Script by Andy Mangels
Art by Rags Morales
This page will have seven panels.
Quinn answers, but the Professor doesn't look convinced.
1 QUINN: They'll understand.
2 PROFESSOR: Will they? Are you so sure?
Quinn turns away, chastened.
3 QUINN: (sotto) No.
Quinn changes the subject, turning back to Arturo. Quinn pulls the Timer out of his pocket.
4 QUINN: So, what do we do about the press conference? Is it ethical to tell them the secrets of sliding?
5 QUINN: I mean, they already know the simple theories, they just don't know the next step.
Large panel. Professor Arturo holds forth, grimly. Quinn argues. Lots of exposition here.
6 PROFESSOR: Consider this, Mr. Mallory: If we share the secrets of sliding with the scientists of this world, they could learn to control the process and perhaps provide both us and our counterparts with a way to return home.
7 QUINN: And what if we share it with them and some big business group or government agency uses the technology for as a weapon? We've already experienced what happens when sliding gets into the wrong hands.
8 PROFESSOR: We cannot be responsible for every action and reaction that follows the imparting of information.
Arturo puts his hand on Quinn's shoulder, in a fatherly gesture.
9 PROFESSOR: Every scientific principle can be used for ill or for good, my boy. But, by making our findings public, and by not selling them on a corporate level, it creates a need for the developers who follow us to exercise greater control.
Quinn looks perplexed and undecided, as the Professor breaks away.
10 QUINN: But how are we going to help them and benefit from their research if we have to slide out an hour or so after the press conference?
11 PROFESSOR: We clearly don't have enough time to perfect anything now. We would have to miss this slide, and continue to work on the science of sliding until we could find another way home.
Slightly over Quinn's shoulder as he looks at the Professor. Quinn is shocked, the Professor is deadly serious.
12 PROFESSOR: I believe it's the only decision to make, Mr. Mallory.
13 PROFESSOR: Despite Miss Richel's impassioned discourse about our unity, I'm not sure all of us would join you on another slide.
14 PROFESSOR: Indeed, some of us may choose to stay on this world, no matter what the consequences.