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A WIP ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Chronicles of Narnia]]'' fanfiction, set a few years after ''The Horse and His Boy''.

Cor, now of age and first in line to the throne of Archenland, must set out on his “fledgling year”, a twelve-month period in which he and a small entourage tour the country in disguise so that Cor can learn about his people. Aravis comes along, ostensibly to find him a suitable bride. Dragons, assassins, political intrigue, and lots of UnresolvedSexualTension ensue.

Does a remarkable job of balancing the adventure and romance plots and keeping them both well-hooked. Extremely well-written, with solid WorldBuilding, heaps of CharacterDevelopment, and a good splash of well-placed dry humor.

It can be found [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5653259/1/The-Fledgling-Year here]]. As of July 2016 it has 99 chapters and some 1700 reviews, making it by far the biggest Cor/Aravis fic on the site.

Be warned, however; the story undergoes both a serious GenreShift and CerebusSyndrome around Chapter 50; trigger warnings for a scene of AttemptedRape in Chapter 66 and serious exploration of the resulting trauma.
!! ''The Fledgling Year'' provides examples of:
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Notably averted—even though in [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia the original canon]] everyone seems to love King Lune and the royal family, a major portion of the plot in this fanfic revolves around a conspiracy to kill them off.
* ActionGirl: Aravis, though several female characters have or develop fighting skills to some degree.
* ActionPet: Inga, Aravis’ belligerent horse, takes out her fair share of bad guys [[spoiler: and is revealed to be a sapient Narnian in chapter 67]]. Done a little bit with some of the other horses, such as Cor’s stallion Raider. Humorously averted with Corin’s “pretty little mare”.
* {{Assassin}}s: Have come up a few times, most notably when [[spoiler: Gyneth turns out to be one gunning for Cor]].
* AttemptedRape: In chapter 66, [[spoiler:Khurshid almost succeeds in forcing himself on Aravis; she kills him with before he can carry it through.]]
* BadassBeard: The twins each grow one during the journey; only Cor’s is deemed badass enough to keep when Aravis is doling out haircuts.
* BattleCouple: They aren’t an OfficialCouple ([[WordOfGod yet]]), but Cor and Aravis fall under this trope as friends.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Cor and Aravis, naturally (though they start out as VitriolicBestBuds). Corin and Hana to a lesser degree. Absolutely relentless, which makes sense given the only sentence in HHB that explicitly canonizes Cor and Aravis’ romance [[note]]”…when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently”.[[/note]]
* BetaCouple: Corin/[[OriginalCharacter Hana]]. Notable for getting almost as much attention in reviews as Cor/Aravis.
* BrainlessBeauty: Ragna.
* BrutalHonesty: Hana has to pull this out on Aravis on several occasions. Most notable is when Aravis accused her of only wanting to be friends because of the social advantages, after which Hana [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome promptly corrected]] Aravis’ misconceptions about herself.
* CannotSpitItOut: As of the chapters numbered in the 50s, this is the point the ShipTease has reached— both Cor and Aravis are in love and [[EveryoneCanSeeIt they’re not the only ones who know it]], but they keep compounding excuses not to admit it to each other.
* CerebusSyndrome: The fic gets '''much''' darker around the 50th chapter or so, and most of the storyline after Chapter 60 (so far) focuses on [[spoiler: Aravis recovering from her NearRapeExperience.]]
* ChivalricRomance: Because the protagonists ''are'' at their core noble heroes wandering through Archenland (sometimes) in disguise, many elements of this genre are prominent in this fic, but are generally {{Downplayed}} and {{Deconstructed}} rather than romanticized.
* TheConsigliere: Aravis to Cor (though sometimes subverted when her temper gets the better of her sage advice, and sometimes he’s very princely and uses sound judgment on his own). Later on, Hana usually falls into this role for Aravis.
* TheConspiracy: The Finii, an as-yet only loosely developed organization who appear to be bent on paring down the royal line to put a distant cousin on the throne.
* ContinuationFic
* DamselOutOfDistress: Aravis occasionally needs saving by the men of their entourage, but no one doubts she’s a canny, capable swordswoman and able to take care of herself.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Cor, {{foil}}ing Aravis as the {{Protagonist}}.
* DistressedDude: Cor goes missing in chapter 44 and Aravis sets out to rescue him, having guessed he’s been [[spoiler:MadeASlave]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Aravis and Cor keep [[CannotSpitItOut avoiding admitting their feelings]] for each other, but the reason most of Cor’s [[UnwantedHarem potential brides]] haven’t made themselves a nuisance is because he and Aravis are so close. Hana doesn’t shy away from outright stating she thinks Aravis will be Archenland’s future queen, and tells Aravis to stop being ridiculous whenever she brings up the idea of anyone else marrying Cor.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Corin and Cor, respectively.
