I was thinking about Sansa’s family and responsible adults who are actually alive and might save her and then I remembered Brynden Tully still lurking about… well, a girl can dream
New fic up on Ao3: Can’t Sleep
Two loosely connected ficlets about sister relationships. Following the death of their mother, Catelyn and Lysa find themselves talking together late at night when they are unable to sleep. Post-series, as the only two Starks returned to Winterfell, Sansa and Arya find themselves doing the same.
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"I want to weep. I want to be comforted. I’m so tired of being strong. I want to be foolish and frightened for once. Just for a small while, that’s all….a day…..an hour."
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This past week I re-read all of Catelyn’s POV chapters as well as certain Ned, Tyrion, and Jon chapters from AGoT and the epilogue from ASoS. Altogether they form a beautiful, melancholy story. I won’t call it a tragedy because while her end was tragic, Cat had a mostly happy youth and a long, mostly happy marriage.
One of the things that really stood out was the passage of seasons vs. the passage of her life. While she would have lived through multiple spring/summer/autumn/winter cycles, on the whole her childhood and adolescence seem like a long spring, and her marriage and the rearing of her own children like summer. The royal visit to Winterfell was the coming of autumn. Incidentally, in the ASoS epilogue, it is snowing in the riverlands before it’s even actually winter - because it’s already winter for Catelyn, who is now Lady Stoneheart.
Another interesting thing I noticed was that despite having a total of 25 POV chapters (11 in AGoT, 7 each in ACoK and ASoS) Catelyn only describes her own clothing twice: "plain grey wool with a silvered belt" at the Eyrie and "a warm wool dress of Tully red and blue" at the Twins shortly before Edmure’s wedding. Ned is far more descriptive about what he wears - another trait of Sansa’s that fandom often ascribes to the wrong parent.
How I love this character. It’s been eight years since I first read ASoIaF and I still believe that Catelyn is thebest written female character in the fantasy genre. There are no women like Cat, there’s only Cat.
Catelyn Stark Meme || Five Relationships [5/5] || Catelyn & Lysa
- Elle Fanning as Young Catelyn
- Ellie Darcey-Alden as Young Lysa