Minisode 3

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.