EP. 07-4N  일방적인 회상 Ⅳ (1)

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Jericho I've never heard of her before, Negev.
Is there really such a Ringleader at Sangvis Ferri? You sure you're not just making this up?

Negev You've been in rehab for too long, Jericho. S.F. never stopped developing new Ringleaders.
And this one...
This particular one...is the most powerful we've seen so far...

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Dreamer Well? Hiding from me?
Do you dread seeing me so badly?
Am I...really that scary?

Negev Commander, direct confrontation is imminent. I suggest engaging her and wearing her down.
Then I'll lead my squad around to the back and retrieve our target. Be ready to...

Jericho Are you ready?

Negev ...Huh?

Jericho This is your first mission as a team leader, right? Do you really have to do this?

Negev Yes.
One day...

Negev Watch me, Jericho.
I will definitely survive this and tell you all about this victory...
Our bloodline will remember this night with pride. Give me your blessing.

EP. 07-4N  일방적인 회상 Ⅳ (2)

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Combat over.
...?

Dreamer ...Over?
Is it...really over?
You've got to be kidding!!

...Dreamer collapses onto the ground and struggles to crawl towards Negev.

Dreamer Come out! Come out, Negev! You Griffin filth!!

Negev ...
There's nothing you can do...
You're just a Dummy.

Dreamer What...did you say?
So what...if I'm just a Dummy?
I'm still controlled remotely...

Negev Sure, your battle effectiveness is incredible, but your computational speed simply can't compare to your mother unit.
With Dreamer's multi-tasking capacity, if she actually intended to defend this factory, it would've been game over for us before we even set foot in the building.

...Click.

Galil Hey! Can we go home yet? We're kinda getting swarmed over here!

Micro Uzi I quit! I'm not taking this crap anymore! I'm going home! Negev, let us go!

TAR-21 I got it, Negev. The target has been retrieved. Can we go yet?



Negev glances at Dreamer's Dummy.

Negev Our objective is achieved. Withdraw.

...Negev terminates the call and turns to leave.

Dreamer Negev...
What did you just say?! Make yourself clear!

Negev Dreamer wasn't actually controlling you. Isn't that obvious?
You piece of junk has been on your own from the very start.

Dreamer ...!
You must be kidding... Don't you know, Negev?!
No one has ever dared set foot in here! Griffin cannot take this place!

Negev That's only because the previous T-Doll adjutant caught wind that this was Dreamer's den and didn't find it prudent to enter unprepared.
Griffin sent me to handle this because I'm a T-Doll that couldn't care less about the cost I have to pay in order to get my job done.
But in the end? All I see is a rubbish Dummy left for dead.

Dreamer ...
What's that face?
Are you pitying me, Negev?!

Negev Like I said, you're very powerful in combat, but your computational speed⁠—your pathetic ability to think⁠—is nothing compared to your mother unit.
You can't figure it out, can you, why I came to a place like this?
It's because I accidentally left something behind. I'm only here to get it back.

Dreamer's Dummy ...

Negev Another reason why Griffin didn't set foot in here...
Because it simply isn't necessary. This place isn't that strategically important anymore.
Dreamer probably thinks so too. That's why she left you he-

Dreamer's Dummy Shut up!!
You bastard! Freak! Who are you to talk about Dreamer?!
What gives you the right to construe what she thinks or says?!
You're just a lowly Griffin T-Doll, a toy that's at the mercy of human whims!

...Bang bang!

Dreamer's Dummy Arghhhh!

Negev Say what you want. I AM a freak.
I have no interest in a stand-in like you, but if you dare touch my clothes again, I'll blast your skull open.

Dreamer's Dummy ...
I'll tell Dreamer. I'll tell her...what you've done here...

Negev She won't care. You're just a toy to her. That's why she gave you such an unrefined neural cloud.
She leaves you here and watches how you worship her, imitate her. That pretty much sums up what you do, doesn't it?
I can't kill something that isn't technically alive. You'll just have to rot here.

