Episode 22

Episode 22

SAWA

Jeanne is calling.

NOVA

Mmm (waking up) what?

SAWA

Jeanne is calling.

NOVA

Tell her to call back.

SAWA

That course of action is ill-advised.

NOVA

(Grumbles)

Yeah, I know, I know.  Fucking leash protocol.  Tell her I’ll be there in a couple minutes.

SAWA

Understood

NOVA

It’s too fucking early for this day to be going straight to hell. 

Sound of stiff legged walking.  Kicking clothes around, stumbling.

Shit.  I really gotta (sighs)

Her door opens and closes (likely a mechanical door)

HATOV

(Softly)

Nova?

NOVA

Ah, fuck, morning.  Stay quiet while I’m on the radio.

HATOV

Is it (beat) Jeanne?

NOVA

(annoyed)

If it was anyone else, I’d have ignored it.  Go back to bed.

SAWA

Jeanne is growing impatient.

NOVA

Yeah, yeah.  Just, stay (mumbling) ah goddammit this is the kid who almost fucking killed us (beat) how am I supposed to trust you? 

HATOV

When’s the last time you trusted anybody?

NOVA

(beat) I really don’t think that’s any of your business.

HATOV

Do you regret doing it?

NOVA

(beat)

Go back to sleep.

HATOV

But

NOVA

I know this isn’t you trying to be malicious, but you really need to back the fuck off.

Door opens and shuts

Sound of receiver being lifted.

Morning Jeanne.

JEANNE

Nova, you’re fucking up.

NOVA

I wonder if it has anything to do with sleep deprivation.

JEANNE

Cut the sass. Where are you?

NOVA

It’s not sass, sleep is important, and a regular schedule can

JEANNE

(Warning)

Nova

NOVA

The Republic

JEANNE

You’re early.  Why?

NOVA

I snagged a hitchhiker on planet.  I wanted to make some extra cash since you’re going to cut my pay.

JEANNE

You were late getting to Gnorria.

NOVA

Yeah, notice how I didn’t argue?

JEANNE

Jesus, You’re in a mood.  Well at least that explains your spending.

NOVA

You know this short leash is bullshit. You don’t have to monitor me so cl(osely).

JEANNE

I’m just seeing how you’re adjusting. So that hitchhiker.  Where are they?

NOVA

Dropped off at the embassy yesterday.

JEANNE

(Disapprovingly)

So, you’re pushing your luck and your vessel.  If you keep tempting fate, something’s going to give.

NOVA

I’m going to get new paneling while I’m here.  Probably, I mean the market’s kind of small, but worst-case scenario I can work on the outside and it should get me to Canos well enough where I will get what I need.

JEANNE

Nova, this self-destructive streak you’re on

NOVA

I’m not self-destructive.

JEANNE

You’ve got to stop it.  I can’t afford to keep checking on you.  First Canos, then Gnorria, and now your ship’s probably at what?  15% probability?

NOVA

17, there was a malfunction mid-jump

JEANNE

God, Nova.

NOVA

I fixed it, got here early.  Appointments should run on schedule and I plan to fix Sawa so she’ll run during hyper jumps.

JEANNE

That’s the most logical idea you’ve had in half a year.

NOVA

(blandly)

Yeah, I’ve (beat) been adjusting.

JEANNE

(pause)

When’s the last time you had a decent meal?

NOVA

(Surprised)

Uh

JEANNE

Tell me you’re not living on prepackaged snacks.  You have the tech on there to keep things fresh, you can even cook a little.

NOVA

I don’t feel like it.

JEANNE

Nova, you need to

NOVA

The cooking supplies are Alula’s.  I don’t want to use them.

JEANNE

(Sighs)

You told me you weren’t going to die.

NOVA

And I’m currently breathing.  I don’t see the problem.

JEANNE

(Suddenly weary)

Yeah, that’s the issue. If you keep this up, I’m going to call you back.

NOVA

Jeanne

JEANNE

I’ve been nice, but you’ve had eight months.  This route is wasting your skills and now I’m more short staffed than ever.  I think we both know that Gideon can’t handle a six-planet cycle.  We’re splitting it right now, but it’s a bad arrangement. 

NOVA

And you think giving me a nine-planet cycle will fix that?

JEANNE

I wouldn’t assign it if I didn’t think it was possible.  Besides, being busier might be good for you.

NOVA

How about you let me keep the year you promised and get rid of this leash protocol instead?

JEANNE

Because you’ll drift if I do.  You fucked up Nova, it took time to find you.

NOVA

But find me you did.

JEANNE

(Exasperated)

After Canos we’ll meet and talk more about this in person, alright?

NOVA

We won’t be getting anywhere, but if you want to waste my time, then be my guest.

JEANNE

Bye Nova

NOVA

Yeah, bye.

Quiet falls.  Nova’s fingers tap against the table.

She stands abruptly, the chair clatters to the floor

Door opens.  Agitated clattering.

HATOV

(Startled)

Nova, what’s wrong?

NOVA

I’m going out, wanna come?

HATOV

Going where?  It’s early.

NOVA

‘snot early, our time is just off.  You ever been to a bar?

HATOV

Aren’t they closed?  The sun’s still high.

NOVA

What?  No, this isn’t a planet, it’s a moon and the sun’s usually up on this part of it.

HATOV

Oh.

NOVA

You can do whatever but know that I’m going to be gone for a couple of hours.

HATOV

I think people might be looking for me.

NOVA

Yeah, I know.  You’re costing me, but it’s fine.  I don’t really care.  Do you want to come or not?

HATOV

But if they find me, I mean, they know what I look like.

NOVA

Mostly, they know the clothes you’re wearing and your hairstyle…and your eyes.  We can fix that.

HATOV

Can you even drink with the rebreather?

NOVA

Yeah, carefully.  It’s a stupid thing to do but (beat) nobody is really going to stop me, are they?

HATOV

Nova, are (beat) are you okay?

NOVA

(snaps)

Are you? 

(irritably)

Fuck, shit, goddamn it.  Just tell me what you’re going to do

HATOV

(long pause, packing)

I’m (beat) I’m going to stay by your side.

NOVA

(pause)

Galaxy eyes, if that’s not the stupidest answer you could’ve given.

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