September 11th, 2001
INT: OFFICE – TOKYO – DAYTIME
Liu Hui and Yomomata are working on a math equation. A door opens and another colleague enters the room.
Did you guys hear the news?
No. What happened?
Two planes crashed into New York skyscrapers today. It’s unbelievable, and they’ve got live video on the news. You really should come to the lobby and watch it.
Two planes crashing into skyscrapers doesn’t add up. That’s not an accident. That sounds like it was done on purpose.
Who would do that to America though? What would be their motive? Have they said anything on the news?
No. Let’s all go watch it in the lobby. Someone must have heard something more about it.
Alright. We could use a break. We’ve made some great progress today!
That’s true. We’re almost ready to present our findings on new Hemp biofuel improvements to efficiency. We’re getting some amazing help from America right now.
Yomomata, I told you not to say anything about the help we are getting. We could get him and his family in serious trouble.
Maybe that’s why they crashed planes into skyscrapers?
Yomomata remains silent. The colleague raises his hands in the air.
Look we’re all friends here. I’m not going to say anything to jeopardize your research or your friend. Relax. Let’s go watch the news in the lobby.
Liu Hui, I promise to never compromise our research. Let’s get some ice cream and watch the news.
OK. We needed a break anyways. (Laughing)
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