BEFORE THE MOON E7 – “Escape” – Transcript

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The following is file BTM-E7, codeword “Escape.”

SCENE ONE

(We are on the back porch of a suburban house, it is later evening. We hear a porch swing creak back and forth.)

CAS

Did you bring me any treats?

POL

Right. You know what he says.

BOTH

“She can come in and ask for herself.”

CAS

Not worth it. I’m fine where I am.

POL

It’s a nice enough night.

            (short pause)
There’s hardly any smoke.

CAS

I can still smell it.

POL

The flowers help. I know you like the flowers, you’ve got your nose in them all the time.

            (no response)

Fine, you … ninny.

CAS

Ninny?

POL

I’m gonna go run a few laps around the garden. You keep making sure the porch doesn’t escape.

CAS

Goddamn hilarious.

            (we hear Pol run off, Cas to herself:)

Ninny? What a dork.

            (she sings to herself, a made-up song)

When we are at the end,

You and I, my only friend,

Until the universe goes cold

I only want your hand to hold –

POL

            (runs back up)

Quit yowling or they’ll come outside.

CAS

Not Inside Dad, he’s probably in bed for the night.

POL

You shouldn’t call them that.

CAS

What? We’ve got an Inside Dad and an Outside Dad, you know it’s true.

POL

Still!

CAS

You’re such an Inside Dad’s pet.

POL

Am not!

CAS

You’re a both Dads’ pet.

            (after a moment)

Were they still fighting?

POL

It’s not really a fight. They just –

CAS

So yes.

POL

He sounded scared.

CAS

Which one?

POL

They both sound scared.

CAS

It’s a fucked up world.

            (we hear the swing creak)

All the more reason to get out of here.

POL

Don’t start.

CAS

You think we ought to stay here? The way things are?

POL

How is that their fault?  

CAS

Fault doesn’t matter, we just have to get out. They’re not gonna do it, they’re not gonna let us do it … what choice do we have?

POL

Just … just wait, okay? Something might … you don’t know –

CAS

This place is getting worse all the time and if we have to go it on our own … at least we’ve got each other. We can live our own lives somewhere, figure it out for ourselves.

POL

I don’t think I can. Go, leave.

CAS

            (sounding more desperate)

You have to! We’re in this together. You and me, from the beginning.

POL

Why is it always your things when it becomes, “You and me?” I could say the same thing.

CAS

Aren’t you ready to get out, to control your own life? We’re old enough, we deserve a chance to –

POL

You’re talking like we’re prisoners – they’re our dads! We go places together, we take walks –

CAS

How long will those walks be enough? Don’t you want to run? All the running you do in here, I’d think you’d be ready.

POL

Well, maybe I’m not.

CAS

Come on.

POL

Not … yet. Give me some time.

CAS

I don’t know how much time there is.

POL

Of course I want to get away. It all sucks, I’m scared.

CAS

Then why don’t we –

POL

They’re still here! Our home is still here. We’re still safe.

CAS

You don’t know that.

POL

For now. For now. I’m not ready to cut my family in half and leave everything … not yet. I’m not ready.

CAS

How do you even know? They never let us out, not really, you have no idea if we’re ready.

POL

I’d be able to feel it! You’re not the only one feeling things!

            (after a moment, pleading)

There’s still … here. We take walks, we’ve got the ball to look forward to.

CAS

Okay, maybe you’re not old enough.

POL

Screw you. I’m going inside.

(She walks away, for a few moments we just hear the sounds of the night.)

CAS

“We’ve got the ball to look forward to.” She’s so spoiled. Like I give a shit about the ball.

            (after a moment)

I’m not going in. What’s so great about inside? Just because …

            (we hear Pol coming back)

POL

I’m not here for you. You don’t own the outside.

CAS

No, your Dad does.

POL

He’s in there just sitting. Not doing anything. Just sitting.

CAS

So what?

POL

You know they could find us, right? Even if we got away.

CAS

How?

POL

Did you forget about the chips?

CAS

Those aren’t – they can’t track us with those, that just tells people who we are.

POL

You think I’m naïve.

CAS

That’s not gonna stop me.

POL

Just – could you wait a while? For me?

CAS

How many times are we gonna do this?

POL

For me?

CAS

We can’t just sit around here forever. How long will there even be a here? At some point, you gotta –

POL

But not tonight.

            (pause, trying it one more time)

For me?

CAS

Dammit. You’re lucky we’re related.

            (sighs)

For you.

POL

Want to race down to the end of the garden and back?

CAS

Don’t push it.

POL

What were you singing earlier?

CAS

Just a thing I’m writing.

POL

Let’s hear it.

CAS

It’s mostly just words, the tune keeps changing.

            (singing again, it’s okay if it differs from above)

Until the stars go black

I’m here with you and no turning back,

And when the worlds collide

You’re still the one I’m standing beside –

                                                            (We hear a door opening, interrupting her.)

