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Date Posted: 19:30:12 05/20/05 Fri
Author: Shanola
Subject: Re: Okay - Chapter 12
In reply to: Diane 's message, "Re: Okay - Chapter 12" on 19:50:53 05/19/05 Thu

I was trying to show his inability to communicate effectively, especially with a delicate subject. It does come up in Chapter 14 why he is upset with Snow, and Nikita finds out--it's because Snow talks incessantly about Michael and Nikita's sex life. If you can help me to illustrate this in a better way, I'm all ears (or all fingers, as it were lol).

I think the problem is that you don't have him answer at all, just repeat his request. Maybe a lame answer would be better; "I don't like his technique" or "Snow hasn't been able to teach me anything", or even "I have my reasons". Up to you, though.

As for having the torture twins cancelled because they were sick...I disagree with that. I think they were very effective and after all, we never did learn what they do with those yellow cases. I think Nikita would be pretty stupid to eliminate such an effective tool because she felt they were 'sick'. If she was going to do that, she'd eliminate Section itself and be done with it.

How can you make Ken less Mary Sue-ish when describing his interrogation style? Don't compare so thoroughly to Madeline or the TT. You could also say that he chose to use this particular method for that particular SOTW. The way that it is written, you are totally dismissing Madeline's technique as silly and ineffectual, when in fact, she was extremely effective. I have a difficult time believing someone would step in and be more effective. Different, yes, okay. But not better. You see?

I could better believe that Ken would live in gutted quarters rather than Section leaving Madeline's apartment the way it was. After all, I would think that the very first thing they would do is to clear everything out and then go over it carefully to make sure there were no leaks/bombs hidden away. Think of Section as a big corporation: if the head of the IT dept suddenly says he's leaving, many times they are escorted from the building to make sure they don't take anything that doesn't belong to them. Granted, Section is a bit more extreme, but Madeline could potentially do more damage to them. See?

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[> [> [> [> [> You've given me some good ideas -- Diane, 20:12:11 05/20/05 Fri

I'll work on the Chapter 12 rewrite this weekend. I still don't like Henry and Elizabeth, so I just won't mention them. Perhaps this terrorist is just a wuss, which is why this particular technique of Ken's works on him.
I see your point on the reason behind needing to gut Madeline's quarters--especially if she thought her evaluation might not be stellar. She is just vindictive enough to wreak a whole lotta havoc.

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