Ep. 11 - GEO151: Seismology
The Junior Party has some aftershocks, and Pandora is feeling them. But Arthur Pendragon returns to her studio, and this time it seems he is looking to help.
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Pandora: Hello...everyone. It is the day after the party...I think...and I am alive...I think. If barely.
We are going to have a very...calm and...quiet episode today. Judging by the amount of people I saw last night, I get the strong feeling there will be no objections.
I am...shocked to find the whole campus is not destroyed or on fire. Save for me. I’m on fire.
So for news-- Ooooh, ok. Moved too quickly there. We’re just gonna...sit here...very still…
[[SFX: Knocking at door]]
Pandora: Ooh my god
Arthur: You alive, Wordsworth?
Pandora: Oh my god please stop screaming at me
Arthur: I’m talking normally.
Pandora: There has never been anything louder
Arthur: Rough night?
Pandora: I do not know to what you are referring.
Arthur: I hadn’t expected to see you there last night. I didn’t pin you as the party person.
Pandora: Did you know...that sometimes...people drink but turn it into a competition?
Arthur: I was aware of that, yes.
Pandora: It’s a game, Arthur.
Pandora: Something you can win
Arthur: ...and did you?
Pandora: No one won.
Arthur: Well, you went up against Thor which shows either great confidence or equal ignorance.
Pandora: Has he been drinking since birth?
Pandora: He drank like it was his job
Arthur: [laughs] Well, here. This may help.
Pandora: ...you brought me coffee?
Arthur: Yeah. I saw you lumbering from the dorms in this direction and realized you were still broadcasting today, even in your...condition. Which is pretty idiotic, but also some admirable dedication. I thought you could use it.
Pandora: Nothing, just...that's really nice.
Arthur: I can do “nice” on occasion.
Pandora: [she gags] Uch, ugh, that's terrible.
Arthur: It’s black coffee.
Pandora: I get it. Trying to poison me. Ugh. Vile.
Arthur: You don't have to drink it if you don't want to.
Pandora: Shut up I'm drinking it. I'm not a quitter. Did I miss anything last night in the throes of competition?
Arthur: Nothing much. Lots of arm wrestling.
Pandora: Yeah, what was with that?
Arthur: I don’t know. Some weird, shared upbringing thing with the Juniors, I think.
Pandora: And you didn’t join in?
Arthur: Ahhhh, no.
Arthur: Knowing my limits. Which is something that you are still working on.
Pandora: College is about learning, thank you. Ok, what else?
Arthur: Well, Aphrodite kept trying to find you, but she's very easily distracted. I think she was flirting with Godiva all night.
Pandora: That sounds right.
Arthur: One of the nymphs turned into a tree in the middle of the yard. That was intense.
Arthur: Ares and Odin got in a fight
Pandora: Of course.
Arthur: Hades was there, which was really bizarre. He never goes to social events. No clue what that was about. Then you and I had a conversation--
Pandora: We did? We did! [to self] Shhhhh shh shh, Pandora, inside voice…
Pandora: That. I remember that.
Arthur: In essence or in content?
Pandora: Both? Neither? I just remember it was weird seeing you there cause I didn’t think you were someone who liked parties, either.
Arthur: Yeah, I know. You asked how “the surgery to remove the stick from my butt” went
Pandora: Ha! That’s funny. I’m funny. But, yeah, yeah, it’s coming back a little. You were there, and we were talking...
Arthur: Literally what I just told you.
Pandora: I’m reconstructing. I was trying to tell you I won the drinking contest, which was a total lie, by the way--
Arthur: that was never a question.
Pandora: --and then some stuck up brunette came around to hang all over you and acted like I wasn’t even there, which was so rude, and then she-- ...Ohhhh. Oh boy. [pause] I...I guess I met Guenevere last night, huh?
Arthur: Yeah, um...that’s why I was there. She wanted to go.
Pandora: Cool. Really cool. Super cool...I didn’t mean what I said, about--
Arthur: You did.
Pandora: OK, well, I was making a bad first impression, so that’s not her, that’s on me.
Arthur: ...Why would you think she was stuck up?
Pandora: I didn’t! I don’t. The memory was not super clear, remember?
