Arc 2 Episode 4

Arc 2 Episode 4
Sounds of cooking
Scraping and quiet cursing from Nova
 
JEANNE
You’re cooking.
 
NOVA
popping
(pained)
Shit!
(sighs)
Trying to. 
 
JEANNE
It’s been a while since you’ve cooked anything.
 
NOVA
Yup
Awkward silence.
 
JEANNE
Is this how things are going to be?
 
NOVA
I wouldn’t dream of having it any other way.
 
JEANNE
For a month?
 
NOVA
Don’t know.  How long are you staying?
 
JEANNE
Depends on what you have hidden away here.  At least a month.  I don’t like secrets, Nova.
 
NOVA
Well, that’s fucking ironic.
 
JEANNE
I think a little hatred’s healthy. For something that controls our lives.
 
NOVA
So little self-awareness.
 
JEANNE
I’m saying that even if I don’t like them, I’m willing to put up with them
 
NOVA
What a goddamn enigma you are.  Fascinating as always, Jeanne.
 
JEANNE
I’m not asking you to like me, I’m asking that you work with me.
 
NOVA
I was under the impression that I was already doing that.
 
JEANNE
 (sighs)
When we were separate, yes, but now
 
NOVA
(interrupting)
Give me something to do, and I’ll do it.  Won’t even complain, do you want me to be happy about it?  Ohhh Jeanne, it’s so nice that you’re here.
 
JEANNE
Feeling welcome would be nice.
 
NOVA
Give me some space and more (beat) time and I might be able to manage something reasonable.
 
JEANNE
I can’t give you either.
 
NOVA
And here we are.
 
JEANNE
What do you want me to do, Nova?
 
NOVA
Honestly?  I want you to leave, I want you to get rid of the stupid short leash protocol and I want you to leave me alone for the time you promised me.
 
JEANNE
Nova
 
NOVA
Jeanne, I don’t think I should have to say this, but being near you is hard. 
 
JEANNE
You’re making it more unpleasant than it needs to be.
 
NOVA
I don’t think you understand.  I can’t sleep right with you here. I’m pretty sure I’m not even breathing right. Can you at least set a time when you’ll be here and spend the rest of the time in your own damn ship.
 
JEANNE
So you can plan and run off?
 
NOVA
(sighs, clattering happens on the table)
We both know you already bugged the hell out of my ship.  I took the ones out of my room, but I’ve left the rest where they were.
 
JEANNE
(Scaping as she counts)
Hmm, you’re getting better.
 
NOVA
I know.
 
JEANNE
(long pause)
What time?
 
NOVA
I want mornings to myself, and I want a few hours before I go to bed so I can really register that you’re gone.  I can give you from noon to 2200 hours.
 
JEANNE
(grumbles)
I don’t.
 
NOVA
And I’ll take care of myself.  I’ll cook at least twice a day and I’ll even save some for you.
 
JEANNE
To poison me?
 
NOVA
Goddamn Jeanne, I’m not trying to watch anyone else die.  If it happens, then, fuck. But I’m not trying to rush it.
 
JEANNE
(long pause)
You know a lot of people die in this business, right?
 
NOVA
So you keep reminding me.
 
JEANNE
I don’t understand why you’re taking this one so hard.
 
NOVA
Alula was different.
 
JEANNE
Only because she had to be.  It was how she worked Nova, she was a con-artist.
 
NOVA
Jeanne?
 
JEANNE
What?
 
NOVA
Shut up.  I may have renounced the fucking church, but you don’t speak ill of the dead.
 
JEANNE
(grumbles)
Like they’re going to hear me.
 
NOVA
That’s not the point.
 
JEANNE
If you could just—
 
NOVA
I know who she was better than anyone.  I know that you’re right and I know that I should have been prepared.  But it doesn’t matter, and I wasn’t.  So, here we are.
 
JEANNE
(sighs)
Kid, you are one of the most stubborn people I’ve ever met.
 
NOVA
You’ve dealt with Aleera.
 
JEANNE
I didn’t say you topped the list. 
 
NOVA
(quiet laughter)
So, there’s no chance of you leaving and just letting me get back to my route?
 
JEANNE
Not a chance in hell.
 
NOVA
Alright (breathes) I’ll adjust.
 
Quiet cooking.
JEANNE
(obviously uncomfortable)
So, when does that time limit start (beat) now or (trailing off)
 
NOVA
You’re actually going to do it?
 
JEANNE
Nova, if I can’t get what I need done for the day in ten hours shoot me. 
 
NOVA
Oh, thank god.  (breathes and sinks to the floor)
 
Moments pass
 
JEANNE
Nova?  The food’s going to burn.
 
NOVA
I know (beat) just give me a second, that went a lot better than I thought it would.
 
JEANNE
I’m not a monster.
 
NOVA
I tried really hard just now (beat) I really didn’t think that was going to work.
 
JEANNE
It was a reasonable request.
 
NOVA
(disbelieving laugh)
My hands are shaking Jeanne.  Fuck.
 
JEANNE
I’ll try not to be offended.
 
NOVA
I (beat) I guess you can stay for breakfast.  I did make some for you.
 
JEANNE
I’ll bring the dish back.
 
NOVA
You’re not eating with us?
 
JEANNE
Nova, you just said that you can’t even breathe right when I’m near.  I wouldn’t want to lose you because you decided to choke on your fucking breakfast.  Which, by the way, is burning.
 
NOVA
Shit.  Goddammit.
Hard rattling of a very burnt round thing on a plate
You don’t suppose his majesty will put up with that, do you?
 
JEANNE
If you take away all the other options I think he’ll eat anything (beat) eventually
 
NOVA
Funny, I think he’d die first.
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