding and stories about memory. I had also a few new readers ask for more about Aidan Gunarr, Lucy's consort who appears in AW and is reference in other stories.  So, as the saying goes, kitchen sink time, with, among other things, the introduction of Aidan.  Also, for those who are familiar with my work, the ending is, I think, a surprise. I've not decided yet how I feel about the ending, but for the purposes of the story, and my recipient, it worked. Tumnus is the pov character and this continues his decidedly bitter views of Aslan. Tumnus is a very unreliable narrator and is a master of self-justification. As I was working on the story and the role of memory and deception, I thought a lot about my time in Eastern Europe in the early 90s after the Wall came down and the damage done to the psyches of the people I knew. Lying was necessary to survival and that was a difficult habit to break.

I did two madness stories.
The Blue Door Cottage (1909 words) for the superlative WingedFlight and [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake
Relationships: Jill Pole/Eustace Scrubb
Characters: Jill Pole, Eustace Scrubb, Alberta Scrubb, Harold Scrubb
Additional Tags: Magic, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Silver Chair - AU, SCAU
Series: Part 4 of Everybody Lives Nobody Dies Narnia AU
Summary: Jill and Eustace take a holiday. It does not go as planned.
The story is closely related to Winged's NFE from last year Concerning the Daily Maintenance of a Large Country House, obliquely references her other works, and I suspect the houses have had the same owner.

The other is related to an earlier work I did, about Mabel and Letty's apprenticeship with Mrs. Lefay. I wrote this for [personal profile] edenfalling  because she's written so many things for me and I really wanted to give her a small gift as she asked about Polly and Digory post-MN and what Letty and the other family members thought of this odd friendship between the two.

At An In-Between Place (2032 words)
Chapters: 1/1
Characters: Polly Plummer, Letty Ketterley
Summary:  Polly has an iron poker, a pocketknife, and a police whistle. She's ready for anything.[personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake[personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake


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whswhs
Sep. 7th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
At least your portrayal of the Trickster reminds me very much of Bujold's portrayal of the Bastard. . . .
rthstewart
Sep. 9th, 2015 01:46 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
There are Bujold influences throughout my work -- especially in the organization and competence of the Cair Paravel staff -- very much like the crew Miles has around him at Vorkosigan House.

The Trickster is the Trickster, an archetype across cultures, folklore and religion. Brer Rabbit, Anansi, Papa Legba, Eshu, Coyote, Aunt Nancy, Hermes, Odysseus, are all tricksters. I suppose the Bastard, may be a Trickster too? He has some of the qualities -- he certainly is similar to Eshu and Papa Legba. The Trickster is associated frequently with aiding the powerless through wits and is often the god of crossroads.

I've associated the Calormene Trickster with the poor and rats for several years, since Rat, Cat, and Trickster, because I liked the idea of the ever present threat that Aslan could eat him. He's immortal, to be sure, but that doesn't mean that being eaten doesn't hurt! I tend to write him as cruel to those who are not his own and those who do not give him his due. In a story I did for the NFE last year, it's actually the Trickster who demands that Aslan harm Aravis with the 10 slashes -- because the girl that Aravis deceived was punished and she was under his protection. The Trickster tells her that if he'd had his way, it would have been 30 lashes, blessing and punishments returned thrice. I've long wanted to do a whole retelling of Horse and His Boy from the pov of the Trickster.
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rthstewart
Sep. 27th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much. You are so wonderful. I've written in comments elsewhere that when I first started writing in Narnia I felt really, really strongly that there had to be heirs. Had to be -- that it just didn't make sense both given what Narnia had been through and the Pevensies own culture. But that meant making Aslan really, really horrible to send the parent back and leave the child behind. I ultimately resolved the dilemma with Morgan being pregnant and Edmund not knowing and the large adopted Archenland family. It's messy, it's not elegant, and eh, it's not great. But I just couldn't reconcile it with Aslan as a benevolent deity.

Today, I obviously don't have that problem.

So, now, onward. Finish Star Husband and I think/hope that will get me back to AW. There is more to tell there. Thank you so much.

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wellinghall
Sep. 21st, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
Off topic, I know; but I hope you are getting on okay.
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