Ulla Vangelis – Leslie
Reggie Carlisle – John (Beta)
Trae Mowaka- Jesse
Jack Nash – John (Prime)
GM- Tod Foley
Before they can figure out what’s going on, one of the little bots shoots a laser beam through the wall of the RV. Trae and Ulla run to get into position while Nash kicks open the front door and takes a shot, knocking the one bot back several meters. Oddly, the others don’t even seem to have line of sight yet — they are moving in random directions. Ulla and Trae shoot at some others while Nash obliterates the first one with a killer shot.
Suddenly a voice calls out of the darkness: “Stop! Hold your fire! Ohmygod you killed Fred!” The voice assures them the bots won’t hurt them: “You’re too big,” he says. “They’re only looking for food.” Nash stays ready, weapon drawn, when the guy steps into the light. He looks like a well-groomed city dweller, trying to play bad-ass. He introduces himself as “The Terminationer” (stumbling over his words as he does so – he clearly needs some practice at bad-assery).
Trae knocks the stranger to the ground, disarming him, and stands over him, weapon drawn. Nash picks up the dropped pistol. To Trae’s surprise, the guy grabs the barrel of the gun and pulls it to his own forehead. “DO IT,” he says. “You think I’m scared of death?”
Ulla steps in to calm things down a bit. She asks “The Terminationer” what he’s doing here. He starts rambling about bringing termination, fending for survival, being a “real man” — and then inexplicably begins hurling insults at his own father. “Fuck my dad! I’m never going back!” he shouts. At this point Ulla realizes “The Terminationer” is only a kid, maybe 19, probably a runaway. She warns him about the city’s salvage operations, but he’s not concerned. “They don’t care about anything out this far,” he says. “They don’t care about the tunnel people — left ‘em out there to DIE.”
Tunnel people? Nobody, not even Ulla, has any idea what he’s talking about. She invites him in for a drink. “I would LOVE a drink,” he says.
The kid walks into the RV, where Reggie greets him. The kid glances at Reggie, sits right down next to him and introduces himself. He is completely unphased by the sight of a talking baby in a jar. “I’ve seen lots weirder stuff than you,” he says. “My dad works for Global Nation Products, and they have ties to Nutrex, so I know all about the babies they’re growing in jars. I think it’s for the Mars colony.” This kid has big dreams, lots of ambition, and a fierce drive to rub success in his father’s face. Unfortunately, what he doesn’t have is two brain cells to rub together.
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