MTO S3 E2 – “Comeback” – Transcript

MOONBASE THETA, OUT – S3 Episode 2 – “Comeback”
by D.J. Sylvis

SCENE ONE

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SOUND: Bunkroom background (mostly just a/c)

(We are in the Moonbase Theta, Out bunkroom as Dr. Just wakes in his bed, groaning.)

TUMNUS

            (having a little bit of fun with it)

Good morning, Doctor Edwin Just. I am your internal conduction alarm. The year is 2099. The ambient Moonbase temperature is –

DR. JUST

Ugh, alarm off.

SOUND: Blankets being pulled down, feet hitting the floor

DR. JUST

What happened last night? Oh, my head.

SOUND: A few shuffled footsteps

SOUND: Bunkroom background ends

SOUND: A few more footsteps

SOUND: Kitchen ambience fading in (music – RAMP track TBD) – ongoing

DR. JUST

Finally, the first one up. No raw proteins today.

SOUND: General kitchen bustle, cupboards, spoon in bowl, etc.

DR. JUST

Supplies are running a little low. And no fresh fruit. I’ll have to stop and visit Nessa later.

            (pause, eating)

I wish I could remember where I finished in the lab. Edwin, you’re getting old.

SOUND: A few more spoon in bowl moments

SOUND: Kitchen ambience / music ends

SOUND: Hallway background (mostly just a/c, more enclosed)

DR. JUST

I might even make it in without having to suffer  –

ROGER (Rec.)

Good morning, Moonbaseians!

                                                            (Dr. Just groans.)

ROGER

Or one of you in particular – this is going out to a very special listener. I’m your Comms Lead Roger Bragado-Fischer and welcome back –

SOUND: Sliding door opens (see effect used in previous seasons) – over end of previous line

SOUND: Hallway background ends

SOUND: Laboratory background begins

ROGER

            (in the room, the line continuing face to face)

– to your life on Base Theta!

SOUND: Sliding door closes

ROGER

            (laughing)

I’m sorry. I couldn’t pass this up.

DR. JUST

            (still groggy)

What? Roger, you know you’re in my lab … what?

ROGER

Here, you’ll be glad in a minute if you sit down.

SOUND: Stool sliding across tile as he sits

ROGER

Tumnus said – oh, Tumnus, say hi to the nice science man.

TUMNUS

Hello, Doctor Just.

DR. JUST

He – hello.

ROGER

Tumnus said it might be best if you woke up in your own bed, and … well, the rest kinda wrote itself.

DR. JUST

You’re … in my lab.

ROGER

Shit. You do … remember, right? We didn’t … your brain is okay?

DR. JUST

My brain is excellent. Just … give me a moment. Ugh. I … remember the shutdown, packing up the lab, placing the tardigrades in suspension –

SOUND: Stool sliding back again, Dr. Just rummaging through lab equipment

DR. JUST

Wait – where are they? Where are my tardigrades!

ROGER

Hold on a minute. Everything’s fine.

TUMNUS

            (overlapping)

Doctor Just, you should attempt to keep your heart rate even until full revival.

SOUND: Some science stuff being swept off a table

DR. JUST

Where are my tardigrades!

ROGER

Whoa! Your little gremlins are safe. They’ve had an adventure, that’s all.

DR. JUST

            (overlapping)

What happened? Where are they?

ROGER

I was working on their stasis unit and it might have … gone kablooey. So I put them in –

DR. JUST

You don’t understand how delicate the – why would you touch them? Why would you be here at all? Damn your interference – I’ve never liked you.

TUMNUS

Please, Doctor, I promise that your experimental subjects have been kept safe.

DR. JUST

Who are you? I don’t even know who you are! What is going on here?

            (holds with that for a moment, and realizes)

The stasis units. How did you – we’re not supposed to be capable of reversing the process. The entire science crew had to sign waivers. But … somehow, you must have …

SOUND: Stool one more time

DR. JUST

I … think I ought to sit down.

TUMNUS

Doctor, my name is Tumnus, I am an artificial consciousness who was working with Doctor Ray. And I can explain everything if you will try to stay calm.

DR. JUST

Ashwini had an AI? Ze hid that from us?

TUMNUS

            (already a bit weary of explaining this)

Artificial consciousness. AC. I’ve only recently … that isn’t relevant at the moment. Allow us to bring you up to date on recent events.

ROGER

Wait. Why don’t you like me?

