2.3 – Visitation

EPISODE 2.3 – VISITATION

PRE-TITLE

SETTING: Dreamy Nowhere.

SHELLY (V.O.)

I miss dancing. I miss soccer. I miss pigging out when the season is done, and I even miss eating healthy when the season is starting. I miss laughing my ass off with my friends. I love you to death, Rox, but I’ve got an anger towards you that never dies, because you get to go out and do things that I can’t. Nothing new, right? Okay, let’s try to think of something that is new. They’re still trying not to talk about their spy, and also about someone looking for the spy. I don’t know why they’d have to look for their own spy, but there it is. Oh, and I did get the personal message from Jim. That was great! Having a pen-pal is pretty amazing when you only ever talk to one person. Hi, Jim! I’d tell Roxanne to kiss you for me, but I guess you don’t see her face-to-face. Just know that I’m thinking about you, and I hope you keep thinking about me. I also hope that you’re doing this because you’re a strong, sensitive soul who can discern my inner beauty, and not some creepy loser who can’t get a real girlfriend.

JIM

*blurt laughs*

SHELLY (V.O)

Sorry about that, but if you want to know me, you should know the real me.

SETTING: INTELLIGENCE OFFICE

MARTHA

I was waiting for you to get to that part.

JIM

*memory laugh*

Thank you for letting my message through. I know you didn’t have to do that.

MARTHA

You better be grateful, I had to fight for that. But I figured morale is a factor.

JIM

Even for imaginary people?

MARTHA

I mean for you. And if our Shelly is a slice of Roxanne, keeping it happy helps her too. And I suppose there’s the tiny chance you’re right about her.

JIM
Glad you’re admitting the possibility. Man, I wish I could see her in person, even the Looker version of her. Then the real Shelly could see me, and I could maybe try to see her behind the eyes.

MARTHA

The eyes that would instantly turn you into a Looker. A Looker who would immediately betray inner-Shelly’s secrets to them.

JIM

Yeah you’re probably right.

MARTHA

Ninety-nine point nine five percent chance. Unless you know something about yourself that I don’t.

JIM

*small laugh, then…*

Wait. Meaning what?

MARTHA

Meaning she keeps reporting about that spy of theirs, and most likely that spy is an Alpha. An Alpha who knows about our AlphaBeta. And an Alpha would know they could look at a Looker safely.

JIM

And you’re accusing me?

MARTHA
We were separated during part of that last day at school. You could have been infected, incubated while we were travelling, changed during the night, and been trying to help the Unity defeat the Resistance ever since.

JIM

Jesus Christ. Then why haven’t they picked up Roxanne? I’ve got her name, her picture, her fucking address. I could have given her up three times over. Why is she walking around free in Looker territory?

MARTHA

You’re closely watched.

JIM

Not that closely. And I see lots of covert and overt stuff that leaves the Overlook. I could have planted a secret message in there for a Looker to figure out. I’ve got the skills.

MARTHA

I never doubted your skills. Just your objective.

JIM

Then, if I’m the spy, what am I waiting for?

MARTHA

*takes a moment to think*

You’ve got a scruple. Or a doubt. Or a caveat. There’s something you want, or want to make sure of, before you hand the information over.

JIM

I want something? I’m an Alpha, bargaining with the Unity? We’ve never seen anything like that before.

MARTHA

Everyone’s different. Even Alphas. Even the Lookers. Everyone wants something.

JIM

Well, what an Alpha wants more than anything would be to become a Looker. But the Lookers would already change them if they could. There’s no need to lobby for it.

MARTHA

It’s a baseball and apple pie thing. Everybody loves both, but they don’t necessarily agree on which should be prioritized. Maybe you want them to move “converting the Alphas” to the top of the list, rather than “when we get around to it.” Which is probably where it is now, given how useful Alphas like you have been.

JIM

I never liked baseball.

MARTHA

Not even before you became an Alpha?

