Disclaimer: All characters belong to the Bond franchise, with the exception of Mark Ellis who is my own character.
Summary: One man's revenge has disastrous consequences for MI6. When Q's new development drug called Sleeping Beauty lands in the wrong hands, it's a race against time to find a cure.
Mark Ellis made his way through MI6, dreading the meeting he had with M. Ever since he joined the agency. He knew she didn’t like him. Her reluctance to promote him to Double O status pretty much told him that. She would always berate him over the way he carried out his missions, even if they were successful, she would find something she wasn’t pleased about on how he handled the situation. He knew before he even stepped in her office that she would give him a bollocking on how he messed up his latest mission. It didn’t bother him if she didn’t like him. He wasn’t too fond of the old bat either. Why they decided on a woman running a Secret Intelligence Service he will never know. It was obvious she played favourites, especially to Bond.
The name itself made him want to punch something. If there wasn’t someone he couldn’t stand other than M, it was him. They had clashed on more than one occasion which of course led M to take Bond’s side, rather than his. He often wondered if there was more going on between those two, it wouldn't surprise him if there was. It would certainly explain a lot of things when Bond is concerned. At first, he thought the reason he couldn’t stand Bond when he first met him was because he reminded him of himself. They were both cocky, arrogant and weren’t ones for following orders. The only exception was that of their appearance. He considered himself to be of medium build, slightly shorter than Bond, but not overly so, with hazel and light auburn hair. Bond was more egotistical. He had to be the center of attention no matter what he did. Where as he was more secretive and imprudent he felt no remorse for his actions. If anything he enjoyed making people suffer and cause them pain, he always had done.
Upon reaching M’s office, he saw no sign of M’s secretary. He didn’t mind the woman, but he was glad she wasn’t around. He was in no mood to chat with her. Walking to M’s office door, he was on the verge of knocking when the woman in question opened the door giving him a nod.
He moved out the way to let her past, watching her as she walked to her desk before turning to look into M’s office, seeing her sit behind her desk her face impassive, not showing any emotion as to what she was thinking. She had a good poker face. He would give her that.
“Come in Ellis.”
It took all his willpower not to roll his eyes at her annoyed tone.
He closed the door behind him and sat down on one of the chairs in front of her desk.
“No doubt you know why you are here?”
“I do ma’am.”
“Then you know you’re actions were inexcusable. Do you have any idea the seriousness of this situation!?”
“With all due respect ma’am, I don’t think it’s as serious as you’re making it out to be.”
He saw her jaw clench. Her icy blue eyes never leaving his. He wasn’t fazed by her attitude, if anything it bored him. He had been on the receiving end of her cold looks that they were starting to get old and he couldn’t care less what she thought.
“Not serious? I gave you direct orders to bring Sarintino in for questioning! Not to kill him and blow your cover! Not only is our lead suspect killed, but we have no idea where some of his associates have disappeared to! They have murdered eight government officials and gained top secret information that could not only put this country at risk, but others as well and you think this situation isn’t serious!? ”
“With all due respect Ma’am…”
“I haven’t given you permission to speak! As of this moment, you’re on suspension until further notice! ”
“You can’t be serious?! ”
“Are you questioning my orders Ellis?” She narrowed her eyes daring him to again question her orders.
Ellis rose abruptly from his chair and towered over M, his face full of anger.
“This is bullshit! We both know your precious Bond has done worse than this. Yet I didn’t see him suspended on those occasions! ”
Her face was impassive, as she looked him straight in the eye unperturbed by his attitude.
“I will not tolerate insubordination! I am still your boss and you will do well to remember that! I may have given you your double O status, but I can just as easily revoke your license! ”
“Are you threatening me!? ”
“No, merely stating the truth! If you can’t follow orders then you have no place as a double O or being an employee of any sort in this building! ”
Ellis curled his hands into fists, his nails digging into the palms of his hands. He felt angry and humiliated.
