Episode 7

Episode 7
SAWA
Nova is straight ahead
 
NOVA
Sawa!
 
SAWA
Hello captain.  Hello Ilara.
 
ILARA
Background
Good evening Sawa.
 
NOVA
No “good evening” How many times have I said not to bother me at work?
 
SAWA
Thirteen.
 
NOVA
(Impressed/delighted/obvi too high to function)
Wow, that's a big number.  I didn’t get hurt badly enough for you to boot up on your own did I?
 
SAWA
Do you not recall restarting me nine days ago?
 
NOVA
You're going to freak out if I tell you the truth aren't you?
(Frustrated)  You’re just like her, you don't have to worry about me all the time.  I do just fine by myself.
 
SAWA
Captain, it is my job to care for the captain and crew
 
NOVA
(Joining the android) captain and crew, (beat) yes, I know.  Damnit SAWA no, I can't remember turning you on just yet.  Data importance shifted to low relevancy
 
SAWA
Understood.  Are you properly oriented to date, time, and location?
 
NOVA
(Annoyed)
It's cold as hell, so this has to be Iurus.  I'm not stupid.
 
SAWA
 Are you aware of the time and date?
 
NOVA
Lu- who the fuck cares?  (Continues vaguely as SAWA soaks over her) I never know the date, just the days I promised it would take. 
 
SAWA
New information acquired. Hatov has indicated that speaking with you would aid his mental health.
 
NOVA
(distracted)
A who now?
 
SAWA
Prince Hatov
 
HATOV
(Cutting Sawa off after “Pr”)
I asked her to bring me here.
 
NOVA
(Curiously)
Oh, you.  Your eyes aren’t what I’d imagined. (Excitedly, beginning to relax again) I thought maybe, but nope, wrong again.  They’re still very pretty.
 
HATOV
Excuse me?
 
NOVA
(quietly, fabric rustle as Nova climbs his shirt)
Uncomfortable grunt from Hatov
They look like galaxies.  Have you heard of Eolarans? The ones in old tales who make space and stars (chuckles) I think they might've lost a few in your eyes.
 
HATOV
(softly)
You don’t know what they mean?
 
ILARA
I’m sorry, she is unwell.
 
ARILIA
Papa broke her.
 
NOVA
Not broken.
 
HATOV
, but I have questions.
 
NOVA
 I can’t just give information.  Do you have anything to trade?
 
HATOV
What?
 
NOVA
Don't you know how this works?  You ask people like me for information with something more than air in your account and we go *swoosh* meeting all kinds of big bad’s or in Ilara's case maybe fluffy's and doink into your hand it goes.  A bit outdated I know but
 
HATOV
(In disbelief)
You’re an Inco.
 
NOVA
You got it, galaxy eyes! (beat) Something's wrong.  Sawa run a diagnostic.
 
SAWA
Vitals are stable, the fuckwit who
 
NOVA
(giggles)
Not on him.  On me.
 
SAWA
Vitals are stable but both your respiratory and heart rates are slower than normal.  Your behavior is also irregular.
 
NOVA
That's funny, I feel great, but I guess that’s what’s wrong isn’t it?
 
SAWA
You’re emotionally unstable.
 
NOVA
Okay, ouch.  Kid (beat) We, we’re going to talk about this later. Right now, I need to get back to my ship.
 
HATOV
You’re an Inco
 
NOVA
(beat)
SOooooo?
 
HATOV
You hurt people for a living.
 
NOVA
(Annoyed)
I don't hurt people, other people hurt other people. Do you think they'd stop just because I'm not around?  (Beat) You got a pretty eyed mom or dad on this planet to take you in?
 
HATOV
(Uncomfortably)
I need to find my family.
 
NOVA
(Dreamily)
Don’t we all?
 
SAWA
Captain, it would seem that you’re in need of assistance.  Permission to bring my onboard model here
 
NOVA
Denied, Emmed was supposed to keep you on the ship.
 
