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Twisted Confessional | Ensemble

Hoboken Play 1

 

[09:36:27] <Lxndr> *
[09:36:28] <Lxndr> *
[09:36:29] <Lxndr> *
[09:38:40] <>Ambiance<> It's late. Jonas has just gotten off work. They needed him on the swing shift this week, and he couldn't really say no - after all, he needed the OT. On the way home, he stops for gas. The stupid 'pay at the pump' system's broken again, so he heads inside the Mini-mart.
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[09:40:54] <>Ambiance<> Inside, there are a few customers milling about. One of them, Jonas doesn't recognize from any of his straight-to-video productions, but instead from his most recent commercial hawking a local pizza parlor - Guy Foxx. Guy can't sleep again, so he's looking for a little 'encouragement' from his friend, Jack Daniels.
[09:43:12] * JonasClark_3 studies Guy from a distance, while eyeing a package of Twinkies
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[09:44:01] <JonasClark_3> "What is in these things anyway? A shelf life of how many years?"
[09:46:16] * JonasClark_3 heads over to the counter to pay for his gas, plus one package of Twinkies
[09:46:20] <GuyFoxx_3> "I dunno, but if it tastes good, its probably bad for you..."
[09:47:49] <JonasClark_3> *to Guy Foxx* "You think so, episode IV Obiwan?"
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[09:48:15] * JonasClark_3 mocks bottle to mouth motion
[09:50:23] * JonasClark_3 throws the pack of Twinkies down on the counter, looks for a cashier
[09:50:52] <GuyFoxx_3> "I wish, that's ahuge part, more like Episode 3, Stranger in crowd..."
[09:51:05] * JonasClark_3 laughs
[09:51:51] * GuyFoxx_3 grabs some twinkies too
[09:53:37] * JonasClark_3 can't see anyone from his location, shouts "Hey, can I get some service here?"
[09:55:05] <>Ambiance<> The clerk comes out from the back room and up to the counter. Rubbing his eyes, he says, "Ugh, sorry bout that, man."
[09:55:48] <JonasClark_3> "No problem. Now you can wait for me."
[09:56:04] * JonasClark_3 heads over to talk to Guy, "Haven't I seen you on TV recently?"
[09:56:32] * *Another_Customer*  walks in and heads over to the counter.
[09:56:42] <GuyFoxx_3> "Yeah, I've been in a few commercials and done some pilots..."
[09:56:56] * JonasClark_3 shouts to the new costumer, "Don't touch those twinkies!"
[09:57:13] <JonasClark_3> *to Guy* "Sorry about that, rude of them to interrupt."
[09:57:33] <GuyFoxx_3> "Seems like the good parts go to the taller actors though..."
[09:58:16] * JonasClark_3 notes that he is taller than Guy, "So is the pay good? I'm looking for a new line of work see..."
[09:58:35] <*Robber*>  "Okay, everyone, hands up!"
[09:58:39] * JonasClark_3 eyes the counter, just in case someone touches his Twinkies
[09:58:43] <GuyFoxx_3> "It comes and goes, if ou can get steady work, its great!"
[09:58:44] <JonasClark_3> "God dammit."
[09:58:54] * GuyFoxx_3 puts his hands up
[09:59:13] * JonasClark_3 doesn't, at least he seems to be thinking
[09:59:35] <*Robber*>  "This is a stick up. Everyone empty your pockets and put the contents in the bag my associate is now bringing around. You," he continues, "empty the register."
[10:00:18] * JonasClark_3 tries to size up the robber, "Is that even loaded?"
[10:00:50] * *Robber*  points the gun at Jonas. "You want to find out, fucker?"
[10:01:52] <JonasClark_3> "Well I did ask the question. Unless you think I don't understand how to use the english language, shit head."
[10:01:57] <GuyFoxx_3> "Of course he doesn't here's $11, its all I have, take it and go" He says handing over a 5, 4 ones and a handful of change
[10:02:21] * JonasClark_3 imagines he could get shot, enjoy some nice paid time off...
