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Old October 23 2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x09 - "Blank Slate"

ACT TWO


FADE IN:


10 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

...Except that it’s Terok Nor. Cardassian ships sit at most of the docking ports. The Ferengi vessel is at a lower pylon. Bajor itself hangs bright and blue-green nearby.

Pulling back and away from the station, we eventually find a large freighter vessel hovering at a distance. Moving under the freighter into its shadow, we can now see a small two-person raider ship, like in 2x03 “The Siege.”


11 INT. RAIDER COCKPIT

Young Ro and Bis wait tensely in their tiny, decrepit ship. They watch out of the window, waiting for the perfect time. Ro turns to Bis, worry on her face...

YOUNG RO
Bis, I’m not sure this is right. I’m
not sure we should be doing this.

BIS
I’ve been planning this for over
a year, Laren. It’s a little
late for second thoughts.

YOUNG RO
(points)
But look at that! There must be
hundreds of Ferengi on that ship.
And what about all the Bajorans
on the station? There’s more of
them than there are Cardassians.
They can’t all be collaborators.

BIS
They’re collateral damage. Come
on, Laren. Just think – we’re
going to be killing Gul Dukat!
Do you have any idea of the
significance of that?

YOUNG RO
Yes, I know. But Keeve Falor
told me –

BIS
(angry)
Forget Keeve Falor! Just wait.
Once Terok Nor is gone, once the
prefect is dead, Keeve and the
others will see I was right!

YOUNG RO
But what if the Cardassians
just send another prefect?
What if they build another
station? We’d be killing all
those Bajorans for nothing.

BIS
They’ll walk with the Prophets
soon, can’t you see that?

YOUNG RO
(derisive)
How comforting for you! To have
something to believe in, some-
thing to justify what we just
did! What I just did!

BIS
Exactly! What you just did!
You’re the one who stole the
Ferengi codes. You’re the one
who planted the bomb. You’re
in too deep to pull out now.

Ro pauses, comes to a decision. She turns to her panel, begins urgently pressing buttons.

YOUNG RO
No I’m not.

BIS
(jerks forward)
What are you doing?

YOUNG RO
I’m using those codes to warn
the Ferengi they’ve got a bomb
on their ship. Before it’s too late.

BIS
You can’t do that!

Bis pushes forward, planning on stopping Ro... but she raises a phaser in her spare hand and points it at him. Now he’s starting to get that she’s serious. Tears in her eyes, but she’s determined.

BIS
Laren... please...

It’s done. She turns back to Bis, crying openly now.

BIS
Laren, if you weren’t sure...
why did you do it?

YOUNG RO
For you! To impress you, to
make you think I was strong...

Bis hardens. He doesn’t think she’s strong anymore.

BIS
Now what?

YOUNG RO
Go home. I’ll transport you to
the freighter. Just hide. With
luck it’ll get you back to
Valo Two in a week or so.

BIS
Their shields are up.

YOUNG RO
(scoff)
Please.

She turns back to her panels and starts work again.

BIS
Where will you go?

YOUNG RO
(teary)
I don’t know. Keeve won’t want
me back after this. And Bram...
the moment he died, the rest
of them kicked me out of the
cell. I guess I’ll just go...
somewhere else.

BIS
But I thought... you and me...

YOUNG RO
I thought so too. I guess I
was wrong. Goodbye, Bis.

Ro hits a panel, and with a distraught look, knowing he’ll never see her again, Bis disappears in a transporter beam. Crying, Ro works the panels and gets the ship underway.


12 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

Under the shadow of the freighter, Ro’s tiny raider ship pulls slowly away, and heads in the opposite direction from Terok Nor. They never even knew she was there.


13 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

Now, adult Ro sits curled into the cushions of the sofa. Kira sits nearby, having just heard the story.

KIRA
Ro... I had no idea. I’m so sorry.

VAUGHN (comm)
Vaughn to Kira.

KIRA
(taps combadge)
Go ahead, Commander.

VAUGHN (comm)
Captain, could I speak to you
in your office, please? Mister
Sevak has brought something
interesting to my attention.

Kira glances to Ro, worried to leave her alone. But she has a job to do.

KIRA
On my way. Kira out.
(back to Ro)
You’ll be okay. Just read your
files, keep trying to remember.
I’ll send Julian to check on
you soon.

Kira gets up to leave. Ro calls after her...

RO
Nerys... thank you.

KIRA
You’re welcome.

Kira leaves. Ro sits back, and looks around, feeling lost.


14 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE

Taran’atar stands at attention in front of Kira’s desk, nervous, as if being dressed down. Kira sits behind her desk, sympathetic and trying to understand. VAUGHN stays quiet, sitting way over in the lounge area, observing.

KIRA
It’s not my intention to pry,
Taran’atar. But... are you
feeling okay?

TARAN’ATAR
Why do you ask?

KIRA
Crewman Sevak saw you talking
to yourself in Quark’s. Arguing
with yourself, actually.

