MTO S3 B4 – “Patrick” – Transcript

MOONBASE THETA, OUT – S3 Bonus Episode 4 – “Patrick”
by D.J. Sylvis

DEEJ (Content Warning): Please see our show notes for content warnings related to this episode.

Note – CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of death; character death.

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SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SOUND: Background, outside, Florida – swampy, night (ongoing)

SOUND: Far off in the background, the sounds of shouting, trucks moving in – the idea we’re creating is a paramilitary takeover, but no gunshots; you can repeat these sounds sporadically through the scene

SOUND: Tall grass rustling, footsteps in mud

AHNUNG

            (breathing heavily)

This way. Shit, I’ve been lax on my workouts.

STEPHEN

            (out of breath as well)

My shoes are ruined. How can you see out here?

AHNUNG

I can’t. But I’ve walked this path two or three times a week the whole time we’ve been at Patrick, keeping ready.

STEPHEN

I appreciate your foresight.

            (after a moment)

You’re sure they’re coming?

AHNUNG

They’ll catch up soon. You’re sure they’re coming?

STEPHEN

In my case, it’s only one ‘they’. And … soon, I’m sure.

SOUND: A muted tone as he turns on his communicator

STEPHEN

            (into the comms device)

We’re approaching the meeting point. Some of us.

SOUND: Nima’s line following is over the speaker, and garbled as if the reception is spotty

NIMA

Understood. I’m getting there.

SOUND: Another muted tone

AHNUNG

When we stop, I can probably boost the reception for you.

STEPHEN

I can feel this in my socks. I planned for a more elegant departure.

AHNUNG

You and me both, pal.

SOUND: A few more footsteps, as much water as mud

AHNUNG

This is it, the big trees, the beacon is implanted halfway up. Stay out of the water. I can’t say it enough, stay out of the water.

STEPHEN

Got it. At least there’s a nice view of the Moon from here.

AHNUNG

Yeah.

                                                            (Pause for a few seconds, looking up at the Moon.)

AHNUNG

I wonder how they’re doing up there? Well on their way by now.

STEPHEN

I wish they’d let me check that inertial unit one more time.

AHNUNG

You did everything you could.

STEPHEN

Those … hooligans who took over, I can’t imagine they’re keeping close watch.

AHNUNG

Half of them were technos.

STEPHEN

That’s true. I’m sure they have my notes.

SOUND: In the distance, dogs barking

STEPHEN

Oh no.

AHNUNG

It’s okay, that’s gonna be Cas and Pol.

            (raising her voice)

Here! This way!

STEPHEN

Should you be shouting?

AHNUNG

If anyone from the Enclave is close enough to hear, we’re already in trouble.

SOUND: Dogs getting closer

ELIO

            (at a distance, serious, sounding more mature)

Cas, Pol, wait up girls. We need your help.

AHNUNG

Right through here, Elio. Watch the water.

ELIO

Of course. Pol, not that way …

SOUNDS: Several sets of footsteps in mud, grass rustling, dogs snuffling

ELIO

I brought some people.

TECHNO 1

I don’t get where we’re going.

FREE FOLK 1

Just so we’re away.

FREE FOLK 2

Ahnung!

AHNUNG

Here. Glad you made it.

SOUND: Dogs barking a little, snuffling

AHNUNG

All right, you too, girls.

FREE FOLK 1

I brought food. From the party.

STEPHEN

We won’t be here long. Are these people all, can we trust them?

ELIO

They’re all good ones.

AHNUNG

If Elio says they’re okay, they’re okay.

TECHNO 2

            (suspiciously)

Who says we can trust you? You’re the one who showed up conveniently out of nowhere.

STEPHEN

You’re welcome to head back. Stay away from the water as you go.

SOUND: The dogs bark a few times, sensing the conflict

ELIO

Stephen! Everyone, we’re friends, it’s all okay. You’re making the dogs nervous.

SOUND: Another bark or two, less upset

TECHNO 2

            (after a moment)

I am kinda hungry.

FREE FOLK 1

Over here. If that’s okay?

AHNUNG

We’re still waiting for a bit.  

SOUND: Dogs scampering, panting

SOUND: A bit of quiet talking now and then behind the next half page or so

FREE FOLK 2

            (in the background)

Cas! Pol! Treats!

