Episode 9 NOVA (Groans) Alarm sounds That's a lie. Knocking sounds on the door SAWA You requested to be woken up. NOVA (Complaint) Oh, fuck me. SAWA Are you awake? NOVA (Softly) Unfortunately. (Louder) How is our guest? SAWA Hatov is currently trying to access the information room. NOVA (Unconcerned) Now that's interesting. He make any progress? SAWA He has made one-hundred and forty-three attempts and has gotten the third and fifth number of the seven digit sequence correct on two separate attempts. NOVA Rolling over in her bed That's a no then. Did he eat? SAWA He has stated that he'd rather die than use your funds. NOVA Die then, but he can do that just fine off of my ship. Did you get dinner? SAWA Yes. NOVA Great. I'm starving. Sound of food opening So, has he explained why he wants to die on my ship, rather than outside in the snow? Eating The least he could do is go somewhere I won't have to deal with his corpse. SAWA It appears that he has nowhere to go. NOVA He's not dying on my ship. SAWA His vitals are currently stable. NOVA Tell him he's not allowed to die on my ship. SAWA Understood. NOVA It's already a bucket of bolts, last thing I need is his bratty ass haunting the place HATOV (Outraged) She said what? NOVA Prick. Sound of stretching. Alright. Let's get this started. Dressing. SAWA There is no embassy fitting that description on Gnorria-658. HATOV Well what other planets do you frequent? SAWA Nova also has stops on Canos. NOVA Sawa SAWA Yes, Nova? NOVA Work topics are now classified as information requiring a level C permission. SAWA Understood. HATOV (Annoyed) What did you do? NOVA Mmm, not sure, never tried this before. Try her now. HATOV Try what? NOVA (Like she suspects he's a bit slow) Ask her a question. HATOV Uhm, what planets do you frequent? SAWA That information requires C level permission. HATOV (Sighs, puts head in hands) Why do you torment me? NOVA I don't think, “because I think it's funny” is the answer you're looking for. HATOV I'm just trying to get home. NOVA And I’m trying to make a living. Nothing is free and information costs. HATOV I have money (beat) just not right now. NOVA Money is one thing, and nothing happens until I see units. Other trades are possible but HATOV Trades? NOVA I'm an Inco, boy, I deal in information. And very occasionally favors but I don't think any favor you can promise is something i'd want. HATOV I'm not selling my country for your scraps. NOVA Well, where are you from? HATOV (Hesitantly) I can’t NOVA Sawa, where is he from? HATOV No! SAWA He claims to be from Eolara. NOVA (Suddenly interested) A what now? HATOV Nowhere SAWA Eolara NOVA Like the place from children's stories? SAWA He has indicated so. NOVA Then, I retract my previous statement. HATOV (Petulantly) The one about me being a prick? Or the one about me being shit? NOVA The one about you having nothing to trade. You might be something interesting after all, galaxy eyes. Does he seem to be lying, SAWA? HHATOV (Desperately) Yes, precisely, I've made the whole thing up. Don't listen to her. SAWA His vitals would suggest that he was telling the truth. NOVA (Piteously) I don't know how androids work where you’re from, but they aren't exactly known for their ability to lie. Particularly the older models. HATOV But (beat) she's NOVA A machine, now you can pretend to be her friend all you want, but don't go around thinking she'll bond with you. Don't tell her what you don't want others to know without locking it (beat) and even then, there's no guarantee. HATOV You're disgusting NOVA I'm practical. And if your brain was half as big as your mouth, you'd stop it with all the honor shit and realize something. HATOV And that would be what, Inco? NOVA That I might be exactly what you need to get home. HATOV Don't try to manipulate me. NOVA I'll try until my heart stops beating, but that doesn't mean I’m wrong. If what you say about being from Eolara is true, I can tell you right now that asking around will either be a waste of time, or it's going to get you killed. HATOV There's no danger in asking about my home. NOVA Your home is a legend. A bedtime story, and if it is real, someone went through a hell of a lot of trouble to keep it a secret. I can't imagine they'd like someone going around planets asking questions. HATOV We've never hidden. NOVA So, does everybody just decide simultaneously to stay on planet despite having the technology to leave? HATOV Well the goddess's doctrine states NOVA I'm going to stop you right there. I don't care about your religion or what your god or goddess or whatever says. Let me tell you something about churches kid, they're either there to sell you something, or control you. HATOV (seething) You (high pitched wine) NOVA Oh goddammit, fuck. I've no idea what you just called me, but whatever it was, don't do it again. HATOV Don't call you a (high-pitched squeal) NOVA Alright, have it your way you little bastard (sound of earpiece being removed, growls unintelligibly) HATOV (Lets out a stream of curses) What the hell was that? NOVA Can't understand a word you're saying there, pretty boy. Don't understand shit without my earpiece. And that damn well isn't translating you for dick. HATOV Why would I go with you? NOVA Because I’m an In co. What better way to get forbidden information than from someone who deals in it? HATOV You said asking questions is dangerous. NOVA It is. But if you ask the right people and pay the right price, things start looking less bleak. HATOV How do you even know anyone will know where I’m from? NOVA Her HATOV The android? NOVA Mhmm, you didn’t seem surprised by her. Even manipulated her based on her coding, right? I don't suppose your Eolara simply births droids simultaneously with the rest of the galaxy. What model are you on? Thirteen? HATOV Uh NOVA You ever wonder where they were coming from? HATOV (Surprised) I never thought about it NOVA So, someone out there is selling droids to your planet. Which means, someone out there knows that Eolara isn't just a legend. We just have to find the right data trail and SAWA Jeanne is calling. NOVA Seriously? SAWA She appears angry. NOVA (Exasperated, and realizing) I was supposed to meet Alleera today. Ah, that bitch. SAWA Jeanne is calling. NOVA Shut up, I know. (To HATOV) I gotta take this. Stay quiet, if you think I’m deplorable you don't want Jeanne to even suspect you exist.