Episode 18

Episode 18
HATOV
Nova!
 
NOVA
(distracted)
Hatov in the background excusing himself
Huh? (beat as if searching) ah, Pretty Boy, how was it?
 
HATOV
It was (beat) interesting.
 
NOVA
Is that so?
 
HATOV
I (beat) I don’t want to talk about it.
 
JEANNE
We’re going over everything on the ship.
 
NOVA
Sounds like you found something.
 
JEANNE
How much did you get?
 
NOVA
Well, the medicine was pricey, so were the shoes, and I guessed on your size, Galaxy Eyes.
 
JEANNE
The upgrade.
 
NOVA
(beat)
I have it.
 
JEANNE
Good.
 
SAWA
Captain would you like me to
 
NOVA
SAWA it’s fine.  You’ll be fine.
 
SAWA
I am not concerned for my
 
NOVA
Shut up.  I’m fine, I just don’t like it.
 
SAWA
Understood.
 
HATOV
Is this all that’s left?
 
NOVA
Uh-huh.  Nobody wants the chips, even if you erase them, they still have the potential to be restored and can fuck your day up.  (beat) Do you always bring that with you?
Toying with puzzle box
HATOV
I haven’t been able to open it.
 
NOVA
Well, that figures.
 
HATOV
(frustrated)
No, you don’t get it, I’ve read her diaries
 
NOVA
Uh-huh
 
HATOV
Well, it’s just (beat) she seemed so (beat) simple.  She seemed simple and she left behind a puzzle, so the puzzle should be simple, right?
 
JEANNE
Ha, you don’t understand who she was at all.
 
HATOV
It shouldn’t be this hard!
 
NOVA
Maybe you’re thinking about it wrong.
 
HATOV
Then what am I supposed to do
 
NOVA
I don’t know (beat) think like her?
 
HATOV
Then I’d just go by the stupid colors instead of the numbers and the shapes but that’s not
(box opens, pregnant pause, beat)
I hate everything that just happened.
 
NOVA
(laughing)
Are you kidding me?  Lulu, what the actual fuck?
 
HATOV
That shouldn’t have—, Nova, I tried—
 
JEANNE
What’s inside?
 
NOVA
(still laughing)
Jeanne (gasp) I, I need you to take over (gasp) or we’re, we’re gonna fucking crash.  Shit.
 
HATOV
Is she okay?
 
JEANNE
Hey, how’re you doing?
 
NOVA
I can’t breathe.  God that’s such a fucking Lulu thing to do.
 
HATOV
I can’t tell if she was very smart or very stupid.
 
JEANNE
Yeah, she did that.  What’s in the box?
 
NOVA
(Trying to catch her breath)
Shit, oh my god.  That was perfect.
 
HATOV
(papers rustling)
It’s just (beat)
A few moments of silence
 
NOVA
What is it Pretty Boy?
 
HATOV
It’s (beat) they’re her papers.
 
JEANNE
What papers?
 
HATOV
Her citizenship papers (beat) for Eolara.
 
JEANNE
Is there a location there?
 
HATOV
(turning paper)
Eh (beat) does (loud, ringing beep)
Both Jeanne and Nova cry out

 
NOVA
What the fuck, Galaxy Eyes?
 
HATOV
I don’t think (beat) we don’t use the same coordinate system, and I’m not an astronomer.  I can’t tell you where the stars are meant to be in order to make this work.
 
JEANNE
But we have coordinates?
 
HATOV
Well, yes, but I don’t think they’ll be very
 
JEANNE
You don’t get to decide that.  What else is in there?
 
HATOV
(beat)
More citizenship papers, her region of origin, her (beat) rank?
 
JEANNE
Rank in what?
 
HATOV
(quietly)
(beat) It says she was an Eolaran ambassador.
 
JEANNE
A what?
 
HATOV
I’m reading it over, but (beat) it, it just says she was an Eolaran ambassador meant to negotiate with the Galactic Union, the purpose of her mission was to “initiate contact with Union affiliated planets and judge the safety of continued interaction”
 
NOVA
But she didn’t.  Could she have been sending information back for all those years?
 
HATOV
No (beat) this is (beat) What I’m trying to (beat) We’ve never had an ambassador, no one has been cleared to leave the planet.  Ever.
 
JEANNE
Except you brother and whoever tried to kill you.
 
HATOV
(beat, quietly)
You don’t understand, we weren’t cleared we just left.
 
JEANNE
Then where did the ships come from genius?
 
HATOV
The what?
 
JEANNE
The ships (beat) the ships designed to navigate space for extended periods of time.  Where did they come from?  Why were they there?
 
HATOV
Well (beat) the union had some, I guess we were studying them?  But (beat) if we didn’t plan to leave then (peters out) this is father’s seal.
 
JEANNE
Is there anything else in there?
 
HATOV
Shifting through the papers, turning over the box, shaking and nothing
I, I think this is it?
 
JEANNE
Give me it to me.
Hands over the box
Cracking
NOVA
(shocked)
Jeanne
 
JEANNE
We have to check.
 
NOVA
But that (beat) you didn’t have to (beat) he got it open!
 
JEANNE
Sit down and breathe.
 
NOVA
Shit
 
SAWA
Nova would you like me to walk you through some
 
NOVA
(irritated)
I have this, just give me a few minutes, okay?
 
SAWA
Understood
 
NOVA
Shit
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