Minisode 12

Minisode Nova and Jeanne
 
JEANNE
All systems green (mumbles) fuel’s a bit low, can I make it to the next station or should I
 
Something falls
Hmmm
Stands
(mumbles)
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong. 
(louder)
Hey!  Whoever’s on this ship, this is your chance to get the hell off before I blow you to itty bitty pieces.
 
NOVA
(quietly)
Please don’t
 
JEANNE
(surprised)
A kid?  How many of you are on here?
 
NOVA
It’s (beat) no one.  It’s just me.
 
JEANNE
Alright, well you’ve finished your little game.  Now hurry on back to the convent.
 
NOVA
(Panicked)
Uhm, take me with you?
 
JEANNE
What?
 
NOVA
You…uhm…you’re an Inco, right?  You know what the sisters are doing.  I, uhm, I’m almost of age.  I’ll do anything not to…uh…
 
JEANNE
Be sold off?
 
NOVA
Yes
 
JEANNE
(blandly)
Stealing merchandise from clients isn’t a good way to go about business, so I’ll have to decline.
 
NOVA
(emphatically)
I’m not merchandise!
 
JEANNE
If they’re planning on selling you to make ends meet.  You’re merchandise.
 
NOVA
Then buy me!
 
JEANNE
Excuse me?
 
NOVA
(Louder)
Buy me!  I’ll pay you back, let me work it off.
 
JEANNE
What could you possibly do that I can’t do by myself?
 
NOVA
(beat) uhm…nothing, but I’m clever and I’m a quick learn, all the nuns say so.  I’m okay at sums, but I’m good at people, and if I’m doing what you can do, you wouldn’t have to waste time coming to far reach planets like this.
 
JEANNE
(pause) Kid, do you know what an Inco does?
 
NOVA
You gather and sell information.
 
JEANNE
Do you realize how many die each day?
 
NOVA
I won’t die.
 
JEANNE
(harsh laugh)
That’s what everyone thinks.
 
NOVA
Everyone thinks that until things get rough and then they think they’re going to die and they do.  (giddily) You almost killed me just now, with that thing in your hand, right?  But I’m not dead yet and I’m not going to die.  And I’m not going to be sold the way they want me to be.
 
JEANNE
You’re cheeky.
 
NOVA
I’ll pay you back my worth and more.
 
JEANNE
I don’t like children.
 
NOVA
I’m quiet, and I keep to myself.
 
JEANNE
You’ll also need to eat.
 
NOVA
I’ll pay that back too.  Good Incos make a lot of money, right?
 
JEANNE
I (beat) kid, look, I can’t just
 
NOVA
You come here every two imperial months, you talk to sisters Zahra, Scarlett, and Shaurya, in that order.  Zahra doesn’t know about the other two but the others know about her.  You pay Zahra less than you pay Scarlett and Shaurya. 
 
JEANNE
I don’t even use cash, how do you know how much I pay them?
 
NOVA
I’m good at people.
 
JEANNE
Or they’re idiots.
 
NOVA
Zahra is, the others aren’t.
 
JEANNE
(laughs)
She really is.  What’s your name?
 
NOVA
Nova
 
JEANNE
(beat)
That’s it?
 
NOVA
(Embarrassed)
NoStar…uhm…my mom didn’t have any papers so…I got…NoStar
 
JEANNE
(Blandly)
Well, that’s fucking creative.  Was there a nova seen the day you arrived too?
 
NOVA
The day I was born apparently.
 
JEANNE
Of course, it was (breathes) I (beat) kid, Nova this isn’t what I had in mind.  I can’t just
 
NOVA
(interrupting)
I turn fifteen in three months, they’ll sell me off after that.  Think about it, please.
 
JEANNE
(pause)
I’ll think about it. But I’m probably gonna leave your skinny ass here to die.
 
NOVA
You won’t.
 
JEANNE
What makes you so sure.
 
NOVA
Because you’re short staffed and I’m a sure bet.  
 
 
 
 

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