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It Must Be Done

Title: It Must be Done

Author Eglantine_br

Kyd/Marlowe Story

Word Count 250

It Must Be Done

“It must be done.” The man was implacable. Kit did not raise his gaze to meet those eyes. He knew there was no hope.

“He is on the recusant list for Canterbury. See here, he paid his fine for missing services, paid faithfully, never missed. Even when the fine went up. Here are the dates, here and here, and here."

The man was standing close enough that Kit could smell him. He wanted to step back, he did not. The long finger pointed at the entries.

“The law says he may pay, and worship at home, if he does not wish--” Kit's voice felt thin.

“The law. Don't come prating the law at me, boy. Fining the Papists fills her coffers yes, but but the monies show us where to look, who to watch. You know this. Did you think we look no further than London? You are not a fool.”

“No Sir.”

“We suspect guests that they do not report. If they are doing no wrong why not report them properly? They buy more food than they should. The Queen will not make windows into men's souls, but by God she will watch their actions. We have been watching them for some time. We need to tug to set the hook. Go home Kit. Visit your mother, comfort your father in his old age. And watch his neighbors. I will expect your report upon return.”

“Aye, Sir.”

Christofer took the papers, the heavy bag of coins. He put them into his sleeve pocket. He bowed his way out. After all, there was nothing he could say.


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Aug. 27th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
Just back from very hard working time - and great fun - with [Unknown LJ tag] and great to have shared skype chat with you on Sunday

this is sad in the sense of poignant sad - that there are always wars and rumours of wars and threats and bribery and coercion snd there was something universal about this little moment as well as its obvious place in your story

and I have news about your Shadrach - email follows tomorrow hoepfully or as soon as I can :)
Aug. 28th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Wow, that was fast! I am consumed with curiosity about our boy Shadrach.

I had the feeling you two were working hard. I appreciate that you took time out to Skype with me. It was so good to hear your voices, even without the faces.

Yes, the Marlowe story is pretty sad, it turns out. I think working as a spy must be like being in the mafia, once you do a task for them they've got you. You are a 'made man.' And the leverage is all on their side.

Kit, at Cambridge, was just a kid really. He was there on scholarship, and he ran out of money. They got him to take that one step, and that was it for him.

But it is not all sad. He is a good guy, I think.
Dec. 19th, 2016 10:23 am (UTC)
This reminds me of Cultural Revolution-era China - everyone forced to turn on everyone else, even loved ones, or be turned on. Horrible. And without much hope.
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