ACT 1 - SCENE 5
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THE INNER PLANETS OF NEAR SPACE
(Departing from her home, Luna, with Galileo, wave good-bye to the Asteroid sisters.)

Far Off Space

LUNA
Good-bye! See you soon...

GALILEO
Luna, I do not think they can hear you now. We are quite far away.

LUNA
I know. It is just that... I have been with Mother Earth so very long. And my friends... oh! never mind!

(Galileo takes her hand in his to comfort her.)

GALILEO
But you say you were unhappy for a long time. Sometimes change is good. Maybe this trip will do some good. Luna, if you choose to talk about your troubles, I am a good listener.

LUNA
(uncomfortably drawing her hand away, turning her back to Galileo) Will this journey take long? I guess I forgot to ask. What will we do when we get there?

GALILEO
My mission, our mission is very delicate. We must persuade Lord Jupiter for the sake of all of the Planet Realm and Earth.

LUNA
Earth! It is always Earth... and her son Terrance! What about me? What about my feelings? Why do I feel so wronged... what is wrong... What is wrong with me?

GALILEO
Well...

LUNA
Never mind. There is no need to talk about it!

GALILEO
Luna, Mother Earth has told me her side of the story. I did not want to speak of it in front of my nieces, but it is true, she is afraid of losing her son.

He is her youngest child. His love for you and yours for him makes Earth very uncomfortable. I understand how she feels, but I think I understand how you feel too!

Your love for that astronomer seems so full of promise. Even if he is so... different... it is a tragedy that it should be ending. (pause)

LUNA
You are so old and wise, could you possibly offer any advice?

(Galileo angrily glares at Luna, hands on hips, she catches her mistake and continues.)

I do not mean that you are old like ooold, but like... very experienced and... very knowledgeable... and extremely handsome. Did I mention quite suave?... a good conversationalist... And a big hit with the ladies; girlfriends everywhere I would guess.

(This seems to placate Galileo while he looks off to distant horizons as if he were a legendary hero with laurel wreath gracing his brow. Luna begins to giggle at his posing, but after a moment Galileo's vision clears and his epic expression is replaced by one of embarrassment.)

GALILEO
Oh, Luna. You are too kind. I can see you have the making of a diplomate. An excellent diplomat. Just like me. You know how to make me feel young again.

LUNA
And the ladies...

GALILEO
Hmm... as for the ladies... you may say I have had more than my share of luck.

LUNA
How many. Tell me. I can keep a secret!

GALILEO
Really... I should not be so bold, but...

LUNA
How many time have you been in love?

GALILEO
I... uh... oh love. Love is different. I thought you were talking about something else.

LUNA
Something else?

Oh, no, not that! Anyone can do that! I speak of beautiful love. The mysteries of the heart. Surely you have been in love?

GALILEO
Yes. Once. Long ago. The reason I was selected for this diplomatic journey was... because ...of love... sort of. In my youth I took a voyage to the area of space where we are now crusing. While there, I fell in love.

LUNA
She must have been very special to you... so far from home. What happened? I mean, if you would like to say. I am a good listener, too!

GALILEO
It was... interesting... I was... on holiday. And during my stay I spent much of my time with two of Lord Jupiter's sisters. I was a tourist and they were my beautiful guides. Lady Ganymede and Lady Callisto.

LUNA
Two! Now wait. Surely you must not mean...both!?

GALILEO
If you would rather I refrain from speaking...

LUNA
No! Sorry. No... Please go on... This I must hear!

GALILEO
The sisters had very different personalities. Lady Ganymede was warm, sweet and always took charge. She knew what to do. I felt very secure when I was with her.

Callisto, Lady Callisto, she was moody and a little mysterious, but she was inventive and clever. They both loved to talk and I loved to listen to them. When we were together it seemed to be perfect... at least for a while.

LUNA
What happened?

GALILEO
Their family and friends could not endure our happiness so they went about the task of dismantling all that we held dear... our freedom to care for one another... to love.

