Minisode 3

Minisode: Nova and her Ship
JEANNE
It’s a piece of shit
 
NOVA
(Defensively)
It’s perfect
 
JEANNE
It’s a D-class, and it’s already half dead.
 
NOVA
Exactly.  Nobody’ll look twice at it and its been fitted with a hyperdrive engine
 
JEANNE
(Blandly)
You said you didn’t want to die.
 
NOVA
What do you care?  I paid you back.  Besides, it’s a fast-moving ship that’ll fly under nearly every radar out there.  It’s like it was made for me.
 
JEANNE
You can do that easily on a C-class
 
NOVA
People monitor C-class cargo and some even check their comings and goings.  D-class ships are almost always mundane and most people hardly like looking at them much less remembering they saw one.  And a D-class with a hyperdrive engine?  I’ve never heard of an Inco doing that.
 
JEANNE
Because what you’re talking about is crazy. How the hell did you even hear about this?  You do know that you’ll die in that thing, right?
 
NOVA
(Off-handedly)
I won’t die.
 
JEANNE
(sighs)
The hull isn’t meant to handle the strain it’ll break apart in a few jumps
 
NOVA
I’ll learn how to repair it
 
JEANNE
(In disbelief)
After every jump?
 
NOVA
I’ll need to replace the shell, and after that, it’s just maintenance.
 
JEANNE
Nova this is stupid.
 
NOVA
(mumbles)
I want my own ship.
 
JEANNE
You have your room and I thought
 
NOVA
(With fervor)
I want my own ship.
 
JEANNE
I hate it when you get like this.  Think about it for a second, this is stupid.
 
NOVA
I have the money (beat) and I think it’s time I got my own route.
 
JEANNE
You’re good at what you do
 
NOVA
I’m okay at what I do.  Just decent enough to not get myself killed, but I’d be good if I got my own ship and route.
 
JEANNE
I’ve invested a lot of time and money on you, you’re not getting that deathtrap.
 
NOVA
You don’t own me anymore
 
JEANNE
We both know if that were true, you wouldn’t be asking.
 
NOVA
(heavy breath)
I’ve never had anything that was mine Jeanne.  This would be mine.
 
JEANNE
(pause)
You’re not buying that one.  We’ll find a better ship and a newer engine.
 
NOVA
(beat)
I can’t afford a C-class.
 
JEANNE
I didn’t say anything about a C-class.  I’ll hit up a friend and you’ll get your deathtrap.  In exchange for giving you some lead though, you’ll be sharing the ship
 
NOVA
(complaint)
I don’t want a partner
 
JEANNE
To teach you how to take care of the fucking thing and teach you your route.
 
NOVA
You can just give me a list
 
JEANNE
Non-negotiable.  You get the ship, you get the partner.
 
NOVA
I hate all your workers
 
JEANNE
You’ve never met Alula.
 
NOVA
I’ll hate her
 
JEANNE
(chuckles)
I’m not so sure about that, she has a way of growing on people.
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