Several Years On--a play in one act
Scene: An office in MI6
headquarters in London
. On one wall is a window. On another, a map of Europe
. A man, the Director of Operations (Europe)
, is seated behind a desk. A younger man, Agent K
, blonde, in his late 30s or early 40s, sits on the other side.
The intelligence is conclusive: we've been infiltrated. We think it's Moscow
Moscow. But how?
Dr Vanderbilt suggested we take a Motive Adjustment/Brain Penetration test, to determine whether we've been brainwashed.
Vanderbilt! He's a hardliner. But he might be right, MA/BP could be the only way to battle Moscow. They don't yet have our parapsychological capabilities.
We don't know how deep the damage goes; the Director-General himself may have been compromised.
I once saw a defector
being interrogated using MA/BP. [ He jumps up from his chair and goes to stare out the window
] Vanderbilt wants you to be tested first. He and the Director-General think your identity may be blown.
[ Turns around to him
] What are you saying?
Moscow may have tracked you back to when you broke deep cover
twelve years ago.
at the time...
[ Interrupts emphatically
] Yes, the publicity. Remember the headlines? The mourners at my memorial service? The graveside vigil?
I'm scheduling you for the MA/BP session immediately.
I gave up everything
I had for MI6. Even my 'wife
' and my 'daughter
' still believe I died in that house in Seattle
[ Watches him
] It was deep cover, Agent.
It was, wasn't it.
You're one of our most valuable operatives. That's why Vanderbilt will be administering the test himself. Even so, a medical team will be standing by in case of...adverse side-effects. [ Pause
] Ever have regrets, Kurt
[ In an odd tone
] No. At least I've never had to hear Smells Like Teen Spirit