New Dawn

Emma and Melanie have returned from Narnia, but they aren't the same person they were. Things have changed them, and they won't be the same, and how will they face the real world knowing that they will never see Patten and Holter again.

This is the second book in the New Series the last book was New Kingdom, so if you haven't read that book, you should start there. This is a Narnian Fanfiction - thank you.


35. I'm The Captain! And I'm Silently Freaking Out Cause I Have No Clue What I'm Doing


Emma and Patten left this morning, and now I'm alone on a ship with my crew... what the heck am I doing? I walk back and forth in my office, trying to reel in a panic attack. "Tomi?" Hutch asked cracking open the door. 

"Hutch!" I exclaimed, stopping mid step, almost falling into a chair. He opened the door all the way and stepped inside my office - my office, thats going to be weird for a while. "Gosh, you scared me!" 

"Are you okay? You've been in here for three hours." He said walking hesitantly toward me.

"Yeah..." I said running a hand through my dirty blond hair. "It's just that that speech didn't go exactly how I planned, and now I'm kicking myself in the butt." I continued and he smirked. 

"You did fine Tomi, stop putting yourself down." I nodded as he spoke, rolling my eyes. 

"Yeah, yeah, whatever." I paused and sat down in the chair behind the desk. "I was wrong... I can do worse than Lucas - I mean yeah, he's a douche bag, but he wasn't that bad of a captain. He organized all of this -" I flung my hands across the desk. "- that right there, makes it a whole lot easier!" I sighed laying my forehead against the cold wood of the desk. "Hutch..." He didn't answer so I looked up to see him still smirking. "I don't think I can do this! I'm a senior in high school or heavens sake!" He laughed, and actual laugh. I don't think I ever heard him outright laugh.

"I have no clue what you're talking about, but you're doing fine." He said leaning over the desk to look at me; I gave him a pouting face. 

"You think so?" I asked a little whinny; he laughed again.

"Yes. How many times do I have to tell you Tomi?" 

"I don't know! I just don't feel worthy! I mean come on! I'm 17!" I said. 

"Well, I'm only 19." He said. 

"That doesn't damper the fact that you've lived on this ship for how long? I'm just a foreigner." He moved around the desk to sit in front of me.

"It is true that I have lived on this ship sense I was 5, but that doesn't mean that I know more about this ship than you." 

"Five?" I asked and he nodded. "You've lived on this ship sense you were five?" he nodded again. "What about your parents?" I asked. 

"They died... I was sold into slavery on this ship, worked my way through the ranks to get where I am." he said softly, a dazed look on his face like he was remembering those fifteen years. 

"Is that why you were so nice to me when I came?" 

"Partly. I remembered what it was like to be taken from my home, as you were; but I also saw something in you that made me act differently." He confessed. I looked into his eyes, searching the brown and blue for what he was talking about. He shook his head a moment later laughing. "I know, it sounds stupid..." he said standing. He walked around the room for a while, then stopped looking at the clock. "It's supper time." I nodded standing, taking my long black coat from where it was laying and slipped it on. Hutch laughed again. "You still have my coat!" he exclaimed. 

"It's comfy... and smells like you." I confessed. He shook his head opening the door for me. I walked out into the cold night air. The ship was busy despite it almost being dinner. One man was lighting candles to light the ship, while others were carrying large logs to fix the ships side. I walked ahead of Hutch, my head held high despite my inner feelings. 

A day later, while walking the length of the ship, I heard a splash from the water and a thud on deck. It was Romnly, the blue dragon.

"Romnly what are you doing here?" I asked. She shook the water off herself like a dog. 

"I am here to give you the plan of our attack." I nodded and led her and Hutch to the upper deck. "In a fortnight we storm the castle and attack Alana and her guards. Emma will already be hidden in the castle and when Melanie will chase her into the thrown room. We need all of your men."

"A fortnight, we'll never get there that fast." Hutch said. Romnly pondered for a moment but then jumped. 

"I can get the ships to go faster. So are you in?" Hutch looked at me and nodded.

"I'll have to ask the rest of my men." I said. 

"You don't ask Tomi; you're captain now, you order people around, take control." Hutch said and I gave him a scrutinized look - he returned the look with a smirk. 

