MTO S4 P4-Transcript

MOONBASE THETA, OUT – S4 Prologue Episode 4 – “I know the man that must hear me”
by D.J. Sylvis

ANNOUNCER

Moonbase Theta, Out – a Monkeyman Productions Podcast. Season 4, Prologue 4 – “I know the man that must hear me”

Please see the show notes for content warnings related to this episode. (Note – content warning is for physical injury and emergency response, references to accidental death)

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SCENE ONE

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SOUND: Aircraft background – grounded, so we only hear occasional slight beeps, maybe some static / faint voices on the radio

SOUND: Nima and Elio humming again, but Nima stops quickly, then Elio trails off a moment or two later

ELIO

What other music do you like? I’ve been getting into synthwave, k-funk, blisspop …

            (after another moment)

I think the girls are okay now. Cas is sleeping; I can see Pol wagging her tail.

            (after another moment)

What do you think is happening out there?

NIMA

I thought it was just a scan – maybe they caught us landing – but after this long, it’s got to be an attack. There’s not much cover around the airfield.

ELIO

You think we’re being attacked?

NIMA

The megas test the defenses at least once a week. The NAC was able to hide for a long time … but they were ready when the storm came.

ELIO

Stephen said that things were safe here.

NIMA

            (scoffing, in Arabic – translation is, “Obviously, he always keeps himself safe.”)

طبعا، دائمان مأمن نفسو

            (in English again)

The facility where he works is well protected.

            (after a moment, more gently)

They’ll have a place like that for you, too.

ELIO

But not where you’re going?

NIMA

I am going back home, as soon as it’s safe to make the crossing. Palestine is different.

ELIO

How? What’s it like?

NIMA

There, we’ve had the storm for generations.

NASHWA

            (over the radio)

All right, friends. It’s safe to disembark. See you on the tarmac.

NIMA

Finally!

            (realizing how that sounded)

I know the dogs were anxious.

ELIO

Cas, Pol, wake up. We’re home.

SOUND: Dogs barking a time or two, whimpering

ELIO

            (wistful, unsure)

Our … new home.

SOUND: Some beeping, unlatching, door popping open

NIMA

Watch your head. And their feet.

ELIO

Here we go, girls. Be careful.

SOUND: Dogs panting, collars jangling

SOUND: Footsteps down a metal staircase

SOUND: Dogs following, a bit confused

NIMA

This way.

SOUND: Footsteps on tarmac (quiet)

SOUND: Open outside background

(We can hear Stephen and Nashwa mid-conversation as we get closer.)

STEPHEN

            (enthusiastic)

… with their records I think I have a solution to the orbital inclination problems on that last satellite launch. It’s the boat tail aerodynamics I couldn’t –

TECHNO 1

You’ll have to make some tweaks to the launcher design –

STEPHEN

Of course, and after we test the flowfield –

NASHWA

            (note – pronunciation of his name is “Ab-doo-lie-yay”)

Save it for your team, Mx. Abdoulaye. You’ve got what you need to take the next steps, that’s all I have to know.

STEPHEN

Right. Of course.

NASHWA

Nima! And another newcomer; several! Oh, what big, lovely – girls?

SOUND: Dogs barking joyously

ELIO

Cas and Pol, very good girls who are very glad to be back outside!

NIMA

            (in Arabic, translation is, “They’re not the only ones.”)

مش بس همى

ELIO

I’m Elio.

NASHWA

Welcome, Elio. I’m Nashwa, I coordinate activities for this base.

STEPHEN

“Coordinate activities” as in they run things here!

NASHWA

We’ll find all of you a place to rest soon, those ultralights aren’t the most comfortable.

            (to Cas and Pol)

I’m sure you two didn’t like being stuck for so long!

SOUND: Dogs barking a little

ELIO

We kept them calm. It turns out they like being serenaded, right Nima?

STEPHEN

Just a minute. Nima was singing? Nima? To the dogs?

NIMA

            (dangerously)
I was not singing.

STEPHEN

I’ve got the data from the flight recorder –

NIMA

            (in Arabic, translation is, “I don’t think you have anything.”)

