A Reason to Live

ARRIVING AT LONDON'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

JENNA:

Don't forget about your promise, Nikita.

Don't forget why you are free of those chains.

NIKITA:

Don't worry, I know...

1 week.

JENNA:

And after this war is over, after Ri Zhou falls, I'd like to hear the rest of your story.

NIKITA:

And you shall.

I'll see you in a week.


*Jenna thinks for a moment*


JENNA:

Wait...

NIKITA:

Yes?

JENNA:

I need to ask you something.

NIKITA:

Hmm?

JENNA:

How did you remember everything? Every tiny detail... Did you write it all down or something? Do you have a journal?

NIKITA:

I have a good memory.

JENNA:

No one has that good of a memory.

NIKITA:

A journal wouldn't do me much good if I couldn't read from it... So what other explanation is there, Jenna? I have a good memory.

JENNA:

No one remembers that many details so accurately.

NIKITA:

Are you asking me if I made up pieces of the story?

JENNA:

All I'm saying is no one remembers 20 years of details so well.

NIKITA:

You're looking a living proof.

JENNA:

So what's the trick? How? You always have a trick.

NIKITA:

No trick. I have a very good memory.


*Jenna shakes her head*


JENNA:

If you were me, would you believe this?

NIKITA:

No.

JENNA:

Exactly...

NIKITA:

But you don't know the whole story.

JENNA:

You're making it very difficult for me to trust you, Nikita.

NIKITA:

And yet you're letting me take a vacation.


*Jenna sighs*


JENNA:

Mhmm...

NIKITA:

It's because you care.

Fine, I'll tell you. I have a disease.

It allows me to remember an absurd amount of detail from my life.

JENNA:

Disease???

NIKITA:

Hyperthymesia. Look it up.

May I get out of the car now? My flight leaves soon.

💭JENNA:

What are the chances he has a disease that causes him to remember things perfectly?

Is this story a lie? Can he honestly lie so well for so long?

And if so, somehow I didn't spot any holes?

Is this real? Does he remember everything perfectly?

JENNA:

Please, just tell me... Is everything you said true?

NIKITA:

Why are you bringing this up now???


*Jenna says nothing*


NIKITA:

Clearly, it doesn't matter what I tell you, Jenna.

You've already made up your mind.