JIM

Oh God. I need a break. I’m getting a sandwich, do you want anything?

MARTHA

Only my freedom.

JIM

I’ll see if they have any at the commissary.

JIM opens door, exits, closes door. Phone rings.

MARTHA

Waters. What? Yes, I was talking to him about it just now. Yes, he knew I was rattling him to test him, I didn’t try to hide it. Because, it would have been a waste of time; he’s a player. No, I didn’t get anything definite. He was a little nervous, a little combative, and he also kept a little detached. Just like I would have. Maybe you should call him up and have him test ME next, see if that works any better. Yeah, fuck you too.

Martha slams down the phone.

OPENING MUSIC

SETTING: LIAISON BUILDING, FORMAL MEETING ROOM

BRENDA

Is the recording device working?

SYLVIA

The display indicates that it is.

BRENDA
Then let us begin. This is Governor Brenda Lee, commencing a meeting of the State Liaison Board. Members Sylvia Scholl and Jordan Channing present. Mr. Channing, your request is the primary impetus for this meeting, so you begin.

JORDAN

Thank you, Governor. With the success of our joint operation to transport vulnerable Beta-Immune citizens into the Overlooks, I had ideas for further operations that I think could be just as successful and beneficial to the community.

BRENDA
So I saw in your proposal. You would like to move volunteer blind citizens to nearby Overlooks, and you would like additional fuel rations so as to arrange visits by Immunes to others who live alone.

JORDAN

That is correct. I think a small effort there can improve quality of life and the smooth functioning of society.

BRENDA

Mrs. Scholl, do you have an opinion on the fuel ration question?

SYLVIA

I would consider it largely a matter of scarcity and availability, which is beyond my purview. I would however point out that we have already offered to make Liaison personnel available for such a purpose.

JORDAN

ALTERED liaison personnel.

SYLVIA
True. What significance does that have?

JORDAN

I strongly believe that…that supplementing such availability with Immune volunteers, people who would best understand the needs of those visited, would be of considerable value.

BRENDA
Do you agree with this assessment, Mrs. Scholl?

SYLVIA

I find it difficult to weigh it against the economic costs, Governor. I would ask the Economic Plan office to undertake a study into the implications of those costs, to make the balance clearer.

BRENDA

Would you agree with that recommendation, Mr. Channing?

JORDAN

If there is to be a study, I would like to be involved in setting its parameters and have access to the economic data used. And I would suggest we implement the program on a trial basis while the study is conducted.

BRENDA
Well…let us leave a decision to one side, now that views have been aired, pending our discussion of the other matter, the transportation of blind citizens. Do you have an opinion on that proposal, Mrs. Scholl?

SYLVIA

I can not agree that this proposal would benefit the individuals in question. The Overlook areas already lag behind the rest in the availability of medical services, energy, and food. Further, the movement of the Betas, however desirable, has already strained their housing situation. Moving blind citizens, out of large towns and city centers, and into the Overlooks, would seem to aggravate all of these problems.

JORDAN

I understand your position, Mrs. Scholl, but you must understand that there is a significant, though intangible, value to an unaltered person in living with other unaltered people.

SYLVIA

I am afraid that I can not see this intangible value. We agreed to the movement of Beta immunes because the deleterious effect on their quality of life was proven, even if the precise extent was debated. Here, you seem to be indicating that contact between altered and unaltered humans is a harm in itself. This goes against the entire mission of liaison, and against my own experience, both in my work and at home.

JORDAN

Mrs. Scholl, you are misrepresenting my position. It is of course a welcome fact that some Immunes have chosen to live with their Altered loved ones…

SYLVIA

Immunes who you tar with the epithet “Stayers”, which I believe is meant as an insult. Indicating that Immunes like my daughter are not to be trusted.

JORDAN

Excuse me, when exactly have I used that term?

SYLVIA

I…was not referring to you specifically, Mr. Channing. I meant…

JORDAN

People LIKE me?

Beat.

