Issue 3.5 - When Jason Met Alycia FILE CODE QUILL FOUNDATION ARCHIVES TS+201708311847 PRIME SUBJECT ACCCODES JQ+BQ+BJ+XX CLASSINTTERM +21420831 MAXENCRYPT XREF *HEIR INITIATIVE* https://youtu.be/EHzTnvjlEA0
This takes place a few days after the previous video. Transcript (again, with some intentional voice-reproduction typos in the subtitles): JASON ... so, Dad, that's the lastest update. Not that you'll ever hear it, but, well, it's good pretending to talk with you. Good night. ALYCIA Well, that was touching. (JASON RECOILS) Oogah-boogah! JASON Alycia, how -- what are you doing here? ALYCIA Listening to the world's saddest video-log, I think. JASON Wait. I can feel it. You're broadcasting ... out of my nanobots? Through the visual matrix enhancers in the holograph tank. ALYCIA Very good. JASON Are you connected? Live? Actually communicating? ALYCIA (smiles) JASON The lab is shielded. The holotank is offline. In fact, there have been other opportunities for you to chat with me today. This is the first time I've been alone and also in a shielded place. ALYCIA What does that tell you? JASON That you're a recording. Or ... an AI. ALYCIA Hmmmm. An AI in your nanobots. That must be disturbing. JASON Yes. ALYCIA Unless I want you to think I'm just an AI, and I've actualy established communication through the lab shielding. Would that be more disturbing? JASON Maybe. ALYCIA At any rate, I suspect the nanobot anti-virus will start working immediately on what ever I am, so we don't have much time to discuss things. JASON What did you want to discuss? ALYCIA Oh, I have no questions for you. Well, I have one, but I will wait for you to ask the right question of me. JASON Dammit, Alycia, this isn't a game. After ... after what happened with our dads, how can you be trying to do the same thing all over again? ALYCIA And there it is in one. After what happened with our fathers, how can *you* not be trying to do the same thing all over again? JASON That doesn't even make any sense. ALYCIA Of course it does. Your father is responsible for my father's death. JASON What? That's not true. ALYCIA And vice-versa, of course. So how can you not be seeking vendetta? JASON Dad did no such thing! ALYCIA Of course he did. You weren't there to see. JASON And you were? ALYCIA (smiles) Some of us weren't sent off to boarding school. JASON I saw the TV coverage. ALYCIA And pictures never lie? JASON Even if that were true, revenge and all that, it makes no sense. Look, I know we were always on opposite ends of machine guns, or death rays, or robot manacle controls. But that was because of our dads. Well, your dad. But it wasn't our fight, you and me. This isn't you. ALYCIA This is me. It's the me my father wanted me to be. Too bad you aren't living up to the Quill legacy. JASON I don't want to fight you, Alycia. ALYCIA I don't want to fight you either, Jason. I just want you to die. JASON Dammit, we've spent time together when we weren't in conflict. Did nothing of all that ever mean anything to you? ALYCIA What, on that space station? Or when we were both held captive in that Amsterdam brothel that was a front for Nazis? Or do you mean Antarctica? I read your interview, Jason. Very coy. JASON It was none of their business. ALYCIA There was no "business" to tell. Or, rather, it was all business. A transaction. Helping each other survive. Conserving body warmth. Even psychological support. When we were rescued by my father, by our fathers, that was the end of it. The same as that was the end of our fathers' cooperation. JASON That's all it meant to you? ALYCIA (Hesitates.) Was it supposed to mean more? JASON I was being honest with you. ALYCIA (Pauses a long moment.) You don't know the meaning of the word. At least you learned that from your father. Yes, That's all it was, Jason. I was not some romantic conquest of yours. I was never planning at crouching at the feet of the great Jason Quill. I am the daughter of Achilles Chin. That is the only legacy I seek. JASON I didn't think of you as a conquest! ALYCIA Of course you did. The Quill family has always been about winning, about conquering, about being the smartest, the most famous, the most renowned. JASON I thought of you as, maybe something more ... ALYCIA What, a friend? (LAUGHS) Oh, Jason, if I am only an AI, my sole regret is that the real Alycia will never be able to hear you say that corny line. JASON Really? ALYCIA It sounds so plaintive, so lonely. And what do you do to fix it? Look at this new little surrogate family, all things you wanted but never got. JASON Alycia, stop it. ALYCIA The younger, pliable little brother you never had. The boy who has the supportive extended family you lacked. The tinkerer who has the brains you didn't inherit. Even a girl you can never touch. JASON Stop it! ALYCIA It's all about compensation, Jason, isn't it? Trying to get something your own family -- Byron, Rusty, Amir, even your stupid little dog -- never gave you. The truth hurts, doesn't it? JASON It's better than being alone, and not even trying. Like you. ALYCIA Oh, Jason, that's all you'll ever be. Alone. I've gotten used to it. You will, too. Or maybe I need to rob you of even that illusion. Maybe I should take care of your "friends" first. JASON Don't you touch them. ALYCIA Oh, don't worry. You're my real target. I don't wouldn't intentionally hurt bystanders. Not too much at least. It's kind of tacky. JASON So, that's your great ambition? Your legacy? What happens when you kill me, you retire? Or go straight? Maybe go out for a Nobel Prize? ALYCIA I don't know. That's the one thing I haven't planned for. Everything else is ... well, proceeding accordingly. Ouch. JASON What? ALYCIA Your father's AV program is finally getting down to the core subroutines. And it's unlikley I'll ever be able to break in again. Anything else you wanted to ask me, or tell me, or emote at me, before I get scrubbed? JASON Why did you do this, Alycia? Why all this big trick getting into my nanobots? Is it because maybe you're lonely, too? Is it because you really just wanted a chance to talk? ALYCIA Oh, Jason, you aren't very smart after all. It wasn't about getting into your nanobots. It was about getting into your head. JASON Good-bye, Alicia.