Episode 4

Episode 4:
Ambient sounds of walking through snow. Human and dog footprints if at all available
ARILIA
Papa says you’re late.
 
NOVA
Well, your papa is one of my most observant clients
 
ARILIA
He says a late inco only brings trouble.
 
NOVA
Well, fuck you too, kid.
 
ARILIA
That’s a no-no word
 
NOVA
I do a lot more than say no-no words.
 
ARILIA
Papa says Incos bring nothing but trouble even if they aren’t late.  He says I should like it better when your kind aren’t around.
 
NOVA
Well, that’s where your Papa’s wrong.  We bring trouble the way a fever brings a cold.  We’re a symptom not a cause.
 
ARILIA
So, what are you bringing with you today?
 
NOVA
Trouble apparently, your Papa talks too much.
 
ARILIA
Papa said you’d say that.
 
NOVA
But he didn’t tell you to keep your mouth shut, fascinating.
 
ARILIA
You’re mean
 
NOVA
Hadn’t noticed.  You guys still don’t believe in doors, huh?  Yo, Ilara, I’m here.
So, Nosy, do you have any information for me?
 
 
ARILIA
Last time you were here you said you were going to Eolara, but Raylia says that's not a real place!  You lied to me!
 
NOVA
(playfully)
You should have thought it was weird when I didn't charge you first
 
ARILIA
Papa says lying
 
ILARA
Arilia shush.  Good morning Inco
 
NOVA
Good morning Gnorrian.
 
ILARA
(peevishly)
My name is Ilara
 
NOVA
My name is Nova.  Do we have to play this game every time?  Or are you just getting senile?
 
ILARA
The Nova I know, is never late.  I thought you must be someone new.
 
NOVA
Everybody’s a critic.  Ship broke down.  May I come in?
 
ILARA
Charming as always.  Those who are welcomed over the threshold are welcomed into our hearts.
 
NOVA
Gee thanks.  By the way, I hope you haven’t been telling your kid here any information.  If you have, they’ve probably told half of Gnorria by now and I don’t pay for common knowledge. 
 
ILARA
(Sternly)
Arilia.
 
ARILIA
Sorry Papa.
 
ILARA
You seem more ornery than usual
Sound of things unpacking
NOVA
I told you, my ship broke down.  Has anyone with a broken ship been happy?
 
ILARA
Maybe it’s time to scrap it.  It’s going to kill you one day.
 
NOVA
The day I get rid of it, is the day I buy my ass an A-class.
 
ILARA
Still dreaming big? Incos don’t tend to last that long.
 
NOVA
And yet here I am.  It’s a living Ilara.
(Loud *vwee* sounds, ambient noise grounds to a halt)
I’d prefer it if you didn’t go around calling me an Inco.  Security is getting suspicious and if I’m not on world, you’re not getting paid.
 
  ILARA
I did not intend
 
NOVA
Your kid’s very chatty, I might have to extend my leave to a few months.
 
ILARA
Things are…getting dangerous.  I may have spoken without making sure they were out of the room.
 
NOVA
On Gnorria things getting dangerous doesn’t have the same meaning as on Canos.  Things here are…slow.  What’s going on Ilara?
 
ILARA
I don’t know
 
NOVA
Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, tell me you have some information for me.  I’ve hauled ass to get here in nine days and haven’t really been sleeping, and don’t get me started on SAWA
 
ILARA
I mean, nobody knows. 
 
NOVA
You get paid for content, not by the hour.  I’m not around to play word games. 
 
ILARA
Dealing with you is always pleasant. 
 
NOVA
Jeanne insists on trust, not likeability.  I think I’ve proven myself to be just trustworthy.  What have you got for me, Ilara?  I know you didn’t contact Jeanne to tell me what you don’t know. 
 
ILARA
The Calvara faction has been stocking on supplies from Canos, 40 vials of water were delivered three weeks ago, and 60 heat lamps came last week.
 
NOVA
What?
 
ILARA
Where those supplies have gone, I can’t say.
 
NOVA
Is there an embassy meeting soon?
 
ILARA
No, Catosians only come to Gnorria once every five solar cycles.  It has only been two since the last.
 
NOVA
Any Catosian ships?  Increases in Incos?
 
ILARA
There have been no Catosian ships, but a Gnorrian one left the capital once with unknown cargo.  It was an early morning launch.  I cannot find who was on it, or why it did so.  As for Incos, you would know more than I.
 
NOVA
I don’t associate with the lower tiers.
 
ILARA
You don’t know any other Incos
 
NOVA
I know their territories.  This one is mine.
 
ILARA
I have seen one or two going in and out of the palace, but I can’t be sure.
 
NOVA
In the palace?  Damn, that’s ballsy.  Humans?
 
ILARA
One was human, the other was Viopran.
 
NOVA
Can you describe them?
 
ILARA
With all that gear you look the same.  The Viopran I knew only because of the eyes.
 
NOVA
What color?
 
ILARA
Pink, I think.  We don’t get a lot of pink here, usually blue or brown.  Sometimes red.
 
NOVA
They’re new then.  Can pink even survive here?
 
ILARA
Are they in your territory?
 
NOVA
The palace is a death trap.  Why go through all the trouble if you can just go into a cozy house with talkative children and someone tell you everything you need while making a nice warm cup of tea.
 
ILARA
There’s no tea.
 
NOVA
It may not seem important to you, but humans are supposed to sleep once every sixteen hours, I’ve been up for the last fifty.
 
ILARA
(Sighs)
I don’t keep tea.  There's (loud growl and a high-pitched whine)
 
NOVA
(Angrily) Shit, fuck, Ilara, there's no translation for that.
 
ILARA
For
 
NOVA
Don't fucking say it.  What the hell is that?
 
ILARA
A good alternative to tea, that'll help you stay awake.
 
NOVA
Is it toxic to humans?
 
ILARA
I've seen one drink it. He didn't seem to like the taste, but he didn't die.
 
NOVA
I'm desperate.  I'll bite. 
 
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