ACT 2 - SCENE 2
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JUPITER'S ORBIT
(Jupiter is pacing while Luna, Europa and Io look on.)

Jupiter forlorn

JUPITER
War! WAR! What is it good for!

IO
Absolutely nothing!

JUPITER
(eyeing Io with distaste) This is such a waste! Now, war is inevitable. The transformed Terrance is leading the Council warriors. We are doomed.

Why did I do it? Why did I steal that plutonium. Many will be injured... or worse. The Planet Council was supposed to elect me their emperor not start a war!

IO
Blame not yourself, my brother. It is the wench that is at fault! (pointing at Luna)

EUROPA
Yes! Such a burden...

JUPITER
Oh, shut-up the both of you! If I was not so full of my own solar wind this would not have happened. Here I am threatening the Council and this nice young moon when the problem is right here. (motions to himself)

LUNA
What do you mean?

JUPITER
I should have forgotten about my failure to be re-elected eons ago! (quietly) I should have gotten over my lost love. I should have shaken it all off like a bad fall or a meteor shower.

EUROPA
Ouch!

LUNA
You mean Saturn?

JUPITER
Saturn. Yes, of course, Saturn. Instead of getting on with my life in this Planet Realm I think of her. I thought that if I were re-elected emperor of the Planet Council then she might think I was good enough for her and she would want me. But the Council would not hear of replacing Mr. Sun... Mr. Squeaky Clean...

JUPITER
I thought they needed a little persuasion so I stole the plutonium. Did that work? Of course not. They always have to have things their way!

If I could stop thinking of her then everything would be fine. I would check that my orbit was in order then think of her. Re-count my satellites then remember her kiss. Speak a sentence... then think of what I should have said to her so long ago.(pause)

JUPITER
Have you ever loved another so much that every time you awaken, your beloved is your first thought?

(Luna, Io and Europa look down, lost in thought, nod their heads.)

LUNA
Love and war. Does it always have to be like this? Lovers at war tearing each other apart. When we had the time, Terrance would not take time to see me, but now he is starting a war to get me back. It is so confusing. I knew that he loved me, but he would not show it. I never realized how much until right now.

Imagine, a war started over me! I feel like a princess in a fairy tale... or the heiress in a made-for-television movie... (Europa groans) My knight in shining armor is coming to rescue me...

EUROPA
Everyone back away! Her head is about to go supernova!

IO
(roughly escorting the embarrassed Luna) Away with you!

JUPITER
(to Europa and Io) Leave her alone! And Baron...

IO
(eagerly) Yes, my Lord?

JUPITER
Shut-up!

LUNA
Thank-you. Your family is very rude.

JUPITER
Well, you know what they say "You cannot pick your family."

IO
Or pick your family's nose!

(Europa giggles.)

JUPITER
(to Io) Speaking of a little spoiled snot...

LUNA
Jupiter, we still have time before Terrance arrives. I have an idea. I think I can stop this war, but you must promise to return the plutonium you stole and let me go home.

JUPITER
I promise.

LUNA
Also, you need to insure my safe passage to see Saturn. I need to get some information from her.

JUPITER
Why? What will you say? What could you say?

LUNA
Leave it to me.

JUPITER
Well... alright...

LUNA
You contact Terrance and the Planet Council to arrange a peace mediation. If what I think is true then we will all be saved! And maybe there is still a chance for you and Saturn...

JUPITER
Maybe...

LUNA
... childhood sweet-hearts remember!

JUPITER
Yes. That would be grand. I suppose. You would do that for me?.. even after I was so unkind to you?

LUNA
Yes, I will.

JUPITER
Now it is I that must apologize.

LUNA
In this short time I have gotten to know you better. You are not as bad as they had said.

JUPITER
Go and be safe, but come back as soon as you can! You know this is terribly important!

LUNA
Yes. Putting a stop to this war mentality is very...

JUPITER
No, no! I mean that, you know, that other thing.

LUNA
Yes. Of course. Saturn. I have not forgotten.

JUPITER
And tell her I have lost more weight since she last saw me!

LUNA
You have?! Well congratulations!

JUPITER
Not really. But tell her that anyway because I am trying...

LUNA
Yes. Of course. I will.
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