For this one, you must negotiate the survival of your royal spouse.
SYRAYNE (any gender, mid twenties through late forties)
No, that won't do. I don't want Shiloh dead. You misunderstood.
Let me clarify: I am indeed unsatisfied. My role on planet Syrayne is political. I am an empty spouse. Shiloh has no love for me. I merely hold a royal title. It is a thankless role and I hate it.
But I do not hate Shiloh. Syrayne requires a great leader. Shiloh is the best. Maybe the best they'll EVER have. I could see my self even falling in love-- but ha! My role does not permit fancy, does it? Especially when Shiloh carries an open affair.
I wouldn't mind harm done to Shiloh's lover. I wouldn't mind harm done to the people of Syrayne. They permit open affairs. They CELEBRATE them.
Listen. You want a takeover? You want my help? Give me the poisons for me to use. I'll administer them to Shiloh's lover. There will be no children by them. And of course there will be no children by me. It's a truly empty marriage.
No legacy, then.
A takeover from you after Shiloh's death. But that death must not be premature. If you want my help, you must have great, great patience. I could give you lessons in that.
Copyright 2016 by Matt Haynes.
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