BRENDA
Well, having had a desirably frank exchange of views on the subject of Mr. Channing’s first proposal, I think perhaps the best thing might be to incorporate aspects of his second, diverting what resources we can spare to enable Immune visits to those who might consider themselves isolated, sighted or not. Do you both find this acceptable?

JORDAN

A very acceptable first step, Governor.

SYLVIA

It seems like an acceptable temporary step, pending further study.

BRENDA
Well then, thank you both for helping to make this such a successful meeting.

MUSIC CUE

SETTING: Justin’s basement. Fluorescents go out, door opens, fluorescents go on. Door closes.

JUSTIN

Mrs. Kray. Wonderful to see you again.

CARRIE

Wonderful to see you, Justin. Has there been any word from our contact?

JUSTIN

No there has not. I believe that the contact is awaiting our response.

CARRIE

*sighs*

Yeah. I have one drafted, but I hoped to have more to go on. I feel like I’m putting a message in a bottle.

JUSTIN

This kind of asynchronous communication CAN be very awkward. Of course, to the Altered, anything but the Unity is awkward.

CARRIE

I’m sorry if my mission reminds you of your isolation.

JUSTIN

And I am sorry, if my remark reminded you of yours.

CARRIE takes out a piece of paper.

CARRIE

*cleansing breath*

Ah. Yes. Well, I guess this is for you, since you’re the one who arranges the transmission. But please also tell me what you think. I have no one else to run it past.

JUSTIN

A sensible measure; I would be glad to. But please read it to me aloud.

CARRIE

W-why? Is there something wrong with your vision?

JUSTIN

No, my eyes function normally. I want to hear the words as you wish to express them, and wish the Contact to hear them in their head. That way I can best advise you on your wording. Though, as a Looker advising on a communication between two Alphas, it would be very much an outsider’s perspective.

CARRIE

An outsider’s perspective would be welcome. Okay, here goes: “Contact, I am an Alpha assigned to communicate with you. We have taken extraordinary precautions to keep this communication and your response out of the Unity, so that the Outsider can’t see it. I’m hoping that these measures will reassure you, so that you can communicate more plainly and in more detail in the future. I have included a summary of our progress toward making Alteration available to those we cannot currently change, but in order to give you the scientific specifics, I need to be sure that you are not a Resistance agent, who would use this information against the Unity. So, for my own assurance, please include, in your next communication, either the identity of the AlphaBeta, or more specific reasons why you want the information. The sooner you do this, the sooner we can bring you closer to the Unity. Good luck.”

JUSTIN

A lot of words for a secret message.

CARRIE

I figured I’m here as a communicator, to try to reach the Contact on their own level. I imagine unadorned logic has already been tried.

JUSTIN

Yes indeed. I believe your “Alpha to Alpha” approach will have more emotional impact than our logic did, but I do not think it will have immediate success. Our contact will have already anticipated this response.

CARRIE

(disappointed)

Hm. Do you have a suggestion, then?

JUSTIN

No. This is a dance with certain moves that must be gone through.

CARRIE

Must they? Must we go through all this while you’re cooped up down here, I’m dragged away from my studio and my husband, and the Resistance might at any point find the Contact or cut off this channel of communication?

JUSTIN

Indeed it must. We are building confidence in one another, using the growing volume of communication to judge whether the other is who we thought them to be.

CARRIE

And that’s a part of all these spy games?

JUSTIN

It is a part of all human existence, where the Unity is absent.

Beat.

CARRIE

You were right. This whole thing does make me think about my isolation. But I don’t want to pity myself. Being you, knowing what the Unity is like but having lost it, must be a lot worse.

JUSTIN

On the contrary: You do have a memory of the Unity. It was implanted in your brain by the Beta wave. That is why you help us. You want, subconsciously, to regain it, and help others to get it. Your position is worse than mine; I have a better prospect of returning. Which makes me very curious.

CARRIE

About what?

