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Old March 17 2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x15 - "Inside Out"

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ACT ONE


FADE IN:


2 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Vaughn sits on the bench. Ro crouches, reaching out to caress the gentle white flowers that edge the path and surround the memorial. There’s an air of quiet patience.

VAUGHN
Esani blossoms. I’m quite fond
of them myself.

RO
I remember.

She looks back up at him with a knowing smile – he’s thinking of Opaka. With a deep breath, she stands, creaking her delicate back with a wince of mild discomfort.

VAUGHN
How is your back?

RO
(evasive)
It’s fine.

Wanting to avoid the subject, she steps back over to the bench and sits beside Vaughn.

VAUGHN
On that topic, how are things
between you and Taran’atar?

RO
What’s that got to do with anything?

VAUGHN
Be patient with me, Lieutenant.
We’ll get there. But we have a
lot to go through, and no-one is
served by pointless questions.

RO
Well, excuse me.

VAUGHN
Pointed questions are entirely
welcome. They show you’re paying
attention. But no melodramatic
gasps of disbelief, please.
(insistent)
So... how are things between
you and Taran’atar?

Ro pauses to consider the question.

RO
Distant, if I’m being honest.
I thought we were doing okay,
until the L’Haan thing hit.
Then everything got tangled...

VAUGHN
In what way?

RO
You know... him going haywire
again. Just... reminded me.
Of things.

VAUGHN
And since then?

RO
Haven’t really spent much time
with him. Maybe I’ve been sub-
consciously avoiding him, I
don’t know... but then he’s not
been in the most cooperative
of moods lately, has he?

VAUGHN
You’re referring to the Bajor-
Dominion alliance.

RO
What alliance? He said he’d
rather die.

VAUGHN
And how do you feel about that?

RO
How do I feel? I feel surprised.
An alliance is exactly what Odo
wanted. So for Taran’atar to
say no is... uncharacteristic.

VAUGHN
He’s not the only one who has a
problem with the idea.

RO
Julian.

VAUGHN
Yes, Julian. But that’s not
who I was referring to. Surely
you’re aware of the protests
on Bajor. Once word of Kira’s
proposal leaked to the media,
the public made their feelings
on the matter quite plain.

RO
Well, they don’t have to worry
about it now, do they?

VAUGHN
Kira can be very persuasive
when she puts her mind to it.
But you’re quite right that
Taran’atar’s recent behaviour
runs rather contrary to his
role as Dominion Ambassador.
And there’s a reason for that.

RO
He gave a reason, didn’t he?

VAUGHN
He did. One that amounted to
throwing a tantrum just because
Bajor initially wanted to be
friendly with the Ascendants.
Even though by the time Kira
actually asked for the alliance,
that hope had been lost.

RO
Doesn’t make a lot of sense.

VAUGHN
Precisely. And as I say...
there’s a reason for it.

RO
Which is?

VAUGHN
I’ll come to that in a moment.

Ro is annoyed with Vaughn’s evasion, but holds her tongue.

VAUGHN
First – another question. How
much do you remember about the
Sindorin mission? Specifically
my involvement in it?

Ro blinks in confusion. That’s a bit of a curveball. She racks her brains a bit. Then, as the answer comes to her, she tenses. Pulls away from Vaughn, suspicious and wary.

RO
I remember Bashir becoming
suspicious of you. Of your
odd lack of background.

VAUGHN
(nods)
He suspected I was a member of
Section 31.

RO
Is that what this is about?
You’re trying to recruit me
into Section 31?

VAUGHN
(chuckle)
Oh, good lord no. Quite the
opposite. Who do you think
rescued the surviving Ingavi
from 31’s slaughter?

RO
I know that was you. You told
me it was you at the time.
What’s your point?

VAUGHN
Didn’t you ever wonder how I
was able to do that? How I had
access to the resources and
intelligence to pull that off?

RO
I just assumed your old covert
ops contacts. Didn’t really
think about it. I was just
glad the Ingavi were okay.

VAUGHN
That’s part of it. But mostly
it was because I happen to be
part of a secret group within
Starfleet myself.

RO
So you are a spy.

VAUGHN
A good spy. A small number of us
work together to oppose Section
31 and their activities. We have
done since the time of Kirk and
the original Enterprise.

RO
You’re not that old.

VAUGHN
(chuckle)
No. But I’m not the first of us.
I only discovered 31’s existence
about thirty years ago. We don’t
have a name as such. No kind
of organizational structure.
We just do what we can. But
of course it helps to have
friends in the right places.

RO
Like who?

VAUGHN
Well, think back a few months.
To Starfleet’s review of our
activities after the incident
in the alternate universe.

Ro frowns, thinks back...


3 FLASHBACK – 10x01 “EMANCIPATION”


The scene in the docking ring corridor, as Kira and Ro received the four admirals. Ro is wearing the mechanised armature brace to support her back and legs.

Admiral Akaar has just handed his padd to Kira. He steps aside, and as he does so, he looks disdainfully down at Ro. She glowers back up at him, equally unimpressed.


4 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


RO
Not that blowhard Akaar...