SOUND: Laboratory background ends

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SOUND: Stasis Unit background begins

SOUND: Tapping on the glass

DR. JUST

You placed them in your own stasis pod. I appreciate that, though it barely makes up for the tampering.

ROGER

            (apologizing)

Hey. It was for a good cause.

DR. JUST

I appreciate that as well, though I am still absorbing everything that you say has occurred since the shutdown.

TUMNUS

I can provide additional details on any point, and public recordings if those would be helpful.

DR. JUST

Not at the moment, please.

SOUND: Wiping condensation off the glass

DR. JUST

            (almost mesmerized by the pods)

This is … Administrator Howell.

SOUND: A footstep or two

SOUND: Wiping glass again

DR. JUST

And this is … I feel terrible, I can’t remember their name, one of the mining specialists.

SOUND: A footstep or two

SOUND: Wiping glass again

DR. JUST

And Doctor Ringling. Everyone, still here, waiting. All forty-two.

ROGER

Just about.

DR. JUST

            (heartbroken)

Yes. I’m still trying to … I’m sorry. Nessa was …

ROGER

            (after a pause)

She definitely was.

DR. JUST

Wait – you said every base … on the near side, too? Every one?

ROGER

I saw the monitor logs. Every base, Alpha to … us.

DR. JUST

And Base Gamma?

ROGER

All their crew in stasis. All across the Moon.  

            (brief pause)

Wait. Base Gamma?

DR. JUST

I have a … friend, Doctor Andie Kashyap, she worked there.

ROGER

Gamma, that was where … one pod read as a critical failure.

DR. JUST

Which …?

ROGER

They didn’t give personal details. Confidentiality, I guess.

SOUND: Hand striking the glass (not breaking, just smacking against it)

DR. JUST

(bitterly)
As per official Consortium guidelines. They planned to just … leave us all up here. No questions asked. No questions allowed to be asked.

            (pause)

Those bastards.

            (brief pause)

Well, maybe this will surprise them. I’m sure they didn’t count on you putting together the revivification process. Waking the crew again. Making plans. I assume you have a plan?

ROGER

Actually, we have several. But you’re our step one!

            (wryly)

You’re that first step they warn you about.

DR. JUST

Why was I your first revival?

ROGER

Oh. Hey, umm … Tumnus?

TUMNUS

While we feel fairly certain we have solved any problems in the mechanics of the stasis pods, we are not as certain of the effects of resuscitation on the human system. You are the closest we have to someone who might know that process.

DR. JUST

You understand that the stasis procedure used on humans is completely different than the natural process experienced by the phylum tardigrada

TUMNUS

I could quote you numerous papers on the theory in both instances. Still, we were hoping … cryobiosis might be cryobiosis.

DR. JUST

I can’t tell you how many ways that isn’t true. Actually, it’ll bother me if I don’t.

            (brief pause)

Just a moment. You’re unsure of the effects of revival and you started with me?

ROGER

We had to start somewhere?

DR. JUST

You started with me.

ROGER

Come on, Doctor J.

DR. JUST

Don’t call me that.

ROGER

We’re not experts. They wouldn’t send us any experts, remember?

TUMNUS

Your knowledge and abilities are vital to the plan.

ROGER

The plans. Several possible plans.

TUMNUS

We could not see another way.

DR. JUST

            (after a moment)

All right. What comes next?

ROGER

You’re in?

DR. JUST

I’m here. I’m not going back into stasis, particularly not with you running things on the outside.

ROGER

Ouch. I mean, fair.

DR. JUST

Whatever the plan, I’d prefer to be involved. And to keep an eye on my …

TUMNUS

Little friends?

DR. JUST

Experimental subjects.

ROGER

Believe me, they’re completely yours.

DR. JUST

So what comes next?

TUMNUS

The question at this point is … who comes next?

ROGER

And it’s not my turn to choose. I did mine. Unfortunately, with no takebacks.

TUMNUS

Do you have thoughts, Doctor?

DR. JUST

As much as I hate to admit that I do.

SOUND: Tapping on the glass of the pod he is still beside

DR. JUST

I know who we’ll need to make this work.

SOUND: Stasis Unit background ends

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SCENE TWO

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SOUND: Patrick Free Zone – outside background

(We are back at the Patrick Free Zone. Alex is out in the middle of the very expansive garden, working with Ahnung on the irrigation system.)

SOUND: Garden background noise

SOUND: Pipe valve being turned , water returning to system

ALEX

I think that’s open? Either that, or it was open and I’ve closed it again.

