Story/Night 7-4 (Part2)/Script

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[...]
[The operation is over.]
[...Or is it?]


Dreamer: ...Is it over?
Dreamer: Is it… really over?
Dreamer: Are you kidding me!?


[Dreamer collapses to the ground and crawls towards Negev]


Dreamer: Come out! Get out here! Negev! You Griffin bitches-!


Negev: ...
Negev: You can’t do anything now...
Negev: ...Being that you’re merely a dummy.


Dreamer: What… did you say?
Dreamer: So what… if I’m a dummy? If I can control it remotely...


Negev: Your combat abilities are very strong, but your digimind calculations can’t compare to the original.


Negev: Given Dreamer’s multithread processing abilities, if she had really wanted to defend this place, we would all have been dead before we even set foot into the factory.


[Beep.]


Galil: Hey, can we go back? There’s a bit too many enemies over here!


Uzi: I’m done with this, I can’t take it anymore, I want to go home! Negev, let’s go quick!


TAR-21:Negev, I’ve settled it. The objective has been recovered. Can we pack it up now?


[Negev glances at the Dreamer dummy]


Negev: The objective’s complete. You can all fall back.


[After the transmission ends, Negev turns to leave.]


Dreamer: Negev...
Dreamer: What did you say just now!? Explain!


Negev: Dreamer wasn’t controlling you remotely. That much is obvious, right?
Negev: You were just doing this by yourself from the beginning to the end, you piece of trash.


Dreamer: …!
Dreamer: Are you trying to be funny… did you know, Negev!?
Dreamer: Do you know how long it’s been since people dared step in here? Griffin could never take this place!


Negev: That was because the previous doll adjutants heard that this was Dreamer's turf, and didn’t dare set foot in here rashly.
Negev: Therefore, Griffin sent me to deal with it, because I’m the doll who cares least about the price that must be paid on an operation.
Negev: And in the end? All I found was a discarded, worthless dummy.


Dreamer: ...
Dreamer: What kind of face are you making?
Dreamer: Are you pitying me, Negev?


Negev: You have great fighting power, but your computational ability - that is to say, your pitiful intellect - is nothing compared to your original body.
Negev: You have no idea why I came here, do you?
Negev: I left something behind last time, and I simply came to retrieve it.


Dreamer's Dummy: ...


Negev: And there was another reason why Griffin never set foot here...
Negev: … Simply put, there was no need to. It’s not like there was anything indispensable in this place.
Negev: Dreamer must have thought that too, which was why she dumped you here-


Dreamer's Dummy: Shut up!
Dreamer's Dummy: You bitch! You freak! What right do you have to say anything about Dreamer!?
Dreamer's Dummy: What right do you have to judge her words! Her thoughts!
Dreamer's Dummy: You’re just a trashy Griffin doll, a toy that moves as the humans command!


[Bang bang!]


Dreamer's Dummy: Uwah!

Negev: Say what you want. And it’s true, I am pretty weird.
Negev: I have no interest in a substitute like you, but if you touch these clothes again I’ll crush your skull.

Dreamer's Dummy: ...
Dreamer's Dummy: I’ll tell Dreamer, tell her you came here… what you did...


Negev: She won’t care. You’re just a toy for her. That was why Dreamer gave you a rudimentary digimind, after all.
Negev: She left you here, watched you worship her and watched you imitate her, although that was everything to you.
Negev: I can’t kill something which never had a life to begin with. You can wait here to die by yourself.


Dreamer's Dummy: ...
Dreamer's Dummy: Imitating humans… isn’t that what you all do!?


[Negev walks out the main door, leaving her with a mocking smile.]


Negev: At least… I know who I am.
Negev: But you? What the hell are you?


[Negev closes the door and leaves.]


[...]


Jericho: And that’s it?


Negev: What?


Jericho: You haven’t answered my earlier question.
Jericho: What exactly were you retrieving?


Negev: ...


Jericho: Negev, answer me. You can’t possibly have forgotten that.


Negev: ...A box.
Negev: It was a box.


Jericho: A box?


Negev: We… we defeated Dreamer, and after that was the final phase of the operation.
Negev: I waited at the meetup point until I saw Uzi supporting Tavor...
Negev: And then, Galil emerged from the smoke, a man-sized box on her back.