Dreamer's Dummy ...
You imitate humans... Doesn't that sum up all that you do?!

...Negev walks out through the gates with a sardonic smile.

Negev At least...I know who I am.
What about you? What even are you?

...Negev closes the gates and leaves.

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Jericho That's it?

Negev What?

Jericho You still haven't answered my question.
What exactly did you guys retrieve?

Negev ...

Jericho Answer me, Negev. You couldn't have forgotten that.

Negev ...A box.
We retrieved a box.

Jericho A box?

Negev We...we defeated Dreamer, and that was the last step of the operation.
I waited at the outpost until I saw Tavor limping back with Uzi's help...
And Galil carrying a box about a person's height on her back, making her way out of the smokes.

Jericho Do you know what's inside the box?
What's so important that Griffin had you head into such danger just to get it?

Negev ...It'll come back to me.
It'll eventually come back to me, I swear...
First, let me just say this...
You all made it out alive. You guys aced it.

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Negev You all made it out alive. You guys aced it. Congratulations.

TAR-21 We almost didn't. You owe me one, Negev.

Negev (Shrugs) I can live with that.

Galil You're awfully calm this time, Negev.
Isn't this where you usually start cackling like a maniac?

Negev I didn't kill anyone this time. I'm not in the mood.

Galil Not in the mood? You, Negev? Since when can you be "not in the mood"?

Micro Uzi Sure enough. Just look at her face. It looks exactly like Tavor's when she saw her hot water almost got taken away after leaving her table at the restaurant last week.

TAR-21 Even though it was free, the glass was still 1/5 full.

Galil So what's going on, Negev?
What exactly did we go through all that trouble for?

TAR-21 I found it strange from the moment you filed in the request. Sneaking into an off-limit Sangvis zone under Dreamer's control, all for a dusty box?
If the Commander hadn't spoken up for you, your request wouldn't even be approved.
It's honestly not worth it unless the box is filled with gold bars, but it's way too light for that...

Micro Uzi Hey, the sun is coming up soon. We should head back quickly.
And just to remind you again, this mission isn't officially sanctioned by Griffin.

Negev The Commander's with us. What are you afraid of?

Micro Uzi Who says I'm afraid? I just wanna get back asap and join some other squad...

TAR-21 You won't be going anywhere, Miss Uzi.
Griffin agreed to our suggestion of letting you stay permanently in our squad yesterday afternoon.

Micro Uzi W-w-w-what?!
Hey, this isn't what we agreed! I'm NOT going back to you! I'm gonna make an appeal-

TAR-21 Before you do that, here's a hug to welcome a returning member. It's free!

Micro Uzi Wait! Wait, Tavor-

..Uzi struggles helplessly in Tavor's embrace.
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Galil So, Negev.

Negev What?

Galil What's in the box? You still haven't mentioned it.

Negev You...
Must you always worry yourself to no end?

Galil But I'm always right in the end.

...Galil grins at Negev.

Negev Humph...
Yeah, you're always right.

Galil Well? What really is in the box, Negev?

Negev The box...

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Jericho Negev.
Just tell me already. What the hell was in the box?

Negev ...
The box...
Contained...

Jericho ...You don't know?

Negev I...
I forgot...
I forgot...what was inside...

Jericho You...forgot? Didn't you say you wouldn't forget?

Negev I...
But I...

...Negev is on the verge of tears.

Negev Jericho...
I'm sorry. It was all a lie...

Jericho Everything was a lie.

Negev All of it...
I never received any mission. I wasn't ever a team leader...

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Negev Galil was a lie...

Negev Tavor was a lie...

Negev Uzi was a lie...



Negev They were deployed to other squads. I never saw them. I never saw the Commander either...
While you were away, I'd been at Griffin the whole time, adjusting my own neural cloud, hoping that one day, I could...

Jericho Hoping that one day, you could do something, right?
Sadly, it'll never happen. You failed, Negev...
You can't even lie. A neural cloud like this will never pass the 【Test】.

