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Second scene 12
Eleven hours after scene 11
Eleven Hours Later
Quintis: We meet again.
Segun: Quintis, what are you doing here at our kennel?
Quintis: Your Masters wanted to negotiate a trade with mine, and I thought while I was here I might as well catch up with you and Nill.
Segun: Wait, the Masters aren’t trading one of us away, are they?
Quintis: Probably not.
Segun: Don’t shrug like it doesn’t matter.
Quintis: I’ve had lots of different Masters. Your Nill, having just won the Expert Race fresh out of his Second Cocoon, is rather popular right now. They could catch a pretty price for him.
Segun: They could catch a pretty price for him at any time, and they haven’t sold him yet, even when he wasn’t winning them anything.
Quintis: You’re quite impressive yourself. You beat me like you said you would, even if you didn’t win. You don’t seem too disappointed at that either.
Segun: Yeah, I came in second, but it was to Nill, so it’s okay. I’m just glad he survived. And Prima had to be my Second, so that’s a bonus.
Quintis: You’re Prima’s glitch, aren’t you? How’d you escape deletion?
Segun: The Server found me interesting.
Quintis: You heard its voice in your head?
Segun: Is that...common? Do you hear it, too?
Quintis: Once upon a time I did, and you’re the only person I’ve ever asked, so...
Segun: I haven’t heard the Server since I got mad at it in the race and told it not to talk to me again.
I don’t know, maybe it will delete me now. I’m not sure that my Masters won’t order me deleted either.
Quintis: You and Nill won them a lot of prizes and fame in that Expert Race.
Segun: I also snuck behind their backs to get in that race.
Quintis: Hehehe, that’s...bold.
Segun: They pay more attention to me now, which is good and a little annoying. Having a fan base is similar.
Do you think the Server is mad at me?
Quintis: Who knows? It stopped talking to me when I no longer needed it.
Segun: We always need the Server.
Quintis: Not narrating in our heads. When it first spoke to me, I had no friends. I was small and quirky, and it helped me meet those who liked that. It taught me a lot, and once I had a tangible team, it let me go.
Segun: I thought the Server was a new awareness.
Quintis: Maybe it was. Maybe your Server-voice and mine weren’t the same one.
Or maybe it pretends to be young like us to make us feel like we have the peer we need.
If it’s any consolation, I think if it was going to delete you, it would have done it by now. Your Masters, too. I saw your name on another schedule roster for tomorrow.
Segun: Really? Which one?
Quintis: It involves a lot of swimming, climbing, and breaking things: The Advanced Quicksand Race.
Segun: An Advanced race? Bring it on!
Project November 2016
Pt 12 of 12