Arc 2 Episode 13

Arc 2 Episode 12

JEANNE

What am I going to do with you?

NOVA

Is this a genuine question or are you doing that thing again?

JEANNE

You didn’t tell me you were already dead.

NOVA

(beat, then abruptly)

We’re not doing this.

HATOV

Nova, what does she mean by—

JEANNE

(Annoyed)

You don’t get to decide that.

NOVA

Fuck off, Jeanne.

HATOV

Can somebody explain what’s going on?

JEANNE

(long pause)

You didn’t tell him.

NOVA

He doesn’t need to know.  Aren’t you always going on about being particular about who gets what information?

JEANNE

You’re babying him.

NOVA

(annoyed)

What’s he going to do about it?

                                         JEANNE                                                   

He needs to know the stakes.

HATOV

Nova?

JEANNE

You’re treating him exactly how Alula treated you.

Nova makes a small choking sound and a long pause

NOVA

Fuck.

 (long pause) Shit, dammit.  (frustrated) Look, there’s nothing you can do, Galaxy Eyes.  We’re (beat, sighs) we’re just brushing against some time constraints.  I left behind, there was just (beat) there was too much blood, I left behind enough for the G.U. to track my bio-signal.

HATOV

Wait, what do you

NOVA

I knew it was a possibility after I got stabbed, I just (beat) I prioritized getting the package out of range.

HATOV

You mean me

NOVA

Yes, I mean you.  But, I wasn’t sure how far they’d be willing to go.  From what we know, that sort of tracking is expensive and difficult and there was a chance they weren’t going to waste all that time and money on (beat) hunting me down, so I didn’t think it was worth mentioning.

HATOV

(beat)

But it is, now.

NOVA

Yeah, because they’re going to do it.

HATOV

(beat)

How does the tracking work?

NOVA

(beat) uhm (beat) we don’t know

HATOV

(incredulously)

What?

JEANNE

All that information is in the Sunorix database. Unless you can get a true Galactic Union tablet, code, necklace, and stay within range long enough to find and access the data you need, you’re not getting it.  A lot of people had to die for us to even get the timetable.

HATOV

So, people have been to the Sunorix before, it can be done?

Very long pause

NOVA

Not exactly, they well, they aimed for the planet the Sunorix is orbiting and well…it didn’t work and after that, the ones who escaped, they died often enough for us to pick up the pattern

HATOV

Oh

NOVA

It’s not (beat) immediate (beat) I have seven months to make this work, eight if I’m lucky.

JEANNE

So, now is the time to choose.  What are you going to do?  Who gets to kill you?

HATOV

(desperately)

Wait, but isn’t she valuable?  She’s one of your best InCos right? Can’t you just—

JEANNE

She’s going to die, Hatov.

HATOV

But—

NOVA

It’s fine, Pretty Boy, it’s just (sighs)

HATOV

But Jeanne

JEANNE

Shut up.  Nova, decide.

NOVA

(beat)

Jeanne, I want to make a deal.

JEANNE

(long pause)

You sure?

NOVA

That’s why you started this conversation in the first place, isn’t it?  To discuss terms?

JEANNE

What do you have?

NOVA

Use me.

JEANNE

Already am

NOVA

No, you’re not.  You’ve been trying to keep me alive, well, that’s out the fucking window. Use me.

JEANNE

What you mean is help you.

NOVA

(harsh laugh)

We both know you don’t do that.  Use me, because unless Alula really did have a code in that diary, the information I need is on the Sunorix.  And you want this to work as much as I do.

JEANNE

(sighs)

Remember when you promised me you wouldn’t die?

NOVA

I’m trying Jeanne, it may not look like it, but I’m genuinely trying.  I’m finding reasons, I’m making things to look forward to, even Eolara, if I can just get there.

JEANNE

But that’s not why you want to go.

NOVA

Does it matter?

JEANNE

Alula would be upset that you threw away your life chasing after her this way.

NOVA

You don’t get to tell me how she’d feel about shit.

JEANNE

(sighs)

Alright, deal.

HATOV

Wait, what just happened.

JEANNE

I’m going to try to find that planet of yours Hatov.

HATOV

(long pause)

Really?  That seems (beat) wrong.

JEANNE

I’m not doing it for free.

HATOV

Oh, well, how much do I (beat) uhm, owe you?

JEANNE

What?

HATOV

How much do I have to pay you?

JEANNE

Hatov, how much is a dead body?

HATOV

Ehm

JEANNE

It takes 200 imperial and a seedy deal to hide a corpse.  If you sell the organs you can make a couple thousand.  How much do you think the corpse of the girl I’ve raised and trained is worth? Because it’s a damn bit higher than my ship.  If I was going to charge you, you wouldn’t be able to pay.

HATOV

(beat)

I’m very sorry.

JEANNE

You should be.

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