Episode 2

Episode 2: Gnorria-658
NOVA
And he’s fine?
 
SAWA
Vitals are stable.  Consciousness has not been noted.
 
NOVA
And you never found out what he was.
 
SAWA
His species is not in my database, if you granted me access to the galactic database, I might be able to
 
NOVA
Access denied
 
SAWA
Understood.
 
NOVA
Alright.  I have a meeting today, and I can’t have him tearing up my shit because he he’s freaking out.  Sawa take a note
 
SAWA
Starting
 
NOVA
Hey (beat) you.  This is Nova, the captain of the ship you’ve had the pleasure of waking up on.  You are currently in a docking station on the wonderfully pleasant planet lovingly named Gnorria-658.  Imagine cold, make it colder, make that colder, you’re probably close.  It’s cold as balls.  If you’re going to leave, bundle the fuck up or you’ll be losing a few fingers.  You won’t be seeing much from the windows, we are stationed topside, and everything is underground.  If you don’t know how to get there, don’t leave, you will die.  Unless whatever you are is resistant to ice.  If you do wake up, turn off SAWA, she’ll tell you how.  I’m not made of fuel and I think she drains the battery.  I’ll be back in a few hours.
(pause)
If you woke up in a bed (beat) throw the droid out a window. Unless you’re fluent in Gnorrian, I suggest you take the translator by the door.  It’s busted and anything south of Sidoorian is goddamn indecipherable, but it should work alright here.  Air is oxygen rich, you seem to be fine with that.  Do not breathe it directly, especially on the surface, wear the mask by the door unless you want your lungs to freeze.  I think that’s everything, I’ll be back just before sundown.  Oh and don’t travel topside after sundown, none of my gear is made to handle that.  Any other questions can be handled by Sawa.
 
SAWA
Is that it?
 
NOVA
(sound of a zipper)
I think that’s enough, with any luck he’ll wake up today.
 
SAWA
His vitals are stable
 
NOVA
(Sighs)
Yes, I know
 
SAWA
Gnorria is known for its snow, underground cities, cozy atmosphere, warm blankets, and strong liquor.
 
NOVA
I know all this Sawa, why are you telling me?
 
SAWA
You seem sad.
 
NOVA
So?
 
SAWA
It is my duty to care for the crew, captain.  This includes assessing and caring for mental health.
 
NOVA
I’m a fucking ray of sunshine Sawa.
 
SAWA
I do not detect solar radiation coming from you.
 
NOVA
I can’t wait to turn you back off.
 
SAWA
Have a good trip captain.
 
NOVA
I always do.
(Sound of a hydraulic door opening, and wind coming through)
Fuck it’s cold.  No matter how many times I do this it always gets me.
 
EMMED
(Growls indecipherably)
 
NOVA
Hold on (thwacking sounds) now go
 
 EMMED
You’re smaller than I remembered
 
NOVA
That’s because Gnorrian’s are fucking huge.  Come to Canos I’m a giant there.
 
EMMED
(laughing)
Then I should not go.  I’ll crush everything.
 
NOVA
Or die of heatstroke
 
EMMED
Humans are the odd ones for being able to go to both.  It’s too hot over there.
 
NOVA
It’s too damn cold over here.
 
EMMED
You need more fur
 
NOVA
You need to move a couple planets closer to the sun.
 
EMMED
(laughing)
It’s good to see you Nova. 
 
NOVA
It’s nice to see you too.  Keep an eye on my ship please.
 
EMMED
(skeptically)
Do you really think someone will steal it?
 
NOVA
I don’t need you dragging my ship too.  It moves and…the droid is up.  Can you make sure she stays on board?
 
EMMED
You started Sawa up?  Something bad must have happened.
 
NOVA
It’s taken care of, but I (beat) haven’t been able to bring myself to turn her off yet.
 
EMMED
It’s lonely up there.
 
NOVA
I like being alone, Emmed. 
 
EMMED
Sometimes a change of pace is nice.  Why else keep her on?
 
NOVA
Because I feel guilty turning her off?
 
EMMED
(confused)
She’s a machine.  She does not care one way or the other.  You humans are truly baffling. 
 
NOVA
Mhmm.  I’m running late Emmed.
 
EMMED
Come back soon.
 
 (Crunching, the sound of a metal stairwell and then the sounds of a crowd)
 
GUARD
Identification
 
NOVA
Nova Yellevis designation no star, ID (beat) uhm Human 12678-omega. Here to enjoy the coziness and liquor of the most hospitable planet.
 
GUARD
(painfully slowly)
(pause) 2…6
 
NOVA
7,8
 
GUARD
7…
 
NOVA
8, please this is cruelty
 
GUARD
8
(beeping sounds)
Hmmm
 
NOVA
Is there something wrongs?
 
GUARD
No, I just thought your ID was different last time you were here.
 
NOVA
(pause) It’s always been this number.  You’ve checked in thousands of people, you probably misremembered.
 
GUARD
Maybe
(long pause)
 
NOVA
…can I go now?
 
GUARD
Yes, enjoy your trip

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"Midnight Tale" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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