Arc 2 Episode 6

Season 2 Episode 6: Safe
Arc 2 Episode 6
Sound of radio static, button pushing
HATOV
Nova?  Where are you?
 
NOVA
(staticky, shocked)
Holy shit, fucking, oh my god.  When did she teach you how to use the radio?
 
HATOV
(chuckles, picks up puzzle box, struggles with it)
Yesterday (beat, uncertainly) I think.  Where are you?
 
NOVA
(beat)
Outside.
 
HATOV
In Jeanne’s ship?
 
NOVA
(slightly amused)
Outside that too.
The puzzle box sounds increase
HATOV
What?
 
NOVA
(curious)
 Is that Lulu’s puzzle box?
 
HATOV
(beat)
Yes.  (frustrated) It’s giving me a headache. Why are you (beat) outside?
 
NOVA
(lackluster laugh, searching for an answer)
I guess I’m (beat) looking for a little space?
 
HATOV
(beat, toying with the box stops)
Nova, that was awful.
 
NOVA
(real laugh, stressed and on edge)
I know, right?  I’m getting so stressed out my jokes are deteriorating.  (quietly) what the fuck man.
 
HATOV
When are you going to come in?
 
NOVA
(pause, trying to pull herself together)
It should be now, I’m just pissing away my oxygen supply but (beat, quietly) it’s really pretty out here.  Quiet.
 
HATOV
Nova, are you— (okay?)
 
NOVA
(interrupting)
How do you like her?  Jeanne?
 
HATOV
(long complaint, speaking quickly, obviously annoyed)
She keeps waking me up, I spend all day pulling a ship apart and putting it back together.  Being lectured
 
NOVA
(mildly amused)
Yeah, she’s a straight up slave-driver, (less amused, more sad) but she’s a good teacher.
 
HATOV
(probing, curious, quiet)
I hear you undoing all the work we do after she leaves.
 
NOVA
(annoyed)
Not all of it.  Just what I have to.
 
HATOV
(slightly hurt)
I thought I was doing well.
 
NOVA
(quickly, failing at words)
You are (beat) shit, it’s, uhm, it’s not you I’m checking after.  It’s her, uh Jeanne, she has a few nasty habits I need to keep in check.
 
HATOV
(pause)
 I don’t think she hates you Nova.
 
NOVA
(quietly)
Yeah.
 
HATOV
(jumping on it)
And you pretend like you hate her, but you don’t.  I see how badly you want to talk to her so why don’t you?
 
NOVA
(shutting down/shutting him out)
Once again, pretty boy, this is none of your damn business.
 
HATOV
(frustrated)
I’m just trying to understand why being near the two of you is suffocating
 
NOVA
(long pause)
Is it that bad?
 
HATOV
When you’re together yes.
 
NOVA
Have you brought this up with Jeanne?
       
HATOV
(hesitates)
No (beat) she (beat) she terrifies me.  But (beat) not like how they describe it in books.  It’s a, it’s quiet.  Constant, I think I’m (beat) getting used to it?  I—I haven’t felt like I was in immediate danger since that first day. I just (beat) don’t know when that’ll end.
 
NOVA
(quiet amusement)
Who scares you more?
 
HATOV
(immediate reply)
Jeanne.  I (beat) this is odd to say but (beat) of the two of you (beat) she’s the one who’s gotten the closest to killing me.
 
NOVA
(smiling)
Level with me Pretty Boy, how low have your standards dropped?
 
HATOV
(playing along, ramping up the haughtiness)
Nova, I’m sleeping in a hammock, I almost ate something that was burned black and I’m the smallest bit pleased with the work I’ve done on your ship.
 
NOVA
(Small laugh and Hatov sounds somewhat pleased)
So?
 
HATOV
(declaring)
I have also decided to accept pretty boy as a term of endearment.
 
NOVA
(entertained)
Is that rock bottom for you?
 
HATOV
(he’s not exactly joking)
It’s significantly closer.
Long pause
 
NOVA
(beat)
Don’t trust her, okay?
 
HATOV
(diplomatically)
She’s a little (beat) eh, difficult (beat) rough  but she’s always clear about what she wants and what she’ll do to get it.  She’s a lot like you, Nova.
 
NOVA
(beat)
And what if she wants you, pretty boy?  Don’t forget the shit she pulled on the Republic (quietly) I won’t.
 
HATOV
(taken aback)
I (beat) I haven’t forgotten.  I just don’t think she knew what she was doing.  There’s no way—
 
NOVA
(quietly)
It was still fucked up, Galaxy eyes.
 
HATOV
(Long pause)
You said as long as I’m useful, I’m safe right?
 
NOVA
Do you think you’re useful?
 
HATOV
I don’t know.
 
NOVA
I don’t think she does either, Pretty Boy.
 
HATOV
Oh
 
NOVA
For what it’s worth, I think Eolara’s a big fucking pull.  But I can never tell what she’s thinking.
 
HATOV
I think you might be making things harder than they need to be.
 
NOVA
(defensively, stressed)
I don’t like it when she’s so close.
Long pause
HATOV
Are you sure talking with her won’t help?
 
NOVA
(miffed)
If it was something that could be fixed that easily, trust me, we would have done it by now
 
HATOV
(backing off, softly)
Are you coming inside anytime soon?
 
NOVA
Well, I have (beat, shifting) about an hour of air left before I die and float off into the void.  So, I’ll probably come in before that happens.
 
HATOV
(sighs, giving up)
Be careful Nova.
 
NOVA
(annoyed)
Now you’re starting to sound like her.
 
HATOV
You’re reckless.
 
NOVA
Now you really sound like her.
 
HATOV
Well, maybe she’s right about that.
 
NOVA
What if everyone else is just being too safe, you ever think about that Pretty Boy?
 
HATOV
No(t at all)
 
NOVA
(Ranting)
I’m tired of everyone telling me how fucking reckless I am.
 
HATOV
Did Alula tell you that too?
                                                                                                           
NOVA
(long pause)
I’ll be turning my radio off.  I’ll be back within the hour (beat) and if I’m not ooooooohh.
                                                     
HATOV
Nova that’s not funny.
 
NOVA
(laughing)
It’s a little funny.
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