AHNUNG

Elio, did … anyone else get out?

ELIO

They’re coming. Elena told us to go ahead.

AHNUNG

And …

ELIO

            (gently, saying a lot in these words)

Moddy Sarah’s … moving slow, but they’re coming.

TECHNO 1

The old lady?

AHNUNG

Not a lady –

TECHNO 1

            (continuing through)

She was great! Those Enclave goons busted in and she faked a heart attack, threw them off their game. Since half of them were ours and she’d been feeding them these last few months …

STEPHEN

It’s a pretty good tactic.

AHNUNG

            (not convinced)

Yeah.

STEPHEN

What happened down in the hangar? I was already on my way out.

TECHNO 1

There was some squabbling going on, no one knew who was running things. That new Mission Lead disappeared pretty quick after the launch –

STEPHEN

That might explain how they made it through the gates.

TECHNO 1

Yeah. Yeah! Anyway, there were always two groups, but suddenly the other guys had a bunch more backup. Breaker, Ten-Twenty-Four, I knew they were assholes, but these were assholes without security clearance! Without PGP keys!

STEPHEN

I know the type.

TECHNO 2

Funny part is, that side was always talking about taking on the megas.

            (brief pause)
I brought you a sandwich. They’ve got sandwiches.

TECHNO 1

Thanks.

SOUND: Grass rustling in the distance

SOUND: The dogs barking, upset in response, sporadic until noted below

ELIO

Girls! They wouldn’t bark if it was Elena.  

AHNUNG

It’s the wrong direction anyway.

STEPHEN

            (pronunciation of the name is “nih-muh”)

I think this one’s mine.

            (calling out)

Nima? Nima! I know it’s you!

NIMA

            (sarcastically, Arabic, translation is, “Keep yelling. I could not be Nima.”)

ضلك سرخ، بلكي انا مش نعمة

STEPHEN

That’s them all right.

(He calls back in Arabic – haltingly, not a native speaker; the translation of his line would be, “Come here. Watch out for the water.”)

STEPHEN

            (Pronunciation – “Teh-aal. Deer bah-lek, fee mai.”)

تعال. دير بالك، في مي

NIMA

            (very sarcastic, Arabic, translation is, “Genius.”)

يحيا الزكاء

SOUND: Footsteps, grass rustling for another moment

SOUND: Dogs stop barking, whine a little

ELIO

            (quietly)

Cas, Pol, it’s okay.

NIMA

Is this all of your people? We should get going.

STEPHEN

We’re waiting for two more.

NIMA

Long enough to have a picnic, I see.

STEPHEN

We’re just waiting.

            (to the others)

This is my colleague; we’re going to get you out.

NIMA

Nima, Gaza Free Zone. The Palestinian Resistance.

STEPHEN

They have a relationship with the NAC, we provide mutual support.

FREE FOLK 1

I have friends in Jerusalem.

NIMA

Great.

AHNUNG

I’m Ahnung. We really appreciate your help.

NIMA

            (easing up just a little)

Stephen mentioned you. These are all your people?

AHNUNG

I guess they’re together now. Here, this is Elio.

ELIO

            (pronunciation of the name is “nih-muh”)

Hi, Nima.

NIMA

You’re cutting the dogs loose when we leave? That’s good, might throw them off our trail.

ELIO

Cutting the dogs loose?

SOUND: A few unhappy barks

AHNUNG

I think you misunderstood –

ELIO

Cutting them loose?

STEPHEN

The dogs are important to her.

NIMA

Hey, I’m fine with dogs. But we’ve got three ultralights, that’s maybe nine people. Those two are worth a person each.

ELIO

I’ll stay behind if it keeps them safe.

AHNUNG

You’re not staying.

STEPHEN

I know the weight tolerance, I was involved in the design. We’ll make it work.

NIMA

If you say so. We need to get out of here.

AHNUNG

Elio, can you send Cas and Pol …?

ELIO

Of course! Girls, go find Elena! Go find Moddy Sarah!

SOUND: Dogs barking, moving away

STEPHEN

If we have to, I can stay behind with one of the planes.

SOUND: Dogs barking excitedly, not too far off

ELENA

            (in the distance, pronunciation is “spar-tie-na alter-ni-flora”)

Thanks for checking on us, ladies. We’re almost there. Just one more patch of spartina alterniflora

MODDY SARAH

            (similarly distant, sounding a little weak, breathing heavily)

Elena, I love you … but it’s been ‘one more patch’ for … seven patches now.

