Transcript: Interference Episode 16

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JACQ

Geneva are you there?

GENEVA

Hi Jacq! I’m here.

JACQ

How did it go? Was there a guard? Did you give him a magical Nyquil?

GENEVA

Nyquil?

JACQ

It’s a cough syrup that also helps people sleep. Theoretically.

GENEVA

Oh okay. Then, yes, I did actually Nyquil the guard.

JACQ

Woo!

GENEVA

Hah. I certainly didn’t feel excited about it! It was very stressful.

JACQ

Yeah, I bet. But everything went smoothly?

GENEVA

Yeah (sigh) I guess you probably want to hear the whole story.

JACQ

Uhhhhhhh kind of?? But you don’t have to if you’re too tired.

GENEVA

No, no. I can tell it.

JACQ

Hold on. (scrambling and then popcorn crunching noises). Okay go.

GENEVA

So we waited until it was dark, and most everyone had gone to sleep. We met near the crypt buildings.

Did I ever tell you that there are signs that the humans who crossed over probably lived down there for a while? Like they cleaned out a bunch of the crypts and set up makeshift sleeping chambers.

JACQ

That makes sense I guess. You’ve actually never told me about what the first encounters with humans were like but, later.

GENEVA

Well, it’s not like I was there, or anything No one really knows.

JACQ

But I would guess there are stories! Myths even.

GENEVA

Yeah, I’ll try to bring over some of that stuff.

JACQ

YES. Okay so keep going with your adventure. (crunch)

GENEVA

Uh, yeah. So we met up by the crypts and walked over to the temple. Uh Jen knew this spell from when she was a kid. I guess she was a bit of a nuisance.

JACQ

(more chuckling to herself than responding) A nuisance.

GENEVA

Anyway it hides your presence or something? Like muffles sound, and makes people have a hard time focusing on you or something?

So she cast that.

JACQ

That is very cool.

GENEVA

It was certainly useful! Every sound I heard I jumped at! Jen was calm, but I was not built for sneaking around like that.

JACQ

You and me both.

GENEVA

Heh. I was basically a nervous wreck by the time we got to the temple, but we didn’t actually encounter anyone on the way. So that was good.

Then we got there and the door was locked.

JACQ

Oh no! Did you pick the lock? That doesn’t seem like something that would be in your skill set.

GENEVA

It is not. Jen tried, but she hadn’t done it since she was a kid. So I remembered that I hadn’t ever turned in my key. So we had to sneak all the way through camp to my tent to get it.

JACQ

Why didn’t you just hide somewhere while she snuck? She seems like the sneaky sneak one.

GENEVA

I didn’t know where I’d put it. I’d never even used it! We never locked the door.

JACQ

(giggling) ok ok ok

GENEVA

It’s kind of funny actually, because when I got back to my tent after I was horrified for a moment. Someone had clearly snuck into my tent and ransacked everything. But it quickly dawned on me that I was the one who had done the ransacking. Then I just felt like an idiot.

JACQ

HAH! Whoops.

GENEVA

Heh, yeah. So we did that and snuck back to the temple, and I opened the door.

JACQ

Creeeeeeeeeeak!

GENEVA

Yeah like that. It was kinda spooky. Big empty abandoned ruins at night, flinching at every sound. There wasn’t anyone on the top floor, though.

I think the guard at the bottom of the stairs actually had been asleep, but I might have misstepped and fallen down the stairs.

It felt like they just fell out from underneath me!

So I went down with a big clatter thumping down hard at the bottom, and that's when we heard him grunt and start walking our way.

JACQ

Oh goodness!!

GENEVA

He wasn’t walking fast. I don’t think invaders were really on his mind, he was just checking out the noise.

JACQ

That makes sense with what you’ve told me.

GENEVA

Yeah, so we had time to prepare ourselves, and when he came around the corner I hit him with the sleep spell before he could see us.

JACQ

Did you say a snappy one liner like, uh, uh...

GENEVA

Like uh, oh! Like Asta la Pizza baby? No nothing like that.

JACQ

Asta la P---?---eh, another time. Keep going!

GENEVA

So I hit him with the sleep spell, and it worked! He went to sleep, and we stepped into the temple.

JACQ

Did he like, fall down? Or did he just get tired and decide it was a good idea to just sit down for a minute and then, oops, he was snoring?

GENEVA

Yeah I might have overdone it a bit, because he just went right down.

JACQ

DID YOU CATCH HIM?? IS HE OK??

