Transcript: Interference Episode 17

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GENEVA

Jacq are you there?

JACQ

Yeah, What’s up? You sound excited.

GENEVA

Well…. Guess who’s the big boss lady of this site now!

JACQ

Hmm, oh I dunno. Is it Jenn?

GENEVA

Oh, No It’s uh

JACQ

I was just teasing. I know it’s you! Right?

GENEVA

Yeah! I’m excited, but also super nervous. I don’t know how I’m going to be as a boss. It’s a lot of responsibility.

JACQ

You’ll do fine. So what did they do with Ramone?

GENEVA

They fired him.

JACQ

And he just left?

GENEVA

Yeah, it was a little weird. He didn’t make a fuss at all, he just packed up his things and left.

JACQ

That guy is really creepy, but at least he’s gone now. I wonder what his deal was.

GENEVA

Yeah, I don’t know. I think it was the reckless use of magic that got them to fire him.

JACQ

That makes sense. What about the other people who were doing that?

GENEVA

Oh they got reprimanded, but they’re still working here. They were just doing what their boss told them to. Even if it was stupid.

JACQ

But you didn’t.

GENEVA

Yeah, and that’s why they put me in charge. They said something about me taking initiative and having good leadership skills by bringing Jenn into it. It’s really weird being in charge, and weirder that they hired me for it.

JACQ

You’re going to do great. I think it was a good choice.

GENEVA

Yeah, I think I’m capable. It’s just weird you know, and I have to worry about people fighting against me as much as they did Ezcobar since I- since no one really likes me.

JACQ

I’m sure that’s not true. What about Jenn, she helped you out through all of this.

GENEVA

I mean, she seems alright. She had a lot to gain by helping me though. Ramone was lousy.

JACQ

It seems like more than that to me, but I don’t really know her. I know I don’t work with you, but I like you.

GENEVA

(mutters) because you’ve never seen me.

JACQ

Geneva! If you think for a minute that I care that you’re an orc, or that you’re trans, you’re wildly mistaken! I love you and it doesn’t matter what you look like! And I doubt your coworkers care about it as much as you think they do! I know, it’s hard. I have some friends who are trans, but… Just be you. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks. You’re going to be a good leader, and they’re going to respect you for that.

GENEVA

(sobbing)

JACQ

(sighs) I’m sorry if I went too far. I’ve been waiting until you were ready to tell me, and … yeah I fucked that up. Sorry.

GENEVA

(Sniffs) It’s, It’s okay. It’s fine. I’ll be fine in a minute. Or Two. It’s just that. I-I knew that you’d be fine with it. I mean I-I knew it up in my head, in my logical reasoning, but I was still, so worried that if you knew you’d stop talking to me, and I didn’t want that. I didn’t want you to think that I was some freak, because I really like you, like a lot.

And then you go and do this! You already know! You could tell somehow, and you’re so nice!

JACQ

(chuckles softly) I’m not that nice, but yeah. I like you. Just take your time. Cry it out and calm down. I’ll be here when you’re ready.

GENEVA

(accusatory) See!

JACQ

(chuckles) yeah, yeah.

GENEVA

(silence with occasional sobbing noises lessening as time goes on leading into soft music.)

Okay, I think I’m alright now. So how are things going on earth? Any new developments?

JACQ

Yes actually! The leaves on the trees here have started turning silver and blue. It’s really pretty, but it’s certainly not normal. Do you have trees like that over there?

GENEVA

Not that I know of. I’ve never seen one like that. I don’t know a lot about plants, though.

JACQ

That’s weird.

GENEVA

Actually it’s not too weird. During the last opening a lot of people were studying how the introduction of magic affected your planet. Most of the things that were recorded about your world dealt with how the magic in your world was different. I didn’t see anything about blue and silver trees, but I do know that you once had dragon like beasts that were wholly created on your world. The dragon scholars were really interested in those.

JACQ

Dragon Scholars?

GENEVA

Yes, we have a few draconic texts, though not many. I expect they’re holding onto most of them themselves. I wonder what the story is behind the ones we have. Dragons aren’t known for letting go of things easily.

JACQ

So there were dragons from Chel on Earth, studying our dragons.

GENEVA

Dragon-like beings. They looked very similar to the dragons of my world but they were not particularly intelligent, and tended to be quite violent and attack things with little or no provocation.

