Out of the front-door comes - inevitably - Sgt.
KARELLI: You again. I'm beginning to suspect my wife's paying you
to put a tail on me.
SPARK: You're too ugly for adultery, Karelli. What's the story on
KARELLI: His automatic overhead garage door closed on him. Seventeen
SPARK: Accidental death?
KARELLI: What a you think I'm gonna do? Book a garage door for first
SPARK: How about suicide. You consider that yet?
KARELLI: I consider suicide every time I see your stupid face...
After some more exchange of friendly banter - and KARELLI checking
again if SPARK has FINALLY paid that fine - SPARK enters the house
to meet up - inevitably - with ED BALLINGER's computer named BUTCH.
BUTCH, the computer with the telling name talks with just a bit
more than a slightly gay-attitude.... And, yes, another interrogation
sets in, that you should read in full-length
[ and HERE
listen to the scene read by Robert
himself / streaming real audio ]
Well, SPARK is not getting too much data out of BUTCH
especially when he's beginning to quarrel with one of them talking
doors.... SPARK tells the both of them to shut up when he sees a
boat coming into the beach house's mooring.
It turns out to be the COUNTESS
up with BRAD, seemingly relieved to find him still alive. She tell's
Brad that her dead husband's computer just tried to kill her - but
not by the means of his vicious automised cigar-cutter or any other
attached gadget, but by sheer MENTAL POWER
COUNTESS: It seemed to have some kind of hold on my mind. The machines
are doing it themselves Brad, I tell you. It isn't someone programming
them. They're doing it themselves. Oh Brad, I'm so frightened. Let's
get out of here. (...) Away from the computers. Those terrible inhuman
voices. Let's go somewhere away from the Gulch altogether, Brad.
Just me and you. (...)
SPARK (to audience
): It was a tempting offer. But I had to
stay on the case. ZYTE
had been shot.
He may have been nothing but a handful of chips and circuit boards
but he was the only partner I had. I had to find out who shot him
and I had to get to the end of htis dark tunnel of intrigue. But
like ZYTE always use to say:
Watch out for the light at the end of the tunnel. It just might
be a train coming.
heading off in his car... and as he is driving his mind gets invaded
by theories. HERE
BIG DARK CONSPIRACY THEORIES that
tremble on the edge of paranoia... - This piece is a true gem
- listen to & see an animated version
end of this paranoid-ish monologue SPARK goes/drives into the
THE LEGEND OF NED
of the song finds BRAD back at the source of the link-up - where
the chain of computer-killing begun: The COUNTESS's
and HYMY SPENCER's - her dead husband's
SPARK finds the place in total darkness. None of the lights are
working. He enters with his flash-light where SOL
190, SPENCER's cunning computer is already expecting and
locking all the doors behind him.
BRAD is trying to find out just why SOL wanted to kill the COUNTESS...
and SOL insists that indeed he HAS killed her alright. But why??
INSTRUCTIONS replies SOL. ORDERS.
SOL goes into a more and more manic mood until SPARK has finally
enough of his rambling and attempts to unplug him - only to find
SOL is cackling that he has his mind under control, that he can
programme him now. He won't be a slave any longer....it will be
those humans, that soft wobbly flesh-beings who will be the slaves...
But SPARK's not giving up:
SPARK: But why all those fatal accidents. Why draw attention to
yourselves that way?
SOL: That was HYMY's idea. He programmed
that in to discredit personal computers. He
was trying to save his mainframe business. Developing his
SPARK (to audience): Of course. SOL must have been interfaced
with that machine. A mainframe with super intelligence. The ultimate
in artificial minds, equipped with paranormal powers. SOL must
have been wired into it. He was far too stupid to operate under
his own steam.
The 'stupid' SOL however increases his mental grip on SPARK who
drops down on the floor... SOL sees his triumph complete, getting
ever more manic... but BRAD, being the tough-private-eye-guy that
he is, manages with his last ounce of human energy to unplug the
SPARK (stands up): I examined his interface terminals.
As I'd thought. There was an extra line
in there. I started to trace it.
A feeling told me that it led to somewhere in the building...