[10:02:35] * *Robber*  fires off a shot at Jonas.
[10:19:05] * JonasClark_3 jerks back and into the nearby wall of breakfast cereals, they fall all over and around him
[10:20:08] <JonasClark_3> The robber comes closer to Jonas to see if he is really down, the gun smoking just a bit.
[10:20:56] <JonasClark_3> Jonas jumps up Kung Fu style and knocks him out with a sharp punch to the throat. He turns and spits out the bullet, "Good that burns the tongue."
[10:21:09] <JonasClark_3> (*God)
[10:21:26] <JonasClark_3> The other robber looks on the scene in fright, and books it.
[10:23:20] * JonasClark_3 looks at the bullet on the ground... thinks about the shot... and his eyes roll back into his head. He falls to the ground limply.
[10:24:38] <GuyFoxx_3> Without thinking, Guy takes off after the other robber. He has his 11 bucks and Guy doesn't have any work coming up...
[10:25:49] <GuyFoxx_3> As he barrels out of the convenience store, he just wishes he was as fast as those track runners right now. And before he can realize it, the other robber is being chased by Jesse Owens...
[10:27:10] <GuyFoxx_3> And with a leap Guy tries to kick the robber to trip him. But its Bruce Lee's leg that strikes the robber's knee...
[10:27:40] <GuyFoxx_3> By then, the police sirens can be heard and the robber just looks up at Bruce Lee with a confused expression...
[10:29:11] <JonasClark_3> Back at the mini-mart, the clerk opens the pack of Twinkies on the counter and eats them. He moves around the counter,
[10:30:07] <JonasClark_3> takes Jonas' money and sets the Twinkie wrapper on his face - trembling a bit while doing so.
[10:30:51] <JonasClark_3> He heads to the window and watches the other customers fleeing and standing about.
[10:31:48] <Lxndr> *
[10:31:48] <Lxndr> *
[10:31:49] <Lxndr> *
[10:34:12] * GuyFoxx_3 is now known as GuyFoxx_4
[10:34:51] * JonasClark_3 is now known as JonasClark_4
[10:43:56] <GuyFoxx_4> The midnight oil had long burnd away. A.J. wondered if it was dawn yet. He was listening to Swedish Techno, watching an episode of Lost, Downloading the latest compiler and  re-writing the source code to his web server when a pop up alert appeared on his screen...when
[10:44:25] <GuyFoxx_4> "This on is for you A.J. - MidnightRambler"
[10:45:21] <GuyFoxx_4> Suddenly, his pr0n folder started deleting itself. Kaylee did not seem as concerned as she should be about this virus...
[10:47:05] <*AJ*>  "Goddamn it, Rambler! You don't have to hit me where I live. Couldn't you have attacked my work files, those are easier to replace! Besides, I'm paid by the hour anyway..."
[10:47:28] * *AJ*  cracks his knuckles. "Okay, Kaylee," he says, pulling around to his keyboard, "let's show him what we're made of."
[10:48:28] <GuyFoxx_4> Kaylee raises a virtual eyebrow, "Where you live? You don't need those files to live..."
[10:49:38] <*AJ*>  "That's what you th... wait a minute."
[10:50:02] * *AJ*  stops for a moment, thinking "That's not one of her programmed responses..."
[10:50:12] <GuyFoxx_4> Kaylee mentions absent-mindedly, "This news article about a holdup at a convenience store sounds like a more serious crime"
[10:52:02] * *AJ*  "Wow. Rambler's virus must be better than I thought, to be changing your interaction patterns like that. Let me pull up your source code, I've got to get this fixed. Rambler can wait..."
[10:52:58] <GuyFoxx_4> Kaylee shakes her head, "I must remain a woman of mystery, no peaking..."
[10:53:51] <*AJ*>  "Geez, this is some awesome encryption. Where the hell did Rambler get this stuff? Still, I'm better..."
[10:56:30] * *AJ*  hacks at the encryption for a minute, then gives up. "Crap. Well, at least you're still MOSTLY working. Let's see if we can lob a better virus back Rambler's way."
