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TITLE: Of all sentiments, the most abstract
AUTHOR: the_girl_20
FANDOM: Legend of the Seeker & Game of Thrones
PAIRING: Cara/Cersei (Cara/Kahlan implied)
SUMMARY: Cara, the youngest Lannister, returns.
RATING: R
WORD COUNT: ~1300
WARNINGS: Incest!!! Bloodplay.
DISCLAIMER: Don't own 'em.
SPOILERS: All eps are fair game.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: AU in which Cara is a Lannister. Beyond that I have no idea.

Cara sweeps into the dining room without waiting for her arrival to be announced.  She is dirty and weary from the road, in need of a meal and a bed.  All eyes are on her as she enters, but she is used to that.  She cuts a dashing figure in her scarlet leathers and her cloak adorned with the golden lion of her house.  She cannot hide her smile as the children’s eyes land upon her.  Tommen is up and running at her and she catches him and lifts him with a slight groan; he’s bigger than he was when she last saw him.  Myrcella also rises, but looks to her mother for permission.  It is granted and she too runs at Cara, wrapping her arms around her and squeezing her tightly.  Cara hugs them both close, looking over Tommen’s shoulder at Cersei, who hasn’t moved.
 
She kisses the top of Myrcella’s head and lets Tommen stand back on his feet.   Cara bends in a deep bow.  “Your grace.”  She lifts her head and offers Cersei a smirk.  Cersei shakes her head, but the side of her mouth turns up.
 
“Sister,” she says in greeting.  “Must you always turn up looking like some lowborn ragamuffin?”
 
Many people enjoy my appearance, Your Grace.”  The emphasis on the ‘many’ has Cersei’s jaw clenching, though her face remains impassive.
 
“Aunt Cara, did you bring us presents?” Tommen asks. “Joff is the king now.”

Cara does not blink at the rapid change of subject.  Her nephew has a concentration span like that of his uncle.  
 
“So I heard,” she says, ruffling his hair, her eyes still on her sister.  “Where is His Grace?”
 
“He’s off with his lady Sansa,” Myrcella says, gazing up at Cara in adoration.  “We hardly see him.”

“Shame,” Cara says.  “I should have liked to pledge my allegiance to our new king.”
 
“There will be plenty of time for that,” Cersei announces.  “Children, leave your aunt in peace, she will see you on the morrow.”
 
Tommen looks like he might protest, but they both know better than to argue with their mother.  Casting mournful glances at Cara, they head off with the Septa.  Cara gives them a wave and turns back to her sister, still seated at the table.  Cersei’s eyes are trained on her own.

“Leave us.”
 
The command is quiet, but every person in the room obeys it immediately, scrambling not to be last out of the door.  Soon, the sisters are alone.  Cersei finally deigns to rise and walk around the table to approach her younger sister, appraising her.   She reaches out, cupping Cara’s cheek and rubbing with her thumb at a smudge of dust below her eye; a motherly gesture.  A lioness and her cub.  
 
“You were gone longer than usual.”  
 
Cersei tries so hard to make it seem unaffected.  Cara has always been an adventurer.  She seeks out experiences, just to see how they feel.  Her Lord Father indulges her thirst for faraway lands by financing her expeditions; as he indulges her almost anything she asks.  More than once, Lord Tywin has been heard bemoaning the fact that Cara was born a girl.  She would have made an excellent knight.
 
Cara shrugs.  “I was...distracted.” The flash of jealousy in those green eyes, so similar to her own, is unmistakable. “I came when I heard about Robert.  I’m...”
 
“Do not offer me your condolences,” Cersei’s hand drops from her face.  “I do not wish to have them any more than you wish to give them.”
 
Cara acknowledges the truth in the statement in silence.  Cersei steps away and turns so that her back is to Cara.
 
“Who was it this time?  A whore?  Another blacksmith?”
 
Cara hesitates; she has never been able to lie to Cersei, even when they were children.   She could have Jaime believing anything that came out of her mouth, but Cersei could always see right through her.   She wonders if that is what had drawn her to her latest ‘distraction’.  She had the same annoying habit of knowing exactly what Cara was thinking.  She clears her throat.

“A highborn woman,” she says, finally.  “Of the North. Terribly beautiful.”  
 
She leaves it at that. There is little point in mentioning names.  Cersei will not lower herself to ask for one, and it will save a great deal of heartache on both their parts if she never finds out.  Cara knows in her head it can never be.  Her heart is another matter, one which she will deal with in the fullness of time.  But for now images of long dark tresses, soft curves and eyes of blue ice plague her dreams.  And she can’t say in truth that she wishes to be free of them.
 
Her sister turns back to face her.  “Well, at least your tastes are changing to better befit your station.”
 
