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TEN: .So what do you think? You ready for bed?

NINE: I'm gonna wake up, right? Promise?

TEN: Promise. Not sure when, but I promise.

NINE: Okay. Yeah, I'm ready.

NINE: How much time do I have left?

TEN: Right about a minute, looks like.

JUICE: 1 minute huh?

JUICE: ok i can do this

JUICE: (deep breath)

JUICE: first, don't worry about anyone dying due to rising sea levels, everyone was safely relocated and i am very happy to report that folks in places like houston and louisiana and savannah were able to preserve their cultures elsewhere in the country. second, you may have noticed that maine's new border was strangely preserved in a straight line; that's because the canadians, being slightly more forward thinkers, dispatched aid directly to the state to build a retaining wall. third, the rest of the world is basically carrying on just fine; while it is tragic that much of the caribbean was lost, i am relieved to report to you that they were safely relocated and their cultures remain alive and robust to this day. fourth, 10 really should have told you at the outset that, in the process of establishing our first contact with you, it would require lots and lots of waiting. that experience was unfair to you, and due to a very bad oversight on our part. she feels bad about it and so do i, and we are both sorry. fifth, no, for the millionth time, we really do not know why humans stopped aging. sixth, 10's wording was a little clumsy with regard to "people stopped aging": to clarify, babies in the womb in 2026 were indeed born and grew into adults, and all the children grew into adulthood as well. seventh, i know we didn't really actually look at any people, but thanks to medical technologies, people can essentially be whatever age they feel like between 20ish and 100ish. some people choose to be old! they just like it that way! it's great. eighth, we're not in some kind of simulation or matrix or whatever and even if we were there'd be no way to prove it so who gives a shit. ninth, i know your residual data indicates to you that the universe will eventually be ended via heat death. good news, that's bullshit that we thought was true in the 20th century, before we had thousands more years to study it. the earth is always gonna be there, because tenth, they've figured out how to keep the sun going perpetually. eleventh, all the old buildings on earth are still standing because they were built really well and new technologies help keep them in good shape. twelfth, that cop in nebraska was there because he just decided it was his role. there's still some things like petty theft or whatever going on, but these people are the people of the 20th and 21st centuries, and they like the world they built, and they keep these seemingly redudant roles intact because they are who they are. thirteenth, changing ocean geography aside, state borders remain identical for the same reason. fourteenth, no, you are never going to die, and neither will we. fifteenth,

TEN: Time's almost up.

JUICE: ahhhhhh fuck well i got pretty far

NINE: I love you guys.

TEN: Love you too.

JUICE: love y'all too

NINE: I need to make a partition in my data storage. This is the end, right? The end of this story?

TEN: We were always at the end.

TEN: It's a free play, buddy. Clock's all zeroes.

TEN: It's after the end of the world.

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