(Dreaming) Birds flutter as a body plummets toward the ground.
Michael Karl Popper (the Kid) wakes up
Typed on screen: Somebody tell me why it fells more real when I dream than when I am awake. How can I know if my sense are lying?
Reply typed on screen: There is some fiction in your truth, and some truth in your fiction. To know the truth, you must risk everything.
Typed back on screen: Who are you? Am I alone?
Popper eats breakfast, than skateboards to Clearview High School In class, the teacher writes on the blackboard, while Mr. Popper restlessly writes random words in his notebook; ‘Neo’, ‘Trinity’, ‘Get Me out of here’…
Suddenly, his phone rings
Popper: Ah ha…
Teacher: Mr. Popper, what is my policy on ringing phones in the classroom?
Popper: Ah, I’m sorry sir…
Teacher: Yes, well you’re barely passing my class as it is Mr. Popper.
Popper: It won’t happen again sir.
Teacher: For your sake, I hope not.
He continues writing on the blackboard.
The phone rings again.
Popper: I turned it off. I know I did…
Popper answers the phone
Morpheus: They know you know. They’re coming for you. Get out. Get out now.
Popper looks out the window and sees three agents get out of a car.
Teacher: You are in serious trouble Mr. Popper.
Popper shoves the teacher aside, leaps across desks, and climbs out a window into the hallway. He sees the agents at the end of the hallway. He frantically opens his locker and grabs his skateboard.
Popper skateboards around the school, maneuvering around both the agents and his teacher. After tripping his teacher with the skateboard, he dashes into a steaks bathroom. When the agents break in, his teacher rushes to the window, and sees Popper climbing up to the roof.
When he reaches the roof, the agents are already there, waiting for him.
Popper: Neo. I believe. I know it wasn’t a dream.
With that, he falls backwards off the edge of the roof. As he plummets down, you realize its the same dream that he had had in the beginning.
The next scene, you see a gravestone with these words inscribed on it: Michael Karl Popper Beloved Son
Rest in Peace ______________________
Lots of people surround the grave, as rain pours down.
Man 1: This is not real. And the real world lies somewhere else.
Man 2: A typical mental delusion. We get unbalanced kids like this all the time.
Man 1: Reality can be a pretty scary thing for some people. This world must’ve been a cold and alienating place for a boy like that.
Man 2: It’s cold denying reality. Its, you know, just a self-defense mechanism for those type of kids.
Man 1: Well. He’s in another world now. Make no mistake about that.
Next scene, you’re in the Nebuchadnezzar.
Trinity: His vitals are good. He’s gonna make it. Its unbelievable. I didn’t think self-substantiation was possible.
Neo: Apparently it is.
Neo: It’s ok. You’re safe now.
Popper: I knew… You’d save me.
Neo: I didn’t save you kid. You saved yourself.
On the computer screen used by Popper towards the beginning, some words appear where Popper had left off: You are not alone.