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Old October 23 2011, 03:47 PM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x09 - "Blank Slate"

ACT FOUR


FADE IN:


31 INT. DS9 – TARAN’ATAR’S QUARTERS

Taran’atar sits at his desk, studying alone. Then L’Haan comes and perches on the edge of the desk, musing out loud.

L’HAAN
I suppose there is something to
be said for the strength that
emotions can bring. My former
mistress indulged her emotions
as a matter of course.

Taran’atar seethes, but ignores her. Keeps studying.

L’HAAN
My life in her service required
so much self-discipline. It was
a difficult task, without doubt.
It must be difficult for you,
as well. Keeping secrets from
Kira, from your own people. I
understand the temptation to
divest yourself of the burden.

Taran’atar changes the screen, and tries to concentrate.

L’HAAN
Of course, the opportunity to
release my burden was denied
to me... thanks to you.


FLASHBACK – 9x21 “THE SOUL KEY”

Taran’atar snaps the real L’Haan’s neck.

BACK TO SCENE


Unable to take any more, Taran’atar snaps and launches a PUNCH into the screen, exploding it in a shower of sparks.


CUT TO:


32 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

Ro LAUGHing, as she sits alone in her room. Not reading the padd, just sitting there and laughing in slight amazement as a certain memory comes back to her. She shakes her head, pleasantly surprised that she can laugh.

The doorbell CHIMES again. She gets up to answer the door, still chuckling a little to herself. The door opens, and Quark stands there. Ro reacts with shock and a little fear.

RO
Aah! You! Prophets, how did you
find me?

QUARK
(baffled)
I beg your pardon?

RO
(backs away)
Look, it wasn’t my fault, okay?
I only set the bomb because Bis
told me to, and then I changed
my mind and warned your DaiMon,
and I know it meant spacing all
your cargo, but if you think
about it, I saved your life!

QUARK
(hands up)
Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Laren, I’m
not going to hurt you. I just
overheard Bashir and the rest
of them talking. And I thought
you might like something to eat.

He reaches off screen, and comes back with a large platter of foods of all kinds.

QUARK
I realise you may not know who
I am right now. So allow me
to introduce myself. My name
is Quark, and I run the local
drinking, dining and gambling
establishment.

RO
You got your bar!

QUARK
(blank)
Umm... yeah.
(cheerful)
I should also inform you that
we are the best of friends!

RO
Hah! I know all about Ferengi
and how they treat women. You’re
just here for the chance to take
advantage of a vulnerable female.

QUARK
(hurt)
What? No! Laren, I mean it...
we’re friends. I... just wanted
to make sure you were okay.

Ro is confused, but he seems nice enough. She lets him in.

QUARK
This is actually the first time
I’ve ever been in your quarters.

RO
So we’re not that close friends.

QUARK
Hey – I may be a gentleman, but
I’m still a male. It wasn’t for
lack of trying.

Ro chuckles. She finds him quite charming really.

QUARK
Did I hear you laughing before?

RO
How could you hear that?

He points to his ear, like, “duh.” She concedes the point. She leads him back to the sofa, and they sit together.

RO
I just got back the memory of
this time on the Enterprise.
Some stupid technobabble field
turned us all into children.
The ship’s bartender convinced
me to try jumping up and down
on the bed.
(chuckle)
Me! Jumping on the bed! I never
jumped on a bed in my life!

QUARK
(grin)
I guess you just have a good
relationship with us bartenders.

RO
I guess so. It’s a nice memory.
Doesn’t feel like Ro Laren gets
to have fun all that often.

QUARK
(laughs)
You are one of the most bad-
tempered people I’ve ever met!
That’s part of what I love
about you.

Ro’s head snaps around to stare at him. He’s horrified by his slip of the tongue and desperately changes the subject.

QUARK
Umm... so I know you fought with
the Maquis against the Dominion.
Surely you were happy when the
war ended?

RO
I didn’t even know when the war
ended. I was hiding in a cave.
As usual.

And we go into...


FLASHBACK


33 INT. CAVE

The usual kind of cave set, hard and jagged, with dripping water here and there, tree roots poking through the earth.

A figure dashes into the cave through a narrow passage, huddled into heavy clothing and holding a cloth over her head, dripping with water. It’s been raining hard outside. The figure shakes off the excess water, peels off some of the layers, revealing a TRILL female called TEFF.

TEFF
Still nothing. I don’t know
what’s going on.

Ro sits huddled against the rocky wall, shivering against the damp and cold. With her are other aliens of various species - a BOSLIC male, a human female, a couple more.

RO
Nothing in three days. We’re
just sitting here waiting for
the Jem’Hadar to come and kill
us once and for all. So where
the hell are they?

BOSLIC
Do you think the rumours are
true? About the Cardassians
switching sides?

RO
I’m not sure I care anymore.

TEFF
Ro... you’re not giving up. I
won’t let you. You’re the only
one who’s kept us alive these
last two years. You’re a hero
of the Maquis!

RO
There is no more Maquis, Teff!
Everyone’s dead. Eddington...
Hudson... Kaz... Chakotay...
Macias. We’re all that’s left.
It doesn’t matter anymore.


