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Old April 6 2012, 01:02 PM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x16 - "I Will Survive"

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ACT FOUR


FADE IN:


25 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING


Having left once, Dominion Vessel 288 is just now returning to the station.


26 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR


Dax waits by the airlock, her mind a million miles away. She’s still having trouble grasping everything Kira told her. After a moment, the airlock rolls open, and Vannis stands there, waiting to come aboard.

Or strictly speaking, this is VANNIS-4, the next clone. She is just as troubled as Dax – after all, she did just die.


27 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Dax has invited Vannis to sit with her in her quarters. The Vorta nibbles unenthusiastically from a plate of nuts and berries, while Dax sips a rokassa juice.

DAX
How are you handling it?

VORTA
This is not my first death,
Commander. Though it is the
first time I’ve been killed
by one of my own soldiers.

Vannis frowns to herself, trying to figure it all out. Dax is sympathetic, gives her time to adjust.

VANNIS
I do not understand. Through
all my lives, I have always
strived to serve the Founders.
Not just to the best of my
ability, but to the best of
any Vorta’s ability.

DAX
That’s a noble goal.

VANNIS
But I have to admit... this is
the hardest assignment I have
ever received. I must not fail
at it, but...
(shakes head)
Jem’Hadar should obey Vorta. That
is the order of things. But he...
he does not obey me. He is like
no Jem’Hadar I have ever met. I
don’t know how to relate to him.
(gallows humour)
Clearly my last approach was
unsuccessful.

DAX
Vannis, can I ask you something?
It might be a bit personal.

VANNIS
You have been kind to me. What
would you like to know?

DAX
Do you remember it? The moment
when you died?

VANNIS
Of course. All Vorta remember.
A learning experience – how
not to make the same mistake.

DAX
Trill aren’t supposed to remember.
We’re trained to suppress it – to
concentrate on the memories of
life, not of death. Or at least,
most Trill are trained for that.

VANNIS
Not you?

DAX
I didn’t get the full training
before I was joined. Most of
the time I can put it out of my
mind, but sometimes something
will jog my memory...

On Dax as she remembers...


FLASHBACK – 1x01 “EMISSARY”


Wizened old Curzon lies on the operating table as the Dax symbiont is transferred to Jadzia...


BACK TO SCENE


Dax closes her eyes, pushing away the memory. When she opens them again, Vannis is gazing at her, curious.

VANNIS
Who would have ever imagined
that Vorta and Trill would
find something in common?

Dax is a bit surprised... but realizes Vannis is right.

DAX
We both die, but keep living.
(thoughtful)
But what about that moment in
between? When the first body
has died, but the second body
hasn’t... “activated” yet? Do
you feel anything?

Vannis stops to ponder the question.

DAX
I mean for us, without a host
to interact with the world
through, the symbiont is left
blind and deaf. We’re aware,
but incapable of anything. It’s
quite a disturbing experience.
That’s one of the reasons we
like to get the symbiont into
a new host as soon as possible,
or else back to the pools.

VANNIS
For Vorta, there is nothing. No
awareness, no sensation. We die,
and know nothing else until we
reawaken in the cloning tanks.
There is nothing else. When we
are not serving the Founders...
we do not exist.

That’s rather disquieting. Dax has more on her mind...

DAX
There was a time recently, when
I thought I was going to die.
There was an incident on the
Trill homeworld... terrorists
attacked. They murdered almost
all the symbionts.

VANNIS
And you feared you would be one
of them.

DAX
No, that’s not what I mean. At
the time, I never questioned if
I’d survive. I’ve been through
a lot. I just assumed I’d get
through this too. And being one
of the few left... that just
made me all the more special.

VANNIS
Vorta are not special. Kill one,
make another. Clean and simple.
But if that is not when you
feared death... when was it?

DAX
The Luna. I was full of that
same arrogance, convinced I
could do anything. That I was
following my grand destiny as
a life-form almost unique in
the galaxy. But then there was
the accident in engineering...
I ran. I saved myself. In that
second, I thought – I’m too
important. I can’t die here. I
have to save the symbiont, one
of barely a few hundred left in
existence. And even though the
thought passed in an instant...
I haven’t been able to look at
myself in the mirror since.

VANNIS
I do not regret dying if it is
in the service of the Founders.
I do not regret saving myself
either, if that would be in the
service of the Founders. Mourn
your dead if you must, but do
not doubt that you deserve to
live. There is always more you
can do for your leaders.

Dax ponders quietly.

DAX
People I know, people I care
about, they’re out there right
now risking their lives to do
the right thing. The least I
can do is face my own demons.


CUT TO:


28 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Dax now sits opposite Kinjer Odan, on the couch in her quarters. Since she has no official therapy space anymore, this will have to do.

DAX
Tell me everything, Kinjer.
Start at the beginning, and
don’t leave anything out.

Odan prepares to do exactly that. Dax prepares to face her own doubts and do what she can to help.


29 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Odan is asleep on Dax’s bed, suffering restless dreams. Dax herself stands in the doorway of the bedroom, watching him toss and turn. Then she turns back to the main room...

GARD
Thank you for agreeing to help him.

DAX
You were probably more right
than you know, bringing him to
me. I might be the only one who
can understand how he feels.
And... I need to help someone.


