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Title: National Service
Author: [ profile] burntcopper 
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia
Genre: Post-series, War, Dark
Length: Medium (Words: ~8k = first 5 fics which are their own story arc and stand alone, then there's another 52k fic in the series about a concurrent but independent story arc featuring Susan as Torchwood agent which is rec'd in a separate post here)
Warnings: Violence
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake, rec'd on TV Tropes

Author's Summary:
1. Soldiering is soldiering, even when you're using a gun rather than a sword. And they're underestimating you because of your age.
2. Some lads stand out when they're called up.
3. You'd think one Pevensie in the military was enough.
4. Some people really don't understand the concept of playfighting.
5. No parent wants to know this about their children.

This is a seriously dark series and that's part of the reason I love it.  Narnia canon broke me a little because of the way Aslan (aka Jesus) treated Susan at the end, so most of the Narnia fics I like tend to be quite dark.  This one is one of the darkest and it couldn't be more different from canon, yet it works.  It's a fic that reminds you in detail that the best rulers are unpleasant people.  All four Pevensies came back from Narnia as medieval warrior-monarchs - because in Narnia, that was how they did wonderful, good things - but to the rest of the mundane world who doesn't understand how it happened or what purpose it could serve, they appear to be nearly sociopathic.  The characterization is chilling, at times, but I can't help but admire how capable the Pevensies are and how they work so closely together to navigate the mundane world that doesn't understand them.

National Service (on AO3)
podfics available (on AO3) by [ profile] croissantkatie