Last year, a dear friend of mine’s birthday was coming up. I panicked. I had planned on sketching her something, but her birthday was only a few weeks away and I hadn’t made even one pencil stroke. Then one day (I think I was doing dishes at the time) I got an idea. I could write her something – something I had been wanting to write for a long time.
For years I’ve imagined what life must have been like for the Pevensie kids (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe) to go back to England after being Kings and Queens in Narnia. (Yes, I know that the movie Prince Caspian dealt with this idea, but I think that they got it really wrong…) How would it feel to be sitting in a boring school lecture and be thinking back on battles you led, or balls you had thrown? I’ve always loved thinking about their England lives, and imagining scenes and scenarios they must have had. It took my friend’s birthday to turn daydreaming into an actual story.
It’s not brilliant. It’s not a masterpiece. But it’s fun, and I had a ridiculously good time writing it. My friend who received the story for her birthday loved it (as did other fellow Narniacs), and I hope you do too. Feel free to download it, share it, print it out – I don’t have the copyright for it and never will. It’s just the imaginations of a Narnia-lover put into print. 🙂
I give you the England Chronicles.