28 INT. DS9 - INFIRMARY
Ro is on the biobed in the surgical suite, shuddering and grunting in the depths of her seizure. Tarses and Richter are both trying their best to control her. Etana stands to one side, gripping the drug canister in horror.
Nurse! I need to know what was
in that canister!
Etana canít respond. Richter looks at her, confused...
Sergeant Etana! You will help
me with the patient or I will
relieve you of duty.
Coming back to herself a little, Etana shoves the canister at Richter. The human woman takes it, looks at the label.
What?! We donít even carry that!
And why the hell did Ro go for
it? What is she even doing here?
I thought she was on Kel-Artis.
He said it was a test, to check
if anyone noticed...
Kol, what are you talking about?
Etana canít answer. She runs out of the room.
Let her go. Sheís useless to me
right now. Concentrate! Maraji
alone doesnít have this effect,
not even in the dose she took.
Something else is going on.
Tarses and Richter get to work saving Ro...
29 INT. DS9 Ė BASHIRíS QUARTERS
Bashir stands in his quarters...
This is getting out of hand. Iím
asking you to stop it now before
it goes any further. Please.
REVEAL that heís talking to Cole, who stands opposite him, arms folded, unimpressed and dismissive.
I hope youíre not planning on
begging me. It would just make
the whole thing comical.
Iím serious, Cole! I tried to
trick you before. I admit it.
Obviously it didnít work. But
Iím not trying to trick you now.
And thatís why you asked me to
meet you in your own quarters,
where you have the home turf.
Honestly, Doctor, Iím insulted
that you think so little of me.
Look, I just want to find a way
out of this that doesnít end up
with me and all my friends dead.
Might be a little late for that.
What have you done?
Iím guessing you havenít popped
into the Infirmary since you got
back. Lieutenant Roís flopping
about on a biobed like a dying
fish as we speak.
Cole smiles evilly, trying to deliberately provoke Bashir. Bashir is on the verge of taking the bait...
Thereís nothing you can pull on
me, Doctor. Iíve taken antidotes
to every airborne sedative. Iím
carrying every kind of transport
blocker known to man. Whatever
you really asked me here for...
youíre not going to get it.
THUMP. Cole slumps to the ground, the victim of a double-fisted punch to the back of the neck by Vaughn. He and Bashir look down at the agentís unconscious body.
Every technological trick in
the book... and you forget to
look behind you. Idiot.
Is it true about Ro?
I donít know. She got LíHaan,
but I havenít seen her since.
Iíve got to get to the Infirmary.
Bashir heads to the door. Vaughn blocks his way.
Youíre not going anywhere.
Ro could be dying!
And there are other doctors to
treat her! Unless youíre really
so arrogant as to think nobody
else in Starfleet is capable of
saving a womanís life but you?
You promised to help me with
Mister Cole, Doctor. You joined
this mission voluntarily. Now
you will follow through with it.
Well then, I guess you have to
decide whatís more important to
you right now. Helping a woman
whoís already in safe hands...
or finishing what you started.
Bashir seethes with indecision...
30 INT. DS9 Ė MAIN OPS CENTRE
NOG and BOWERS are at their stations on the upper level, feverishly working their panels. SHAR buzzes back and forth between them and his own station, comparing and contrasting readings and information with grim determination.
Kira trots up the staircase from the central table, leans over the console to at least attempt some confidentiality.
Captain, all due respect... but
youíve basically asked us to
find something that is meant to
to be impossible to find, by
design. We need more to go on.
Iíve given you everything Iíve
got, Nog. A field that scatters
all transporters, sensors and
weapons, somewhere near a major
radiation source. There are
three people inside it, and we
need to find them - now.
Perhaps if we knew exactly what
life signs to search for...
Kira looks unsure. She didnít want to have to tell them that... but maybe it will help.
Alright, fine. Youíre looking
for Trill, Ferengi and human.
Horrified realizations as they figure out who it must be.
Thereís only one Trill on board.
Thereís only one Ferengi anyone
would bother taking hostage.
But whoís the human?
Kira hesitates again Ė she knows this will be difficult.
The human is Lieutenant Tenmei.
Shar blanches. Prynn. Nog looks over to him, sympathetic for his friend. With renewed resolve, Shar gets back to work on his consoles. Nog nods too.
Weíll find them, Captain.
The three junior officers get back to work, hard.
