Wow. Thank you, ares93
A note: the tragic backstory for Cynthia she gived here is actually a brief "emotional summary" of a Section 31 tale that's been in the works for over a year, now. I've only written about 40 pages, but that's been enough to plan out what's going to happen.
It's a Sloan story (set back before "Inquisition"), but it was in the process of planning out and starting that tale that I first created a young, innocent, fresh-out-of-the-Academy kid named Cynthia Holland (technically, her name kept changing as I had no clear vision of her or her ethnic background for a long
I basically fell in love with her as quickly as Bashir did--and I couldn't resist writing and finishing this
tale first, as an introduction to her character--revealing
that she's an agent of Section 31--instead of introducing her as an agent from the moment we first see her.
I'll just say that the main plot of the story involves a very important event in DS9--and that it answers a question that's been in the back of my mind for a very
long time. (That being said, the title is "Only Four"....)
As for Crant--as I've said before, he basically wrote himself in the scene where Bashir encounters him. He suddenly changed from an ordinary minion to the doctor's own Professor Moriarity. That's the kind of villain you don't just have disappear, unless and until the day he meets his maker. And he hasn't, as of yet. I'll bring him back, in a sequel to this tale. You can count on it.
(Funny note: my original climax actually has Bashir
as the one who saves the day--Crolin isn't killed, he's overpowered--and Bashir basically sets up Crant to go back to the Syndicate with the story
that he killed Crolin for incompetence.
After I wrote it, I became pretty disgusted with myself, for basically contradicting the entire point
of the story: that Bashir, while brilliant and a fast learner, nonetheless is somewhat out of his league, and still has much to learn. It also wasn't too fair to Crant, either. Still, there are some interesting ideas in it--one could actually take it as Bashir proving his worth to Cynthia, in a sense--and I've saved it as a kind of "alternate ending", if anyone wants to see it.)