JUSTIN

Why you do not share the Contact’s concern about the slow progress towards curing immunity. That is, after all, your only route to relief.

CARRIE

I have faith that things are being done in the best way.

JUSTIN

Perfect faith?

CARRIE

Well, even the Altered are only human. But I believe that the judgment of the collective, even if imperfect, is superior to mine.

JUSTIN

It is possible that our Contact feels differently. They may admire the Unity, but think that they know better than it does.

CARRIE

That sounds like a lonely place to be.

JUSTIN

The universe is full of lonely places.

Fluorescent noise fades out. Music cue.

SETTING: Charles’ apartment. Small, but windows are open. Soft classical music plays.

Roxanne knocks on the frame of the open door.

ROXANNE

Hello? Mr. TImmons? I’m from the Liaison Office. Are you there?

CHARLES (next room)

Just a minute, I’ll be right there.

ROXANNE
No- I mean, I can come to you if you want.

CHARLES (entering)

I can get around well enough. Welcome.

ROXANNE

Thank you. My name is Roxanne Scholl, I have your lunch.

CHARLES

Did something happen to Stan?

ROXANNE

Um, no. They have me helping out several people, so they’re not so overstretched.

CHARLES

You’re immune.

ROXANNE

Yes, I am. How could you tell?

CHARLES

Contractions are a sure giveaway. But I knew as soon as I heard the tone of your voice. Lookers don’t have social anxiety.

ROXANNE
Ah, right. I guess you’re used to listening carefully to voices because you’re…

CHARLES
Intelligent? Yes.

ROXANNE

*laughs nervously*

Um…where should I put your food?

CHARLES

Just put it on the kitchen table, I can set it up myself. So, what causes an immune young woman to suddenly start working for the Liaison Office?

ROXANNE

My…mother, she’s been working on me about it for months. And I decided, at least it would be a change from my old job.

CHARLES

You’re a Stayer?

ROXANNE

(embarrassed)

Yes.

CHARLES

Don’t worry, I’m one too. Although it doesn’t seem to quite fit. My son Jeremy had already moved out, had his own pad, as it were, when the Look happened. Then he moved back in, said it would be more efficient. That’s why I’m only on the lunch list.

ROXANNE

Well, I don’t think people would call you a Stayer anyway, given that you’re…

CHARLES

So charming? It’s possible. But I have to admit, it is good having Jeremy around. He helps make sure I don’t burn the place down when I make breakfast and dinner.

ROXANNE

He doesn’t make them himself?

CHARLES

He was never good at that back when he cared what things tasted like. I’m not going to trust him now that he eats nutritional paste.

ROXANNE
My Mom’s still a good cook.

CHARLES

Well, I guess some things don’t change.

ROXANNE
They really don’t.

CHARLES

But anyway, that’s why I stay on the list. I could have leftovers, but it’s nice to eat something made by real humans, which I didn’t have to make myself.

ROXANNE

Yeah, I didn’t realize ’til now why they have most of the Immunes work in the kitchens, and the Lookers make the deliveries.

CHARLES

But not you.

ROXANNE
They’re rotating me around, it seems like. And Major Craig…I don’t know if you know Major Craig,..he’s trying to get more immunes doing home visits in general, in the interest of mental health. Not just to blind people…

CHARLES

Ah! You finally said it!

ROXANNE

Um, yeah. Not just to you, but to all kinds of isolated people. Some of them refuse to talk to Lookers.

CHARLES
Yeah well, some people are just anti-social. I liked to talk to all kinds of people before, I like to now. The Lookers aren’t all the same. But I’ll admit, talking to you is a bit of fresh air. If you’d like to do me a favor, use “ain’t” in a sentence.

ROXANNE

Umm…I ain’t sure what to say.

CHARLES
That…is pretty lame.

ROXANNE
I guess I don’t use it much. My Mom doesn’t like it, and when she’s not around I just go straight to cursing.

CHARLES

Ha! Then give me a curse.

ROXANNE

That…doesn’t seem right.

