13. TONY : Tell us about your life at home.

Kelly B.

What do you want to know?  Before I became an agent of the Federation, I had an ordinary, dull life (although I was happy enough).

My name is Anthony A Trent.  I refuse to say what the ‘A’ stands for.  I was born in Edinburgh, but, when I was five, my family moved to Milton Avon in West Lothian, to the west of Edinburgh.

My dad’s a maths teacher – actually head of maths – in a school in Edinburgh.  He’s a good dad.  When I have an important decision to make, we discuss it, but he lets me decide – and I have to take the blame if I’m wrong.

Mum worked in a bank until I was born.  Since then, she’s been a housewife.  She’s the fussy type.  I do love her, and I know she loves me, but that doesn’t stop us falling out.  She says there are three kinds of people in the world – those who think first, and act afterwards, those who act first and think afterwards.  And me: I act first, and don’t think at all.

I have a little sister, although I don’t brag about her.  She’s ten.  Her name’s Susan – never Sue, or Susie.  If I want to nark her, I call her, ‘Susie’, but she goes whining to Mum.  “Tony’s calling me Susie again!”

Susan does all the things that Mum thinks I ought to do.  She gets up when she’s called.  She keeps her room tidy.  She’s a swot at school.

I jogged along at school, not swotting, but not slacking (too much).  I liked Science, but not the animals and plants.  I liked some of the maths – and I did like it when Dad asked what I was doing in maths, and showed me extra little tricks.  I’m sorry if that doesn’t sound cool, but it’s honest.

I played footie – mainly pick-up games, although I did play in the school under-13 team when they couldn’t find anybody else.

I’m a Livi fan, but I couldn’t get to many of their games.  Dad took me to three home, and one away – at Perth, when they got tanked by St Johnstone in the cup.

I used to like hanging around with my mates, talking footie and TV and whatever.  I still do, in a way.  But, even in the short time I’ve been working for the Federation, I’ve drifted away from my mates.  I’m sworn to secrecy, so I can’t tell them what I’m doing.  And I don’t know what’s happening at school, and on the telly.  That’s the one downer about being an agent.

Is that the kind of thing you wanted to know?