Episode 33

Episode 33
RECEPTIONIST A
How did you leave your home planet?
 
HATOV
My (beat) brother, offered a chance to get off planet.  I (beat) I took it, father wouldn’t allow me to go, so I (beat) I just left, I didn’t tell anybody.  It was apparently a very stupid thing to do.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
How did you end up on the Viaci Republic?
 
HATOV
I came from Gnorria uhm 659?  Or something?  With the ice and giant beasts.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Understood.  Who have you come in contact with during your trip?
 
HATOV
Uhm, shop keepers, androids mostly.  I’ve just been trying to get home, but nobody seems to know it exists.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Do you have any names?
 
HATOV
(Long pause)
No.
 
RRECEPTIONIST A
Understood.  Do you know where Hatov is?
 
HATOV
(beat)
I do.
 
Sound of water hitting the floor, continues
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Understood.  Where is he?
 
HATOV
Around.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
A more precise response would be beneficial.
 
HATOV
Sets cup down.
I’ve finished my tea.  Could I have another cup?  Nerves, and all.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
(beat)
Of course.
Door closes
HATOV
Nova, please.
 
NOVA
(Interested)
Your brother fucked something up.  What the hell made you give them his name?
 
HATOV
Uhm, I didn’t want them to know it was (beat) me.  It was the first thing I could think of.
 
NOVA
You realize you’re asking me to fuck over the largest entity in the galaxy, right?  I will lose one of my oldest clients and I am, undoubtedly putting myself in a shit ton of danger.
 
HATOV
(beat)
Yes
 
NOVA
And even if despite infinite odds, we somehow manage to survive and return you to your planet you won’t even be free of the union and you will owe me your life, do you understand?
 
HATOV
I understand.
 
NOVA
And?
 
HATOV
I accept your conditions.
 
NOVA
(beat)
Okay.  They hooked you up good, huh?  Uhm (beat) here, this isn’t optimal but bite down on the rebreather.  You ready?
 
HATOV
For what?
 
NOVA
Bite.  Ready?  On three.
 
HATOV
Mmm mmm
 
NOVA
One
Sound of tearing.  Hatov cries out.
Ohh, you even bleed weird, huh?  How the fuck does your blood match your eyes?
 
HATOV
(panting)
It’s new.
 
NOVA
Okay, hurry.
 
HATOV
Your plan is just to (beat) walk out of here?
 
NOVA
Yup, no time like the present.
Stumbling as Hatov stands
Alright, I’m going to need walking not to be a problem.  Can it not be a problem?
 
HATOV
I’ll (beat, resolutely) it won’t be a problem.
 
NOVA
Good, stay close to me.  This is (beat) shit.  Uhm you think you can run?
 
HATOV
(uncertainly)
I’ll try.
 
NOVA
(beat)
Speed walking it is.  We’re going to have about 30 seconds before someone notices the signal’s gone dead.
 
HATOV
What signal?
 
NOVA
Shhh…watch the door.
 
RECEPTIONIST A
Please notify me if there’s anyway else I can assist you.
Powering down
 
NOVA
(high pitched) Fuck!  (shuddering breath, slick sound, android drops to the floor, a beat passes) shit, let’s move. 
Sound of leaving
HATOV
Just like that?
 
NOVA
(slightly strained)
How else would you like to leave pretty boy? Golden chariot?  Be my guest.
 
HATOV
(beat)
But wouldn’t it be better to plan?
Door opens, sound of fabric rustling
(Go through laundry pile, or closet)
 
NOVA
(Frustrated and slightly breathless)
In here.  When the hell would I be able to plan?  Do you know how much I had to pay to get in here?  It wasn’t cheap pretty boy, and what if they move you? I don’t have contacts in every fucking galactic embassy.  Put this on and these.
 
HATOV
You brought goggles?  Were you really not planning to save me?
 
NOVA
I didn’t plan to do anything for you.  I was hoping small comforts might distract you.
 
HATOV
I don’t understand.
 
NOVA
From the fact that I’d injected you with what you should consider an unknown substance.  You ready?
 
HATOV
This doesn’t even fit.
 
NOVA
Deal with it.  It’s the color and the cut, just roll up the sleeves for now.
 
HATOV
What are you doing?
 
NOVA
Keep your mouth shut and let me do the talking and I don’t mean stay quiet until you get a goddammed question.  I mean keep your fucking mouth shut.  Understood?
(beat)
Good.  Come on.
 
BRAYLIN
Aurora, I can’t do that again.  This was risky (beat) who the hell is that?
 
NOVA
Another contact.  Mind your business Braylin.
 
BRAYLIN
What was this about?  I don’t
 
NOVA
(obviously annoyed/strained)
Take your curiosity and shove it up your ass.  You’ve gouged me for $10,000 imperial.  I did not pay for you for fucking questions. 
 
BRAYLIN
(Annoyed)
Got it.
 
NOVA
Don’t look at them, look at me.  If you’ve got anything to say, say it to me.
 
BRAYLIN
(Grumbling)
Got it.
Alarm sounds
What’s going on.
 
