115 INT. DS9 – WARD ROOM
Beginning on Kira, as she sits at one side of the table. In full uniform, holding herself tight and reined in.
Then it is your belief, Captain,
that Commander Vaughn sacrificed
himself in the course of his
duties as a Starfleet officer.
It is, Admiral.
REVEAL that Akaar, Ross and Batanides are across the table from her, as they have been for everyone else. The three of them are no happier about this than anyone, but it’s their job to get to the bottom of things.
Based upon our interviews with
your senior staff, and upon the
visual records from Defiant’s
main engineering... I agree.
Commander’s Vaughn’s actions
were entirely voluntary, and
selflessly taken to help end
the Ascendant threat.
If that threat can be said to
have been ended at all. This
woman, Raiq, remains. Your own
reports, Captain, indicate that
one Ascendant is quite capable
of being a substantial threat
on her own.
I take personal responsibility
for Raiq, Admiral.
Very well. But the fact remains
that this entire mission was not
authorized by Starfleet Command.
In fact, it constitutes illegal
seizure of Starfleet property in
the form of the Defiant, illegal
diplomatic activity in the form
of a military alliance with the
Dominion. Your actions may even
result in charges of genocide
against a government that was
not at war with the Federation.
Kira is not about to take that. But she stays tight, under control. There’s no point making this worse than it is.
How could it possibly have been
an authorized mission? I asked
for your help repeatedly, and
you refused. You left me with
no choice. I had to turn to
You could have chosen not to
get involved in a situation
that was none of your business.
If you believe that, Admiral,
then you really don’t know me.
And you don’t know Bajor.
This is academic. The facts of
the matter are clear, and there
must be consequences. As the
senior active Starfleet officer
in the Bajoran sector, all the
actions taken by the crew of
the Defiant fall upon you.
Let me save you the trouble.
Kira stands, rests her hands on the table.
I once threatened to pull Bajor
out of the Federation. I was
wrong to do that. Even though I
believe the Federation wilfully
ignored issues that speak to the
very core of Bajoran identity,
and placed an entire innocent
people at risk by refusing to
help... I know that Bajor needs
the Federation. So I won’t make
that same threat again.
She pauses, making sure she’s got everyone’s attention.
But I can still protest the
Federation’s actions myself...
by doing this.
She reaches up and unfastens the captain’s pips from her uniform collar, and places them into the table. She takes off her combadge and places it next to them.
The three admirals look down at the objects on the table, and then back up at Kira. Astonished.
Captain, please... consider what
you’re doing. Don’t be hasty.
Hasty?! You really haven’t been
paying attention, have you? This
is what Bajor is. We fight for
what we believe in. We sacrifice
for what we believe is right.
My resignation will be logged
within the hour.
She stands up straight, and without leave, turns and exits the room. The admirals try to pick up their jaws.
116 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE
Kira is stripped down to the undershirt of her uniform, moving around the room, packing things up. She takes her large book of prophecies off the shelves, places it into a crate on her desk. Under this:
Nerys... if I may call you that.
I hope you know that my respect
for you is... enormous. These
three years as your exec have
been some of the happiest of
my life, and your friendship
has been a large part of that.
Kira now sits at the desk, watching this recorded message from Vaughn on the small desk-mounted screen.
I also want to take this chance
to thank you for all your help.
It was invaluable. And I hope
that the step I’m about to take
will help you in equal measure.
Be safe, Nerys.
Kira places the lid on the crate, hefts it up. She turns and carries it out of the office, out into Ops.
117 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Kira walks down the steps, carrying her crate. Ro stands at the centre table, with Shar, Nog, Bashir, Bowers and Cenn at their stations. She looks around at them all. They look back at her. No more to say. With a sad and final nod, she climbs the stairs back up to the turbolift.
118 INT. DS9 – TARAN’ATAR’S QUARTERS
Taran’atar is likewise tidying things up in his room. Ro stands to one side...
What are you going to do now?
Taran’atar stops, genuinely considers the question.
I have entered a new state of
being. It will take some time
to determine what that means.
But you are returning to the
I am. The Ascendant conflict
cannot solve all the Dominion’s
problems, after all. Vannis’s
next clone will take my place
as Ambassador to Bajor.
I can’t believe I’m saying this,
but I’m going to miss you.
Taran’atar draws himself up straight. He’s not the smiling type, but he feels... content.
I wish you success in your
future endeavours, Lieutenant.
And you in yours.
They’re good with each other. Ro turns to leave.
119 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY - DAY
OPAKA sits on one of the low stone walls, looking out over the peaceful Eav’oq city. Sun, streams, meadows, gleaming marble. It’s all safe now.
Sulan, you’ve been a force for
peace and love all your life.
And though you may not know
it, the thought of your gentle,
open face has given me that
peace more times than I can
count since we first met. It
would have been nice to grow
old in your company.
Well, even older.
Opaka smiles to herself as she remembers the moments with Vaughn. She picks up a Starfleet padd off the wall next to her, hops down onto her feet and turns to walk back towards the temple. She’ll miss him, but he died for a good cause, and he's with the Prophets now.
120 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S QUARTERS
Kira enters, carrying her crate. She places it down on a side table, and turns to the window. Raiq stands there.
How are you feeling?
Alone. How else would I feel?
I am the only Knight alive
not to enter the Fortress.
It would have killed you.
It is my birthright!
