[In the duct above the Conference Room.....]
(They crouch above the vent. Through the slats, they see President Shinra and other employees sitting at a long table in the Conference Room.)
"Geez--! That's a lotta suits!"
"We have the damage estimates for Sector 7."
"Considering those factories we already set up and all the investments, the damage is estimated at approximately 10 Billion gil..."
(The camera changes; we are now looking at the table head-on.)
"The estimated cost to rebuild Sector 7 is..."
"We're not rebuilding."
"We're leaving Sector 7 as it is."
"And restarting the Neo-Midgar plan."
"...then the Ancients?"
"The Promised Land will soon be ours."
"I want you to raise the Mako rates 15% in every area."
(Palmer, a fat, bald, guy, jumps up and down.)
"Rate hike! Rate hike! Tra, la, la! And please include our Space Program in the budget!"
"Reeve and Scarlet will divide the extra income from the rate increase."
(Palmer sits down.)
(We are looking down from above again.)
"Sir, if you raise the rates, the people will lose confidence..."
"It'll be all right."
"The ignorant citizens won't lose confidence, they'll trust Shinra, Inc. even more."
"Ha ha ha!"
"After all, we're the ones who saved Sector 7 from AVALANCHE!"
"That dirty #$*$^"
(We are looking at the table head-on again. Hojo enters the Conference Room.)
"Hojo. How's the girl?"
(Hojo turns his head.)
"As a specimen, she is inferior to her mother. I'm still in the process of comparing her to her mother, Ifalna, but for now the difference is 18%."
"How long will the research take?"
"Probably 120 years. It's probably impossible to finish in our lifetime. Or in the lifetime of the specimen too, for that matter."
(Hojo turns away from the table.)
"That's why we're thinking of breeding her. Then we could create one that would withstand our research for a long time."
"What about the Promised Land? Won't it hinder our plans?"
"That's what I need to plan. The mother is strong... and yet has her weaknesses."
(We are looking down from the duct again.)
"That concludes our meeting."
(The employees dissemble. Scarlet pauses and looks up.)
(She leaves. Cloud looks up.)
"They were talking about Aerith... right?"
"Let's follow 'em."
(They exit the duct and land back in the toilet. They exit the bathroom and come around a corner. They spot Hojo.)
(Hojo climbs the stairs to the 67th floor. They follow.)
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