Episode 2

Episode 2: Gnorria-658

NOVA

And he’s fine?

SAWA

Vitals are stable.  Consciousness has not been noted.

NOVA

And you never found out what he was.

SAWA

His species is not in my database, if you granted me access to the galactic database, I might be able to

NOVA

Access denied

SAWA

Understood.

NOVA

Alright.  I have a meeting today, and I can’t have him tearing up my shit because he he’s freaking out.  Sawa take a note

SAWA

Starting

NOVA

Hey (beat) you.  This is Nova, the captain of the ship you’ve had the pleasure of waking up on.  You are currently in a docking station on the wonderfully pleasant planet lovingly named Gnorria-658.  Imagine cold, make it colder, make that colder, you’re probably close.  It’s cold as balls.  If you’re going to leave, bundle the fuck up or you’ll be losing a few fingers.  You won’t be seeing much from the windows, we are stationed topside, and everything is underground.  If you don’t know how to get there, don’t leave, you will die.  Unless whatever you are is resistant to ice.  If you do wake up, turn off SAWA, she’ll tell you how.  I’m not made of fuel and I think she drains the battery.  I’ll be back in a few hours.

(pause)

If you woke up in a bed (beat) throw the droid out a window. Unless you’re fluent in Gnorrian, I suggest you take the translator by the door.  It’s busted and anything south of Sidoorian is goddamn indecipherable, but it should work alright here.  Air is oxygen rich, you seem to be fine with that.  Do not breathe it directly, especially on the surface, wear the mask by the door unless you want your lungs to freeze.  I think that’s everything, I’ll be back just before sundown.  Oh and don’t travel topside after sundown, none of my gear is made to handle that.  Any other questions can be handled by Sawa.

SAWA

Is that it?

NOVA

(sound of a zipper)

I think that’s enough, with any luck he’ll wake up today.

SAWA

His vitals are stable

NOVA

(Sighs)

Yes, I know

SAWA

Gnorria is known for its snow, underground cities, cozy atmosphere, warm blankets, and strong liquor.

NOVA

I know all this Sawa, why are you telling me?

SAWA

You seem sad.

NOVA

So?

SAWA

It is my duty to care for the crew, captain.  This includes assessing and caring for mental health.

NOVA

I’m a fucking ray of sunshine Sawa.

SAWA

I do not detect solar radiation coming from you.

NOVA

I can’t wait to turn you back off.

SAWA

Have a good trip captain.

NOVA

I always do.

(Sound of a hydraulic door opening, and wind coming through)

Fuck it’s cold.  No matter how many times I do this it always gets me.

EMMED

(Growls indecipherably)

NOVA

Hold on (thwacking sounds) now go

 EMMED

You’re smaller than I remembered

NOVA

That’s because Gnorrian’s are fucking huge.  Come to Canos I’m a giant there.

EMMED

(laughing)

Then I should not go.  I’ll crush everything.

NOVA

Or die of heatstroke

EMMED

Humans are the odd ones for being able to go to both.  It’s too hot over there.

NOVA

It’s too damn cold over here.

EMMED

You need more fur

NOVA

You need to move a couple planets closer to the sun.

EMMED

(laughing)

It’s good to see you Nova. 

NOVA

It’s nice to see you too.  Keep an eye on my ship please.

EMMED

(skeptically)

Do you really think someone will steal it?

NOVA

I don’t need you dragging my ship too.  It moves and…the droid is up.  Can you make sure she stays on board?

EMMED

You started Sawa up?  Something bad must have happened.

NOVA

It’s taken care of, but I (beat) haven’t been able to bring myself to turn her off yet.

EMMED

It’s lonely up there.

NOVA

I like being alone, Emmed. 

EMMED

Sometimes a change of pace is nice.  Why else keep her on?

NOVA

Because I feel guilty turning her off?

EMMED

(confused)

She’s a machine.  She does not care one way or the other.  You humans are truly baffling. 

NOVA

Mhmm.  I’m running late Emmed.

EMMED

Come back soon.

 (Crunching, the sound of a metal stairwell and then the sounds of a crowd)

GUARD

Identification

NOVA

Nova Yellevis designation no star, ID (beat) uhm Human 12678-omega. Here to enjoy the coziness and liquor of the most hospitable planet.

GUARD

(painfully slowly)

(pause) 2…6

NOVA

7,8

GUARD

7…

NOVA

8, please this is cruelty

GUARD

8

(beeping sounds)

Hmmm

NOVA

Is there something wrongs?

GUARD

No, I just thought your ID was different last time you were here.

NOVA

(pause) It’s always been this number.  You’ve checked in thousands of people, you probably misremembered.

GUARD

Maybe

(long pause)

NOVA

…can I go now?

GUARD

Yes, enjoy your trip

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“Midnight Tale” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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