Episode 28

Episode 28

SAWA

This course of action is ill-advised.

HATOV

(beat, unsure)

I have the code now.  It’s no more dangerous than opening the front door, right?

SAWA

That is an incorrect assumption.  The front door does not have traps.

HATOV

Sure, sure, but why don’t we just see if it works?  The only way to find out what anything is out here is to try it ourselves.

Beeping sounds, positive sound, door opens

Oh, I (beat) I actually didn’t expect that to work

(sniffs, intensely)

Wait.  That smell.

SAWA

This course of action is ill-advised.

HATOV

Be quiet.  It’s (beat) it’s a bedroom?  Sawa you made this sound like a spare room, that’s (beat) this isn’t a spare.  It feels

(sniffing)

Sound of searching through drawers

Fabric being thrown in the air.

That’s not it, not here, not here, not this, not this.  Where is it?

SAWA

This course of action is ill-advised.

HATOV

Be quiet.

Searching, bed fabric hits the floor.

Pillow hitting the floor.  Opening closet, sound of hangers moving back and forth

No, no, no, no, no. 

Pacing, more searching.

A book falls on the floor.

Sound of pages flipping

What’s this?  I (beat) I can read it?  Sawa, I can read it!

SAWA

Do you have trouble reading other texts?

HATOV

It’s Oosfathi.  (Beat) It’s not in any of the translators.  Why does she know this? Is that why Nova wants to go to Eolara?

SAWA

Eolara is not a real location.

HATOV

Nova said Alula was on a different route.  Will Jeanne know where she is?

SAWA

Work related information requires a C-level permission.

HATOV

Hand running over papers

(whispering)

This is impossible, this should be impossible. 

Page flips

It’s a diary

Many pages flip

She would know how to get home?  Right?  Why did she leave?  How did she leave?  We haven’t cleared anyone for going off planet.

Footsteps

Something falls to the floor

NOVA

Get out.

SAWA

(background)

Nova would you like me to walk you through some breathing exercises?

NOVA

Sawa, shut the fuck up.

HATOV

(Excitedly)

She’s Eolaran!

NOVA

You, get out.

HATOV

But

NOVA

Leave everything and get out.

HATOV

But there’s a bed, and I’m sure Alula won’t mind.  The room is going to waste.

NOVA

You have until the count of five

HATOV

Or what?

NOVA

I’ll kill you.

HATOV

You’re bring ridicu

NOVA

I will kill you.

HATOV

She can take me home, she’ll know the way

NOVA

One

HATOV

But

NOVA

Two

HATOV

Alright, I

NOVA

How did you get in here?

HATOV

(pause)

 I guessed the passcode.  I just wanted a bed.  But it smelled like

Footsteps walk past

Door shuts

(beat)

Home.  It smells like Eolara. (beat) Sawa, I don’t understand.  Things are easier now, right?

Metal banging on metal

SAWA

Nova?  Are you okay?

HATOV

She’s fine, she’s probably angry about the mess I made.’

SAWA

She is not angry.

Knocking

Nova, are you okay?

Tentative step back

Another step, leaving.

HATOV

Nothing off planet makes sense.

Radio sounds

Jeanne?

JEANNE

Back so soon? I thought I’d have to at least wait an hour.

HATOV

Shh, I just need one answer.

JEANNE

The deal is an answer for an answer.  What are you to Nova?

HATOV

I (beat) I don’t know.  She found me, and I think she wants to help me get home.

JEANNE

Help you? What does she even get out of that?

HATOV

E-(beat) uhm, no, it’s a secret for a secret, right?

JEANNE

(Sarcastically)

Oh no, we’ve got a live one.

HATOV

I want to know about Alula.

(v. Long pause)

Hello?

JEANNE

Okay, what about her?

HATOV

I want to know where she is.

JEANNE

Uh-huh, why? Did you know her?

HATOV

You haven’t answered my question yet.

JEANNE

That’s because there isn’t much of an answer.  Alula isn’t anywhere.  She’s dead.

HATOV

(beat, distressed)

Nova said she was on another route.

JEANNE

Yeah, that’s InCo for ‘dead’

HATOV

No but, she can’t

JEANNE

Doesn’t it make a lot more sense this way?  Nova’s not exactly a accomplished liar.

HATOV

(Long pause)

 What happened to her?  Do you know where she was from?

JEANNE

All these questions and no new information.  You’re really bad at this, you know?

HATOV

What do you want?

JEANNE

Hmm, why has she kept you?  You don’t seem (beat) useful

HATOV

She’s interested in my home planet.

JEANNE

Which is?

HATOV

Probably the same place Alula was from.  How did she die?

JEANNE

Well, uhm (beat), this is awkward. (Curiously) Are you sure you don’t want to ask Nova?

HATOV

I can’t.  She’s not…It’s, it’s like she has shut down, she’s not listening, and this is important.  I can’t wait for her to decide I’m worth speaking to.

JEANNE

(beat) hmm, I’ll give you this for free because you’re about to find yourself in a bad way.  Incos make money based on the information they gather and sell, Alula had a very lucrative route.

HATOV

Okay?

JEANNE

Dear god, you’re not following me.  What do you think happens when two Incos are fighting for territory?  (leading) They can negotiate, but that never really happens, they tend to take a more (beat) violent approach.  It’s why Incos never last.

HATOV

What?

JEANNE

Come on kid, you can’t be that innocent.

HATOV

(confidently)

She wouldn’t have

JEANNE

Kid, people get funny about money, particularly people with no citizenship cards.  No planetary assignment means no job, no job, no money, no money makes life very hard.  Do you understand that at least? Incos need money and I need workers who can fucking disappear.  Nova and Alula were perfect in that way.

HATOV

But she doesn’t care for money, her accounts are

JEANNE

She doesn’t care for a lot of money, but she does need to repair her ship, and pay her clients, along with the bribes, which is all very expensive.  If she’s not spending more, it’s guilt.  Nova will always do what’s in the best interest for herself.  You know that don’t you kid?

HATOV

I (beat) she can’t have (beat)

JEANNE

It must be weird, entering a world from whatever rock you’ve lived under.  You’re not used to the doubt yet, huh? 

HATOV

I don’t have doubts (beat) just

JEANNE

You don’t have to believe me.  Why don’t you ask her yourself?

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