Minisode 4

JEANNE

All systems green (mumbles) fuel’s a bit low, can I make it to the next station or should I

Something falls

Hmmm

Stands

(mumbles)

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong. 

(louder)

Hey!  Whoever’s on this ship, this is your chance to get the hell off before I blow you to itty bitty pieces.

NOVA

(quietly)

Please don’t

JEANNE

(surprised)

A kid?  How many of you are on here?

NOVA

It’s (beat) no one.  It’s just me.

JEANNE

Alright, well you’ve finished your little game.  Now hurry on back to the convent.

NOVA

(Panicked)

Uhm, take me with you?

JEANNE

What?

NOVA

You…uhm…you’re an Inco, right?  You know what the sisters are doing.  I, uhm, I’m almost of age.  I’ll do anything not to…uh…

JEANNE

Be sold off?

NOVA

Yes

JEANNE

(blandly)

Stealing merchandise from clients isn’t a good way to go about business, so I’ll have to decline.

NOVA

(emphatically)

I’m not merchandise!

JEANNE

If they’re planning on selling you to make ends meet.  You’re merchandise.

NOVA

Then buy me!

JEANNE

Excuse me?

NOVA

(Louder)

Buy me!  I’ll pay you back, let me work it off.

JEANNE

What could you possibly do that I can’t do by myself?

NOVA

(beat) uhm…nothing, but I’m clever and I’m a quick learn, all the nuns say so.  I’m okay at sums, but I’m good at people, and if I’m doing what you can do, you wouldn’t have to waste time coming to far reach planets like this.

JEANNE

(pause) Kid, do you know what an Inco does?

NOVA

You gather and sell information.

JEANNE

Do you realize how many die each day?

NOVA

I won’t die.

JEANNE

(harsh laugh)

That’s what everyone thinks.

NOVA

Everyone thinks that until things get rough and then they think they’re going to die and they do.  (giddily) You almost killed me just now, with that thing in your hand, right?  But I’m not dead yet and I’m not going to die.  And I’m not going to be sold the way they want me to be.

JEANNE

You’re cheeky.

NOVA
I’ll pay you back my worth and more.

JEANNE

I don’t like children.

NOVA

I’m quiet, and I keep to myself.

JEANNE

You’ll also need to eat.

NOVA

I’ll pay that back too.  Good Incos make a lot of money, right?

JEANNE

I (beat) kid, look, I can’t just

NOVA

You come here every two imperial months, you talk to sisters Zahra, Scarlett, and Shaurya, in that order.  Zahra doesn’t know about the other two but the others know about her.  You pay Zahra less than you pay Scarlett and Shaurya. 

JEANNE

I don’t even use cash, how do you know how much I pay them?

NOVA

I’m good at people.

JEANNE

Or they’re idiots.

NOVA

Zahra is, the others aren’t.

JEANNE

(laughs)

She really is.  What’s your name?

NOVA

Nova

JEANNE

(beat)

That’s it?

NOVA

(Embarrassed)

NoStar…uhm…my mom didn’t have any papers so…I got…NoStar

JEANNE

(Blandly)

Well, that’s fucking creative.  Was there a nova seen the day you arrived too?

NOVA

The day I was born apparently.

JEANNE

Of course, it was (breathes) I (beat) kid, Nova this isn’t what I had in mind.  I can’t just

NOVA

(interrupting)

I turn fifteen in three months, they’ll sell me off after that.  Think about it, please.

JEANNE

(pause)

I’ll think about it. But I’m probably gonna leave your skinny ass here to die.

NOVA

You won’t.

JEANNE

What makes you so sure.

NOVA

Because you’re short staffed and I’m a sure bet.  

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