"Do you want to hear something funny?" Peter asked Susan, with his hands on both of her sides, at the edge of the pond, while she supported herself on his arm.
"Sure." She said, not really interested, as she kissed his neck.
"Edmund doesn't know." He said and Susan stopped, moving her legs not to drown on the deep water.
"I'm not. He has no idea."
They were swimming on the small, but deep pond they had found a while back. The water was clean and the summer sun was overwhelming, that pool was helping them refresh.
"I don't believe you. It's impossible, Peter. Everyone knows…" She told him
"I thought so, too, but he's clueless. Should we tell him?" He asked, taking her right leg and encouraging her to wrap her legs around him.
Susan took the cue from her brother and wrapped her arms around him too, leaning to kiss him. His open mouth kisses always made her melt. She moaned under him, feeling his hands on her buttocks. They barely noticed when they started to drown.
Laughing, Susan held the edge of the pond to bring them back up.
"We should wait and see how long it takes for him to figure out." She said.
"Let's stop talking about Edmund, Su." Peter told her, with his mouth on her breasts.
"Okay…" she whispered with her hands on his hair.
Later, reaching their palace, Peter dismounted his horse first then helped Susan. He continued holding her hand while they entered their home. They saw when Edmund approached them quickly, eying them from head to toe, disapproving the way they looked. Their hair was wet and their clothes were tousled.
"Where were you? We need to talk." He said with urgency on his voice. "You two keep disappearing. I know it's summer, but we have our duties. Go change and come to my study."
The older siblings were half laughing on being scolded by their younger brother and ran upstairs to bathe and change into dry clothes.
"Are you sure he doesn't know?" Susan asked again. Peter chuckled.
"He doesn't know, Su. 'you two keep disappearing'" he mimicked Edmund.
"Let's just see what he wants…" She said turning around and waiting for Peter to tie her dress.
They entered Edmund's study very calmly. Peter poured himself a glass of scotch and sat next to Susan. She laced their arms and inwardly she wondered how he could not know.
"It came earlier today." He said, looking at Peter and handing him a piece of paper. Susan leaned to read the letter on her brother's hand and shook her head, a little annoyed.
"That's a first…" Peter commented evenly.
"What are you doing about it?" Edmund asked, eagerly.
"Rejecting, obviously." Peter shrugged. "I'm not marrying anyone, Edmund. Forget it."
"You don't even know her, Peter. They say she's beautiful." Edmund started "She's only a year younger than you. It's a perfect match. We can bring her here next month. No strings attached, just so you can get to know each other…" He offered.
Peter stood up and offered his hand to Susan. "Forget it, Edmund." He repeated taking Susan's hand and walking out of the room.
From behind, Edmund called Susan's name and pleaded "Talk to him, Su."
She shook her head again and answered "You're such an idiot, Ed." And they closed the door, leaving their brother alone.
They never mentioned that letter again.
Weeks after that day, the four siblings were having an outing. They wanted to enjoy the summer and Susan organized a picnic. She arranged everything next to her training range so she could show Lucy a little of archery, like her sister had been asking for ages.
Peter watched both of his sisters taking position and firing the arrow powerfully. Lucy managed to hit the red mark, while Susan hit precisely the center of the target. He felt proud and a little turned on to see Susan with her weapon.
Edmund praised Lucy saying she was getting better and soon she would be as good as Susan. The girl blushed a little and tried again, but Susan approached her brothers and asked for a glass of water.
As she was drinking, she saw Peter standing up and asking her to show him how to use the weapon. She laughed at him, but agreed. She positioned herself in front of him so he could mimic her, but he got way too close to her. His feet were correct, she noticed. Susan left her position and went behind him to correct his shoulders.
She gave him a bow and positioned his arm and elbow, teaching him how to hold the weapon properly. Susan purposely lingered every touch on his body, from his wrist to his elbow. Peter noticed what she was doing and grinned at her. She feigned ignorance and handed him an arrow, showing the correct way to handle it.