Suddenly another figure runs in, also cloaked against the rain - a CYGNIAN male (golden skin, delicately pointed ears, catlike eyes). He shouts with glee...

CYGNIAN
It’s over!

RO
What is?

CYGNIAN
Everything! We just got the word
from our people in the Badlands...
the Dominion’s laid down arms.
They’re signing a treaty with
the Federation!

BOSLIC
When did this happen?

CYGNIAN
A few days ago. The Jem’Hadar
were in the middle of burning
Cardassia to the ground, and
then they just... stopped.
No-one knows why.

RO
Certainly wasn’t anything we did.

TEFF
Don’t talk like that, Ro. You
killed more Jem’Hadar than the
rest of us put together.

RO
And what good did it do us?
They just made more.

BOSLIC
We should celebrate!

RO
You go ahead. I’m not in the mood.

TEFF
Ro...

RO
Seriously, Teff. I can’t. I’ve
had enough. Enough fighting,
enough hiding out in caves...
I just want to go home.

The others look awkwardly between each other.

TEFF
Ro... there’s nowhere left to
go home to.

RO
Yes there is. There always has been.

A wistful smile starts to grow on her face, as she imagines going home to Bajor...


34 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

Quark smiles warmly, having heard the story.

QUARK
Well, I’m thrilled you did come
home. Otherwise you’d never have
met me!

His good humour makes her chuckle through her gloominess. She shakes her head, dismissing such a ridiculous notion.

QUARK
I’m serious! Having you around
makes this station a brighter place.

RO
Quark... why are you being so
nice to me?

QUARK
Shouldn’t I be?

RO
In my experience, the only time
someone’s being friendly for no
reason is when they’re about to
stab you in the back.

QUARK
Exactly! See, this right here
is why we’re friends. That’s a
Ferengi Rule of Acquisition you
just said, number forty-eight.
“The bigger the smile, the
sharper the knife.”

RO
(laugh)
So you trust me because we’re
both incapable of trusting
anyone else?

QUARK
I trust you because you don’t
pretend to be anything you’re
not. The galaxy is filled with
people trying to convince you
they’re this thing or that thing.
But you have no problem telling
it like it is. That’s a very
attractive quality in a woman.

She smiles. Leans a little closer to him.

RO
It’s a long time since anyone
called me attractive.

She leans closer still... could they be maybe on their way to kiss? But then her expression changes. Horror, fear... a new memory returning to her.

RO
There’s a Jem’Hadar on the station...



CUT TO:


35 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE

Turbolift doors open, and Taran’atar and Sevak emerge onto the Promenade. Taran’atar is already on edge. His breathing is heavy with the effort of holding his temper.

ANGLE

...and of course L’Haan is right there.

L’HAAN
If you insist on taking this
path... everyone will know.

TARAN’ATAR
Be silent.

ANGLE

Just Sevak and Taran’atar. Sevak is confused...

SEVAK
Ambassador?

Taran’atar stops, his fury bubbling over...

TARAN’ATAR
Escort me to the Infirmary.

Sevak nods. They begin to walk again, but...

ANGLE

...L’Haan is right in his face.

L’HAAN
No!

TARAN’ATAR
Get out of my way!

He reaches out to shove her aside...

ANGLE

...but there’s no-one there. The other pedestrians on the Promenade are starting to look at him funny...

He turns... and she’s standing there. The background extras are very aware there’s an angry Jem’Hadar in their midst.

L’HAAN
You must not go the Infirmary.

Taran’atar turns away again...

ANGLE

...and she’s there again.

L’HAAN
I cannot allow it.

Roaring with anger, losing control, he aims a PUNCH at L’Haan’s face. Just as his fist makes contact...

ANGLE

...we see that he’s actually hit Sevak right in the face. Sevak goes down, there’s a GASP from the crowd...

Taran’atar spins back and forth... everywhere he looks, L’Haan is there... he’s losing control...

L’HAAN
You cannot silence me. I am
inside you. I am part of you.

On the ground, Sevak taps his combadge once...

Taran’atar roars and begins to swing his fists at nothing, fighting thin air. Everywhere he turns L’Haan taunts him...

Desperately fighting an invisible phantom, Taran’atar is suddenly hit by a phaser shot... he’s barely affected... he turns and growls...

...at Sevak, who has his phaser out, pointing at him. Infuriated, Taran’atar starts to loom upon him...

Sevak fires again... No effect. Adrenaline and fury are keeping Taran’atar going... Sevak is starting to worry.

Another shot hits Taran’atar from the side... he turns and sees CENN emerging from the Security office...

...and another shot from the other side, where BOWERS is striding purposefully out of Quark’s bar, weapon drawn...

...and yet still Taran’atar keeps coming, roaring with rage, ferocious, a wild animal caged and cornered...

With a nod of agreement, Sevak, Bowers and Cenn all fire simultaneously...

...Taran’atar takes all three phaser shots at once. It’s finally enough to knock him to the ground.

As he lies on the floor, with security closing in on him from every angle, he looks up...

ANGLE

...and sees L’Haan staring down at him, smug and pitying.

L’HAAN
I warned you what would happen.

...and then he falls unconscious.


BLACK OUT:


END OF ACT FOUR


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