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Old June 5 2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x21 - "Into the Fire" (part 2 of 3)

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ACT TWO


FADE IN:


9 INT. DS9 Ė HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


The meeting is over. Everyone emerges from Kiraís quarters looking a little shell-shocked. Theyíve heard the whole plan, and itís a biggie. There are awkward glances as they go their ways, off to prepare for their respective roles.

Last to the door is Vaughn. He makes sure everyone else has left, and at the threshold, turns back to Kira.


10 INT. DS9 Ė KIRAíS QUARTERS


Kira stands gazing into her prayer mandala. Vaughn hovers in the doorway...

VAUGHN
Captain... could I ask you
something?

KIRA
Of course, Commander.

Vaughn steps closer into the room, lets the door close.

VAUGHN
I just wanted to know... why
did you lie to us?

Kira looks at him, unsure whether to be offended, scared, caught out...

VAUGHN
Please understand, Iím not
accusing you of anything. But I
saw the look on your face when
you said you believed weíd stop
the Ascendants. Donít worry, I
donít think anyone else caught
it. But Iíve had reason to be
an expert at spotting lies.

Kira turns back to her mandala, full of confusion.

VAUGHN
Do you think Iliana will win?

KIRA
I donít know, Elias. There are
just so many signs...

VAUGHN
Signs of what?
(Kira hesitates)
Captain... Nerys... Just talk
to me. Let me help.

KIRA
(sigh)
She was right... about Cardassia.
They attacked, killed billions
of Bajorans... and that was one
Prophet race against another.
Why wouldnít it be the same for
the Ascendants and the Eavíoq?

VAUGHN
But look at Cardassia now. Itís
falling apart, while Bajor has
never been better.

KIRA
But Cardassia is a world of the
Prophets, just like Bajor. If
that happened to them, it could
happen to the Eavíoq too.

VAUGHN
It could. Maybe it already has.

KIRA
What do you mean?

VAUGHN
The Ascendants first attacked
the Eavíoq thousands of years
ago, yes? And it didnít work.

KIRA
And now theyíre back.

VAUGHN
Just like Cardassia tried to
come back to Bajor during the
war. And it didnít work. Their
second attempt to control you
ended with them being razed to
the ground. Whoís to say the
Ascendantsí second attempt
wonít end up the same way?

KIRA
But is that any better? What
right do I have to stop the
Ascendants from achieving what
their faith says is the entire
point of their lives? Who am I
to say that my interpretation
of the Prophets is better, or
more correct than theirs? If
I do that, Iím no better than
Yevir, when he tried to ban
the Ohalu religion on Bajor.

VAUGHN
Captain, if protecting Bajor
and the Eavíoq means stopping
the Ascendants... then thatís
just what youíll have to do.
What other option is there?
Sit back and do nothing?

KIRA
Maybe the Prophets have some
other plan...

VAUGHN
Captain, you are the Prophetsí
plan. I may not believe in a god,
but I do believe that if there
is a god, and if that god is
going to save us... then heís
going to do it by giving us the
intelligence and imagination
and strength to save ourselves.

Kira tries her best to take his advice...


11 INT. DS9 Ė HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


Sisko strides down the corridor. Dax chases behind him...

DAX
Ben Ė hold up!

He turns to her Ė she jogs up to him.

SISKO
What do you need, old man?

DAX
Ben, come on. Are you really
sure this is the way to go?

He looks around, makes sure thereís no-one to listen in.

SISKO
Itís the best of a bad set of
options, Dax. But I do need to
ask for your help.

DAX
Anything. You know that.

SISKO
I need you to be Jadzia for me
one last time. I need you to
be the one to press the button.

DAX
Iím not the science officer,
Ben. Iím not even assigned to
DS-Nine or the Defiant anymore.
Shouldnít Shar be the one Ė

SISKO
Shar doesnít know me. Not like
you do. I canít ask him to do
this. He can stay here on the
station, with Ro. Sheíll need
good officers to rely on.
(beat)
Please, Dax. I need you with me.

Dax sighs. How can she say no to her oldest friend?


12 INT. DS9 Ė QUARKíS BAR


By the bar, QUARK holds court, relating a ribald tale MOS while the Even Odds Ferengi Ė FEG and TRIV Ė gaze with rapt attention, sucking up as much as their lobes will allow.

But we are focusing on a table on the main floor, at which FACITY, BRAD and GLESSIN sit together, all looking a little battered and bruised. Glessin especially is quiet and insular. They look up at a stomp-shuffle sound...

...and see Dez limping towards them with his crutch. Facity pulls out a chair, and he gently lowers himself into it.

FACITY
Well? What did they say?

DEZ
These people are insane. Thereís
no other word for it. Must be an
Alpha Quadrant thing.
(beat)
No offence, Glessin.

Dez is about to spill it all, but thereís the sound of more people approaching Ė Jake and Nog. Dez sighs and rubs his face, as if to say, ďOh, will you just leave me alone.Ē

JAKE
Hi, everyone. Dez... can we
talk to you for a second?

