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Opening Narration/Flash Forward
25 months after the September Incident:
It had to be more than a coincidence. A heavy transport of surplus rations reruoted to hungry refugees on Ionias. A rampant defense matrix on Archonic reprogrammed into a mobile laser light show. An assassination attempt on Vox foiled by a synthetic barista being remotely puppeted from halfway across the quadrant. Each event, like the others in recent memory, all shared his flare for the heroic and absurd.
And that's why Addax Dawn and Jamil Quartz-Noble of the Rapid Evening had finally tracked him down to a constellation cafe on Counterweight, “Mr. Trig, how have you been?”
[Keith as Mako:] “Um, like, it’s, yeah, I’m good. I’m okay.”
“You've been busy certainly.”
“I’ve just been hanging out mostly. Just you know, my thing. Just thinking about stuff, doing a lot of thinking.”
“The thing is...we know what you're capable of, and what you’re capable of is very impressive. It’s almost-”
“Oh thank god, let's talk about that, alright. I’ve been dying to talk about this. Like, I’m really good at this stuff. At the stuff that I do.”
“And we’d like to help you do more. For us”
“Will you keep telling me that I’m doing a good job?”
“We’ll see how you do.”
“I just have one question for you. How exactly is it that you were on Archonic and Vox at the same time?”
As the only clock that really matters ticks further and further down, The Chime find themselves facing one sealed door after another. But do the doors protect something precious or keep something dangerous locked safely away? AuDy makes one final attempt at convincing Maryland that the planet isn't a safe place. Mako finds too-brief refuge in the arms of another. Aria Joie's investigation into Maritime Lapel leads her to a dark truth about someone close to her. And Cassander Timaeus Berenice walks alone into a large, dark room.
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