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Subject: Chapter 34

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Date Posted: Saturday, October 08, 02:53:24pm
In reply to: Rita 's message, "TMTC" on Friday, September 10, 11:18:42pm

Chapter Thirty Four


From Chapter Thirty-Two:

“So, what brings you here?” Helmut finally asked, with no small amount of trepidation. He would always be grateful to her for saving his life, but any other feelings he’d harbored had long since dissipated. He now had a family of his own, a wife and infant daughter who were fortuitously visiting his in-laws.

He just hoped that this impromptu meeting did not mean that he would never get to see them again.


“I need your help,” Nikita answered his question.

“With what?” Whatever resources he had, surely hers were better. There had to be more to it.

Reading his apprehensiveness, Nikita decided to ease his mind as he would be much more useful if he volunteered rather than be forced into service. “If you agree to help, I’d be very grateful. If you don’t there will be no repercussions.”

“I didn’t…” Helmut protested even though the thought of possible consequences for refusing did cross his mind.

“It’s all right,” Nikita interrupted. “If I were you, I’d be worried, too. However, I can assure you that that your contribution will be confidential and after I leave here you won’t see me again.”

“No repercussions?”

“No, I have other means of getting what I need, it would just take longer and involve less honorable people. Professionally, I’d make do.” Nikita reiterated her position while simultaneously flattering his ego, then delivered shrewdly, “Personally, I’d be deeply disappointed.”

“Well, we can’t have that, can we?” Helmut capitulated, the calculated blow having found its mark. He believed he could say no, she’d continue green-listing him regardless. But he did owe Nikita his life and he was indeed flattered that she still considered him trustworthy. “What do you need?”

“Intel.” Nikita replied succinctly.

“What kind?”

“Confidential,” Nikita warned. “This conversation never happened.”

“Of course,” Helmut hadn’t thought otherwise. “My staff and I will forget you as soon as you leave.”

“Thank you,” Nikita was aware of Helmut’s staffs’ loyalty to him and was in no doubt of his loyalty to her. “A former colleague of yours at Interpol,” Nikita began. “He is now at the Agency.” She did not see the need to fill Helmut in on the position his former colleague held at Center. If Helmut didn’t already know, there was no need for him to learn it now.

“You’re not worried my information would be obsolete?”

“No,” Nikita explained. “I have his file. I’m interested in your opinion of him, both professional and personal.”

“Who is it?”

“Etienne Lacroix.” Nikita waited for his reaction.

“The triumvirate member?”

“Yes.” Good. He’s as up to date as anticipated, Nikita thought. The more current his knowledge on Lacroix, the better informed his opinion.

“Well…” Helmut began.

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