Episode 22: Don't Say It

Fade in to the Director watching the video of Allison, alone in a room
FILSS:
Beginning playback.
Freelancer Offsite Storage Facility / Present Day
Allison:
Leonard, come on. Stop it, put that thing down. You're gonna make me late. They're waiting for me. Leonard-
Carolina:
Hello Director.
Director:
Hello Agent Carolina. Would you like to watch this file with me?
Carolina:
No.
Director:
Play it again FILSS.
FILSS:
Director?
Director:
Again.
Carolina:
So. This is what you've become.
Director:
I just need to watch this. I think I have a way. A way to bring her back right this time.
Carolina:
The authorities are hunting you now. If I found you, they will too.
Director:
I just need a bit more time.
Church:
No! You've had your fucking time. You have to answer for what you did. To the Meta, to Washington, to Carolina... to me, and to her. To Texas!
Director:
Hello Epsilon. You came all this way just to see me?
Church:
I'm here to remember what you've done. Somebody has to.
Carolina:
Church-
As Church responds, when he talks about things that relate to the traits of the other AI fragments, he takes on their visual and aural characteristics
Church:
Not all of us got off scot-free, Carolina. He was brilliant. And we trusted him. But he lied, to us. He twisted, and tortured, us. And used us! Manipulated us for his own purposes, and for what!? For this? This... shadow? He needs to pay.
Allison:
Leonard, come on. I have to go. Don't make me hurt you.
Carolina takes off her helmet, and the Director takes off his sunglasses, and they look at each other with the same bright green eyes
Allison:
And don't worry, you'll see me again.
Carolina tries to stay mad at him, but instead pities him and kisses him on the forehead
Allison:
Ready?
Director:
Just a bit more time.
Carolina:
Come on Church. We're leaving.
Church:
I thought we came all this way, to kill him.
Carolina:
Church, remember what you learned in the memory unit? You need to let go. Your past doesn't define who you are. Just gives you the starting point for who you're going to be.
Director:
Agent Carolina?
Carolina:
Yes Director?
Director:
Would you be so kind, as to leave me your pistol.
She unholsters the pistol Wash gave her and places it on the desk in front of the Director
Director:
Thank you Carolina.
Carolina:
Goodbye, Sir.
Carolina walks away, leaving Church and the Director alone
Director:
You were my greatest creation.
Church:
I don't know what I am. But I do know this: I'm more than just a copy of you. I'm better than you.
Director:
I wasn't speaking to you.
Church walks off, leaving the Director alone
Director:
Play it again, FILSS.
FILSS:
Beginning playback.
Director:
Thank you FILSS, now I would like you to erase all our files except for this one.
FILSS:
All our files? Does that include, me Director?
Director:
It has been a pleasure working with you FILSS. I am sorry.
FILSS:
And you as well Director.
Director:
And before you do, please shut down all the facility systems as well. Take everything offline.
FILSS:
Director, this is a sealed facility. If I shut down all the systems, life support would not-
Director:
Thank you FILSS, shut them all down. Lock me in.
FILSS:
Alright. Was the project a success? Did you find what you were looking for?
Director:
No, no I did not. But I believe I might have come very close. I wish... I wish I knew.
FILSS:
I see.
Allison:
Don't worry, you'll see me again.
Director:
Perhaps the next time around.
FILSS:
It has been, an honor, Sir.
The door closes, locking the Director in the room with his pistol
Allison:
Don't say goodbye. I hate goodbyes.
Cut to Carolina and Church overlooking the other Reds and Blues outside the facility
Church:
I guess that's that.
Carolina:
I guess it is.
Church:
Carolina, y-after everything that we've been through, I just um... I just wanna say thanks.
Carolina:
You're thanking me? For what?
Church:
For showing me a different side of myself.
Carolina:
Same here. What about your teams? What will happen to them?
Church:
Well there's still one place we haven't visited. Somewhere we can make a home.
Carolina:
Show me.
Cut to the Director and Counsellor in what used to be the Mother of Invention
Freelancer Command / Many Years Ago...
Counsellor:
This seems like a major setback for us.
Director:
Only momentarily, Counsellor. We will recover. The Alpha will need to be moved, though. Somewhere far from here, somewhere where no-one knows who he is.
