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.