Transcript: Interference Episode 11

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JACQ

Hey.

GENEVA

Jacq! You’re back. Thank goodness. What happened? What’s a cop?

JACQ

Uhh, I don’t know what word you’d use. A policeman? Law enforcement?  

GENEVA

Oh! Okay! So like a city watchman. What did they want?

JACQ

Well, they weren’t really a city watchman, it was a federal investigator. So, like, Kings guard, I guess?? They wanted to talk to me about the portal.

GENEVA

Oh! The authorities!

JACQ

Indeed.

GENEVA

Because of the podcast?

JACQ

Yeah. They uh, gave me a thing that says I can’t make it anymore. They’re shutting down all the shows like mine where someone claims that they’re talking to someone from Chel. They say it’s a matter of national security. I’m... pretty sure it’s a violation of my first amendment rights? But I’m not sure how to handle that. Yet.

GENEVA

Does that mean that we’re not going to talk anymore?

JACQ

Oh. No, we can still talk, we just can’t do the podcast anymore. I’m pretty bummed about it, but I’m not going to go against them, not on my own, anyway. I’d get arrested, or something like that.

GENEVA

Okay, well I’m sorry we can’t do the podcast anymore. That was fun.

JACQ

I mean, technically we could still podcast together, we would just have to pretend you were from Earth.

GENEVA

Hmm. That could be fun.

JACQ

I’m mostly joking.

GENEVA

Oh.

JACQ

I mean, we can! But we can also just talk without publishing everything.

GENEVA

Sure! But what happened? You’ve been gone for hours? What did they want from you?

JACQ

Uh, so. He had a lot of questions about Chel, and the explosion in the park, and whether I was involved.

At first I just straight-up lied to him, I said that our show was just that - a show. We were taking advantage of strange happenings in order to get people to listen to us, but it was pretty clear that he didn’t buy that.

GENEVA

Did he call you out on your lie, or did he just seem to be going along with it?

JACQ

He didn’t, like, call me a liar directly. He sort of rolled his eyes and said he had something to show me. We went down to the park and it has… changed. Since the last time I went down there a couple days ago.

GENEVA

Changed how? You said they had it roped off? Did you get to see what had caused the explosion? I must admit I’ve been very curious about that.

JACQ

Still roped off, yes, and lots of guards, now. We went in. It’s still pretty scorched from the actual explosion, but there’s also just… weird stuff. There are these floating motes of light all through the center of the park, sort of dancing around in circles, all different colors. And. There are signs of big creatures? But, like, the signs don’t matter because they actually HAVE a... creature, there, penned up.

GENEVA

What kind of creature? Like something from our world?

JACQ

I think yeah, probably. It… so… like, it’s a D&D creature? They are called Flumphs?

GENEVA

Flumph? I’ve not heard of that.

JACQ

Maybe we call them something different. It’s sort of like a... floating… glowing… jellyfish? With eye-stalks. It smelled really bad.

GENEVA

Okay, I know about Jellyfish, but I’ve never heard of this creature. That’s very interesting.

JACQ

I also… think, it was trying to communicate with us?

GENEVA

So it’s sentient!

JACQ

I… think so. When it saw me, it started changing color? Like it was blue when I approached it, but it started shifting to a greenish color? And then I could hear things in my head. It was very, very unsettling. The agent did not want to get anywhere near it.

GENEVA

So they have a sentient creature of some sort in a cage

JACQ

...so it seems.

GENEVA

Okay so it’s awful that they have it caged. Did you get them to free it?

JACQ

No… uh. I don’t think I could. I told the agent that they should, that it was clearly trying to communicate,  but I also understand why they have a strange, alien monster in a cage. I don’t even know how I could convince them to improve things, not with the way… things are. Right now. I’m sorry that I can’t do better.

GENEVA

Oh I understand about dealing with authorities and Bureaucracy. I’m sure you did as much as you could.

JACQ

So, like, it’s… I know a lot about flumphs. Theoretically. From D&D books. In the books, they’re benevolent creatures that are like… drawn to good people, and that feed off of, like, brain waves I guess? Psychic energy?

GENEVA

Well I guess as long as the officers are around it won’t starve anyway.

JACQ

Yeah! Oh, yeah. I hadn’t thought of that! Cool. Uh, anyway, what worries me is that typically they’re found living NEAR some much more dangerous creatures. Have you heard of mindflayers? Are they a real thing?

GENEVA

Yes, those I know of. You think that maybe mindflayers…. Oh that would be bad.

JACQ

Yeah, that would be REALLY bad. When you said you didn’t know what flumphs were, I was, like… so hopeful that you were going to be like (doing a bad impression) “What? Mind… flayers? I have never heard of such a thing.” So. Probably not going to sleep tonight.

GENEVA

But there have been no signs of one right? Maybe it’s just the Flumph? Did you warn them about the mindflayers?

JACQ

Ehhh, I mentioned it but I don’t know how seriously they took me. They’ve not seen anything that seemed dangerous, as far as I could gather. Well, nothing that I’d consider dangerous, they seem to think the lights are probably real dangerous.

GENEVA

That’s possible, I suppose. This is so strange. It’s terrifying, but also really exciting. There is magic leaking into your world. But I’ve never heard of a Flumph. I would be very surprised if there were any in the area, and it certainly didn’t go through our portal. So how did it get there? Where did it come from?

JACQ

I don’t know. What is the status of the portal on your side of things?

GENEVA

There hasn’t been much change since the last time we talked about it. There’s just a thin crack of glowing light around the edge. It has started whistling a bit. We think.

