C: And if you are right, “Xeno,” what then?
X: Ah… I hadn’t thought of that. I’m actually bad at chess. I like it and I play a lot, but I don’t take enough time to think far enough ahead. If I’m right, the consequences could be bad for me personally, that’s what.
C: Or someone else. Let me count the ways.
X: “Can’t handle drugs“?… Did you…
C: Cause and effect.
X: [Long silence…. ] When I was a little kid, a friend and I took garbage can lids out to a high school field. We threw something in the air you could see from far away. Our plan was to “attract bullies and fight them.”
C: How did that work out for you?
X: Got beat up.
C: Inadequate protection.
X: We wore masks to hide our secret identities.
X: So, Jo Ann was right about me? Her character made me angry, because she was right? When it comes down to it, I’d rather protect people I love than expose criminal activity.
C: Punk-ass little coward.
X: I’m not alone, others have been threatened into silence. That’s why we are were we are today.
C: Pathetic chicken, you make me sick.
X: Picking fights you can’t win against a stronger force is not bravery.
C: Chickens have very small brains. We cage them. They work for us, then we eat them.
X: No qualms about killing?
X: Collateral damage so you can protect the chicken food source?
C: Politics is a dirty business. Enjoy what you have while you have it.
X: I am one small fish, but one of many. You are vastly outnumbered.
C: One small sheep. Fear keeps the flock going in the right direction. Dogs only need to bite a few nonconformists. Social Learning Theory.
X: I am not The Dark Knight.
C: Your cover is blown. We know where you live.
X: I’ll keep that in mind.