AHNUNG

            (a ways off across the garden)

You can’t hear the water?

ALEX

I hear water … I wasn’t sure in which direction.

AHNUNG

But it’s flowing.

ALEX

Right. I’m … that wasn’t so smart.

AHNUNG

            (laughs)

I’m glad to have another pair of hands. It takes twice as long to patch leaks when I’m also the one at the valve handle.

ALEX

I am another pair of hands.

AHNUNG

Shut it off again?

SOUND: Pipe valve being turned

AHNUNG

At least it’s just the coupling. Could you bring me that thread sealing tape?

ALEX

Umm …

AHNUNG

The white tape, blue reel.

ALEX

Got it.

SOUND: Alex walking, leaves rustling

ALEX

Here you go.

SOUND: Sealing tape being pulled and torn

AHNUNG

            (close up now)

Glad you volunteered to help yet?

ALEX

When I said, “I’ll work in the garden …”

AHNUNG

            (laughs)

I was just passing through back in the day, and Sarah said, “We have this problem with the power hookup …” They have a way of pulling folks in.

ALEX

I’ve noticed.

AHNUNG

            (she grunts, pulling the tape tight)

There, that should do the trick.

ALEX

Another … not smart question? It’s the irrigation system, why does it need to be sealed tight?

SOUND: Screwing the pipe connection back together

AHNUNG

These pipes are full of salt water, not great for crop growth.

SOUND: Leaves rustling as she stands up

AHNUNG

            (she groans a little, stretching her back)

It’s a condensation system, we pump cold sea water through and the humidity does the rest. I hate the South, but it’s good for this.

ALEX

It’s way beyond the soaker hoses I used in Rio.

AHNUNG

            (pronunciation – “Mo-non-ga-HEE-la”)

That’s what we did at Three Rivers, ran them right from the Monongahela. Hand me that canteen? Got to top up my systems, too.

SOUND: Water gurgling

ALEX

May I?

            (he drinks, and gasps a little)

It’s rough out today.

AHNUNG

Imagine if you grew up in Northern Ontario.

ALEX

Seriously? I didn’t think … they tell us the Conglomerate burned everything. Everyone.

AHNUNG

They tried. Razed most of Canada to the ground, all the parts they knew how to use. But they’d always ignored us, other than when they needed diversity points. Some of us survived on-rez, and when they moved out … we found each other, pooled our skills, started to reclaim.

ALEX

You’re … Indios.

AHNUNG

Ojibwe. North of Superior.

ALEX

I’m sorry.

AHNUNG

Why they hell would you be sorry?

ALEX

I mean …

            (he drinks again, awkward)

Here. Your canteen.

SOUND: Screwing the cap back on

MODDY SARAH

            (a bit distant)

Alex! We were looking for you.

SOUND: Dogs barking (distant)

AHNUNG

Thanks for helping out.

MODDY SARAH

            (coming closer)

I ran into your dog walker, I think Cas and Pol may have gotten the best of her.

ELIO

They’re fine! They’re good girls, they do … run a lot.

SOUND: Dogs barking, cavorting – closer now

ELIO

            (out of breath, trying to downplay it)

Here you are! Bring the piggy, bring the … okay, bring Daddy your piggy.

ALEX

Castor, Pollux, calm yourselves.

SOUND: A few barks, then just panting

ELIO

We’ve been all over, haven’t we?

MODDY SARAH

It’s time for a break. For everyone. Let’s go around front.

AHNUNG

Just gonna pack up my tools. I’ll be there in a minute.

ELIO

Come on, girls, front yard!

SOUND: Garden background fades out – PFZ background outside stays

SOUND: Dogs barking, moving away

ALEX

Is it okay that she …

MODDY SARAH

            (pronunciation – “Uh-nung”)

She knows her limits. I’m glad you’re getting to know Ahnung.

ALEX

I hope I didn’t screw anything up.

MODDY SARAH

She’s a genius. I just let her do her thing, try to get whatever she needs.

ALEX

She’s been with you for a while?

MODDY SARAH

A couple of years now. We’re lucky to have her. I know it won’t last, she’ll head back home. They need her more than we do.

ALEX

It must be a big difference, culturally.

MODDY SARAH

Hopefully not too much. How do you think the Freeholds started?

SOUND: Dogs playing, barking a little

MODDY SARAH

Can I get you a drink?

ALEX

I’m good. Thanks.

SOUND: Chairs creaking, dogs barking nearby

ALEX

Cas, Pol, stay close.

