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Last Words

ARNOLD

Do you think we did good?

SYLVIA

Sure.  We did great.  We survived for billions of years, we helped out those animals and computers.  We made some good art.

ARNOLD

Really good art.  And science.

SYLVIA

Yes.  We answered a lot of questions.

ARNOLD

We also asked a bunch of questions that we never answered.  And now we never will.

BEAT.

SYLVIA

Sure.  But maybe that’s cool.

ARNOLD

Why?

SYLVIA

Well maybe it’s cool that we were able to ask questions we couldn’t answer.  Like “transcendent”.

ARNOLD

You mean we’re like gods?

SYLVIA

Nah, probably not like gods.  Gods would like make heat or something.  Or go away to some other universe where there’s heat.  Or like make it so they don’t mind the cold.  They wouldn’t just be here on this meteor.

ARNOLD

Some gods might.  Like Norse gods?  (OFF SYLVIA’S SILENCE) Yeah I guess so.  Not like gods.  But cool.

SYLVIA

Way cool.

ARNOLD

Way cool.  I wonder what happens next?

SYLVIA

Well that’s one of those questions that it’s cool we don’t have answers to.

ARNOLD

But it’s cool that I could ask it, right. (OFF SYLVIA’S SILENCE) Cool, cool, very cool.  What do you want to do now?  You want to play a game?  Let’s play a game.  I’m thinking of a number between one and infinity.  Do you want to know what it is?  Do you want to do something else?  (OFF SYLVIA’S SILENCE) Oh.

LONG, LONG, BEAT

ARNOLD

It was twelve.

 

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