ELIO

There they are!

AHNUNG

Should be just another minute.

SOUND: Dogs barking, same distance as the voices

MODDY SARAH

Thank you, Cas. Or Pol. Or both.

NIMA

Get your people together. We’re late already.

STEPHEN

Everyone, get ready to move out. We’re running low on time.

SOUND: Grass rustling, people moving around

TECHNO 2

Just throw the rest of that food in the swamp.

FREE FOLK 2

Umm, you know why they say to avoid the water, right?

TECHNO 1

Have you got all our backups?

NIMA

            (calling out, commanding them)

Two minutes! Then it’s back to the ultralights.

SOUND: Dogs barking, running back and forth, close now

SOUND: Grass rustling just a bit more

ELENA

All right, we’re here now. We made it.

ELIO

Elena! Moddy Sarah – Moddy Sarah, are you okay?

ELENA

Here, let’s get them sitting down.

MODDY SARAH

            (trying to catch their breath, coughing)

Not there. Somewhere I can … see.

            (brief pause)

Elio. Elio, hello. Ahnung. Stephen … this is your friend?

STEPHEN

Nima, this is Moddy Sarah.

NIMA

            (respectful, but brusque)

Nice meeting you. We’ve got to get them out.

STEPHEN

Start with the others, we’ll be right behind.

NIMA

Make sure you are.

            (more rudely, to the others)

All right, up on your feet and follow me.

FREE FOLK 2

You mean us?

FREE FOLK 1

Right, umm, ready.

TECHNO 2

Here, stuff this in your bag.

NIMA

            (commanding, voice low)

Stay down, stay quiet!

SOUND: We hear the first group of people walking away, footsteps in mud, grass rustling

SOUND: Dogs whining, running back and forth

ELIO

            (sounding uncertain)
Here, girls. It’s okay. Everyone’s okay.

ANHUNG

Elena, thanks. I’m glad you got out safe.

ELENA

I wish everyone had.

            (brief pause to separate the statements)
It’s a mess back there.

MODDY SARAH

Elena was wonderful. All of you have been …

            (after a moment)

Sorry, inappropriate pauses are my thing now. All of you are a blessing.

            (they lapse into a coughing fit)

ELIO

Moddy Sarah!

STEPHEN

I thought all this was a tactic?

AHNUNG

            (trying to explain behind the words)

It was … the tools they had at hand. Let’s give Elena a break. You take one side, I’ll take the other –

ELENA

I can help. I’m fine. Here’s their cane …

SOUND: Dogs barking

MODDY SARAH

None of you … need to help me. I’m good. Upon this rock … upon this tree stump … I will build my church.

STEPHEN

I don’t know what that means.

SOUND: A muted tone from Stephen’s communicator

NIMA

            (over the speaker)

Made it to the ultralights. How close are you?

STEPHEN

            (replying)

We’re on our way.

AHNUNG

Okay, we’ve got to get you there. We’ll all help.

ELENA

It’s just a little bit further …

MODDY SARAH

You don’t have to … it’s all good.

ELENA

It’s not all good. We have to go.

MODDY SARAH

I know, dear. But I’m not …

            (coughing fit)

I’m not …

ELIO

            (flatly)

Moddy Sarah isn’t coming with us.

SOUND: The dogs whine, confused

ELENA

            (after a moment)

No. Absolutely not. Let’s get up, it’s just three, maybe four patches of grass –

AHNUNG

Elena, they don’t want to –

ELENA

No! We’re not doing this. Elio! Help me.

MODDY SARAH

Elena … you got me out of there. That’s all I wanted … I wasn’t going any further. I’m a shepherd who has … outlived my flocks, and I’m ready to rest.

ELENA

You can rest in Africa! You don’t have to do anything. Stephen?

STEPHEN

I … of course, we’ll take excellent care of you.

MODDY SARAH

Thank you. Thank you all … but this is the end of my wandering. I’ve done enough … I think I get to choose.

NIMA

            (over the communicator)

Stephen?

STEPHEN

            (apologetic)

We’re out of time here. We have to …

MODDY SARAH

You have to get going. I’m comfortable … here. I can see the sky, I can see … the Moon. That will be enough company for me.

