Laundry Files: Spiral Gambit
TPCF- Busy Bee
twenty-six and has a file with the Met’s Forward Intelligence Unit that had mearguing back and forth with Jim for days before we agreed to see her. The file was opened in her late teens, Back in the Bad Old Days when the Met were Doing Stuff We Don’t Admit We Do Anymore Because It’s Not Allowed. Stuff like Spying On Domestic Terrorists Political Activists.Or, in Bee’s case, teenage feminists. Some throw back in FIT was terrified that she might hurl herself under the King’s racehorse at The Grand National–after all, if it could happen in 1913, surely it’s still A clear and present danger? (Votes for Women Still being a notoriously controversial political Hot potato in the twenty-firstcentury.) Consequently,her file is the Police equivalent of Green Kryptonite, except that she hasn’t actually ever Been charged with–much less convicted of–anything. So let’s Provisionally re-file her record under Movie Prop Kryptonite and move Swiftly on. It turns out that she comes from a long line (well, at least one generation) of New Statesman -Dad rose to the dizzy height of town councilor, while Mum continues to teach social sciences at a former polytechnic. Bee got involved in reproductive rights activism in her teens, went on counter-demos Against anti-abortion activists, and generally made a bit of a buzz. Then she headed off to university to study political science and Economics as a prelude to Taking Over the World, and lowered her sights To taking over one student society at a time That was before she acquired the ability to speed herself up by a factor of ten, Which happened ten weeks ago when she darted into a busy road to rescue A run away two-year-old from a runaway cement mixer, under the unblinking Gaze of an experimental hi-def traffic camera. TV news coverage ensued, Followed by the usual fifteen minutes of fame (condensed down, in her case, to a ninety-second feel-goods Lot at the end of the hourly cycle).She can only do it as Long as she can hold her breath–she can’t absorb oxygen or discharge Carbon dioxide from the linings of her lungs while in super-speed mode– But what she can accomplish in that time is impressive.