« on: April 07, 2011, 10:11:03 pm »
**Recording. Tunnel 9 Operations. 6/29/13 0036**
"You look well. Healthier, lately."
"I told you, I'm living a healthy lifestyle."
"You said that, yeah, but you say a lot of things."
"Wasn't always a pudgy fucker you know. Did some sports in my school years."
"That's not what I was saying."
"Don't quite get a lot of exercise down here. Never did see the point of walking in one place until the alternative was holding hands with a bloody monster."
"They're monsters, then?"
"They're certainly named after one. What else would you call them?"
"What about yourself, ever get into athletics?"
"Not as such, no. Always been a bit of a book person, I suppose."
"Well we share that. Can't live a life out of books, though."
"Who says I have?"
"Ever been outside the country?"
"Never got the chance. Rather expensive."
"And with that nice university degree you decided to work in the sewer, perhaps sign up as a servohead."
"I have my reasons."
"Who told you about my brother?"
"A man hears things. Maybe it echoed off the tunnels."
"Yeah. My brother."
"Except you don't have one."
"You don't have a brother."
"I suppose I don't anymore, no."
"You never did."
"And you heard that echoing off the tunnels as well, did you? Seems I'll have to have a discussion with the Chaplain."
"You'd have to tell him why you lied."
"I did not lie."
"Here's how I figure the conversation went. You talk to the Payneites about serving down here. They ask you why. Rather than say because you believe in Payne's mission, you try to earn a bit of respect. You'd heard the stories of a particularly heroic Templar and you let them make the connection themselves. Sams isn't such a stretch to Samson is it? Must've taken a bit of acting to find out he was dead, which really only helped in that he wasn't around to contradict your story."
"It was harmless."
"I shouldn't have done it."
"I agree there as well."
"It's just. My whole life I haven't been taken seriously. Through school, even as an engineer, really. I just thought I could get treated with some respect. And I didn't hurt anyone by it."
"But it didn't exactly help you either, did it? You got some sympathy, but it's damn clear you're nothing like Samson. Hell, nobody is."
"Don't suppose it did, no."
"Which is why you want to join up as a Templar. Show us all you've got the minimals to do it just like your fake brother. All that about duty and whatnot was bullocks."
"Getting a bit personal now, Hayes? What about yourself, you cynical fucker? I bet you want me to go and live life just like you did, eh? Talk down to half the world and trick myself into thinking I've got a right to? You're down in this sewer just like we all are, but somehow you got me thinking that there's a reason for you doing it. I bet you have yourself half convinced you actually do, too. The Payneites are evil bastards, the servoheads are stupid pawns, and the Operators all have the wool pulled over their eyes. Is that it?"
"If I knew what I was getting into, Sams-"
"Yeah? You and me both. Probably all of us. Except the Templars."
"Maybe so. What if there was a way out?"
"What are you on about?"
"Sams. Let's be honest with each other a second. Do you believe in what we're doing down here?"
"Yes. The Nessies need to be stopped."
"But you aren't sure we're doing it the right way."
"Well that. Yeah, that's a bit more on the mark."
"Because we aren't winning. And this is too big a job to handle for a church, even one with the resources of the Payneites."
"So I'll ask again. What if there was a way out?"
"I still think I should be down here doing my part."
"And if you could do your part elsewhere? Be the one to alert higher authorities? Get us some real presence down here to stop the Nessies before they do any more damage to England?"
"The Chaplain says-"
"Bugger what the Chaplain says, Sams! I am asking you. Operator Sams. Do you think we need help down here, and are you willing to be the one to get it?"
"I...I would, yeah."
"Tonight I want you to get in touch with Palmer. Yes, that Palmer. Tell him I sent you. And not another word."
"What happens then?"
"I think you'll get your chance to be taken seriously."