Episode 14

Episode 14

Door opens

HATOV

(Outraged)

You tried to kill me.

NOVA

(Bored, setting things down)

How’s that now? (Beat, squelching) is this what you decided to eat?  Interesting.

HATOV

(Indignantly)

You booby-trapped the door.

NOVA

(beat)

Oh yeah, learned that from Aleera.  It was meant for Jeanne.

HATOV

Why didn’t you warn me?

NOVA

Doesn’t take a genius to figure out something that easy to get into has no business being on an Inco’s ship.  You find the tonal loophole or did Sawa tell you?

HATOV

(Long pause)

Sawa.

NOVA

Shame, that shit’s hard to set up, especially with the false paneling.  I really wanted to see Jeanne’s face.

HATOV

(In disbelief)

You’re talking about killing people, where’s the reverence?  The worry?

NOVA

Something like that won’t kill her.  Besides what the fuck does reverence have to do with dying?  We live until we don’t, I don’t see what worshipping or God has to do with it. 

HATOV

It has everything to do with it.

NOVA

(sighs)

Look, I’m not going to push my doubts on you. Don’t push your beliefs on me.  Things’ll run smoother that way.

HATOV

(outraged)

You almost killed me.

NOVA

The important thing is that you’re still alive.  Stop trying to go where you obviously shouldn’t, and you’ll be fine.

HATOV

It’s a spare room!

NOVA

Mostly.

HATOV

(Angrily)

Then why am I sleeping on the floor?

NOVA

Because you’re not allowed on my bed.

HATOV

There’s a bed in the room.

NOVA

Uh-huh.  It’s huge (beat) very soft too. Still (Coldly) you’ve no right to it free loader

HATOV

(sullenly)

I’m not a freeloader

NOVA

Looks to me like you’re using my supplies and my money without providing any sort of service.  Ergo freeloader.

HATOV

I (long pause) I can’t sleep on the floor.

NOVA

You won’t even be here that long; we’ll be somewhere you can get to your precious galactic embassy.  And then you can be on your way home.

HATOV

(beat)

Why are you doing this?

NOVA

Doing what?

HATOV

Helping me

NOVA

Can’t I do something out of the goodness of my heart?

HATOV

I’ve heard Incos don’t do that.

NOVA

But have you met one?

HATOV

You don’t seem the type.

NOVA

Well aren’t you a gutsy little thing? Stupid, but gutsy.

HATOV

I’m not stupid.

NOVA

Then don’t complain.  I’m willing to help you get home for no charge. For a poor documentless, countryless, boy like yourself, isn’t that all you could want?

HATOV

You know I’m not countryless.

NOVA

Doesn’t matter what I think, it’s what others will believe. Don’t you think asking them to believe in fairytales is kind of a stretch?You have to admit it sounds fake, though obviously you think it’s real.

HATOV

That’s ridiculous.  I’ve lived there my entire life.  Do you think someone crafted an entire planet to lie to me?

NOVA

Kid, I grew up in a poor convent and I can tell you that’s exactly what I think happened to me.  (beat) Except I was merchandise instead of whatever it was you were supposed to be, and it was an asteroid. (pause, considering) Prisoner?

HATOV

That’s insa (beat) I’m a (cut off suddenly) I’m important.  Very important, I can’t have been a prisoner.

NOVA

A very important man unable to leave his home planet despite having the tech he needs to do it.

HATOV

(long pause)

What am I paying with Nova?

NOVA

Paying only matters if it costs you something you’ll miss.  It’s not, everything in this deal benefits you.  What’s so hard about accepting that?

HATOV

Because it’s you Nova.

NOVA

You don’t know a damned thing about me.  You’ve got a little caricature in your head, and it’s falling apart and that makes you uncomfortable.  I can’t help you with that pretty boy.

HATOV

That’s not what I’m

NOVA

Then what about this deal is making you uncomfortable?  The worst case scenario is that you get to return home.

HATOV

Because it’s too good to be true.

NOVA

I know, the galactic union isn’t what you think it is, but it’ll be easier for you to experience it yourself.

HATOV

I’ve spoken with the union.  They’re not as bad as you make them out to be.  They’ve been nothing but kind.

NOVA

To whoever you think you are on Eolara.  Some sort of high noble?

(Silence)

Sure, whatever.  I don’t really need to know.  I won’t even ask Sawa, alright?

HATOV

A prince.

NOVA

(beat)

Excuse me?

HATOV

I’m a prince of Eolara.

NOVA

(long pause, slightly high pitched)

Okay.

HATOV

(beat)

That’s it?

NOVA

Uh, yeah.  I didn’t exactly expect to scoop up a goddamned prince in the middle of fucking nowhere, but (beat, breathes) uhm (beat) what the actual fuck?

HATOV

It’s not like I asked for it to happen!

NOVA

A fucking prince pretty boy?  I should’ve left your ass to die!

HATOV

(Complaining, annoyed, not understanding)

I’m more valuable to you now!

NOVA

(uncomfortable laughter)

Oh, you’re valuable alright.  What the shit Galaxy eyes?  But there are different types of (irritated) god fucking dammit.  If I’d left, you out there I wouldn’t.  This is a problem, fuckwit.

HATOV

How is it a problem?  The more I’m worth the more reason there is to help me.

NOVA

No, it’s just another reason that I should have let you fucking die.  A high noble in space, might be a house dispute, a fucking prince is more than I (huffs, long pause) Whatever, I’ve already fucked up.

HATOV

I don’t understand you should be happy, if nothing else I’m a good bargaining chip.

NOVA

You’re a problem, a loose end someone needs to tie up and you are a very important one.  Assuming you aren’t goddamned delusional which still (trails off)

HATOV

(Irritably)

Still what?

NOVA

We’ll get you a hammock, how’s that sound?

HATOV

What?  What do you mean by a hammock?  We were talking about

NOVA

(cutting him off)

I can’t deal with whatever fucking problem you’ve just turned into.  But you needing somewhere to sleep that’s not the floor, I can fix.  So, I’m fixing it.

HATOV

(beat) Okay, but why not just give me the room?

NOVA

(sighs)

Fuck off, galaxy eyes.  You’re getting a goddamned hammock, count your blessings.

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