CHARLES

Well, don’t pollute your mouth on my behalf, please. And I’m sure you’ve got other stops to make.

ROXANNE

Well, they budget me a minimum of fifteen minutes to check-in with you. Do the Lookers from the office just duck in and out?

CHARLES

No, they usually try to chat. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Depending on my mood, and theirs.

ROXANNE

I didn’t know they had moods. I mean, I knew they weren’t all alike, but I didn’t think of them as changing.

CHARLES

Makes them a little harder to hate, doesn’t it?

ROXANNE

A little. But I’ll manage it. I haven’t forgotten what they’ve done to the world.

CHARLES

See that you don’t.

Music cue.

SETTING: Dreamy nonspace.

HOLBROOK

Looker society is based on a simple premise. Everyone believes in the good of the whole more than in their own good or their family’s good. This isn’t just a changed opinion, not even a profound change of view as in a religious experience. It’s a physiological change, that disrupts some basic human functions while enhancing others. They gain increased computational power and strength, but have a diminished sense of both aggression and self-preservation, so a Looker can’t react to unexpected, violent confrontation as well as an equally experienced human can.

This was abundantly demonstrated during the period between Contact Night and the Truce, when they had difficulty apprehending small numbers of Immunes bent on creating chaos, even though the Lookers had massive advantages in terms of numbers and infrastructure.

However, here we come up against our own limitations. Our primal brain is fairly good at creating chaos, but just creating chaos cannot give us victory. We have to create our own order, a voluntary order made up of willing individuals, as an alternative to the mandatory order created by the Lookers. We have to beat them where we are weakest and they are strongest, or else the best we can hope for is an impasse, like a fight between an elephant and a whale, their Behemoth of order versus our Leviathan of chaos.

But the chaos that an AlphaBeta could create is different. Not chaos on Earth, but chaos within the minds of the Lookers. Distrust. Conflict of priorities. Secretiveness. Suddenly, even if a Looker believes that the general good is the best, they might believe that they must assert their own will in order to achieve that good. Others take note, disagree, and resist, creating a power struggle. And then we have a political crisis among beings whose brains are no longer wired to think politically.

SHELLY

(drowsy)

Rox?

ROXANNE

(as if suddenly awakened)

Shelly!

SHELLY

Yeah…who’s that lady?

ROXANNE

Oh, that’s Professor Holbrook.

SHELLY

Didn’t you say…Major Craig killed her?

ROXANNE

Yeah, but, they gave me some of her stuff to read and watch. I guess I must have nodded off.

SHELLY

She seems smart.

ROXANNE

She was the leading expert on AlphaBetas, and on the Lookers. She would have been the best person to figure out what you are, and what we should do.

SHELLY

And without her…they still haven’t figure me out?

ROXANNE
I don’t think so. They don’t tell me everything. The smart money seems to be that you’re just part of me. That my mostly-unaltered brain can’t handle all the information I’m picking up from the Lookers, so I personify it as you.

SHELLY

Why me?

ROXANNE

Well, I think of Mom and Dad as being in charge, so they wouldn’t be right for part, I guess. And Dom would just roll over and tell me whatever I’d want to know, so he’s not a good gatekeeper. With you, there’s always a struggle.

SHELLY

Truth. Plus you missed me so much.

ROXANNE

I DID miss you so much, Jerkface.

SHELLY

(a little depressed)

I know. So this is all just an illusion?

ROXANNE
Major Craig called it a ruse. No other explanation made sense to him. Almost drove him to put a bullet through my head.

SHELLY

OUR head.

Beat.

ROXANNE

No, I can’t believe that.

SHELLY

Why not?

ROXANNE

It was bad enough sharing a room when you were little, I’m not sharing my brain.

SHELLY

*scoffs*

I don’t want your stupid brain.

ROXANNE
And anyway, don’t you FEEL like a person? You’ve got goals, and fears, and hopes. You’re not just a pile of poses and cliches.