"Yes, but I could be ordering them to the death. I at least want there opinion." I walked back to where most of the men worked. "Excuse me." I said, no one payed attention and kept working. "Excuse me!" again no response. Hutch walked in front of me, and in the quietest voice I had ever heard he said:

"Gentlemen... the captain is speaking." and everyone, and I mean everyone, stopped what they were doing and looked at me. Man I wish I could do that. 

"Gentlemen, we are going to attack the castle." I said in the strongest voice I could muster. They all looked at me like I was crazy, though no one said anything. Lucas stepped forward, his arm in a sling from when I stabbed him. 

"Are you crazy?" he said putting everyone's thoughts into words. 

"Maybe, but that's what makes me a great captain." I said smugly. Romnly clawed her way toward him, making people cower back in fear. Lucas stood his ground though, an unwise thing to do. She tilted her head at him, baring her teeth. 

"Is this the who you took the ship from?" She asked and I nodded. "Could I eat him?" Lanna raced to stand in front of him, her eyes wide. 

"Pl'ease don't, he is my boyfriend." she pleaded. Romnly looked back at me with a look that said seriously-why-this-idiot-when-anyone-on-this-stinking-ship-would-be-better-than-him; I shrugged. 

I raised my arms, "Are you with me." No one said anything. Romnly stepped forward.

"The kings and queens would reward you greatly." Again I raised my arms. 

"Are you with me!" They all shouted in response. I took the wheel of the ship and turned the boat around as swiftly as if I had steered this ship for my entire life. Romnly controlled the water so it wouldn't slow us down as we made our way back to land. Hutch stood behind me, his face stern, but his eyes bright like the sun glinting off the water. Romnly jumped off the ship and dove into the water, her mouth open like a smile. She dove in and out of the waves, splashing the water as high as the mast. I laughed at our gaining speed, and my crew looked at me again like I was crazy. It was like riding a speed boat, though this ship was way to large to go that speed on its own. Men started to fumble around, unable to stay upright. I could feel my grip loosening on the wheel, and then Hutch was behind me; his hands over mine, his body like stone against me. 

"Are you having fun Captain?" He asked, yelling in my ear over the roaring wind. 

"What do you think?" I yelled back, only to have my voice blown away. He laughed slightly pressing harder against me as the ship crashed back down after jumping a large wave. Romnly jumped out of the water and screeched a sorry before diving back down. I laughed looking at the crew. Lucas was stumbling around, drenched from the spraying water, and Lanna was sitting calmly by the base of the mast smiling up at me. I smiled back, wanting to give a thumbs up, but not knowing if I could keep the wheel steady.

Around it took about three days to reach land, we sailed the whole way giving Romnly hour breaks. Leaning against Hutch I hit him with my head, urging him to lower his. "Take the wheel, I'm going to tell Romnly to slow us down." I yelled, then mustering the courage, I kissed him on the cheek lightly. Maneuvering under his arm I stumbled to the edge of the ship and yelled. "Romnly! Slow us down!" With a jult the ship slowed to a lull. I smiled and walked back to Hutch who's muscles were still flexed with the strain of holding onto the wheel.

"Wow! I wish we could travel like that everywhere!" He exclaimed, becoming the boyish 19 year old he was on the inside. His muscles relaxed slightly, but his two different colored eyes still held excitement. Lanna climbed the stairs and wrapped an arm around my shoulders.

"Th't was ama'zing" she said laughing, I joined in with her laughter nodding my head.

"How Lucas enjoy the ride?" I asked tilting my head toward the soaked Lucas.

"Oh, he would'n't know fun 'f it hit him in the f'ce!" she said laughing. "But I still l've h'm." she said laying her head on mine.

"And how you do that is a mystery to all of us." I said, then shoving her off me I walked the deck, making sure everything was still in tack from the fast ride. Other than a few holes in the side of the ship everything was fine, and those holes could be fixed easily enough once we got to land. Romnly jumped out of the water and onto the deck. "So whats the plan once we dock?" I asked her. she stood taller than me, her long neck arched down. 

"Well, you and Hutch will come with me to finish the attack plans with the group, so do you have a third in command or something?" she asked looking over me at the working men. 

"No, I don't, but I could probably find someone trust worthy... maybe Lanna - but would Lucas overpower her and take control?" I asked myself, looking as Lanna helped Lucas wring out his clothes. 

