Lester, listen, it's very loud there,
I'm- going-to- make- my- way- across-
town- to- meet- you. Yeah, yeah, I
know it very well, a retro bar, used
to be called "Babes"?
Daniel scans the indices and pies and various red and green
colored bars bobbing up and down on his screen.
I said, it's peaceful up here. Okay,
one hour's time, I'm there.
Take a moment to peruse Daniel's desk: a drama of the self,
spread out in card-deck-like-order. A temple to narcissism,
the chaos-order of this life of the prophet Daniel, always
the man at the center of the action, that group hug there,
selfie with girl in bikini, selfie with Indian yogi, selfie
with girls on dance floor, selfie by swimming pool. Selfies
of selfies, the parachute jump and snow-boarding selfie.On
the edge of this photo plantation, a much-thumbed photo of
what appears to be mum: the only smile in the whole ensemble
which hasn't gone nuclear yet.
I've downloaded this exciting new
Daniel notices something above his eye line.
Listen, Simone is here, I'll speak
to you later, got-to-go-go.
We see a tall slender woman, gorgeous, blond, sophisticated,
a fellow bond trader dressed in the giveaway expensive suit
as she begins to weave towards him.
INT. RESTAURANT- LATER
Simone is sipping ice water whilst Daniel is in slumped-back
mode with his new Iphone.
What's so demanding?
Lester sent me a new App.
Mum and dad would love to see you
over the holiday.
I can't promise anything because
there's so much going on.
Simone stares down at her glass.
Other women for example?
Please don't start in on that Simone.
Your Iphone keeps beeping.
It's uploading old data.
Daniel seems evasive for once.
Daniel is distant.
Simone glances at her watch.
I'd better go if I'm to catch my
Daniel finally puts his Iphone down.
Take care Simone, we'll speak soon.
They share a moment.
Call me from your parents.
I will. So long.
Daniel watches here go, as graceful as she entered. His
cell phone rings, an annoying sleigh-bells tune.
Lester. It was a nice drink. We
talked, you know?
A bar maid scoops up Daniel's glass and smiles, he smiles
Lester. I've just downloaded that
The bar maid places a fresh beer down and they lock eyes.
I don't know, I didn't read the small
print. It asks for basic details, a
photo, a few other details and it
does the rest. Says it will do
everything - whatever that means?
I'll work my way up towards you,
where are you now?
Daniel flips his cell shut. The Iphone has finished
downloading, a message instantly appears inside the Apps s
Screen reads: "your perfect girl will be with you in 5
Daniel jumps, his beer slops.
Oooh, you should be more careful.
Wait... do you know me?
Sure. I've seen all of your photos!
All? Where? On this App. I only
Sure. But then the App looks for
all of your photos right across the
web and uploads everything.
Take me. I uploaded just 3 photos
but the App found and uploaded 533
other photos into the "additional
photo bucket" on the App. I didn't
even have to request it and it only
took 5 minutes.
Tamara sits down, she's dressed like a bunny rabbit, one
with boobs pushed up high and out.
How many "additional" photos did my
Oh, I think it was something like
843, including that one where you
had your thing out in Corfu.
Daniel seems confused and ends his sentences in burbling.
Wait but I deleted all of those....
pictures. They were from back in
the days of the trader apocalypse.
Oh it's there alright. That's why I
2007 ring any bells?
I don't know about all that. I
remember that stripping was hard to
get by in back then, listen, my
boyfriend is a rigger on World Trade
Center 1 just now, which is cool but
if he sees me here he might kind of
kill you. Want to get a room?
Forgive me, but I've got to go.
EXT. MANHATTAN - STREET SIDE
Daniel piles out of the bar and joins the flow of people on
the side walk. He's panicking. Sweating even. People are
looking at him, all about Manhattan is turning into night.
Lester, where are you! Pick up!
Daniel passes a glamorous couple who seem to be watching him
intensely, especially the girl who has dark eye liner shadow.
