KEVIN, QUARQ are sitting at a chess table alternating plays. The studio apartment has been fitted into a small bar. Large windows would look outside, but they’re coated in ice and snow.
KEVIN, QUARQ talk to each other and CEDRIC is painting in the background. They both seem to be very absorbed in their current tasks.
KEVIN The boy is ...
He looks back at CEDRIC, who is completely absorbed in painting. CEDRIC does not acknowledge that he’s being viewed.
KEVIN His consciousness is mired in the Alt/World.
QUARQ Well, yes, that would be a problem and an irritation.
The pair both look at CEDRIC this time. He is painting a picture of a superhero that looks like it’s straight from an animation cel.
QUARQ (shakes his head) This is what happens when we let the kids count.
KEVIN looks at him in disbelief. The scene cuts and we are still in QUARQ’s barpartment but CEDRIC and KEVIN are standing next to each other, looking at one of the windows covered in snow. QUARQ is absent.
KEVIN I know it looks bad, but we've got to get home. It's time for --
CEDRIC Sally's feeding. Yes, I know. But we won't make it in that snow storm. You know that.
KEVIN But we've got to--
cut back to the previous scene, where QUARQ, KEVIN are playing chess, and CEDRIC is behind them painting.
QUARQ Yes, yes, that's how it usually goes. The Grand Nagus calls his follower to court in a dream and shows him how to get there. It's all written in the Rules of Acq--
KEVIN Have you been eating too many of those green worms again?
CEDRIC stops what he’s painting, looks back at the older men over his shoulder. This time, it’s a pink-purple rabbit.