George, Parental Nature, Aly, and Spying

If George didn’t want Aly to become a spy, why on EARTH did he teach her so thoroughly to be one? From the inserts in TC about lessons in spying, the letters with advice about spying from Myles and George, and the fact that she reads as if she’s VERY practiced at spying, I find it a little hard to believe that George wasn’t teaching her deliberately. And why, if he taught her so well and she was so good at it, did he not want her to continue doing it?

Tammy: George would have been very happy if Aly had chosen to stay and be his executive assistant, as it were. See, he had a bit of a shock when she was twelve. He took her along to a meet with one of his spies, as he’d been doing over the last couple of years, and this time the meeting went south. It turned into a knife fight with uninvited parties dropping in. Aly, who was supposed to hide, took care of herself quite nicely, thanks to Da’s teaching, but George sustained a dreadful shock. He’d almost gotten her killed. It was the thought of his little girl getting killed in the field that set him back. If she’d been happy with a nice desk job, decoding things, tracking agents on maps, and helping her old dad with paperwork, he wouldn’t have twitched.

Parents get twitchy like this. It’s all fun when you teach the kids in play, or when you live your own life without realizing the kids are soaking it all in, but when the kids want to do the risky stuff, the parental nature kicks in. Other people’s kids can do that, but not their kids. Their kids are supposed to be safe. Except most of the time it’s not possible to be safe, as George learned, the hard way. If he’d been sensible, maybe now he wouldn’t be staring across the strait at his greatest competitor. I don’t think their Majesties are pleased–do you?

SOURCE: [LJ 8192]