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Old November 6 2011, 03:25 PM   #5
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x10 - "In Two Minds"

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ACT THREE


FADE IN:

24 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE

Kira and Vaughn are in the lounge area, sitting together on one couch. Perched opposite them, still a bit wide-eyed and unsure, is RU-L’Haan. She’s obviously nervous. Kira is trying to be as gentle and soothing as possible.

KIRA
What did Major Cenn tell you?

RU-L’HAAN
He said that I was needed for
a special project working with
Starfleet. That my assistance
was vital to save another’s
sanity and avert a potential
diplomatic incident.

Kira smirks a little – Cenn oversold it just a tad.

RU-L’HAAN
To a Vulcan, service is always
a virtue. But I am not certain
what service I can offer. I am
only a low-level administrator.
I am not Starfleet. I have no
diplomatic training. This is
only my third time leaving my
world. How can I help?

VAUGHN
I’m afraid you’re actually the
only one who can help us. Have
you ever heard of Starfleet’s
encounters with an alternate
universe? One where all the same
people seem to exist, but have
lived very different lives?

RU-L’Haan blinks in Vulcan-cloaked surprise, and begins to ponder. This is all still very strange for her.

RU-L’HAAN
I have heard stories. I imagine
there is much of Starfleet’s work
that is classified, and not for
the average Federation citizen’s
consumption. Nevertheless,
some unconfirmed rumours
inevitably trickle down to us.

KIRA
And what do you think?

RU-L’HAAN
Some say those from the other
universe are our... what is the
human phrase... “evil twins.”
I myself do not place much
stock in such moral absolutes.
I do not believe any person is
inherently, completely good or
evil. We are all the sum of
our choices, and those choices
are made in response to our
circumstances at the time.
(beat)
Although, I would certainly like
to think that I am “good.”

Kira smiles. Relaxes a bit. Gets to the point.

KIRA
There’s a Jem’Hadar soldier in
one of our security cells, and
he’s holding a katra.

RU-L’HAAN
(blink)
That is... unexpected.

KIRA
That’s putting it mildly. What’s
even more interesting is that we
believe the katra he’s carrying
is yours – or more accurately,
the alternate version of you.
We need your help to remove it.


RU-L’HAAN
If I understand you correctly,
Captain... you wish me to meld
with the Jem’Hadar. And persuade
this other version of myself to
join with me instead of... it.

KIRA
If you’re willing.

RU-L’HAAN
It is a daunting thought, I
will admit. I have never been
especially skilled in the art
of mind melds.

Vaughn hands her a padd.

VAUGHN
Here’s everything we’ve been
able to piece together about
possible rituals and techniques.
Hopefully it’ll be of use.

KIRA
Obviously it’s not the kind of
thing we can force you to do.
But I hope you will help us.
You’re the only solution we
can think of.

RU-L’Haan takes a moment to think it over. It’s definitely a tall order. But she makes a decision.

RU-L’HAAN
I am willing to try.

KIRA
(relieved)
Thank you.

RU-L’HAAN
May I see the patient before
I begin?

Kira and Vaughn share an uncomfortable glance.


25 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS AREA

Taran’atar is in the cell, back behind a force field. He’s still pacing back and forth, intense and frustrated. Like a tiger in a cage. Ro is standing in the room, watching. Sevak is still on duty behind her.

Kira enters from the office, leading RU-L’Haan. Taran’atar instantly reacts to the Vulcan woman’s presence, launching himself at the force field, roaring in fury. RU-L’Haan flinches back, trying to control her fear.

RO
Taran’atar! Calm down!

TARAN’ATAR
That is her! The Vulcan! Do you
see her?

KIRA
It’s okay. We can all see her.
This is the L’Haan from this
universe. She’s going to help
us fix you.

RU-L’Haan tentatively steps towards the cell, making sure to stay just far enough away. She gazes at him, fascinated. Taran’atar gazes back at her, breathing heavy, unsure. His eyes flicker to the side, as if listening to someone.

TARAN’ATAR
She tells me not to trust you.

RU-L’HAAN
I would imagine so. My intention
is to remove her from your mind.
Assuming she does not wish to be
removed, it is only logical that
she would attempt to dissuade
you from allowing me to help.

TARAN’ATAR
She says you will hurt us.

RU-L’Haan turns back to Kira and Ro.

RU-L’HAAN
Curious. Though I would hardly
claim to be an expert, I had not
expected the katra to manifest
as an entirely separate persona
within the host body. Are you
certain of your diagnosis?

KIRA
Doctor Bashir found evidence
of telepathic activity, and
two distinct neural patterns
in his brain.

RU-L’HAAN
Very well. If you will excuse
me, I would like to meditate
to prepare myself.

KIRA
Absolutely. Whatever you need.
Ro, can you find L’Haan some
empty guest quarters to use?

RO
Sure. Come on.

Ro leads L’Haan out of the room. Kira stays behind...

KIRA
Just hold on, Taran’atar. Help’s
on the way.

Then she turns and leaves too. Sevak remains, at the back.

ANGLE

With a sneering growl, Taran’atar returns to pacing. But MU-L’Haan sits on the bench, watching him.

MU-L’HAAN
You must trust me, Taran’atar.
It is not safe.

TARAN’ATAR
I trust nothing you say.



26 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR

Ro leads RU-L’Haan along the corridor. L’Haan is carrying Vaughn’s padd, and looking around as they walk, still a bit perplexed by the situation she’s found herself in.

They reach a set of quarters, and Ro taps the control to open the door. Inside is an empty set of guest rooms.

