Scene 6: Texas Vs California
The floor is flooded with Traders.
During the following, Traders are manipulating California's electricity market by moving energy around. It should be tremendous fun, extremely fast, physical and overlap is encouraged.
They all look.
News reports begin playing between and underneath the traders. They should overlap as appropriate.
Short physical sequence.
Lay (on phone) Kenneth Lay here for the Governor of California. Governor! I understand you're considering running for President. You think it's gonna help you any to have the sixth largest economy in the world go dark on your watch? Voters remember that sort of thing. So how 'bout paying the prices we're asking?Well, I'm sorry to hear you say that, Governor.
He hangs up the phone.
(to Traders)Boys, step it up.
A climax of sound and activity is being reached. It builds and builds.
Everyone and everything is at fever pitch, yelling and encouraging.
Every light in the world seems to go out.
Utter darkness everywhere. For a shade longer than is comfortable.
And then …
Nothing but the light from a small doorway.
In front of the light of the doorway, a man comes into view. It is the short, homuncular figure of Ken Lay. A suited man comes on stage and goes through the door, first shaking Lay's hand.
Lay Hi, Mr Mayor, I'm sure we can get this under control.
Another suited man approaches the door. Lay shakes hands with him.Thanks for coming out.
Another suited man right behind him shakes Lay's hand and goes in.Don't worry, I got the guy to fix this.
And then, another suited man approaches. He is huge and square and muscular in his suit. Lay looks up at him, his face breaking into a grin. They shake hands. The man's broad back fills the doorway.Mr Schwarzenegger! I'm so glad you could make it. Now, let's go inside and talk about the future of California.
Arnold Schwarzenegger steps into the meeting, followed by Lay.
The door closes.