She felt him breathing a little faster and when he fired the arrow he didn't even hit the target. Eliciting laughs from behind, he noticed that their younger siblings were paying attention to them.
"Even I can hit the target, Peter." Edmund shouted, mocking him.
He took the mockery gracefully and tried again, but just as he was about to fire the arrow, he felt Susan's warmth from behind, distracting him. He missed again and eyed Susan annoyingly, listening to more hard laughter from his siblings.
"Is this how it's going to be, Su?" He whispered.
"I don't know what you're talking about." She said, but her lips held a wicked smile.
He wanted to try again, and this time Susan whispered as she handed him another arrow "If you hit the target, I'll do that thing you like tonight." Peter looked at her eyes and gulped.
"What a pity…" she whispered, as he missed again.
"I give up." He said, annoyed, and walked back to where Edmund and Lucy sat.
"Brother, how can you be so bad at this?" Lucy asked.
"Your sister kept distracting me!" He said exasperated.
"I did no such thing!" Susan defended herself. "It's not my fault if you can't hit the target."
He narrowed his eyes and answered "I know how to hit the target, alright." And the double meaning on the sentence seemed to be lost to the younger siblings, but Susan understood and she laughed out loud.
"That you do." She said, still laughing.
Days later, Peter and Susan had just finished their bath when they heard Susan's belly making a loud noise. Her brother laughed at that and she blushed.
"Come on, let's find something to eat." He said putting on a robe. She agreed and also wore a robe.
The castle was dark, so they walked carefully not to wake anyone and they lighted the candles in the kitchen. Peter opened some cabinets while Susan sat on the sturdy kitchen table.
"There's nothing here, Su." He said, dropping a pan on the floor and making a loud noise. "Be careful!" Susan whispered.
"Sorry." He whispered back, still looking for something edible. "There's cheese in the pantry."
Susan gave him a 'thumbs up' and he took the wheel.
Peter sliced the cheese wheel and put on a plate. He sat in front of Susan and they ate silently for a moment. She had her thighs uncovered with the loose robe and Peter pinched and caressed her skin, not resisting her body so close to him. Giving up the cheese, his mouth looked for something tastier. He kissed her exposed thighs under her eyes. He stopped suddenly, when he heard a voice coming from the corridor.
"What are you doing here?" Edmund asked, his voice coarse from sleep, his eyes almost closed. He saw Peter sitting in front of Susan, but she had covered her thighs.
"We were hungry." Peter said, not really wanting to hide their intimacy. "Do you want some cheese?" he offered.
"No. Just don't make that much noise. I'm trying to sleep." He said leaving the kitchen.
"Do you think he knows now?" Susan asked eating a slice of cheese.
"I don't care." He said resuming his kisses on her thighs.
Edmund really wanted to ignore the letters arriving almost weekly in regards to Susan's marriage. He knew it was something he needed to discuss with her and Peter would want to participate, though he found his presence less than helpful.
The siblings were drinking their usual afternoon tea when Edmund called them to his study.
When they entered the room, Susan saw her brother with a pile of letters on his hands. She knew what those were and she wanted to leave, tired to have that conversation with Edmund.
"Su, I know you don't want to talk, but we have to do something about it." He spoke. Peter sat, also tired of that.
"What do you mean, Edmund?" Susan asked already gritting her teeth.
"I just don't understand why you don't give them a chance to know you." He said. "I refused every proposal so far, but they resend them every year, thinking you might have changed your mind. I don't know what to say anymore. We don't want to make more enemies."
Susan looked at Peter and he stood up linking their fingers. "You can say I'm already spoken for."
Edmund saw Peter and Susan next to each other, in front of him, holding hands and said "I can't lie. They will know…"
"She's not lying, Ed." Peter said and Edmund frowned.
"What do you mean?" Susan rolled her eyes and waited until his expression changed from confused to horror. He looked at Peter, then Susan and then Peter again.
