[ 1 ] - Meeting Room, former Zeon War Room[ After acquiring prior permission to use the old Zeon War Room to attend the semi-annual IDS Board Meeting via hologram, he wasted no time. The news of the Inspectors was a blessing, but now with these new guys... well... listen in if you want. ]
Director of Public Relations: "Good riddance to those Inspector scum. Don't they know anything about patent law!? They stole our Vector Bit technology! No, worse, they... they... copied and pirated it!
Director of Human Resources: "These other guys, though... primeval force? I like the sound of that."
Caulder: "N-No way! That guy was creepy! The way he leaned in like that, I--"
Director of Public Relations: "I agree with the boy. A world free of want? You know what that sounds like to me? Socialism. Like dirty software pirates."
Director of Finance: "Not like it matters. Ever since the ALICE Project began managing our portfolio, we've seen nothing but a rise in profits for the last fiscal quarter. I swear, there's nothing that AI can't do."
Director of Public Relations: "Except create DRM!"[ No wonder his father started going crazy. Caulder buried his face into his arms, desperately wishing he had his tablet. ]
Director of Government Relations: "Look, I'm not signing any new contracts with this 'Kairos Aspira' until I know for sure it would be good for the company. I don't care what the League says. And I'm sure our CEO will agree. Isn't that right, Mr. Chairman?
"[ Caulder looks up... and then nods nervously. ]
Director of Government Relations: "Good. Then we're finished here."[ The holoconference ends. Caulder doesn't move. He just buries his head once more in his arms. That was... exhausting. He almost doesn't want to be CEO anymore. ][ 2 - Lounge, Mid-Afternoon ][ He's completely sacked out on one of the couches, his tablet in sleep mode on his lap, and a magazine covering his entire face. He's been asleep for the last four hours, despite it being the middle of the day. Anyone who approaches him will probably startle him after all of that. ]