Arc 2 Episode 1

Season 2 episode 1
Sounds of ship creaking, indistinct orders from the distance
Running on metal
 
SAWA
This course of action is I'll-advised
 
NOVA
I don't remember asking.  Do it.
 
SAWA
Understood.  Rerouting power to shields.
Sound of clamping outside hull
HATOV
Nova, what's going on?
 
NOVA
Huh?  Oh, Galaxy Eyes, you can relax, it’s nothing.
 
HATOV
It doesn't seem like nothing.
 
NOVA
We're being boarded.  Not worth getting excited about.
 
More footsteps
 
HATOV
Is that…someone outside?
 
NOVA
(Exasperated)
Yup.
 
HATOV
(Concerned)
Is there a plan?  Are they coming inside?
 
NOVA
(blandly)
Give it about five minutes.
 
HATOV
Sawa?  Is the fever back?
 
SAWA
Her vitals are within safe parameters.
 
NOVA
(annoyed)
Fever broke days ago.  If you keep treating me like I'm going to break, I’ll stab you myself so you know how annoying it is. (Rapid beeping) Sawa, all reserves to starboard.
 
SAWA
Understood.
 
HATOV
Then why aren't you worried?  Are they pirates? Are we going to die?
 
NOVA
(Beat)
Wow (Beat) you read way too many books.
 
HATOV
(Frustrated)
They’re children’s novels.  They’re not that complex.
 
NOVA
Yeah, I meant to congratulate you on that.  You learn fast.
 
HATOV
Nova!  Focus!
 
NOVA
Sure (Beat) danger.  Well she's already pissed, so whether she's going to shoot first or not (Beat) well, 50/50?  (Rapid beeping) and she's got a new toy.  (Whistles) Flashy.
 
HATOV
You know who it is?
 
NOVA
You know her too.  Or, you’ve talked to her, don’t act all surprised.
 
HATOV
(Nervous, guilty)
Jeanne?  Is it safe to have her on the ship?
 
NOVA
It’s as safe as anything on here.
 
HATOV
(beat)
That’s not very promising.
 
NOVA
(laughs)
It’s not is it? (lightly)  I suggest you duck after she breaks through.
 
HATOV
Do you really think she’ll hurt us?
 
NOVA
(Very long pause, darkly)
If it benefits her.
 
HATOV
Nova
 
NOVA
(obviously changing the subject)
If you have questions about your home, you can ask her.  She might’ve known about Alula.
 
HATOV
But, you don’t trust her.
 
NOVA
(sighs/tired) I trust her to be who she is.  And I trust that I haven’t been made redundant yet.  But I also know that she’s pissed, and I don’t intend to help on that front.
More footsteps
We have any non-essentials we can divert power from?
 
SAWA
Lights and alarm systems are still running.
 
NOVA
Good, send that to the shields too.
Sound of powering down.
HATOV
Why are you making her angrier?
 
NOVA
Well, she’s not going to get any calmer. (quietly/mumbling) Might as well do what I can.
 
HATOV
Do you have a death wish?
 
NOVA
You really don’t want to ask me that.  (Beat) Oh, she got in.
 
HATOV
But—
 
Thudding of two bodies
Metal whizz through the air, a thud, and a clatter
NOVA
(pained)
Fuck
Rolls over onto her back
HATOV
What just
 
NOVA
(Out of breath)
I wasn’t kidding about ducking.
 
JEANNE
(Sing-song)
Nova~.  There better be a good explanation for this.
 
NOVA
Pained sitting
There’s an explanation. Good?  Probably not.
 
JEANNE
Footsteps stop
You look like shit, Nova.
 
NOVA
What a coincidence, I feel like shit.  How’s it going?
 
JEANNE
What was it this time?
 
NOVA
(hisses and presses down)
You know they don’t clean the knives stashed in the embassy droids?
 
JEANNE
(disbelief)
You force shut off an embassy droid?
 
NOVA
(shifts and tries to get comfortable)
Super carelessly, I did.  Much like the stupid children in fairytales that go into the forbidden forests and are shocked when shit goes wrong.
(pained and sighs)
 
JEANNE
What?
 
NOVA
(tilts head back, and hits the metal case)
Been thinking a lot about fairytales. (waves to Hatov) Pretty boy over there just reached that reading level.
 
JEANNE
(beat)
Is he the idiot I talked to on the radio?
 
NOVA
Yup.
 
JEANNE
(pause)
Hmm, I don’t think he likes me.
 
NOVA
Shocker.  It’s almost like he doesn’t trust you after the shit you pulled (beat, uncertainly) a while ago.
 
JEANNE
How long Nova?
 
NOVA
(Unconvincingly, makes way painfully to her feet)
I have no idea what you’re talking about.
 
JEANNE
How many days have you been out of commission?
 
NOVA
(leans on table and collapses heavily into the chair)
Well that’s (beat) an interesting question. You know I’m bad at tracking days.
 
JEANNE
Nova
 
NOVA
Sawa?
 
SAWA
The captain has been lucid for the last 50 imperial hours.  The last time she was lucid for this duration was 13 imperial days ago.
 
NOVA
(chair creaks and warily)
Well, damn.  That almost breaks the record.
 
HATOV
That’s happened before?
 
NOVA
(sighs) I’m sorry I missed my appointments, but I wasn’t really in the…(grudgingly) right frame of mind to reschedule.
 
JEANNE
So, what I’m hearing is that you shut down an embassy droid, safe to say that contact will no longer be working with us, left your blood all over the scene and maybe, just maybe, pissed off the Galactic union.
 
NOVA
(lackluster)
In order, yes, yes, so much blood, and there’s no maybe in that sentence.  I definitely did.
 
JEANNE
(bored)
Give me one reason not to end you
 
NOVA
(strained, lazily)
I did it for him.
 
JEANNE
(beat, sound of a gun charging)
Didn’t think he was your type.
 
NOVA
I don’t think I have a type, but that’s not it.  Jeanne, say hello to Prince Hatov of Eolara.
 
HATOV
(hesitantly)
It’s…nice to finally meet you.  Face to face.
 
JEANNE
(confused)
You did all this for a fairytale?
 
HATOV
I’m not
 
JEANNE
Shut up.
 
NOVA
No, I did it for a business opportunity.  Could you please point that thing away from me?  Knowing you, it has a hair trigger.
 
JEANNE
(V. long pause)
I’m listening.
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