FLASHBACK: LAURIE ANDERSON, PERFORMANCE ARTIST, arrives to consult the ORACLE
The VEHICLE's duplex, night. The VEHICLE is in bed, asleep. We do not know what time it is, because there's been a power failure within the last couple hours, and so the VEHICLE's digital clock is blinking "1:50." The VEHICLE remains asleep through the scene, which is very short.
Anderson: Hello. Hello. Is anyone there?
Oracle: I am here.
Anderson: I know this is a bad time. But there's something I have to know.
Anderson: It's been part of my show, actually. The End of the Moon. Something that's been on my mind.
Anderson: Is there, someday, going to be a military presence on the Moon?
Anderson: That's indescribably horrible.
Oracle: How so?
Anderson: I don't know. I just, I had hoped that maybe . . . well but I guess I knew. It's inevitable. Right? I just thought that maybe we'd leave it alone. Something that belongs to the whole Earth, pristine, untouched.
Oracle: The Moon has already been touched. You're aware.
Anderson: Touched, but fixable. We could restore it. We could take back what we put up. But a military base means we intend to stay, right?
Anderson: Will there at least be a chance for people to go up and see it first? If you have enough money, or if you're famous enough, that maybe you could go up and see it before we start building on it?
Oracle: The rich and famous always have more options. Though I can't answer the question directly. It's one of those things that's somewhat contingent on free will.
Anderson: If there's going to be a military base, people living and working up there, then there will be advertisements in space as well, correct?
Anderson: And how many people will die in the process of building something habitable up there?
Oracle: Again, free will. But at least sixty.
Anderson: I'm sorry. I'm just trying to process this.
Oracle: It's okay. Take your time.
Anderson: When will all this happen?
Oracle: You won't have to see it. The people who will see it will be those who are ready for it, whom the future has prepared to see such things.
Anderson: That doesn't make it better. That doesn't make it better at all.
Oracle: I am sorry. I am truly sorry.