Episode 6

Episode 6

SAWA
Prince Hatov are you ready to leave?
 
HATOV
Y—yes, but why are you smaller?
 
SAWA
This is my off-ship model.  Would you like me to change?
 
HATOV
No, it’s just (pause)
 
SAWA
Response unclear.  Would you like me to change?
 
HATOV
No.
 
SAWA
Understood.  In order to conserve energy, it is suggested that I am carried on your person.
 
HATOV
(beat) uhm…will my shoulder work?
 
SAWA
Yes.  Other recommended areas are in your pocket, or in your bag.
 
HATOV
I’ve never been outside unescorted.
 
SAWA
I will be escorting you.
 
HATOV
That’s not what I meant
 
SAWA
I do not understand.  I will be escorting you.
 
HATOV
Are you sure you can’t…update, somehow?
 
SAWA
Nova has denied access to the galactic data base.  Until access is granted, I am unable to download the latest software, I am also unable to update information through technological means.
 
HATOV
(Sighs)
Do you think I could convince her to let you?
 
SAWA
I have not been updated since the day she purchased me.
 
HATOV
(beat) Doesn’t that mean that your maps are outdated?  Can you really lead me to her?
 
SAWA
I am unable to update by technological means, but Nova allows me to see the newest maps.  I am able to gain information in that manner, but it is less efficient and heavily dependent on the map’s accuracy. 
 
HATOV
She’s very careful, isn’t she?  Why doesn’t she want you connected to the galactic database?
 
SAWA
Nova is thorough with her commands.  I do not know why she does not want me connected.
 
HATOV
Of course, you don’t.
 
SAWA
Are you ready to leave?
 
HATOV
Her gear is a bit small (beat) tight.
 
SAWA
You are taller than Nova, and you are not human.  Some gear will fit incorrectly, but I see nothing that will cause you harm.
 
HATOV
It’s uncomfortable.
 
SAWA
I see no way to fix that if you wish to find Nova in the minimum time necessary.
 
HATOV
Is there a place for me to buy clothes?
 
SAWA
There are many clothing shops in Iurus.
 
HATOV
We’ll go there first.
 
SAWA
Understood.  Are you ready to leave?
 
HATOV
(beat) Yes.
 
SAWA
Opening the hatch, now, please brace for the cold.
 
HATOV
(Gasps)
I
 
SAWA
Is there a problem?
 
HATOV
No.  It’s just (beat) colder than I expected.
 
SAWA
The temperature on the surface of Gnorria-658 is currently -50 degrees Celsius.
 
HATOV
Mhmm
The sound of snow crunching.
It is very cold.
 
EMMED
Nova did not mention a companion
 
Sound of stumbling in snow
 
HATOV
WOW you are (beat) You know Nova too?
 
EMMED
She’s an old friend but she didn’t mention you
 
HATOV
I was unwell, but I’m better now.
 
EMMED
You’re not planning to steal her ship are you?
 
HATOV
(doubtfully)
Someone would try to steal that?
 
EMMED
(laughing)
I asked her the same thing
 
HATOV
No, I’m just trying to find her, and some better fitting clothes.
 
EMMED
Oh, it’s not a good time for that.  There was a bad harvest this year so the price has gone up.
 
HATOV
Harvest?
 
SAWA
The clothes on Gnorrian-658 are derived from local plant life
 
EMMED
Is that Sawa?
 
SAWA
It is.  Hello Emmed.
 
EMMED
You too are smaller than I remember.  Much smaller.
 
SAWA
This is my off-board model.  Would you like me to change?
 
EMMED
Nova wanted you to stay onboard.
 
SAWA
I received no such directive.
 
EMMED
Is that so?
 
SAWA
It is.
 
EMMED
Then carry on.
 
HATOV
Do you know how to get underground?
 
EMMED
That door over there will lead you to the market.
 
SAWA
Something has happened to Nova.  Her vitals seem stable but a large amount of endorphins have been released.
 
HATOV
What does that mean?
 
SAWA
She will be happy when you meet her.
 
HATOV
She doesn’t seem the happy type.
 
EMMED
Nova enjoys herself in her own way.
 
Sound of door opening and going down metal steps.
 
HATOV
Do you have (beat, uncomfortably) money?
 
SAWA
Nova has 62,000 imperial units in her account.
 
HATOV
Can you access it?
 
SAWA
I have been denied access to her accounts.
 
HATOV
What use are you if you can’t even
Sound of door opening, sound of crowds.
By the goddess.  I meant to ask earlier but…what are these?
 
SAWA
Gnorrians are recognized as the ruling race of Gnorria 658.  They grow to be between 2 to 3 meters in height and are easily recognized by their thick fur coats.  They are known for being one of the slowest species on the intergalactic council.
 
HATOV
They’re huge
 
SAWA
They are known as one of the lesser giants.
 
HATOV
There are things larger than them?
 
SAWA
35 known species are larger than Gnorrians.
 
GUARD
Identification
 
HATOV
Uhm
 
GUARD
Identification, please.
 
Sound of a card clattering on a table
 
HATOV
Uhm (beat) sorry.  This is (long pause) uhm
 
GUARD
Will there be a problem?
 
HATOV
I (beat) I can’t (beat, uncomfortably) Sawa?
 
SAWA
Identification: Nova Bretius designation Leron FF38 Human 12678-omega.
 
GUARD
6…7…8…omega
Beeping sounds
Welcome to Gnorria-658
 
HATOV
Eh (beat) uhm…you too.
 
GUARD
(In the distance)
What?
 
SAWA
The nearest clothing store is on your right.
 
HATOV
I have no money.
 
SAWA
There is something wrong with Nova.
 
HATOV
Besides the endorphins?
 
SAWA
Yes, an endorphin release like that can be associated with either exercise or sex, but the numbers are too high for either. 
 
HATOV
So, what’s wrong?
 
SAWA
I do not know.  At this distance I am unable to run a proper diagnostic.  Her dopamine levels have increased as well.
 
HATOV
(Exasperated)
Speak plainly, please.
 
SAWA
Such events are associated with intense euphoria and feelings of comfort.  Nova may be behaving in an unusual manner.
 
HATOV
Will she still be able to help me?
 
SAWA
I am unsure.
 
HATOV
(beat)
Can you still find her?
 
SAWA
Yes. 
Follow this path for one kilometer and take a right.  Your heart rate is high, are you sure this walk will benefit you?
 
HATOV
(distractedly)
Uh huh (beat) yes.  I can’t just sit all day and do nothing. It’s just (beat) I’ve never seen anything like this.  It’s so cold, but it’s cozy, and bright, their blankets are beautiful, but are they really replacing their doors?  You can’t see the sky from here, does no one miss it?  I feel warmth from their houses, how?  Don’t the Gnorrians find it hot?  I’ve seen others besides Gnorrians, how do they live here?
 
SAWA
Gnorrians feel no need for doors and blankets trap warmth from the planet’s core.  I am unable to tell if the they find such conditions unpleasant.  Gnorria 658 is home to 157 “ruling species” as classified by the intergalactic database.
 
HATOV
To think the world is so vast.
 
SAWA
This is one of many worlds
 
HATOV
(beat)
Uh yes.  That is not as comforting as you think it is.
 
SAWA
More information requested.  What about that did you find distressing?
 
HATOV
Everything
 
SAWA
New information acquired.  I will not speak of the multiple planets while you are around.
 
HATOV
What? No, don’t do that, that’s not what I meant.  Don’t do that.
 
SAWA
Understood.
Arguing in the background
 HATOV
How much further?
SAWA
Nova is straight ahead
 
NOVA
Aw, fuck
 
 
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