SAWA
Emmed did not keep me on the ship.
 
NOVA
(Surprised)
Oh, I guess not.
 
SAWA
Is this cause for concern?
 
NOVA
Maybe?  I don't know.  A lot of people seem to think so.  You (beat) kid, decide.  You have questions, guess what?  me too. But I'll be sweet and I’ll give you a freebee if you take me home.
 
HATOV
(confused)
A ship is not a home
 
NOVA
(snorts, and laughs)
Of course, it's a home.  (Beat) oh my god is he really this sheltered?  What kind of shit have we picked up?
 
SAWA
Hatov are you sheltered?
 
HATOV
No, and I am not (beat) shit.
 
NOVA
(laugh)
 
HATOV
You need my help.
 
NOVA
Yup.  Ilara here made a little itty-bitty mistake.  (mutters) Most things on Gnorria either taste horrible and are fine or taste horrible and kill you.  This is a special case.  This one tasted horrible but it's fun.  (conspiratorially) It steals legs.  You need more fun things ILARA.
 
ARILIA
Papa, can’t we keep her home?
 
ILARA
Mmm.  Are you able to take her? 
 
HATOV
(Uncertainly)
Ehm
 
NOVA
He’ll take me.  (Sternly) You won’t.  We, meaning me and him, have things to discuss.  Big matters, important business stuff.
 
ILARA
(speaking over Nova)
I’m trusting you with her.
 
HATOV
(clearly confused)
I’ve never, but she’s (beat) why do you care what happens to her?
 
NOVA
Because I’m de-fucking-lightful
 
ILARA
I’ve known her for a while.  She’s brusque but honest, and she tries her best to keep her clients safe.  I find that I’ve grown fond of her.
 
NOVA
Aw, how sweet.  Have you gone and gotten soft on the inside too, Ilara?
 
HATOV
What is wrong with you? 
 
NOVA
I’m so tired.  I’m trying to keep it together, but I can't do it galaxy eyes.  My schedule’s shot to hell and you are a thing that needs dealing with
 
HATOV
I am not a thing
 
NOVA
(Giggling)  you're cargo. Besides dying in space is a lonely way to go.  Too quiet. 
 
ILARA
I thought you said quiet was good.
 
NOVA
(Seriously)
Please take me home.
 
HATOV
Sawa, did she really save my life?
 
SAWA
I am unable to answer that question
 
HATOV
(quietly)
Of course, you can’t.
(A long pause)
Do you think you can keep yourself together long enough to reach the ship?
 
NOVA
Please take me home.
 
HATOV
(Panicked)
Uh, Nova?  Can you keep it together?  Sawa what do I do if she can’t?  I don’t think she can.
 
SAWA
Analyzing.  Command to keep onboard model on the ship overridden.  Data transfer occurring in one minute.  Prince Hatov, I am unable to run both systems simultaneously.  You will be left alone for approximately 15 minutes.
 
HATOV
(panicked)
No, access denied, ehm, order canceled.  I can take her.
 
SAWA
Transfer occurring in 50 seconds.
 
HATOV
You can’t leave, I am ordering you to stay.  Sawa, you are not to transfer.
 
SAWA
Only the captain can give commands.
 
HATOV
I am higher ranking than some (beat) some glorified street rat.  You must listen to me.  You cannot transfer.
 
SAWA
Only the captain can give commands.
 
HATOV
(Hissing)
I am a prince
 
SAWA
I have been informed.
 
NOVA
(Clearly rousing)
Sawa, keep your sorry metal ass on the ship or so help me.  Do I look like I’m fuel?  (Beat) Like I’m fuel?  No that's stupid, I'm a person.
 
SAWA
Understood, override canceled.
 
NOVA
There.  Better?
 
HATOV
(distracted)
Uh…yes?
 
NOVA
That's great.  But I need to (beat) I need a nap.
 
HATOV
(Shocked)
She did not listen to me.
 
NOVA
(Sing song)
I wanna go home.
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