Oct 28, 2021 10:39 AM
esther and ivy meet the Stage
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Isn't it embarrassing enough that they were late? Why does he need to make such outlandish claims. Keep your head down, Zero. You haven't earned individuality.

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He is glaring at a screw.

 

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She softens. Whisper: "Did you really see a giraffe?"

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"Yes."

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"Like the dream giraffe?"

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He nods.

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"I think we need to talk about that, then. Not here though. Finish rigging those, and meet me outside."

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The rest of the rigging goes quickly, and he slips out of the theater to find her.

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She's leaning back against a wall and doesn't appear to have see him exit.

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"Psst. S."

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She's ignoring him again.

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He taps her on the shoulder.

"Hey. S."

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She gives him a look. "If you've got something to say, just say it."

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"Let's talk about the giraffe, like you asked."

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She was really hoping he had forgotten. "Long story short, people don't get ahead via their own talent. They get ahead by winning at the world's most fucked up reality show, The Revue. You know how sometimes you pass out and end up on a familiar stage? Yeah, that's its fault. The Giraffe runs the whole show, as best I can tell."

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"Hm. Interesting."

He thinks in silence for a moment.

"I better work on winning that, I guess."

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She blinks. "You don't get to win that."

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"Why not?"

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"You're B-class. You'll never be an actor."

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"You're saying you can't win if you aren't an actor? What reward do we get then?"

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She pauses for a moment, thinking. "Honestly, I don't think we get one. Just getting to persist."

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"Hmm. Interesting. Don't know what that giraffe wants with us, then."

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"Fuel, probably." She shrugs.

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"I don't want to just be fuel."

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"You gave up your right to be anything but when you chose class B. Noone remembers the names of the stagehands, they remember the names of the actresses." She seems frustrated that he doesn't already understand this.

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