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POP! POP! POP! One after another come FLASHING back in bursts of light!
There are dozens. The Inferno is filled with them, like a flurry of
flashbulbs going off. Familiar faces and people we've never seen. Benz,
Laurie, Stilts, DeLoach...
POP! And there's Nick! And more, and still more! Forty, fifty... Just
how many people did ARCADE take?
Everyone is grinning, crying, hugging one another.
just before Alex. SOMEONE else is trying to fight their way back. It's
Greg. He's blinking back into reality.
He flickers for a moment, tentative...
(fading in and out)
Alex! You did it!
...and then he's back for good. He wraps his arms around Alex, grabbing
her so tight that it's almost painful. Both of them are sobbing.
(in between kisses)
You did it...
Together, the two of them start towards the door, eager to leave this
In groups of twos and threes, the others follow.
INT. DANTE'S INFERNO -- DAY
We are moving slowly through the empty arcade, ducking around and between
video machines until we reach the silent ARCADE prototype.
SPARKS appear on the ground nearby, chasing each other around and
coalescing into a ball. ENERGY crackling. SOMETHING is flickering in and
out at an incredible rate. BUZZING. STATIC. And...
WHAM!!! A FLASH OF LIGHT EXPLODES OUTWARD.
rises up from the floor, still trailing tendrils of smoke. It lifts its
stares directly at us, eyes glowing like nuclear reactors. And inside
those eyes we see the swirling fractals. He grins, flashing a mouthful of
perfectly white teeth.
KISS REALITY GOODBYE, SUCKERS.