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Old February 27 2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x14 - "Against the Odds"

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ACT ONE


FADE IN:


2 EXT. SPACE Ė WADI HOMEWORLD


In orbit of the Wadi homeworld, with all its freighters and tourist ships waiting in queues.

One ship zooms out of the melee at right angles Ė the patch work freighter Even Odds, last seen 10x01 ďEmancipation.Ē As it breaks through the lines and bolts out of the area, we see another ship chasing after it Ė the Rio Grande.


3 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE 3


The turbolift doors open and Dez strides onto the bridge, Facity close behind. PREES, the Karemma chief engineer, is running the bridge, with the Dosi security chief BRAD and the Cardassian medic GLESSIN covering other stations. Theyíre all tense, confused as to the change of plans.

PREES
Whatís going on?

FACITY
The usual. The jobís dead.
Just get us out of here.

BRAD
(off panels)
Dez... thereís another ship
following us.

DEZ
(small, tight)
Ignore it.

GLESSIN
(off panels;
amazed)
Is that... Starfleet?

BRAD
Theyíre hailing.

DEZ
I said ignore it!

FACITY
(sotto)
Dez... come on. This is Jake.

BRAD
(gasp)
Jake?

Dez grits his teeth. He doesnít want to deal with this. But under pressure from everyone else, he eventually caves. He nods to Brad, who works her panels. The main viewscreen changes to show the cockpit of the Rio Grande. PRYNN is piloting, with Jake hovering over her shoulder, grim and determined. Nog and Rena stay back.

JAKE (screen)
Donít run away from me, Dez.

DEZ
Leave me alone, Jake.

JAKE (screen)
Dez, I swear if you donít pull
over now, I will open fire.

On screen, the others look at him askance. What is going on here? On the Even Odds bridge, the crew is looking at Dez likewise confused. After more grinding of teeth...

DEZ
Fine. Rendezvous at the tenth
planet in the system.

And then he stabs a panel at his side, cutting the signal. He nods reluctantly at Prees, who speaks out loud...

PREES
Srral, you heard the man.

At the otherwise unoccupied helm console, a silver liquid flows out of an open panel and across the surface, seeming to manipulate the controls. We feel the ship change course.


4 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


SHAR emerges from the rear cabin, holding onto the wall against the runaboutís movements. He spots Nog and Rena...

SHAR
What has happened?

NOG
All those stories Jake told
us about his adventures with
a pirate ship in the Gamma
Quadrant Ė apparently they
were true.
(unsure)
And now weíre chasing them.

Shar looks forward to Prynn, wanting to speak to her... but sheís busy piloting the ship.


5 EXT. SPACE


A small and rocky dwarf planet on the far edges of the Wadi system. The Even Odds sits in orbit, its large rear shuttle hatch open to space, revealing the hangar deck inside. The Rio Grande is carefully manoeuvring to slip inside.


6 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


The view from inside the ship as we move into the Even Odds cargo bay. Prynn is at the helm, Shar by her side.

SHAR
Prynn... Iím not sure what the
protocol is after nearly being
sick on a person.

PRYNN
No no, thatís fine. What girl
doesnít dream of making a man
vomit just by kissing him?

Shar looks at her, confused Ė was that a joke?

PRYNN
That was a joke, Shar.
Seriously, itís fine. Donít
worry about it. In fact, up
to that point Iíd say things
were going pretty well.

She glances at him with a mischievous grin. He smiles back, relieved. Then she returns her attention to her helm, and gently settles the ship to the deck.

Jake, Nog and Rena emerge from the rear cabin, having taken the chance to freshen up.

NOG
Alright then, letís meet these
legendary soldiers of fortune.

Jake is not looking especially friendly; Rena has noticed. Prynn locks out the ship, gets up and joins them. Nog presses the control to open the hatch...


7 INT. EVEN ODDS Ė HANGAR


The runaboutís passenger hatch opens... and Jake, Nog, Shar, Prynn and Rena step out, a little nervously. Dez is there waiting for them, still a bit tense. But with him are PIF the green dog-like Aarruri alien, Brad the Dosi female, and two Ferengi males, FEG and TRIV. (Meanwhile in the background, Even Oddsí cargo hatch closes.)

The moment Jake appears, Pif launches upon him, a big ball of furry excitement and joy. Pifís tail wags furiously, as he hugs him with his front paws. Jake laughs in surprise.

PIF
Jake!

NOG
(flinch back)
Eeeee! Another flurble thing!

JAKE
Donít worry, Nog. This oneís
perfectly safe. This is Pif.
And heís the fastest Aarruri
in the Gamma Quadrant!

Pif steps back, a little saddened. He indicates his front paw, which Jake now notices is slightly thinner and weaker.

PIF
Not anymore. My leg got broken
about half a cycle ago. Glessin
did his best, but it never
really healed right. So Iím out
of the running, as they say.

JAKE
Oh Pif, Iím so sorry. I know
how much it meant to you.

Jake recovers, and tenses a bit for the introductions.

JAKE
Everyone, this is Dez, the
captain of the Even Odds.

DEZ
A pleasure to meet you all.
Jake told me quite a bit about
you. Some of you, anyway.

Brad, the hulking Dosi, grabs Jake in an enormous bear hug. Everyone gives the situation the side-eye...

JAKE
(trouble breathing)
Hi... Brad...

BRAD
Oh Jake, itís so good to see
you, Iíve been so worried...

Brad lets go, and Jake recovers with a deep breath.

JAKE
This is Bradahkíla - Brad for
short Ė the shipís jewel expert
and part-time security chief.
And thatís Feg and Triv, the
accountants, not surprisingly.
Guys, these are my friends.