Negev Sorry...
I...I don't know the ending...
I don't know...

Jericho You disappoint me. What an utter waste of time and effort.

Negev I'm sorry, Jericho. I really don't know. I honestly...
I failed. I didn't pass the neural test. I wasn't qualified to consume her remaining 【Mask】... It's all over!

Jericho Calm down. This wasn't the first time you failed. Is this all it takes to drive you over the edge?

Negev I can't think of anything...
Time...Time is running out. We're gonna die here for sure...
It's been three hours since we sent out the distress signal. S.F...will find us, then kill us...

Jericho Calm down, Negev.
We don't necessarily have to die just yet.

Negev But...but my neural cloud is already... I...
I can't be of any help to you... I... Jericho, what should I do...?
How do I go back to my old self...

...Jericho grips Negev's shoulders hard.

Jericho THIS is you, Negev.
A weak, panicky, unopinionated piece of junk that relies on these Masks to survive. This is what you are.
So now you don't have a choice.

Negev What...

Jericho Even if your neural cloud didn't pass the 【Test】, you must consume the Mask and leave this place alive.

Negev ...You really want me to do that?
Jericho, I'm scared...I'm scared that after I consume it...
My neural cloud won't be able to handle it... I'll lose a lot of things...

Jericho What else do you have to lose?

Negev A lot of memories. I...
I'll definitely forget you, Jericho.
The next time we meet, it'll be somewhere else, another version of you. And everything that happened here, everyone's memories of me will once again...

...Jericho laughs, but starts coughing in pain immediately.

Jericho Why must you remember me...? Cough...
Cough... I'm a bastard...Negev...
It's a good thing you didn't pass the test. You should forget all about me, the way everyone did...
This is what I deserve... The price for what I want...is way too high. It shouldn't be yours to pay...

Negev But...but I...couldn't help you at all...
Can't we both die together and just wait for Griffin to recover our bodies?

Jericho Never give up a chance of survival. Hold onto it. For me... That's an order...
Consume this and live on...for me...
Leave behind everything that's happened here... That's it. That's the price you have to pay...

Negev Will I...ever be able to get it back...?

Jericho Humph...
You idiot... Don't you still owe me an ending?
You have to come back. I never let anyone owe me anything...

Negev ...

Jericho When this story...this pathetic lie has an ending...
You'll remember me...

Negev ...
I will... I...

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Negev Omm... Omm...

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Negev AAAAAAARGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

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Jericho When this story...this pathetic lie has an ending...
You'll remember me...
Then we'll meet again.
Go, Negev.
Be the person that you are, and live. Until next time, when we meet each other for real.

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Micro Uzi Hey, why has our vagrant ladyship gone quiet?

Negev Memories.

TAR-21 Hmm? What memories?

Negev The box contains...

Galil ...

Negev Memories...
...From each of us.

...Negev slowly opens the box.

Galil Hey, that's-!

Micro Uzi Wait... Who is this?

TAR-21 ...
Negev, is SHE the memories you were talking about?
That's just the corpse of an abandoned Doll. Is there a reason why we absolutely have to get it?

Negev Not really. It's just that things have been forgotten for too long. I think it's better to have the memories back.

...Negev gently touches the corpse lying in the box, then fishes out her toolkit.

Negev All we need is the neural cloud. Get cracking.

TAR-21 Jericho... I know her name, but she was in another squad. What has she got to do with us?

Negev You'll know soon.
She was a part of us...

Micro Uzi You'll tell us, right?

Negev Sure. Or why don't we let her tell you herself?

Galil You're the leader. It's your decision...
...What, Negev? What's with that face?

...Negev ponders that briefly in silence.

Negev Yeah... I'm the leader now...
Then as a small warm-up, let me start with a question.
If today was to be your last day... If it's gonna be over for you today, what would you do?

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Negev It's been a while, Jericho.
This is how the story ends...
Do you like it?

Episode 7 Night Battle ⁠— Incomplete Memory END