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?