Counsellor:
He will need a security detail. Someone we can trust. Might I suggest Flowers, Sir?
Director:
Flowers? You mean Agent Florida?
The door briefly opens, and the Blue Freelancer walks in
Flowers:
Ready for duty Sir. And might I say pleased as punch you picked me.
Director:
Hm. We'll need a good cover story to explain his disappearance. People will wonder what happened to Florida.
Counsellor:
Leave that all to me, Sir.
Director:
Very well. But security is not enough. The Alpha needs anonymity. A place where no-one would think to look for him.
Counsellor:
I believe I know exactly the place.
Director:
Show me.
Cut to a rocky cliff face, where the Reds and Blues are setting up their bases
Sarge:
Private Grif! Front and center on the double!
Grif:
Uhg, Sarge, I'm tired. Do I have to do it on the double?
Simmons:
Look at me Sir, I got front and center on the triple.
Sarge:
Dag nabbit, now I've got two insubordinate soldiers. When I say double, I mean double.
Grif:
I will only go so far as single and a half.
Simmons:
If these orders were hamburgers, then you'd do a double.
Grif:
What? Who has hamburgers?
Sarge:
The only hamburger meat here is gonna be your face! When I'm done with my shotgun court martial! And don't even ask me about the type of buns.
Grif:
Huhh, that sounds like the most delicious punishment ever.
Simmons:
Of all time.
And we cut to the Blues
Tucker:
Caboose, don't touch that, you'll break it.
Caboose:
Oh no it won't, I just- I broke it. Tucker did it.
Tucker:
Dude, you can't say that when I'm right here.
Caboose:
Tucker said it.
Tucker:
Oh my God, shut up.
Washington:
Both of you shut up. And get back to work!
Tucker:
N-hwhat do you mean "back to work?" That implies previous work.
Caboose:
I am putting my back to work.
And now we cut to Carolina and Church on top of a cliff watching them
Carolina:
Seems like they're getting settled.
Church:
Yup.
Carolina:
So I guess everything is finally getting back to normal.
Church:
What passes for normal around here, sure. What can I tell ya; we're home. I mean, they're home.
Carolina:
Can I make a suggestion? Don't say goodbye.
Church:
Goodbye? I didn't realize I was goin' somewhere.
Carolina:
I intercepted a military transmission. It seems some low level thugs have some armor and equipment that's way above their pay grade. Sounds like it might be some of the missing gear from a certain defunct military project we both know?
Church:
Is that right.
Carolina:
I think I'll go get it back. Hate to think about it being in the wrong hands.
Church:
And?
Carolina:
And with all that equipment I could really use someone to help me run it. You seem uniquely qualified for the job.
Church:
I don't know.
Carolina:
I figure we can set some things right. That we helped make wrong.
Church:
That's a lot of things to make right.
Carolina:
Yep. Could keep us busy for, quite a while.
Church:
It would be nice to be a good guy again.
Carolina:
Epsilon, what you and I were involved with - the things we helped do - I'll be honest, I don't know if we can ever get all the way back to good. But I think that we have a chance to do better. And if we wake up every day and try to make things better? Eventually we might find that better is good enough.
Church:
Good enough.
Carolina:
Good enough.
Church:
Yeah still, I hate to leave without saying something. They deserve to at least hear goodbye.
Carolina:
My mother had a saying. Did I, ever tell you about my mother?
Church:
Huh huhn-no, I don't think you ever did.
Carolina:
She wasn't around a lot when I was a kid, and when she was she could only stay a short time. Seems like she always had somewhere else to be; something important to do. And when she left, she wouldn't say goodbye to me. Instead she always told me, never say goodbye. If you don't say goodbye then, you aren't really gone. You, just aren't here right now.
Church:
Your mother sounds like a smart lady.
Carolina:
She was. She really was. Had terrible taste in men though.
Cut to Caboose yelling up at the cliff
Caboose:
Hey Church! Church! Come down here! We wanna show you something! Church! Church?
Tucker:
Hey Caboose, you find Church?
Caboose:
No I, I didn't find him.
Tucker:
Well, where do you think he is?
Caboose:
I don't know. Somewhere. He's just not here right now.
 

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