One family member would insist that marriage was in order. A friend, meaning well I suppose, would take one sister aside and reprimand her for ignoring her friends. And on it went.

Until Ganymede and Callisto decided that maybe it was time to marry and without consulting me they set a date for the ceremony and created a contest to cause me to choose.

LUNA
Choose between the two of them... a contest?

GALILEO
Yes. A contest of wills. Theirs against mine!

LUNA
So what happened? Which one did you want most?

GALILEO
That is a good question... Gans, Lady Ganymede, I called her Gans, she liked that, she was... let me see... oh like you could hug her all day, so warm, so gentle. She felt so good when I hugged her.

She had a way of making everything work out right. I felt very secure when she had everything in order. With her, raising a wonderful family would have been easy.

LUNA
So she was perfect. You picked her.

GALILEO
Yes, she was perfect. But then there was Cali, Lady Callisto. She was the embodiment of all that is tingling excitement! She was sleek. She had eyes that flashed fire. She was moody and sometimes withdrawn, but she was also full of passion and new ideas.

She was always writing down the things she thought about and the things she wanted to do and then... she did them. She had such energy, such vitality... we could have traveled the universe, one adventure after another.

LUNA
So she was perfect. You picked her.

GALILEO
Yes, she was perfect. But then there was Gans...

LUNA
Now wait! You cannot choose both!

GALILEO
Funny, that is exactly what they said. It was an exciting time. I thought I would die!

LUNA
Exciting... more like a lot of trouble. So what about this choosing? Which one chose you or which one did you want to be chosen by.

GALILEO
I am afraid we never got around to choosing.

LUNA
Why? What happened. The suspense is killing me.

GALILEO
I know how it feels. I...uh... I slipped quietly away, in the dark, with a departing voyage crew.

LUNA
Oh! What about those poor ladies... your friends remember? You loved them. You could have at least...

GALILEO
At least what? What would you have done? The pressure was enormous. Family... friends... everyone was so angry... you cannot know.

And I was in the middle of it... alone. The sisters were still sisters. The family still family. Was I to fight them all?

LUNA
I guess you were right. I have no answer either. You had to leave.

GALILEO
And I regret it... I should have stayed!

LUNA
But what could you have done?

GALILEO
I could have stayed and fought for what I wanted. I wanted to be happy and in love. But instead I was weak. I slinked off like a common black hole.

And like a black hole I drew a terrible darkness into my heart that could never escape. Forever after I thought of them. The memory of my friends, my loves, who I abandoned. They haunt my every moment... I should have stayed. I should have fought.

LUNA
You could have returned long before now.

GALILEO
No... No, (aside) the fear... I was afraid. If I were to return and they rejected me... I... could not have gone on... I would have perished. I know that in this dark heart. I would perish.

LUNA
I am so sorry. You are really hurt. And on the outside you seem so strong, so invincible.

GALILEO
In the time that followed, I tried to find that feeling of love, of caring in others, but the bitter memory of my lost chance prevented me from again attempting romance.

Like you say, anyone can do the other thing; do it. That is not love. It was not bad either, but it was lonely. And there are many, many ladies who have marked me that way. It was like trying to get warm by diving into a blazing sun.

(Music Sample)

I used to be a sad man,
It used to be love that would break my heart,
And bring me a world of such pain,
But I was young! Was I to blame?

I used to be a bad man,
I used to bloody my fists for the want of a kiss,
Punching walls and the faces of men,
But I was young! And now I'm old!

I should have
Worked at a job for success,
Wife and a child like the rest,
Paying the bills once a month,
White picket fence in the front.

Now that I live life alone,
No one to care if I'm home,
Wish that I started off right,
Now there's no family, no life,
Should have started right,
It's too late... so late.

LUNA
Galileo,
Please do not weep,
This truth you have found,
Is a truth you can keep.

Galileo,
Lessons must be learned,
I must learn too,
That the heart can heal new.

(Luna bends to touch her kneeling friends arm and tries to console him.)

LUNA
You are not to blame for your youthful mistakes at love.

