"Well?" says Monument.
"Meant every word," says Power.
"Thank you," says Monument. "So. I plan to have you reintroduce me to your court as though you are overcome with joy at my return."
"Aren't I just," says Power.
"After that you will announce that since you don't enjoy the minutiae of governance anyway you are retiring to a nice estate north of the mountains and leaving me with all the hard work."
"And what happens when my friends look for me there?"
"Most of your friends will be busy answering for their assorted crimes, but I do intend to give you some time in a nice estate north of the mountains, where you will not be allowed to torture anyone but will otherwise be supplied with every luxury. If you still insist I kill you, we have thought of five different ways to make it look like a plausible accident afterward."
"You'll make a fine Emperor at this rate."
"I am disappointed to have earned your good opinion."