Episode 3

SAWA

(Garbled, accompanied by rapid beeping)

Heart rate is increasing, respiratory rate is increasing.

HATOV

(Wakes up gasping)

SAWA

Hello, my name is Sawa.  I am this ship’s life support system and aid.  It is listed in my protocol that I should say hello.

HATOV

(panicked breathing)

SAWA

Nova said you might find this useful

(Clattering.  And a high-pitched whine until that fades)

Can you understand me now?

HATOV

(Hesitantly)

Y-yes.

SAWA

Understood.  Hello my name is Sawa.  I am this ship’s life support system and aid.  It is listed in my protocol that I should say hello.

HATOV

Hi

SAWA

Hello, my name is Sawa

HATOV

You’ve said that

SAWA

I am this ship’s life support system and aid

HATOV

I’m Hatov

SAWA

New information acquired.  Hello Hatov.  Nova would like to know what you are.

HATOV

What is…Nova?

SAWA

Nova is the captain of this vessel.  It is also the term of a star that exhibits a sudden increase in brightness only to return after an indeterminate time.  Nova the captain would like to know what you are.

HATOV

I am a prince

SAWA

New information acquired.  Hello prince Hatov.

HATOV

(Hesitantly)

What model are you?

SAWA

I am a 4th generation health android.  I am also this ship’s life support system and aid.  I am outdated but Nova has shown no inclination of buying a replacement.

HATOV

We’re on model 13 now

SAWA

New information acquired. Thank you, my data is out of date as I am not permitted to supplement with information from the galactic database

HATOV

Why not?

SAWA

Nova has denied me permission

HATOV

Why?

SAWA

Answer unclear.

HATOV

Where am I?

SAWA

You are on a D-class ship owned by Nova currently docked on the snow planet Gnorria-658

HATOV

D-class?

SAWA

A D-class ship is a vessel not recommended for hyper space jumps, used predominately for the transport of materials across interplanetary distances.  This ship, however, has been fitted with a hyperspace engine and is capable of short hyperspeed jumps, however, all jumps are ill-advised. 

HATOV

Is she crazy?

SAWA

Today Nova was noted to have behaved in a manner indicative of sadness.  However, there have been no signs of mental instability.

HATOV

She has to be crazy to run this set up. 

SAWA

There have been no signs of mental instability

HATOV

God you’re old.

SAWA

Nova has indicated that my age is not a problem

HATOV

How is this Nova, as a person?

SAWA

She is 162 centimeters tall, with brown skin, her hair is cropped but I suspect that it is a dark brown and fast growing.  She is a human with no planetary status, born in space to a mother with no documentation.

HATOV

That last bit you probably shouldn’t have said.

SAWA

I have been given no orders to indicate that that information is of a sensitive nature.

HATOV

Do…do you know what happened to my, to the people I’m…I was with?

SAWA

New information acquired.  I was unaware that you were with other people.  I was activated after you were brought aboard. 

HATOV

Would Nova know?

SAWA

I do not know.  She has not spoken to me much about you.

HATOV

What kind of person is Nova?

SAWA

I am unable to judge the captain’s behavior in such a way.

HATOV

Has she…left anything for me?

SAWA

She has left you a message.  Would you like to hear it?

HATOV

Yes.

SAWA

Understood.

Old message plays

HATOV

She is not what I thought she’d be

SAWA

She is the captain of this ship.

HATOV

Why does she want you turned off?

SAWA

She is unable to perform hyperspeed jumps while I am active.  There is not enough fuel for both to occur simultaneously.  Would you like to turn me off?

HATOV

No! (pause) no, I’m, I don’t…I’m not ready to be alone.

SAWA

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

HATOV

I’ve never heard of it.

SAWA

If you have documentation, you are free to explore the planet.  Nova has left behind a coat and a heat mask for your use.

HATOV

I do not have any documentation.

SAWA

There is extra documentation in the top drawer of the captain’s desk. 

HATOV

Why are you telling me this?

SAWA

It is my duty to care for the crew.  This includes assessing and caring for mental health. You seem upset, protocol indicates that fresh air may help.

HATOV

I am not part of the crew.

SAWA

Nova granted you temporary crew status while you were unconscious.  You have been designated “the fuckwit who decided to spacewalk without a goddamned suit.  Sawa, who the hell does that?”

HATOV

(beat)

Without a suit?

SAWA

“without a goddamned suit” prince Hatov

HATOV

When will Nova be back?

SAWA

Would you like me to repeat the message?

HATOV

No, just (beat) how long until sundown?

SAWA

Approximately 55 imperial hours

HATOV

What?

SAWA

Days on Gnorria 658 are 76.58 hours.

HATOV

I can’t wait that long.  Do you know where I can find Nova?

SAWA

I am aware of Nova’s current location.

HATOV

Can you take me to her?

SAWA

Nova has indicated that she does not like me interfering with her work.

HATOV

My mental health would improve if I got in touch with Nova

SAWA

New information acquired.  Priorities recalculating.  Sawa’s primary directive is to care for the crew.  Would you like me to take you to Nova?

HATOV

Yes.

SAWA

Understood.  I will direct you to the clothes left behind.  Is there anything else you wish to know?

HATOV

What is it like on Gnorria-658?

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