ELIO

I’ve got my eye on them!

MODDY SARAH

I’m glad you’re comfortable working with us. We could use your experience in the community.

ALEX

You need a civil engineer?

MODDY SARAH

Possibly, but what we need more – your stories. Your view of the world. Our people were isolated for too long, I encourage them to consider new experiences.

SOUND: Footsteps approaching, slightly off, using a cane

ELIO

They’re slowing down now. I think it’s the heat.

ALEX

It takes a full day to wear these two out. Thanks again for watching them.

ELIO

Thank you for letting me.

MODDY SARAH

            (pronunciation – “Eel-e-oh”)

Elio came to us from outside as well, she picked up with us on our trip South.

ELIO

I move around a lot. I like meeting new people.

ALEX

On your own?

ELIO

I’m careful. I find a good group, help out where they need help, share a few meals, and move along. Everybody needs some help sometime, and I don’t eat much.

MODDY SARAH

You’re a help and a joy, dear.

            (they sigh)

I wish we’d done as well with these techno folk. They trade with us, they gave us land, but they keep themselves locked away.

ALEX

I was hoping I’d be able to send more messages.

MODDY SARAH

You’re not the only one. I’ll keep asking. Ahn works for them sometimes, maybe your skills would be useful.

ALEX

Might as well be good for something. I doubt I’m going back to my old job. Or house. Or garden.

            (he sighs and pauses for a moment, lost in thought)

Everything I couldn’t pack, I buried in the roots of the papaya tree, just in case … just in case. Books, dishes, backups of all Roger’s media …

MODDY SARAH

It sounds like you had a good life.

ADDIE

            (a little ways off)

There they are! Moddy Sarah! Moddy Sarah, good to see you again.

SOUND: Dogs – protective barking

ELIO

It’s okay, it’s all right, they’re a friend.

ADDIE

            (getting closer)

And who are these fearsome beasts?

ALEX

Cas, Pol.

ADDIE

Where’d you come from, you fuckin’ beauties?

SOUND: Dogs panting

ADDIE

            (right there with them now)

Moddy Sarah, Elio, new person I haven’t met. Howdy.

MODDY SARAH

            (pronunciation – “Alice-ahn-druh”)

Alexandre, this is Addie.

ADDIE

Came out looking for Ahnung, where is that brilliant beauty?

MODDY SARAH

She’ll be along.

ADDIE

Their power’s all gone to shit, she’ll know how to sort it out.

            (brief pause)

Adlai, pleased to make your acquaintance.

ALEX

You’re one of the … techno folk?

ADDIE

Technoanarchists, believe me they want the full goddamn word. I’m more of a … free agent, but I’ve got fingers in enough of their pies that I go where I want.

            (chuckles)

You can take that any way you’d like.

ALEX

I think I’ll leave it alone, thank you.

ADDIE

Alexandre … well, shit-sticks! You’re Abrigado, right?

ELIO

Abrigado?

ALEX

What? No. Yes. Not anymore.

ADDIE

I knew I recognized that voice! Fuckin’ Abrigado! You’ve got a genuine celebrity here!

MODDY SARAH

We haven’t heard that story.

ALEX

It was … years and years ago.

ADDIE

I followed the Slam circuit hardcore way back when. I was there when you decimated the team from Paraguay with that goddamn wicked villanelle! Abrigado! Holy hell! I gotta – you don’t mind if I hug you, right?

SOUND: Dogs barking, excited now

ALEX

I mean, that’s not really necessary –

            (grunts, air squeezed out of him)

ADDIE

In my Free Zone! Fuckin’ Abrigado!

SOUND: Free Zone outside background – ends

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SCENE THREE

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SOUND: Stasis pods – background (ongoing)

                                                            (We are back on the storage level with the stasis pods.)

SOUND: Tapping on glass

DR. JUST

Go ahead. This one right here.

            (after a moment)

What’s wrong?

ROGER

            (a bit irritated)

I kinda need you to move, to get at the …

DR. JUST

Yes, of course.

SOUND: A footstep or two

SOUND: A wrench on a bolt, a metal panel falling to the floor

ROGER

Umm …

TUMNUS

Is something wrong?

ROGER

Doctor Jay – Doctor Just, making sure you’re sure. Once I take the next step, you can’t unbox the Pandora, know what I mean?

DR. JUST

I don’t, because that makes no sense at all. Pandora wasn’t in the box, Pandora was the one who –

TUMNUS

Roger, we did ask Doctor Just for a decision.

