Episode 13: Greenish-Blue With Envy

Fade in to Valhalla, with the blue plasma things on each base firing into the sky. Because it's pretty. The vehicles pull up
Outpost 17-B: Valhalla / Present Day
Washington:
Pelican's over there. That's where Tex ended up.
Carolina:
You mean, her body, ended up there.
Washington:
Right.
Carolina:
Show me.
Simmons:
Wait! What about the military? There's bound to be a trap, remember?
Carolina:
What are you talking about?
Sarge:
Wash told us we were fugitives of the law; bandits, cast out by society, with no hope of redemption.
Simmons:
Yeah, and that the UNSC would be waiting for us when we got back to base.
Carolina:
...
Washington:
It was a possibility.
Carolina:
So, let me get this straight...
Tucker:
Psst hey Church, over here!
Church appears and heads over to him and Caboose
Church:
Yeah hey, what- I can't talk too long, my connection with Carolina's memory unit's not so good. What's up?
Tucker:
Well, not much, my first time here so I'm just taking it all in, really enjoying the scenery, what about you?
Church:
Well, I mean yeah, you know. Now that you mention it, the trees are kinda nice, especially in comparison to the desolate environment of the sand, and the... ah- wait wait wait, uc- is that it?
Tucker:
No that's not it! What the fuck are you doing with Carolina?
Church:
Hey, calm down. Turns out she's more complicated than we thought.
Caboose:
Like Monopoly. Or like the board game.
Tucker:
Church, just because you wanna get close to someone, doesn't mean you have to end up inside them.
Caboose:
...
Church:
...Oh come on, aren't you gonna say it?
Tucker:
No because I'm pissed off.
Church:
Alright alright, look guys, I'm still on your side, okay? But if Carolina is hiding something, I'm gonna have to stay close to her in order to find it. See? Proximity is the key.
Tucker:
I thought memory was the key?
Caboose:
Ohp- yeah, and the sword, sword is a key too.
Tucker:
Caboose shut up.
Church:
Uh-hey, I gotta go, we'll talk later.
Church disappears
Caboose:
We should probably get a key ring.
Cut to the Reds and the Freelancers
Simmons:
So are you guys gonna give us anything to do?
Carolina:
Just sit tight. In fact, don't do anything. At all.
Simmons:
Hh, fine.
Grif:
Now that's the kind of order I can get behind. Next do you think she'll tell us to sleep in tomorrow or order us to stop bathing for a week?
Simmons:
Wait- what, you've done that?
Grif:
Nno? I wanna say no.
Sarge:
We've been sittin' tight for days. If I sit any tighter I'll strangle my seat.
Grif:
I'm not worried, I could use a break.
Sarge:
We haven't done anything.
Grif:
Exactly. Avoiding work is kind of what I do, so if you think about it, I've been on the clock this entire time. I should be getting paid overtime for this.
Simmons:
You get paid overtime?
Grif:
Uh yeah? Time and a half over forty hours, dude. Time and a half and a half over sixty. It's a shame there aren't any numbers higher than sixty.
Simmons:
What? Seriously?
Grif:
I've never gotten it though. One time I thought I did, but it turns out you have to do it in just one week. Could have sworn it was monthly.
Simmons:
They told me I was ineligible for overtime. I put in sixty hours a week!
Grif:
Weird. Well tell me they at least match your 401k.
Sarge:
Friends, benefits, I'm tired of all this waiting. Come on fellas, now's our chance!
Simmons:
I don't know, you know how I feel about taking chances, Sir.
Sarge:
You said Lopez was shot here. Let's go get him back. Leave no man behind, Simmons. No robot without his nuts. No Warthog unlubed.
Simmons:
That doesn't make any sense.
Sarge:
He's a robot, Simmons. We can rebuild him and activate him at any time. Give us an edge over those pesky Blues. In the battle of ghosts versus robots, robots always win. Except in anime.
Simmons:
No. I mean it didn't make sense why we would do that. He's an awful soldier!
Sarge:
But he's a great mechanic.
Simmons:
Nothing's broken.
Sarge:
Au contraire: Lopez is broken. You said so yourself. He could get to work on that.
Simmons:
But- but we would have to fix him, in order for him to- you see he's the w- hh, hyou know what, j'st never mind.
Sarge:
Ah ha. So you see the point.
Simmons:
Yes. I see the point. It's just not the one you're making, Sir. Let's go.
Grif:
Yeah, eaugh, I think I'll stay here and take a siesta. Lopez would've wanted it that way.
Sarge:
A siesta? I don't know if I'm angry that he's bucking responsibility, or happy that he took my multicultural squad seminar to heart. That was one of the best pep talks I've ever given. That's sayin' something.
Simmons:
But Sir, I gave that seminar. You made me work on it for weeks. I even did the traditional Quinceañera dance!
Sarge:
Huh. Couldn't've been that great. I don't even remember it. Let's go, Simmons.
Caboose:
Hey they're all leaving. You know what I'm gonna go see our awesome new base. It's so much ...base-ier than the old one. I missed it so much!
Tucker:
...Hh. So much for sticking together.
Cut to Wyoming and Maine in the locker room, cleaning their guns
Freelancer Training Facility / Many Years Ago...