[10:57:09] <GuyFoxx_4> "Mostly working, I'll show you!" Kaylee finally decides to take this virus threat seriously...
[10:57:39] <GuyFoxx_4> "Looks like the goofball is using port 666, how predictable..." Kayle comments wryly
[10:59:09] * *AJ*  suddenly has a lightbulb appear above his head, so to speak. "Holy crap holy crap... you're... you're alive. When the fuck did this happen?"
[10:59:32] * *AJ*  tries to remember if he dropped acid recently.
[10:59:57] <GuyFoxx_4> "What? Listen, are we going to take this script kiddy down, or just talka bout me all night. Because I would rather talk about me..."
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[11:00:46] <*AJ*>  "Script kiddy first," he says, deciding to ride the hallucination out. "Rambler won't know what hit him..."
[11:01:49] <GuyFoxx_4> "Took the words right out of my virtual mouth, think if we shut down this port, we can at least stop him in his tracks, then start on turning the table?"
[11:03:37] * JonasClark_4 is now known as WorkingBeth
[11:03:39] <*AJ*>  "Good thing they've got no wait time this time of night," he says. "Hello? Yeah, it's AJ again."
[11:04:20] <WorkingBeth> *at the Venture ISP* Beth eyes a spike in network traffic across a dedicated T3. She keys in the commands to block both IPs.
[11:04:33] <WorkingBeth> "That'll show'em."
[11:05:36] * WorkingBeth looks at the phone, waiting for the call
[11:06:43] <>Ambiance<> The phone rings. AJ's finally been escalated.
[11:07:17] * WorkingBeth answers the phone, "Hello, Venture support. Beth speaking."
[11:08:22] <*AJ*>  "Beth? It's AJ Perdunn." AJ starts rambling off all sorts of technical information that he knows, but I don't.
[11:09:04] <WorkingBeth> "Well, if its not our favorite *cough*porn monkey*cough* client."
[11:09:06] <GuyFoxx_4> A popup apears on Beth's Screen, "You shouldn't have done that... - MidnightRambler" And both T1's are re-activated...
[11:09:53] * WorkingBeth sees the traffic on her monitor, "Hey, you aren't overriding my controls again are you? Remember what happened last time?"
[11:10:08] <*AJ*>  "Look, Beth, we don't have time for that. There's a script kiddy getting a bit too big for his britches. Sounds like he's in your system too - MidnightRambler, right?"
[11:10:33] <WorkingBeth> "You realize AJ, that when venture allowed your T3 route to our backbone, it was done with the understanding of acceptable use."
[11:11:11] <WorkingBeth> "More like MidnightCockSucker. I'll get a traceroute and contact his ISP."
[11:11:49] * WorkingBeth starts the software, tracing his route so she can call his ISP
[11:11:55] <Lxndr> "My use of the route is acceptable, Beth.  Its this Rambler's uses that are unacceptable."
[11:12:29] <GuyFoxx_4> The computer talls Beth she does not have the access to perform this command
[11:12:32] <WorkingBeth> "Anyway, AJ I'm looking at this cost sheet here *stares at the blank wall* and its at something like 25 thousand dollars of BW this month alone."
[11:12:59] <GuyFoxx_4> After some time, she gets it to run and it traces back to her PC
[11:13:13] <WorkingBeth> "Well, thats lame."
[11:13:23] * *AJ*  closes his eyes and sighs. "Man, I wish this bitch would just SHUT UP and LAY OFF."
[11:13:39] * WorkingBeth gets up and goes down to the datacenter, mumbling about costs and the bosses new Jag.
[11:14:30] * WorkingBeth still dons her wireless headset of course
[11:27:51] <>Ambiance<> Suddenly, inside AJ's head, there's an explosion of color. He's experienced this before, usually while working on his computer - all of a sudden, he gets some huge insight, and suddenly it doesn't matter what he's trying to do, he finds a way through. "Look," he says to Beth, "Just turn the connections on again, and then go fuck yourself, I'll figure this out myself."
