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Subject: Cahpter 4

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Date Posted: Thursday, August 23, 11:17:02am
In reply to: Rita 's message, "TMTC" on Tuesday, July 24, 12:04:39pm

Chapter Four

The desire to find out “why” and his weariness of power plays and mind games won out. Michael opened the door for Nikita and ushered her in, surprised at the hesitancy in her expression and manner.

As usual, it was Nikita who spoke first, “I’m sorry.”

Although his tone was conversational, Michael’s resentment wasn’t alleviated by the sincerity emanating from Nikita’s eyes. “Why?” Michael’s Section persona re-emerged quickly even after a two year absence.

Unconvinced by his studied casualness, Nikita confessed as much as she could given the situation. “I didn’t think you’d come back willingly.”

“Why not?” A genuinely startled Michael asked, trying to figure out Nikita’s true motives.

“You said you’d been…alone…for six months and you hadn’t contacted me even once.”

Understanding dawned on Michael as he continued the conversation, “I wasn’t ready.”

“I know,” Nikita replied sadly. “I needed you more than you needed me,” She added truthfully.

“That’s not true,” Michael contradicted. “I’ve always needed you. Not Section, not freedom. Just you.”

“Then why did you wait?” This was something they hadn’t discussed. If he truly felt that way he would have contacted her already, wouldn’t he? They could have arranged something without anyone being the wiser.


“I don’t understand.”

“I required a year,” Michael explained. “To make sure he’d be safe and happy once I disappeared.”

“You could monitor him from here,” Nikita offered.

“No,” Michael looked away briefly. As good as Diana was, he knew Adam was safe and would not be found. The visual updates Diana had been providing him assured Michael that Adam was with good people However, Michael had wanted a full year to be completely certain that he’d made the right decision. After a full year had gone by, he’d planned on asking Diana his son’s whereabouts to check up on him before returning to Nikita. He knew that once he met up with Nikita, there’d be no going back and keeping an eye on Adam while in Section was a bad idea. “It’s better that the Agency isn’t involved.”

“You’re probably right,” Nikita conceded, remembering the debacle the Agency made of Adam’s safety in the first place.

“So, why now?” Michael decided it was time to get to the heart of the matter.

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