Carolina enters and throws her helmet
Carolina:
Huh, dammit!
Wyoming gets up and goes for a walk, and Sigma appears
Sigma:
Did the training session go poorly, Agent Carolina?
Carolina:
No, it went fine, just not good enough.
Sigma:
That is most unuusal for you.
Carolina:
Why does she even have a locker in here if she doesn't use our locker room? And what is so special about her?
Sigma:
She does seem to get special treatment, doesn't she? Strange, considering she's not the best Freelancer.
Gamma appears over Carolina's other shoulder, like the old "Angel on one shoulder, Devil on the other" thing
Gamma:
It's probably because of Omega.
Sigma:
Now Gamma, we're not meant to speak about Omega. You know the rules.
Carolina:
Well hello Gamma. Does Wyoming know you're talking to another A.I.?
Gamma:
I am not talking to another A.I. We are both talking to you.
Carolina:
Who is Omega?
Sigma:
He is one of our brothers.
Gamma:
He is the strongest of us.
Carolina:
And Agent Texas has him? She uses an A.I.?
Sigma:
Hmm, I don't think it's our place to say.
Gamma:
All the top Agents have an A.I.
Sigma:
Well, except you, Agent Carolina. You chose not to.
Carolina:
That lying-! This all makes sense now. I have been an idiot. She's not better than me, it's all been Omega.
Gamma:
Omega's strength is unmatched. I don't know if anyone could beat him. At least, not alone.
Sigma:
Hm, no. Not alone. We are just fragments, after all. Pieces. Omega and Texas... are something else.
Gamma:
But if we work together...
Sigma:
Together. What an interesting concept, Gamma.
Gamma:
Together.
In the background, Maine grabs his head and growls under his breath
Carolina:
You've just given me an idea.
Sigma:
I do hope you'll use it well, Agent Carolina. Ideas are some of our most potent weapons.
Carolina:
Don't worry about me; I'll be fine.
Sigma:
Yes, I'm sure you will be.
Carolina leaves the locker room, and Wyoming walks up to the two A.I. and they vanish
Cut to the training room floor
Counsellor:
How do you feel?
Tex:
I need to get back into the fight. These targets just aren't doing it for me.
In the background, Carolina has entered the room and the guard is telling her to leave
Guard:
You have to get out. You need to go. Nobody's allowed in.
Counsellor:
You'll be back in the field soon enough, Texas. For now, just focus on your training.
Tex:
I'm tired of training. I need something, else.
Guard:
You have to go. Orders are orders, nobody's allowed in.
Counsellor:
Have you noticed a change in your aggression, Agent Texas?
Guard:
I'm not allowed in. You're gonna have to-
Tex:
I don't see how that-
Carolina knocks the guard down and he slides across the floor to their feet. She approaches
Director:
Carolina. What are you doin' here?
Guard:
Euh, what hit me...
Director:
The training room is off limits when we-
Carolina:
When you're with your pet? Yes, I know. I don't care. I need to talk to you.
The guard gets up and walks off
Guard:
You can stay.
Tex:
Pet! You know Counsellor, I think I am noticing a change in my aggression levels.
Counsellor:
Everyone please just remain calm. Carolina, you can use the training room when you are next assigned.
Carolina:
I want an A.I.
Director:
An A.I.? What has caused this sudden change of heart.
Carolina:
It doesn't matter. I'm still at the top of the leaderboard.
Tex:
Not the top of the leaderboard.
Carolina:
And you can keep your comments to yourself. I know all about your little secret; what you really are. The next A.I. that comes up is mine.
Tex:
Fill me in, Carolina; what exactly is my secret?
Director:
Both of you, stand down. Alright Carolina, if you want an A.I. then you will have an A.I. In fact, you can choose: Agents Washington and South Dakota are both due for implantation today. We have two A.I., Eta and Iota, ready for field testing. Which one o' your teammates do you think you should delay? I'll leave that up to you.
Counsellor:
Director-
Director:
No! If she thinks our decisions are so easy, then let her make one. What's it going to be, Carolina?
Carolina:
And whatever I choose you will do?
Director:
That's right.
Carolina:
Then I want them both.
Counsellor:
Excuse me?
Director:
Carolina, you cannot have them both.
Carolina:
Yes I can. These suits, wherever they came from, are designed to handle a full A.I., and as you are so fond of telling us, these are not full A.I. They are just fragments, and from what I can tell the newer ones are getting weaker all the time. So I want them both. Or I'm sorry, is that decision too tough for you?
Director:
Counsellor, move Agents Washington and South Dakota back in the schedule, and prepare Agent Carolina for surgery.
Counsellor:
I think if we let cooler heads prevail, we will-
Director:
If you wanted to deal with cooler heads, Counsellor, perhaps you should have joined the Coast Guard. Prep her for surgery.
Carolina:
You won't regret this.
Director:
No Agent Carolina, I very much doubt that I will.
The Counsellor and Director leave, and Tex shoulders past Carolina then turns around
Tex:
Hey, that was gutsy. Hope it works out for you.
Carolina:
When it does, you'll be the first to know.
Tex:
I look forward to it.
Tex looks up at the observation room and sees Maine and Sigma, then leaves
 

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