NOVA
Mind your own business Braylin, or I will make damn sure that the money comes back to my account.
 
BRAYLIN
What did you
 
NOVA
(strained)
Goddammit, I don’t have time for this.
 
Sound of a taser and a body hitting the floor
 
  Let’s go.
 
HATOV
Nova!  Is she
 
NOVA
She’s fine.  Come on.
 
HATOV
(Quietly)
The exit's that way.
 
NOVA
I told you to shut up.  Open this door and make a left.
 
Hesitant shuffling from Hatov
Door opens
Oh, fresh air.  (Dazed) That’s nice. 
 
HATOV
Nova?  Nova!
 
NOVA
Shit. Sorry, up the steps and make a right.  Open that door and we’ll head to the ship.
 
HATOV
Is there a reason you’re having me lead?
 
NOVA
(beat)
You want to get out of here, right?  Come on focus.
Door opens/pass through/shuts
 
HATOV
Okay, but is this the best way?
 
NOVA
Uh-huh
Stairs, another door.
HATOV
Where now?
 
NOVA
To the (beat) the uh ship.  We’re outside, hold on.
(beat)
Right, and we’ll cut through the alley and end up at Aror’s.  Lead the way pretty boy.
 
HATOV
Wouldn’t it make more sense for
Shoving
NOVA
Shut up and move.
 
HATOV
Okay, okay, but Nova?
 
NOVA
Move, come on we don’t have a shitload of time, we need to leave. 
 
AROR
Ho, Nova, how’s it
 
NOVA
Bad, very bad, $1000 if you “lose” all the time-based records, you’ve never seen us and erase the launch, we’ll be leaving in the next wave.
 
AROR
Oh, oh!  But that’s in a few minutes.
 
NOVA
I need that launch to happen.  Deal or no?
 
AROR
Nova, uhm, deal
 
NOVA
Good.
 
AROR
Stay safe.
 
NOVA
Too late.  Try to fend them off as long as possible, but if it comes to selling me out, or your safety, you know what to choose.
 
AROR
Of course, you always take care of your clients dear.
 
NOVA
Come on, pretty boy.
 
Sound of walking, hurried.
HATOV
Nova, you passed the ship.
 
NOVA
Oh (beat) ha, haha.  Great.
 
SAWA
Captain, located.  Hello Nova.
 
NOVA
Hi.  Carry me onto the ship and shut yourself down.
 
SAWA
That course of action is
 
NOVA
Override 22135
 
SAWA
Understood
 
HATOV
Nova, why is Sawa here?  What’s going on?
 
NOVA
Shut up.  We need to leave the moon.  We’re going to jump, you got that galaxy eyes?
 
HATOV
Yes.
 
NOVA
You first.
 
HATOV
But
 
NOVA
Climb dammit!
 
Sound of climbing
Door opens
Sawa powers off.
HATOV
What are we going to
 
NOVA
Leave her.  Strap yourself in.
Ship comes to life
Straps buckle
(hisses quietly under her breath, pained)
Fucking shit, shit, fuck, goddamn it.  Get this shit off me
Wig and jacket fall on flooe
(beat)
Ready Galaxy eyes?
 
HATOV
Nova, there’s a trail of red.
 
NOVA
(Slightly giddy)
Uh huh (beat) yup, that’s mine, or me, or a part of me.
 
HATOV
What?
 
NOVA
I went and got myself stabbed.  (babbling) You know I don’t work here usually, I was on a different route before, this was part of the deal so (beat, deep breath).  Sorry, rambling, I just forgot about the force shut off countermeasures the embassy droids have.  Older models used to have knives (beat) still have knives. (Nervously, a little hysterically, pained gasp) I mean, it’s low tech but apparently it works so why change a classic right?
 
HATOV
It’s blood? (beat) Nova, there’s so much.
 
NOVA
(Laughs)
Yup
 
HATOV
Are you okay?
 
NOVA
(beat)
The fact that Sawa (beat) activated is not a good sign.
 
HATOV
You need to turn her on.
 
NOVA
No can do.
 
HATOV
You’ll die.
 
NOVA
I won’t die.  At least, so long as Sawa is off.  We’ve gotta jump, remember?  And I haven’t updated her battery.
 
HATOV
Battery?
 
NOVA
(Distracted/focusing)
Things kind of hit the fan, really fast after that and I, fuck I hope that was the right button, I had a route to complete.  Or I tried to, come on, come on.
Loud countdown begins outside
Comeoncomeoncomeoncomeon
Yes!
Sound of launch
Then silence
Okay pretty boy, I’m going to need you (beat) hands dirty.  There’s (beat) ah, gauze in the drawer to your right.
 
HATOV
But
Sound of drawer opening
There’s
 
NOVA
Oh, my bad. Check the other side.
Thudding
 
HATOV
Nova!
 
NOVA
Mmm, that felt like shit.  Come on, bring the gauze over.
Sound of running over
Fabric peeling away
 
HATOV
(beat, whispers)
Nova, this is bad.
 
