I can’t believe it was four years ago this came second in a competition (I was robbed).
Setting: Border of an unknown country.
Franzen walks up to a gate.
Jonathan: Did you think you could just walk out?
Franzen: Maybe. I don’t know what I was expecting. Is there only one of you?
Jonathan: Just me and my gun. Think you can take us both on?
Franzen: What sort of rifle is it?
Jonathan: Dunno. Just found it. They don’t issue things like this anymore. Rare. Magnificent. Don’t see many people on their own.
Franzen: I came ahead.
Jonathan: Family coming later?
Franzen: Something like that.
Franzen: Five children.
Jonathan: Never heard of a condom?
Franzen: We want them.
Jonathan: Must be doing alright if you can afford five. Children are a drain. Preventable mistakes.
Franzen: May I?
Jonathan: Techically: no.
Jonathan: Techincally: no.
Franzen: How about hypothetically?
Jonathan: Hypothetically? Anything’s possible.
Franzen: So may I?
Jonathan: However, logically: no.
Franzen: By who?
Jonathan: By me. State say no. Head says no. I say no. Mr. Dollar says different.
Franzen: Excuse me?
Jonathan: You want to leave.
Franzen: No one can live like this.
Jonathan: My thoughts exactly.
Franzen: How much?
Jonathan: How much you got?
Franzen: Not a lot.
Jonathan: Can afford five children. Lying filth.
Franzen: I can give you half a mill.
Jonathan: That’ll see me to the end of the week.
Franzen: I have a family.
Jonathan: And I have a gun. People are dying everywhere. You’ll more nothing more than a black stain. Not much use to your family then.
Franzen: One mill.
Jonathan: Done. You can go through.
Franzen: And my family?
Jonathan: Not part of our bargain. You’ve just paid for your freedom. No one else’s.