ACT 1 - SCENE 7
THE ORBIT OF JUPITERIO
(loudly and with contempt for the prisoners) Duchess Europe, my
devious and completely unscrupulous sister, (she is flattered) our guests
have much to discuss.
(Baron Io and Duchess Europa stand together drinking cocktails and conferring while observing their prisoners. Luna and
Galileo warily exchange whispers and make calculations on a small computer Galileo draws from his belt.)
Yes, Baron Io, you inside-trader, you! (he is flattered and begins to
preen) It is amazing how the small minds of the inner planets can stay
(Galileo begins to bristle at the comments and whispers to Luna.)
My dear incredibly rich and thin sister please allow me an upper-crusty
By your leave kind Baron.
Mmm, thank you. These... (gesturing with contempt) ... are not even
inner planets, but merely satellites... of Earth!
(Galileo grows more irritated, but folds his arms across his chest and tilts his chin up and away attempting
to deflect the insults. Luna whispers to him. Io and Europa continue to amuse themselves.)
One is an ancient, copper etched, computer who's mother-board has been
accessed by so many main-frames that she got the nick-name of 'lap-
top'. She was so easy to pick up and take home.
(Galileo begins to rise in anger, but checks himself.)
Oh, yes! I believe I have heard of her. Is she not the computer they
called 'personal'? (giggle) And the little trollop that is with him...
You might ought hold your tongue now, ma-lady!
Ooo... such a brute! That must be what Gans and Cali found so
(to Europa, discussing Luna) Ah, yes the little ... rag-a-muffin. You
would think the shame of being an orphan from St. Pieces Orphanage
were enough to keep her well hid. Yet she continues to degrade herself
by losing her puny heart to the lowest, most unworthy and disenchanted
things in the universe.
Uh, huh... a mortal man.
That is very impolite!
Ugh! Poor, poor Mother Earth. To have those annoying little creatures
always clinging to you! And whining! And the mess they leave. How
can a mother find time to live life! Crawlies! Ugh!
(to Europa) I quite agree.
(to Luna) It is not a wonder, though, how the esteemed Ms. Earth
(feigned cough) could have conceived such a dreadful bore as is your
mortal lover. That is considering Terrance Stone's father is none other than the noted tramp and failed planet to planet sales rep, Halley
(to Europa, actual surprise) Is this true! Is this news from a reliable
source? Halley S. Comet? The father of mortals? I thought that, since Ms. Earth was not married,
all her children were of... immaculate birth!
Baron! That is not nice!
Of course it is not nice. The Baron is my brother! (to Io) The news
does come from a very reliable source. Pallas Asteroid told me herself
while we read magazines in the check-out line at the stellar-market. I, of course, was there to purchase breath mints. I never do my own
shopping. Except for cloths...
Besides, she should know. Halley is her father too! But tell this to no
one for it is a family secret!
Family secret? Wait! You say Halley S. Comet is father to both my friend Pallas and by beloved Terrance?...
Halley is Earth's ex-husband?... But what of Pallas's sisters Ceres and Vesta?
More evidence of inferior breeding.
(to Luna) Quiet you!
(to Io) No, Io, dear brother, the child must know. Especially if it ruins
her stay with us. (to Luna) You are comfy, no? A sparkling mineral
water perhaps? (she swirls her glass) Or something stonger?
Well, all the Asteroids were fathered by Halley. One for every time he was back in town! He is so
awful!... (wistfully remembering) and so handsome... kind of rugged in a
threatening sort of way and...(she stops her fond description and
addresses Luna) Why would Earth put up with him so long? Duty and
family I suppose, (laughs) the fool! But then what do you expect from
an inner planet.
So Terrance is the Asteroid sisters baby brother! I am such a fool. When they called him the baby
I thought... Well, I don't know what I thought.
They should have said something. I would have
(Galileo gently elbows Luna bringing her out of her wonderment.)
(rising with a falsely casual manner) Well... my! ...those are some interesting facts...
Yes, they are! And...
Hold your space pops. There is no need to test my mettle. I might have
to wring your scrawny...
(Galileo jumps at Baron Io snatching a space-saber from Io's belt. Europa tosses her space-saber to the
Baron who begins battling Galileo. As a light from above begins to intensify Luna warns off the
Stay where you are Europa! We have calculated that Sun will be
opposite us in moments. I will reflect that blinding light and give you a
good jolt if you do not set us free.
You would not... would you... little 'ole me? Was it something I said?
Might do wonders for your icy disposition. (Europa hisses at her)
(Io and Galileo are at each others throats with their space-sabers. Galileo is beginning to give way.)
(weakly) It is a stand-off I believe!
(The Ladies Ganymede and Callisto enter.)
(All four combatants cease their hostilities in surprise.)
Time is short. Our brother, Lord Jupiter, will be very angry at your
...But rather than listen to him rant and rave over an attempt at freedom
we would just as soon hear him yell about the prisoner's... escape.
(Galileo smiles and moves toward Ganymede and Callisto.)
Oh Ganymede... my Callisto...
(rebuff to Galileo, shooing him away) Now you two get along! There is
no time for your meaningless words.
(Luna begins to move away, Galileo moves more slowly, dejected from the cool responds of the sisters.
Galileo bumps shoulders with Io as he passes and the angry Baron flies into a rage pushing Galileo into
Luna causing he and Luna to stumble.)
Europa! Look out for the Sun...
(A burst of light emits toward Europa from Luna. Europa sheilds her eyes and in the process spills her drink on herself.)
Aaaiieee yaiiee yaiiee!!!
I am melting...melting...
(Luna approaches Europa to render assistance, but Europa avoids her, stumbling, she clutches at Galileo.)
Watch out Galileo! The melted ice on your computer will...
(Sparks begin to jump from Galileo's belt, he whirls off, howling. Baron Io recaptures Luna, leading her
(crying/warning to Ganymede and Callisto) You two trouble-makers
keep your distance! Jupiter will hear of this! (dabbing a cloth at her dress) I
just hate when this happens...
That was great!
(muttering) ... have to go to Mr. Bruce and get my ice-do re-done... (she pats
I must say, Cali, that was the most excitement we have had since the last
time Galileo was here.
... darn it! Broke a nail... (inspecting her hands)
I do hope he is okay. He looked a little green spinning off like that. But
remember Gans, Galileo is pretty tough.
... ooohh, a run... (inspecting her leg)
Yes, tough in the head. (to Europa) Europa, will you stop that whining!
It is only melted ice, so... chill-out! (laughing, to Callisto) Oh, that was
good! I am sooo funny.
(Ganymede and Callisto begin to walk away from the snarling Europa and stop for a moment to look in
the direction of the departed Galileo.)
I hope he comes back.