So, I dug up an old WIP and found myself wishing to read on after the 11k words that I'd written, so I decided to revive it. However, one of the MCs was kidnapped and held hostage for roughly 13 years (currently I'm considering shortening it to 5, since there's no reason why it has to be 13). He is the heir to the throne and the kidnapper had basically hoped to take my MC, condition him into a slave puppet, and then release him to take the throne again, and for the kidnapper himself to act as the MC's personal royal adviser and essentially rule the kingdom in the background. (like the evil Queen Mothers) He does return home and take the throne halfway through the book. So, I'm already reading up on Stockholm Syndrome and I'm planning on reading Elizabeth Smart's and Natascha Kampusch's ordeals (both kidnap victims who were later rescued and both have written books about their experience) But that's gonna take me some time to read through, so I just wondered if anyone on here might have - and be willing to share - their experiences of any abusive relationships they've been involved in, and what were their thoughts and feelings during the relationship, when they were physically with the abuser and when they were physically away from the abuser, if there's a difference. What techniques did the abuser use to keep you in it? What reasons kept you in it? What caused you to break away in the end and how did you do it? I'd just like to have a better understanding of what goes on in the victim's mind while they are trapped in the abusive relationship. I'm also struggling a little to come up with why my MC would think he'd be unable to fight or survive without his captor when he owns an entire kingdom and within the course of the story would actually serve as king. I mean, you're the king, pretty much the epitome of power - is it realistic for him to be still trapped in his mindset of being powerless against his abuser once he's been crowned king?