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Subject: Chapter 28

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Date Posted: Friday, July 23, 07:38:35pm
In reply to: Rita 's message, "TMTC" on Tuesday, July 24, 12:04:39pm

Chapter Twenty Eight


Once the grilling over their past was over Nikita and Michael settled down to current situations and potential hot spots, growing more at ease as the session wore on. Afterwards, they went their separate ways, crossing paths several times throughout the course of the day. Each meeting had been friendlier and friendlier.

As late night turned into early morning, Nikita found a probable lull in activity for the following day. There’d be nothing on pad that Quinn wouldn’t be able to handle. Deciding that this was a rare opportunity she’d be a fool not to take advantage of, Nikita made arrangements to all but guarantee a few hours of much-needed downtime for herself and Michael.

Nikita checked Michael’s status and saw that he had recently logged out. Emboldened by their renewed closeness she sought him out in his new quarters, certain he would still be awake.

“Nikita,” Michael greeted her clad in black tank top and sweats. If he was surprised at this late night visit, he didn’t show it.

“Michael,” She smiled, plunging right in. “It seems as if we’ll have some downtime tomorrow.”

“Yes, I saw.” He gave nothing away.

“Would you like to spend it together?” To anyone looking, Nikita seemed apprehensive and unsure when she asked.

“We can leave Section together,” Michael replied. “But I need more time. I’m not ready yet.”

“Of course, I understand,” Nikita did not hide a look of disappointment. Before leaving, she asked curiously, “Why leave together then?”

“The appearance of unity is paramount,” Michael explained.

“I see,” Nikita didn’t know what else to say. She had expected a different answer. “Perhaps another time?”

“Perhaps,” Michael allowed.

“Well, goodnight then,” Nikita bade, a look of defeat clearly visible.

“Goodnight,” An expressionless Michael watched her leave.

The short but meaningful conversation went unseen until the following morning at which time the Center’s highest-ranking mole watched the taped feed in the comfort of a luxurious home office.

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