“Now, this meeting is over, please escort yourself from my office! You will leave your gun with Moneypenny and I will contact you when you are to be reinstated! ”
“So that’s it? ”
“You should have thought about the consequences before you disobeyed orders. Now if you’ll excuse me I have paperwork to finish! ”
He gave her a look of disgust and felt his jaw tense. She was no longer paying attention to him, but rather the file that was in front of her.
“Ma’am.” He told her through gritted teeth, before marching from her office slamming the door behind him as he did so.
Moneypenny looked up when she heard the door slamming from M’s office and noticed Ellis who now held a face like thunder. She watched as he stopped in front of her desk dropping his gun on top of the stack of files that were there, and then continued on his way.
He had no idea where he was going until he stopped outside of Q branch confused as to what made him come here. Deciding not to question his mental state right now, he walked in and noticed Q behind a table working on one of his latest creations.
“Ah 004, what brings you down here? ”
Ellis walked over to the elderly quartermaster, his anger somewhat dissipating and being replaced with curiosity.
“I just got out from the headmistress office. What are you working on? ”
He noticed ten tiny white pills scattered around the table, picking one up he inspected it. It looked like a normal tablet to the eye, but no doubt, there was something more to it.
Q plucked the tablet from his grasp and put it back on the table.
“These are what I call sleeping beauty.”
Ellis gave him a look of disbelief wondering if the old man had finally gone mad.
“And what exactly do they do? ”
“It puts whoever takes one to sleep. I thought it would be more useful approach to help apprehend terrorists without alerting their comrades. Well that’s the theory anyway, they haven’t been properly tested and the effects are inconclusive.”
“What do you mean? ”
“I mean that if someone was to take one of these pills, who knows how long they would be out of commission. The effects could last for a few hours, days, weeks, months maybe even years. ”
“I see. ”
There was a loud bang behind them causing Q to let out a huge string of curses, causing Ellis to hold back a grin.
“You’ll have to excuse me 004 while I deal with staff members who are incompetent in following simple protocol when handling explosives. ”
Ellis watched on amused as Q marched towards the commotion shouting orders to the surrounding staff members as he did so.
Looking back to the pills, he picked up three and put them in his trouser pocket, an idea forming in his mind. Q needed to test them and he knew exactly who to test them on. He left Q branch with a pleased look on his face.
He looked at his watch noticing it was just going on three in the afternoon; if his memory serves him, Bond should be due back today from his latest mission. He turned round the corner only to see Bond walking in the opposite direction smirk in place, carrying two takeaway coffee cups with him.
The hatred he felt towards Bond renewed, he would love to wipe that stupid grin off his face.
“Well, well if it isn’t James Bond.”
Ellis noticed the smirk fade when Bond noticed him.
“So tell me, how much damage have you caused this time? ”
“The same amount that you cause when you have a temper tantrum after you’ve had a debriefing. Tell me, has M finally suspended you? ”
Ellis’ eyes hardened, “That’s really none of your business. ”
“Neither is your line of questioning. ”
Bond lets out a curse when he felt his phone vibrate inside his coat pocket.
“Do me a favour and hold one of these.” He held out one of the coffee cups to him.
Ellis took the cup from him and watched as he reached inside his jacket pocket, pulling out his phone and answering it. Noticing his attention was diverted to his call. He reached in his own pocket and pulled out the three pills he took a few moments ago. Taking of the cup lid, he dropped the pills into the coffee, and watched as they quickly disappeared in the hot liquid before replacing the lid.
“Tell M I’ll be there in a few moments. ”
Ellis remained impassive when Bond hung up the phone hand he handed the cup back over to him.
“I would stay here and chat, but I have been summoned. See you around Ellis. ”
He watched as Bond made his way to M’s office with a look of disgust. He didn’t feel any regret for what he had done, and then again why should he? It was high time someone did something about his smug superior attitude. It would serve him right and M as well for giving him special treatment. With Bond out of commission, M will have no choice but to un-suspend him. With his plan set in motion, he would go home and wait for the call he knew would come. And speaking of calls he had one to make himself.