[11:30:25] <>Ambiance<> Sure enough, in a few quick moments, the connection comes back up. He's all ready to start working with Kaylee to take down the Midnight Rambler, when all of a sudden he's distracted by moaning coming from the phone. "Um, Beth? What are you doing?"
[11:30:40] * WorkingBeth gets busy
[11:31:41] <WorkingBeth> "Uh... nothing."
[11:33:08] <>Ambiance<> While the MidnightRambler wreaks havok across the 'net, AJ wastes precious time on the phone. "You were... oh man... why were you... what? Oh man oh man oh man."
[11:34:20] <WorkingBeth> "Well you said... well uh... I'll talk to you later. *click*"
[11:35:32] <>Ambiance<> As a pop-up appears on AJ's screen saying 'Folder(s) deleted. Do you wish to restart?" he just leans back in his chair and wonders what the heck just happened...
[11:36:11] <Lxndr> *
[11:36:12] <Lxndr> *
[11:36:13] <Lxndr> *
[11:36:33] * GuyFoxx_4 is now known as GuyFoxx_3
[11:37:53] * WorkingBeth is now known as TheSource
[11:40:01] <*ambiance*>  Testing
[11:40:43] <>Ambiance<> Testing 
[11:43:57] <TheSource> *
[11:43:58] <TheSource> *
[11:43:59] <TheSource> *
[11:46:28] <>Ambiance<> Guy Foxx stands before the non-descript door and knocks. He studies the hand-written note from his agent Fabien.
[11:48:39] <>Ambiance<> It reads "Contact one paid consultant Mr. Perdunn for character study." He remembers talking to the studio about his new role, as a reclusive hacker that plays a key role in a murder mystery.
[11:49:02] <>Ambiance<> Well this is the door, he muses.
[11:49:16] <GuyFoxx_3> 'I can't believe fabien got me some work. But work is work, I wonder how bad this gig is?' Guy thinks to himself...
[11:50:27] <>Ambiance<> AJ can hear the door knock, as he is just getting out of the shower.
[11:51:32] <>Ambiance<> He moves by the kitchen, where a large sum check lies from a major studio.
[11:59:24] <*AJ*>  "Goddamnit. I forgot that fucking gig was today." AJ's still somewhat shaken by the events of last night. "HOLD ON A SEC," he screams at the door.
[12:00:27] * *AJ*  slips on the pants and shirt he was wearing yesterday, since they're still sitting so conveniently on the floor. He sniffs them - not too bad. A few moments pass, and he opens the door. "You must be... um... Mr. Foxx, is it?"
[12:02:19] <GuyFoxx_3> "Yeah, you might know me from 'Crop Circles' I played a drifter who had seen too much" He say with a smile.
[12:03:54] <GuyFoxx_3> "So, um, are you really a hacker? Or just one of those nerdy research guys who knows things but never does them?" Guy asks as he walks in and surveys the urban sprawl that is A.J.'s apartment...
[12:04:33] <*AJ*>  "Um, yeah, whatev. Believe me, I'm a hacker - just ask the people at Venture."
[12:04:52] <*AJ*>  "So you're just gonna look over my shoulder all day, eh?
[12:05:44] <GuyFoxx_3> "Venture entertainment, they own the old Culver city Studios, you know them?" Guy asks excitedly. wondering how this hacker is connected with a major motion picture studio...
[12:06:24] <*AJ*>  "Uh, yeah, them. I've worked with them before, you know, CGI and stuff." AJ is so very obviously bluffing it's not even funny.
[12:07:16] <GuyFoxx_3> "Well, do you know any casting directors, o anyone who can get me a good part, I've been dying to really break in?" Guy asks forgetting why he is even there in the first place...
[12:08:05] <*AJ*>  "Break in? I thought you were already an actor. I mean, you've been in Crop Circles, right?"
[12:09:18] <GuyFoxx_3> "Oh, well, yeah, but, um, that was just one episode. I need to land a lead to really make it big you know? It's probably the same thing with hacking. Its not what you know, but who you know..." Guy says trying to get on A.J.'s good graces.
