"We don't know exactly what he's capable of. He may be just tapping his potential, or he may have already reached it. We are to learn from him, as he does from us."
"Why are we always getting screwed? Not only do I have to go straight back into the shit, but I lose my command, too?"
"You've been assigned to this mission because you're the best, Choi."
"Yeah, and headquarters thinks you might be able to whine the agents to death."
"Oh my God that's so funny. My point is, don't we need some r-and-r? Unwind a little? We lost two crew on the last one, you lost like five, right? Shit. I'm glad we found Mr. Invincible, here, but Jesus…"
"You don't have to go, Choi. Volunteers only."
"He's got a point, M. I have faith, but why so quick?"
"We have a chance, here, but the window of opportunity is brief. Our ships say the Matrix is already upgrading and re-coding to block our entry. And Neo's."
"Fuck. Every fucking time we get another 'one,' this is what they do."
"He is the One."
"You haven't lost the faith, have you Choi?"
CHOI grabs a half-filled rum glass and swigs it down.
"Well, these are the times that try men's souls. Here's to victory."
The FREEDOM hovers slowly, silently, like a submarine as it cruises through the murky depths. It suddenly comes to a quiet stop, and descends. The engines fade out, and the vessel rests, darkened, on the cave.
A quartet of SQUIDDIES slips by. We follow as they worm their ways through the twisted passageway, watching as they pass the bubble cockpit by mere feet.
FREEZE on the cockpit. Within the shadows we see Morpheus and Choi at the controls.
INT. FREEDOM COCKPIT
They watch the SQUIDDIES fade into the distance.
"Power up. Sleep mode."
"Aye aye, capitano."
MINIMAL cockpit displays turn on, and the cabin remains dark.
INT. MAIN DECK
The ship's OPERATOR, a lean Asian kid with a gaze like a laser scan, sits behind NEO, who's sitting at the operator's console with his hands on the abbreviated keyboard. Trinity sits with them, her feet up as she observes.
NEO stares at the screen. It's a huge syllabus of Matrix code characters. He struggles to learn the complex code.
"Ka equals 9. But reverse Ka is point-nine, right?
"You catch on quick, man."
"I know these symbols from the hacking trainer. But how come it's so hard to find them on the keyboard?"
"Your brain knows what to do. But it has to associate characters with your body."
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