"He won't, if that's what you're worried about. He was happy to give you command of the ship - that's why he didn't put in that much of a fight after you stabbed him." Romnly said quietly so no one but me would hear. I looked up at her surprised - he didn't seem grateful, but who am I kidding, he didn't put in much of a fight. I nodded.

"I guess Lanna it is then, do you think she is trust worthy?" I asked looking up at Romnly.

"She is as trust worthy as anyone else on this ship." I nodded again.

"So it's settled then, once we get to shore, Hutch and I will leave with you to talk with the rest of our group while Lanna takes care of the ship, maybe with help of John, sense he was Captain for a much longer time than any of us teenagers." I laughed enunciating the word teenagers. Romnly nodded, her eyes bright.

I walked away from Romnly, starting to yell instructions for docking. The men followed my instructions immediately, which surprised me sense before I had to repeat myself a number of times just for them to hear me. 

The ship docked with ease, and I brought Lanna into my office along with Hutch to tell her she was in charge while Hutch and I were gone. She didn't seem so sure at first, but after reassuring her multiple times that she couldn't be much worse than her boyfriend nor me, she laughed and agreed. Hutch and I left after telling the crew to follow Lanna's instructions until we came back - the men didn't seem to sad to see us go.       

Romnly, Hutch and I walked till dusk. Romnly offered to carry me, but I declined not wanting to seem weak next to Hutch. There was a town ahead, so Romnly went to hide while Hutch and I went to stay at a hotel. 

"How may I help you two?" The hostess said popping her hip flirtatiously.

"My girlfriend and I would like a room." Hutch said.

"Sure thing sugar." The woman said. She handed him a key with the room number 273 with little hearts around it. Hutch nodded, not even giving her a smile or a thank you, and just walked away. I scuffled after him dazed.

"Why didn't you say thank you?" I asked as we walked down a long hallway and up some stairs.

"I never say thank you, and she was flirting with you, I didn't like it." I scoffed.

"That's no reason to not say thank you..." I said as we found our room. Hutch opened the door to find one bed in the center of the room with a little sitting area to the left of it, and a bath to the right - right in the open... "Um..." I said startled and Hutch laughed setting the key on a counter.

"Don't be afraid, I don't bite." he said jokingly. I looked at him and rolled my eyes. We stayed in an awkward silence, listening to the sounds of the people outside until it began to quiet.

"You take the bed, I'll sleep on the ground." Hutch said taking off his shirt. I tried not to stare at his chest.

"Um... okay..." then snapping out of it, but also saying it with my heart racing: "or you could have the bed? - I mean it's not that small, we could both sleep in it, and I don't kick."

"Sure." he said cutting me off. I sputtered to a stop, my face going red as he walked to the right side of the bed, closest to the door. I slowly kicked off my shoes and walked to the left side of the bed and slowly sat down. Hutch was already laying down, his eyes looking straight up to the ceiling. I awkwardly laid down next to him, folding my hands over my chest, not knowing what else to do with them. Hutch laughed rolling onto his side to look at me. "Are you uncomfortable with me on the bed with you?" he asked and I shook my head slightly. 

"No, I'm fine." then adding to myself 'its just that I have this humongous crush on you, even though we are dating.' He gave me a scrutinized look.

"It's okay if your uncomfortable, but I won't try to do anything, I promise. And maybe I shouldn't have said yes to sleeping on the bed with you-"

"no, I would have felt bad if you had to sleep on the ground." I said cutting him. He laughed pulling me close to him so I laid my head on his chest, keeping my arms between us. He kissed my forehead lightly then let go of me sitting up and walked to the little sitting area. 

"I think it wise if I sleep here for the night." he said and when I started to object he spoke up again. "It's fine Tomi; and this chair is comfier than my bed on the ship, I'll be fine." I laid back down, covering myself with the covers, turning the opposite direction. Hutch sighed and I could hear him get up and walk somewhere before I felt a gentle kiss on my cheek. "Night Tomi." He whispered in my ear before walking back to the couch and falling to sleep immediately. I sighed falling onto my back looking up at the ceiling in the dark, unable to fall to sleep. 

Around what felt like midnight, my eyes got heavy and I closed them allowing darkness to overtake my mind. 

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