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Zip One's Lip
Cowgirl Nymph
I wrote this in response to the Thimbleful Thursday prompt "Zip one's lip." It also follows on from Vertigo: Part 2. It comes in at 507 words.

Millicent Hedges had spent rather more time with Terrencian policemen than anyone would have envisaged likely when she’d boarded the airship from the Cadleran capital to the Terrencian one. Certainly killing an assassin with one of his own minions’ handguns hadn’t crossed her mind as something you might do while on your way to a pair of family weddings. In retrospect, the whole episode seemed highly improbable, except that it had happened.

Overall, the Terrencian authorities seemed rather pleased that the man in question was dead but there were, apparently, political issues. The assassain had been an agent of the new Russkian ruling body, the Russkian Revolutionary Party, and they apparently saw nothing wrong with executing their enemies while they were in other people’s countries, and punishing those who got in their way. It was the view of some very senior Terrencian officials, and her father, that Millie was now herself a target for Russkian assassins.

They were sitting in an office with a view of the main gate of the Imperial Palace when Mr Hedges commented quietly, “And they won’t give up while you’re alive. They’ll want to make an example of you, you see.”

“So, what do I do?” Millie looked around the room in confusion. Her father and the Terrencian gentlemen present all looked very sympathetic, but she couldn’t see that sympathy was going to be much help.

“I’m afraid, Fraulein Millicent,” said Herr Schtabler, who was dressed in a neat, dark suit, “that shortly after your Cousin Evelyn’s wedding and before your family returns home, you are going to have a fatal accident. However, by the time your remains have been interred among the Schtulvayers another young lady, probably a Baroness although I cannot be certain of that at this point, will arrive in one of our western provincial cities to take up her inheritance.”

“We won’t be able to have contact with you,” pointed out her father quietly, “nor you with us or any other part of the extended family. Not as yourself, and it would be unwise to seek out the acquaintance for your new identity in case you were recognised.”

“I see,” said Millie quietly. “Would this new identity have a guardian or a family?”

Herr Schtabler smiled kindly and answered, “Because of your age and gender, a guardian and probably a chaperone. Matters will be arranged so that you have an adequate income to support your new identity and to make you an eligible and equal participant in your likely new social circle. It time you might marry, study, travel a little or a combination of those things.”

“It might be lonely at first,” offered her father, “but you could build a very good life.”

“If everyone else in the family is going to be safe, I don’t have a choice, do I?” Millie was looking straight across the square to where the guard was changing in front of the Emperor’s residence.

The most senior policeman in the room answered for them all, “No, Fraulein Hedges, you do not.”

This now continues at Zip One's Lip 2.

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The poor thing. I prefer assassins that don't hold grudges. >_> Grudges are so ugly.

The people paying the assassins and ordering them around are developing a reputation for being very unreasonable.

Alas for Millie. :( And she's being resettled in a different country where she's not fully fluent in the language to boot?

Her family is off-limits -- though perhaps not the ones in far-flung places, if they make other arrangements to met the Baroness -- but what about, say, Prince Ramanchuk?


Meeting relatives might be inadvisable for a good long while, just in case. I haven't decided what to do with Prince Ramanchuk yet.

I mean, plot, but ... for poor Millie it really seems like overkill. And unless the folks setting it up make it look like the Russkian Revolutionary Party's assassins killed her, her family is probably still in danger.

There will be a death certificate, a funeral, and an admittedly unrecognisable body of the right size, gender and general colouration.

The trouble with making it look like the Party's assassins killed her is that a little internal cross checking will show that they didn't...

Locate another assassin team, kill them before they kill her, make it look like they got her first? Complicated, to say the least, but ...

If the RRP would target Millie's family, I'm not sure how her turning up dead takes them out of danger? Or was family only incidentally threatened by virtue of being near a target?

ETA: hell, spin this story. The only witnesses on the RRP side are presumably not getting out of custody for a long time.

Edited at 2015-11-13 10:44 pm (UTC)

Her family was threatened simply by proximity to Millie. Remove Millie and remove their danger.

Also, they would need to find another assassination team on Terrencian soil...

If there is one, they want to find it anyway! :)

Yes, but they can't guarantee they'd do that in the timeframe they have here. :)

Assassins can be so inconsiderate.

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