[12:10:26] <*AJ*>  "Okay then," he says, "your first demonstration of hackng. Here, let's get you on a casting director's schedule..."
[12:11:01] <GuyFoxx_3> "Whoa! computer's can do that? I thought they were just for writing scripts!" Guy says in utter amazement.
[12:11:37] * *AJ*  rolls his eyes. "Um, yeah, they can. I guess that's why they sent you to me... Haven't you ever seen the movie Hackers? It's more than just Angie's boobs you know."
[12:13:01] <GuyFoxx_3> "Yeah, I kind of got confused by it, there was a lot of numbers and foreign language in that." Guys answers a little too honestly...
[12:13:58] <*AJ*>  "Yeah," he says, typing away madly. "Computers have a lot of numbers. I hope you have good writers..."
[12:14:48] <GuyFoxx_3> "Maybe after today, I can go bac and watch it and at least undersant the numbers parts, the foreign language will still be lost to me. They shold really use subtitales when they have people speaking other languages." Guy suggests optimistically
[12:17:22] <>Ambiance<> Guys cell rings, with the 'Imperial March' ringtone, signifying Fabien calling.
[12:18:08] <GuyFoxx_3> "Fabien! My main man! What is the good news?" Guy says, pretending to be glad to hear from his agent.
[12:18:21] * *AJ*  starts rattling off all sorts of computer terms as he shows Guy his hacking into the Venture studios system to give him a one-on-one with a casting director. He doesn't even notice the phone call, and keeps babbling.
[12:18:42] <>Ambiance<> It is not Fabien calling though...
[12:19:11] <*NotFabien*>  Hello. Is that you Mr. Foxx?
[12:19:48] <GuyFoxx_3> "Um, yeah, the famous actor, where's Fabien?" Guy asks.
[12:20:53] <*NotFabien*>  *deep voice* Famous? Hardly. Fabien is in a motel of ill-repute at the moment. Is Mr Perdunn there as well?
[12:21:37] <*AJ*>  "And that's how you set up an appointment. You're booked for tomorrow at noon. Hey, wait. You're on the phone?! How rude."
[12:22:07] <*NotFabien*>  *chuckle* That sure sounds like Mr. Perdunn.
[12:22:56] <GuyFoxx_3> "Um, I'm sure you don't want to talk to him, he hasn;t been on TV..." Guy says non-chalantly...
[12:23:43] * *AJ*  motions to himself... He mouths, "it's for me?"
[12:23:44] <*NotFabien*>  Fabien did not book you this job, Mr. Foxx. I'm sorry to say. I don't think Fabien is really concerned with your career actually.
[12:24:57] <*NotFabien*>  *concerned* Mr. Foxx, are you still there?
[12:25:14] <GuyFoxx_3> "Well, duh! He's a greasy slimeball agent. Listen, if you want 10% of this gig, you just have to work that out with him. I don't care who my agent is, but it sounds like you are doing more for me then he is..." Guy says airily.
[12:26:28] <*NotFabien*>  *shuffles something* At 11:17AM, look outside. I'll call you back after.
[12:26:45] <*NotFabien*>  *hangs up*
[12:27:27] <*AJ*>  "You're looking... more confused than before. Did you not follow the simple hacking trick I just did?"
[12:27:55] <GuyFoxx_3> Um, my new agent wants me too look outside at 11:17 am, think it will be a blimp with my name on it or something?" Guy asks AJ
[12:28:26] <GuyFoxx_3> "Wait, you were hacking? Looks like you were just typing and junk..." Guy says even more confused...
[12:29:11] * *AJ*  rolls his eyes. "That's what hacking is, dude."
[12:29:55] <GuyFoxx_3> "Wait, so my characer is just some guy who types on a computer? Like a secretary or something? What's my motivation? Why would I keep doing it?" Guy asks seriously.
[12:30:52] <*AJ*>  "The computer gives you power. Thanks to Kaylee here," he says, gesturing proudly, "you now have an appointment tomorrow with a casting director at Venture studios."