Although he returns a smile he seems very nervous and
Message from Danny. I'll be in
"Babes" in 30 minutes. I downloaded
that App and minutes later, some
chick who was a stripper appears in
the bar right in front of me, a
stripper! I don't know. This thing
has a life of its own, I can't find
how to turn it off. She knew all
about me. She knew everything,
even about Corfu.
Daniel flips his cell phone shut. Beep. The Iphone again:
Message reads: "...hotter than a volcano and walking towards
you right now - meet Lyra."
Holy mother of god. What-is-this.
How can they do this, this has to be
in breach of some Amendm-
Hi there you bad BAD boy?
Daniel, visibly shaken.
Who the heck are you?
I'm Lyra and I liked your profile.
Daniel notices the eye shadow.
Wait, didn't you just pass me just
now with a guy?
Oh, that was Larry, but he's not
into "fun to all hours of the night
and just love a sauna."
That sounds like something I wrote
I think it said that it was on
Craigslist before, the App knows
everything, so cool. That was you...
Sure, but it was another time, I was
going through a- ... wait, forget
it. Whoa, hold the phone, just-a-
reality-check-moment. How did you
find me? I'm not in a bar, this is
Okay, well, my friend Lonny, he's an
IT whizz and so super-clever looked
at the App and Lonny says it looks
like some ex-military code that's
been adapted from tracking people
for the military and doing other
stuff to now tracking people and
doing other stuff that's really useful
as a dating App. He says it's got
some really clever algor-somethings
built into to be able to do that.
That's how it puts people together,
it scans your past life, on the web,
and makes a suitable match. Lonny
says the triangulation-of-cell-phone-
tracker is really cool. You only
get that one you've had it for a
month and it when it knows you are
trustworthy, Lonny calls it a weak-
Daniel is running, he sprints past a hot dog seller and rounds
a corner into an alley. Wheezing with the effort, wiping
his brow, he's thinking hard. He looks at his cell. It
Daniel, is that you, are you okay?
Where are you man?
Lester, listen, I'm being tracked,
no, I'm being stalked, it's crazy,
it's dangerous. I'm not that far
away, listen, I'm turning off my
cell for a while, it will be safer
Got to go.
Daniel cautiously retrieves the Iphone.
Lyra wrote in your profile that she was "disappointed" but
she promises to forgive you if you invite her to "Elite
Saunas", a favourite haunt of yours back in the day, she's
seen those photos. She'd like you to buy a day-ticket which
includes her best friend Stavros. However, great news,
Henrietta is waiting for you at the bar at "Babes".
INT. "BABES" RETRO BAR - MOMENTS LATER
Daniel gliding through the bar with a serviette he's grabbed
covering his mouth. We can only see his eyes darting about.
He chances the cell, a text from Lester, "I'm in the Rest
Room at Babes". The message was sent seconds ago. Daniel
steals a glance at the bar. A sophisticated-looking woman
with pearl ear rings is waiting and keeps checking her Iphone.
INT. REST ROOM - SECONDS LATER
Daniel doing circles. Lester, red hair, taller, keeps wiping
his hand through his hair.
You could lick these they're so clean.
What are you taking about Lester?
Listen, Lester, you may think this
is funny... hilarious even. But I
was nearly a murder victim today and
nobody would find you if you were
buried under World Trade Center 1.
Lester trails his finger along the top of one of the urinals
I reckon I wouldn't even catch a
Daniel scans him.
You're sick. You know that?
It's not so bad, I mean, let's just
go out and meet this girl. She might
INT - BAR
Daniel sips ice water. Lester, keeping distance down wind
glances up the bar and nods as he downs a shot. Daniel
acknowledges him over the shoulder of.... Cynthia... who is
twirling her hair, red lips, piercing blue eyes, as Daniel
leans in earnestly and is concentrating furiously.
I really would like to circumnavigate.
Do you mean.... to travel?
My two puppies are my most precious
assets and haven't really been
anywhere and I just know that they'd
really enjoy it.
Daniel glances nervously at Cynthia's breasts.
I sort of understand that.
I was referring to my Cocker Spaniels.
They're very intelligent dogs and at