ما اعتقد معك شي

STEPHEN

All right, never mind.

SOUND: Dogs panting

STEPHEN

Nashwa, if you’re good, we should get to work on this data.

NASHWA

You’re taking your friend with you? I’m sorry, I didn’t get your name.

STEPHEN

Oh, they’re just … it slipped my mind. Wind Shear? Downwash? Some technical term –

TECHNO 1

What? Wind Shear is my cousin, my name is –

SOUND: Dogs barking excitedly with the next line

ELIO

            (shouting)

There’s Elena! Let’s get her, girls.

SOUND: Dogs barking and rapidly moving away

SOUND: Uneven footsteps, the sound of Elio’s cane as she follows

STEPHEN

Come along, it’s a bit of a drive. Make sure you bring all your files.

TECHNO 1

Like I would forget my files!

SOUND: Two sets of footsteps, one hurrying to catch up

STEPHEN

            (fading at the end as they move away)

At the facility, they might have news about the rocket. It could have landed by now.

NIMA

Now, maybe we can actually talk.

NASHWA

You could be a little more gentle with Stephen.

NIMA

I brought his ass back here, that’s gentle enough.

NASHWA

And that’s appreciated. His work is more valuable than you think.

NIMA

Whatever. That’s for you. I want to talk about things for me.

NASHWA

It’s going to take time to get you home. They’ve started sending bots in from the Red-iterranean coastline, that’s where the fighting was tonight. But you have my word.

NIMA

And I won’t be going home empty handed?

NASHWA

My word on that as well.

            (after a moment)
How do you feel about these newcomers?

NIMA

The technos will fit in with Stephen well enough. Elena has information we can use. Elio …

            (surprised at this next realization)

I don’t know what to think about Elio.

NASHWA

You’ve just spent a lot of time with her.

NIMA

            (after a moment)

I don’t know.

SOUND: Footsteps, one set uneven with cane sounds

ELIO

… I don’t think it’s a Freehold or an Enclave, not exactly.

FREE FOLK 1

What else is there?

ELENA

We’re about to find out. Hello, I’m Elena.

FREE FOLK 1

Cyril. Riley’s back in the ultralight, their pack broke open.

ELIO

With most of our food, which is why Cas and Pol are there helping.

NASHWA

            (chuckling)

We can wait, things are safe here now. That’s our last person to gather in?

ELENA

            (sadly)

That’s … the last one who made it out.

ELIO

Right.

FREE FOLK 1

We lost our … I don’t know who’s in charge now. I don’t even know where we are, just Africa.

NASHWA

That’s as good a place as any to start from. You’re in Sixth of October City –

NIMA

            (overlapping with Nashwa, not quite a correction)

مدينة أكتوبر السادس

NASHWA

Within what was once Egypt, now an unallied territory of Northern Africa. The corporations managed to break down the regional governments here, even established some of the first Enclaves in cities like Cairo, but they couldn’t hold on.

NIMA

And Cairo Enclave remains in ruins.

ELIO

What’s important about the sixth of October?

NIMA

It was the beginning of the Fourth Arab–Israeli War.

NASHWA

Egypt, Syria, Palestine, many other states joined together to fight for the return of the Sinai Peninsula –

NIMA

Which they technically lost, and then Egypt recognized Israel, and all the land is mostly underwater now.

NASHWA

Admittedly, the symbolism is a bit mixed. And not ours any longer; some of us are Arab but none are bound to any state.

NIMA

But neither are you free.

ELENA

Is anywhere free at this point?  

ELIO

Stephen said this was the last one.

NIMA

            (definitely making this an insult)

Stephen is an idealist.

NASHWA

Stephen is a good person, and we need that idealism. But … we still struggle. We’ve kept the corporations at arm’s length longer than most. We’ve kept our people safe. And more than our people – you’re far from the first refugees.

NIMA

The bases are overflowing with them, fleeing their cities, and Enclaves … and Freeholds.

FREE FOLK 1

Bases? Like the Moonbases?

NASHWA

Not like the Moonbases. Though some have hopes in that direction.

ELENA

Well, whatever you’re building, here or wherever. I’m in.