GENEVA

Yeah, we got to him before he cracked his head, and put him back in his bed. Hopefully he won’t even remember getting up.

He was the only one down there, so Jen started setting up her sensors. So we’ll have a good eye on what they’re doing. Jen can even make illusions of important bits, to send along to the S-CAPS office.

JACQ

Great!

GENEVA

But we already discovered something Pretty big!

JACQ

Oooooo what what! (crunch)

GENEVA

They’ve been lying about the portal. It’s -

JACQ

It’s open all the way?

GENEVA

Not all the way, not yet. But a lot wider than I expected it to be. I’d say it’s half open. More than large enough to send a lab rat.

JACQ

...ARE they sending things over? Or are they tidy workstation types so you have no idea?

GENEVA

They’re not sending things. They are, however , bombarding it with magic.

JACQ

What KIND of magic??

GENEVA

Every kind of magic that they can produce.

JACQ

(sighs) that doesn’t seem very responsible.

GENEVA

It really isn’t! Who knows how that might be affecting your world, not to mention the danger they’re putting themselves in.

They seem to be testing how the portal reacts to different types of magic, but they’re not even doing like small trickles of magic. They’re just like blasting it with fire and sleep spells and whatever else they know how to do.

JACQ

How can you tell that? Well, I guess the fire would be obvious.

GENEVA

Well they’re at least keeping good records of what they’re doing and the effects they’ve had.

JACQ

Mmm, very science. Serious business. Did you get a copy of the notes? Are they sending reports? And if they’re not.. don’t you kind of already have enough evidence that Ramone is a poor excuse for a team leader?

GENEVA

They don’t seem to be sending reports. Maybe because they know they’d be reprimanded, or maybe they’re waiting until they have bigger news.

JACQ

I mean, yeah, it doesn’t seem very archaeologisty to be throwing fireballs around in a dig site.

GENEVA

I don’t know what they’re thinking! (disgruntled noise) So It’s probably enough, but we’re going to wait a little while and see what Jen can pick up before we make a report.

JACQ

That seems reasonable, you may as well get at least some data from your sensors.

(pause) Do you think they’re in their right mind? Just careless? Or is there something more going on.

GENEVA

I, I don’t think they’re crazy or anything. They’ve been taking good notes. They just seem misguided.

JACQ

But could they be, like, mind controlled? We were worrying about a mindflayer, before, because of the kind of creatures we’re seeing on Earth. Like, can’t they have whole big HOSTS of people who are enslaved?

GENEVA

(shuddery noise) I hope it's not a mindflayer.

JACQ

Yeah, me too.

GENEVA

Would a mindflayer have them taking notes? I mean they’ve been acting pretty weird, locking themselves away in here and blasting the portal with spells, but (sighs) I just don’t know.

JACQ

I don’t know what a mindflayer would do. But. I don’t know, I could be jumping to conclusions. It could just be a plot thread I’m seeing, and life kind of doesn’t have those.

GENEVA

We’ll see what the sensors pick up I guess. It’s probably not a mindflayer though right?

JACQ

Probably not.

GENEVA

Ramone is probably just a bad influence

JACQ

Probably. Won’t stop me from worrying, though.

GENEVA

Yeah, me either. I Really hope there are no mindflayers involved.

So how are things going with you?

JACQ

With me!? They’re fine. I worked. It was boring and my feet hurt. I’m probably going to collapse into my bed.

GENEVA

Oh! Have I ever asked you about your job? Here I am talking about mine all the time and I’ve never even asked you about yours.

JACQ

I don’t have an interesting job, I just work retail.

GENEVA

So, you run a shop? You sound like you don’t enjoy it very much.

JACQ

Hah, it sounds very glamorous if you say “run a shop.” I spend most of my time refolding clothes, and putting away things that customers have looked at and decided to just drop somewhere, and cleaning messes.

GENEVA

Ah I see why you might not like that. If you’re tired I could let you go now? I have to admit I’m a bit worn out myself.

JACQ

Yeah, we should both go relax. Self care buds!

GENEVA

(anxious sounding) Haha yes, that sounds good. Let’s do that.

JACQ

(sternly) Hey! You don’t sound like you’re gonna relax. Go draw you a bath and read some sort of mindless novel and go to bed.

GENEVA

(Still Anxious) Heh Yes that, sounds good. I’ll do that. So I guess this is bye then!

JACQ

Yeah! Have a good night. Stop worrying and I will talk to you tomorrow.

GENEVA

(rushed) Okay Love you bye! (Runs away screaming?????)

JACQ

(pause, then, happily) Bye!