Episode 32

Episode 32
RECEPTIONIST C
Sorry, this will, (uh)
 
HATOV
Ouch!
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Yes, uhm, precisely.  We (beat) can’t, uhm, have you ripping this off during testing (beat) uhm, we find pain is a (beat) rather good deterrent. 
 
HATOV
You’re treating me like a prisoner.
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Ah, not really (beat) uhm, prisoners don’t usually get rooms this nice and (beat) uhm, they don’t get offered meetings with the (beat) uhm Councellors.  Oh, I guess this does seem a bit, uh, rough.  But your disappearance has caused some (beat) destabilization on your home planet.
 
HATOV
Eolara (beat) you know Eolara?
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Oh good, you’re sweating.  I’m (beat) this is going to be a bit uhm miserable.  It’s not a, hmm, a fun trip, if you’re the type for uh, drugs.
 
HATOV
I am not.
 
RECEPTIONIST C
The android will be going down this, ah, list of questions, please try your best to be, uh, honest.  I’ll be back when the (beat) uh, when I am.  I’m sorry, we’re very, very busy right now (beat) your, uh, appearance was rather unexpected, especially so far from your home.
 
HATOV
You can’t just leave me here.  At least give me a rebreather.  I (beat) anything, I just
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Yes, yes, that will be arranged later, oh
 
HATOV
Not the light, I can’t
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Do you even have pupils?  Hmmm, interesting, well you seem sensitive to light so I guess that means it’s started affecting your vision. 
 
HATOV
Please, there’s no need for this.  I’ve done nothing wrong.
 
RECEPTIONIST C
Mmm, your pulse is a bit fast.  I suggest that you uh, try to relax.  I realize that may be uhh, a bit counter intuitive but (beat) your mental state going forward is (beat) going to depend on your comfort.
 
HATOV
No, don’t you can’t just
Door closes
Leave me here.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Hello Wilm.  I am to be your interrogator today, how are you feeling?
 
HATOV
 Let me out.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
I’m afraid I am not permitted to do so during interrogations.  How are you feeling.
 
HATOV
You’re not supposed to allow harm to come to the royal family.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
I have received no such command.  How are you feeling.
 
HATOV
Awful
 
RECEPTIONIST A
I’m sorry to hear that, is there anything I can do to help you feel more at ease.
 
HATOV
(Beat)
What are you limited to?
 
RECEPTIONIST A
I can bring food, and beverages.
 
HATOV
(Mumbling)
I feel like I’m going to throw up, so (beat) no.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Understood.  I will go down this list of questions.  Please answer as truthfully as possible.  Your vitals are being monitored to help determine if you are telling the truth.  Understood?
 
HATOV
What if I say no?
 
RECEPTIONIST A
I will go over this speech as many times as you need.  Would you like me to further explain the events that are going to take place?
 
HATOV
No, I understand.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Good, then I will proceed.  You are Wilm of Eolara, correct?
 
HATOV
(Pause, sigh)
No.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Then who are you?
 
HATOV
A spare.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Who are you?
 
HATOV
A spare
 
RECEPTIONIST A
What name do you wish to go by?
 
HATOV
Wilm.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Understood.
 
HATOV
What model are you?
 
RECEPTIONIST A
I am an 8th generation android.  How did you
 
HATOV
(Snickers)
The embassy uses such outdated androids.  At least SAWA was charming.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
How did you leave your home planet?


HATOV
I (beat) Nova?
 
RECEPTIONIST A
That is illogical.  How did you leave your home planet?
 
HATOV
Uhm, I’m feeling very (beat) thirsty right now.  Could I have a cup of coffee?
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Of course.
Sound of rising and leaving the room
 
HATOV
Please be real, please be real, please be real.
 
NOVA
(Breathily, vwee follows her in the room)
Wow, they really did you dirty, didn’t they pretty boy?
 
HATOV
What?  Help me out of this.
 
NOVA
Why?  Isn’t this what you wanted?  You have your precious embassy, seems like you’ll be transported to the Sunorix and then to your home.
 
HATOV
It’s not (beat) if you’re not here to help me, why are you here  How did you get in?
 
NOVA
 I told you I’ll be getting what I want whether you go with me or not.  Tilt your head.
 
HATOV
I will not.
 
NOVA
Oh please
HATOV’S Protests in the background
You’re basically at peak infant strength right now.
Sound of cap popping off
NOVA’S voice muffled as she talks around a cap
This is gonna sting.  I suggest you grit your teeth.
 
HATOV
(hisses)
 
NOVA
Good boy, good boy.
 
HATOV
What was that?
 
NOVA
An injection of muscarine.  You’re welcome.
 
HATOV
(beat)
You (beat) you gave me the antidote?
 
NOVA
If you wanna believe in antidotes, yes.  But you’re going to feel really, really shitty.
 
HATOV
(Panicked)
Nova, I don’t know what’s going on, take me with you.
 
NOVA
(getting progressively more annoyed)
I don’t see why I should.  You’re a brat, you invade my privacy, talked to the one person I warned you against and then you (beat)
A red sun rose over the bed of a clumsy nun. 
Her habit askew it dipped in the stew
 
HATOV
Nova, you’re pale.  Are you alright?
 
NOVA
and her prayers were all poorly said
 but the father who taught her never could stop her
for the road of the devout she did tread.
 
HATOV
Nova!  You’re not making any sense.
 
NOVA
Well, I couldn’t come here when I was feeling a hundred percent, because time is a factor.  I’m going to go back to my ship and deal with this little issue in the privacy of my own room.  Also, you forgot your rebreather, dumbass.
clattering
 HATOV
(Raising outrage)
I didn’t come here by myself.  The guards caught me, I’m (beat) Oh goddess, this is another type of awful.  Is it supposed to be hard to breathe?
 
NOVA
Yup, see you around.
 
HATOV
Nova, no, Nova, please.  I didn’t mean to come here.  I (beat) I was walking and the guards, they found me but (beat, more panicked) something’s wrong.  They think I’m Wilm but they’ve chained me and they, they won’t give me a rebreather and
 
NOVA
Pretty boy, shhh
 
HATOV
Nova, please listen
Door opens
RECEPTIONIST A
I’m sorry for the delay, the machine was
 
HATOV
I’m sorry, did I say coffee?  I meant tea.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
What kind of tea would you desire?
 
HATOV
Something (beat) uhm, calming. For my nerves, or my (beat) uhm, mental state.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Understood.
Clanking, door closes.
HATOV pukes
 
NOVA
Yeah, it’ll do that too.  I told you, you wouldn’t want the antidote.
 
HATOV
What do I have to give you to get you to help me?
 
NOVA
Galaxy eyes, this is a little above my paygrade.  Whatever the embassy needs from Wilm is something I’d love to not get involved in.
 
HATOV
(beat)
I’ll tell them about you.
 
NOVA
They know about me pretty boy, but so long as I’m not incredibly stupid, they’ll let me get fat off their crumbs, and that’s (slight hesitation, resignation) fine with me.
 
HATOV
Someone who was happy with crumbs wouldn’t have killed their friend.
 
NOVA
What?
 
HATOV
Nova, please, I will not press charges.  I’ll grant you asylum, I’ll (beat) I’ll give you money, a new ship, a house, anything I can on planet.
 
NOVA
What charges?
 
HATOV
Help me out, find me a way home and I will grant you whatever my family can give you and
 
NOVA
And what?
 
HATOV
You’ll get to fuck over the galactic union.  Whatever they want, they need me for. And, (Sputters) and Alula you could
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Your tea.
 
HATOV
(sips)
Thank you.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Should we continue
 
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