Episode 3

Episode 3: Boy
SAWA
(Garbled, accompanied by rapid beeping)
Heart rate is increasing, respiratory rate is increasing.
 
HATOV
(Wakes up gasping)
 
SAWA
Hello, my name is Sawa.  I am this ship’s life support system and aid.  It is listed in my protocol that I should say hello.
 
HATOV
(panicked breathing)
 
SAWA
Nova said you might find this useful
(Clattering.  And a high-pitched whine until that fades)
Can you understand me now?
 
HATOV
(Hesitantly)
Y-yes.
 
SAWA
Understood.  Hello my name is Sawa.  I am this ship’s life support system and aid.  It is listed in my protocol that I should say hello.
 
HATOV
Hi
 
SAWA
Hello, my name is Sawa
 
HATOV
You’ve said that
 
SAWA
I am this ship’s life support system and aid
 
HATOV
I’m Hatov
 
SAWA
New information acquired.  Hello Hatov.  Nova would like to know what you are.
 
HATOV
What is…Nova?
 
SAWA
Nova is the captain of this vessel.  It is also the term of a star that exhibits a sudden increase in brightness only to return after an indeterminate time.  Nova the captain would like to know what you are.
 
HATOV
I am a prince
 
SAWA
New information acquired.  Hello prince Hatov.
 
HATOV
(Hesitantly)
What model are you?
 
SAWA
I am a 4th generation health android.  I am also this ship’s life support system and aid.  I am outdated but Nova has shown no inclination of buying a replacement.
 
HATOV
We’re on model 13 now
 
SAWA
New information acquired. Thank you, my data is out of date as I am not permitted to supplement with information from the galactic database
 
HATOV
Why not?
 
SAWA
Nova has denied me permission
 
HATOV
Why?
 
SAWA
Answer unclear.
 
HATOV
Where am I?
 
SAWA
You are on a D-class ship owned by Nova currently docked on the snow planet Gnorria-658
 
HATOV
D-class?
 
SAWA
A D-class ship is a vessel not recommended for hyper space jumps, used predominately for the transport of materials across interplanetary distances.  This ship, however, has been fitted with a hyperspace engine and is capable of short hyperspeed jumps, however, all jumps are ill-advised. 
 
HATOV
Is she crazy?
 
SAWA
Today Nova was noted to have behaved in a manner indicative of sadness.  However, there have been no signs of mental instability.
 
HATOV
She has to be crazy to run this set up. 
 
SAWA
There have been no signs of mental instability
 
HATOV
God you’re old.
 
SAWA
Nova has indicated that my age is not a problem
 
HATOV
How is this Nova, as a person?
 
SAWA
She is 162 centimeters tall, with brown skin, her hair is cropped but I suspect that it is a dark brown and fast growing.  She is a human with no planetary status, born in space to a mother with no documentation.
 
HATOV
That last bit you probably shouldn’t have said.
 
SAWA
I have been given no orders to indicate that that information is of a sensitive nature.
 
HATOV
Do…do you know what happened to my, to the people I’m…I was with?
 
SAWA
New information acquired.  I was unaware that you were with other people.  I was activated after you were brought aboard. 
 
HATOV
Would Nova know?
 
SAWA
I do not know.  She has not spoken to me much about you.
 
HATOV
What kind of person is Nova?
 
SAWA
I am unable to judge the captain’s behavior in such a way.
 
HATOV
Has she…left anything for me?
 
SAWA
She has left you a message.  Would you like to hear it?
 
HATOV
Yes.
 
SAWA
Understood.
Old message plays
 
HATOV
She is not what I thought she’d be
 
SAWA
She is the captain of this ship.
 
HATOV
Why does she want you turned off?
 
SAWA
She is unable to perform hyperspeed jumps while I am active.  There is not enough fuel for both to occur simultaneously.  Would you like to turn me off?
 
HATOV
No! (pause) no, I’m, I don’t…I’m not ready to be alone.
 
SAWA
Gnorria is known for its snow, underground cities, cozy atmosphere, warm blankets, and strong liquor.
 
HATOV
I’ve never heard of it.
 
SAWA
If you have documentation, you are free to explore the planet.  Nova has left behind a coat and a heat mask for your use.
 
HATOV
I do not have any documentation.
 
SAWA
There is extra documentation in the top drawer of the captain’s desk. 
 
HATOV
Why are you telling me this?
 
SAWA
It is my duty to care for the crew.  This includes assessing and caring for mental health. You seem upset, protocol indicates that fresh air may help.
 
HATOV
I am not part of the crew.
 
SAWA
Nova granted you temporary crew status while you were unconscious.  You have been designated “the fuckwit who decided to spacewalk without a goddamned suit.  Sawa, who the hell does that?”
 
HATOV
(beat)
Without a suit?
 
SAWA
“without a goddamned suit” prince Hatov
 
HATOV
When will Nova be back?
 
SAWA
Would you like me to repeat the message?
 
HATOV
No, just (beat) how long until sundown?
 
SAWA
Approximately 55 imperial hours
 
HATOV
What?
 
SAWA
Days on Gnorria 658 are 76.58 hours.
 
HATOV
I can’t wait that long.  Do you know where I can find Nova?
 
SAWA
I am aware of Nova’s current location.
 
HATOV
Can you take me to her?
 
SAWA
Nova has indicated that she does not like me interfering with her work.
 
HATOV
My mental health would improve if I got in touch with Nova
 
SAWA
New information acquired.  Priorities recalculating.  Sawa's primary directive is to care for the crew.  Would you like me to take you to Nova?
 
HATOV
Yes.
 
SAWA
Understood.  I will direct you to the clothes left behind.  Is there anything else you wish to know?
 
HATOV
What is it like on Gnorria-658?
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