Minisode 4

PT

NOVA

Can we (beat) skip today?

SAWA

Healing protocol indicates that is not an option

NOVA

(sitting up in bed)

Why? I’m just (sighs) a little stiff.

SAWA

The scar tissue from your wound may cause

NOVA

I know, I know, I’m up.

SAWA

Would you

NOVA

This fucking sucks.

SAWA

These exercises would be better performed in a larger room.

NOVA

Uh-huh, I know.

SAWA

Would you like to—

Pushing fabric around

NOVA

Nope, I’ll make do, like always.  Don’t need Pretty Boy stressing out (beat) more than normal. Sit on the bed.

SAWA

Understood.

Nova sighs, continues cleaning

NOVA

(sighs)

Shit.  Can this somehow be less (long pause) painful?

SAWA

There are pain relivers avail—

NOVA

No. And why the fuck are they so strong?  I was looped out for a day. Next time, get the normal brand, normal strength, please.

SAWA

Understood, however, the usual pain relievers were ineffective at recommended doses and were unable to bring your temperature down to acceptable levels. In order to produce the desired response, Hatov deemed them a necessary purchase.

NOVA

(beat)

Huh (beat) and you gave him the funds.

Scratches head and sits

(pained) shit (pants) was it really that bad?  How high was the fever?

SAWA

The maximum observed temperature was 41.1 degrees centigrade, the mean temperature for 10 of the 13 days was 39 degrees.

NOVA

(quietly)

Fuck (beat) did you tell Jeanne any of this?

SAWA

Yes, she requested all data regarding your illness within two imperial hours of entering the ship.o

NOVA

Well (pause) that explains (beat) a lot.

SAWA

Remember to keep your back straight captain.

NOVA

Yeah, yeah.

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