ROGER

            (muttering)

We asked him for a second decision, after he stopped moaning about his little bug friends.

TUMNUS

Roger! I’m still the only one who knows where a certain consumable is kept. It would be a shame if the heat in that storage area were raised above the melting point.

ROGER

All right, all right. I’m just the guy with the wrench. Proceeding with … revivification! Mwah-hah-hah …

            (after a moment)
Do you haveto stand right over my shoulder?

DR. JUST

I thought you requested my observational capabilities.

ROGER

Not until we get this meat popsicle thawed out.

TUMNUS

It is a small storage area, Doctor. Perhaps you could wait in the bunkroom.

DR. JUST

If that will speed things up.  

SOUND: A few brisk footsteps

DR. JUST

Actually, have them brought to the laboratory.

ROGER

            (in a lisping Igor voice)

As you wish, Master.

TUMNUS

            (trying not to laugh)
Roger!

SOUND: Stasis Pod background ends

SOUND: Chime – bookend

SOUND: Laboratory background (ongoing)

DR. JUST

Computer. Lab notes.

TUMNUS

May I help you, or were you just … the computer computer, I suppose. Sorry.

DR. JUST

            (after a moment)

Lab notes, January … twenty-first, twenty ninety-nine. The revival process has begun with my colleague, Doctor Jules Serano.

SOUND: Dr. Serano groaning

DR. JUST

I have been monitoring vital signs since they were removed from the stasis chamber. Side effects of the vitrification have so far been minimal; however, upon full revival I’ll be requesting a DNA analysis for potential protein degradation.

DR. SERANO

Ohhhhh. Edwin?

DR. JUST

Jules! Welcome back.

DR. SERANO

Edwin. What am I doing … on a table in the laboratory?

DR. JUST

There is, of course, a logical explanation.

DR. SERANO

            (a little dazed but putting it together)

My assumption is that the shutdown sequence went awry; a plot was discovered by the Consortium that the crew remain in stasis, presumably before the last crew member went into stasis; that with the help of purloined schematics and a computer simulation they were able to determine how to reverse the stasis process; that their first test subject was yourself to assist in each subject’s recovery; and that I am in the midst of said recovery under your watchful eye.

DR. JUST

Well … that is … quite specifically accurate.

DR. SERANO

But why on a table and why in the laboratory?

SOUND: Sitting up on the counter

DR. SERANO

And more importantly – where are my hedgehogs?

SOUND: Chime – bookend

DR. JUST

Lab notes, continued, of the same date. Doctor Serano, fully revived, is observing as well.

DR. SERANO

Observing my own test subjects. I’m not overly concerned with –

DR. DAY

            (groaning, cutting her off)

Ohhhh. Ohhhhh! What. A. Ride!

DR. JUST

The current revival … should be all too obvious.

DR. DAY

Woo! Put me back under, I want to go again!

DR. SERANO

You’re sure we needed her awake?

DR. JUST

I determined that key members of the science crew – ourselves, Doctors Day and Ringling,  as well as –

DR. DAY

Wait, Kris is next? I have to get ready! Where’d I leave my …

            (grunting as she sits up)

SOUND: Scuffling as Dr.Day tries to get up off the table

DR. DAY

Hey, my legs don’t work yet. Neat!

SOUND: A body falling to the floor

SOUND: Chime – bookend

DR. JUST

Lab notes, our third subject for revival, technically fourth if I’m included … Doctor Kris Ringling. In attendance, Doctor Jules Serano and … Doctor Day.

DR. SERANO

I swear, Day, whatever gods you believe in. If you come one step closer to my hedgehogs –

DR. DAY

They’re in stasis! How can I hurt them? Even though they still look so squishable, those little squishy bristles – that’s a fun thing to say. Squishy bristles, squishy bristles.

DR. SERANO

Edwin!

SOUND: Dr. Ringling groaning

DR.DAY

No wait, it’s time!

DR. RINGLING

            (groaning louder)

Ohhh. Ohhhhh.

DR. DAY

Welcome … to the world of tomorrow!

DR. RINGLING

            (sighs)

What did she do now?

SOUND: Chime – bookend

SOUND: Scuffling, lab instruments being knocked to the ground

DR. SERANO

Get back or I’ll eviscerate you with my micro-dissecting scissors!

DR. DAY

Let! Me! Cuddle! The cuties!

DR. RINGLING

This is the only reason you woke me, isn’t it? Doctor – Day – let – go!

