Episode 5

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Episode 5
ILARA
It’s rude to sniff your drinks
 
NOVA
I’m not trying to die here Ilara, I just want to make it through the rest of my route without passing out in a snowbank.
 
ILARA
You wouldn’t survive
 
NOVA
Exactly (gulping, sputtering, and coughing)
(With distaste) Mmm, shit, fuck a demon on a goddamn skillet, you weren’t kidding about the taste.
 
ILARA
There’s nothing to be done. Should I continue?
 
NOVA
(Still coughing)
Yes.  Shit, that was disgusting.  Passwords first, trade route changes next, taxes and rumors last.    
 
ILARA
Should I get water?
 
NOVA
No, I’m fine, thanks.  (beat) How long has this drink been here?
 
ILARA
I'm not
 
NOVA
Approximations are fine.  Talk fast.
 
ILARA
Maybe 5 months ago, on the Imperial calendar?
 
NOVA
(Teasingly)
You've missed a couple shipments then, Ilara.
 
ILARA
That's unlikely
 
NOVA
(Happily)
Mhmm, moving on.  (nervously) We're uh (beat) going to speed right through this, okay?
 
ILARA
Is something the matter?
 
 NOVA
 Talk fast big guy.  Now. Passwords, trade routes, taxes, rumors.  In that order.
 
ILARA1
For the northern gate it’s, in the night the growls haunt
The eastern gates is “guess this stupid Vraka bastards”
Southern gates vary, but they usually have a code and the book tome this time is Calvara's original scroll…I suppose for the iirony
The eastern gate has collapsed and is under construction
Calvara faction trade has shifted to the eastern gates, while the Vraka has started going to the north.  Vraka harvest has been poor, the Calvara have not lowered taxes accordingly, leading to some unrest in the south.  There have been rumors of gatherings starting in bars and churches.  The Calvara have started to burn them down.
 
NOVA
(Laughing)
Have you noticed that you always say “the Calvara” like you aren’t one of them.
 
ILARA
I am a part of what keeps my family fed.
 
NOVA
(Stifling giggles)
Dammit, sorry, no continue.  Quickly.
 
ILARA
That is all I know.
Rustling sounds
NOVA
(Muttering quietly)
With the rumors, trade changes, information on the shipments coming in and out that’s uhm (beat)
(Louder)
How much do I usually pay you?  400? (beat) 500 imperial units?
 
ILARA
Between 300 and 400
 
NOVA
(Long pause)
Right.  400.  You give me more on where that (beat, uncertainty) Gnorrian (?) ship went and what was on it I’ll give you, ah, double.  Find out where the water and heat lamps are coming from and where the money goes I'll triple it.
Sound of winding down vwee.  Ambient sounds resume.
 
ILARA
Thank you as always.
 
NOVA
I’ll be back next
Sound of stumbling.
 
ILARA
Are you alright?
 
NOVA
(High pitched laughter)
No, I’m great.  Oh god is the floor moving or is that me?
 
ILARA
You should stay.
 
NOVA
No offense, but I’d literally rather die.
 
ILARA
You’re stumbling.
 
NOVA
No shit, I need to get back to my ship.  Inco…In…co…information couriers.  You'd think information would make for light cargo, but it's not.  It’s a dangerous job, you know?
 
ILARA
Nova
 
NOVA
Another stumble.
Shit.
 
ILARA
I didn’t think it would affect humans in such a manner.
 
NOVA
(giggling)
Ah, damn, cactus water from Canos is more recreational with our biology.  Whatever you mixed with it makes it fucking disgusting.  (Joyfully)  You can hide the taste but not the feeling.
 
ILARA
Do you need help?
 
NOVA
Uh-uh give me a few minutes, I’ll (beat, trying to rein herself in) pull myself together.  Ah, I hate this shit.
 
ILARA
My apologies, I didn’t know.
 
NOVA
You couldn’t have, it’s not supposed to leave Catos (laughing)
 
ILARA
What is it?
 
NOVA
I had things to do today, Jeanne's gonna kill me.
 
ILARA
I can’t let you leave like this.  It would reflect poorly on me as a host.
 
NOVA
(content)
Mmmm
 
ILARA
Nova!
 
NOVA
What Ilara?
 
ILARA
Is (beat) is there anything I can get you?
 
NOVA
Mmm mmm, I’m good.  It’s quiet. Quiet’s good.
 
ILARA
What about your ship?
 
NOVA
I’ll get to it.  Not supposed to stay long, bad for clients. I’ll be up in a couple minutes just (long pause)
 
ILARA
Just what?
 
NOVA
What?
 
ILARA
You were in the middle of
 
NOVA
Quiet, Ilara.  Quiet’s good, keep your little hell spawn in the other room please.  I’ll be out of your fur in a few.  Oh, your fur, I’ve always wanted to know, is it as soft as it looks?  I can't feel anything through the gloves but you look soft.
 
ILARA
You will stay until you can walk
 
Faint sound of footsteps, dog paws on wooden floors if available
 
NOVA
(sing song)
I can't do that Ilara, clients must be kept safe and Arilia's such a sweet kid, chatty as hell, but sweet, so I have to be really fucking careful.
 
ILARA
You almost sound like you like them.
 
NOVA
I do like them.  (Surprised) oh shit, tell them that and I’ll leave your fat furry ass high and dry for six months instead of two. 
 
ILARA
Arilia did you hear that?
 
ARILIA
Papa said, you liked me.
 
NOVA
(Exasperated)
Alright, time to go.
Sounds of trying to rise and stumbling
Good wall.  Stay.
 
ARILIA
Papa is she okay?
 
NOVA
She is tired, the world is spinning, and she is trying to remember for all that is good and right with the world why she shouldn’t stay in the warm house with the nice people until the ground decides which way is fucking up.
 
ILARA
You should stay
 
NOVA
I should not
 
ARILIA
Why?
 
NOVA
Because (beat) because (Laughs) Jeanne is just the worst. I just need somewhere to sleep.  My ship is warm and cozy, and she (Long pause) I just wanna bed. (pause) Sorry, what was the question? Did I answer it?
 
ARILIA
No
 
NOVA
 Great, I'm leaving.
 
ILARA
That is unwise
 
ARILIA
You heard Papa, he says to stay.
 
NOVA
Nope
 
Simultaneously and in the background
ARILIA
(Whining)
But Papa said so, so that means you should stay
 
NOVA
I said no
 
ILARA
I cannot in good faith let you go
 
SAWA
(clearly)
Nova is straight ahead
 
NOVA
(laughs, for like 2-3 seconds)
Aw fuck
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