(pause)

There are some lovers who are not meant to stay together.

Sometimes, when love is very intense, it burns brightly... for a time... and then slowly dies. Afterward, when nothing remains between the lovers, even their memories will have been extinguished.

(pause)

Sometimes it is best not to hold on to the fire that burns because sometimes it will grow cold in your hand. You must let go of the past.

GALILEO
Most would like to tell you that it is one of the lessons of life. And in their wisdom, most of them have never learned the lesson themselves... only offer advice.

LUNA
Yes, a lesson... to be learned... by me. I have been there. Now I, too, know. Even here in the noble Planet Realm where life is so very long the lessons must still be learned.

Sometimes I envy mortal beings. Their lives are so short they do not have time to know all the lessons. And feel all the pains...

GALILEO
Do you sometimes think of becoming mortal. You can you know. It is your right in the Planet Realm.

LUNA
And loose this fantastic body ?! Hey! No way!

Mortal girls grow to be mortal women and then they have, what, thirty or forty more summers of beauty, then BOOM sag city and bad breath. There are some advantages to being immortal!

GALILEO
Well, good. I was afraid you might have changed your mind about seeing Lord Jupiter. That is his kingdom up ahead.

LUNA
I am ready, but tell me please, if you did choose between the two sisters which one would you choose. You certainly have had enough time to think about it.

GALILEO
Yes, enough time. I think I would choose... Gans, Lady Ganymede. I felt secure with her. She was always so organized and I felt safe.

Cali would often fall into these terrible moods were it was very difficult to communicate with her.

LUNA
Hmm... One more question before we meet Lord Jupiter. Did you really... you know... jiggle the gyro with both sisters?

GALILEO
Oh... I am too much the officer and a gentleman to say yes or no.

However, suppose a suitor to Jupiter's sisters had done such a thing... and then departed without notice... and if Lord Jupiter discovered this fact... then that individual would be in big, big trouble.

But that will never happen!

LUNA
I was hoping for a different answer.

GALILEO
There is no need to worry. I have this all under control. I am an expert diplomat. Years of experience have prepared me for this.

(They meet Baron Io.)

Baron Io, I wish to secure an audience with... the King

(he assumes a karate stance for a moment)

...Lord Jupiter. Please inform him of the arrival of the diplomat Galileo and Luna, Senior Technical Assistant of Earth.

IO
Oh, so it is you. You have a lot of gall showing your face again. Wait here.

(Galileo becomes nervous and fidgets. Lord Jupiter then arrives in the great hall.)

GALILEO
(grandly and with a flourishing bow) Great and powerful King Lord Jupiter we do bid you greetings. We, your humble visitors, are emissaries from far away. We wish to open diplomatic relations for our benefactor, Earth.

JUPITER
What!? I thought I recognized you. You are that wretched scoundrel, that pirate, who damaged my poor, poor sisters. With your wooing and cooing, and cooing and wooing. Bah!

GALILEO
But, sir, that was very long ago. This is now not the past!

JUPITER
It is never too late to pay for your indiscretions! Time is a mute point!

GALILEO
Moot.

JUPITER
What?

GALILEO
Moot. Time is a moot point not mute as if time cannot speak. Really, sir, there is no excuse for a poor vocabulary!

JUPITER
Aagghh... Get them out of here!!! (calling loudly) Baron Io! Duchess Europa! Throw these blackguards into my gravitational dungeon! And turn up the force level three - more - times!

GALILEO
Wait! We have diplomatic immunity!

JUPITER
Silence! The great and powerful Jupiter has spoken!

(menacingly soft)

My devoted brother and sister... do your duty!

(With a swirl of his cape Jupiter exits, leaving a bewildered Luna and Galileo to be ushered away by his brother and sister. Galileo glares at their captors, ready to defend his charge like a protective father. They are left in a small pool of light.)

LUNA
You are some diplomat!

GALILEO
This is the way it had always been between he and I. Some things never change. But, Luna, do not be afraid. I have a plan...

LUNA
Oh, boy!
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