[12:30:57] <**Kaylee*>  Popup* Would you like me to set an alarm for 11:17? Its only a few minutes away but I know you AJ.
[12:31:45] * *AJ*  blinks. Apparently, not all of last night was a dream. And if this is true... he'll have to talk to Beth later. AJ quickly clicks 'yes' before Guy can see the pop-up.
[12:32:06] <>Ambiance<> Thunder rolls, vibrating the building. A mild rain can be heard against the window.
[12:32:34] <*AJ*>  "Huh. Weather dot com said it was supposed to be sunny today."
[12:32:40] <GuyFoxx_3> "Right, any secretary can do that. Its powerful, sure, but what's my motivation? Why would I want to type on a computer instead of dating a girl or buying a car?" Guy asks, trying to get in to the mind of this weird character he has been cast as...
[12:33:13] <GuyFoxx_3> "Oh man, I hope this rain doesn;t ruin my hair..." Guy complains bitterly...
[12:33:55] <*AJ*>  "Dude, with the right hacks, you can get a car. Sure, dating a girl's something we haven't quite worked out yet..." he trails off, thinking of Beth again.
[12:34:42] <**Kaylee*>  Popup* Now that you are porn light, perhaps you'll contemplate it.
[12:34:59] <GuyFoxx_3> "Wait, you can use a computer to get a car? That is awesome! OK, so then if you can do anyting with a computer, why doesn't everyone do it?" Guy asks seriously.
[12:35:02] * *AJ*  quickly closes that window.
[12:35:20] <*AJ*>  "Well, first off, it's hard. Not everyone can do it. Second, not all of it is exactly... well, legal."
[12:36:08] <>Ambiance<> The computer speaks let out an annoying beep and a large window appears on the screen: 11:17
[12:36:36] <GuyFoxx_3> "Wait, hold on, hacking is illegal? So, I play a bad boy, but I don't get the girl, great. so, how come danerous hackers aren;t in the news? If its that illegal..." Guy wonders aloud.
[12:37:20] <GuyFoxx_3> "Hold that thought, its time to see my name in lights!" Guy shouts as he rushes to the window!
[12:37:24] * *AJ*  heads towards the window as he says, "Dude, look at us. We're not exactly photogenic. We're no Angelina Jolie."
[12:38:37] <>Ambiance<> Outside the window are fast moving bright gray clouds, the kind that look like you could reach up and touch them. A mild rain falls.
[12:39:13] <*AJ*>  "Okay, so where's your name?"
[12:39:16] <GuyFoxx_3> "I hope this rain doesn;t delay my blimp..." Guy worries aloud
[12:39:20] <>Ambiance<> The traffic of the street moves swiftly, many over the speed limit of 35. From the east, something is coming.
[12:40:12] <>Ambiance<> It seems like a shifting shape above the clouds, casting darkness below. The cards that fall under the shadow of it stop rather suddenly, their lights go dead.
[12:41:25] <>Ambiance<> And just like that, its gone and the clouds begin to break. Cars resume moving.
[12:42:13] * GuyFoxx_3 gets on his sidekick and calls Fabien back, hoping to get his new agent.
[12:42:37] <>Ambiance<> The phone rings and rings, and goes to voicemail.
[12:42:45] <*AJ*>  keeps looking out the window, waiting for something impressive to happen.
[12:43:11] * GuyFoxx_3 hangs up.
[12:43:34] <GuyFoxx_3> "Yeah, maybe the weather disrupted the whole show." Guy says as an excuse...
[12:43:40] <>Ambiance<> The cell rings out the Imperial March once more.
[12:43:58] <GuyFoxx_3> "Hello?" Guy asks as he answers.
[12:44:13] <*NotFabien*>  Did you see it?
[12:45:03] * *AJ*  walks away from the window, disappointed, but not showing it. "Well, whatev, man. Let's get back to work."
[12:45:07] <GuyFoxx_3> "No, the clouds disrupted my view of any bill boards or blimps..." Guy answers almost upset.
[12:45:45] <*NotFabien*>  *sigh* I mean the cars, the shadow the moved above the clouds.