JACQ

Can we call them something else? Earth Dragons or something. Dragon-like beings is a little awkward.

GENEVA

Sure, we can call them Earth Dragons.

Their aggressive behavior was quite a hassle for the dragons, from what I’ve read. The humans didn’t like the Earth Dragons destroying their villages and such, so they started hunting them. It’s hard to study something when your subjects are being killed all the time. Especially when you look almost identical, to human eyes, and so they start hunting you too. Eventually it got to be too big of a hassle, and they just left.

JACQ

Yeah, I bet. That must have been weird, observing something that looked so much like you, but was different. What did the Chel-Dragons make of the Earth-Dragons? Like why they were so different but with a similar biology.

GENEVA

They never really came to one conclusion about it. One of the dragons had an evolutionary theory, that dragons were once vicious and then later became civilized. They wrote that seeing an Earth Dragon was like looking back into the past, but most of their colleagues scorned their viewpoint. Since you don’t have dragons anymore, I guess we won’t ever know.

JACQ

That’s a shame.

Do you think that stuff like this is going to keep happening? Do you think that we’re going to start getting dragons again?

GENEVA

That would be a mess, wouldn’t it?! I really don’t know. Your world has changed quite a bit, who knows how that will affect how magic and your world combine. I certainly haven’t read anything about silver and blue trees.

JACQ

Okay so... maybe dragons, definitely monsters. Well, I mean so far these monsters seem like they’ve come from your world, not that they are new things being created.

GENEVA

But your world has started to change in other ways. New creatures might not be far behind these changing leaves.

JACQ

Shit. I don’t even know what I’m supposed to feel! Dragons would be so rad, but like I also know that I don’t really want to be roasted by one, or frozen, or have my skin melted off my bones.

GENEVA

Earth Dragons really don’t sound fun at all to me. Our dragons are worrisome enough, just for the sheer power that they can wield. Most of them won’t ever do anything like razing a town, or killing people indiscriminately, and they’re still terrifying.

JACQ

(sighs) Yeah, I guess so.

GENEVA

I can certainly see why people or dragons who study dragons might want to study them though.

JACQ

Do you know any dragons?

GENEVA

Me? No thank goodness. Imagine having to deal with a dragon all the time. All those big sharp teeth.

JACQ

You know... people could say the same for orcs. If you look at all like what we think you do, I mean. Big and muscular, with the tusks and all? You’re far bigger than us. Not gobble-me-up-in-one-bite big like a dragon, but still quite imposing.

GENEVA

I guess that’s true. I really need to work on overcoming all these prejudices. How are you so good at it?

JACQ

I dunno. A lot of practice, a lot of awareness. The internet is a hellhole, but it’s also a great place to spread awareness about marginalized communities.

From what I know about your culture, you’re mostly orcs and being queer doesn’t matter… unless you’re trans. So it’s kind of like if you were part of a small white town here. There’s just not much visibility of other people. You’re just a bunch of orcs. You don’t live with dragons or humans really.

Not to excuse that and say that since you don’t have that visibility that you shouldn’t try to be better. It's just that it's hard to get out of that mindset sometimes.

GENEVA

Okay, I can see that. I think knowing you has really helped me out with that a little. I just need to try harder.

JACQ

Yeah, it just takes work. And really, you don’t ever really get over all of it. You just have to try your best.

So I have a question for you.

GENEVA

What is it?

JACQ

Are you going to be able to come over soon?!

GENEVA

(laughs) I don't know yet. I haven’t had a lot of time to look over the notes that Ramone’s team left yet. I certainly haven’t had time to conduct my own observations.

JACQ

Is you being the supreme leader going to give you too many responsibilities there to consider coming? Are you gonna have to send an away team?

GENEVA

Oh no! No no no. Let’s see them try to stop me. If a person can go through this portal I am going!

JACQ

(Laughs) okay I'm glad that's settled then.

GENEVA

Yeah! I’ll just have to set up a competent group to run things while I’m gone. And a competent group to bring with me. It’s good that we have so much extra crew here.

JACQ

You can't see it, but I am saluting you, Captain. I gotta go.

GENEVA

Go? Okay. Bye! I’ll talk to you later then.

JACQ

Later!