Fandom: Simon Spector
Prompt: #29, Repression
Warnings: Simon is never a good person, but sometimes he's even worse than he is.
Summary: Overconfidence is the weakness of the hypercompetent.
Word Count: A hundred and eighty.
Author Notes: Alright, so I do have an obsession with this sort of thing. What can I say? It's fun.
Overconfidence is the weakness of the hypercompetent. Simon has figured out a solution.
His name is Umbra. Little is known about his whereabouts, motivation, or training, beyond the facts of his extremely high intelligence, tactical virtuosity, and abundant data about Spector. His only traceable pattern of behavior is his obsession with creating plans to kill or otherwise nullify Spector.
Simon somehow hears of these plans with enough time to create countermeasures, and this constant strategic planning race keeps him head and shoulders above every other enemy plotting against him. None of them is as competent and dedicated as Umbra.
Simon Spector is a master of self-hypnosis. He is Umbra, his solution to his necessity to keep himself sharp by providing a suitably competent enemy.
Umbra is as intelligent as Simon Spector, intelligent enough to have figured out that he is a Potemkin personality for Spector's benefit, and skilled enough to have hidden this knowledge from his host.
His strategic situation -not being real- might be dismal, but this knowledge gives him a tactical window of opportunity.
He might still kill Spector.