Pandora: OK, it was...I don’t...I don’t like people pretending I’m not right in front of them when I am. Like I’m invisible or something. Or...not worth talking to. It sucks. It...it puts me back in a place I don’t want to be. And maybe it was because she was so focused on you, yay, cute couple, but that was why she may have seemed that way to me. And I really wish I could take it back because it turns out this atmosphere is way worse than that feeling. [pause] Please don’t be mad at me.
Pandora: Listen, you don’t have to worry. I’m probably the first person who’s ever said anything remotely negative about her. Everyone talks about her around campus like she’s a saint or something, so-- and I was really not in the right mind, anyway, so it’s-- it’s just-- you brought me coffee and you were nice and I don’t want to be the reason it’s ruined, but of course I am! That’s what I do best.
Arthur: No, Pandora, I’m not…I’m not angry. I’m sorry that that was your first impression of her. I know Guenevere never intended to make you feel like that.
Arthur: It was a weird night.
Pandora: Definitely true.
Arthur: I was just...thinking. I’m realizing that you and I come from completely different worlds.
Pandora: ...you’re realizing that just now? I mean, I coulda told you that one, Ace.
Arthur: No, listen: that feeling you described? I have no clue what you’re talking about. I have never felt invisible a day in my life.
Arthur: Do you know why? Because everyone is looking at me all the time. They always have been.
You know a little about me, but not everything. My father is a politician and I’m expected to follow him exactly. That’s been the plan since infancy. And so people have had their eyes on me all the time because either I succeed, and they can feel like they are a part of that success...or I don’t, and they can revel in watching someone fail at something they never even tried in the first place. I have no clue what it’s like to be in a room and not assume all eyes are on me.
Pandora: All the time?
Pandora: That’s terrible.
Arthur: I guess. Maybe.
Pandora: I mean, especially with someone as socially awkward as you are, what a nightmare. [Arthur laughs] Sorry, I...I was making a joke.
Arthur: I got it.
Pandora: ...That sounds like it sucks.
Arthur: It, ah…it does. But it’s just...always been a part of me. I guess I never really thought much about the other side.
Pandora: You never thought about how other people might feel?
Arthur: ...maybe not as much as I should.
Pandora: So why now?
Arthur: I, um…I don’t know.
Pandora: ...is it because my radio show is better than your newspaper?
Pandora: Yes! The radio! Bringing empathy to a listener near you!
Arthur: I’m taking the coffee back.
Pandora: Nooo! [gasps] Look how much it’s helping! I just moved and I only wanted to throw up a little!
Arthur: [laughs] You know, for someone so secretive, you’re pretty easy to talk to.
Pandora: Ugh, people keep calling me secretive, but I really feel like I’m on normal privacy levels. It’s like nobody here has kept anything from anyone their whole life.
Arthur: I’m sure that’s not true. I think people just sometimes forget they're hiding things until they suddenly come up.
Pandora: ...then what’s yours?
Arthur: ...we’ll have to wait and see.
[[SFX: Door flies open]]
Athena: PANDORA. I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS INVOLVING LAST NIGHT’S FESTIVITIES.
Pandora: Oh. My. God.
Arthur: Oh, no
Pandora: Oooohhhhh nooo…
Athena: Oh. Hello, Arthur.
Arthur: Hey, Athena.
Pandora: Am...am I dead? I think I’m dead.
Athena: You are welcome to join as well. I wanted to make sure everything with the Junior “open party” last night was strictly on the level.
Arthur: You know, this sounds pretty important, I should probably go.
Pandora: Please don’t leave me. She shouted and now I can see the inside of my brain.
Arthur: I’ll bring you another coffee.
Athena: Alright, so first, this new tree in the middle of the yard. Now, it is an obstruction, first of all, but I would like to draw your attention to the school rules: Section 8, chapter 2, paragraph 14. You can kiss your security deposit goodbye, Baldur!
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Any student and/or their guests causing damage to the house, yard, or furnishings, shall be subject to a fine, be required to adequately repair the damage, or be charged a fair market price to have the damage repaired. In addition, misbehavior of this nature...
[Athena fades out and is replaced by the music]
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