Minisode 8

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.
 
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