Arc 2 Episode 8

Arc 2 Episode 8 rewritten

JEANNE

(frustrated)

If you don’t want to take him, we can always leave him.

HATOV

(outraged)

Don’t I have a say?

JEANNE

No.  Now we can leave him on the ship

NOVA

(interrupting)

Which isn’t safe.

JEANNE

Or you can take him on planet, keep him moving and

NOVA

(interrupting)

Or we could stay close by, stay away from the fucking cameras

JEANNE

(flatly)

Him coming into contact with my contact is out of the question.

NOVA

He looks green.  Anyone who sees him will—

JEANNE

(pointedly)

Think he fits right in with the locals.

Pause

Take him on a tour for all I care, just keep him out of trouble

NOVA

(darkly)

He likes to make his own

JEANNE

Then keep him from making trouble.  This isn’t the Republic.

NOVA

(sighs)

Jeanne, did it really have to be here?

JEANNE

You were worried about time.  This is the fastest way to find Benjy’s route.

NOVA

It

JEANNE

(annoyed)

We’re not doing this again.

NOVA

(beat, unhappily)

Are you ready?

HATOV

Yes?

NOVA

(tired)

Not you.

JEANNE

Everything’s in order. You changed your tracking number before we landed all that’s left is to take care of him.

NOVA

(beat, realizing)

Ah, god fucking dammit.

HATOV

What (beat) what do you mean by take care of me?

NOVA

(mumbles)

This can’t possibly be good for you (to Hatov) hold your breath and try not to let your teeth chatter.

HATOV

What is?  (shouts) Why? (teeth chattering) What did I do?

Fan starting

NOVA

Nothing, yet.  Rules are simple.  Don’t talk and try not to look like you’ve just been dunked in an ice bath.

HATOV

(exclaiming)

Then don’t

NOVA

Don’t talk.

Downstairs door opening

JEANNE

Like clockwork.

NOVA

(To Hatov, warningly)

Keep your mouth shut.

HATOV

(harsh whisper)

Why, if you’re going to—

NOVA

Shut up

Footsteps enter the room

GUARD 1

(grumbling)

Well, this is a shitshow of a ship.

GUARD 2

Where’s your cargo?

Guard two starts opening drawers and digging through dish pile, likely eating leftovers.

NOVA

Half a floor down, afraid you just passed it.

GUARD 1

(mutters)

Quite the living space you have here.

NOVA

It matches the layout on my forms.

GUARD 1

(sliding through tablet)

So it does.  I.D.’s?

JEANNE

(clatter of cards on table)

Right here.

Series of beeps.

One sweeping beep that goes from head to toe.

GUARD 2

(Guard grumbles)

He talk?

NOVA

Nope.

GUARD 2

(annoying)

Why not?

NOVA

He’s mute.

GUARD 2

Mute? Why?

NOVA

What the hell kind of question is that?

GUARD 2

(coughing uncomfortably)

Can he write?

NOVA

He can understand you, so why don’t you ask him?  I’m sure he can manage to nod.

GUARD 1

(cutting in)

Everything seems to be in order.  Just need to check the cargo.

GUARD 2

Still looking for drawer

Gum?

HATOV

Ehm

GUARD 2

Was that—

NOVA

I said he doesn’t talk.  That’s his favorite gum, if you’d be nice enough to leave it.  (beat, obnoxious chewing, Nova voice shows mild annoyance, but she’s taking the opportunity to stick it to Jeanne) Janet, can you show them to the cargo?

JEANNE

(beat, tightly)

It’d be my pleasure

GUARD 1

Doesn’t sound like it, does it?

GUARD 2

It doesn’t.  Are you hiding something?

JEANNE

(blandly)

Oh golly gee, I’m just shitting rainbows.  I’d be positively delighted to show you the vast stores of boxes we keep hidden from prying eyes.  Follow me gentlemen to a world of wonders.

GUARD 2

Okay, laying it on a little thick.

JEANNE

(continuing)

I would be absolutely elated to show you what you’d like to see.  Would you like some tea while we’re at it?

GUARD 2

Actually—

GUARD 1

(coughs loudly)

Just the cargo (beat, swiping) ma’am and we’ll be on our way.

Footsteps to departure

HATOV

(quietly)

I—

NOVA

(loudly)

What secrets lie in that empty head of yours.

Going around room and pulling out drawer.  Sets mic on table

(quietly)

Bastards.

Starts pulling out other drawers and checking her dishes

Shh shh shh shh

Sound of small electronics landing on the table

Steps coming up and the sound of the door closing downstairs

JEANNE

They’re gone.

NOVA

Left all sorts of shit though.

JEANNE

Leave it.

NOVA

(sighs)

Figured you’d say that, Janet.

JEANNE

Don’t push your luck.

NOVA

You’re starting to sound like a broken recording.

JEANNE

Going down steps

Come back before sundown.

NOVA

(softly)

I’m not stupid.

Lifting bag and gathering I.D,’s

Come on, we’ve gotta get a move on.

Quietly

And keep your mouth shut for the next five minutes.  Understood?

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