HBTE Part 20

The eight FatandProud members sat in a circle in the semi dark. It was never a good idea to light any area too thoroughly. The Health and Diet people were known to drop in randomly and unexpectedly on suspected houses or even on addresses they simply hadn’t visited before.

“We’ve never gotten anyone out before,” Agent 19 said. Before the HDA Laws, she had been a librarian. She still wore her hair in a braid at the back of her head.

“We’ve never had to get anyone out before,” she pointed out.

“No sleepers,” Agent 48 said.


“Too bad we can’t send someone in to dynamite the place,” Agent 74 said. She had been a film critic. It still showed. They all laughed as quietly as they could.

“Very funny and- ” She stopped. “Wait a minute.”

“Entertaining thought,” Agent 95 said. “You planning to use old skim milk containers?” He was one of the few men involved in FatandProud who did not have a girlfriend in the organization. He had beenand still was a biophysicist. “Let them stay in the sun a bit and you can just smell them down with the assault.”

“Very funny,” she said. “But listen to this. How about if we just put them offline for a day? That would be enough of a divertissement and give us enough time to grab her and get moving.”

“Oh, good,” Agent 34 said. “Why don’t you just crash the rest of their servers, too, while you’re at it?” She was one of their two techies.

“Why, what an excellent idea,” she beamed. “And you are so going to help us.”

The rest of them looked up, bemused but somewhat hopeful for the first time in hours.

“I don’t do spying,” Agent 34 said.

“Who’s asking you to?” she said. “I just want us to do a simple overload. Why, it could happen to anyone.”

“You are about as cute as a sawn-off shotgun,” Agent 34 said. “But what do you have in mind?”

“Leon thinks I’m cute,” she said defensively.

“You’re adorable,” Agent 95 said. “If the dear boy weren’t my dear friend..”

“Glad you find him dear,” she said. “Okay.This is how we’re going to do it.”


About franniez

Author of FatLand: A Novel and editor/author of Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, along with Kathy Barron, Anne Caplan, Corinna Makris and Lesleigh Owen.
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