Breaking Locks

Catherine is looking for her dad. She's also trying to escape an organisation trying to kill her. She goes to London to discover that her father is the infamous James Bond, Agent 007 of the British Secret Service. ALL RIGHTS AND CREDIT FOR CERTAIN CHARACTERS(James Bond, M, Q, Eve Moneypenny) GO TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNER (Ian Fleming, Eon Productions etc.)

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5. Moneypenny Knows More

After the little training session, M led me back to his office and handed me a form. It was an application for a job at MI6.

"Obviously we'd have to wait until you're eighteen to officially employ you, however, since you're almost eighteen already, I'm sure I could pull a few strings," he winked and sat down behind his desk.

"Thanks," I smiled.

"If you want to you can ask Moneypenny or Q to show you around the rest of MI6," he gestured towards Moneypenny's office.

"I think I just might," I smiled as I stood up and walked towards the door.

"Oh, and Cat," he called. I turned around and faced him. "Your father's back in England tomorrow."  M smiled reassuringly at me. My heart skipped as I smiled back and went back to Miss Moneypenny.

I walked up to Miss Moneypenny’s desk and cleared my throat.

“Are you alright, Cat?” She asked looking up from her computer.

“I was wondering if you would be willing to show me the rest of MI6?” I asked.

“Well, I’d love to of course!” She said with a smile as she stood up from behind her desk. “Come on then.” Moneypenny opened the door and led the way. We walked down a long corridor with many doors coming off it.

“This is some of Q-branch, but it’s nothing special until you get to where Q works from,” Moneypenny gave me a wink as she opened some double doors with her ID card.

 

We walked into the big room and straight away I saw Q’s locks of hair facing a giant monitor on the far wall. There were several other monitors around the giant one, all slightly smaller than it. I gasped as I took in the vast amount of technology that was in this one room. Moneypenny walked over to Q and started whispering ferociously in his ear. I knew straight away it was something about me. Q looked at me with an almost scared look and then whispered something back to Moneypenny. I pretended to look at the computers and gently fingered some of the wires as I walked towards the giant monitor.

“Just don’t tell her!” I heard Moneypenny hiss into Q’s ear. But still I acted as if I hadn’t heard a single word they had uttered and that I had no idea they were talking about me. I heard Moneypenny’s heels click out of the door and turned around to see Q next to me.

“Hey,” he said in a nonchalant tone of voice.

“Hi,” I replied.

“So, do you like Q-branch,” Q asked, gesturing around the room at all the monitors and switchboards.

“Yeah, I guess,” I replied as nonchalantly as him. I turned and walked back round the room for a while. I felt Q’s eyes on me as I gazed at various maps and locations on the screens.

“So, what did Moneypenny tell you then Q?” I asked suddenly as he came and stood next to me. He looked baffled by my sudden question. The fact he hesitated told me that he was trying to come up with some sort of excuse.

“Nothing,” he replied hastily. “It’s work-related matters. What makes you think it was about you?” He looked hesitantly at me.

“The fact that when you looked at me you looked almost frightened by what she was telling you,” I looked at him and smiled.

“Like I said, its work related. Therefore it doesn’t concern you.”

He turned on his heel and almost stomped back to his desk, just like a toddler would.

“I’ll find out. One way or another,” I called across the room. “You know I will.”

As Q was about to reply I turned and made my way out of his lab.

 

I walked back down the corridors and found myself in the cafeteria. I fished a pound out of my pocket and got myself a can of coke out of one of the vending machines.

“They’re not very good for you, you know?” I heard a voice behind me. I immediately recognised it as Q’s.

“Well, seeing as I can’t remember the last time I had a can, I don’t really care,” I turned and gave him my most sarcastic smile possible. I walked over to an empty table next to the window and sat down. I gazed out at the dreary rain and looked across at the Thames.

“Look, I know you’re annoyed because you’re thinking about what Moneypenny said to me, but honestly Cat, its nothing for you to worry about.” Q gave me a small smile as he sat opposite me.

“If it’s nothing for me to worry about then why won’t you tell me what it is?” I asked turning my head to face him.

“Because I’ve been told not to. I can’t betray Eve’s trust, just as I wouldn’t be able to betray yours.”

“You don’t even know me,” I told him coldly.

“Au contraire, young lady. I know a lot more than you think.”

“There’s not much to know. The only thing you know more about than I do is my father. Even that’s not that much.” I looked back out of the window. I heard Q sigh slightly and saw him look out of the window too.

“I know it’s not easy. Not knowing who your father is. I don’t know who mine is; I don’t even know who my mother is. They don’t define me, so I’ve never really seen the point in finding them, if they’re still alive that is.”

“Yeah, well, I bet people weren’t trying to kill you,” I sighed and misted up the window. I drew a face on the misty bit and carried on gazing out at the grey waters in what seemed to be a pretty grey city.

“True, which is why everyone here is going to try and find out why they want to kill you, okay?” Q reached across the table and gently squeezed one of my hands. My gaze drifted across to his face. He looked genuinely concerned but I still hadn't forgotten the secret he was hiding from me.

“I know why,” I replied, taking a sip from my can and savouring the sweetness of the brown liquid. “It’s because of my dad. They think I’m the only way to get at him. When truth is, he has no idea I exist.”

At that moment Q’s phone started to ring. 

"Excuse me," he said with a small smile.

“Hello?” He answered it as he released my hand and leant back in his chair. I decided to look back out of the window as I took one last swig from my can. It was still half full but I didn’t want anymore. I pushed it towards Q and got up.

“Hang on a sec,” I heard Q mutter into the phone. “Cat! Where are you going?” He called after me.

"For a walk," I replied and carried on walking down the corridor. 

 

I entered Moneypenny's office and looked down at her as she typed some sort of report.

"Thanks for the tour," I muttered sarcastically.

"You're welcome," Moneypenny replied in a cold voice.

"I know you told Q something about me, or my father. Something you're not telling me," I said. I pulled up a chair and sat opposite her desk.

"So what if I did, it doesn't concern." She stared intently at her screen, deliberately trying to avoid eye-contact.

"It does when it is about me." I leaned back in my chair and gave her a cold, hard look that she couldn't avoid, no matter how hard she stared at her screen.

"That is where you are wrong," she looked at me, but quickly looked away again as our eyes made contact.

"You might as well just tell me, Eve. I'll  find out eventually," I told her bluntly.

"Fine. Your father is a womanizer, and he knows it. You being here won't change him and he'll most likely want nothing to do with you." She turned and leaned her elbows on the desk, resting her chin on her hands.

"You don't know that."

"Oh but I do." She gave me a devious smile. "I know your father better than anybody."

"He'll obviously want something to do with me; I'm his own flesh and blood!" I stood up, enraged at what she had said.

"No. He won't. He won't want anything to do with some bratty kid that has no idea what an actual life is like." She stood up and opened the door for me. I took my rucksack and left. I'd show the evil bitch that my father did want me around.

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