While driving home from my office for the second time last evening (it's a long story), I had a thought:
What happened to Susan after the events recounted The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis?
You'll remember that Susan, along with her siblings, entered Narnia through a wardrobe in the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia epic, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
But by the time Book Seven rolls around, Susan has gotten caught up in the shallow world of glamor magazines and such. She isn't even with her two brothers or sister when Aslan pulls them from our world to Narnia. And so, unlike them, Susan doesn't die, neither in a British railway accident or in the last dire fight before the end of the Narnian world.
So, whatever happened to Susan?
What was her grief like? (Remember that her parents and others she knew and loved all died at the same time.)
Did these events trigger complete despair or did she, in this world, cry for a consoling connection with Aslan?
Did she ever go back to Narnia?
Or did she suck it up, put the past behind her, and marry some BBC director?
Susan, always the most timid of the family, might well have rolled herself into a ball and become a recluse. Is that what happened to her?
In these speculations, the last thing I want to do is incite some fledgling storyteller to create a literary sequel to Lewis' classic books. Such efforts, written years after the inspiring works and usually by writers devoid of that spark of originality which made the first works so compelling, are notoriously bad. They're usually the written equivalents of grave-robbing.
But, if you feel so disposed, I would love to read your speculations in the Comments section below: Whatever happened to Susan?