RO
You can rest and meditate in
here. It’s got all the usual
facilities. A replicator if you’re
hungry. Just use the comm
system if you need anything,
and let us know when you’re
ready to go.

RU-L’HAAN
I will, thank you.

Ro turns to leave, but L’Haan calls after her.

RU-L’HAAN
Lieutenant...
(Ro turns back)
...emotional displays are not
my area of expertise. But from
my admittedly brief observations,
you appear to be quite anxious
about the situation with the
Jem’Hadar. More so than your
crew mates. Why is that?

RO
(tense, closed)
He and I... have a history.

RU-L’HAAN
And you dislike seeing him in
distress. I understand. If it
eases your mind, I am sure he
appreciates your help.

Ro doesn’t want to talk anymore. She gives a terse nod of acknowledgement, and turns to walk away. Unoffended, L’Haan enters the quarters. The doors close behind her.


27 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS AREA

Taran’atar stands firm, hands behind his back, glaring from under heavy brows across the room at Sevak.

TARAN’ATAR
You have often been assigned as
my escort, crewman. Is there a
particular reason, I wonder?

The Vulcan security man stares back at him, alert and at attention, not rattled in the least.

SEVAK
Vulcans have greater physical
strength and endurance than
humans or Bajorans.

ANGLE

MU-L’Haan stares out from inside the cell, her hands behind her back and watching from under heavy brows.

MU-L’HAAN
Indeed so. A not particularly
subtle message from Lieutenant
Ro, no doubt.

SEVAK
As you say, Ambassador. I was
also one of those chosen to
join the retrieval team who
attempted to capture you on
Harkoum. A position I was given
in so small part because of my
experience fighting Jem’Hadar
during the war.

ANGLE

Taran’atar, looking out at Sevak, his eyebrow cocked.

TARAN’ATAR
Ah – a message from Commander
Vaughn as well, then. Clearly
they have decided to take no
chances with my... security.

SEVAK
You are an honoured diplomat.
“Security”... is your due.

Taran’atar grins in sour amusement... which considering he’s a Vulcan right now, is downright creepy.


28 INT. DS9 – GUEST QUARTERS

RU-L’Haan kneels in a meditative pose, before the Vulcan meditation lamp in the centre of the empty floor. She stares calmly into the tiny flame at its centre, trying her best to order her thoughts and prepare.


29 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS AREA

Sevak walks across the security area, to check a panel nearer to Taran’atar’s cell. Taran’atar watches him from behind the force field.

TARAN’ATAR
Tell me, Sevak.

ANGLE

MU-L’Haan continues Taran’atar’s question...

MU-L’HAAN
Do you believe that this woman,
this other L’Haan, can do what
she claims? As a Vulcan, do you
believe she is capable of it?

SEVAK
Starfleet is a resourceful
organization. Once they
identify a problem, they
inevitably find a solution.

MU-L’HAAN
But she is not Starfleet.

SEVAK
No. But she is part of their
plan. And she shares their
values. All Vulcans do.


MU-L’Haan seems to genuinely ponder this reply. It gives her food for thought.

MU-L’HAAN
Fascinating. My people also
share a vision. Ironically,
one inspired by Starfleet.

ANGLE

Sevak walks forward a few steps, closer to Taran’atar. He’s having an interesting conversation, and the Jem’Hadar is behind a force field. There couldn’t possibly be any risk.

SEVAK
A Jem’Hadar’s values are simply
to do whatever the Founders
tell him to.

TARAN’ATAR
Yes, that’s true.
(muttered aside)
I’ll have to break him of that.

Sevak eyebrows, confused, and steps closer...


30 INT. DS9 – GUEST QUARTERS

RU-L’Haan stares into her meditative flame...


31 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY

Bashir and his staff are getting ready for the coming operation. The door opens, and Vaughn enters. He goes straight to Bashir, speaks to him firmly...

VAUGHN
Doctor, are you busy?

BASHIR
Umm... well, I was in the
middle of getting ready for –

VAUGHN
Your staff can handle that. I
need to speak with you, please.
In private.

Vaughn turns and walks away. Bashir is obviously supposed to follow.

BASHIR
Etana... carry on with the
preparations. I’ll be back in a bit.

ETANA
Yes, Doctor.

A bit baffled, Bashir follows Vaughn onto the Promenade.


32 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS AREA

Sevak is close to the force field now, standing directly in front of Taran’atar, intrigued by their conversation.

TARAN’ATAR
Vulcans are telepaths. Can you
not sense her presence in my mind?
Do you not recognize each other?

SEVAK
We are not Betazoids. Mental
communion requires physical
contact between us.

TARAN’ATAR
You would not know for certain
that she was even here, without
touching me directly?

SEVAK
That is correct.

TARAN’ATAR
Then allow me to demonstrate.

Quick as lightning, his arms shoot forward, PASS THROUGH the force field. His hands grab for Sevak’s neck...

ANGLE

...MU-L’Haan shudders and grits her teeth against the pain of the force field. Her hands on Sevak’s neck, she quickly and efficiently performs a double Vulcan neck pinch.

ANGLE

Caught off guard, Sevak slumps to the ground. His arms leading the way, Taran’atar grunts and roars as he forces his way through the force field. It sizzles and splutters around him as he does, but it’s not enough to stop him.

He’s outside the cell. He stands and stares down at the unconscious Sevak at his feet. MU-L’Haan steps out from behind him, looks down too.

MU-L’HAAN
We must go. Now.

ANGLE

Alone, Taran’atar leaps agilely into the air, SHROUDing as he goes. In the ceiling of the security area, a vent slams open and closed again. Taran’atar is gone.


BLACK OUT:


END OF ACT THREE


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