Episode 4

Ambient sounds of walking through snow. Human and dog footprints if at all available

ARILIA

Papa says you’re late.

NOVA

Well, your papa is one of my most observant clients.

ARILIA

He says a late inco only brings trouble.

NOVA

Well, fuck you too, kid.

ARILIA

That’s a no-no word

NOVA

I do a lot more than say no-no words.

ARILIA

Papa says Incos bring nothing but trouble even if they aren’t late.  He says I should like it better when your kind aren’t around.

NOVA

Well, that’s where your Papa’s wrong.  We bring trouble the way a fever brings a cold.  We’re a symptom not a cause.

ARILIA

So, what are you bringing with you today?

NOVA

Trouble apparently, your Papa talks too much.

ARILIA

Papa said you’d say that.

NOVA

But he didn’t tell you to keep your mouth shut, fascinating.

ARILIA

You’re mean

NOVA

Hadn’t noticed.  You guys still don’t believe in doors, huh?  Yo, Ilara, I’m here.

So, Nosy, do you have any information for me?

ARILIA

Last time you were here you said you were going to Eolara, but Raylia says that’s not a real place!  You lied to me!

NOVA

(playfully)

You should have thought it was weird when I didn’t charge you first

ARILIA

Papa says lying

ILARA

Arilia shush.  Good morning Inco

NOVA

Good morning Gnorrian.

ILARA

(peevishly)

My name is Ilara

NOVA

My name is Nova.  Do we have to play this game every time?  Or are you just getting senile?

ILARA

The Nova I know, is never late.  I thought you must be someone new.

NOVA

Everybody’s a critic.  Ship broke down.  May I come in?

ILARA

Charming as always.  Those who are welcomed over the threshold are welcomed into our hearts.

NOVA

Gee thanks.  By the way, I hope you haven’t been telling your kid here any information.  If you have, they’ve probably told half of Gnorria by now and I don’t pay for common knowledge. 

ILARA

(Sternly)

Arilia.

ARILIA

Sorry Papa.

ILARA

You seem more ornery than usual

Sound of things unpacking

NOVA

I told you, my ship broke down.  Has anyone with a broken ship been happy?

ILARA

Maybe it’s time to scrap it.  It’s going to kill you one day.

NOVA

The day I get rid of it, is the day I buy my ass an A-class.

ILARA

Still dreaming big? Incos don’t tend to last that long.

NOVA

And yet here I am.  It’s a living Ilara.

(Loud *vwee* sounds, ambient noise grounds to a halt)

I’d prefer it if you didn’t go around calling me an Inco.  Security is getting suspicious and if I’m not on world, you’re not getting paid.

  ILARA

I did not intend

NOVA

Your kid’s very chatty, I might have to extend my leave to a few months.

ILARA

Things are…getting dangerous.  I may have spoken without making sure they were out of the room.

NOVA

On Gnorria things getting dangerous doesn’t have the same meaning as on Canos.  Things here are…slow.  What’s going on Ilara?

ILARA

I don’t know

NOVA

Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, tell me you have some information for me.  I’ve hauled ass to get here in nine days and haven’t really been sleeping, and don’t get me started on SAWA

ILARA

I mean, nobody knows. 

NOVA

You get paid for content, not by the hour.  I’m not around to play word games. 

ILARA

Dealing with you is always pleasant. 

NOVA

Jeanne insists on trust, not likeability.  I think I’ve proven myself to be just trustworthy.  What have you got for me, Ilara?  I know you didn’t contact Jeanne to tell me what you don’t know. 

ILARA

The Calvara faction has been stocking on supplies from Canos, 40 vials of water were delivered three weeks ago, and 60 heat lamps came last week.

NOVA

What?

ILARA

Where those supplies have gone, I can’t say.

NOVA

Is there an embassy meeting soon?

ILARA

No, Catosians only come to Gnorria once every five solar cycles.  It has only been two since the last.

NOVA

Any Catosian ships?  Increases in Incos?

ILARA

There have been no Catosian ships, but a Gnorrian one left the capital once with unknown cargo.  It was an early morning launch.  I cannot find who was on it, or why it did so.  As for Incos, you would know more than I.

NOVA

I don’t associate with the lower tiers.

ILARA

You don’t know any other Incos

NOVA

I know their territories.  This one is mine.

ILARA

I have seen one or two going in and out of the palace, but I can’t be sure.

NOVA

In the palace?  Damn, that’s ballsy.  Humans?

ILARA

One was human, the other was Viopran.

NOVA

Can you describe them?

ILARA

With all that gear you look the same.  The Viopran I knew only because of the eyes.

NOVA

What color?

ILARA

Pink, I think.  We don’t get a lot of pink here, usually blue or brown.  Sometimes red.

NOVA

They’re new then.  Can pink even survive here?

ILARA

Are they in your territory?

NOVA

The palace is a death trap.  Why go through all the trouble if you can just go into a cozy house with talkative children and someone tell you everything you need while making a nice warm cup of tea.

ILARA

There’s no tea.

NOVA

It may not seem important to you, but humans are supposed to sleep once every sixteen hours, I’ve been up for the last fifty.

ILARA

(Sighs)

I don’t keep tea.  There’s (loud growl and a high-pitched whine)

NOVA

(Angrily) Shit, fuck, Ilara, there’s no translation for that.

ILARA

For

NOVA

Don’t fucking say it.  What the hell is that?

ILARA

A good alternative to tea, that’ll help you stay awake.

NOVA

Is it toxic to humans?

ILARA

I’ve seen one drink it. He didn’t seem to like the taste, but he didn’t die.

NOVA

I’m desperate.  I’ll bite. 

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