1 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE - ESTABLISHING
Pleasant standard establishing shot, featuring the Defiant at rest and at least one Bajoran shuttle docked.
2 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE 2
One of the circular airlocks rolls open, and a small procession of new arrivals emerge from the Bajor shuttle. Bajorans, humans, Starfleet officers, others. Among them is JAKE, holding the hand of RENA. Rena steps over the threshold, looking around in quiet amazement at everything around her.
As they move further into the Promenade, a random ALIEN passes by on his own business. Rena blinks a little at the sight of him. Jake sees her reaction. She gives a sheepish smile in reply, daunted but excited at the new experiences.
3 INT. DS9 – QUARK’S BAR 3
Lunch-time crowd. Customers sat at the bar, at tables all over the place, and a small collection at the dabo tables.
Jake and Rena enter. Rena is still somewhat nervous - just the sheer crowds are a little overwhelming for a small-town girl like her. A shout of victory goes up from the dabo table, and she’s startled. She looks over to see HETIK is congratulating a new winner.
NOG and SHAR are sat side-by-side at the bar, both with small plates of food and padds – a working lunch. Jake and Rena approach – Nog turns at the sound of their footfalls.
Nog jumps off his stool and hugs Jake in welcome. Then he does the same to Rena. Behind them, Shar also stands with somewhat more decorum, polite but friendly. Under all that:
You guys! It’s great to see
you. What are you doing here?
It’s Rena’s first trip to the
station. I wanted to show her
where I used to live.
First trip off the planet altogether.
Rena looks past Nog to Shar, who is politely waiting to be acknowledged. She gazes a little bemused at his blue skin and antennae. She’s never seen an Andorian before.
Oh! Jake, you remember Shar?
Of course – we met at the
Federation signing ceremony,
right? How are you?
I am well, thank you. It is
a pleasure to see you again,
Jake, please. And this is Rena,
Thirishar ch’Thane. Welcome to
Deep Space Nine, Mrs Sisko.
How long are you staying?
Oh, we don’t know yet. There’s
a lot of things I want to show
her, a lot of people to catch
It’s all he’s talked about for weeks.
Why, are you in a rush?
Kind of, yeah.
Shar and I were just finalizing
our plans for a little mission.
We’re supposed to leave this
In fact, if you’ll excuse me,
there are things I must do
in Ops before we leave.
Shar turns and picks up his padd from the counter. He’s a little uncomfortable, feeling like the odd one out. But he’s not unpleasant about it.
I’ll catch up with you later.
Jake and Shar nod their acknowledgements. Jake has no reason to dislike Shar, he just doesn’t know quite what to make of him. Shar turns to leave. Rena calls after him.
Nice to meet you.
Shar exits. With him gone, Nog returns to his seat and beckons Jake and Rena to join him. He tucks into his food.
Rena is still looking around, bemused at all the colourful aliens filling the room. At the far end of the bar, TREIR is working. Rena gazes in wonder again – a bright green woman. Closer to them, sat at the bar, is MORN, guzzling his ale as usual. As Rena gazes at his large lumpy form, the barfly BELCHES loudly. Rena jumps in shock.
Just never seen so many different
types of people in one place. It
takes a little getting used to.
You’ve seen aliens before though, right?
Well, humans, of course. Although
they’re barely any different,
really. The occasional Cardassian
when I was younger, during the
Occupation. Although even they
didn’t really bother with Mylea
all that much. They pretty much
left us to ourselves. And I’ve
seen lots of different faces on
the Bajoran news nets since we
joined the Federation. But...
But seeing them in the flesh is
Yeah... I thought Bajorans came
in all the colours. But we don’t
have blue, or green, or orange,
or purple, or... whatever you
call that colour. It’s... well,
it’s wonderful! So much life.
Jake smiles, clearly charmed. He leans over and gives Rena a kiss on the cheek, which she receives bashfully. Nog smiles – they’re cute together. Then Morn BELCHES again.
Jake chuckles. Rena gives him a playful glare.
So what’s this mission?
Oh, nothing big. Just a quick
trip through the wormhole to run
a check on the subspace relay.
That doesn’t sound too compli-
cated. We might still be here
when you get back.
Why don’t we just come with you?
Nog and Jake are both pleasantly surprised by the idea.
Would Kira let us?
Probably. I’d have to ask. But
honestly, it’s not all that
interesting. We’re going through
the wormhole, do some tech stuff,
and then straight back.
So let’s make it interesting.
Why don’t we visit a few places
while we’re out there?
Are you sure you want to do
that? The Gamma Quadrant seems
like an awfully big step for
your first time off-world.
If I’m going on an adventure,
I might as well go all the way.
Oh, those are dangerous words.
With you two around, it’s almost
Okay then. I guess it’s all decided.
Treir drifts over to them.
How are you pretty young things
doing over here? Can I get you
No need, thanks, Treir. We’ve
got to start packing. We’re
going on a road trip!
Ending on Nog’s grinning, excited face...
END OF TEASER