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Subject: Chapter 21


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Rita
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Date Posted: Sunday, June 28, 02:52:30pm
In reply to: Rita 's message, "TMTC" on Tuesday, July 24, 12:04:39pm

Chapter Twenty One


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Quickly acclimating himself to Section again, it didnít take long for Michael to catch up with everything on pad. Thanks to his considerable skills, Nikita no longer felt like she was on her own.

Nikita had often joked to herself, without much humor, that it was too bad Sectionís cloning experiments had failed for she often felt that if there were two of her, she might actually keep pace without feeling so exhausted all the time. She didnít intend to slack off on her duties, but it was a comfort to know that if she faltered the only person she really trusted to run Section in her absence was there to back her up.

Quinn was a competent enough second-in-command. However, Nikita did not have the confidence in her that Paul Wolfe had had in Madeline. Whatever their faults, the two ran section as two halves of a whole.

The current leader of Section One may have hated her predecessor at times, but she always respected the job he did. Considering the troublemaker she had been from the start, she often wondered why he hadnít just canceled her himself. Perhaps a modicum of the compassion she had accused him of lacking had been there after all.

As for Paul Wolfeís longtime second-in-command, she had been a different story altogether. Nikita still regretted that she hadnít been able to sway Mick, well her father really, to revise his opinion that Madeline no longer had a place in the Agency. Madeline may have been even more ruthless than Paul, but everything she had done been for the benefit of Section, for what she had believed was the greater good.

Flaws aside, they *had* been a formidable team, keeping the world from destroying itself again and again. If only they hadnít become obsessed with keeping their power at all cost things would have been very different now. Or would they? The bad blood clearly apparent between her father and the former Operations had Nikita questioning whether he would have ever been objective when it came to Paul Wolfe and anyone who stood beside him.

Irrespective of the circumstances that led her to assume command of Section, Nikita had vowed to run the organization to the best of her abilities. Rather than getting easier, it had been getting harder and lonelier every day. But now, *her* other half had come home.

Shrugging off the twinge of remorse she still felt at her deceit as well as Michaelís ďlossĒ of Adam and re-internment in Section, Nikita returned to matters at hand. As she had done more times than she could count in the last few weeks, Nikita resolutely chased away her guilt. Michael had told her he would be back, she had merely moved up his timetable.

Finally dismissing her melancholy, Nikita planned her next move, one that would surprise anyone who knew her.

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Thanks for the new installment!Eina (curious)Monday, June 29, 11:27:10am


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