Dez looks down at the table, doesnít respond. The others are not sure whatís up. Jake deflates, getting the message.

JAKE
Fine. I guess Iíll tell my dad
he needs to find another plan.

Jake turns to leave. Reverse psychology. It works.

DEZ
Wait...

Jake turns back. He sees that Dez is struggling with this. The freighter captain wants to be involved, but wishes he didnít. Taking pity, Jake crouches down to Dezís level.

JAKE
Dez... Iím not asking you to
change who you are. We just
need your help.

NOG
Maybe thereís something we can
offer you in return. A deal.

Dez is half-way to being convinced. But heís scared. He doesnít know which way to jump. Facity speaks up...

FACITY
Tell me what you need, Jake.

JAKE
We need the Even Odds to act
as a lure for the Ascendants.
Use the Wa to get them where
we want them. Thatís all.

DEZ
Youíre putting us in the middle
of a war zone, Jake. I have to
think of the safety of my crew.

NOG
Your crew will be safe.

GLESSIN
Iíd do it.

The others look to Glessin for an explanation...

GLESSIN
The battleís coming anyway. Just
once Iíd like to get through one
with my head high, knowing I did
something to help. I donít want
to cower and cry all my life.

Dez reluctantly considers all the options...

DEZ
Youíre sure Prynn can get us
through the battle safely?

NOG
I guarantee it. Run, and then
hide till itís over.

DEZ
(deep breath)
Alright. But this is the last
time, Jake. The moment itís
over, you leave my ship and
we go our separate ways.

NOG
Deal.

Nog looks to Jake for his confirmation...

JAKE
Deal. Thank you, Dez. Weíll
call you when weíre ready.

They turn to leave. As they walk together out of the bar...

NOG
Jake, can I ask you something?

JAKE
Sure, Nog.

NOG
What is with us and crazy plans?
(beat)
I mean, we try to fly a runabout
without the autopilot. We steal
a stuffed bear to help out a mad
scientist with his experiments.
We pit a crew of cadets against
the biggest, baddest ship in the
Dominion fleet. And now this...

JAKE
(sad sigh)
I donít think this is the same
thing. This plan isnít crazy...
itís just wrong.

They exit the bar...


13 INT. DS9 Ė PRYNNíS QUARTERS


Prynn is moving swiftly around the room, packing a small travelling bag. Sheís taking out her frustration and confusion on the clothes and drawers and closet doors...

PRYNN
Itís wrong, Dad. I canít do it.

VAUGHN
Iím just saying, give it a chance.

PRYNN
No! I wonít. Do you think I
havenít gone over this with
myself a hundred times? Shar
and I cannot happen. It never
has happened. The most weíve
ever done is kiss, and...

She drifts off, as if sadly remembering the kiss and how wonderful it was...

PRYNN
Is that really all weíve done?
In two years?
(plaintive)
Heís so pretty... he makes me
want to sit in a dark room,
eat ice cream and cry.
(resolved)
But itís better for everyone if
we stay colleagues and nothing
more. So whatever I may or may
not be feeling, Iím just going
to ignore it till it goes away.

She goes back to stuffing clothes haphazardly into her bag.

VAUGHN
But what if something were to
happen... to either of you...

PRYNN
Then it wouldnít matter anyway.

Vaughn takes Prynnís hands, forces her to pay attention.

VAUGHN
Prynn, listen to me. I havenít
had a lot of love in my life.
Your mother, you, a couple of
minor flirtations when I was
even younger than you are now,
and thatís it. In more than a
century of breathing.
(emphasising)
Do not follow my example.

Prynn is grateful for her fatherís advice. She smiles.

PRYNN
Donít sell yourself short, Dad.
I can think of at least one
person whoís shown a definite
interest. And itís more than
a minor flirtation.

Opaka. Vaughn chuckles, pulls Prynn in close for a hug. They breath together, glad to have each other.

VAUGHN
Just promise me youíll think
about it. Youíre my daughter...
and I want you to be happy.

PRYNN
I love you too, Dad.

They separate, steel themselves, and get back to work.


14 INT. DS9 Ė KIRAíS OFFICE


The door from Ops opens, and Nurse Richter enters. Kira is likewise buzzing around the room, putting things in order. She stops to greet Richter, directs her to the guest seat.

KIRA
Thank you for coming, Ensign.

RICHTER
What can I do for you, Captain?

KIRA
I wanted to tell you in person
that weíve come to a decision
regarding Sergeant Etana.

RICHTER
(nervous)
Okay. Go on...

KIRA
Sheís free to go. Legally, the
only thing we can charge her
with is medical malpractice.
And as the only one affected
by that, Lieutenant Ro has
chosen not to press charges.

RICHTER
(deep breath)
I see. Thank you, Captain. But
if you donít mind... I donít
want Kol to be released.

KIRA
(pause for WTF)
Iím sorry?

RICHTER
I want her to stay where she
is, in jail. And I want her to
stay there, behind that force
field, for a long, long time.

Off Richterís determination, and Kiraís confusion...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT TWO


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