ELENA

Moddy Sarah, no.

AHNUNG

            (calming them)

Elena, it’ll be all right.

            (after a brief pause)

Stephen, take them. Don’t forget the dogs. I’m staying here.

STEPHEN

But –

ELIO

Ahnung …

AHNUNG

I was never really leaving, not where you’re going. My work is done, I need to go back. I’ve got a stash in a trailer park about a klick from here, I’ve got my route and my contacts along the way. It’s time to go home.

ELENA

This isn’t fair. We got out. We got them out!

ELIO

You did it, Elena. You did so well.

            (brief pause)

Can you help me with Cas and Pol?

ELENA

Moddy Sarah?

MODDY SARAH

Be good, Elena … go, love, fix the world. Elio … take care of them all.

ELIO

I will, I promise.

SOUND: The dogs bark a time or two

ELENA

It’s … okay, Pol. I’ve got you.

AHNUNG

Stephen, I’ll miss our talks. You know where to find me if life gets boring.

STEPHEN

I don’t anticipate that happening. But I do hope I find you. Elio, Elena?

ELIO

Goodbye, Ahnung. Safe travels. Goodbye … Moddy Sarah. Safe …

            (she cries a little)

AHNUNG

Goodbye, Elio. Goodbye, Elena.

            (flirting a bit to defuse the situation)

If you ever need anything …

ELENA

            (smiling just a little)

Right.

AHNUNG

Just putting it out there.

NIMA

            (over the communicator, angry)

Stephen!

            (Arabic, translation is, “Right now!”)

هلء!

STEPHEN

We’re coming, we’re coming. All right, through this way.

ELIO

Come on, girls.

SOUND: Dogs barking, footsteps, grass rustling as before

AHNUNG

            (after the other noises have died down)

You’re sure? I could still get you there, on my damn back if I had to.

MODDY SARAH

            (laughs, then coughs)

I’m sure. But thank you. If you want to … sit for a while, that’s all the help I need.

AHNUNG

I might have snuck a brownie or two in my bag, if you’re hungry.

MODDY SARAH

I’ll let you know.

(For a few moments, they sit quietly, and we listen to the background of the swamp around them.)

MODDY SARAH

It is a lovely view. I’ve … looked up at the Moon all my life … my body followed the cycles; new, full, waning … but I never looked at it quite like this.

AHNUNG

I hope they make it safe. They deserve to make it. Alex … I’ve never known anyone who loved that hard.

MODDY SARAH

I was married … when I was young. Did I ever tell you?

AHNUNG

I’ve never heard that story.

MODDY SARAH

She was something. You think my heart … my heart is big? Every stray cat, every stray cousin, every clerk she exchanged five words with … they had a place in there. She loved in every direction at the … same time, and never ran dry. When I lost her, she said … “Sarah, it’s time I gave back to the Universe …” Gave back, as if she hadn’t given … every day of her life.

            (they pause, starting to weaken)

She made me listen closer … to what the Universe wanted from me … what I ought to be giving back. That’s when I beat my sword into a ploughshare and took up the mantle …

            (coughing)

Took up that mantle and I …

AHNUNG

            (after a while)

Moddy Sarah? You didn’t finish what you were saying.

MODDY SARAH

I lost the thread for a moment … wandering inside as well, I suppose.

AHNUNG

That’s okay.

MODDY SARAH

It is. Not a lot left to say at this point … I just …

            (one last moment to breathe)

I hope I’ve given enough back to the universe. That’s all I meant to say.

AHNUNG

You surely have.

            (after a long pause)

It is quite the Moon. Moddy Sarah?

            (after another pause, understanding)

It is … quite the Moon.

SOUND: Background, outside, Florida – swampy, night – ends

(The episode ends.)

DEEJ: (END NOTES)

Thank you for joining us again. Today’s episode featured Leslie Gideon, Robin Regalado, Becca Marcus, Corey Spruill, H.E. Casson, and introduced Serena Rahal as Nima; with guest appearances – re-appearances, really – by Tal Minear, Kirsty Woolven, Cait Gallagher, and Tom Zalatnai. Our Consortium Announcer is Evan Tess Murray. Sound design and editing was by Will Gianetta; the script was by D.J. Sylvis; D.J. and Cass McPhee co-produced the episode. 

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