Follows on after Skyfall but M is still M ( forever ).Thank you to Liz1967 for the idea.
If there was one thing M hated more than anything it was these stupid Team Building courses that happened maybe one every couple of years. Normally she would come up with some sort of excuse for her department to get out of it but after what had taken place at Skyfall their workload had been very light of late and to say that they were simply to busy would hole up this time. She called James, Eve, Bill and Q into her office for a meeting. They were all sat around M's desk and she moved to stand in front of them.
"What's all this about M." Bill asked.
"As you all know, every few years there is a mandatory Team Building course that all departments in MI6 have to attend."
"Yeah, but you normally get us out of those." James spoke up.
"Indeed, unfortunately not this time."
"After what took place at Skyfall our workload hasn't exactly been full on as you all know. I'm afraid that this year I have no excuse for us not to attend."
"You mean we have to go to the woods." Q said, looking worried.
"In a word, yes."
"Ma'am, I don't do woods. I don't do sports."
"I think it's safe to say Q that none of us do, well with the exception of Bond and Eve perhaps."
"I play Cricket." Bill said.
"It's not really a work up a sweat type sport though, is it Tanner." M said.
"Still a sport." He mumbled.
"Ma'am, it doesn't involve camping does it." Eve asked.
"You want me to say no, don't you." M half smiled.
"Oh crap, I hate camping. The bugs, oh my god the spiders." Eve grimaced.
"I did my best to get us out of it but I'm afarid we just have to grin and bare this time around. There's something else."
"Can it get any worse." James asked.
"Each department that goes along will be assigned a team leader."
"Which would be you." James said.
"No, as I'm a part of this I can't be the leader."
"So if it's no-one from here then who the hell is it." James asked, looking worried.
"You won't like it."
"M, just tell us." Bill said.
"It's Gareth Mallory."
"You've got to be joking."
"I'm afraid not Bond. We are to spend 2 days out in the woods, camping and doing other activities under the leadership of Mallory."
M looked at the faces of her team, not a smile to be found among them. She felt guilty that she hadn't tried harder to get them excused from the course but she knew they would have had to do it sooner or later.
"Listen you lot, it's only for 2 days. How bad can it be." She smiled.
"Well, we'll soon find out." Bill said.
"When do we go." Q asked.
"Tomorrow. You finish up for this evening and you all go home and get some rest and then back here bright and early at 9am." M said.
They all stood up and left her office. As she watched them go, they looked like they were lambs being led to slaughter. James was about to walk out but stopped, closed the door behind him so that it was just himself and M in the office and walked back over to her.
"Look, don't take this the wrong way but are you sure you should be going." James asked, concern etched on his face.
"How do you mean."
"You've only been back at work a month. You're still not fully healed. How the hell can they even consider sending you on something like this. What if you hurt yourself."
"I'll be fine."
"Bond, you need to stop being so over protective of me."
"Over protective, can you blame me. You nearly died for god sake."
"Yes I was there remember." She said, the pain in her eyes as she recalled the events.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have…"
"It's alright. Look, I'll be careful and besides, you'll be there. As long as you're with me, I'm safe."
"I don't think I can survive Mallory for 2 days."
"You think I can. We'll just have to make the best of it, all of us. Go on, go home and get some rest and I'll see you all at 9am."
"I can drive you home if you like."
"I still have some work to do, I'll be fine."
"Okay, goodnight M."
"Night." She smiled as she watched him leave.
To Be Continued…
Okay guys, so what do you think. Should I continue ?