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Story Autumn Feast [Narnia Lucy Oneshot for the Autumn Bingo Challenge]

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  1. devilinthedetails

    devilinthedetails Force Ghost star 5

    Jun 19, 2019
    Title: Autumn Feast

    Fandom: Narnia

    Author: devilinthedetails

    Genre: Friendship; General

    Characters: Lucy; Mr. Tumnus.

    Summary: Lucy celebrates an autumn feast with fauns for the first time since the defeat of the White Witch.

    Author's Note: Written for the Autumn Bingo Challenge. The words I chose were: Harvest Moon+Chill in the Air+Feast+Chestnuts+Cornucopia.

    Autumn Feast

    In the middle of a forest glade, Lucy sat beneath a harvest moon that shone silver through a canopy of changing leaves, enjoying the autumn feast the fauns had laid out on a long, makeshift wooden table whose legs groaned but didn’t give way under the weight of a meal that testified to the season’s generous bounty. Delighting her eyes and tongue were tureens of hearty rabbit stew flavored with wild mushrooms and chestnuts, platters of venison seasoned with crushed juniper berries and sweet marjoram, bowls overflowing with buttered brussel sprouts and green beans, statues shaped from tarts of pear and apple, and, at pride of place in the center of the table, a cornucopia teeming with harvest fruits: figs, pomegranates, and quinces.

    Of course the rabbit stew and venison had not come from the Talking variety of Beasts that existed in Narnia as they did not in England for those Talking Beasts had a special sentience that had been granted to them along with speech when Aslan created Narnia, and every true citizen of Narnia knew in blood and bone that it would be a crime against Aslan and the nature of Talking Beasts to hunt one and use it as a course in a feast. Such a feast would indeed ruin any feast at which it was served, turning it from a joyful celebration to a sorrowful affair in one fell swoop.

    With Mr. Tumnus, the faun who had first introduced her to the wonders and the griefs of Narnia beside her, Lucy felt peaceful in the moonlight and at no risk of that happening. It had been Mr. Tumnus who had invited her to this harvest feast of the fauns.

    There was a chill–a crispness in the air that reminded Lucy of the refreshing crunch of sinking her teeth into an apple–that promised a winter that, by the grace of Aslan, would last only months and not a hundred years.

    Mr. Tumnus, an orange woolen scarf that made Lucy warm just gazing upon it knotted around his neck, must have been thinking along the same lines as her for he remarked, “Fauns have an autumn feast to celebrate the harvest at the end of every harvest season. We have not had such a feast, such an autumn, or such a harvest in a hundred years. When last we had it, it was in my great-great-grandfather’s time when the dreaded White Witch’s winter first fell upon us and we did not yet know that winter wasn’t the natural progression of the season but a wicked magic cast by her to destroy the natural order of time and seasons.”

    Lucy felt her spine shiver with a chill that had nothing to do with the autumn air and everything to do with remembered evil when Mr Tumnus spoke the White Witch’s name.

    Mr. Tumnus must have noticed her reaction for he spun the conversation back around to pleasantness again as he finished his observation, “We celebrated in ignorance then, but now we rejoice in the knowledge that her reign of terror in Narnia is over and the proper order of the seasons has been restored.”

    He lifted his chalice to her in a toast. “There has been a restoration to hope and glory in Narnia because of you and your siblings, Your Majesty.”

    Lucy still had to fight the urge to glance around in astonishment–trying to figure out whom the speaker was truly addressing because it couldn’t possibly have been her–whenever anyone called her by that exalted title, but she raised her own goblet to him in an echo of his toast to her. “And because of you, Mr. Tumnus.”

    “Only because you reminded me of what it was to have the innocent faith and hope of a child.” Mr. Tumnus smiled at her, and there was something sad as well as happy in his eyes as he looked at her under silver moon and stars.

    “You were the one who first introduced me to the joys of Narnia.” Lucy returned his smile though there was less sorrow in hers. “I’m honored to be your friend.”

    Indeed, she now felt warm and full inside, not from food, but from something more wonderful and enjoying, an indestructible friendship that could survive and forgive even the most terrible betrayal because that was faith, and hope, and innocence all wrapped into one.
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  2. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

    Aug 31, 2004
    Delicious food and a heartwarming conversation. I feel immersed in the wonder and fascination of Narnia with your words. =D= :)
  3. Seldes_Katne

    Seldes_Katne Jedi Grand Master star 2

    Mar 18, 2002
    The story is the epitome of autumn: good food, good friends, joyful celebration, gratitude, and expectations beyond winter's rest. Lovely!
  4. amidalachick

    amidalachick Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Aug 3, 2003
    Another lovely story!

    Beautiful way to set the scene, and I adored the description of the food as well. It sounds like a wonderful feast indeed. [face_love]

    And Lucy and Mr. Tumnus' conversation is a beautiful moment of friendship.

    I loved this line in particular, and it's so true. A good friend really can help you see things differently and bring innocence and joy and hope when you don't think there's any left. [face_love]

    Lovely work, again! =D=
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  5. devilinthedetails

    devilinthedetails Force Ghost star 5

    Jun 19, 2019
    @WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Thank you so much for commenting as always!:) I got such a warm feeling in my heart writing the conversation between Lucy and Mr. Tumnus (so many wholesome relationships in Narnia) and my mouth might have started watering on me as I wrote down all the details of the delicious autumn feast! I really enjoyed writing this celebration of autumn and friendship.

    @Seldes_Katne Thank you so much for commenting!:) I'm so flattered that you felt this story was the epitome of autumn with the yummy food, the good friendships, the harvest celebration, and the gratitude, because that spirit of autumn and joy in the harvest and togetherness was exactly what I was hoping to achieve.

    @amidalachick As always, thank you so much for commenting!:)I'm so glad that you found this to be a lovely story. I really enjoyed setting the scene (there is always a feeling of magic for me when I write something set in the wonderful world of Narnia) so I'm so happy that you found that a beautiful way to set the scene and that you adored the description of the food. I admit that I found my mouth watering as I began imagining the fest[face_laugh]

    I really enjoyed exploring the beauty and the redemptive power and innocence of Lucy and Mr. Tumnus's friendship so I'm so pleased that was a highlight for you.

    That line you quoted was one of my favorite parts of this piece so it makes me so proud it stood out to you and resonated with you. I definitely think that one of the blessings of good friends is that they can make us see things differently and bring joy, innocence, and hope to situations that might seem to be without hope or joy or innocence, which is why friendships can be so important and valuable.

    Thank you again for your kind and thoughtful words!
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