ELIO

Of course. Any way we can help.

FREE FOLK 1

I want to save Africa!

NIMA

Africa just saved you.

NASHWA

You’ll all find your place. There is no one ‘Africa’ – there is barely one NAC, we’re a coalition of groups with a common need. You asked how we were different from the Enclaves and Freeholds … we’ve maintained a cooperation, an interconnection of support. We work with other groups reaching across the desert and far to the south, with the Resistance in Palestine and the Protectors of Mecca, we’re building connections with the indigenous in the Americas –

ELIO

Ahnung –

NASHWA

Another reason why Stephen was there.

FREE FOLK 1

The Freeholds had a network.

NIMA

The Consortium corrupted your network from the inside. Zero Day – that great strike against the megas – was organized to bring you all down.

ELENA

That’s verified?

NIMA

It’s even on the news.

NASHWA

It’s what the corporations do – drive people apart, keep them in walled cities like Cairo and Jerusalem –

NIMA

            (in Arabic, translation is “We won’t wait for another October.”)

مش راح نستنا لاكتوبر ثاني

NASHWA

Cutting off those connections, because they know our mutual support is our strength. This is why the Cairo Enclave was brought down, why they reach our shores but no further. We push their bots back time and again, because we do not stand alone.

            (after a moment)

This is a good place for you to begin from, the story here runs deep.

SOUND: Dogs barking, running up to us

NASHWA

Hello again, lovelies! That’s enough serious talk for now. Nima, they’re bunking across from you for tonight – would you show them the way?

NIMA

Come on, then.

FREE FOLK 1

What about Riley? And the food!

ELIO

I’ll wait here for them.

ELENA

            (starting to move away, talking to Nima)

I’d like to get involved with something right away. They mentioned having problems with bots? I could help with that.

SOUND: Dogs barking, capering, following the folks heading away

NIMA

            (distant)

Go back! Go back … to Elio!

ELIO

            (calling out, teasing Nima a bit)

It’s okay, girls! Stay with the group, be good to Nima!

            (after a moment or two)

Thank you for allowing us in.

NASHWA

It is our duty to take in the wayfarer. And how I’ve met some of my closest friends.

ELIO

Not everyone is safe. Or tells the truth.

NASHWA

We have systems in place to account for that. And Nima brought you; she tends to leave folks she doesn’t trust on random islands.

ELIO

            (chuckles)

I’m not really surprised.

NASHWA

What do you think of Nima? You’ve just spent a lot of time with her.

            (after a moment)

It’s all right if you’re still making up your mind.

ELIO

            (figuring it out as she replies)

I like Nima. I trust her and … I admire her. I think meeting her has been good for me. I don’t quite understand her, not yet.

NASHWA

I hope you’ll spend more time with her. I think you might be good for each other.

            (after a moment)

And that would be your final friend approaching!

ELIO

They’ve got a lot to carry. I’ll give them a hand.

SOUND: Uneven footsteps moving away, with the cane sounds as well

SOUND: Outside background ends

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

                                                            (The scene ends.)

SCENE TWO

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

SOUND: Moonbase hallway background – just a bit of A/C (ongoing)

SOUND: Muffled voices behind a thick door

WILDER

            (still muffled at this point)

Tumnus, if th’ goddamn airlock door doesn’t open –

SOUND: Airlock door opening

TUMNUS

            (overlapping)

Overriding now –

WILDER

            (clear now)

– I’m settin’ Eliza loose – right. Where’s Pacey. Pacey!

TUMNUS

Medic Pacey is here.

MEDIC PACEY

            (overlapping)

I’m right here.

SOUND: The airlock door closes again, we hear it cycling

ROGER

Who is it?

SOUND: Wilder’s arm cycling as she enters

WILDER

He’s not –

MEDIC PACEY

Get them on the gurney. Watch it!

SOUND Wilder’s arm again

DR. SERANO

I’ve got them.

ROGER

Is it Alex?

SOUND: Someone being placed down on the gurney; harsh beeping noises

MEDIC PACEY

Get back! Please!

ROGER

Is it Alex?

DR. SERANO

            (overlapping)

O-two saturation is down.