Cara shakes her head.  “My taste is exquisite.”  She takes the step that separates her from her sister.  “As well you know.”  Her hand slides along Cersei’s hip, to the small of her back, pulling her in so that their faces are touching.  She rubs her nose against Cersei’s cheek, nuzzling her, seeking permission.   She feels her sister’s body acquiesce even before their lips meet.  
 
Together, the Lionesses of Lannister have always been explosive, from their arguments to their excitements.  Their lovemaking is no different.  They push and challenge and dominate and fight until they lie on the banqueting table, mewling and spent, curled around each other like kittens.  Cara turns onto her back, pulling Cersei against her chest.  

“You need a bath,” Cersei complains, her nose wrinkling in distaste.
 
“Mmmm.” Cara hums in agreement, her eyes still closed.  Teeth close around her breast and she hisses at the unexpected pain.  She looks down to see Cersei inspecting the mark she’s left, blood oozing from a few of the indentations.  She leans down and swipes her tongue over the mark in a way that makes Cara’s heart beat faster.  Then they are kissing again, the taste of blood in Cersei’s mouth wrenches a moan from Cara’s throat.  Cersei pulls back enough to look into her eyes.
 
“Blood is blood, Cara,” she whispers.  “Everything else is meaningless.”
 
Cara finds herself thinking back to cold nights huddled under wolfskin.  To kisses that weren’t a competition.  To whispered loyalties that had nothing to do with last names.  
 
But Cersei is right.  Blood is blood.  So she nods and receives a genuine smile in response.  Cara loves to see Cersei smile; it happens so infrequently.  She cups her cheek and brings her in for another kiss, ignoring the part of her that feels disloyal to another.  The only loyalty is to family.  Hear me roar.  A Lannister always pays his debts.  Rich as a Lannister.  The words refuse to stir her blood as they once did, so she kisses Cersei harder, needing something to cling to if she is to forget about that other time and place.
 
As always, Cersei decides when they are done.  She pushes Cara away, rolling to the side.  Her face slips back into that perfect blend of boredom and disdain that she has cultivated for many a year.  Cara lets her head drop down onto the hard surface of the table with a sigh, not bothering to cover her nakedness.

“Go and bathe.  And get some sleep,” the Queen regent, for it is she and not her sister who speaks, tells her.  “I shall send word to Jaime of your return and we shall arrange a feast to celebrate.”
 
“As you wish, Your Grace,” Cara offers.
 
Cersei dresses in silence.  She starts to leave, but turns back, looking down at Cara for a moment.  She brings a hand back to her face, stroking gently, motherly again.
 
“Your place is here,” she says.  “With us.  It pleases me that you’re back.”
 
“And I, sister,” she says, before she can stop the lie.
 
Cersei’s face hardens again and she withdraws her hand from Cara’s face.  Cara fights not to fidget under her scrutiny.  Finally she speaks.

“You would do well to forget your highborn woman, Cara.”  Her voice is low and dangerous and Cara wonders if it is the voice that she used to bring about the death of the king.  “She cannot give you what I can.  No-one can give you what I can.  No-one ever will.”
 
Then she is gone and Cara is left alone to ponder her words.  And worry that they are true.

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takethisstep
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
This is fabulous!
the_girl_20
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
synergyfox
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
I worship at your feet. Seriously. This is like one of the pairings that has been swirling around in my head since I started reading/watching GoT. I absolutely love this fic - gah *flails*

And seriously:

More than once, Lord Tywin has been heard bemoaning the fact that Cara was born a girl. She would have made an excellent knight.

Cara would be like "I'm not male? Fuck that *is nao a knight*"

Gah! Please, let there be more?! Or or... more?!

*gushes moar*

Edited at 2011-07-04 09:25 pm (UTC)
the_girl_20
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you thought it worked. It came out of a convo I had the other day which was about which houses the LotS characters would belong to. Cara is just such a Lannister and after that it wouldn't leave me alone. I had to write something :)

I don't know if there will be more. I want there to be more, but the world is so epic, it scares me!!
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thedawn
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
OMG. I have no words. This is just...perfect. Cersei is spot-on, and Cara is just perfection as a Lannister.

I would like to second the request for more. I'd love to read about Cara and this woman from the north. And, you know, anything involving this crossover.

*applauds*
synergyfox
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
*wonders if it is possible to third a second from which one is the original firster*
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faithinthepoor
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Cara would make a good Lannister - although I have to tell you that this little world of yours is blowing my mind. Is Cersei sleeping with both Jamie and Cara??????

Kahlan is clearly very appealing to have that kind of power over Cara but I worry that the highborn woman from the North may not live long now that Cersei knows about her. BTW Kahlan would so be of the North!!!!!!!!!!!

