Arc 2 Episode 14

Arc 2 Episode 13

SAWA

Captain there’s a distress signal.

NOVA

(groggily)

A distress what?

SAWA

Signal.

NOVA

Wha—?  Hold on, wait up, I’m—, what time is it?

SAWA

It is 0300 hours.

NOVA

Mmm (pause) sorry, a distress signal?

SAWA

Yes, it would require a five-degree alteration to our current trajectory.  Would you like to intercept?

NOVA

A five-what? 

SAWA

A five degree course alteration to intercept.

NOVA

Damn, it’s early.  How old’s the signal?

SAWA

The signal has been outgoing for approximately four years.

NOVA

Good, then everybody is either long dead or rescued.  Sure.  (yawns) Reroute.  And notify Jeanne.

SAWA

Understood.

Nova getting out of bed

NOVA

Mmm

 (stretching)

Walking to Hatov’s shame corner

Sending hammock swinging

Pretty Boy, get up.

HATOV

(Panicked) What?  Jeanne I (beat) Why can’t anybody wake me up like a normal person?

NOVA

Because you’re a freeloader (beat)  wait, you sleep with the puzzle box?

HATOV

I don’t mean to, it’s, well it’s something to do.

NOVA

(beat)

 Fair enough. You need to get a suit from Jeanne.

HATOV

A suit?

NOVA

(Drowsily)

Mhmm, a suit, to uhm (beat) we’re looking for shit.

HATOV

Getting out of the hammock

I need a suit because (beat) we’re looking for stuff?

NOVA

Yup, exactly

HATOV

Nova, that doesn’t make any sense.

NOVA

Sure it does.  Everything I do makes sense.  The more hands we have, the faster things will go, the sooner we can (yawns loudly) go back to bed.

HATOV

What’re we doing?

NOVA

Oh, that.  There’s a ship, a distress signal, we’re going to see what’s left.

HATOV

(in disbelief, mild)

You’re going to rescue people.

NOVA

(laughing)

Fuck no.  We’re going to salvage what we can from the ship.  Power cells, tanks, tech, suits, the works.

HATOV

But (beat) aren’t we on a schedule?

NOVA

A schedule?

JEANNE

What kind of ship?

HATOV

Does she sleep?

NOVA

(To Hatov) She does and it’s a very bad idea to wake her up.  Can you stop denting my droid? And I haven’t checked the monitors yet.  SAWA do you have any idea?

SAWA

In order to make the ship safer, it is advised that you

NOVA

The ship, the ship we’re intercepting.  Do you know what kind of ship it is?

SAWA

It appears to be an A-class.

NOVA

Private or commercial?

SAWA

Commercial.

NOVA

(quietly)

Well, there goes going back to sleep.

SAWA

Captain if you’d like to rest may I suggest

NOVA

Not the time.  Jeanne can you get him a suit?

JEANNE

(beat)

It’s not going to fit right.

NOVA

Will he die?

JEANNE

No, but it’s going to ride.

NOVA

That’s gonna fucking suck.

SAWA

We will be approaching in one imperial hour.

NOVA

Go on.

HATOV

What?

JEANNE

You’re with me, come on.

Leaving the Nova’s ship to get onto Jeanne’s

HATOV

Ehm (beat) what’s going on?

JEANNE

We’re scavenging.  Ships breakdown all the time.  Things get left behind.

HATOV

(beat)

And you take them.

JEANNE

They’re not using it anymore.

HATOV

But (beat) but why?  Don’t you have enough money?

JEANNE

It’s never about money, it’s about business.

HATOV

That doesn’t make any sense.

JEANNE

It makes all the sense in the galaxy, Hatov.

HATOV

But

JEANNE

Does the Galactic Union turn a profit on every planet?  Have they asked your Eolara for more than a nominal fee?

HATOV

Well (beat) no (beat)

JEANNE

What kind of technology are they interested in?

HATOV

(uncomfortably)

I (beat) I don’t know.  I wasn’t allowed in the meetings, I just had a tutor teach me about the union and Galactic Common.

JEANNE

And did your father pay for any of this?

HATOV

I (beat) I don’t think so

JEANNE

Then it’s not the money they’re after.

HATOV

(impatiently)

Then what is it?

JEANNE

Besides the tech?  Here, (suit flap) it’s old, but it should hold.

HATOV

(beat)

Are you sure you don’t have anything (beat) better?

JEANNE

I’m sure that you don’t have a choice in the matter.  Take it or leave it.

HATOV

Eh, uhm, thank you (beat) I guess.

(long pause)

Jeanne, why are you an InCo?

JEANNE

I don’t like personal questions.

HATOV

(beat)

But (beat, somewhat childishly) a secret for a secret.

JEANNE

(pause)

We’re long past that.  You should be happy you’re still alive.

HATOV

I answered your questions.

JEANNE

(sighs)

I’m an InCo because I am.

HATOV

But (beat, slowly) it’s not about the money?

JEANNE

(annoyed)

It’s never about the money, it’s about what comes with it.

HATOV

And what is that?

JEANNE

Power, freedom, comfort.

HATOV

(beat)

You don’t seem very free to me.

JEANNE

I am precisely where I want to be, when I want to be, doing exactly what I want to be doing.

HATOV

Then why do you want more?

JEANNE

That’s none of your business.

HATOV

I was just (beat) I just don’t understand.  Why any of this?

JEANNE

I asked you four questions, you answered three of them.  We’re even.

HATOV

But, I don’t, why the scavenging?

JEANNE

Hatov, it’s early, and I’m in a bad mood.

HATOV

But—

JEANNE

(Nonchalantly)

Your value to me won’t change if I break a few bones.

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