Beat, then simultaneously…

ROXANNE (together)

Any more than you were before!

SHELLY (together)

Any more than I was before!

*ROXANNE & SHELLY laugh*

SHELLY

Jinx.

ROXANNE

And now we’re back where we started.

SHELLY

Oh man, “I don’t think you followed the rules correctly.” Looker-me really let you know how few fucks she gave. If I wasn’t so scared I’d have been proud.

ROXANNE
But you were scared?

SHELLY

I was afraid we’d never get to talk again.

Beat.

ROXANNE

Have you tried…since then…to make Looker Shelly do anything? Something small? It seems dangerous, because she might suspect something, but-

SHELLY

About ten thousand times a day. Nothing. If I am in her brain…in MY brain…I’m locked somewhere where I can’t reach the steering wheel.

ROXANNE

Maybe there’s some other way to test it. Ask you something that Looker Mom would know but Looker Shelly wouldn’t.

SHELLY

No good. They share pretty much everything.

ROXANNE

*frustrated grunt*

SHELLY

Good thing Lookers don’t have sex, or I’d have a brain full of Mom and Dad doing it.

ROXANNE

Yuhg!

SHELLY

As it is I still get way more pictures of them than I want. Just another thankless part of being the wall that keeps you sane.

ROXANNE

Thanks for being the wall that keeps me sane.

SHELLY

You’re welcome! But, maybe you could try conjuring up something from Lookers you know, that I don’t. Like on your new job.

ROXANNE

That’s a good idea, potentially. But we couldn’t verify it. Any single piece of information might have gotten passed around to Looker-Shelly. She doesn’t get everything but it’s hard to predict. And anyway, aren’t you afraid to find out you don’t exist?

SHELLY

I want the truth. If I just wanted to be comfortable, I’d go back to sleep.

Music cue.

SETTING: Office in a mostly Looker-only building.

CARRIE

Hello, I was wondering if there was a message for me from the FBI office. Carrie-

WOMAN 1

We know who you are, Mrs. Kray. There is nothing from them. However, Director Scholl has left word for you to join her as soon as possible.

CARRIE

Oh. Thank you.

Door opens.

SYLVIA

And why exactly did you choose to spend a rainy night outdoors…ah, Mrs. Kray, thank you for joining us.

CARRIE

I’m sorry, am I interrupting something?

SYLVIA

Not at all. I and Mr. Evans here were just having a little chat. I do not believe you have met. Dominic Evans, Carrie Kray.

DOMINIC (simultaneous)

I know who she is.

CARRIE (simultaneous)

I know who he is.

Beat.

SYLVIA

Ah, well, that should save some time. While I was looking through our local immune community on your behalf, Mrs. Kray, it came to my attention that Mr. Evans here has been quite a nocturnal wanderer, and I thought the details of these adventures might be interesting to you.

CARRIE

Oh. Should I have a seat?

SYLVIA

Please do. My apologies for not offering. And please feel free to ask any questions that seem helpful to you.

CARRIE

Thank you, I will.

SYLVIA

So, back to my question, Mr. Evans.

DOMINIC

Oh, that was serious? You really want the reason I chose to walk in the rain?

SYLVIA
I would love to hear that reason.

DOMINIC
It was because I felt like it.

SYLVIA

Felt like it? Why?

DOMINIC
Dunno. Sometimes things like that just appeal to me.

SYLVIA

And does it matter that your mother worries, when you stay out like that?

DOMINIC

That’s between her and me.

SYLVIA

It is not. Your mother is my beloved sister in the Unity. What worries her, worries me.

DOMINIC

Well, obviously I don’t like to worry my mother. That’s why I sneak out as secretly as I can.

SYLVIA
But you must be aware of a chance that she would notice you.

DOMINIC

Yes.

SYLVIA
And yet you disregard that chance of harm and do it anyway.

DOMINIC
I love mom, but I have to go my own way.

