Just a girl
AN: Thank you so much for all the kind reviews and alerts; you would not believe how nervous I get posting a new story/chapter so it is always nice to get some good feed back. I am also completely open to constructive criticism so if you have any feel free to let me have it. Here is chapter 2 I hope you enjoy it
The flight of Prince Caspian
"Carlotta, I need your help" Cornelius whispered harshly in her ear
"We must move swiftly if the Prince is to survive the night" he told her seriously
Still half asleep Carlotta stumbled out of bed and into the hooded robe that her Uncle had thrust into her arms.
"Why would anyone want to harm Caspian?" she gasped unable to believe that any one could wish ill on the young man
"Lady Prunaprismia has given Lord Miraz a son" Cornelius explained urgently
For a moment Carlotta just stared at her Uncle, it was obvious that he believed that Caspian's life was in danger but the suggestion that Miraz would dare to harm Caspian made her want to laugh
"Uncle, do you truly believe that Miraz would kill his own Nephew just so he could become King?" she asked in disbelief
"He killed his own brother" Cornelius told her sadly
Carlotta felt as if the blood in her veins had been replaced with ice water.
"What do you need me to do?" she asked pulling the robes hood up with out further ado
"Gather some food from the kitchen and make ready the Princes horse" Cornelius instructed
With a solemn nod she left the room.
Slipping quickly and quietly though the halls of the castle was no challenge for Carlotta as she and Caspian had spent many days of their childhood playing hunter and pray in every area of the castle grounds.
Caspian had once complemented her by saying that she was the most elusive pray he had ever hunted but she knew she couldn't be complacent not with the birth of Miraz's son putting every guard on high alert. If one of them where to see her it could spell disaster for Cornelius's whole escape plan
In daylight she may stand a small chance of disabling or silencing 1 guard with the dagger that a young Caspian had made her promise to always carry concealed on her person for protection.
Once upon a time her dagger would have assured her safety as she was proficient enough with it to take down a man bigger than her but for the last few years it had just been a symbol of a greatly missed friend.
Thankfully she made it to the Kitchen with out being seen. There she filled a saddle bag with a few small loafs, some cheese and 3 full water skins before exiting the large room to make her way to the stables.
The journey to the stables was not as easy as the one to the kitchen had been. She had a few close calls where she had to creep behind a guard or slip quickly around a corner to avoid being seen. She also had one extremely close call when she found herself hiding behind a pillar whishing she had the forethought to bring her dagger as General Glozelle and a whole troop of guards marched past her.
Carlotta had never felt such a sense of relief as she did when she reached the stables without being seen. She was beginning to believe that her infamous luck had returned to her. This belief was confirmed when she found that the prince's horse Destrier was still awake. She had feared that he may have settled down for the night, she dreaded having to wake him as he was about as fond of getting up as his master was.
She cautiously approached and offered him the sugar lumps she had snatched from the kitchen for him.
"Hay, easy there" she soothed when he seemed ready to shy away
"Do you not remember me?" she asked softly
"I am the girl that spent her afternoons putting plats in your main" she told him with a smile
In that moment Destrier seemed almost human, he gave a small neigh that could have been a laugh and bobbed his head towards her before accepting the offered treats.
"We do not have much time" Carlotta told the horse as she began to saddle him
"Caspian has great need of you this night" she whispered desperately as she struggled with the horse's bridle
As if he suddenly understood just how real and immediate the danger that his master was in was, Destrier became very still and very cooperative making the job of saddling him up much easer
Just as Carlotta finished her task she heard someone else enter the stables. For a moment she froze in fear but soon she recognised both of the voices. It was her Uncle and Caspian was with him. With a sigh of relief she and Destrier went to meet them.
She expected that both men to be nervous and on edge she didn't expect for Caspian to draw his sword on her.
"There is no need for that Caspian, it is me" she spoke softly and tried to move forward with Destrier but the tip of Caspian's sword stopped her
"Me who?" Caspian ask as menacingly as he could
Carlotta looked to her Uncle expecting him to step in but apparently he thought it was better to be safe than sorry and had no intention of saying anything.
Being careful not to make any sudden moves she reached up and pulled the hood from her head.
"It is me Casp, Carlotta" she said using the nick name she had given him when they were younger as proof it truly was her
Caspian had always hated her calling him Casp and she expected him to demand that she never do it again as he had always done in the past but he didn't
"Lottie" he gasped sheathing his sword and pulling her into a warm hug. Carlotta was surprised to say the least but she retuned the tight embrace, hugging Caspian in the way she would have done 11 years ago.
The moment was broken by Cornelius clearing his throat
"You must go" he reminded Caspian sadly
Caspian reacted quickly, releasing Carlotta and taking Destrier's reins. He climbed into the saddle with practiced ease before offering Carlotta his hand
"Come with me?" he asked her with an almost desperate tone in his voice
For a moment Carlotta seriously considered taking his hand but then reality set in
"I can not" she whispered sadly looking up at him
"Perhaps it would be best if you did" Cornelius suggested gently
"I can not ride off into the wilds of Narnia in my night dress" she told both men reminding them that was all she had on under her long robe
"Besides I can not leave you Uncle" she added softly
Both men accepted her answer though nether of them seemed too happy about it
Carlotta gave Caspian the food and water she had collected for him and Cornelius gave him something wrapped in a cloth. He explained it had taken many years for him to find it but he didn't tell them what it was, his last words to Caspian were a warning that it should only be used when he was in greatest need
Carlotta pressed a kiss to Caspian's hand as a sign of her loyalty to him
"Be safe my King" she begged as she realest his hand
"You too my friend" he retuned with a gentle smile
At that moment fire works filled the sky to celebrate the birth of Miraz's son and Caspian made a break for his freedom
"He will be all right, all will be well" Carlotta decreed as she and her Uncle watched Caspian race though the court yard
"Shouldn't I be the one telling you that?" He asked with a smile.
The 2 of them retuned to there rooms to await the morning and for news of Caspian's disappearance to spread. Thankfully no one saw them moving around the castle that night, they both knew they were going to be suspected of helping Caspian the last thing they needed was any proof against them.
Carlotta made her way to bed truly believing that she would not find rest but as soon as her head touched the pillow she slipped into a deep and restful sleep.
Carlotta dreamt of many things that night, some great and some terrible but the only dream that remained with her when she awoke was of a lion. A grate lion with kind, wise eyes and a comforting voice.
"You have begun your journey well my child but your real tests are yet to come" he told her gravely
Carlotta didn't understand what the dream could mean but she hoped the lion was Aslan from her Uncle's stories, she hoped that it meant that Aslan was real and that he was protecting Caspian. She planed to discuss her dream with her Uncle the next day when they shared together lunch but sadly she never got the chance.
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