Grey wheeled out on a bed, asleep. Single light behind his head, on a nightstand. Sound of a breeze; grey fidgeting. A fierce wind ripping through forest; tossing and turning, groaning. Birds chirping, then calling, becoming loud caws and cackling. grey starts awake. Turns on a ceiling light and goes to a window.
Grey I haven't dreamed of pre-colonization in years. Not since Sailor was born. Not since Laiza was here. What a strange night. This is like—like stumbling upon something you lost a very long time ago, for which you spent days urgently searching. That is, before one day realizing you’d forgotten some time ago what it was you were still looking for. Oh, what a strange night.
Sailor [offstage] Dad? Is that you?
Grey It's me, Sailor.
Sailor Are you okay?
Grey I'm fine. Go back to sleep, son.
Sailor Good night, Dad.
Grey [closes the window; goes to his bed] Good night.
Enter Shoal and Sailor walking
Sailor Why do you have tape on your shoes?
Shoal Maybe I’ll tell you some other time.
Shoal When I trust you. If I trust you.
Sailor Is it a secret or something?
Shoal It’s private. Between me and my friends.
Sailor How many do you have?
Shoal What, secrets?
Sailor No, friends.
Shoal Oh, I don’t know. There’s Reed and Cove, Cobalt, Aspen, the Rowley brothers…
Sailor Wow, you know a lot of Beta.
Shoal The Rowley brothers are Alpha, actually. They both remember when the Capitol was built and when all the states were converted to the colonies. They’re always saying how some people put up such a fight! Funny, huh?
Shoal Yeah, I guess there were some diehard conservatives who never wanted to be enclosed. I love that word: diehard. Can’t you just see it in your mind?
Sailor Those people must have been real stupid. I’ve never heard of anyone not wanting to be in an enclosure! I wish I could meet your friends.
You know, you’re the only colonist I know.
Sailor Really? Everyone else was from the Capitol?