"You've got to be kidding me." he said and Peter chuckled. "Why are you laughing?" he asked, serious.
"Because we've been together for five years, Edmund. And you had no idea." Susan answered.
"You can't be together! You're brother and sister!" He shouted, suddenly very angry. He turned to Peter. "Please, tell me you didn't…" he was pale.
"Take her? Yes, every day for five years." Peter said evenly. Edmund's face crumpled and he swung a punch on his brother's face. Susan gasped and held Peter, who didn't look too affected by Edmund's punch.
"Fuck." he said shaking his fist in pain. "You ruined her!"
"He didn't ruin me, Ed!" Susan yelled. "I was never going to marry those Kings, don't you understand?"
Edmund breathed fast, his eyes weren't focusing on them. "I tried so hard to make people see that Narnia wasn't a wild land of beasts and bizarre creatures and you two do that. They'll think we're animals."
"Edmund, don't say that." Susan said calmer. "We're not animals, we love each other."
"I want to marry her." Peter said suddenly.
"What?" Edmund asked. "You must be joking."
"Peter, we don't have to…" Susan tried, but Peter interrupted her.
"I want to. Do you want to marry me, Su?" He asked, looking at her. "Just say yes. I'll take care of the rest."
"Yes." she said with a hand on his face, where a bruise was starting to form from Edmund's punch.
"You can't get married! You are siblings!" Edmund continued. Peter approached Edmund and said "I'm High King, Ed. Who's going to stop me?"
"We have laws! You can't just do whatever you want."
"There isn't legislation on siblings getting married, Edmund, I've looked for it." Peter said and Edmund seemed to think.
"Peter, why would you do this?" Edmund said, defeated.
"I fell in love." He said, simply.
"Who else knows? Does Lucy know?" Edmund asked.
"Everyone knows, Ed. We don't hide." Susan responded, getting close to him. "We never hid anything. You're the only one who never figured it out."
"Just be happy for us. We are happy." Peter said with a hand on Edmund's shoulder, noticing he was calmer.
"Five years?" He asked and they nodded. "After the war, then". He said "Why haven't you said anything sooner?"
"We thought you would know eventually. We sleep together every night, we kiss, we hold hands. What else did you need?" Susan said.
"Words. I needed words." He said starting to get angry again, but he breathed in and out. "We might make enemies, Peter."
"I don't care, Ed. I just want her by my side." Peter said and Susan squeezed his hand.
"Su, are you sure?"
"I'm sure, Ed. I love Peter. I could never find a better man." She said.
"Right…" He said wincing. "I have to check that legislation. If I find nothing, we'll see…"
"I'm going to marry her, Edmund." Peter said firmly. He was not going to let his brother's ignorance keep him and Susan apart. Edmund looked at Peter sternly and dismissed them from his study.
"I want to be alone." he said turning around and sitting on his desk.
"Edmund, we just want to be together. There's no crime in that. We're not hurting anyone. I know you're a kind man, you know what we feel is true." Susan said and Edmund only nodded.
Peter let the door open to Susan and waited her pass before closing it, leaving Edmund to his thoughts. They went quickly to Peter's room to talk.
"I did not expect him to react like that." Susan said sitting in the balcony. She had an apprehensive expression.
"I did…" Peter responded. "All these years… He never noticed anything. He was in denial…" He sighed and took Susan's hands with his. "We're going to get married no matter what, Su."
"I'm not worried about that. We live like a married couple already."
"But we're not. I want to show you off around these realms. Stop those damned letters from coming…" Peter motioned to get up, but Susan freed her hands from his and put both her palms on his face.
"I don't care about any of that. I just need you, Peter." She kissed him so sweetly that her toes curled. Nothing in this world could keep them apart.
Susan woke up early the next morning. She got dressed and breathed in and out three times before mustering courage to knock on Edmund's room. She wanted to talk to him without Peter around. She knew her brother meant well, but his temper didn't help with sensitive matters.