This has made me realise that I HAVE to write stuff for our fic. I'll tr and work on that today ;)
the_girl_20
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Cara would make a good Lannister - SHE SO WOULD. I had a discussion the other day in which this was decided. And it was also decided that Kahlan would be a Stark. Much to my chagrin. But I had thoughts today that might take her in another direction...

And yes, Cersei is sleeping with them both. And so is Cara. I think. I don't know. I didn't give the whole world much thought before I started writing.

You've made me worry for Kahlan now. But I think Kahlan could hold her own with Cersei.

YES. OUR FIC.

Edited at 2011-07-06 07:04 am (UTC)
shadowcree
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
I need a towel to wipe off the drool.
the_girl_20
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
*hands you a towel*
ivanolix
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure I'd be into this pairing, but you made it completely believable and hot! Wow!
the_girl_20
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you thought it worked. I'm just obsessed with the idea of Cara as a Lannister at the moment :)
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zep1980
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Beautiful, in every way.

“Blood is blood, Cara,” she whispers. “Everything else is meaningless.” - Can totally see Lena saying this (as pretty much any character she has played.)

“She cannot give you what I can. No-one can give you what I can. No-one ever will.” - great lines

I'm only a few eps into GoT, but this made a perfect crossover.
the_girl_20
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you enjoyed it, despite only having seen a few eps of GoT. Enjoy the rest, they're awesome!!
musicffyou
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
I honestly am going to say that I didn't think this was going to work but it really really did. Now I'm wondering what house Kahlan, Richard, and Zedd would be in. This was wonderful!

Now I want more though :<

Thanks for the post :D
escapay
Jul. 5th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Kahlan would have her own house, house Amnell, obvs, but it would possibly have links with the Starks I reckon, maybe Denee is married to one. I tooooootally want this crossover to expand and grow, I neeeeeed it.
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simplesetgo
Jul. 5th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Whaaaa, this is so awesome. The Lionesses of Lannister...love the way that sounds. Also, hot. Having read this I find myself forced to agree: Cara is such a Lannister.

images of long dark tresses, soft curves and eyes of blue ice
What you did there, I see it!
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(Anonymous)
Jul. 5th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
More please!
I totally ship this! Cara & Cersei, what a perfect couple! and of course, Kahlan (Stark, she's so Ned's daughter!!) in the middle of that. The choice between what is right and the inmoral, what one wants and what knows it can never be...
the_girl_20
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: More please!
Kahlan (Stark, she's so Ned's daughter!!) - Or sister. I haven't decided... But yes, a Stark.

I'm glad you enjoyed this and thought the pairing worked :)
gilligankane
Jul. 5th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
I am now sold on this show (I was already sold on LotS) and on this pairing and on this fic being lengthened. Cara is the perfect rebellious Lannister sibling. Because really. Twin!cest is hardly rebellious anymore.

Highborn woman of the North. *snort*

I loved this.
the_girl_20
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
YOU SHOULDN'T BE HERE BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ALL THE EPISODES YET.

That said, I'm glad you think it works. And yeah, twin!cest is sort of boring. Needs more Cara.

Highborn woman of the North. *snort* - People keep mentioning this. I don't know what you're talking about...
orange_creative
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! I need more GoT/LotS crossover from you. Stat.
the_girl_20
Jul. 6th, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
Ahh. Pressure!! I don't know if I'll write more. But someone should!!
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spanishtvjunkie
Jul. 7th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome! LoTS and GoT seem like they can be very easily interconnected. I myself am looking for Kahlan to meet up with Daenerys T, and Cara so needs to go to the brothel and pick up Ros the beautiful red-head, they would be an awesome pairing! So much fanfic, so little time!!!!
the_girl_20
Jul. 7th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
There seems to be a following for Dany/Kahlan on tumblr. And I love Ros. I would maybe like Denna to be her co-worker ;)
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nike_ravus
Jul. 7th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
I have started watching Game of Thrones now, and it is all your fault.

But if you keep spilling lovely little things like this, I know I won't regret it.
:D
the_girl_20
Jul. 11th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I will happily take the blame for you watching Game of Thrones. But you like it, right?

I have a rather epic and intricate plot in my head for a sort of continuation of this. Whether it goes anywhere is another matter ;) But I'm glad you liked this one.
kennedyismyhero
Jul. 10th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Fan-freaking-tastic! So seamless, I could totally see it fitting together. I hope you continue further with this interesting line of plot because it's too good/fascinating to be a one-shot. :)
the_girl_20
Jul. 11th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Awwww, I'm glad you liked it. I have ~ideas for more, but I am never sure whether or not my ideas will make it to the page. So I can't promise anything.

However, I have it on good authority that far better writers than me are taking on the 'Cara is a Lannister' banner, so I'm sure there will be quality fic before long :)
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