JACQ

Whistling??

GENEVA

You know, like when the wind blows through the city and you can hear a whistling. It’s not very loud, but it’s there.

JACQ

Is there wind? Or just the noise.

GENEVA

It’s just the noise as far as we can tell.

JACQ

Any strange smells, or changes in the appearance of the glow?

GENEVA

Hmm. (rummages through papers) Not that I’ve heard of. No nothing like that. Just the same glow and now a faint whistling sound.

JACQ

Do you not go to the portal when we talk? I always picture you in the room with the portal, sort of with sandstone and magelight and big piles of books.

GENEVA

Oh! Did I not tell you? I have my own tent now. Since I’m not one of the people studying the portal, and there have been definite changes in it they kicked me out.

JACQ

Kicked you out like, you… can’t look at it? Or just like they don’t want you in the way.

GENEVA

Oh no! Yes, they just want me out of the way. So I’m not there anymore.

JACQ

Okay, the other would be super suspicious haha.

GENEVA

Yeah! I can see that. The tent’s nice. It gives me a bit more privacy to talk with you about things.

JACQ

(pauses, thinking, distracted at first) That must be nice. So, uh. Back to horrible monsters.

GENEVA

Oh. Alright. Yes

JACQ

Do you think it’s possible that mindflayers or some other sort of psychic creature is responsible for the portal becoming active?

GENEVA

It doesn’t seem very likely? I mean why, and why now? And we certainly haven’t seen any.

JACQ

I mean, as far as I know the why is as simple as… a big supply of easy-to-harvest minds. Earth would basically be one big pasture for something like that.

GENEVA

Oh! But how would they even know, that it was here.

JACQ

That part I don’t know, but, there are certainly records of Earth existing? You knew about it.

GENEVA

So I guess that they could as well. (Thinking aloud) Do they also have records showing how to open them? That seems strange. It doesn’t seem to be how the portals worked before, but the records are sparse at best. Hmm. But why this portal. There are other portals, that have been known for years.

JACQ

So.. still no word about activity from other portals? This is the only one?

GENEVA

Hmm? Oh Sorry! Uh! Right! No activity from any other portals sighted.

JACQ

Okay. (Pause) Can you tell me exactly how the portals used to work? Based on whatever records you have.

GENEVA

So It seemed like a wilder magic. Some studies from around the time of the last opening thought maybe it had something to do with stars and planetary alignment, but none of their calculations really worked out to explain the scope of the grand opening.

We think that portals may have opened on a smaller scale before. On an individual basis, but we’re not sure about that either.

But as far as we know they’ve always just opened on their own, there didn’t seem to be any outside force from people or mindflayers or anything actively opening them.

JACQ

So it wasn’t like a wizard would be able to go up to a portal and go, you know, OPEN SESAME! and be able to go to Earth? It’s more of a natural phenomenon that...

GENEVA

Open sesame?! No, we’ve studied them quite a bit, and thrown quite a lot of different magics at them. We have been unable to affect them in any way.

JACQ

Do you think that maybe… they actually open on this side of things?

GENEVA

Like, someone on your planet opened them. Like one of your witches? I thought you said they didn’t really work that way. Is that possible?

JACQ

I don’t know. I’m just trying to think of it from different angles, to see if we can recognize something we haven’t before.

GENEVA

I can take another look at the records and see if there’s something that would suggest that. There’s a lot to go through, but I can get other people to help.

JACQ

I have maybe a dumb idea?

GENEVA

What’s that?

JACQ

Well that guy, Agent Sopando, left me a contact number. With permission, I could work… with the portal on this side? More closely? And see if I could try to send things through, or even try to move through it.

GENEVA

No! I don’t think that would be safe! I mean maybe trying to send things through it, but not yourself! You could die! Don’t they have someone to try doing these things. I mean they shouldn’t just try to go through either.

JACQ

Calm down, Geneva. If you think it’s that dangerous, I won’t try to use it for myself. But… I could try some experiments?

GENEVA

I mean, sure. As long as you’re careful. But what are you experimenting on? There’s no sign of a physical portal right?

JACQ

I’m pretty sure that if I do this, I’ll have to be working with The Authorities, so I will have to be careful. And, I don’t know. I just want to get the vibe. There are things There, they got there somehow. Maybe just observe it. They have cameras on the park, but I don’t think actual people are watching all the time. I just think that I could do… better. ...Also I could hang out with the flumph.

GENEVA

Okay, I mean I am curious, and if you were there you could tell me more. Just… be careful.

JACQ

Careful!? My middle name is careful.

GENEVA

That’s a good name.

JACQ

I was kidding, my real middle name is not that silly.

GENEVA

Oh.

JACQ

OKAY, so. Gameplan is, you look into the records and see if maybe these portals are Earth’s fault. I email Agent Sopando and see if I can get access to the park.

GENEVA

Right! It’s getting late. Are you going to be okay for the night, or do you want me to stay up with you?

JACQ

Um, I think I’ll be okay, but… if I call again will you hear it and come talk again?

GENEVA

Uh… n- oh oh I have an idea! Yes, yes I think I can do that.

JACQ

Did you just invent the fantasy telephone?

GENEVA

I mean, we already have those, but maybe?!

JACQ

Oh! that’s so cool. (Big yawn) Okay. I think I will be alright.

GENEVA

Good, I hope so. Sleep well, and if you need me, I’ll be here.

JACQ

Thank you. Goodnight.

GENEVA

Goodnight

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