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Old June 5 2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x21 - "Into the Fire" (part 2 of 3)

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TEASER


FADE IN:


1 EXT. BAJOR Ė SISKOíS HOUSE - MORNING


Early, as the sun is rising over the distant hills and the local birds are fluttering and tweeting in reply. The Sisko homestead looks peaceful in the morning light.


2 INT. SISKOíS HOUSE Ė LIVING ROOM


OPAKA sits in the rocking chair in the corner of the room, slowly rocking back and forth with baby REBECCA in her lap. Sheís keeping the girl occupied with some simple toy.

KIRA emerges from the kitchen, in casual clothes. Sheís carrying three mugs of morning coffee. She drops one off at the side-table next to Opakaís rocking chair...

OPAKA
Oh, thank you, Nerys.

...and takes the other two to the couch. KASIDY gratefully receives, and Kira sits beside her. Kasidy is obviously filled with worry, clinging to the coffee cup for comfort.

KIRA
So he never came home?

KASIDY
No. Havenít seen or heard from
him since I threw him out of
the house.
(sags)
Oh God, why did I do that? Any-
thing could have happened to
him when heís in that state.

KIRA
Donít beat yourself up, Kas.
You were scared, angry...

KASIDY
Howís Rena?

KIRA
Sheís fine. Handling it better
than Jake is. I donít think
Iíve ever seen him so angry.

Kasidy puts her mug down on the coffee table, gets up and begins to pace. Kira and Opaka can only sympathise.

KASIDY
Damn it, Ben! At least call me
and let me know youíre okay.

OPAKA
(gently)
Perhaps he worried he would not
be welcome after what happened.
Perhaps he did not wish to
burden you any further.

KASIDY
Iím his wife! Heís supposed to
burden me! I just hate when
he gets like this. All this
Prophets business screaming
around in his head...

Kasidy slumps back down into an armchair.

KASIDY
Iím sorry Nerys, Sulan. I donít
mean to be insensitive to your
beliefs... I just wish those
Prophets of yours would leave
Ben out of it once in a while.

KIRA
I know what you mean. And I know
this probably isnít what you
want to hear... but I believe
itís all for a purpose.

Kira looks subtly over to Opaka. Opaka gets the message. She stands and hefts Rebecca onto her hip.

OPAKA
Iíll go and tidy Rebeccaís
things. Iím sure she can show
me where everything goes.

Opaka carries Rebecca into the bedroom, leaving Kira and Kasidy alone. Kira smiles gratefully, then turns back to her friend.

KIRA
Kasidy, please... try and hear
me. I know that the Prophets
wouldnít ask him to do anything
unless it was absolutely vital
for the safety of Bajor. They
take care of us. Ben is Their
way of doing that.

KASIDY
But does it have to be so hard
for him? And for me?

KIRA
I can only tell you that in the
end, itíll all be for the best.

Kasidy wishes she could be as confident. And really, Kira is trying to convince herself just as much.

KASIDY
I know he lies to me.
(beat)
Alright, maybe not lie, thatís
too strong a word. But he keeps
things from me. He hides and
pretends. Itís just because he
wants to protect me. But I hear
him mumbling in his sleep. I
know heís scared. And I want
to protect him too.

KIRA
Perhaps you could talk to Jake
about it? Or encourage Ben to
talk to Jake if he canít talk
to you.

KASIDY
(shakes head
firmly)
No. I donít want to put Jake
in the middle of it. He has
his own life to lead now.

KIRA
Then maybe you could persuade
Ben to step back a bit. Take
more of a back seat. Vaughn
and Taraníatar and I can
handle what we need to do...

KASIDY
I canít do that either. I could
never ask him not to go with
you. Itís all heís thought about
and worried about since he came
back from the wormhole. Besides,
if I try to make him choose...
Iím afraid Iíll lose.

KIRA
You donít seriously think heíd
choose the Prophets over you...?

Kasidy looks Kira in the eye, sad and resigned.

KASIDY
He already did once.

Kira doesnít really have any answer for that. Itís a tough situation all round, and she has her own doubts about it.

Thereís a BANG out on the veranda, at the back of the house. Kira and Kasidy look to each other, confused. They get up from the sofa and look to the back door...

...just in time to see SISKO half-collapsing against it.

Kira quickly rushes to the door, opens it and catches Sisko as he slumps into her arms. Itís not unlike when he lurched into the ward room at the end of 5x10 ďRapture.Ē Heís wracked with the same kind of shivers and sweats, like his head is too full of comprehension, trying to burst out.

Kasidy stays back, her hand to her mouth, almost in tears at the state her husband is in. Opaka has emerged from the bedroom at the commotion. Sisko looks up into Kiraís face, as if barely realizing where he is.

SISKO
Nerys...

KIRA
Ben... what is it?

SISKO
I understand now. You have to
gather everyone. Gather them
all, before itís too late.

On Opaka, as she remembers...


FLASHBACK Ė 10x11 ďHARMONYĒ


Itu has received revelation from their Orbs, during the last Ascendant attack. He stops another passing Eavíoq...

ITU
I understand now. You have to
gather everyone. Gather them
all, before itís too late.


BACK TO SCENE


The same words. Opaka realizes Ė this is it.


FADE OUT:


END OF TEASER


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