31 INT. DS9 Ė DARK ROOM
Cole JERKS awake in Vaughnís dark room. He tries to move, but finds himself unable to. Heís tied by basic, low-tech means to a pillar of some kind, hands and feet bound but held upright.
He looks to the right, and LíHaan is there too, likewise. She looks as embarrassed as a Vulcan can. Vaughn watches them both. Cole tries not to show how annoyed he is.
Mister Cole. I wish I could
say itís good to meet you in
person at last.
Elias Vaughn. Born 2274 on
Berengaria Seven, to farmers
Malcolm and Sandra Vaughn.
Starfleet rank Ė commander.
Veteran of the Tomed incident,
the Betreka Nebula, Arvada
Three and a hundred others.
Vaughn tries to control his reaction at this. Cole chuckles and shakes his head, and again tries to purposely provoke.
After we killed TíPrynn, did
you really think we wouldnít
keep an eye on you too?
It doesnít matter. Iíve got you
where I want you now.
Oh yes, Iím completely at your
mercy. Please... let me go. I
promise to never do it again.
So whereís Doctor Bashir?
Bashirís voice comes from somewhere in the darkness.
Really? Well I must say I mis-
judged you then. I would have
sworn that with Ro in such
dire medical straits, youíd
have insisted on being the one
to look after her, leaving me
alone with the Commander here.
I guess youíre just not as
high-principled as I thought.
Bashir surges forwards out of the darkness right at Cole and PUNCHES him in the face. Cole just laughs it off.
Oh, come on. Bashir the tough
guy now? What happened to your
What did you do to Ro?
Took advantage of her addiction,
of course. What else?
Vaughn and Bashir look between each other, confused. Seeing this, Cole really bursts out laughing.
Oh my god! Are you telling me
you brought a drug addict with
you and didnít even know it?
Bashir punches him again in fury. Cole keeps laughing.
Check your own medical records
if you donít believe me. Youíll
find missing canisters of asino-
lyathin, morphenolog... whatever
she could get her hands on.
How could you possibly know
whatís in our medical records?
Cole looks at him like, ďCome on.Ē Vaughn gets the answer Ė he looks over to LíHaan, who has been silently observing.
Nope. Didnít need LíHaan for
that. Iíve had an agent here
for more than two years now.
Bashir and Vaughnís eyes flare in worry...
32 INT. DS9 - INFIRMARY
Ro is now unconscious on the biobed, lying still, but a mess from what sheís been through. Tarses places a device on her forehead and stands back, watching in concern.
Alright. Iíve induced a coma
so she at least canít make it
any worse on herself while I
clean out her bloodstream.
As he moves off to get more medical devices...
Who is it?
Youíre the genetically enhanced
genius Ė you figure it out.
Tarses hands one device to Richter, keeps one for himself.
Isnít Maraji a hallucinogenic?
Yes, itís a narcotic made from
rare Cardassian crystals. Itís
highly addictive to Bajorans Ė
the few who could afford it got
themselves into quite a mess.
They continue to operate on Ro...
Who could tell me everything
that goes on in the Infirmary,
like when you handed in your
resignation, Doctor? And also
has a very close relationship
with the Security department,
the chief of which is also
DS-Nineís new second officer?
Looking around with worry, Richter calls out loud...
Kol? Babe? Are you there?
But thereís no answer...
33 INT. DS9 Ė SECURITY OFFICE
Major Cenn is working behind the desk. The door opens and he looks up Ė Etana stands there, tears in her eyes.
Sergeant? Whatís wrong?
Place me under arrest, Major.
Because I think Iíve made a
horrible, horrible mistake.
Off Cennís confusion and worry...
34 INT. DS9 - INFIRMARY
On Ro, as she lies unconscious, Tarses and Richter working around her...
35 INT. DS9 Ė HABITAT RING CORRIDOR
Ro looks around herself in surprise Ė how did she get into the corridor? Sheís back in uniform, and alone for now.
What... how did I get here?
She looks up the long, empty corridor Ė it seems to stretch on forever. And then in the middle of the deck...
...Taraníatar unshrouds. Ro tenses, shaking, takes a couple of steps back, looks around for anything she can use as a weapon. Taraníatar sneers at her threateningly.
Shall we finish it, Lieutenant?
Once and for all?
Taraníatar begins to slowly stalk down the corridor towards her. Ro shudders in terror as her nightmare approaches...
END OF ACT THREE