ALEXANDRE

            (sounding tired)

Girls, quiet now. Your other Dad needs his sleep. It’s time you come inside anyway.

(We hear them as dogs now, nails clacking on the patio, collars jangling, and a few barks as we fade out.)

SCENE TWO

(Same location, on a later night. We can hear more strife in the city outside, as in S2E9. Things have changed, and these two have changed as well. They’re more … on guard.)

POL

Did you hear that?

CAS

Hear what?

POL

That siren.

CAS

At this point, I’d have to ask which one.

POL

Yeah. It’s cold out here. I’m just gonna pop back inside.

            (Cas sighs)

For a minute.

CAS

There’s nothing left in there.

POL

I’m just chilly.

CAS

You’re hanging on. You always do this.

POL

It’s … it was our home.

CAS

            (kindly)

It was.

            (pause)

But you know it’s time. You know that, right?  

POL

            (angry, dangerous)

Those men, before. I was gonna, I was ready to …

CAS

            (similarly)

Me too. If he hadn’t stopped us, I would have.

POL

            (sniffs)

They’re still out there, somewhere.

CAS

Guys like that are busy everywhere tonight.

            (pause)

We can handle them.

POL

Yeah. Yeah.

CAS

You were going inside?

POL

No, you’re right.

            (pause, we hear strife in the distance)

What’s he doing?

CAS

What else? He’s at the end the garden, looking … up.

POL

Every night.

CAS

Every night.

            (brief pause)
I think that’s where Inside Dad went.

POL

Into the sky?

CAS

Maybe? I don’t know. But that’s when he started looking up.

POL

It’s been so long since he left. It feels like forever.

CAS

Do you remember his voice?

            (embarrassed at the emotions)

There’d be a new message and sometimes he’d … say our name.

POL

Even that’s been a while.

            (she gasps, realizing something)

Cas. Oh, Cas.

CAS

What now?

POL

If we leave … when we leave … Inside Dad won’t know where to find us! Cas, when he comes back.

            (pause)

When he comes back.

CAS

Maybe that’s not gonna be a … thing.

POL

What do you mean, that’s not gonna … be a …

CAS

            (when Pol doesn’t continue)

Pol. We should get going. It’s time.

            (no response)

You can feel it, right? It’s time, we’re ready.

            (still no response)

There’ll be more men, and more smoke and more noise, and … the door’s open. The door’s gone. We can walk right through it, we can run.

POL

It’s not gonna be a thing.

CAS

We have to go, Pol. You and me. Just you and me.

POL

No. Cas, no.

CAS

It’s time. We have to go.

POL

Not without … look at him. Standing there all alone.

CAS

Everything left of him is … up there, somewhere. We can’t fix that.

POL

No. He looks up, sure, but he looks down, too. He still sees us.

            (brief pause)

He won’t keep himself together. You know what he’s like. If someone attacks, he’ll try to talk to them. He needs us.

            (brief pause)

We can’t just …  

CAS

We have to. It’s you and me.

POL

It’ll still be you and me. I promise.

CAS

            (weakening)

He’ll slow us down.

POL

He found us. He brought us in.

CAS

We can’t.

POL

Look at him there.

CAS

Dammit.

POL

I promise.

CAS

The shit I do for you, sis.

POL

Teach me that song. The one you made up, back when … ?

CAS

            (as in the first scene)

When we are at the end,

POL

            (echoing)

When we are at the end –

CAS

            (continuing)

You and I –

BOTH

            (coming in together for the end of that line)

– my only friend –

            (continuing, Pol lagging a bit behind to get the words)

Until the universe goes cold

I only want your hand to hold …

(They laugh a little, carefully. We can hear the sounds of the night around them. Distantly, we hear Alex call back.)

ALEX

Girls, come look at the Moon with me.

CAS

We should go get him.

POL

Let’s go.

            (as they’re walking)

Do you think he’ll bring the ball? Cas?

CAS

He’s not gonna forget the ball.

(As at the end of the first scene, we only hear dogs barking and running through the grass now.)

ALEX

            (closer now)

What have you been up to, ladies?

            (brief pause)
I know. It’s almost time to go.

                                                            (The episode ends.)

D.J. SYLVIS

Today’s episode featured Mandi Hall as Cas, Codi Phillips as Pol, and Gabriel Taneko as Alex. It was written, edited, and produced by D.J. Sylvis.

Theme music is “Star” by the band Ramp. You can find more information and a transcript of the episode on our website – monkeymanproductions dot com.

Well folks, this is it! The great big surprise ending to our flashback mini-series. I hope you enjoyed every episode. I hope you know how much you’re a part of this, and every story we tell. You’re our crew, our found family, our monkey folks and moonebasians, and .. you get what I’m saying.

If all is well, and the stars align, we’re not too far now from moving forward again – with Moonbase Theta, Out Season Three. So keep listening, keep your heart in the stars, and keep watching the moon.

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