Included in Ender in Exile
by Orson Scott Card
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: When Andrew Returns Home
Dear John Paul and Theresa Wiggin,
You understand that during the recent attempt by the Warsaw Pact to take over the
International Fleet, our sole concern at EducAdmin was the safety of the children. Now
we are finally able to begin working out the logistics of sending the children home.
We assure you that Andrew will be provided with continuous surveillance and an active
bodyguard throughout his transfer from the IF to American government control. We are
still negotiating the degree to which the IF will continue to provide protection after the
Every effort is being made by EducAdmin to assure that Andrew will be able to return to
the most normal childhood possible. However, I wish your advice about whether he
should be retained here in isolation until the conclusion of the inquiries into EducAdmin
actions during the late campaign. It is quite likely that testimony will be offered that
depicts Andrew and his actions in damaging ways, in order to attack EducAdmin
through him (and the other children). Here at IFCOM we can keep him from hearing the
worst of it; on Earth, no such protection will be possible and it is likelier that he will be
called to "testify."
Theresa Wiggin was sitting up in bed, holding her printout of Graff's letter.
"'Called to "testify."' Which means putting him on exhibit as -- what, a hero?
More likely a monster, since we already have various senators decrying the
exploitation of children."
"That'll teach him to save the human race," said her husband, John Paul.
"This is not a time for flippancy."
"Theresa, be reasonable," said John Paul. "I want Ender home as much as you
"No you don't," said Theresa fiercely. "You don't ache with the need for him
every day." Even as she said it she knew she was being unfair to him, and she
covered her eyes and shook her head.
To his credit, he understood and didn't argue with her about what he did and
did not feel. "You can never have the years they've taken, Theresa. He's not
the boy we knew."
"Then we'll get to know the boy he is. Here. In our home."
"Surrounded by guards."
"That's the part I refuse to accept. Who would want to hurt him?"
John Paul set down the book he was no longer pretending to read. "Theresa,
you're the smartest person I know."
"He's a child!"
"He won a war against incredibly superior forces."
"He fired off one weapon. Which he did not design or deploy."
"He got that weapon into firing range."
"The formics are gone! He's a hero, he's not in danger."
"All right, Theresa, he's a hero. How is he going to go to middle school? What
eighth grade teacher is ready for him? What school dance is he going to be