Scene One: A dark corridor. Cigar smoke hovers in the air. Two men are talking. We cannot see their faces. The time is unspecified: perhaps we are in the future, perhaps in the past.
Mr. A: We need to get the Workers working, as many hours as we can. This is the way to maximise our economic productivity.
Mr. B: But the Workers with the EPUs? The Parents. The Parents ask to spend time with their EPUs. There is this strange thing that they call ‘Love’.
Mr. A: Sometimes this is good. Some of The Parents are good at developing the EPUs. They take them to the Ancient Places, where the Knowledge resides.
Mr B: But some of The Parents are not so good. They do not programme the EPUs in the right way. Sometimes they break the EPUs. [there is a faint note of horror in his voice]
Mr A: Indeed.
Mr B: And if the Workers are spending time with their EPUs, then they cannot work.
Mr A: You have a point. Do you have a solution?
Mr B: Well …. how would it be if we were to take the EPUs away from The Parents, as soon as we possibly could? Then we could ensure that they worked properly. Became properly functional Workers. We could persuade them, or force them, that’s up to you.
There is a long pause.
Mr A: How early would you like to start?