|The Crystal Flower|
|Main character(s):||Bernice Summerfield|
|Printed in:||Life During Wartime|
|Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series|
|Lockdown Conversations: 2||Midrash|
Benny, on her way to the Archives, greets Mister Crofton, who is happily at work. At the Archives she greets her intern, Bishop, who indicates that Commander Spang of the Fifth Axis is present.
Later, Benny learns that Mister Crofton had attacked two Fifth Axis officers, who had trashed his garden and damaged his crystal flower. She is made the "official witness" to Spang's interview with Crofton. Spang wants to know the secret of the flower, but Crofton threatens him before Benny intervenes.
Spang later informs Benny that his men examined the crystal flower and found it to be harmless, but they destroyed it during their examination.
Crofton buries the shards of the flower and sobs. Benny comforts him. He tells her that the flower was the crystalised ashes of his dead wife. He didn't tell the Axis because it wasn't their business.
Crofton informs Benny that he wants to kill all the Fifth Axis members.
- As part of his job, Bishop provides Benny with coffee and a muffin.
- The two officers that trash Crofton's garden had been drinking Slarvian ale.
- Scott and Wright, the authors of this story, also wrote Christmas Spirit, in which the Anibusian Memory Stones make their first appearance. In this story, however, they use the spelling "Anubian".