Big... Bad... Mouse! - September 2002
The sleepy factory office of Chunkibix Ltd is run by the domineering and pompous Mr Price-Hargreaves whose assistant, the shy and downtrodden Mr Bloome, is under his thumb and generally treated badly. Until, that is, a flasher and stalker chases a young female across Wandsworth Common and Bloome is accused. Surprisingly the female workers in the office, to whom Bloome had previously been all but invisible, suddenly find him sexually interesting and almost a hero figure. Their flirtatious attentions have the effect of bolstering Bloome's ego and he quickly grows in confidence and stature, finally answering back to Price-Hargreaves and even suggesting revolutionary improvements that greatly increase sales thus drawing the attention of Chunkibix company owner, Lady Chesapeake. So glorious is Bloome's transformation that when the young victim discovers she had made a mistake in identifying him incorrectly as her assailant, Bloome becomes increasingly desperate to keep her quiet.
Doris describes her attacker
Price-Hargraves lectures Bloome
How difficult is it to blow up a balloon?
Bloome gets on well with Miss Spencer
And Fiona seems interested as well