NOVA
Uh-huh.  I’ve gathered that. Now, I need you to press down (groans, strained) yup, just like that.  And stay there
 
HATOV
(panicking)
I’m hurting you.  I can’t Nova I’ll go get
 
NOVA
It was the fucking knife that hurt me.
 
HATOV
But I, I don’t know what I’m doing and there’s so much.  There’s so much blood.
 
NOVA
It’s a pretty red too, don’t you think?
 
HATOV
I’m being serious. (beat) Nova?
 
NOVA
Lulu, breathe.  I’ve done stupider things this is (beat) just the latest in a long list of stupid shit.
 
HATOV
(beat)
I’m Hatov. (beat, desperately) Uh Galaxy Eyes.  Pretty boy.
 
NOVA
(Struggling)
What’d I call you? 
 
HATOV
I’ll get Sawa.
 
NOVA
No, no, no, no, no, that’s stupid.  Why are you so stupid?  This is might die, that is will die.
 
HATOV
So I just sit here and watch you bleed out?
 
NOVA
(blandly)
It’s five minutes, Lulu.
 
HATOV
Uhm (beat)
Squelching, through Nova’s lines Hatov is apologizing
 
NOVA
(Gasps, high pitched keening voice)
What the fuck is wrong with you?
 
HATOV
Uh, sorry, I’m sorry.  But you were (beat) you didn’t recognize me.
 
NOVA
Dear god, did you apologize?  I really am going to die.  How’s it feel?  Humbling?
 
HATOV
(hysterical laugh)
Yes, a little.
 
NOVA
You ever file Lulu’s report?
 
HATOV
No, I didn’t (beat) I shouldn’t have (beat)
 
NOVA
I miss her, you know.
 
HATOV
You killed her Nova.
 
NOVA
(airily)
I didn’t kill her.
 
HATOV
But Jeanne said
 
NOVA
She didn’t tell you that either.  She probably gave you just enough information to let you think that on your own.
 
HATOV
But you
 
NOVA
She doesn’t lie.  Good Incos don’t lie.  She’s a very good Inco.
 
HATOV
I
 
NOVA
Lulu asked me not to move.  I think I was supposed to save her, somehow, but she told me not to move.
 
HATOV
What?
 
NOVA
The airlock pretty boy.  She told me not to move.
 
HATOV
Nova, stay with me.
 
NOVA
Idiot.  Where the fuck do you think I’m going?
 
HATOV
Uh, nowhere.  You’re staying right here.  Right?
 
NOVA
Getting stabbed sucks.
 
HATOV
You’re staying with me, right Nova?
 
NOVA
Lulu shook her head, told me to stay still.  Told me to close my eyes, but I didn’t.  There was another choice, had to be.
 
HATOV
Nova?
 
NOVA
I have nightmares about it.  All that noise and just (beat) silence.  She didn't look scared.  I think I was supposed to do something.  Save her.  But stay still she says, what the fuck was the other choice then?
 
HATOV
Come on, come on.
 
NOVA
Don’t look at me like that.  I’ve just got to hold out for a few minutes.  It’s not the end of the world.
 
HATOV
You’re not thinking straight.
 
NOVA
I won’t die.
 
HATOV
It’s not stopping, how do I get the bleeding to stop?
 
NOVA
Look at me, look at me (laughs) your eyes are very pretty.
 
HATOV
Nova, stay with me.
 
NOVA
I’m not going anywhere, Lulu.
 
HATOV
I’ll be back.  I’m (beat) I’m going to get thicker fabric.
 
NOVA
(hisses)
Stay.  It’ll get worse if you move.
 
HATOV
Nova, I’m not enough for this
 
NOVA
You’re doing just fine.
 
HATOV
But
 
NOVA
I won’t die.  I promise, okay?
 
HATOV
I’m scared Nova.
 
NOVA
That’s fine too.
 
HATOV
I don’t want to be alone.
 
NOVA
‘Mrighthere.
 
HATOV
Okay.
 
NOVA
Fuck it’s cold.
 
HATOV
Hey, Nova, uhm (beat) tell me about her.  About Alula.
 
NOVA
(Sleepily)
Lulu?  (annoyed) She was infuriating
 
HATOV
What?
 
NOVA
She was annoying and she was a busy body.  She wouldn’t leave me alone.  I thought I wanted to be left alone.
 
HATOV
Uhm (beat) what else?
 
  NOVA
She never shut up.
 
HATOV
What did she talk about?
 
NOVA
Nothing (beat) she never talked about anything (beat) she filled days with nothing (beat) it was irritating (beat) and she liked head scarves (beat) collected them from each planet.
 
HATOV
Why?
 
NOVA
(Confused) Religion? I (Beat) I didn’t understand (beat) I should have tried harder to understand.
 
HATOV
Uh (beat) what else?
 
NOVA
(Drowsily)
You’re acting like her (beat) Shut up
 
HATOV
(laughs)
Just put up with me a little longer
 
NOVA
(frustrated)
Shut up.
 
HATOV
Nova?
Just Nova’s breathing
Nova?  Please, you can’t
Hyperdrive stops
Uh, um
Standing, running, in the distance.
 
SAWA
Hello, I’m Sawa your life support system and aid.  How may I help you?
 
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