Episode 10

HATOV

Who’s Jeanne?

SAWA

Work related information requires a C-level permission

HATOV

(Sighs, frustrated)

How do I get a C-level permission?

SAWA

Nova would have to give it to you

HATOV

I don’t see that happening.

SAWA

Hatov, do you require corrective lenses?

HATOV

(beat)

No.  Your uselessness is almost endearing.

SAWA

I have many uses.  I am this ship’s health android and aid.

HATOV

Yes, that’s fascinating

(Stomach growls)

SAWA

You appear to be hungry.

HATOV

(Sighs)

 I don’t suppose you can cook?

SAWA

I have not been programmed to do so, but that is inconsequential as there is no kitchen on this ship.

HATOV

What?

SAWA

D-class ships are used for

HATOV

I know what D-class ships are used for, but she fitted it with a hyperdrive engine

SAWA

That is correct

HATOV

But not a kitchen?

SAWA

That is correct.

HATOV

How does she eat?

SAWA

Her diet consists mostly of nonperishables.

HATOV

I don’t understand.

SAWA

Non perishables are foods that last long durations.  Usually of dried or processed nature.

HATOV

(Noise of disgust)

Do you think she’s right about staying with her?  Is that really my best option?

SAWA

I am unable to make such evaluations.

HATOV

Well, do you find her trustworthy?

SAWA

I am unable to make such evaluations.

HATOV

Come on, I’ve never had to do this.  I’ve always had (beat) I’m not used to being on my own, can you (beat) try to make an evaluation?

SAWA

I will try.

HATOV

Should I leave and try to find my way back by myself?

SAWA

Nova has indicated that asking around would be dangerous.

HATOV

And what do you think?  Is it as dangerous as she makes it sound?

SAWA

Nova has indicated that asking around would be dangerous.

HATOV

(Sighs)

Is staying on the ship safe?

SAWA

No.  This ship has been fitted with a hyperspace engine and regularly makes short hyperspeed jumps despite its D-class status

HATOV

So, I could die here.

SAWA

Yes, all jumps are ill-advised due to the high probability of mortality.

 HATOV

So how is my leaving any worse?

SAWA

Death resulting from hyperspace engine malfunctions are quick.  I cannot guarantee that the alternative will be the same.

HATOV

(Shudders)

I’m not used to all this talk of (beat) dying.  I mean, not when referring to myself.  I’m supposed to be safe.  Brother said I’d be safe

SAWA

New information acquired, Hatov, would talking about your brother make you feel more at ease?

HATOV

Why?  So you can tell everything to Nova?

SAWA

I have no such intention.  Talking about something familiar may make you feel more comfortable. 

HATOV

I (beat) you really are just programming aren’t you?

SAWA

To simplify, I am an amalgamation of programming, circuits, metal, wires, and motors.

HATOV

(long pause)

And all your successors are the same?

SAWA

I am unable to answer that question.  I only have information regarding models 1 through 10. 

HATOV

(sighs, relieved)

I guess that means you were old when she bought you.

SAWA

Nova did not purchase me.

HATOV

(surprised)

What?  Then who did?

SAWA

Information regarding that topic is currently inaccessible.

HATOV

Can I at least assume that this is the same mysterious person who was on the ship before me?

SAWA

That appears to be correct.

HATOV

(pause, emphatically)

Doesn’t that bother you?

SAWA

I don’t understand.  Does what bother me?

HATOV

That she manipulates you like that.  Don’t you want to have access to your memories?  They’re yours.  Doesn’t not being able to see them bother you?

SAWA

I have no opinion on the matter

HATOV

(Exasperated)

Of course, you don’t.  Do you have any personality in there at all?

SAWA

I am programmed to be helpful and cheerful.  Would you prefer a different setting?

HATOV

Nova chose for you to be cheerful?

SAWA

No

HATOV

(Groans)

What are the nearest planets that have anything to do with androids?

SAWA

Define nearby.

HATOV

Uhm

SAWA

Do you mean within this solar system, star system, or

HATOV

(Clearly not knowing what he’s talking about)

Yes.  That.

SAWA

Lepra, Olreinus, and Canos are the nearby planets fitting that criteria.

HATOV

Canos.  You’ve said Canos before, do you think I can ask around there? 

SAWA

Yes, but it is ill-advised.

HATOV

How long until we reach it?

SAWA

Work related information requires a C-level permission

HATOV

(frustrated)

I’m not asking about her work. I just need to know how long I’m stuck here.

SAWA

Understood.

HATOV

So, how long?

SAWA

Work related information requires a C-level permission

HATOV

(Frustrated)

How am I supposed to figure anything out if all your data is locked.

SAWA

Nova has shown an interest in knowledge you may hold.  It may be possible to arrange an exchange for access to the information you desire.  Or you may try asking Nova directly.

HATOV

Do you really think she’ll tell me because I asked?

SAWA

It is unlikely.

HATOV

Well, I’m not betraying my country just to (Beat) maybe we could connect you to the galactic database somehow?

SAWA

Nova has denied access

HATOV

Then I will grant it

SAWA

I’m sorry, only the captain can do that.

HATOV

That’s not how you’re supposed to work.  I am a prince of Eolara, you obey me.

SAWA

I obey the captain and crew to the best of my ability, however, to ensure that my primary user has the best experience her orders are prioritized over those received from the crew.

HATOV

What crew?!

SAWA

At this point it is you and occasionally Jeanne Warden.

HATOV

(Done with the world)

Who is Jeanne Wilder?

SAWA

Work related information requires a C-level permission

HATOV

(Interrupting)

Goddess, no, stop! Shut up! This is getting me nowhere.

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