Everyone crowds round, eager to meet Jakeís friends... except for Dez, who is still a bit standoffish.

JAKE
Prynn, pilot extraordinaire.
Shar, chief science officer.
This is my best friend Nog,
son of Rom...

Feg and Triv instantly launch towards Nog, cower before him, simpering obsequiously and chattering over each other.

FEG
Youíre the Grand Nagusís son?

TRIV
Oh, welcome, sir, welcome
welcome welcome...

FEG
If thereís anything we can do
for you, anything at all...

TRIV
Iím a big fan of your father,
big big fan...

DEZ
Alright, guys, thatís enough.
Give the man some air.

FEG
(backing away)
Of course, of course, whatever
you need...

Jake is amused at his friendís expense. Then with a love-struck smile he reaches for Rena...

JAKE
And last, but not least, this
is Azeni Korena... my wife.

BRAD
Your... wife?

Cheers and congratulations all around. Pif trots up to Rena, gives her a playful sniff, and nods wryly.

PIF
Sheíll do.

The others chuckle. Brad smiles Ė a tense smile that hides her true feelings.

BRAD
Well, I hope youíre very happy
together. Congratulations.

Prynn sees the look on Bradís face, and knows what it means Ė Brad is sweet on Jake. Prynn glances over to Shar, and then quickly looks away again, concealing her own feelings.

PIF
Can you stay? Thereís so many
things to catch you up on...

Jake looks at Dez, his gaze challenging him. Thereís still tension between them, despite the friendly cover.

DEZ
Fine. Just donít get in the way.
We have a schedule to keep to.

PIF
Yes! Come on, thereís someone
I want you to meet.

And Pif is off, his tail wagging. Jake follows with a grin, and the others trail behind, a little bemused. But as Jake passes Dez in the doorway, thereís still a bit of a glare.


8 INT. EVEN ODDS Ė CORRIDOR


Pif trots happily along the corridor. Jake follows, and Rena catches up to him, whispers sotto to him.

RENA
Whatís going on with you?
(no response)
You told me these guys were
your friends. So why are you
treating Dez that way? Prynn
said you actually threatened
to fire on him?

Jake doesnít want to answer. He glances behind him, where all the others are following. Dez hangs to the back. The walls are as patchwork as everywhere else on this ship, with different designs and materials. Nog observes...

NOG
Why does everything look so
mismatched?

PIF
Thatís the Even Odds for you.
Itís a really old ship, maybe
hundreds of years old. And itís
been rebuilt and patched over
constantly with whatever the
owners could find at the time.

Thereís an open panel of circuits in one wall. As the group passes it, thereís a flash of activity inside the panel. A streak of silver liquid shoots past across the circuits. A second streak of golden liquid chases it. Thereís even the oddly disembodied sound of girlish giggling somewhere.

PRYNN
What was that?

PIF
Oh, thatís just Srral and Meera.
They like to chase each other
through the ship. Itís the first
time Srralís had anyone to play
with since he left home.

JAKE
Yeah, about that Ė how in the
hell do you have a changeling
on board?

DEZ
Sheís part of my crew.

NOG
I thought all the changelings
had vanished into the galaxy.

PIF
Dez has a thing for taking in
strays. Like Jake! And that
JemíHadar, whatever his name
was... Tarana-something.

NOG
What?!

PRYNN
Taraníatar was on this ship?
When was this?

PIF
About half a cycle ago. Saved
us from some other JemíHadar.
He was actually kind of a good
guy. For a JemíHadar anyway. I
wonder what happened to him?

PRYNN
Heís back on the station.

NOG
(scoff)
Heís an ďambassadorĒ now.

PIF
Here we are!

They stop at a door. Pif stretches up to tap the control.


9 INT. EVEN ODDS Ė QUARTERS


Inside is Pifís room, with cushions and toys and things to climb on. And another Aarruri alien, a female, a slightly different shade of green. Her spines shoot up to see Pif, and she trots over to him with a grin. Her name is SETT, and she greets Pif with an intimate nuzzling of snouts.

PIF
Sett, this is Jake Sisko, the
human I told you about. These
are his friends, and his wife,
Korena. Jake, this is Settka
Ganni... my wife.

JAKE
Pif, thatís wonderful! Iím very
pleased to meet you, Sett.

SETT
You too, Jake. Pif talks about
you all the time.

PIF
You wanna meet the rest of the family?

NOG
(cringe)
Thereís more?

Our gang files closer into the room. Pif leads them over to a padded basket in the corner. Prynn and Rena peek in... and itís filled with half a dozen tiny, wriggling green baby Aarruri. Prynn and Rena explode from the cuteness.

RENA
Oh, Prophets, theyíre adorable!

PRYNN
Look at the tiny little noses!
Can I take one home with me?

JAKE
Pif, I canít believe youíre a father!

PIF
Well, after I hurt my leg, I
realised it was time to stop
gallivanting around, and settle
down and raise a family. I am
almost eight, you know!
(beat)
But itís good to see you, Jake.
And itís perfect timing that
youíre here. Itís an exciting
time to be on the Even Odds.

JAKE
How so?

SETT
Because of the Wa.

PRYNN
Whatís the Wa?

PIF
When I said the shipís really
old? Well, nobody really knows
exactly how old it is. But the
Wa is the only original part
of the ship left.

SETT
Itís what helps all the new
patches and repairs take hold.

JAKE
It also reacts to changes in
the local space-time. Pif - has
something changed in the Wa?

PIF
Kinda-sorta. You remember how
I told you to never ever touch
anything in there? ĎCause we
didnít know what would happen?

JAKE
Yeah...

PIF
...Somebody touched something.

On Jakeís intrigued reaction...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT ONE

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