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Subject: Chapter 17

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Date Posted: Sunday, August 17, 11:30:24am
In reply to: Rita 's message, "TMTC" on Tuesday, July 24, 12:04:39pm

Chapter Seventeen


While Michael was reacquainting himself with Section personnel, news of his return spread like wildfire throughout the Agency. The general consensus, regardless of varied opinions about the man himself, was that this was good for Section One and by extension the Agency.

As Michael walked through Comm, a high ranking member of Center watched him via the classified video surveillance feed in their in-house quarters, considerably unhappy with this latest development.

Years of planning and Section One had been right where they’d wanted it. Section had finally been in danger of assimilation. Disenfranchisement had once upon a time been the ultimate goal, but several failures later came the discovery that assimilation would be more beneficial in the long run to consolidate power.

To that end, resources and personnel had been carefully cultivated through the years to be in a perfect position to take over Section One when the time came. Take over and run it not to wholly benefit Center but rather to suit a purpose, someone’s specific purpose.

Philip Jones appointing his daughter as his eventual successor had been a stroke of good fortune, or so was the thought at that time. Few believed Nikita had what it took to run Section One, let alone Center.

In a selfish bid to ensure his daughter’s succession, Jones had found a way to eliminate any threat to her eventual ascension. Egotistical as his plans had been, they coincided with the traitor’s goals, so stopping Jones’ foolishness had never been necessary.

Unfortunately, the young woman had hung on and brought respectability back to the Section. Finally however, it hadn’t been enough and an ultimatum was issued. Believing that the end game was finally in sight, diligence relaxed and arrogance surfaced. A costly mistake.

Biding time until Nikita Jones stumbled irreparably had eventually become the best strategy. But the infuriating woman had seemingly uncovered a permanent solution. Private sims had long shown that Nikita Jones and Michael Samuelle running Section together would be too effective to undermine covertly. Although he had been the best operative in the Agency, no argument had been made against Samuelle’s ordered cancelation for that very reason.

By bringing him aboard, Nikita had potentially discovered a way to save her sovereignty and foil carefully laid out plans.

Failure so close to the finish was unacceptable. There had to be a way to salvage all that preparation.

By whatever means necessary.

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Hmmmmm.....stephSunday, August 17, 08:13:08pm

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