3 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE - BATHROOM
Sisko stands over the sink, splashing his face with cold water. He’s bringing himself around, forcing the knowledge that’s rushing round his brain into calm, rational patterns by sheer force of will.
He looks up at his reflection, stares into his own eyes. We go into lightning-fast FLASHES of memory, barely enough to register...
-- Three comet fragments approach the Gamma end of the wormhole (3x15 “Destiny”)
-- In engineering, Sisko is caught in a warp core discharge and phases out of existence (4x03 “The Visitor”)
-- Sisko weeps bitterly in Prylar Eivos’s arms at the base of the bantaca spire (10x20 “In the Stars”)
Sisko tenses his jaw at the memories, but doesn’t run away. He accepts what he has to do.
4 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM
Sisko emerges from the bedroom into the living room. He has changed his clothes, freshened up, but still urgent and grim with determination.
Kasidy stands, holding Rebecca. She looks to her husband, knows exactly what he’s thinking.
So this is it. It’s finally arrived.
Sisko goes to her, and as gently as he can, gathers them both into his arms, pulls them tight.
Kasidy... I love you. You know
that. You and Rebecca and Jake
are the most important things
in the universe to me.
Kasidy nods silently against his shoulder. Refuses to cry.
I do what I do... what I’ve
always done... to keep you safe.
Whether it’s for Starfleet or
the Prophets... doesn’t matter.
You – you are what matters.
Sisko pulls back, looks Kasidy in the eye.
Do you believe me?
I do, Ben. I do.
I am so, so sorry for whatever
I’ve put you through. I have
never wanted to hurt you. And
I would never leave you if I
didn’t have to. But this...
this I have to do. And I have
to do it now.
He reaches in and kisses her deeply – as much for his own comfort as for hers. Then he kisses Rebecca’s head.
You should call somebody...
to come and sit with you. I
don’t want you to be alone.
Who would I call, Ben? Every-
one I know is going with you.
How about Prylar Eivos? He
took good care of me, gave me
a place to sleep last night.
And you said you liked him.
Kira re-enters the house from the front door. Sisko pulls back from Kasidy, takes a deep breath and steels himself.
Everything ready, Nerys?
I called the station. Vaughn’s
pulling everyone together.
Good. There’s no time to waste.
Sisko gives one last kiss to Kasidy and Rebecca. Then he heads for the door. He doesn’t look back. If he did, he might not be able to go. He walks out, and is gone. Kira tries her most reassuring smile for Kasidy...
Don’t worry, Kas. I’ll bring
him home safe and sound.
Thank you, Nerys.
But Kasidy doesn’t believe it any more than Kira does. Then Kira turns and leaves as well. Kasidy follows her out onto the front porch...
5 EXT. SISKO’S HOUSE – FRONT PORCH - DAY
Kira walks to join Sisko a few yards away from the house. Kasidy stays on the porch, watching them. We see Kira tap her combadge, and after a few moments, a transporter beam takes them. Baby Rebecca waves her daddy goodbye.
6 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE - ESTABLISHING
Much as we left it last time – Defiant
, Vannis’s Dominion ship, and the damaged Even Odds
all sit in a line around the docking ring. A single RUNABOUT approaches and slowly lands on its pad, sinking into the body of the station.
7 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS
ETANA and RICHTER sit together inside one of the cells. The force field is up, and security Ensign ALECO stands guard, but far enough away to give the women their privacy.
So what’s going on out there?
Nothing special. Aylam’s still
flirting with Simon. Simon’s
still oblivious. Bashir’s on
egg-shells around him.
Kris – come on. Tell me.
They still haven’t decided.
What’s taking them so long? It’s
not legal to hold someone this
long without charges, you know.
It’s... complicated, Kol. You
know it is.
And what about the rest?
I know something’s going on.
I can feel it in the air.
I don’t know what. I’m just
a nurse, they don’t tell me
anything. But I do know Kira
just got back from Bajor.
Richter watches as Etana ponders what that means...
8 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S QUARTERS
The door is open, and Kira stands at the threshold. Sisko is elsewhere in the room.
Come on in, everyone.
Opaka enters, followed by VAUGHN, DAX, RO, PRYNN, NOG, BASHIR, SHAR, CENN, TARAN’ATAR and VANNIS. They spread out, taking seats (except for Taran’atar, who stands).
Last in the room are JAKE and RENA. Jake looks back over his shoulder for one more person to enter – DEZ, supporting himself with a crutch, and not quite sure what he’s doing here. Sisko steps towards them, quiet and gentle.
You must be Jake’s father.
I am. I’m very glad to meet you,
Captain. I wanted to say... how
grateful I am to you for looking
after Jake while I was... away.
Please, take a seat.
This is the man Dez has measured himself against in Jake’s eyes. He nods uncertainly and hobbles away to a spare seat. Jake and Rena are about to follow, but Sisko stops them.
Wait, Jake, Rena... please.
They pause, giving nothing away, but allow him to speak.
I hope you’ll let me apologise
to you both. My behaviour was
inexcusable. Especially towards
you, Rena. I would never hurt
either of you. I was just so...
It’s alright, Mister Sisko...