TARAN’ATAR
I thought I was the spy.

KIRA
He wasn’t spying on you. He just
happened to be there. And from
the way he described it, you
weren’t exactly trying to hide.
(beat)
If there’s something going on,
Taran’atar, we want to help.

Taran’atar looks past Kira, and tightens, because...

L’Haan is sitting sideways in the windowsill. She turns to look at him, almost daring him to say anything. Taran’atar growls under his breath. He looks back to Kira, admits it.

TARAN’ATAR
The dreams.

KIRA
I assumed you’d got them under
control. I know you followed
Commander Matthias’s advice.

He looks to L’Haan in the window – she seems quite unhappy that Taran’atar is speaking out.

TARAN’ATAR
I did. It made them worse. Now
I see the Vulcan wherever I go.
Asleep or awake.

Disquieted, Kira exchanges a worried glance with Vaughn. Looking back to Taran’atar, she sees his tense stance, his anxious, darting eyes...

KIRA
(cautious)
Do you see her right now?

ANGLE

Taran’atar, stood facing Kira’s desk, and now L’Haan is stood behind him. Taran’atar knows she’s there.

TARAN’ATAR
I do.

Kira again looks to Vaughn. Is he ill? Insane? Dangerous? What do they do? She turns back, treading on eggshells.

KIRA
Do you want to see Matthias
again? Or Bashir? Would that help?

TARAN’ATAR
I don’t know what would help.
This kind of defect would lead
to execution in the Dominion.
But that option is no longer
open to me.

KIRA
Should I contact Vannis?

TARAN’ATAR
No. She already resents this
assignment. I will not appear
weak in front of her.

L’Haan steps between Taran’atar and Kira, stares at him with Vulcan-cloaked disgust.

L’HAAN
You are weak.

Taran’atar flinches again, his anger growing. Kira tenses, worried. Is he going to snap?

KIRA
Taran’atar, answer me honestly
now. Could this... condition...
present a danger? To you or to
other residents of the station?

TARAN’ATAR
I do not know, Captain. But I
have sworn not to hurt anyone
here. And I will hold to that
promise... if I am able.

KIRA
Alright. I can’t order you to
do anything. But I “suggest”
that you go to the Infirmary
for a full medical scan.

TARAN’ATAR
Understood, Captain.

VAUGHN
I also want to make it clear,
Ambassador, that I will assign
a security detail to escort you
at all times, at least until we
know what we’re dealing with.

Taran’atar nods, not offended. Then he turns and leaves the office, walking out across Ops. Kira turns back to Vaughn.

KIRA
What do you think?

VAUGHN
No idea. His mind was clearly
altered by contact with this
Vulcan woman, the Intendant’s
servant. Perhaps it just
couldn’t handle the change.

Worried and lost for answers, Vaughn gets up and heads to the door. He exits onto Ops...


15 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE (CONTINUOUS)

...Poking his head out of the door, he looks to the right and sees Taran’atar just stepping aboard the turbolift. Vaughn looks to his left, where Sevak works the tactical console while also keeping an eye on the Jem’Hadar.

Vaughn nods significantly to Sevak: Follow him. Sevak nods his understanding, locks out his console, and heads off.

TURBOLIFT

Taran’atar stands silently in the lift as it takes him away... with L’Haan stood equally silently behind him.


16 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

Ro is curled up on the couch, reading a padd. What she has read has put tears in her eyes. The door alarm CHIMES.

RO
Come in.

The door opens, and Bashir enters tentatively.

BASHIR
Ro? Can I come in? It’s me,
Doctor Bashir.

Ro nods, still downcast. He steps further in, approaches.

BASHIR
Do you mind if I scan you? Just
to see how you’re healing.

RO
(still on padd)
Go ahead.

While she continues to read the padd, he opens a tricorder and scans her head. After a few moments, he reads the results, nods approvingly, and closes the tricorder.

BASHIR
Things are progressing nicely.
Your memories should be back
by the end of the day.

Ro finally looks up at him, stricken.

RO
I don’t want them back.

BASHIR
What do you mean?

Ro gets up, tears still in her eyes, brandishing the padd.

RO
The woman in those records
and logs – she’s horrible!
I don’t want to be her!

BASHIR
Ro, don’t be silly. Of course
you’re not a horrible person.

She shoves the padd at him, beginning to cry.

RO
Really? Look at the things I’ve
done. Look at the life I’ve
lived. I’ve betrayed everyone
I’ve ever known. So much war
and death and anger... and that’s
only the official records. I’m
remembering stuff that isn’t
even in there! I don’t want
to go back to that life!

BASHIR
Ro, I’m sorry. There’s nothing
I can do.

RO
(tearful shriek)
But I don’t want to remember!
Please... you have to make it stop!

She collapses into tears. Bashir goes to her and hugs her, lets her cry it out. He has no idea what else to do.


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT TWO


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