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Old November 20 2011, 11:40 AM   #4
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x11 - "Harmony" (part 1 of 2)

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ACT TWO


FADE IN:


49 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE

Business as usual. CENN at the central table, BOWERS at tactical, SHAR at sciences. Bashir hovering near the door to Kira’s office. Nervous, fidgety, trying to seem neither.

He peers through the door – Dax is in the guest seat, being debriefed by KIRA. After a moment she gets up and readies to leave. Bashir prepares himself...

The door opens; Kira and Dax emerge. Kira nods at Bashir and carries on to the turbolift. Dax stops short, sighs a bit to see Bashir. Doesn’t really want to deal with him.

DAX
Hi, Julian.

BASHIR
Ezri, look... I know we didn’t
part on the best of terms. But
I just want to say I’m glad
you’re safe, and there’s no -

DAX
Julian, I’ve had a bad few days
and I really don’t want to get
into this with you right now.
People I knew have died. Just
give me some space, will you?

She walks past him again, without waiting for a response. She heads to the turbolift and joins Kira.

KIRA
Docking ring, section twelve.

The turbolift lowers out of sight. They’re gone. Bashir gapes after Dax, amazed that she blanked him again.


50 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR

Plenty of security EXTRAS. Vaughn and TARAN’ATAR wait on their best behaviour for the airlock to roll open...

The door cycles open - Vannis and Opaka emerge, with their own phalanx of soldiers. Taran’atar snaps to attention. Opaka takes Vaughn’s hands in a warm and friendly gesture.

OPAKA
Elias...

VAUGHN
Sulan.

Vannis rolls her eyes – she honestly couldn’t give a toss. Then Kira walks around a nearby corner. With her are SISKO (in civilian dress), Kai SOLIS and First Minister ASAREM.

KIRA
Ah, good. Everyone’s here.

VAUGHN
(warmly)
First Minister... Eminence...
(coolly; at Sisko)
...Captain.

Opaka can’t help notice the frosty tone in that one word.

OPAKA
It is good to see you again,
Wadeen, Tendren. I trust your
journey went smoothly?

ASAREM
Perfectly, thank you Ranjen.

SISKO
Can you imagine the security
with the three of us on board
the same shuttle?

SOLIS
I think they checked my eyeballs.

Kira chuckles. Vaughn grits his teeth in silent annoyance. He doesn’t like what sounds like Sisko boasting about his importance. Kira turns to lead everyone down the corridor, the security keeping a polite distance...

KIRA
Well, I’m glad you’re here.
The meeting’s scheduled for
sixteen hundred in the Ward
Room. Should be interesting.

RO (o.s.)
Captain!

Everyone turns in surprise to see Ro emerging from the nearest turbolift...

RO
I’m sorry, Captain. He insisted
on seeing you immediately.

Kira is baffled... and then Yevir steps out from behind Ro, still dirty and dishevelled. All are suitably surprised. Kira sighs, rubs her brow. There’s always complications.


51 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE

Kira stands behind her desk, leaning forward onto it, trying her best to be polite... but failing.

KIRA
Vedek Yevir. I’m sure you have
many fascinating tales to tell.
But they will have to wait. I
have a very important meeting
that people have come all the
way across the galaxy to attend.

YEVIR
I understand that, Captain. But
my news is of vital importance
to Bajor. As you know, I spent
more than a year on Cardassia,
where I studied the traditions
of the Oralian Way. I believe –

KIRA
Vedek, perhaps I’m not making
myself clear. I don’t have time
for this. If you want to talk
to me, make an appointment.

YEVIR
I realise you may have reasons
to dislike me, Captain. But
please don’t dismiss what I
have to say so easily.

KIRA
I’ll take the risk. Excuse me.

She walks out of the office, heading back to the meeting. He can do nothing but follow her out.


52 INT. DS9 – WARD ROOM

The meeting is under way. Kira at the head, with Vaughn, Sisko, Asarem, Solis, Taran’atar, Vannis and Opaka.

