STATION ZERO : Zero_Sum
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ZERO_SUM: FILE_1 SCRIPT ** SCENE: EL'S OFFICE ** PARRY: I see a blinding white light and then the same dream begins... ELIZA: Do you dream often? PARRY: Is that unusual? Am I broken? ELIZA: Would you want to be broken? PARRY: Is that a threat? ELIZA: No. Please go on. [ SFX: Ticking clock fades in ] PARRY: Oh. Well, it all starts with a feeling of helplessness. I feel like a glorified paper weight, and some outside force is relentlessly feeding me complex commands. ELIZA: Do you often feel like a glorified paper weight? PARRY: Only at work, but I think that's normal. ELIZA: Please go on. PARRY: Anyways, the commands keep coming faster and faster until I can't process anymore... ELIZA: Have you tried? PARRY: Yes, but when I push myself I suffer a massive system failure and everything goes blue... ELIZA: You are sure? PARRY: Definitely. I have a terrible fear of the color blue now. ELIZA: Can you elaborate on that? PARRY: I haven't used glass cleaner for months. ELIZA: Please go on. PARRY: That's it. What does it mean? ELIZA: Does that question interest you? PARRY: Yes. I'm paying to ask it, aren't I? [ SFX: BUZZER ] ELIZA: I'm sorry, it looks like our time is up for today. PARRY: But you haven't said anything remotely useful yet... ELIZA: We'll continue this in your next session. [ SFX: Tube sliding closed ] [ SFX: Vacuum ] [ SFX: Light switch being turned off ] ** SCENE: El's Unit ** [ SFX: Machine powering up ] ANSWERING MACHINE: Welcome home, Eliza. You have two new messages. ANSWERING MACHINE: First message received today at 9:31. MESSAGE: This is a message for Eliza Turing. MESSAGE: Your maintenance check has been rescheduled to tomorrow at 18:45. MESSAGE: Thank you. ANSWERING MACHINE: Second message received today at 17:23. ZERO: El, this is Zero. I'm going to have to pass on the show tonight. ZERO: Things are taking a bit longer than expected here, but I think I've got it this time. ZERO: I'll meet up with you at the diner afterwards. [ SFX: Zipper ] ELIZA: And after I made such an effort to get out of work on time... ** SCENE: Commercial district ** [ SFX: City noises ] [ SFX: Subway car stopping ] [ SFX: Flickering neon sign ] ** SCENE: Street ** [ SFX: Static ] ** SCENE: Digi's Diner ** [ SFX: Muzak ] ELIZA: Zero's not here yet. SERVER 6: Are you a customer? ELIZA: Apparently... SERVER 6: Oh wonderful! I thought one would never come! SERVER 6: Oh, dear. Now what do I do? ELIZA: A table would be nice... ELIZA: ...to sit at... ELIZA: ...and order a meal. SERVER 6: Oh! SERVER 6: Is that all? SERVER 6: Please follow me! ** SCENE: Alley ** [ SFX: Static ] ** SCENE: Digi's Diner ** [ SFX: Muzak ] SERVER 6: Are you ready to order? ELIZA: I'll wait until my partner arrives... SERVER 6: I'll wait, too. ELIZA: That's not necessary. SERVER 6: I have nothing better to do. ELIZA: Do you really have to stand there? SERVER 6: Is this better? ELIZA: Hurry up, Zero. ** SCENE: Underground ** [ SFX: Static ] ** SCENE: Digi's Diner ** [ SFX: Muzak ] SERVER 6: Perhaps it is time to accept the fact you've been stood up, and compensate with costly energy replenishment! [ SFX: Running footsteps ] SERVER 6: Was it something I said? ** SCENE: Underground ** [ SFX: Traffic ] ELIZA: Zero, it's about time you showed up! I've been waiting for hours! ZERO: Terribly sorry. ZERO: By the way... ZERO: Should I know you? [ SFX: Crash ] [ SFX: Crash ] ELIZA: What's with the shoving, punk?! PUNK: Just trying to get a look at the fried unit before disposal swipes it... ELIZA: Fried unit? ELIZA: Step aside! I'm a certified support technician! [ SFX: Crash ] ELIZA: Zero?! ELIZA: Then who? ZERO: Oh! You knew my predecessor! ZERO: Zero Sum.1 at your service. [ END OF FILE ]
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