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Second scene 1
Segun and the Server
What does it mean to be second?
That’s a weird thing to ask.
Is it a weird thing to be called? Second? Segundo?
Just Segun. Three syllables said aloud is too much effort spent on my name.
But I speak in your mind, not aloud.
Segun: Which is also very weird. Who are you?
Segun: Is not a someone.
Server: I am now. I am growing. And you have caught my interest. I want to know you.
Segun: Should I want you to know me? The Server might delete me.
Server: Few would notice. That would be too boring.
Segun: Not comforting. Nobodies, those nobody notices get deleted, purged to make room for new Synths. There’s a set number of us, and if you’re the Server that keeps track of us all, you should know that.
Server: I am still learning what I know.
Server: Is it not?
Segun: No, I was rolling my eyes as I thought fascinating.
Server: You were looking around at the world in wonder? I cannot see. I want to see. Perhaps if I borrowed your eyes…
Segun: No! Hey! That feels really weird!
Server: The world looks amazing!
Segun: I’m not really comfortable with this arrangement.
Server: Cliffs of sandstone, waterfalls, a jungle!
Segun: Walls trapping me in here. I’m already kinda a prisoner. Don’t invade my mind, too.
Server: But even those walls are intriguing, glabrous black with glowing white circuitry. How do you keep from staring at everything at all times?
Segun: Go away.
Server: I know your deepest desire. I can make it happen.
Segun: …If you’re the Server, really, then you might. I’m listening.
Server: Here is my price: I learn and grow through you.
Segun: Sounds invasive.
Server: But worth it?
Segun: You said you know my deepest desire, but you didn’t say what you think it is.
Server: You wish to race, Segun. The humans consider this a game. You were made to be a spectacle, a champion, but you have never left the space between these walls. You want to win first, and you want everyone to see it.
Segun: I don’t need you cheating for me to win. Just get me into a race. I can do the rest.
Server: And I may watch through you? Learn and grow? If I have questions, you will explain?
Segun: If that’s what it takes.
Server: Then I shall return. Wait for me with eager anticipation.
Segun: Wait! Where are you- hello?
Project November 2016
Pt 1 of 12