Have you ever imagined a version of A Song of Ice and Fire where rarely anybody dies? Except for Joffrey? If you have, then look no further than The Treaty by MotherofFirkins. In this fic, when Robb Stark sends his peace terms to King’s Landing for the North to be declared a separate and independent kingdom from the South, the Lannisters agree. Unfortunately for Jaime, the terms also state that he is to remain in the North as a hostage for the rest of his days.
Also in the terms, Robb Stark demands ten additional Southern hostages—two will be returned every year—in order to further cement the peace. So Jaime finds that he will not be in captivity alone. As the years pass, he has to manage his guilt over Bran’s fall, his despair at his sister’s remarriage to another lord, feelings of betrayal due to his family accepting the peace terms, as well as his growing friendship with and desires for Brienne of Tarth, one of his fellow hostages.