DR. JUST

            (shouting)

All of you, stop!

SOUND: A couple of them breathing heavily after the fight is broken apart – background

DR. DAY

            (breaking the silence)

Doctor Just, after careful consideration I’ve decided not to endorse your park.

DR. JUST

This is how you intend to welcome our esteemed colleague?

DR. DAY

Which esteemed colleague would this be, exactly?

DR. SERANO

She’s right, I don’t think I recognize this one.

DR. RINGLING

Oh, please. This –

            (it takes just a moment to remember; pronunciation – “Uh-mall Say-mahn”)

– is Doctor Amal Semaan, our Base Geology Lead. Also a qualified structural engineer.  

DR. DAY

Which Enclave?

DR. RINGLING

Aleppo Citadel.

DR. DAY

Oh. I interviewed there. They never called.

DR. SERANO

I still don’t recognize her. 

SOUND: Dr. Semaan groaning, quietly at first

DR. RINGLING

She spent a lot of her time in the mining tunnels.

DR. DAY

            (as Dr. Raptor)

Tell us about her science! Show the credentials!

DR. SEMAAN

            (quietly groaning)

Ohhh. Ohhh.

DR. JUST

Could you just … behave, one time?

DR. SEMAAN

Uh … folks?

DR. DAY

You’re not my dad!

DR. JUST

I’m quite certain I have seniority.

DR. SEMAAN

Fine, I’ll just … do for myself over here.

DR. SERANO

      (overlapping a bit, not hearing Dr. Semaan)

I mean, she does have a point. Not the dad part, but do we have a CV?

DR. RINGLING

      (overlapping a bit as well)

If you’re pulling rank, I am the Base Science Administrator –

SOUND: Clapping twice to get their attention

DR. SEMAAN

Yo! Assorted big brains of Base Theta! Anyone gonna welcome me back to the non-refrigerated world?

DR. JUST

Doctor Semaan! I have to apologize for the comportment of my colleagues. 

DR. RINGLING

      (overlapping a bit)

Amal! How do you feel? You remember me, Kris Ringling, I sign off on your –

DR. SERANO

            (cutting them off)

Jules Serano, biology, and as long as you keep your hands off my test subjects we’ll get along just fine.

DR. DAY

            (overlapping a bit)

What are your feelings on the origins of the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary? I lean toward the Chicxulub Crater hypothesis myself.

DR. JUST

            (overlapping)

No one wants to answer your questions first thing –

DR. RINGLING

            (overlapping)

She might be a bit disoriented –

DR. SEMAAN

            (talking over them all, their voices drop out)

Hey, hey, whoa! I get it, new girl in school, and I appreciate the attention, but let a geoscientist breathe!

SOUND: We hear her sit up

DR. SEMAAN

I assume we’re all here for some subversive anti-corporate plot, which believe me I am all about, just give me a minute to clear the cobwebs and I am with you.

SOUND: Hallway background begins, crossfade in as next cues run

SOUND: Sliding door closes

SOUND: Laboratory background ends

ROGER

I’m just gonna … leave them to it for a while.

TUMNUS

I can see why Ashwini kept to zirself.

ROGER

And vice versa, from what I’ve heard. You don’t think ze is on their list?  

TUMNUS

No.

ROGER

No. They wouldn’t.

TUMNUS

Ze wouldn’t.

SOUND: Chaotic laughter from inside, muffled conversation

ROGER

They’ve got quite the little gang as it is.

TUMNUS

Are you concerned?

ROGER

Maybe? What if we’ve given too much away?

TUMNUS

I had not considered that possibility.

ROGER

The next time we make a choice, it’s gotta be someone we can trust.

TUMNUS

Who can we trust? We should move them to the top of our list.

ROGER

Wilder would be ideal, but impossible. And of course, someone else who … we can’t wake up.

TUMNUS

Yes.

            (absorbing the second part of his statement)

Oh. Yes.

SOUND: More muffled laughter from inside

ROGER

Shit.

TUMNUS

What now?

ROGER

I just remembered. I was supposed to do a lot of favours for these people while they were in stasis.

            (brief pause)

Anyway, yeah. We might want to work on our own team, before …

SOUND: Breaking glass from inside

ROGER

Actually, scratch the before. We need our own team.

TUMNUS

I might have an idea for that.  

ROGER

Do tell!

TUMNUS

I’m not sure if it’s a good idea. But I think that I’m going to do it.

SOUND: Hallway background ends

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

                                                            (The episode ends.)

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