Never underestimate the power of a flower.
That is the advice of Eleanor J. Ant, whose ASIS detachment, the Select Undercover Brigade (SUB), has been credited with preventing the destruction of at least one of The Park’s Ant colonies.
The five hundred SUB members made Park history this Spring when, cloaked in bouquets of Peonies, they entered the dwellings of Humans who were under investigation by ASIS. Once inside, they located the devices that experts believe are responsible for the recent outbreak of Ant deaths in The Park.
“There is no question that this was our most dangerous operation to date,” explained Annick G. Ant, who heads the elite task force.
“We went in knowing that our survival depended on those Humans’ beliefs [in the symbiotic relationship between Ants and Peonies]. As far as they knew, our job there was to open the Peony buds by eating away their waxy coating. If they had known what our real mission was, I don’t think any of us would have made it out alive.”
While other details remain top secret, both Annick G. Ant and ASIS head, C. Astrid H. Ant, attribute the success of the mission to the training that SUB members received in the AntTICS programme (Ant Tactics for Intelligence and Clandestine Surveillance).
“The success of this operation underscores the value of that programme,” the ASIS head declared.