Episode 31

Episode 31
Footsteps crunching in gravel
Footsteps slow
Stop
HATOV
Where?
Turning
(beat, sigh)  I should have stayed closer to the ship.
 
GUARD 1
Over here.
 
GUARD 2
Are you sure?  This feels way too easy.
 
GUARD 1
Shut up shut up shut up.  If it’s easy let it be easy.  Over time pay is shit.
 
GUARD 2
Ho there.
Silence
Ho!  Sir (beat). ‘scuse me, sir? (pause)  Offworlder!
 
HATOV
Offworlder?
 
GUARD 2
Wasn’t he supposed to have a rebreather?
 
GUARD 1
Who the fuck cares?  What do his eyes look like?
 
GUARD 2
Can you turn around for us?
 
HATOV
Ehm
 
GUARD 2
Sir, can you turn around for us?
 
HATOV
Please let go.
 
GUARD 2
Oh, wow.
 
GUARD 1
What's (beat) ohh.
 
GUARD 2
Right?
 
GUARD 1
That’s fucking creepy.
 
GUARD 2
Sorry sir, he means, uhm (beat) well, what he meant was, we’ve never seen eyes like yours, but (beat) damn, yeah, they’re kind of creepy.
 
GUARD 1
But, like in a good way.
 
GUARD 2
There’s no good creepy, dude.
 
GUARD 1
Hey, we were told to take you to the embassy, would you mind coming with us?
 
HATOV
I would very much mind.
 
GUARD 2
I mean, you can come, and we’ll give you a rebreather, or we’ll wait half an hour and you’ll be so out of your mind that you won’t know where you are.
 
HATOV
I (beat, high pitched squeal).
 
GUARD 1
Whoa, stop that.  We can get you one and I mean, things won’t be great, but they won’t be as bad as they’re going to get right now.
 
HATOV
What about the antidote?
 
GUARD 1
You don’t want to take that.
 
HATOV
That’s what she said too, why not?
 
GUARD 1
Because dosing isn’t easy and (beat) it kind of sucks.  No off-worlder I’ve given this to, seems happy afterwards and if I mess up, they can die.  So, what’s it going to be?
 
HATOV
(beat)
Do I really have a choice?


GUARD 1
Not really.
 
GUARD 2
Come on.  How long have you been out here?
 
HATOV
Uhm, a few minutes? Maybe 5?
 
GUARD 2
Okay, that’s good.  If we hurry, you’ll be good for an hour or so before the effects set in and if you’re lucky you won’t hit the hallucinations at all.
 
HATOV
Why does that matter?
 
GUARD 1
We need to file the report and it’d be nice to have you lucid enough to answer questions
 
HATOV
(pause)
And then I can leave?
 
GUARD 2
I don’t think so, it seems like someone important wants to talk to you.  You’ll probably be released in a few days.
   
HATOV
A few days?  But sh (beat) I hadn’t planned to stay so long.
 
GUARD 1
That isn’t really our problem.
 
HATOV
But
 
Dinging
RECEPTIONIST A
Welcome to the galactic embassy.  Do you have an appointment?
 
GUARD 1
We found the guy in the reports.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Hold on a moment.
 
Clinking fades and footsteps return
 
RECEPTIONIST C
(Timid voice)
O…o…I mean…that was quick.  Good work.  Um…goodness, the reports uhm…please follow me.
 
HATOV
Can I have a rebreather?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
(long pause)
Uh (beat) yeah (beat) we can, uh, arrange for one.  It’ll be delivered to you (beat) holding cell.
 
HATOV
My what?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Oh dear, uhm (beat) yes, you’ve uhm run once (beat) so we’ll be keeping you (beat) there, until the uh (beat) counsellor of political affairs can talk to you (beat) oh, but it’s not a cell like a prison cell (beat) uhm maybe I should have said room instead.  (Beat) oh, dear.  I’m sorry, I really wasn’t expecting them to (beat) actually find you (beat, panicked) I mean, not so soon.  Not with the (beat) oh. We’re here.
 
HATOV
My rebreather?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Are you feeling any, ah, effects yet?
 
HATOV
Uhm, I wouldn’t know.
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Ah, how long has he been out?
 
GUARD 2
He said 5 minutes so maybe 7?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Oh (beat, slightly breathy) well that’s good news now isn’t it? We’ve uhm, we have some time.  Please, wait here.
 
Door closes
Hatov tries door, locked
(muffled)
I’m sorry, but if you could refrain from trying to leave, that (beat) would be beneficial.  The councellor will be with you in a few minutes.
 
HATOV
What about the rebreather?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Ah, yes (beat) I will have to find one (beat) I’ll uhm (beat) I’ll get on that right away.  I know this is a little, ahh, uncomfortable, but (beat) we’ll remedy it as fast as possible.  Alright?
 
HATOV
(beat) of, of course.
 
RECEPTIONIST C
And (beat) uhm, you would be, Wilm?
 
HATOV
(beat)
Yes.
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Would you (beat) would you know where your brother (beat) ah, Hatov is?
 
HATOV
Why?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
He, ah, went missing shortly after you did (beat) and we uh (beat) we have reason to believe he (beat) might have been searching for, uhm, you.
 
HATOV
If you have me, you don’t need him
 
RECEPTIONIST C
(Beat) Would you know where he is?
 
HATOV
He’s nothing but a spare.
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Hmm, (beat) ah, yes, I can see how you can think that, (beat) but do you (beat) know where he is?
 
HATOV
And if I do?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Oh, that’s great news (beat) the councellor will like that very much (beat) would you mind telling me?
 
HATOV
I want to speak with the councellor
 
RECEPTIONIST C
(pause)
Okay (beat) very well, that’s, ah, fair.  (beat) to be expected actually.  I’ll send an android to ask some questions.
 
HATOV
What happened to the councellor?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
I, uhm, don’t think you know where he is.  So, I’ll have your vitals monitored for the first (beat) round of questions and we’ll, uh, move on from there.
 
HATOV
And my rebreather?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
You may be more pliable after, uh, the effects kick in.  Not while you’re unintelligible of course, but uh, the onset of, uhm, confusion may offer a window (beat) and you’ll be tired when the drug wears off, beat, so, hmm.  It might be more convenient to hold off for a bit.  (Beat) of course, we don’t want you to die, but uhm, hmmm.  Yes, half an hour should do it.
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