There might be other Ascendants
still out there somewhere. Maybe
Iliana didn’t find them all.
I see the lies on your face.
You are like her.
Kira sees that it’s going to be difficult to make any kind of connection with this woman. But she has to try.
I’m going home. To Bajor. And I
think you should come with me.
I’m responsible for exterminating
an entire race who believed in
the same gods I do. I need to
spend some time making sense of
that. And I think it would be
good for you to see... that maybe
we’re not so different after all.
You are a heretic. You shame
Maybe I do. But look at it this
way. A Bajoran went to the Eav’oq.
An Eav’oq went to Cardassia. A
Cardassian went to the Ascendants.
Now you can complete the circle.
All four races can learn about
each other... in peace.
Raiq seems halfway to being convinced. But doctrine is strict. Kira holds her hand out to her...
Come with me, Raiq. Take my hand.
Uncertain, but feeling very alone... Raiq takes the hand.
121 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM
KASIDY sits in the rocking chair, slowly rocking back and forth with Rebecca in her lap. She’s taking comfort in the simple repetitive actions of feeding the child.
Captain. I must apologise again
for striking a superior officer.
But I could see how much it was
breaking your heart to leave
your family. I couldn’t allow
that. So I’ve taken your place.
Kasidy looks up from Rebecca... at Sisko, sitting on the couch, far across the room. He had planned to leave them. He wasn’t allowed to... and now he has to face her. What can he possibly say, now that she knows?
122 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR
You have many decades left to
spend with your family now. My
sacrifice is a much smaller one
than yours would have been.
Do not make it a vain one.
Bashir runs along the corridor, urgently. He reaches an airlock where people are filing steadily onto a transport ship. Among them is Dax, travelling bag on her shoulder.
Dax! I just heard... are you
really leaving again?
Dax turns to him. Half smile, half wince.
Yes, Julian. I’m leaving.
And you really weren’t going to
Actually, I was just standing
here thinking what a rotten
thing that is to do to everyone.
But nothing’s changed, Julian. I
still don’t belong here anymore.
So where are you going?
Back to Trill. Gard invited me
to help out with the symbiont
repopulation efforts. It’s only
a temporary assignment, until
a new command position comes up
somewhere. And I’m also taking
Doctor Tarses with me. So
you’ve got your sickbay back.
Thanks... I suppose.
It’s always going to be awkward. So it’s best to just get it over with. She stretches up and gives Bashir a quick, chaste peck on the cheek.
And then she turns and enters the airlock.
123 INT. DS9 – VAUGHN’S QUARTERS
Admiral Akaar walks through his old friend’s quarters. He sees the guitar on its stand, the spare uniform hanging against the wall. He picks up the picture of Ruriko.
124 INT. DS9 – PRYNN’S QUARTERS
Prynn, my sweet, beautiful baby
girl. I am more grateful than I
can say that we got this chance
to get to know each other again.
Please never doubt that I love
you. My only regret is that I
won’t get to see you blossom
into the powerful, unstoppable
woman I know you will be.
Prynn is on the couch, weeping her poor, broken heart out as she lies across Shar’s lap. He’s been where she is now, and knows that she just needs someone to cry with.
People may tell you there are
ways to rescue me, to bring me
back. Promise me you won’t try.
If you reverse what I’m about
to do, it might somehow bring
back the Ascendants. And that’s
a risk we can’t take. So don’t
waste your life pining for me.
You have your own life, and
that’s more important.
Sniffling, Prynn drags herself up out of Shar’s arms, sits beside him more normally on the couch. He looks at her, hating what he is about to tell her...
Prynn... while you were away,
I received a call. From home,
Prynn senses the bad news coming...
What did it say?
Thia is ready to give birth.
I have to leave. My child is
about to be born, Prynn.
On top of everything else, now this. How the hell is she supposed to process this?
125 INT. DS9 – SECURITY OFFICE
Ro stands in the office, as the door from the cells opens. RICHTER emerges, leading ETANA by the hand. Etana is nervous to see her friend, former boss, victim.
Lieutenant Ro. Everything I’ve
ever said about you is true. I
do believe in you. I do believe
you’re capable of so much more
than you think you are.
Ro and Etana face each other. After a moment’s tension, Ro pulls her into a strong, forgiving hug.
126 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Ro stands at the top of the stairs, outside the commander’s office. Cenn, Bashir, Nog, Bowers and extras are there, going about their business.
If you’ve had a hard life, then
make it better. If you believe
you’re some kind of bad person,
then be someone better. You
have it in your power to make
a change, Lieutenant. Do so.
The turbolift rises, carrying Admiral Batanides. She walks over to Ro, and the two of them enter...
127 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE
They stand in front of the now-vacated desk...
With Captain Kira’s resignation,
Captain Sisko’s continued leave,
Commander Dax’s transfer and
...loss in action, the chain of
command now falls to you.
Batanides holds up an extra command pip, reaches up to Ro’s collar, and gently fastens it into place. Ro’s eyes flare with amazement...
Congratulations, Commander Ro
Laren. Deep Space Nine and the
Defiant are now yours.
And you and I have a lot to
Ro tenses all over again as she realizes... she’s talking about the anti-Section 31 group. The admiral holds out her hand. Ro gulps. A lot of heavy responsibility coming her way all at once. But with a deep breath, Ro decides she can handle it. She takes Batanides’ hand firmly, and shakes.