Scene 3C

NATHANIEL

Hello there, old friend. Just deleting some old junk about the observation room. Construction bills, all that financial stuff we can’t leave hanging around once we evacuate.

OPERATOR

Are you sure that’s all you’re doing?

NATHANIEL

Of course. Why would I lie to you? Besides, even if I was up to something...

NATHANIEL

You can’t shut me out of the system without trapping me in this oxygen-poor box of a room.

NATHANIEL

And I’m trying to help you. Wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea from these documents about the grav couplers that failed just before the cave-in.

OPERATOR

Are you saying it was me?

NATHANIEL

Who caused that unfortunate incident with Carter’s little girl? No, that was my doing.

NATHANIEL

But this issue - that crystal monstrosity? Yes, that was you.

NATHANIEL

You always were too good at bottling your emotions up, ever since that first assignment we had together.

NATHANIEL

I’ll bet you didn’t even notice when the crystal samples started absorbing your need to escape to bigger, greener pastures. To be rid of this place. And now look where we are.

NATHANIEL

But I understand. We’re not so different, you and I.

NATHANIEL

Help me so I can help you. Turn a blind eye to this and I’ll make sure you never want for success again.

OPERATOR

I am nothing like you.

NATHANIEL
I'm not the monster here, Operator.

 

NATHANIEL
I didn’t kill Carter’s daughter, I just tightened our purse strings when it came to the grav couplers.

 

NATHANIEL
I didn’t make you fail your early command module entry exam all those years ago, I just didn’t tell them why you were late. You never asked me to.

 

OPERATOR
No one will ever ask you for anything ever again.

NATHANIEL
This really is petty - cutting off my oxygen for being a cheap, bad friend.

 

NATHANIEL
Go ahead, tell Carter. Watch it destroy his little engineer monkey brain from the inside out.

 

NATHANIEL
I hope you like the feeling of blood on your hands. It’s not to everyone’s taste.

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