30 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Dax sits opposite Kinjer as he talks.

ODAN
I loved a Starfleet woman once.
Across three bodies I loved
her. But I lost her. I died.
I could have been happy...
but she couldn’t handle it.

The things he’s saying spark Dax’s own memories...


FLASHBACK – 6x26 “TEARS OF THE PROPHETS”


In the Bajoran shrine, Jadzia judders and shakes as the possessed Dukat uses pagh-wraith energy to kill her...


FLASHBACK – 7x03 “AFTERIMAGE”


In a corridor, Worf completely blanks Ezri, leaving her surprised and hurt.


BACK TO SCENE


Ezri tenses against the memory, but allows it to come, allows it to inform her sympathy for Kinjer.


31 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Gard and Dax discuss...

GARD
I’m glad. I was afraid there
might be some personal issues
between you and me that could
have affected your decision.

DAX
Oh, don’t get me wrong – I’m
still holding a grudge against
you. I haven’t forgiven you
for killing Minister Shakaar.
Not completely. Or for killing
me, for that matter.


FLASHBACK – 8x05 “REFLECTIONS”


Joran Dax has his arm hooked around a woman’s neck and a jagged piece of glass to her throat. An angry Trill police man – an earlier host of Gard - holds a weapon on him and shouts to let the woman go. Gard fires, Joran goes down...


BACK TO SCENE


DAX (cont)
Or that you snuck around as a
part of a secret underground
spy organisation to do it.

GARD
I’m not going to apologise for
removing threats and saving
lives, Dax.

DAX
I’m not asking you to. Even if
I don’t like that you did it,
I do understand why you did it.
Plus... it’s been made clear
to me recently that being part
of a secret spy group doesn’t
necessarily make you “evil.”


32 EXT. COBBLED STREET - NIGHT


Somewhere on Earth – London maybe? Ross and Bashir walk together in awkward silence over the old-fashioned cobbles. Bashir takes note of the location, the gently swirling mist, the classic old street-lights casting a weak glow. As they walk, Bashir readies himself for the meeting that is to come...


33 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Gard and Dax...


GARD
How flattering.

DAX
Everyone’s got their problems.
Doesn’t mean they shirk their
responsibilities.


34 INT. VULCAN CAVES


Vaughn and Ro are working their way determinedly through the labyrinth of caves. Ro is dirty, sweaty, tired, and in a distinctly bad mood. They pass an opening into a small, unlit cavern – little more than a bolt-hole really.

Ro pauses, looks into the hole. She indicates to Vaughn to stay where he is while she goes inside. Vaughn is confused – why? She gestures exactly why. Vaughn gets the message – bathroom. Vaughn turns his back and leaves her to herself.

Ro clambers through the opening and into the small, dark space. She hunkers down on her haunches. Silently, she lets out all the tension and shakes that she’s been hiding from Vaughn. Breathing deep, she reaches into her boot. And yes, there’s a hypospray in there. Looking at it with hunger, she raises it to her neck and injects the painkillers. She gives herself another moment as the drugs flow through her, lets the shakes subside.

Outside in the main cave, Vaughn is waiting. At the sound of Ro emerging, he turns to greet her. She seems happier and more relaxed now. Together, they carry on their way.


35 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Gard and Dax...

DAX
So I want to help Odan if I can.
And even if I can’t, I just want
him to feel like there’s someone
who will actually listen and not
just dismiss him out of hand.

GARD
Is that what you think I’m doing?

DAX
I think you’re doing the same
thing the Symbiosis Commission
is doing – the same thing I was
doing before I came to my senses.
We’re all so worried about the
symbionts, about saving them
no matter what, that we’re not
seeing the obvious solution.

GARD
Which is?

Dax moves back to the bedroom doorway, looks in on the still fitfully sleeping Odan. She’s not happy about her idea, but it seems like the best of bad options.

DAX
Break the bond.

As Gard realises with resignation what she means...


36 INT. COLE’S APARTMENT – LIVING ROOM


Old mahogany panelling, comfy leather armchairs, paintings and sculptures on the walls, a roaring fire in the hearth.

There’s a knock at the large wooden double door, followed by the whine of old hinges as it creaks open. Admiral Ross enters, his face like death. He really doesn’t want to be here or to be doing what he’s doing. Behind him is Bashir, still mentally recording everything.

One of the armchairs is turned to face the fire, hiding its occupant. Ross finds this especially rude.

ROSS
He’s here. I’ve brought him. And
don’t even think of using me as
your errand boy ever again.

COLE
(still hidden)
I appreciate your feelings,
Admiral. Thank you for your
help. You can go now.

That the man would just dismiss him like that, without even talking him to him face to face, makes Ross furious. But even so, he does as he’s told, and turns to go. As he does, he exchanges a look with Bashir – one that says “you’d better have a damn good reason for this.”

With Ross gone and the door closed, the chair’s occupant finally deigns to stand – of course it is COLE (last seen 8x08 “Abyss”). He seems resolutely normal, not in any kind of uniform or threatening in any way. He seems almost as apprehensive about this as Bashir.

COLE
Doctor Bashir. I have to say
– I never expected to see you
again. And I’m very curious
as to why I’m seeing you now.

As Cole and Bashir face each other across the room...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT FOUR


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