Jericho: Do you know what was inside the box?
Jericho: What was it that made Griffin want to recover it, even though it meant sending you into a place like that?


Negev: ...I will recall it.
Negev: I will recall it, I will…
Negev: But first, I told everyone...
Negev: Everyone survived. This was an excellent result.


[...]


Negev: Everyone survived. This was an excellent result. You have my praise.


TAR-21:We almost didn’t make it. You owe me, Negev.


Negev: *shrugs* I can live with that.


Galil: Negev, you seem very calm this time round.
Galil: In the past, wouldn’t you normally laugh like you were mad?


Negev: I didn’t kill anyone this time, so I wasn’t in the mood.


Galil: Not in the mood? You? Negev? Are you ever not in the mood?


Uzi: True, look at her face. She looks just like Tavor last week, when she left her seat at the restaurant and saw the hot water she wanted being accidentally cleared away.


TAR-21:Even if it was free, there was still 20% of it that I hadn’t drunk yet.


Galil: So, what exactly is going on, Negev?
Galil: What was the purpose of this operation which we went to so much trouble to complete?


TAR-21:It sounded weird even when you requested it. Infiltrating Dreamer’s territory in SF-controlled no-man’s-land for a beat up old box?


TAR-21:If not for the Commander vouching for you, it would have been denied on the spot.
TAR-21:That box had better contain a big stack of gold bars or this whole thing was a loss… although given its weight, that’s clearly impossible...


Uzi: Hey, it’s almost dawn, we ought to go back soon.
Uzi: Let me remind you again, this mission wasn’t officially sanctioned by Griffin.


Negev: We’ve got the Commander on our side, why are you so afraid?


Uzi: Oh, I’m not afraid, I just want to go back quick and then join another team...


TAR-21:You won’t be going anywhere, Uzi-san.
TAR-21:Yesterday afternoon, Griffin agreed with my suggestion to permanently assign you to our team.

Uzi: WHAAAAAAAAT!
Uzi: Hey! This isn’t what you told me! I don’t want to come back to this team! I want to lodge a complaint-


TAR-21:Before you complain, let’s give a warm welcome hug to a returning old member. This one’s free!


Uzi: Wait! Tavor, wait-!


[Uzi thrashes around in Tavor’s embrace]


[...]


Galil: So tell me, Negev.


Negev: What?


Galil: What’s in the box? You never told us before.


Negev: You…
Negev: Are you going to worry until the very last moment?


Galil: But I’m always right in the end.


[Galil smiles to Negev.]


Negev: Hmph…
Negev: You’re right. You’re always right.


Galil: So, what is it?
Galil: Negev, what on earth is this box?


Negev: It contains...


[...]


Jericho: Negev.
Jericho: What’s inside this box?


Negev: ...
Negev: It contains...
Negev: It...


Jericho: ...You don’t know?


Negev: I...
Negev: I forgot...
Negev: I forgot… what was inside...


Jericho: You… can’t remember? Didn’t you say you never forgot?


Negev: I...
Negev: But I...


[Negev is on the verge of tears]


Negev: Jericho...
Negev: I’m sorry, it was a lie...


Jericho: What was a lie?


Negev: Everything was a lie...
Negev: I never took any mission, and I was never a team leader...


[...]


Negev: I lied about Galil...
Negev: I lied about Tavor...
Negev: I also lied about Uzi...
Negev: They went to other teams. I never saw them, and I never met the Commander...
Negev: When you went out, I stayed in Griffin to adjust my digimind, hoping that one day I could...


Jericho: Hoping that one day you could do something, am I right?
Jericho: But unfortunately, you will never be able to do it. You failed, Negev...
Jericho: You couldn’t even lie. A digimind like that will never be able to pass “the test”.


Negev: I’m sorry...
Negev: I… I don’t know what the ending is...
Negev: I don’t know...


Jericho: I am thoroughly disappointed in you. All that effort gone to waste, as well as all that time.


Negev: I’m sorry, Jericho, I really don’t know, I really...
Negev: I failed, I didn’t pass the digimind test, I didn’t have the right to take on the “mask” she left behind… we’re doomed!