VAUGHN
No, not Akaar. Not Nechayev.
Not Ross.

RO
Well there’s only one left.


5 FLASHBACK – 10x01 “EMANCIPATION”


The last of the four admirals emerges from the airlock – the bland and bumbling bureaucrat Marta Batanides. She fumbles with her padds, reaches out to shake Kira’s hand.


6 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


RO
(w/ disbelief)
Batanides? But she’s a nobody.
She couldn’t change a light
bulb without burning herself.

VAUGHN
So you’d think. But in reality
she’s one of the keenest minds
I’ve ever known.


7 FLASHBACK – 10x01 “EMANCIPATION”


Vaughn’s secret meeting with Batanides. They stand in the empty quarters, lit only by the stars and the transporter modules. She hands him a data chip with a knowing smile.


8 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


VAUGHN
She’s one of us. She maintains
her cover by working in a
department that has nothing to
do with intelligence or covert
activities. And by deliberately
cultivating an image as a dull,
colourless administrator. All
carefully constructed, however.

RO
Does Kira know any of this?

VAUGHN
She knows some things. She knows
about me. She knows there are
others, but not who they are.

RO
And she lets you do whatever
you want?

VAUGHN
We have an arrangement, ever
since Sindorin. She helps me
when I need it. Looks the other
way. She trusts me to let her
know what she needs to know to
keep herself and the station
safe. But no more.

RO
Plausible deniability.

VAUGHN
Quite right. I have complete
respect for Kira, but in matters
of Section 31, I report solely
to Admiral Batanides. In fact,
she pushed through my transfer
to DS-Nine in the first place,
over the significant objections
of some other admirals.

RO
So all those reasons you gave
for coming here... about wanting
a new life away from war and
death... all that was a lie?

VAUGHN
Not at all. I wanted to be here.
I’m only saying that the admiral
had her own reasons for allowing
me to be here. Placing an agent
on Deep Space Nine, where we
already knew Section 31 had a
vested interest, was too good an
opportunity for us to pass up.

RO
A “vested interest?” You mean
Doctor Bashir.

VAUGHN
They’ve been trying to recruit
the doctor for some years now.
A man with Bashir’s abilities,
not to mention as comparatively
normal in other ways... They
must want him a great deal,
either that or they’re awfully
confident of their ability to
eventually turn him to their
side. Otherwise they’d have had
him removed long before now.

RO
They do that? Kill people who
turn them down?

VAUGHN
Of course. They have to maintain
their secrecy at all costs.

RO
Then how did you find out?

VAUGHN
How do you think?

RO
(realizing)
They killed someone.

VAUGHN
My friend T’Prynn.

RO
Your friend T’Prynn had an
interesting life, apparently.
What did they have against her?

VAUGHN
Oh, T’Prynn was something special,
Lieutenant. A bona fide tactical
genius, even among Vulcans. She
was a sought-after intelligence
operative decades before I even
met her. She pulled the wool
over my eyes more times than
I’m comfortable admitting.

RO
So they wanted her to join them.

VAUGHN
Can you imagine a better agent?
The sheer intellect, the eidetic
memory, the emotional suppression
and compartmentalization. Vulcans
make the perfect infiltrators,
Lieutenant, if for no other
reason than no-one would ever
believe them capable of it. Just
one problem – she didn’t agree
with them any more than I do.

RO
So they killed her.

VAUGHN
Oh, not straight away. No, there
was a period of cajoling, of
sweet-talking... eventually of
threatening. Not that I knew
any of this at the time, you
understand. T’Prynn could keep
a secret like few others.


9 FLASHBACK – 8x22 “GREATER GOOD”


The even earlier flashback to Vaughn’s life as a covert operative with Ruriko and T’Prynn.

Vaughn works feverishly at the controls of a transporter. But there’s nothing he can do. The transport results only in a charred, burned corpse on the pad – T’Prynn.


10 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


VAUGHN
It was only after her death
that my investigation led me
to her secret files, and the
answers that lay within.

RO
And that’s when you started
fighting them.

VAUGHN
Yes. Partly out of revenge, I
suppose. But the more I learned
about them, the more I despised
everything they stand for. And
gradually learned that I wasn’t
alone. There were others.

RO
Alright, fine. You’re on an
anti-Section 31 crusade. I
have no problem with that.
Why are you telling me?

VAUGHN
Again, think back. Connect the
dots. You said things started
changing ever since the L’Haan-
Taran’atar situation.

RO
Yeah, so?

VAUGHN
Remember what I said about
Vulcans making perfect spies?

She ponders, and realisation slowly dawns on her face...

RO
Oh, Prophets...

VAUGHN
(nods sadly)
Yes. We had a Jem’Hadar soldier
possessed by the undead spirit
of an “evil” Vulcan woman from
the alternate universe... and
who do we get to help us with
our problem...


11 FLASHBACK – 10x10 “IN TWO MINDS”


L’Haan mind-melds with Taran’atar in the Infirmary...

VAUGHN (v.o.)
... but a member of Section 31.


12 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


On Ro’s dumbstruck reaction...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT ONE


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