Episode 17

Episode 17
NOVA
Alright, everybody off
 
HATOV
Where are you going?
 
NOVA
To unload some shit.  If you need me, ask her.  SAWA if his vitals go weird enact the “Rescue” protocol.
 
SAWA
Understood.  Have a nice trip captain.
 
NOVA
It won’t be.  She’s leaving you, Galaxy Eyes.
Turning
HATOV
Jeanne?  Jeanne.
Running
Jeanne, why didn’t you (beat) wait, please.
 
JEANNE
Keep up.
 
HATOV
Where are we going?
(sighs)
Long pause
SAWA what is this place?
 
SAWA
This location is not in the Galactic Database, however, it appears that we are heading towards the center of a large expanse of floating platforms.
 
HATOV
Great.
Walking, busy market sounds
Fades in to Jeanne asking
 
JEANNE
(Hey, I’m looking for) Benjy, human. tall heavyset, red hair?
 
PERSON 1
Can’t say I’ve seen him.
 
JEANNE
Looking for Benjy, human, red-hair, tall, heavyset.  You see him?
 
PERSON 2
Not with the red hair, but humans can change that if they want to, right.  I’ve seen a tall human, if that’s what you want.  Can’t say if it’s your Benjy.
 
 
JEANNE
Where is he?
 
PERSON 2
A little ways up, sells really tacky baubles.
 
JEANNE
Thanks
 
PERSON 2
No problem.
 
HATOV
(beat)
You’re not going to pay?
 
JEANNE
For what?
 
HATOV
The information.  They just (beat) they just gave it to you?
 
JEANNE
Normal people don’t think about what they say.
 
HATOV
This doesn’t feel like a (beat) normal place.  It feels like a market for (beat)
 
JEANNE
For what?
 
HATOV
People like you?
 
JEANNE
(scoffs)
It’s a market for everyone.  You got shit to unload?  Here’s where you do it.
Dinging bell
Geez, he wasn’t kidding
Wooden clanking
Tacky shit here Benjy
 
BENJY
Jeanne.
 
JEANNE
You disappeared on me, I was worried you wouldn’t balance the tab.
 
BENJY
(beat, softly)
I didn’t think about that, until it was too late.
 
JEANNE
Was that before you skipped planet, or when you saw me walking here and decided to hide.  I have object permanence Benjy, that wasn’t going to work.
 
BENJY
I don’t have it.
 
JEANNE
What was that?
 
BENJY
I sold everything, I gambled everything to get here.  I spent my last units on a shitty apartment and these
Wood clanking
I can’t pay you back.
 
JEANNE
What are you running from Benjy?
 
BENJY
(laughs)
What do you think?  The union, they’ve got eyes everywhere, I figured my best bet was here.  You know, a tree in a forest?  Once they realize I’m not a threat, I figured they’d leave me alone.
 
JEANNE
(annoyed)
That’s not how it works.
 
BENJY
(frustrated, whisper)
What other options are there, Jeanne?  Let them catch me?  Try to outrun them?
 
JEANNE
Stop being a coward and make your stand.
 
BENJY
You’d say that wouldn’t you? (beat) Well, I can’t pay you, what do you want?
 
JEANNE
You could sell the stand.
 
BENJY
Please don’t do that.
 
JEANNE
Then I want to know why you ran.
 
BENJY
Did you miss the part of my plan when I prove that I’m harmless?
 
JEANNE
 I told you that won’t work.  Who are you more afraid of?
 
BENJY
(long pause)
Who’s he?
 
JEANNE
Quit stalling.
 
BENJY
I was running my route, got a weird set of coordinates and instructions.  But you know, I’m a private contractor, I just deliver stuff, if things seem weird I don’t ask questions, but when I got there, nothing was there, no planet, no asteroid, no ship.  Just empty space.
 
JEANNE
What was your cargo?
 
BENJY
I’m getting there, but my general rule is not to ask.  If people tell me they tell me, this time they didn’t. Some people came on loaded my ship, the instructions said not to look, I didn’t look.  The most I can tell you is where I came from and where I was meant to go, but even then, it wasn’t (beat) there wasn’t anything anywhere.  Empty space, and a figure tethered to nothing knocked on my window.  Scared the shit out of me, told me to let them board.  What the hell was I supposed to do? I let them in.  They didn’t say shit to me, went in the back.  The trunk was empty.  At least, it was empty as far as I could tell, dumped some shit in the trunk told me to get rid of it and transferred the rest of the funds.  They step out, seem to be happy floating there and wave me off.  Next thing I know I’m being tracked by the union.  They start following me I get paranoid, don’t even want to use the bathroom on planet.  They start tailing me, I can’t even go on my usual runs.  No one will hire me, money dwindles, start cleaning tanks on non-union affiliated planets, but they’re tailing me.  Start taking riskier deals, shit goes south, I get shot and in the chaos I lose them, but they don’t have to tail me anymore.  They’ve got my sample.  I look for a way out, some people told me of some people who knew how to trick the bio-tag, I was desperate, lost a lot of money, I’m not sure that it worked but I’m hoping that if I disappear, sit here and stay quiet they won’t think I’m worth the effort.
 
JEANNE
The person who dropped stuff off on your ship, what’d they leave?
 
BENJY
I don’t ask.  They told me to get rid of it, I got rid of it.  The whole situation was fucking weird, I wanted out.  If I’d known this was where I was going to end up, I’d’ve turned it down.
 
JEANNE
And you didn’t see the ship or have anything else about the person who boarded your ship?
 
BENJY
Jeanne, it was freaky shit, okay?  People don’t just come out of nowhere and stay floating in open space.
 
JEANNE
Give me the coordinates and write down everything you remember about the person on your ship, the color of their suit, the design, the tether type, everything.
 
BENJY
It won’t be much.
 
JEANNE
You owe me Benjy, give me everything you’ve got.
 
 
 
 
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