* HoneyTrap / LoveInterestTraitor: [[spoiler:Gyneth]] turns out to be one of the Finii, and an {{assassin}} bent on killing Aravis and probably Cor. It’s heavily implied that she planned to seduce and marry the prince before bumping him off.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Aravis often notes little ways that she can tell Cor and Corin apart visually, such as their freckles and slightly different haircuts. She notes in chapter 56 that Corin has always been stockier than Cor, but has been “trimmed down” by all the time in the saddle, giving him a slimmer build and prominent cheekbones similar to Cor’s.
* TheInfiltration: Aravis must pass herself off as a wealthy Calormen Tarkheena looking to a buy a slave in order to rescue Cor from his kidnappers in chapters 48-49.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* MadeASlave: [[spoiler:Cor during his disappearance]] in chapters 45-50.
* MementoMacGuffin: The book of fairy tales which Cor makes for Aravis.
* ObliviousToLove: Both Cor and Aravis somehow fail to recognize their obvious feelings for each other, even when they're much more physically affectionate than LikeBrotherAndSister or close friends, and EveryoneCanSeeIt.
** Aravis ''also'' fails to recognize Corin and Hana's romantic entanglements. Speaking of which, Hana all but explicitly tells Corin she's been flirting with him and he missed it, and ''he'' still doesn't get it.
* ObviousJudas: In-universe: Aravis distrusts [[spoiler:Gyneth]] from the very beginning; she—and, vicariously the audience— expects the eventual FaceHeelTurn, but none of the other characters are suspicious.
* OfficialCouple: Cor/Aravis, as per [[Creator/CSLewis Lewis’]] original canon. Or at least, [[WordOfGod the author promises]] they will be [[UnresolvedSexualTension eventually]].
* OneOfTheBoys: In regards to her relationship with the princes, Aravis flips between this and [[DamselOutOfDistress someone they seem to think is fragile and in need of manly protection, even though she’s generally very capable]].
* OriginalCharacter: Many of them, as can be expected of a fic of this scope; canon characters are actually very sparingly and strategically placed. Especially notable is Hana, since she is half of the BetaCouple.
* PoisonIsEvil / PoisonedWeapon: This is [[spoiler:Gyneth’s]] chosen method for her planned assassination of Cor.
* ProperLady / SilkHidingSteel: Aravis when she’s in [[BlueBlood Tarkheena]] mode.
* RomanticFalseLead: Darrin for Aravis, briefly.
* TheRunaway: Corin stows away with Cor’s entourage, though it isn’t brought up as a problem until much later.
* ScarsAreForever: Lots. Aside from the canon scars that Cor and Aravis are [[LampshadeHanging mentioned to have]], many of the characters acquire new ones over the course of their journey. At one point, Aravis jokes that Cor has acquired “a monopoly on the market of roguish facial scars.”
* ShipperOnDeck: Hana doesn’t hesitate to say she thinks Aravis ought to marry Cor.
** Aravis occasionally comments that Hana or Janey should marry Cor, but her heart isn’t really in it.
* ShoutOut: There are a few to ''Series/DoctorWho''.
--> “She is fire and ice and rage and she will burn the hearts out of you all—“
* ShrinkingViolet: Hana starts out as one, but is steadily growing out of it via her friendship with Aravis.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Aravis, Janey.
* TapOnTheHead: Subverted to play for [[TruthInTelevision realism]]—whenever a character is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head, they’re typically only out for a moment [[spoiler:(the exception being when Aravis falls off a cliff in chapter 54)]], and usually don’t suffer any permanent damage. The common version of this trope, the “knockout punch” to the jaw, is averted and then {{lampshaded}} by Cor:
--> '''Cor:''' “… I barely had time to put my hands up when one of them hit me in the jaw—I could tell they were only common thugs, since even ''I'' know not to punch the face. He fell back yelping about his knuckles …"
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Comes up periodically when Cor and Aravis, or Cor and Corin, are in a long-term argument. The two arguing parties usually recruit the third party (or occasionally Hana) as a go-between. {{Lampshaded}} by Aravis at one point when she’s playing the middleman.
* TheTourney: The princes participate in one early on.
* UnfamiliarCeiling: Happens to Cor and Aravis each, on multiple occasions, such as after [[spoiler: Aravis falls off a cliff]] in chapter 54, or [[spoiler:Cor recovers from his fever after being rescued from the slavers]].
* UnwantedHarem: Though Cor occasionally takes a shine to one of the girls who joins his entourage as a potential future queen, he isn’t exactly raring to propose to one of them. Aravis usually has to coax him into bringing them along.
* WakingUpElsewhere: Has happened to Aravis several times, often due to TapOnTheHead.
* WhipItGood: The slavers in chapter 49 subdue their victims with a bullwhip.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Cor and Aravis again, and Corin and Hana in the background.