Episode 19

Episode 19

NOVA

(Leading)

The rules are to (beat)

HATOV

This is ridiculous.

NOVA

I think we’ve established that it’s not.  Do it or we’ll go through the whole damn lecture again. 

HATOV

(Annoyed)

I keep the goggles on.  I keep this stupid rebreather on, and I keep my mouth shut until we reach the embassy.

NOVA

Good.  And?

HATOV

I stay close to your side?

NOVA

And?

HATOV

(Beat, annoyed)

I will not speak about you when I reach the embassy

NOVA

Yup, good, alright.  You’re good, I’m good. Let’s get this started.

HATOV

You’re (beat) very excitable today.

NOVA

Yup, you’ll understand when you get on planet.  Ready?

HATOV

I’m not

Sound of mechanical door opening

NOVA

That was a rhetorical question.  You were never going to be prepared.  Keep your mask, tight.  Oh, and try to keep your balance, this is an asteroid after all, think small.  Ho, Aror!

HATOV

(Background)

By the goddess.

AROR

Ho, Nova.  I didn’t know when to expect you, or else I obviously would have cleared better space for you to dock.

NOVA

I know, you’ve always treated me well.  It’s the thought that counts. 

AROR

(kissing sounds)

Who’s the handsome person next to you?  Did you take on an apprentice?

NOVA

No, no, this is just a bit of a side favor.  He’s a friend of mine, wanted to look at the galactic embassy.

AROR

(beat, flabbergasted)

Why?

NOVA

Trust me, I’ve asked the same thing, but a favor’s a favor, you know?

AROR

(Laughs)

Yes, yes, of course.  It’s how things work but still the galactic embassy, young man, just what are you thinking?

HATOV

What’s wrong with the, (exclaimed) ow.

NOVA

Aror, you don’t see me fucking around with your business, do you?

AROR

Well, no but I was just asking.

NOVA

I’ve told you he’s a friend of mine.  If he wants to go to the galactic embassy, and he’s willing to pay for the ride, who are we to stop him?

AROR

Oh (beat) Ohhhhh!  Yes, I’m very sorry.  Boy, good luck with whatever business you plan to conduct.  Nova, my apologies, I’ve overstepped my boundaries.

NOVA

(Sighs)

It’s fine.  Part of that’s me, it’s just this stop took me a bit off route.

AROR

Oh, then the cargo this time around is?

NOVA

There is none.

AROR

(Pause)

Must be one hell of a favor.

NOVA

(Blandly)

I did say he has business with the embassy.  (beat) Actually a very quick and unrelated question.  Pink-eyes, do they do well off planet?

AROR

Huh?  Uhm, pink (uncomfortable laugh) uhm no, not really.  Brittle bones and all, they break easy in stronger gravity.

NOVA

Yeah (beat) I thought so.  Thanks Aror. 

AROR

(disappointed)

Ah, okay, uhm (beat) uh, bye?

NOVA

(Harsh whisper)

Did we not just go over how I need you not to talk?  Small easy to follow rules! Goddammit, pretty boy.  I’m just asking you to stand quietly and breathe.

HATOV

(defensively)

He asked me a question.

NOVA

Did I say, keep your mouth shut unless someone asks you to talk?  No, I told you to keep your damn mouth shut!

HATOV

(Grumbles)

NOVA

Dear god.  Well, whatever.  I know this hasn’t exactly been fun but (beat) yeah, I’m not really sure how to follow that up.

(Pause) 

Uh the embassy is right down this uhm (beat) road.  I really don’t like getting close to it so (beat) I guess this is goodbye? (beat) Oh, you can talk now if you want.  I guess?  Though I suggest you just head straight to the embassy.  The gear is yours too.  No charge.  Or at least, as close as I’m going to get to it.

HATOV

Nova, you’re talking a lot.

NOVA

(Beat)

Yeah.  I (beat) it’ll be quieter without you.

HATOV

Okay?

NOVA

(Uncomfortably)

Yeah, okay.  Good luck. For the record, I do really hope the embassy can help you find your family.

HATOV

That makes one of us.

NOVA

What?

HATOV

I should get going.

Fading footsteps.

NOVA

Not a single thank you until the end, huh?

(shouting)

Remember to keep your mask on tight. 

(quieter, to herself)

Please don’t get yourself killed.

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