Episode 11

Episode 11
NOVA
(Muffled)
Yes Jeanne.  No, that's (sigh) that's fair.  Uh-huh, thanks.
Static sounds
I am so fucked.  (As if in realization) I'm just fucked actually I'm beyond fucked.  Is any of this even (grumbles)
Door opens
 
SAWA
How did your talk with Jeanne go?
 
NOVA
The usual spiel about carelessness and investments.  Worst, she was right, I trust Ilara but (beat and wearily) Galaxy eyes, you decide on what you want to do with your life yet?
 
HATOV
I don't trust you.
 
NOVA
Nice to know you're not stupid, but that hasn't answered my question.  Are you getting off my ship or not?
 
HATOV
(Petulantly)
There's nowhere for me to go. There's no galactic embassy on this planet.
 
NOVA
They know you exist too?  I suppose that means you’re used to having access to their database?
 
HATOV
Yes, but
 
NOVA
Stay off it
 
HATOV
You can't just (beat) I'm not a child to be pushed around.
 
NOVA
You have no idea what you're toying with, and as long as you're ignorant you should keep your head down and your mouth shut.
 
HATOV
How am I supposed to learn if you keep all the information from me?
 
NOVA
(coldly)
Then change your focus.  I've hidden all Inco related information from you.  Anything else can be gotten through Sawa even if it's a little out of date.
 
HATOV
A little?
 
NOVA
You’ll adjust.
 
HATOV
And the person who purchased Sawa, Was that Inco related information?
 
NOVA
(Beat, sternly)
Knowing about that isn't going to help you get home any faster.
 
HATOV
Then why hide it from me if I can't use it?
 
NOVA
(Curiously)
You really think the world revolves around you, don't you?  I didn't do it for you.
 
HATOV
(Frustrated)
Then why?
 
NOVA
(sarcastically indulgent)
Well, the android doesn't care and we just clarified that it wasn't you.  Who else is on the ship right now?  Are you stupid or just incredibly self-centered?
 
HATOV
(Perplexed)
You're hiding it from yourself?
 
NOVA
I’m hiding it for me.
 
HATOV
That doesn't make any sense!  You know everything so why block off information regarding a woman who isn't even here!
 
NOVA
Because information is power.  That’s why you’re holding onto all the secrets about your home, isn’t it?
 
HATOV
(Silence)
 
SAWA
Captain you appear tense is there anything I can
 
NOVA
(off-handedly)
Shut up, Sawa.  It’s not the time.
 
HATOV
(petulantly)
It would be easier if you let her update
 
NOVA
(Exasperated)
Nothing in this world is free pretty boy.  Use of the galactic database is no exception.  Why do Incos persist despite being universally hated if the galactic database is oh so ubiquitous and valuable.
 
HATOV
Because you sell information
 
NOVA
Because people need to move information around without using the stupid database and they're willing to pay through the nose to do it.
 
HATOV
(Outraged)
But why?  You'll sell whatever they give you to the highest bidder 
 
NOVA
Given the alternative?  Some find the risk worth it.  Besides, pay well enough, and those chances drop significantly.  Everyone wants a good client
 
HATOV
But it's the galactic embassy!  The alliance isn't some monster, they help people, provide infrastructure, services.
 
NOVA
Why?
 
HATOV
Because it's what they do!
 
NOVA
Why?
 
HATOV
(frustrated)
I don't know
 
NOVA
The galactic database makes all information available to everyone who uses it.  But it also mines data and monitors those who use it.  Besides information is only valuable when someone doesn't have it, there's no way anyone would just give it away.
 
HATOV
There’s a privacy setting.
 
NOVA
Pfft, privacy setting.  If it’s on there, people can access it.  (beat) At least that’s how it’s supposed to work, except with you and Eolara as a (frustrated groan) Look, I don’t have time to figure this out right now.  The point is, until we know more don’t go attracting unnecessary attention to yourself and don’t use the galactic database because it is monitored, and I can’t have the union breathing down my fucking neck.
 
Are you staying on my ship?
 
HATOV
I have nowhere else to go.
 
NOVA
Then you keep your head down and off anything that could end up putting you and more importantly me in danger
 
HATOV
Everything you do puts you in danger
 
NOVA
(Sighs)
I have business to get to. I’ll be back at sundown.  We’re on planet for the next two imperial days.  I expect that you can stay out of trouble for that long.
 
HATOV
(beat)
What am I going to do about food?
 
NOVA
What happened to dying before using my money?  Did your resolve break when you actually got hungry?
 
HATOV
(Embarrassed)
That’s not (beat) exactly (beat) I mean
 
NOVA
I don’t know what kind of life you’ve been leading but I imagine it was unbelievably comfortable.  Eolara has kings right?  At least it did in the old tales.  I suppose you must have been up there in the rankings.
 
HATOV
You don’t get to look down on me
 
NOVA
Oh, did I hit a nerve?
 
HATOV
I
 
NOVA
I don’t think you really understand the position you’re in.  You are on my ship, with no I.D., no money, and no valid location of your birth.  I’ve granted you a place to sleep
 
HATOV
(Outraged)
On the floor!
 
NOVA
Not to mention the small matter of having saved your life, for which you still haven’t thanked me.
 
HATOV
You saved me to use me
 
NOVA
I didn’t even know what you were until a few moments ago.  I saved you because (beat) you’d be dead otherwise.  I haven’t even asked what kind of ass backward fucketry landed you outside my ship without a suit in the middle of veritable nowhere, a place I wouldn’t have been if this goddamn piece of shit hadn’t started rattling in my last jump!
 
HATOV
(silence)
 
NOVA
Sawa, he has access to 50 imperial units.  Got it?
 
SAWA
Understood.
 
NOVA
 Don’t go flashing my shit around, just ask for food, ask for the price.  Sawa will do the rest and then get your ass back in the ship.  Keep the heat mask on while you’re outside, with a pair of goggles.  We’ll figure out what the hell to do about those fucking eyes of yours later.
 
HATOV
They’re a symbol.
 
NOVA
I don’t care what they mean besides that you’re more memorable than you need to be.  Stay quiet, stay out of sight. Got it?
 
HATOV
I don’t see
 
NOVA
(Emphatically)
Got it?
 
HATOV
(beat, begrudgingly)
Yes.
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