Minisode: Lulu NOVA Lulu, can you hand me the (beat, quietly) shit ALULA (Excited) What did you just call me? NOVA Alula, could you hand me the ALULA That’s not it! Tell me what you said. NOVA (exasperated, embarrassed) I said Alula and I want you to hand me the ALULA You called me Lulu NOVA (quickly) No, I didn’t ALULA Is that supposed to be a nickname? NOVA It’s nothing because I said nothing. I called you by your name and ALULA I like nicknames. NOVA (beat) Please, don’t make this into a ALULA Lulu was it? NOVA No ALULA It feels kind of (beat) endearing. Is that how you think of me? I wouldn’t have expected that but it’s cute. NOVA (sputtering) It’s (beat) I mean it’s not (beat) what I meant was (beat) God you heard wrong. We don’t have to do this because you think you heard something you didn’t even hear ALULA You wouldn’t get so flustered if you hadn’t said it. NOVA (long pause) Alula please ALULA Lulu NOVA Why are you doing this? ALULA I liked it. Call me that from now on. NOVA (beat) I’m not doing that. ALULA Oh, but you will, you’ve already started it in your head, haven’t you? Or you wouldn’t have slipped up the way you did. NOVA That’s not what ALULA We’ll be together an awfully long time. I’m a patient woman, Nova. I’m betting I’ll be here long enough for you to give in. Besides, it’s a cute name. I want it.