TARAN’ATAR
The situation is deteriorating
rapidly. Dominion member races
rebel at an increasing rate.
The Jem’Hadar move closer to
full civil war every day.

Everyone is disquieted to hear it stated so bluntly.

KIRA
Is there nothing Odo can do?

VANNIS
(snippy)
The Founder has the situation
under control, Captain.

TARAN’ATAR
Clearly not.

Holy crap. Is Taran’atar criticizing a Founder? But he pushes on, seemingly unconcerned.

TARAN’ATAR (cont)
The Dominion is too vast for
one Founder to control alone.
Only today, Vannis destroyed
two crews for fighting over
his instructions.

VAUGHN
How is you destroying them any
better than them destroying
each other?

VANNIS
They were squabbling. I was executing.

ASAREM
And how does executing your
own people help the Dominion
maintain its stability?

VANNIS
(shrug)
The Vortas’ next clones will be
activated. More Jem’Hadar will
be bred in birthing chambers.

Opaka’s good will towards the Dominion is being shaken.

TARAN’ATAR
The reports of the other Vorta
suggest that the uprisings are
being fuelled by rumours. The
word “Ascendant” is heard more
and more frequently.

KIRA
News of their attack on the
Dominion must be leaking out.

TARAN’ATAR
Indeed, Captain. Member races
are no longer confident that
the Dominion can protect them
when the Ascendants return.

KIRA
Maybe they won’t return.

OPAKA
The Eav’oq are convinced they
will, Nerys. And they are the
ones with the experience.

SISKO
What did the Eav’oq tell you?

OPAKA
That the Ascendants will not be
dissuaded, not for any reason.
All they care about is reaching
their version of the Celestial
Temple... and destroying anyone
who gets in their way.

ASAREM
Kai Solis, if I were to propose
an alliance between Bajor and
the Ascendants, do you think the
Vedek Assembly would support me?

SOLIS
I’m not sure they support me,
First Minister. Bajor has made
great strides in accepting
alternative religions over the
past two years, but this might
be pushing them further than
they’re willing to be pushed.

KIRA
What about General Lenaris?
Having one of the most senior
and respected officers in the
Militia as a follower must be
good for something.

SOLIS
He’s offered his public support.
But I can just see my opponents
painting it as some kind of
combined military-religious
dictatorship out to oppress all
right-thinking Bajorans. His
private support will have to do.

KIRA
Well, we need to do something
to help the Eav’oq. They’re
helpless out there.

She looks over to Sisko. He smiles back, encouraging.

SISKO
It’s your show, Nerys.

She looks curiously at him...


FLASH


Suddenly it’s like a vision – over exposed and strange. All the same people are there, gazing at Kira like Prophets.

VAUGHN
Our hand must act of its own will.

OPAKA
Our hand must shape the future.


FLASH


Everything is normal again. Kira blinks, disturbed. What just happened? Did she imagine it?

SISKO
Nerys...?

Kira comes back to herself. Looking around at everyone, waiting for her decision... she makes it.

KIRA
I think... we need to make an
attempt to contact them. The
Ascendants, I mean. Maybe if we
can talk to them, we can find
a way out of this before it
goes any further.

TARAN’ATAR
And what of your alliance with
the Dominion, Captain?

KIRA
Well, if we can make peace with
the Ascendants, they won’t be a
threat to the Dominion anymore.
And that can only help Odo’s
efforts to get things under
control.

Taran’atar ponders for a moment.

TARAN’ATAR
My mind is now clear of external
influences, Captain. And I am
grateful to you for that. It
allows me to see more clearly...
and what I see is that the
Ascendants caused the exodus of
the Founders, and led directly
to the chaos we now face. So I
must inform you, Captain, that
any alliance between Bajor and
the Ascendants will seriously
damage your friendship with
the Dominion.

On Kira’s disquieted reaction to that...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT TWO


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