SYLVIA

But is it your own way, or are you trying to follow someone else? Meet up with someone else?

Beat.

DOMINIC

I don’t have to answer that. You guys may run things here, but there are rules. I haven’t broken any rule or committed any crime.

SYLVIA

You haven’t broken a LAW, true. But you have broken the rules of your mother’s house. She would be well within her rights to ask you to leave.

DOMINIC

You would make her do that? That’s terrible. The only reason I stay there is so she won’t be alone.

SYLVIA

We would not make her do anything. She would gladly volunteer to do so, if she thought it would be for the greater good. She loves you, of course, but she would never be alone. All the company she needs is right over her head, eternally.

DOMINIC

You don’t know her as well as I do, or as well as you think you do. And I don’t think you’re even trying to.

SYLVIA

(angry)

You-

(recovering)

You have moved this conversation into an unproductive area. What I consider undisputable is that your answers to my questions have been incomplete. Answer them honestly, and none of what we have discussed need come to pass.

DOMINIC

I’m sorry, Mrs. Scholl, but the answers I’ve given are the only answers you’re getting.

SYLVIA

*scoffs*

Listen here, young man, I hope you do not think that you are fooling anyone, because I see right through you.

CARRIE

Sylvia, I’m sorry again for interrupting, but can I talk to you in the hallway?

SYLVIA

*takes a moment to settle herself*

Of course, Carrie. Please excuse me, Dominic.

DOMINIC

Uh-huh.

Door opens and closes.

SYLVIA

Why did you want to see me, Carrie?

CARRIE

I was going to ask you the same question. I take it you wanted me to observe your questioning of Mr. Evans?

SYLVIA

Indeed. I consider him a prime suspect for the one you are looking for. There is nothing conclusive yet, but I hoped that with your scrutiny added to mine we might find something.

CARRIE

And what put him under your suspicion?

SYLVIA
Well, there are his movements, as you heard. And in addition he has been seen in the company of known or suspected members of the Resistance.

CARRIE

And of your daughter, Roxanne.

SYLVIA

Well, yes. But I did not think that was of much relevance.

CARRIE
Sylvia, my understanding is that almost all the Primary Immunes in this area are sympathetic with the Resistance. Your daughter’s reaction to me the other night…

SYLVIA
I wanted to let you know that she has apologized for that.

CARRIE

*a little impatient*

Thank you, I’m glad to hear that. But an apology is unnecessary; she was just expressing honestly what a great many others would have felt inwardly and tried to hide.

SYLVIA

Roxanne has always been too outspoken for her own good.

CARRIE
It is an admirable quality. The victory of honesty can only be to the good.

SYLVIA
Yes, to the good.

CARRIE
But I find myself wondering if your daughter’s association with Dominic Evans does have relevance, not to the goals of my investigation, but to your suspicions. That you targeted him because he is seeing your daughter.

SYLVIA

I don’t…I do not…think that I would do such a thing.

CARRIE

How do you feel about the idea of him and Roxanne seeing each other?

SYLVIA
He is not good enough for her. He never was. And now dragging her into the Resistance…oh my.

CARRIE
Yes?

SYLVIA

So much of what I say, or do, or think, are based on unexamined assumptions. Assumptions from before the Look. I should pay more attention to my own motives.

CARRIE

That sounds like a good idea.

SYLVIA

What should we do now, with Mr. Evans?

CARRIE

I’ll go in and ask him a few questions, then we should let him go, unless you have evidence of law-breaking.

SYLVIA

I do not. But what if I am right?

CARRIE

If you’re right, then the last thing we should do is kick him out. Having the target here, in our territory, is an advantage, we shouldn’t squander it.

SYLVIA

I am just not accustomed to thinking in these terms, of intrigue and subterfuge.

CARRIE

That’s why I’m here. The group decided that it should be my job get to the bottom of this. You have to let me do it my way. So that we can go back to winning, overcoming our obstacles. and creating a world where no one will ever lie again.

SILENCE

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