Emissary. It’s a stressful
situation for everyone.
Stressful. That’s a reason. But
not an excuse. I am so sorry.
Sisko turns towards Jake, who has yet to speak. He nods, almost reluctantly. But he knows his father is sincere.
Apology accepted. Rena helped
me understand some things... and
so did Dez. But I was serious.
Don’t ever say anything like
that again, Dad. Ever.
I won’t. There won’t be a need.
Because I understand now...
...why you’re here. I’ll explain
everything. Go on – take a seat.
Jake and Rena do as they’re told. Sisko goes and stands by the window, next to Kira, and they look back at the rest.
Thank you all for coming. I’m
doing this in Captain Kira’s
quarters because I wanted this
to be informal. This is not an
official Starfleet briefing, or
an official Starfleet mission
for that matter. This is just
us – the people in this room.
So you all get an input, and
no question or suggestion is
out of bounds, so long as it’s
respectful. With that said...
He nods to Kira, who takes over the meeting.
Alright. You all know what
we’re up against. The Ascendants
are coming. They believe that
if they can reach the wormhole,
and enter it, they’ll become
gods themselves. And they’re
willing to destroy anyone who
gets in their way.
This is something I’ve been
wondering, actually. We’ve had
whole fleets going through the
wormhole for years now. If the
Ascendants have been searching
for it, how did they miss that?
When the Eav’oq used the Orbs
to hide, the Ascendants were...
“cast out.” Scattered across
the quadrant in an instant.
And this all happened thousands
of years ago. To them, the
Dominion are the “new kids on
the block.” It’s taken them
this long to even get close.
Plus, we know that the wormhole
is a localized phenomenon. Even
as close as we are right now,
there are no measurable readings
until one hits the event horizon.
Alright, yeah, I get all that.
But the thing is, Iliana Ghemor
is in charge of them now, right?
And she knows everything. About
us, about the Dominion, about
the wormhole... What she didn’t
get from the Obsidian Order or
from your memories, Captain...
Taran’atar gave her.
Nog looks to Taran’atar warily, expecting trouble. But the Jem’Hadar has no reaction. Nog is right, after all.
So if she knows all that... then
what’s she waiting for?
I’ve asked that question myself.
And the only answer I can come
up with... is that she’s been
deliberately biding her time,
maybe to gather up as many of
the Knights as she can... to
make sure they can’t lose.
That’s a pleasant thought.
And she’s convinced she won’t
lose. She honestly believes
she’s following the will of the
Prophets. That they’re destined
to destroy the Eav’oq.
Captain... what do you believe?
Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Kira pauses, and then lies as confidently as she can.
We’re going to stop them.
They are relieved to hear it. But Vaughn sees something in Kira’s face the rest of them don’t. Prynn speaks up first.
How? I mean, I don’t mean to
be negative, Captain, but I’ve
seen what one of these guys can
do. How can we possibly stop the
entire race, if it really is
just the people in this room?
Luckily for us, Lieutenant, the
people in this room are a pretty
remarkable bunch. We can do it.
And it all starts with you.
Dez looks back confused. Everyone has turned to look at him, and he’s feeling a bit put on the spot.
Your ship can listen in on the
Ascendants... and it turns out,
that’s the key to everything.
But they know about that now.
We’ve lost the advantage.
No we haven’t. What we’ve got...
is a trap.
We listen in on them, they try
to track the Even Odds down
again, and they find it right
where we want them to be.
And where’s that?
In orbit of the Eav’oq homeworld.
Everyone seems shocked at that.
Nerys... I thought the plan was
to protect the Eav’oq. Now you
tell us you intend to deliver
the Ascendants right to them?
They won’t get anywhere near
the Eav’oq. Because waiting for
them in orbit will be a massive
Jem’Hadar fleet, courtesy of
Taran’atar, Vannis... and Odo.
Hold on. The Even is my ship,
and I haven’t agreed to this.
You won’t be doing any fighting,
Dez. Your whole job is to run
as fast as you can, and then
get the hell out of the way.
Out of the way of a running
firefight between two insanely
violent armies out for blood.
We’ll never make it.
You will if you have Lieutenant
Tenmei at the helm.
Elias, that’s not necessary...
Is there a better pilot in this
room? Is there a better pilot
in this sector?
Then it’s Lieutenant Tenmei’s
job. Let’s move on.
Prynn is a little taken aback by this, but she trusts her dad, and she appreciates his faith in her. She’ll do it.
What makes you so sure the
Ascendants will ignore the
Eav’oq to fight the Jem’Hadar?
Something Iliana said. “They’re
easily distracted.” They’ve
already attacked the Dominion
once. Put the Jem’Hadar in their
path again, and they won’t be
able to resist taking the bait.
And then we will destroy them all.
I appreciate your determination,
Taran’atar. But no, you won’t.
I don’t understand.
I don’t doubt your abilities.
But it’s not your job to kill
the Ascendants. It’s mine.
Dad... what are you saying?
That’s the other reason we need
them in the Idran system. They
want the wormhole... I’m going
to give it to them.
As they all look at him in shock and surprise...
END OF ACT ONE