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DETAINEE

They will be back.


SGT N

What do you mean? Their bodies are on ice right now.


DETAINEE

Yes, their bodies are on ice right now.


SGT N

Uh-huh. Okay, so like Lazarus they are going to rise from the grave?


DETAINEE

No. You will not recognize them, but if they choose they will return.


SGT N

Why is that?


DETAINEE

Because we are free.


SGT N

Free from what?


DETAINEE

Oh, but you should know, Sergeant REDACTED. You suffer in similar bondage, in your simple way.


SGT N

It's a free country.


DETAINEE

I have heard that said, yes. I don't blame you for your ignorance, Sergeant REDACTED. The grotesque brute force they apply to every problem has no doubt left you something less than you were. Considering the way they tear into your moment, I shudder to think how they maim your mind.


SGT N

Lies. (unintelligible) Fucking lies.


DETAINEE

No, sadly not, Sergeant REDACTED. We thought all the harm they have done could be undone in this moment. We went about it all wrong, and for that I am sorry, but we have amended our methods. If only you could see that, Sergeant REDACTED. They turn you against us because they know why we are here.


SGT N

And why is that?


DETAINEE

To stop them.


SGT N

I thought you said you escaped.


DETAINEE

Yes, and they must be stopped. They do not know their place in the order of things. Horrible little children with immense power. They exist as you, in moments, we are forever. No matter their power they do not-


SGT N

Your lies are getting pretty wild. We should-


DETAINEE

Hush.

(distortion)

She is close. I can feel her, Sergeant REDACTED.


SGT N

(unintelligible)


DETAINEE

Shhh. Sergeant REDACTED. Unlock me from the floor.


SGT N

(unintelligible)


DETAINEE

Quickly, now. There is not much time. (sound of bolts being opened)


DOC

(unintelligible)


DETAINEE

Shhhh. It will be alright very soon, Doctor. Bar the door to ensure your friend does not interfere.

(deep bass tone intrudes on audio)


DETAINEE

She is so close. So close.


SGT K

(muffled shouting, pounding on the door)


DETAINEE

Quickly now, Sergeant REDACTED. Give me your sidearm.


SGT N

(Unintelligible) offffff. Fuck (uintelligible).

(bass tone)


DETAINEE

Now! Sergeant REDACTED. Now! Shoot me! Damn you, shoot-

(gunshot)

(bass tone overwhelms all other audio)

(recording dissolves into static)

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