Kidnapping in Progress

“This is imperative, Andrew.  Imperative.  She must not know how she will be taken, and no one must see her be taken.  She must vanish, Andrew, vanish without a trace.  And after she vanishes, you ride.  You ride as hard as you can, as far as you can, using as many horses as you can.  Ride to the edge of the world if you have to, and you dump her there.  Do [i]not[/i] kill her, Andrew; killing her is not the point.  The point is to remove her from the board long enough for us to show the problem inherent in the monarchy:  it forces too much onus on too few mortal men and women.  Having her vanish sows seeds of doubt, rumors of defection, any variety of things we can take advantage of.  They’ll have to let us try an alternative, once we combine the princess’s disappearance with everything else.

“You cannot let her die, Andrew.  She is supposed to come back.  Weeks, months, maybe even a year, but she’s a resourceful girl; she’ll find her way home.  And when she comes home, we want her to see the new world we’ve created for her.  The goal is not to replace an old system with a new one, Andrew; too unrealistic.  The monarchy won’t give up power like what they have so simply; it’ll remain for generations more, and this is an inevitable fact that too many try to debate.  The goal is to change the old, to add the new into it, to inject democracy into the monarchy gently.  And the princess will be the first monarch to truly experience that change, and see the good it can do.  She will be on our side, once she takes the throne.  That is why we need her alive, Andrew.

“Get her out.  Keep her safe.  Let her come back on her own.  Let it happen.  Progress wants to happen, Andrew; it can’t be stopped.”



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