May 15th, 2010

Echo

Disappearing a truck in rural contemporary NC

The setting is contemporary coastal North Carolina. Someone murders an independent trucker, and then does something with the truck so that it isn't found in any identifiable manner for at least 10-14 days. The killer is smart and familiar with the area, having grown up there. They have some experience with big vehicles such as an RV, but nothing specifically pertaining to trucks. They may know how to talk to petty criminals and have a grasp on the shady side of things, but they don't have any actual criminal experience themselves. Maybe the truck is found/identified two weeks+ later, maybe it isn't: so long as it's gone at least that long it's good for me.

I need to know whether this can realistically happen, and if so - some ideas of how. (Driven off a cliff? Sold illegally somehow, maybe to a chop shop?) If it isn't realistically possible - well, I need to know that too so I can work the story a different way.

Kidnapping in the eighteenth century Highlands of Scotland

The year is 1743, and the setting is Argyll in the Highlands of Scotland.  A fourteen-year-old boy has been kidnapped with the aim of pressuring his uncle, the leader of a sept of Clan Campbell, into political moves that he'd rather not make.

My question is, how would the kid be treated and, more importantly, what sort of place would they be likely to keep him?  They're a rival sept of, for the time, fairly good means.

The politics in question are mainly jostling and minor power struggles between a few of the extensive smaller septs of Clan Campbell.  There isn't a really nasty feud here -- just tension and some mutual dislike.

The boy's going to be rescued, and his rescuers are rather supernatural people, so there's a lot of flexibility as to what will work storywise for a place of imprisonment.  Unfortunately, the kid doesn't know about the unnaturalness of his potential rescuers, so it would be good if they could get a message to him beforehand.  (They've got a friend in the enemy camp who might be prevailed upon to deliver a message, but he's still got to be able to get to the kid to do it.)

Said supernatural people are quite like the fairies of Highland legend; they're a bit mischievous, and can become invisible, fly, and heal.  (They aren't fairies, but they're perfectly happy for people to think they are.)  They'll be the ones getting the kid out, and also having a few words with the perpetrators to let them know that they'd better cease all that could be remotely considered hostilities.  Or else.

I've tried Googling various combinations of the words "Scotland Highlands kidnapping clans," sometimes including "eighteenth century," always including "-Stevenson" (otherwise all you get is pages about Kidnapped), and read every book I could find on the history of the area for general research, but this is the sort of little thing that just doesn't usually come up.

Any help will be deeply appreciated.  Thank you!