[Scene 13, The Bad News --
N: Narrator, A: Advisor,
Q2: the 2nd Queen,
M: Mayor, C: Councilor,
R/M: Runner/Messenger, Jane: Snow White's personal servant,
MM: Magic Mirror]
Q2: Councilor, we must send you to the battlefront for information.
C: What? Battlefront?
M: Your Majesty. It is our pleasure to serve.
C: Where is Snow White?
Q2: She did not take the news very well.
M: What news?
C: Is there trouble?
A: You sent for me, Your Majesty?
Q2: Thank you for hurrying, Advisor. I know you are busy.
A: The Queen's word is my only command.
Q2: Runner, please tell these men the news you have.
R/M: The King is wounded, and the soldiers do not fight.
There are shortages of food and supplies in the camp.
C: We must send someone!
Q2: Who but yourself would you suggest?
M: Quite right, Councilor. Quite right.
Who else would be free to go?
Q2: Advisor, you will see to it that the King knows
he can trust the Councilor.
A: Your Majesty. Not that.
Q2: How else shall he know whom he should trust?
A: Very well. I shall see to it after preparations are complete.
Q2: The Princess is very disquieted. No one is allowed to disturb her.
A: No one, M'Lady?
Q2: Only I and her personal servants may see her.
J: Your Highness?
J: If it please the Queen, I seek permission to attend the King
for the Princess in the camp.
Q2: Is this by the Princess's request?
J: It is.
Q2: Then you shall also represent me in the camp.
J: I hear and obey.
C: Your Majesty!
Q2: See that there is sufficient preparation.
Jane must be allowed to attend to the King in every need,
and she must be brought back safely.
M: Is it wise?
C: She will be in danger.
J: I am understand the dangers.
Q2: If she comes to harm, I will require it of you.
C: It is a hard thing you require.
N: But Snow White disguised herself and traded places with Jane.
And Jane resigned herself to staying in the Princess's rooms,
occasionally showing her silhouette at the window.
R/M: See how the Princess worries.
M: It is past midnight. She should be asleep.
C: She must be very worried.
N: Before they left, the Advisor privately gave the Councilor
secret signs to give to the King.
A: These will assure the King that you speak for us.
C: Are they necessary?
A: It is by arrangement with the King, to show
how much he can trust your reports.
C: Thank you. I shall go now.
[JMR: Written between 21 January and 6 July 2017 and posted 6 July.]