Short story idea I am batting around. Fantasy setting. Basic idea is that a woman learns something she isn't supposed to from the loose tongue of a lover. Once it becomes clear to certain powerful people that she knows this information, they want her out of the way. They falsely accuse her of being a witch, with the hope that she'll be tried and executed. Two problems: 1. Why don't they just kill her? Answer - the woman is a noble, a relation of a foreign power which which there is an uneasy truce. Her situation is similar to that of noble-born "hostages" of long ago. She is treated well and under the protection of the ruler where she lives. Just killing her would raise too many questions, even if they tried to make it look like an accident or murder. Also, it would bring dishonor to the powers that be, since she is under their protection. An accusation and conviction of witchcraft would discredit her and severely limit the ability of her family to seek revenge. 2. If there's a trial, she's going to talk. So this information is going to come to light. What to do about that? Questions: A. Does the rationale of #1, above, make sense? 2. Any ideas how to address the issue of #2? I've batted some things around, but haven't quite resolved the problem. Could have a closed trial, but that defeats the purpose of having the trial to discredit her.