Of course, the first thing to do is make a ransom demand. But I had to train them on how to properly make a ransom note to avoid detection. Frank & Joe Hardy taught me everything I ever needed to know.
They spent Saturday evening making the note, but when they arrived at church early on Sunday morning to find the DVD in Pastor Josh's office it's nowhere to be found. He had taken it home the day before for safekeeping so that it would be available to watch on Monday, his day off.
But my hooligans were not to be so easily deterred. And of course, they found a willing accomplice within the Bolaji family. Exchanging the note with "E" Bolaji (names changed to protect the not-so-innocent), they captured Josh's The Force Awakens DVD in mint condition.
Disney's decision to release the DVD before International Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) is suspect, but it lent itself to a perfect deadline. Alas, only to find out that Pastor Josh wanted to play hardball. Channeling his inner Harrison Ford, he chose not to negotiate with my little terrorists.
The only acknowledgement was this much-commented on Facebook post...
Not wanting to decapitate an Ewok, and knowing that Wookie heads are notoriously difficult to obtain, the only alternative was the noggin of some droid. And when Amber noticed that one of our old speaker covers was exactly the size and shape of BB8's head, the way forward was clear. An hour of work yielded a spot-on rendition of the cranium of Artoo's heir apparent.
The message came through loud and clear, as the ransom was paid promptly the following afternoon.
The lesson, as always, is the lure of the dark side is strong...especially when Cadbury is involved!