Arc 2 Episode 3

Arc 2 Episode 3
JEANNE
So, what have you found?
 
HATOV
(annoyed)
Nothing since the last time you asked me an hour ago.
 
JEANNE
(appraising)
So you’ve been staring at a blank page and making no progress whatsoever?
 
HATOV
(haughty and annoyed) No (beat) that’s not (beat, sighs in frustration and slams hands on table) There’s just, nothing here.  Like (beat) like this. (pointing to page) I’ve been watching Nova for an hour now, she hasn’t moved from the loveseat and, (haltingly) ehm, I don’t know this word, but anyway, it goes on apparently hasn’t noticed me watching her.  Unusual.  The tablet I gave her was full of C rated love stories. I think she might actually like them (beat, sigh and the sound of rapidly flipping pages) there are dozens of these
 
JEANNE
Well, that sounds like Alula.
 
HATOV
(frustrated)
The more I read, the less sense any of this makes. I mean, she has entries that just describe planets and how pretty they are.  She doesn’t even give coordinates.
There’s nothing about how she came to be here, or why she became an InCo. 
 
JEANNE
(bored/uninterested)
I said, Alula was private.
 
HATOV
(quietly frustrated)
It doesn’t feel like it. 
 
JEANNE
She was very good at telling you just enough to keep you from looking deeper.  I doubt you’ve read anything about her in there at all.  What have you found so far.
 
HATOV
Well, (annoyed, “this is so obvious”) she liked traveling to planets.  She was (pointedly) annoying and curious. 
 
JEANNE
(unimpressed)
Anything else?
 
HATOV
(beat, thinking slowly)
She liked Nova?
 
JEANNE
(leading)
What was her favorite color?
 
HATOV
I—
 
JEANNE
(pointedly)
Her favorite planet?
 
HATOV
It doesn’t
 
JEANNE
(pressing)
Hobby?  Book?  Season?  Clothes?  Food?  Do you even know what type of things she even liked?
 
HATOV
(slowly, confused)
She liked Nova
 
JEANNE
(glancing up, still unimpressed)
No shit, what else?
 
HATOV
Ehm (beat, quietly confused) how could I not know?
 
JEANNE
You really don’t listen do you?
 
HATOV
(beat, darkly)
I’m working on it.  (beat) And, I have (beat) concerns, no uhm, questions.  About (beat) you and Nova?
 
JEANNE
(sighs)
What about us?
 
HATOV
Well (beat) you and Nova.  It seems like (beat) uh, that is. (pages flipping) Like, here?  “I war wrong, apparently Nova does get excited, she’s been humming and has been quicker to smile since I told her Jeanne was stopping by.”
 
JEANNE
Yes?
 
HATOV
(tentatively)
Well, it just seems like (beat) like Nova really liked you and now you’re (beat) well, (awkwardly) I get the feeling that (peters out)—
 
JEANNE
She abhors me?
 
HATOV
(Trying to be diplomatic, slightly panicked)
Nothing that strong, but, more like, (hesitantly) she doesn’t like having you near?
 
JEANNE
(lazily)
I’m missing the part where this is any of your damn business.
 
HATOV
(softly)
Well, I just wanted to know why that was?
 
JEANNE  
(business, but hostile)
And I want to know how this is any of your business. The services offered don’t change based on whether we get along or not.
 
HATOV
(complaining)
I’m not a client.
 
JEANNE
(interested)
Oh?
 
HATOV
(back pedaling hard) I mean, I am, but I’m not just (beat, realizing) Nova’s not just (beat, giving up) I thought we were closer than that.
 
JEANNE
(bored)
Watch who you tie yourself down to kid.  Nova chose Alula and now she’s spiraling.  I’m just trying to get her to stop. 
 
HATOV
(scathingly)
While making a profit.
 
JEANNE
(sweetly)
Of course.
 
HATOV
(frustrated)
Do you even care about her at all?
 
JEANNE
(blandly)
I care about her enough that I stopped mid-route and searched the damned galaxy for her.  Do you have any idea how much money I’m losing every day I stay here?
 
HATOV
I don’t understand you.
 
JEANNE
I’m not getting paid for you to understand me. (beat, curiously) In fact, I’m not sure I’m getting paid at all.
 
HATOV
Are you really just here for Nova?
 
JEANNE
(plainly)
I was here to check on my asset.  I stayed because I’m trying to assess your value.
 
HATOV
So, I’ll be an asset too?
 
JEANNE
I don’t know yet.  We’ll see.  You’re already more valuable than I initially thought, so (beat) there’s that.
 
JEANNE leaves and Hatov sighs.
Stands up and walks to Nova’s room
 
SAWA
(muffled)
In…two, three, four.  Out…two, three, four.
 
NOVA
(frustrated)This isn’t helping.  I can’t (beat) It’s, I feel like my nerves are just
Knocking
(annoyed) Shit, uhm (beat) coming
 
SAWA
The suggested time for
 
NOVA
(interrupting/annoyed)
Later SAWA, we’ll, well
Door opens
Yes? (beat) Oh, pretty boy.
 
SAWA
Should I reschedule?
 
NOVA
Yeah, uh, sure, just uh, (beat) is this going to be short?
 
HATOV
Well (peters off)
 
NOVA
SAWA, five minutes
 
SAWA
Understood.
 
NOVA
What’s up?
 
HATOV
(uncertainly)
Well, I’ve gotten half-way through Alula’s diary.
 
NOVA
Oh. (confused) Okay.  (tentatively) Did you find anything?
 
HATOV
Well, no but I just (beat) I thought (beat) well, you and Jeanne (trailing off).
 
NOVA
Yes? (drawn out, prompting)
 
HATOV
(giving up)
I just (beat) I don’t understand your relationship.
 
NOVA
(blandly)
She’s my boss.
 
HATOV
(long pause)
And that’ s it?
 
NOVA
Yup, and if there’s nothing else (closing door)
 
HATOV
(quickly)
No, I, just (beat) you and Jeanne, it wasn’t always like this was it? You were friends?
 
NOVA
(mumble)
I wouldn’t say that we were friends, but yes, we were close if that’s what you’re asking.  Any other questions?  No?  Okay, well
 
HATOV
Why aren’t you anymore?  Close that is?
 
NOVA
(shutting down the conversation)
Because shit happens.
 
HATOV
But
 
NOVA
That’s it.  It’s not your fucking problem.  Is that all?
 
HATOV
(beat)
Eh (beat) uhm, are you?  Are you okay?
 
NOVA
(laughs)
Galaxy Eyes, I am not okay.  I think we can both agree that I haven’t been for a while.  And with Jeanne here (beat) no.  Also, I’ve been stabbed and frankly that has put a serious fucking damper on my mood.
 
HATOV
That’s (beat)
 
NOVA
(Stressing)
Are we done?
 
HATOV
Will, will we?  Uhm
 
NOVA
Will we what?
 
HATOV
Nothing.
 
NOVA
Cool.  Are you good?
 
HATOV
(beat)
I guess.
 
NOVA
Are we done?
 
HATOV
(shrugs)
 
NOVA
Great.  Nice talk
 
HATOV
(quietly)
Will we turn out like that too?
 
 

	
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