Still wearing the outfit she took to bed, Remi regains consciousness in a cave.
After coming to her senses, Remi finds herself cold and hurt. Her hands and legs are bound with rope. And with her gear still back at her father’s manor, Remi feels defenseless.
Aisling paces back and forth in front of her, tossing the Hegemonix from one hand to the other. Aisling taunts Remi, explaining that she’s going to use all the incriminating documents she found to bury both Grace and Remi’s father, assuming he’s even still alive.
Remi asks why she was kidnapped. Aisling explains that with what Malik and the Black Hand are capable of, she had to take Remi hostage as a guarantee for her own safety until she can reach the capital of Elenia and give Balthazar proof of Grace and Malik’s transgressions.
During her monologue, Remi is able to get her hands and feet mostly free of the rope binding them.
Remi asks about Theodotion and to both of their surprise Aisling admits seeing something about it in the documents. Aisling inquires about why Remi cares about Theodotion, but Remi cuts Aisling off and begins insulting her by comparing her to Malik.
Hearing herself compared to Malik makes Aisling furious. Unable to restrain her own temper, Aisling moves closer to get in Remi’s face and insults her.
Remi uses the opportunity of Aisling’s close proximity to knee Aisling in the stomach. Remi runs, moving as fast as she can with what little rope remained around her wrists.
Remi is able to grab some weapons and the document bag from Aisling’s belongings as she stumbles away in the dark, hoping to find a way out.
Behind her, Aisling calls out, promising to kill her the same way she killed the information broker if she catches her.
! Special:Remi has escaped! She is no longer Unselectable.