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Subject: Chapter 5

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Date Posted: Monday, September 03, 05:23:23pm
In reply to: Rita 's message, "TMTC" on Tuesday, July 24, 12:04:39pm

Chapter Five

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


“Section?” Michael asked, purposely allowing a hint of bitterness to slip through. “I thought you needed me.”

“I do,” Nikita affirmed. “I always will.”

“But if not for Section, you wouldn’t have contacted me.”

“No,” Nikita couldn’t deny the truth. “I would have waited until you were ready.”

“If I never was?” Michael was curious.

“I would abide by your decision.”

“Would you?” Michael sounded skeptical.

“Yes,” Nikita answered sincerely.

“And if I decide to leave?” He tried another approach.

“I’d be…disappointed,” Nikita looked at him, knowing he had good reason not to trust her words given how he’d been brought back in. “But, I wouldn’t stop you.”

Michael was still unsure, but decided to let it go for now. “What’s wrong?”

“Section is doing well,” Nikita began hesitantly, hoping he still had faith in her and in them. “However, not well enough for the triumvirate in charge of Center. They replaced
my father and are back up to three. I was given a year to bring Section up to their standards but their demands are unreasonable given current resources.”

“And you want my help to bring Section’s numbers up.”

“Yes,” Nikita stated.

“Do they know you were bringing me in?”

“No, I told no one of my plans. Not even Walter. Other than my personal guards, no one saw you,” Nikita replied, her confidence in the discretion of her bodyguards obvious.

“Good,” Michael nodded. Surprise was always a good weapon, no matter the situation.

“If you agree, I’ll ask the triumvirate to reinstate you in Section, as my second in command.”

“How much time do you have left?”

“Six months.”

“Do it.” Michael advised her softly, confirming his agreement.

“I’ll make the necessary arrangements.” Nikita informed him, turning for the door and smiling for the first time since she’d entered Michael’s quarters.

“Nikita,” Michael called her back momentarily. Piercing her with his stare once she turned to face him, he warned her that not all was forgiven, at least not yet. “You should have told me,” The sentence chockfull of meaning.

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