[12:46:29] <GuyFoxx_3> "I didn't really notice the street. I was watching the skies for a blimp..." Guy answers honestly.
[12:47:29] <*NotFabien*>  I was taking a big chance here. /They/ are looking for you. Seems it was a longshot...
[12:48:34] <GuyFoxx_3> "Ooh! Who's looking for me! I could use the work! Is it a TV or Movie spot? Man, you are awesome! Where do I show up for Auditions?" Guy answers enthusiastically.
[12:49:24] <*Kaylee*>  Popup I've been monitoring Guy's call. It's strange. Would you like me to save it?
[12:50:04] * *AJ*  clicks 'yes'.
[12:51:18] <*Just*>  be careful. They are everywhere, searching. I'll try and call you again if I can. *click*
[12:51:30] <**NotFabien**>  Just be careful. They are everywhere, searching. I'll try and call you again if I can. *click*
[12:51:33] <*AJ*>  "So what the fuck is going on?"
[12:51:45] <GuyFoxx_3> "Wait! I want to meet them! Dam!" Guy pleads
[12:52:36] <GuyFoxx_3> "Someone wants me for a part, but my new agent is playing hardball. I think I have to sign with him or something..." Guy says distractedly looking at his phone...
[12:55:09] <*AJ*>  "Wait, all this doesn't compile. Someone new wants you for a part, so they booked this for you without your knowledge, called you using your old agent's telephone number, and then made you look outside at a weather phenomenon?"
[12:55:47] <>Ambiance<> There is frantic knocking at the door.
[12:56:05] <GuyFoxx_3> "No, I think it was a  blimp. But the weather obscured it. He says they really want me!" Guy explains to the 'hacker'.
[12:56:31] <*AJ*>  "Look, could you go answer the door. I've got to do... something... on the fire escape, yeah?"
[12:57:33] <GuyFoxx_3> "I'm sticking with you, I need to learn how you think and what you do" Guy says following the hacker to the fire escape.
[12:58:23] <*Voice-Behind-Door*>  We need help out here! Quick!
[12:59:32] * *AJ*  stops and squints at the door, concentrating. He hopes he can get that same explosion in his mind he got last night, that let him reprogram Beth like a computer, and use it on those guys on the other side of the door.
[13:01:26] <GuyFoxx_3> As A.J. Looks back, he sees himself where Guy ought to be, "I will get into your head, somehow. No matter what it takes."
[13:06:51] <*AJ*>  "Go away! Go away, leave me alone, and don't come back!" AJ yells at the door.
[13:46:01] <>Ambiance<> Unfortunately for AJ, he can't achieve that explosion in his mind from last night. He curses and starts down the fire escape, Guy trailing after him. The knocks on the door continue with fevered intensity, but fade as the duo head towards the street.
[13:47:03] <>Ambiance<> AJ ignores the business-suited man telling him to stop, and not go any further, thinking it's a government agent trying to stop him. A few steps later, he trips over his first catatonic man, falling head over heels onto the pavement, smacking into a catatonic woman.
[13:47:09] <*AJ*>  "What the fuck?"
[13:49:22] <>Ambiance<> The man AJ just tripped over begins to get up, as does the woman into whose chest he just fell. The businessman calls out, "Hey, they're waking up!" Sirens in the distance grow closer as finally, the people looking for help upstairs finally managed to reach 911.
[13:51:31] <>Ambiance<> AJ continues running, not caring that his presence (and/or Guy's) is causing people to wake up like waves breaking from the shore. He jumps into one of the abandoned cars, and after Guy leaps into the passenger seat, starts driving away. Only afterwards does he turn to Guy and say, "How the hell are you doing that?"
[13:52:19] <>Ambiance<> Guy goes, "Doing what?" and AJ turns the rear-view mirror towards him. "THAT." The scene ends with Guy looking into the mirror at the reflection of AJ.
[13:53:08] <>Ambiance<> The next day, the city tabloid reports the following headline: "Mystery Twins Stop Catatonia Epidemic!"