Episode 29

Episode 29
Episode 29
SAWA
Nova? I know you in distress, please allow me to care for you.
Sound of mechanical door opening

NOVA
(lackluster)
I’m just cleaning up.  Brat made a mess of (beat, weary) everything.

SAWA
You are upset

NOVA
Shut up.

SAWA
Talking about the situation may help.

NOVA
I’m fine.

SAWA
You are not fine.

NOVA
(pause, sigh)
Why did I try that?  No, I’m not fine, but it doesn’t matter.

SAWA
Caring for you is my primary directive.

NOVA
And I am feeling so very cared for and looked after and you are trying your best but nothing works.

SAWA
Perhaps a therapist would help.

NOVA
(sharp laugh)
Yeah, no.  It’s only a matter of time before Jeanne finds them.  The last thing I need is her having more control.

SAWA
It is unhealthy to continue as you are.  Bottling emotions can cause physical stress on your body and increase the risk of developing diabetes, and cancer.

NOVA
I don’t care.

SAWA
It is suggested that you

NOVA
(sighs)
Sawa, help me clean up.  I’ll feel better when everything is where it’s supposed to be.

SAWA
Understood.

Sounds of folding, setting books on shelves
Sniffling from Nova

Would you like a handkerchief?

NOVA
(Beat, voice breaking)
Yeah

SAWA
Would you like to talk

NOVA
(interrupting)
Shut up.

HATOV
(Quietly from the doorway)
She was Eolaran.

NOVA
I don’t want to talk to you right now.  Go to your hammock, or shame corner, or whatever.  

HATOV
Alula was Eolaran.

NOVA
(beat)
I don’t know where she’s from.

HATOV
Where she was from

NOVA
Oh (beat) you figured it out.  (to herself, slightly annoyed) I mean, this was obvious as shit.  I just (beat) this room is everything left of her.  When Incos die, we just (beat) disappear, no one knows who we are or (beat, defeated) sorry, you don’t care. 
Yeah, where she (beat) was from.  She never named the planet, but it was clear she missed it.  She always spoke fondly of it.

HATOV
Why did you save me?

NOVA
(quietly)
I had to (beat) dying in space is such an awful way to go, galaxy eyes.

HATOV
(desperately, looking for a reason)
Did she have to die?  Did she hurt you?  Betray you?

NOVA
(Passionately, sounding younger, vulnerable)
No, she’d never do anything like that.  She’d never (pause, forcing herself calm) hurt me.  There’s always room for more Incos.   it was the message her death sent more than anything else. 

HATOV
(hurt)
What message, you’re telling everyone she’s still out there?

NOVA
It wasn’t for them, it was for the others in the business.  A reminder to stay in line.

HATOV
So, you’re the reason Alula’s gone?

NOVA
(mirthless laugh)
Ouch, kid. Uhm, yeah, I guess you could put it that way.

HATOV
She was an Eolaran citizen.

NOVA
(snap)
I told you she never told me about Eolara.

HATOV
I (beat) why?

NOVA
I don’t know.  I didn’t think to ask.  It didn’t matter at the time.

HATOV
She could have taken me home.

	NOVA	
Even if she could have, I doubt she would.  In all her talking about home, and missing it, she never seemed interested in actually returning.  She loved being an Inco.

HATOV
And she’s gone because of you.

NOVA
(clearly falling apart)
I didn’t (beat) the way things turned out it (beat, sigh) when it was time to make a decision, I (beat, distressed) I had to choose.  I chose wrong, okay?

HATOV
She was a citizen, my citizen.  

NOVA
(distressed/angry)
She wasn’t anybody’s.  She made that very clear.

HATOV
This is (beat, step back) So, Jeanne was telling the truth?

NOVA
Jeanne? When did you talk to Jeanne?

HATOV
You’re hurting me.

NOVA
What (beat) what did she tell you?  Is that how you got the code?  You can’t just trust random people who contact you.

HATOV
Like you?

NOVA
(pause)
I’ve made it very clear; you can trust me to be what I am.

HATOV
Someone who works entirely for their self-interests.

NOVA
(beat)
Jeanne’s the same way.

HATOV
(upset)
I know.  But I need to, she was Eolaran Nova, she was one of mine.  I can’t just.  She was killed off planet, her family doesn’t know.

NOVA
She knew this was a possibility.  It comes with the job Galaxy Eyes.

HATOV
(Coldly)
It doesn’t have to.

NOVA
I know, but it does.

HATOV
Why do you choose to live this way?  What am I supposed to do when I know a murderer of one of my people is so near?  What do you do with murderers here? 

NOVA
You’re (beat) you’re supposed to report them, usually to the person’s home planet, but (beat) Incos don’t usually have one.  We just slip through the cracks.

HATOV
I can’t even report it.

NOVA
You can (beat) it won’t matter.  Not without a planet to assign her to and not without her body.

HATOV
But Eolara

NOVA
Doesn’t exist as far as the report is concerned, and even if it did, she had no id.  She’s just (beat) gone.

HATOV
She can’t just disappear.  She was a person, an Eolaran, how many of my people have just dropped away like this?  We can’t even bring them into the goddess’s fold if we can’t mourn them.

NOVA
If you’d known while you were on planet would you have cared?

HATOV
I

NOVA
Would it have mattered if your brother hadn’t disappeared out here?

HATOV
 It still would have

NOVA
(shouting)
If you weren’t imagining Wilm’s fucking corpse would it matter?
 Long pause

HATOV
I’m going for a walk.

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