MEDIC PACEY

Heart rate is erratic. Tumnus, get things ready –

TUMNUS

The infirmary is prepared.

ROGER

Wilder! Is it Alex?

WILDER

Shit, Roger. But he’s still kickin’.

MEDIC PACEY

Did you have to resuscitate?

WILDER

A little. I slapped the vest on and kept goin’.

ROGER

His heart! You have to – he takes pills, I can’t remember the name.  

WILDER

I think they’re in his pouch.

ROGER

I’m right here, honey. I’m right here.

WILDER

Doc Just was behind me –

SOUND: Airlock door opening again

SOUND: Addie groaning

DR. JUST

I’ve got the next one. Bruises, possible fractured right radius and ulna –

ADDIE

I’m fine, amigue, I’m fine, I just need to …

            (they groan)

Is Alex okay? What’s happening to Alex?

DR. SERANO

Edwin, let me, you are not certified emergency personnel.

DR. JUST

I had to drive the Rover, Jules.

DR. SERANO

Sit down against the wall. Do you know your name?

ADDIE

Adlai. Addie. Is that Alex?

ROGER

Pacey, what’s going on? Why aren’t you –  

MEDIC PACEY

Wasn’t there one more?

DR. JUST

            (solemn)

Out in the Rover. They were already gone.

ADDIE

Wait, Payload … gone? Oh, shit.

SOUND: Alex groaning

ALEX

Não consigo ver os medidores. Que raios está errado com a minha cabeça? O que tá errado com o meu peito? (I can’t see the gauges. What the hell is wrong with my head? What’s wrong with my chest?)

ROGER

            (in broken Portuguese, badly accented)

Você tá aqui, amor. Você na lua. Eu tá aqui com você. (You’re here, honey. You’re on the Moon. I’m with you.)

ALEX

Roger?

ROGER

Alex, I love you, I’m here.

SOUND: A sudden, more urgent beeping (ongoing)

SOUND: Alex groans again

MEDIC PACEY

All right, infirmary, now. Jules, bring the other one.

ROGER

What does that beeping mean? What’s happening? Just a minute –

MEDIC PACEY

Roger, you can come, but I need you to shut up.

SOUND: Gurney moving away, footsteps, Pacey’s cane

ALEX

            (after a moment, as they move away)

Addie?

ADDIE

            (painfully)

Right … behind you, amigue.

ALEX

Addie … what happened?

SOUND: Gurney, footsteps, cane, beeping, all fade out

TUMNUS

Wilder. What did happen?

WILDER

I couldn’t tell. Later on I’ll go out and see if I can haul the thing back here or somethin’. All I know is … shit.

TUMNUS

Poor Roger.

WILDER

Not the reunion they were plannin’.

TUMNUS

Should we call back Officer L’Anglois?

WILDER

            (after a moment of consideration, sighs)

Nothin’ he can do. They’re already more than halfway to Gamma. We’ll catch up after all that’s been sorted.

            (another moment)

There’s bound to be a lot to sort when they get there.

SOUND: Hallway background ends

SOUND: Chime – Bookend

                                                            (The episode ends.)

PRODUCERS

Today’s episode featured Becca Marcus, Corey Spruill, Serena Rahal, Tom Zalatnai, Tal Minear, Dalia Ramahi, Leslie Gideon, Jen Ponton, Tina Daniels, Teddy Hannah-Drullard, Leeman Kessler, Gabriel Taneko, Journee LaFond, David S. Dear, and Hazel Stapp. 

Written by D.J. Sylvis; Cass McPhee is our audio engineer. Our theme music is “Star” by the band Ramp; our cover art is by Peter Chiykowski. 

Looking for more great audio fiction? Check out The Night Post, a captivating queer supernatural drama about survival, tradition, and the vast unknown.

We’d like to take a second to thank our associate producers for this season. Marty Chodorek, June Madely, Timothy LaGrone, Marilyn Reid, Marissa Robertcop and Linda Boyer. We also want to make sure we thank our executive producers Sarah Mueller and Beka B. Thank you so much for helping us create Moonbase Theta, Out season four, we genuinely would not be able to do it without you.

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