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.

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1. Weeks After

Emma:

It's been six weeks since we came back from Narnia. I miss Patten more than anything in the entire world. I spend most of my days reading or drawing, I barely talk to anyone. Melanie, I think is doing better than I am, she at least talks more than I do. Grandma keeps trying to cheer me up, nothing will work. Sometimes, I can still feel Patten's hands on my waist, his lips on mine. Those are the moments when I am most happy. 

School starts next week, old friends, old life, a new me. My friends will be telling about there amazing summers, but not me. My father died, we went to Narnia, got married, ruled a kingdom, and left. I can say that I learned to sword fight, but they wouldn't believe that. Then it's settled, I won't say anything about the summer, and hope the question doesn't pop up in conversation.

"Emma, I got you some new clothes for school." I set down my journal and looked at my mom. She was holding three bags in each hand.

"Thanks, you can set them down over there." I said quietly, pointing to the white dresser. She sighed and did as I said, I could tell she was going to ask me the question again.

"What happened when I was gone, that one day." And as always, I told her the same thing.

"I was taught to sword fight, then Melanie and I went on a walk with Gracie." Nothing I said was a lie, and she knew that well enough. I would sword fight Melanie and Grandpa, always beating them, and Gracie had the stickers to prove that we went on a walk.

"You came back almost in tears, something happened out there that your not letting on." I looked away from her and into the hallway, Melanie was standing there, sharing in my pain. "Well I can see that this conversation is over. So I love you, I always have. Good night." She walked out of the room. Melanie came into the room, she said nothing, which I was grateful for. She got ready for bed and laid down on the bed below me. 

"I miss Holter." I could hear her on the brink of tears. I got down from the top bunk and sat next to her. A lump suck in my throat, burning. She leaned on my shoulder, crying a little. I said nothing, there was nothing to say. I only wrapped my arms around her, knowing there was nothing else I could do. Time passed, and she quieted, falling to sleep. I tucked her into bed and climbed back up onto my own.

I woke up, feeling the emptiness in my heart. Mornings were the best in Narnia, Patten would wrap his arms around my waist, pulling me closer to him, and then he would kiss me. This routine was lost, and I will never get it back. 

I got down from my bed and got dressed into one of the things Aslan let me bring to the real world. The clothes Patten gave me at the Narnian Camp I also got to keep Patten's ring. I strapped on the swords grandpa gave me. Melanie was already up and somewhere in the house. I walked down the hallway and into the kitchen, mom, grandpa, and grandma were sitting at the table. No one said anything, so I grabbed a bagel and went outside. Gracie was laying in the shade and I went over and sat next to her.

"I wish you could still speak." She only laid her head on my lap. 

"Hey Emma, your friend Tomi's mom called yesterday, seeing if you could go over to their house for dinner. I'm making you go, so no saying no." My mom said from the doorway. "And your not going to bring those swords of yours." I sighed, saying nothing. She went back into the house, muttering something under her breath. 

"Yea, great, I get to have dinner with Tomi, and then more than likely spend the night." I brushed Gracie's fur, looking into the thick forest. Tomi was my best friend, she will be expecting me to be my happy normal self. I will just be a disappointment. Melanie came out of the forest, holding her bow that grandma gave her. 

"Hey." She said sitting next to me.

"What were you doing in the woods?" She sighed and laid on the grass. 

"I don't know, I guess I was searching for a way back to Narnia." She needed to get her mind off of Narnia.

"Come on, let's fight." I handed her one of my swords, she gave me a scrutinized look but stood up. I faced her, my sword ready. We circled around twice, then Melanie lunged at me. I spun to the left, my eyes following her every move. Swords clashed, we kept circling each other. I jumped as Melanie swung for my legs, and hit her with the flat of my blade. I surged forward, pushing her back.

We fought for a long while until I unarmed Melanie and held my sword to her throat. We stood there, breathing heavily, I backed away wiping down my sword. "Thanks." Melanie handed me back my other sword. I said nothing, I only nodded.

"You guys fought for a long time, almost three hours." Grandpa stood there, he sounded surprised. If he had known how long Patten and I trained, he wouldn't sound surprised. Sometimes Patten and I would train all day, only taking a brake to eat. 

"This was nothing." I said, thinking of Patten, and how he was an elf not a human.

"Well any way, you might want to get ready, Tomi's mom will be here to pick you up." I nodded and followed Melanie into the house. Once in our room I took out my duffle bag and started to stuff it full with clothing. Even though mom told me not to bring my swords, I put one in the bag. I wouldn't feel safe other wise. 

I sat down on the floor, wanting to stay there forever and never leave. But of course it couldn't be that way, and there was a knock at the door. Through the walls, down the long hallway, and into the entry way, I heard the three words I dreaded.

"Is Emma ready?"

I got up and picked up my bag. I heard someone skipping down the hallway, I opened the door the my room. There stood Tomi, all 5'4" of her, a big smile was planted on her face. I did my best at a smile, I don't think it worked.
"Hi!" she said hugging me, I hugged her back. "You ready?" I nodded picking up my bag. We headed down the hallway, Tomi started to talk about her summer and all the amazing things she did this last summer. We walked out of the house after saying goodbye to my family, and telling them when I would be back tomorrow. Tomi's mom was waiting in their silver truck, jamming to some oldie station on the radio.

"Well, it's nice to see you again, Ms. Watson." She said as we opened the back door. 

 

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