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Psych Ward

Psych Ward: Spitfire

With a new romance and a resurrection weighing on her mind, Spitfire seeks out some therapy

By Tim Stevens Jacqueline Falsworth is a physically fit adult woman. She seems to be in her late 20's to early 30's, but is in fact significantly older and owes her youthful appearance to a blood transfusion from the android Human Torch in the 1940's. The client also was an active hero, Spitfire, during the 1940's and has recently returned to action, first as a member of the now defunct Invaders and currently as part of MI13. In session, Falsworth is friendly and open, rarely not answering a question in a straightforward manner. She is also, at times, a bit flirtatious, a way of interacting that she claims is her general style. She is clearly intelligent and well-educated, but does not revel in showing that off. While the client appears to feel emotions naturally and is unafraid to express them in session, she is typically composed and unaffected while relating facts.

The client was referred to the writer by MI13's head, Peter Wisdom, after she displayed signs of vampirism while in battle and had a momentary blackout stemming from her desire to see her son once more. The matter has become more pressing in light of recent aggressions towards the crown mounted by the vampire known as Dracula. While vampirism is no doubt a dangerous Axis III diagnosis for most sufferers, Falsworth appears to have little difficulty with the disorder. She has no problems with exposure to sunlight or religious iconography. The client maintains no need to consume blood and, according to her file, this claim is verified by her teammates and friends. She also demonstrates none of the personality changes that are typically associated with the disease including, most importantly, an all-consuming amorality that allows vampires to feed on others with no feelings whatsoever. This having been said, it is worth noting that vampires do also tend to be over-sexualized in their interactions with others. They often use sex to lure and ensnare victims or future converts. This is important because the client has not always, near as a review of her file reveals, interacted with others in the flirtatious manner she does now and has for the past several years. Additionally, the romances that seem to spring up within the team structure—first

with Union Jack while part of the Invaders, now with the also vampiric Blade—could indicate increasing sexuality. However, at this time, it is the opinion of the writer that it only bears monitoring. If she undergoing a metamorphosis it is an exceptionally slow one and there will be far more clear signs as time goes on and more opportunities to intervene if those signs appear. The second significant area of concern, the client's son, also should not preclude her from active duty, in the opinion of this writer. This is not to say she does not need further counseling on the matter, as it seems she does. The rawness of her feelings on the matter is worthy of exploration given the time that has passed since her son's death. Regardless of whether she has been holding inside all this time or it was simply stirred up again by her encounter with Plotka is immaterial. Either way, it is weighing on her mind now and she will need to sit down with someone to filter out those feelings. Jacqueline Falsworth's next appointment has been set for March 11 and will be conducted by Doctors Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk. Details on the session can be found in the file marked CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 #11. Tim Stevens is a Mental Health Supervisor currently pursuing his Psy D who has experience in dealing with individuals wrestling with overwhelming emotions. Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" now on iTunes!

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