"Who is it?" She heard his voice coming from inside the room. He seemed to be sleeping.
"It's Susan, Ed." She said and waited. Soon, his door opened and she saw her younger brother motioning to let her in.
"What is it, Su?" He asked, worried.
"I'm sorry we kept this from you, Ed." She told him earnestly, sitting on a chair. "We never announced it to anyone, but we never hid it either."
"Susan, it's not why I'm worried about it. You know why I think it's wrong…" Edmund sat on the edge of his bed. He looked at his sister with grave eyes. "I was an idiot. It was right in front of me… They even tried to warn me you know?"
"Warn you? About what?" Susan asked getting a little agitated, but he only shook his head and said it was nothing.
"I thought about it a lot last night, Su. I don't want to be in the middle of your happiness. And Peter was right, there's no legislation whatsoever about it. You're free…" He got up and started to fidget. "I… I just have to get used to the idea, give me some time…" Edmund couldn't look at her eyes.
"Do you want to ask me something?" Susan found it strange the way he was reacting.
"I… Yes… You don't need to answer…" He pressed his lips together "Did he ever force you into this. In the beginning, during the war or when you traveled with us? He can be intense…" And Susan felt such love for her brother. She got up and hugged Edmund strongly. He didn't respond to her embrace, he felt a little uncertain, but she continued with her hug until she was satisfied.
"He never forced me, Ed. I think I loved him before he loved me." She said finally letting go of him. "I just want to marry the man I love."
"It's happening, Su. Soon." He said nodding his head. He saw in her eyes she was telling the truth, his siblings really loved each other. "It's the right thing to do."
Susan only nodded. She was proud of Edmund, knowing he wasn't comfortable with this situation, but did his best to be fair, to be just. She told him to go back to bed and apologized for coming to his room so early.
Walking back to her room, Susan found herself daydreaming about a wedding and white dresses. She never dreamed of it like Lucy did and she was resigned about never having that special day, but now her heart was full with hope and expectation. She wanted to wake Peter up, tell him about her talk with Edmund.
Susan slipped into the sheets and started to kiss Peter's collarbone, that sweet spot that made him shiver.
"Mmmm. It's early, Su…" He said without opening his eyes, but his hands were already on her waist.
"I know…" She said pulling him into a kiss. He didn't respond immediately, but soon he was fully awake and kissing her back. Peter's tongue slipped into her mouth making her sigh. He swiftly pulled her under him and started to kiss her neck.
"I talked to Edmund." She told him when he started to grope her breasts. He stopped his motions and looked at her.
"And?" He was a little angry that she worked him up just to kill the mood talking about their brother.
"He accepted us. He told me we can get married." She smiled and watched Peter's suspicious expression.
"We were getting married whether he wanted or not. It was never up to him." Peter told her. She rolled her eyes.
"Isn't it better when we are all happy? I hate when we fight…" She said resuming her kisses. "Besides, I was supposed to have a ring on my finger…" she said taunting him. He looked at her with a sheepish expression and she laughed.
"I forgot… I will see to it right now!" He said getting up and leaving Susan on bed alone and frustrated, she really wanted that morning sex.
Later that night, when they were having dinner, Peter interrupted their conversation and kneeled before Susan. Lucy had her eyes big, completely unaware of what happened between her older siblings. Edmund looked at the scene with a small smile, knowing he could never see them this happy with anyone else.
"Susan, will you give me the honor of being my wife?" He asked with a ring on his hand.
Susan laughed at this scene, but felt her heart skip a beat. "Yes. Of course." Peter smiled proudly and slipped the ring on her finger. She put both her hands on his face and brought him into a kiss, not caring about her younger siblings' eyes. After releasing his lips, she looked at Lucy and saw her sister sighing happily and then looked at Edmund. He still had that small smile and looked at Susan knowingly.
This was the beginning of their happily ever after.