Arc 2 Episode 2

Episode 2
NOVA
Since we're going to try to find Eolara (beat, distractedly) assuming Jeanne doesn't kill us first, you might want to go through this.  It'd be a lot easier if she just left us some coordinates, right?
 
HATOV
(panicked)
This is Alula's diary (beat) I'm (beat) I shouldn't have
 
NOVA
I'm lending it to you.
 
HATOV
(Beat) Are you sure?
 
NOVA
I'm not stupid Galaxy Eyes.  I’m not going to risk my life trying the impossible when the answer might be right here.
 
                                           HATOV                                                   
(tentatively)
(Beat) would (beat) would you like me to read it to you?
 
NOVA
(Immediately)
No (beat, trying to backpedal and regain composure) no, I (beat) no.  Just (Beat, frustrated) I can't.  Look, just look for the coordinates, let me know if you find anything that might help find your home.
 
HATOV
(softly)
Are you sure?
 
NOVA
(annoyed)
Pretty boy, I've never been more fucking sure of anything in my life. It's yours (deflating) can't give you the room, but I can give you the book
 
HATOV
(quietly)
Nova, I’m (beat) I shouldn’t have
 
NOVA
(pissed) But you did. (Giving up) Get over it, a lot of people do fucked up shit. It’s fine.  Take it.
 
HATOV
(guiltily)
You almost died
 
NOVA
So?
 
HATOV
If I’d been more careful, if I’d listened to you and
 
NOVA
(Wearily)
Stop.  I'm tired of this conversation pretty boy. Nothing I can say is going to help you with the guilt.  Either keep it to yourself or talk it out with SAWA, that’s what she’s here for.
 
HATOV
(Beat, embarassed)
Alright.
 
NOVA
(absently)n hat’s the spirit.  Oh, and this.
 
HATOV
A box?
 
NOVA
A puzzle, I haven’t been able to open it.  She lets (beat) used to let me toy around with it, it might be nothing, but (straining) it’d be pretty stupid not to check, right?
 
HATOV
Why not just break it open?
 
NOVA
(Uncomfortably) I (beat) can’t.  If there’s something in there and you break the box, you could break it too (slightly stressed) but if you need to (beat, uh) break it, give it to her.  Okay?
 
HATOV
Okay.
 
NOVA
Good. I’m going to (beat, distractedly) talk to SAWA.  Today’s been (beat) a lot.
 
Sets puzzle down and starts reading, awkward shifting, page turning
 
HATOV
(tentatively)
Well, uhm, do (beat) do you need anything?
 
JEANNE
I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t, Hatov. 
 
HATOV
Well (beat) it’s just uhm (beat) that you’re staring.  It’s just (beat) it’s uncomfortable.
 
JEANNE
Why?  Do you have something to hide?
(Pause, laughter)
No, you’re not smart enough for that.
 
HATOV
(annoyed)
Why are you still here?
 
JEANNE
I'm watching.
 
HATOV
Watching what?
 
JEANNE
(curiously) I don’t know.  Nova’s a sensible kid.  But you show up, say the magic word and suddenly my investment is going around getting herself fucking stabbed.
 
HATOV
(adamantly)
I didn’t say anything.
 
JEANNE
(blandly) You said “ALULA”.  (Exasperated) So Nova goes and plucks your scrawny ass from the hands of the Galactic Union.  She had better options, safer options. But she went for the frontal approach, almost like she stopped thinking.
 
HATOV
(quietly)
I (beat) I didn’t know
 
JEANNE
You were trying to save your own ass.  It’s not hard to figure out what you were thinking
 
HATOV
I
 
JEANNE
(frankly)
In your position I would’ve done the same thing.
 
HATOV
I (beat, guiltily) I didn’t mean for her to get hurt.
 
JEANNE
It doesn’t matter, you knew there was a chance.  You weighed your options
 
HATOV
But (pause)
 
JEANNE
(annoyed)
But what?
 
HATOV
(tries to be calm) She just (beat, emphatically, “I couldn’t have known, right??) it seemed like she could do anything and that she’d be fine.  I mean, she just (beat) walked into the embassy like it was nothing.
 
JEANNE
It wasn’t nothing, do you know what happens to Incos who step out of line?
 
HATOV
(petulantly)
You’re always out of line.  Isn’t that the point?
 
JEANNE
No.  We’re playing a game.  The Galactic Union needs information to get out, rumors spread, people mollified just like everyone else. So long as we play by their rules, we stay relatively safe.
 
HATOV
The union doesn’t
 
JEANNE
You don’t know shit about what the union does and doesn’t do.
 
HATOV
(Grumbles)
I think I’m starting to understand why she doesn’t like you.
 
JEANNE
This is why we were never close.  The reason she’s mad at me is something else entirely.
 
HATOV
(Irritably)
Are you sure?
 
JEANNE
What do you think?
 
Tries to read
HATOV
Can you at least turn the other way?
 
JEANNE
(bored, curiously)
Can you actually read it?
 
HATOV
(Beat) uh (beat)
Page flip
(uncertainly)
 Yes?
 
JEANNE
I don’t like the hesitation.
 
HATOV
  It’s just (beat) the wording’s a little (beat) strange.  I don't think she was a noble, which means she writes a little (beat) oddly (beat) but I can make sense of most of it.
 
JEANNE
The slang’s weird?
 
HATOV
Well, yes.  (explaining) But it’s never really been in line with the nobility.
 
JEANNE
Circle it
 
HATOV
What?
 
JEANNE
(slowly)
Circle every piece of weird shit you find.
 
HATOV
(soft/with determinaton)
I (beat) I don’t think Nova would like that.
 
JEANNE
I don’t care, mark it down.  What are you speaking right now?
 
HATOV
(beat) ehm (beat) galactic common.
 
JEANNE
Can you write it?
 
HATOV
(embarrassed)
No (beat) not well.
 
JEANNE
Can you translate and dictate what you find to SAWA?
 
HATOV
Well (beat) I (beat) I suppose, but why?
 
JEANNE
Alula was good at hiding things.
 
HATOV
I thought you knew everything
 
JEANNE
(slightly annoyed)
Alula was difficult.  She told you just enough to make you think she’d given you the world without giving you shit.  So, if she’s written something down, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’d coded it too.
 
HATOV
(voice dropping)
(beat)
What happened to her (beat) she (beat) Nova, uhm, she, when she had the fever (beat) she uhm (beat) cried out for her.  Was it (beat) was it bad?
 
JEANNE
(shutting the conversation down)
It was quick, which is the second-best way for an InCo to go, right after dying after retiring to a far-off planet where no one knows your name with enough money that no one cares to ask.
 
HATOV
How (beat) she was one of mine (beat) I just (beat) and Wi—, well, (beat) how did she die?
 
JEANNE
She stopped following the union’s rules.  Like I said, it was quick.
 
 
 
 
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