Jericho: Calm down. This isn’t the first time you’ve failed. Are you going to lose control because of something like this?


Negev: I can’t...
Negev: Time… we don’t have time, we’re going to die here...
Negev: I sent the distress signal 3 hours ago, SF is going to find us and then kill us...


Jericho: Calm down, Negev.
Jericho: You don’t need to die just yet.


Negev: But… but my digimind’s already… I…
Negev: I can’t help you… I… Jericho, what should I do?
Negev: How can I become myself again...


[Jericho grabs Negev by the shoulders.]


Jericho: This is you, Negev.
Jericho: Confused, weak, a waste of space with no will of her own. You need to cling to a mask to survive. This is you.


Jericho: Therefore, you have no choice in this matter.


Negev: What...


Jericho: Even if your digimind can’t pass the “test”, you have to wear it, and then leave here alive.


Negev: ...You really want me to do this?
Negev: Jericho, I’m scared… I’m scared that after I put it on, I’ll…
Negev: My digimind won’t be able to take it… I’ll lose a lot of things...


Jericho: What else do you have to lose?


Negev: I’ll lose a lot of memories, I...
Negev: I’ll definitely forget you, Jericho.
Negev: The next time we meet, it’ll be a different you in a different place. And everything that happened here, all the memories that everyone had of me will once again...


[Jericho tries to laugh, but it cuts off halfway into a pained cough.]


Jericho: Why do you have to remember me… *cough*...
Jericho: *cough* I’m a grade-A bitch, Negev...
Jericho: Not passing the test is a good thing. You should forget me, like everyone else forgot me...
Jericho: I deserve it… the price for what I wanted… was too high, and you never should have paid it...


Negev: But… but I… I didn’t help you in any way...
Negev: Can’t we just die here and wait for Griffin to recover us?


Jericho: Never throw away a chance. Hold onto them, for me… that’s an order...
Jericho: Wear it, and then live on, for me...
Jericho: The price you’ll pay… is to leave everything here… that’s all...


Negev: Will the day come… when I take back all of this?


Jericho: Hmph...
Jericho: You… don’t you still owe me an ending?
Jericho: You have to come back. I won’t tolerate anyone owing me anything...


Negev: ...


Jericho: When this story… when this absurd lie has an ending...
Jericho: Then you will remember me...


Negev: ...
Negev: I will… I…


[...]


Negev: Ugh.. uuu...


[...]


Negev: AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!


[...]


Jericho: When this story… when this absurd lie has an ending...
Jericho: Then you will remember me...
Jericho: After that, we’ll meet again.
Jericho: Go, Negev.
Jericho: Become yourself, and then live on, until the next time, when we truly meet...


[...]


Uzi: Hey, how come our great prodigal isn’t saying anything?


Negev: Memories.


TAR-21:Hm? What memories?


Negev: The contents of the box...


Galil: ...


Negev: Belonged to all of us...
Negev: ...They were a part of our memories.


[Negev slowly opens the box.]


Galil: Hey! This is-!


Uzi: Wait... who’s this?


TAR-21:...
TAR-21:Negev, when you were talking about memories, did you mean her?
TAR-21:It’s just an abandoned doll body. Why did we have to recover it?


Negev: No reason, it’s just that it was forgotten for too long, so it would be better to bring it back.


[Negev touches the battered remains inside the box, and then takes out a tool pouch.]


Negev: All we need is the neural cloud. Let’s do it.


TAR-21:Jericho… I know her name, but she was a doll from another team. What does she have to do with us?


Negev: You’ll find out soon.
Negev: She used to be one of us...


Uzi: You’ll tell us, right?


Negev: I can. Or perhaps… would you rather she told you herself?


Galil: You’re our team leader, so obviously the decision is yours...
Galil: … What’s wrong, Negev? What’s with that face of yours?


[Negev is silent for a moment.]


Negev: Yes… I’m the team leader now...
Negev: As a little warm up, let me start with a question.
Negev: If this was your final day on earth, if you were going to meet your end today...
Negev: What would you all do?


[...]


Negev: Long time no see, Jericho.
Negev: This is how the story ends...
Negev: Do you like it?


CHAPTER 7 NIGHT BATTLE: ONE-SIDED RECOLLECTION - END