Arc 2 Episode 11

Arc 2 Episode 10 Jeanne

JEANNE

I’m here for Xavier.

Muffled sex sounds?

PERSON 1

They’re not here.

JEANNE

Don’t lie to me.

PERSON 1

(sighs)

They’re busy.

JEANNE

(nonchalantly)

Doing who?

PERSON 1

(uncomfortably)

Look (beat) I know you both were

JEANNE

You’re wasting my time.  Either get them for me or answer my question.

PERSON 1

(Long pause, almost pleadingly)

They’re not going to be happy about being interrupted.

JEANNE

I don’t care.

PERSON 1

(sighs/huffs)

I’ll go get them.

JEANNE

(quietly)

You do that.

In the background after the footsteps fade, low murmur

XAVIER

I’m busy

Murmured response

Who’s (beat) oh

(laughing)

No, she doesn’t wait, tell her I’ll be right there.

Return footsteps

PERSON 1

They’ll be

JEANNE

I heard.

PERSON 1

(awkwardly)

Well (beat) would you like to (beat) take a seat?

JEANNE

No, since I’m here, let’s talk.

PERSON 1

I really don’t think

JEANNE

What’s with the security?  It’s been

Crashing and pulling pants on, zipping

XAVIER

There really is no off switch on you, is there?

JEANNE

This isn’t a leisure visit.

XAVIER

Oh, come on, love.

JEANNE

Don’t call me that

XAVIER

Too soon?

JEANNE

Where’s Benjy?

XAVIER

(beat, slightly annoyed)

Would a little small talk kill you? Say it with me, hi, how’s it going?  I haven’t seen you in

JEANNE

Xavier, I will sink your business so fast even you won’t be able to bail.

XAVIER

(pause)

Ah, I forgot this is what it was like

JEANNE

(beat, almost unwillingly)

What is?

XAVIER

How you treat people you don’t want to get close to.  I remember how soft you can be beneath

Sound of knife embedding itself into table

JEANNE

I asked where Benjy was.

XAVIER

(disappointed)

This was a nice desk. (beat) You’re not even sorry, are you?

JEANNE

Not in the least.

XAVIER

(quietly)

Of course, you’re not.  The regular rates?

JEANNE

Yes, (beat) actually, I need a room.

XAVIER

(beat, confused)

A room?

JEANNE

Was I unclear?

XAVIER

Never, lo—, (pulling knife out and handing it to her) Jeanne, that’s what I liked about you.

JEANNE

(unimpressed)

Mmm

XAVIER

Come on, there’s (beat) somewhere in here.  A closet, maybe?

JEANNE

I’m not particular.

XAVIER

I beg to differ.  How’s Nova?

JEANNE

Alive.

XAVIER

Good for her.  I heard about Alula, another route was it?  I liked her, she was fun.

JEANNE

You already know the story, it’s not like it’s a secret.

Unlocking and opening door

XAVIER

What an odd little community this is.  There are no secrets amongst InCos, and still everything is wonderfully opaque.

JEANNE

And Benjy?

XAVIER

Why do you want to know so badly?

JEANNE

He’s a contact, I need to contact him.

XAVIER

Why not radio?

JEANNE

Because he never has it on.

XAVIER

(long pause)

Jeanne, what are you doing?

JEANNE

(blandly)

Trying to find Benjy.

XAVIER

It’s the wrong time for that.  Why do you need him now?

JEANNE

How much are you willing to pay for that information?

XAVIER

Can’t we just forget about the money, Jeanne?

JEANNE

This is a business transaction.  What else do you have to trade that you think I don’t have?

XAVIER

(beat)

Then why the room?

JEANNE

(slowly)

What else do you have to trade that you think I don’t have?

XAVIER

Ah, what do you want?

JEANNE

I have (beat) a problem that I’m working through.

XAVIER

The great Jeanne Warden?

JEANNE

Shut up.

XAVIER

How deep is the hole you’ve found yourself in?

JEANNE

(pause/unwillingly)

I don’t know.

XAVIER

(Curiously)

What exactly are you—

JEANNE

Xavier, I don’t like dealing with things that I don’t know and recently my life is filled with them.  Tell me where Benjy is

XAVIER

Why the room?

JEANNE

(beat)

What would send the Galactic Union scouring the galaxy for someone?

XAVIER

Well, what did this person do?

JEANNE

They left.

XAVIER

Left what?  A prison facility?  The Sunorix?

JEANNE

Their home planet.

XAVIER

And the union is trying to what (beat) find them?

JEANNE

Cover up the fact that they were lost in the first place.

XAVIER

Which planet?

JEANNE

Can’t say.

XAVIER

Love

JEANNE

Love?

XAVIER

Jeanne, you’re not giving me much to work with.

JEANNE

I don’t have much to work with.

XAVIER

(sighs)

How do you know this person isn’t lying?

JEANNE

Things make more sense if they aren’t.

XAVIER

So, you don’t know that they’re not.

JEANNE

(frustrated)

I don’t have a lot to work with.

XAVIER

(skeptically)

This person left their home planet, the union is searching for them, hard, apparently, and what, you can’t pay someone to tell you why?

JEANNE

The workers don’t know.

XAVIER

What?

JEANNE

I’ve contacted everyone, low tier, mid-tier, I even tried some connections I’d really prefer not to use, and the consensus is, they’re officially looking for two individuals.  There’s been some instability on their home planet since they left, but they’re really only looking for the one.

XAVIER

And the descriptions?

JEANNE

Are vague as shit no matter how far up the ladder I go.

XAVIER

And you’re not willing to tell me who, or where from?

JEANNE

It doesn’t matter, everything they’re doing is weird as fuck.  Why have them delivered to the Sunorix if they’re home planet is so unstable?  Why not give a better description if they want to find them? So, besides not knowing why they’re so desperate, or where they’re final destination is

XAVIER

Why not just kill the person in question, they sound like trouble?

JEANNE

It’s a business opportunity, Xavier.

XAVIER

Or a chance for you to die.  This is insane, even for you.

JEANNE

I don’t care how dangerous you think this is

XAVIER

And you thought Benjy might know what your higher-ups didn’t?

JEANNE

I thought it was worth a shot.  No one knows what Benjy knows.

XAVIER

 (beat) that’s true actually, but if they’re keeping such a tight leash, what could he possibly have heard that you haven’t gathered elsewhere?

JEANNE

It’s not what he’s heard, it’s where he’s been.

XAVIER

I don’t always have his route.

JEANNE

You have him tracked, I want to intercept.

XAVIER

Mmm, well that’s where things get a bit complicated.

JEANNE

Complicated how?

XAVIER

Well, he’s no longer on the payroll.

JEANNE

He’s what?

XAVIER

Retired.  I don’t know where he went before you ask.  It was sudden.

JEANNE

How long does he have?

XAVIER

If he’s being tracked, less than two months.  I’ll give you his last known location and about half a dozen planets I’ve gotten reports from, but there’s no promise you’ll find him.

JEANNE

Sure, give me everything you’ve got.

XAVIER

It would be my pleasure, lo—, Jeanne.  

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