New York offers two stories, but only one will be revealed in each gameplay. They are the determined socialist in New York, a Hopeful Story under the Fool and the couple parted by unemployment in New York, a Tragic Story under the Lovers.
|The engines belch black smoke as the ferry churns grey water into froth. A broad-shouldered figure leans out over the rail, eyeing the skyscrapers on the horizon. Nearby, a man and a woman speak in low, urgent voices. He takes her wrist gently. She is weeping softly.|
|LISTEN TO THE COUPLE (THE LOVERS)||TALK TO THE MAN (THE FOOL)|
|“I wish ya didn't haveta go,” she says. “There's gotta be work on some a those buildings goin’ up!” His thumb skates over her pulse point. “I've checked every day for a week. There ain't. I'll be back, though. Got your picture in my wallet, don't I? It’s not forever."||The man gives you a once-over as you approach. His newsboy cap is ragged with age. "You look familiar. Did I meet you at Union Square?"|
|TURN AWAY||KEEP LISTENING||I DON'T THINK SO||UNION SQUARE?|
|The young man lowers his head to his beloved's before you can discreetly avert your eyes. Her hand rests on the back of his neck, strokes up to where the brim of his hat meets his hair. You think you hear another muffled sob.||Her words are split by a sob. “Might as well be. Our parents didn't come to New York for this.” She leans against him, the wind tousling her hair. He pulls her to his chest. “I'm leavin’ because I got to. If there was another way…” They stand together, close, quiet, in the stiff breeze.||The man shrugs. "Maybe somewhere else. You look like you get around. Me, too. When Gramsci was arrested, we all had to flee. The futurists and the syndicalists and all the rest scattered across Europe. The luckiest ended up here." He nods decisively, proudly. "We continue the work."||"The demonstration. It got bloody, but I'm used to that, after Italy." He claps a hand to his hat to steady it from the breeze. "When Gramsci was arrested, many of us had to flee. I came to New York, and here, I continue our efforts. The workers' voices will be heard."|