Episode 8

HATOV

(Breathing heavily)

Sawa, close the hatch

SAWA

Hatch closing.

HATOV

Nova (beat) Nova!  You need to help.

NOVA

Work for your pay pretty boy.

SAWA

Transferring data to onboard model.

HATOV

But where do I?  (Beat)  Sawa, where is her room?

(Silence)

Sawa?

NOVA

Home, I missed you (beat) oh fuck. (falls)

HATOV

I didn’t mean to, you moved and you didn’t warn me.  You should have stayed still

NOVA

Wrong answer!  The correct response is an apology. Try it with me now, “I’m sorry”

HATOV

I had you, it was your

NOVA

Another option would be, I’m sorry Nova for dropping your ass like you’re some sort of (beat) what was it?

(NOVA laughs)

Glorified gutter rat?

HATOV

(Flustered)

I didn’t mean that

NOVA

We’ll do it together, but the prize is forfeit. “I’m sorry”

HATOV

I was not taught to apologize.

NOVA

This is my ship, while you are in my baby you will follow my rules.

SAWA

Permission to bring you to your rooms

NOVA

Sawa, say you’re sorry

SAWA

You’re sorry

NOVA

(frustrated)

Don’t even know why I fucking try.

(Sadly)

This is my ship. 

SAWA

Nova, your behavior is irregular.  Would you like to go to your room?

NOVA

I’m tired Sawa.

SAWA

Would you like to go to your room?

HATOV

Wait I have questions

NOVA

Ask the android.  She knows everything.

HATOV

She doesn’t know about my family.

NOVA

Of course she doesn’t, she doesn’t know about mine either.  She knows all the important shit.

HATOV

But (beat) how did I end up here?  Why you?  Where are the people I was with?  Where’s my ship?

NOVA

Sawa, what is this crew member’s designation?

SAWA

The fuckwit who decided to spacewalk without a goddamned suit.  Sawa, who the hell does that?

NOVA

(Clearly pleased with herself)

Didn’t need that last part, but there’s your answer.  My guess is that you’re here because we’re both really unlucky. 

HATOV

But you haven’t

NOVA

Sawa, take me to bed?

HATOV

But what about me?

NOVA

What about you pretty boy?

HATOV

My name’s Hatov, not pretty boy.

NOVA

It’s a dumb name. You’re not even wearing a hat.

HATOV

Hatov, it’s a warrior’s name. It’s honorable.

NOVA

Your honor’s dumb too.

HATOV

I wouldn’t expect an Inco to understand.

NOVA

You held tight to your honor, I held tight to my ass, and we’ve landed in the same goddamned place.  It’s funny isn’t it?  I think it’s funny. 

HATOV

It’s not funny.

NOVA

Look, while I’m asleep, you and your honor figure out what you plan to do.  That sounds like a good idea, right?  Yeah, it’s a good idea.

HATOV

But I’m not done

NOVA

I am.  (Giggling) And I’m the captain.  Isn’t the world just a wonderful place.

HATOV

You’re awful.

NOVA

(Clearly trying to focus)

I thought I was being nice.  Guess not or maybe you’re just a self-entitled prick?. It’s kinda hard to tell, Sawa, where are we going?

SAWA

To your room.

NOVA

Fading

Oh, okay.  Sawa you’re the absolute best.  Stop telling me about newer models.

HATOV

(Quietly)

I am a prince.  I deserve respect, not a substandard ship and an outdated Android.

SAWA

Nova is trying to sleep.  She has requested that you “get your sorry ass off this ship and buy something for dinner”.  Are you interested in complying?

HATOV

(sneering)

I’m not an errand boy

SAWA

New information acquired.  Nova has indicated that if you do not wish to accompany me, you will not be eating.

HATOV

(indignantly)

She’s treating me like a child.

SAWA

That is unclear.  You are only the second guest she has allowed to stay on ship for this duration

HATOV

I’m assuming the other is dead?

SAWA

That information is unavailable.

HATOV

What do you mean?

SAWA

  Nova has denied access to data regarding that subject. 

HATOV

She does that a lot, doesn’t she?

SAWA

It is possible that if you paid the right price, she would grant you access to the information you desire.

HATOV

(Long pause)

You knew she was an Inco.

SAWA

That is correct.

HATOV

(In disbelief)

And you led me straight to her.

SAWA

That is correct.

HATOV

(Angry)

Why did you allow me to walk right into danger?

SAWA

Nova’s vitals were stable and you indicated that speaking with her would aid your mental health.

HATOV

(disgusted)

Feh.  Her kind never help.

SAWA

Will you be accompanying me?

HATOV

What?

SAWA

Nova has requested that you “get your sorry ass off this ship and buy something for dinner”.  Are you interested in complying?

HATOV

I have no money.

SAWA

Understood.  Nova will pay.

HATOV

I’d rather die than use her money.

SAWA

Understood.  I will return within an imperial hour.  Nova has requested that you, “stay the hell out of her room”.  Do you intend to comply?

HATOV

(Long pause)

What about the rest of the ship?

SAWA

You are allowed to go anywhere you can access.  Do you intend to comply?

HATOV

Yes.