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Old February 27 2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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DS9 Season 10, ep 10x14 - "Against the Odds"

Okay, so apparently that last one didn't get a lot of love. Sorry to hear that, as I had a lot of fun writing it. Ah well, on to the next one...

First the recap as usual:

Previous threads

Episodes 1 to 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 12
Episode 13

Direct links to the PDFs of episodes 1 to 12:

10x01 - "Emancipation"
10x02 - "Brave New World"
10x03 - "Steppin' Out"
10x04 - "Easy Come, Easy Go"
10x05 - "Deep Down"
10x06 - "The Dream Box"
10x07 - "Instinct"
10x08 - "Property Values"
10x09 - "Blank Slate"
10x10 - "In Two Minds"
10x11 - "Harmony" (part 1 of 2)
10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
10x13 - "The Case of the Flamping Flurble"

All episodes are also available at the Ad Astra fan-fic archives, link here.

Episode 14 carries on directly from the end of ep 13, although I wouldn't call them a two-parter necessarily.

It also incorporates a scene from the DS9-R novel Rising Son by SD Perry, something I found necessary to do because it was a scene I'd cut out of my much abbreviated adaptation of Rising Son for my own season 8 screenplays, but which turned out to be necessary for the story of this ep. If that makes any sense.

Okay then - on to episode 10x14 - "Against the Odds."

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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x14 - "Against the Odds"

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TEASER


FADE IN:


1 EXT. WADI STREETS – EARLY EVENING

We pick up exactly where we left it last time. JAKE, NOG and RENA have run into crew from the Even Odds – captain DEZ, first officer FACITY, and a human-looking teenage girl of about 14, named MEERA (who we haven’t seen before).

All are very surprised to see each other. But before they can explain, they are all surrounded by Wadi police, armed and ready to use it. Inspector MUNAD is in charge, pointing his weapon right at Dez.

MUNAD
Zin Dezovrim, Facity Sleedow...
You’re under arrest.

Dez and Facity grit their teeth – caught.

JAKE
Wait – Inspector, this must be
a mistake. Dez isn’t –

MUNAD
Do you know each other?

JAKE
Yes.

DEZ
No.

They stare at each other. Jake is offended – why would Dez deny knowing him? Dez’s eyes are pleading with Jake to stay out of it.

MUNAD
Do you want to try that again?

No-one knows what to say. Nog and Rena are on edge, not sure what’s going on. Dez and Facity are tense, ready to move at a moment’s notice.

MUNAD
I find this very interesting.
You kids say you’re from the
Federation, a supposedly good
and just society. You fight so
hard to get your ship back. You
act so innocent and righteous.
And then it turns out you’re
such close friends with the
most notorious criminal gang
in the sector that you’ll
try to defend them to me.

FACITY
“Notorious”? I like the sound
of that.

Dez shoots her a look. But Jake has figured this out now.

JAKE
It was you? You’re the ones
who were going to buy our ship
from Lebikow?

FACITY
Your ship?

MUNAD
Don’t bother acting surprised,
Mz Sleedow. You provided your
old friend and colleague Mister
Lebikow with the codes to break
into the ship, after all.

DEZ
Jake, you have to believe me,
I had no idea you had anything
to do with this. What are you
even doing here?

NOG
(breaking in)
We were on a road trip.

FACITY
A road trip?

RENA
What does it matter what we’re
doing here? We’re not the ones
being arrested.

MUNAD
That’s still to be determined,
young lady.

Under all of this, the young girl Meera is gazing at Nog, curiously, as if trying to place his face. Meanwhile, all the Wadi police keep their eyes peeled, their weapons drawn. It’s a very tense situation.

DEZ
Leave them out of it. They’re
innocent.

MUNAD
A heart, Dez? Maybe you’re not
as tough as the stories would
paint you.

DEZ
You don’t know anything about
me, Munad.

MUNAD
Well, now I’ll have plenty of
time to learn. Boys...?

Dez and Jake both tense. Dez looks to the girl at his side.

DEZ
Meera...

The girl smiles smugly, and MORPHS. Her entire shape shifts into a ball of golden goo, shooting out arms of protoplasm lightning fast. She whips the guns from the police’s hands and knocks them all in the heads. In seconds, they’re all unconscious on the ground. Then she reforms into the girl.
Jake, Nog and Rena all gasp in surprise.

NOG
A changeling...

Dez looks at Jake, a bit embarrassed and guilty about all this. But Jake is only glaring at him accusingly. Dez speaks into a wrist-comm...

DEZ
Dez to Even Odds. Get us out
of here, now.

FACITY
Good to see you again, Jake.
Take care of yourself.

And then the transporter signal takes them. They’re gone. Jake slaps his own combadge.

JAKE
Sisko to Rio Grande. Prynn, beam
us up, and get ready to leave.

PRYNN (comm)
What’s going on?

JAKE
Look for a freighter breaking
orbit – we’re following them.

Jake is pissed. Nog and Rena are mostly just confused. And then the transporter takes them too.

Ending on the unconscious bodies of Munad and his men...


FADE OUT:


END OF TEASER

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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x14 - "Against the Odds"

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ACT ONE


FADE IN:


2 EXT. SPACE – WADI HOMEWORLD


In orbit of the Wadi homeworld, with all its freighters and tourist ships waiting in queues.

One ship zooms out of the melee at right angles – the patch work freighter Even Odds, last seen 10x01 “Emancipation.” As it breaks through the lines and bolts out of the area, we see another ship chasing after it – the Rio Grande.


3 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE 3


The turbolift doors open and Dez strides onto the bridge, Facity close behind. PREES, the Karemma chief engineer, is running the bridge, with the Dosi security chief BRAD and the Cardassian medic GLESSIN covering other stations. They’re all tense, confused as to the change of plans.

PREES
What’s going on?

FACITY
The usual. The job’s dead.
Just get us out of here.

BRAD
(off panels)
Dez... there’s another ship
following us.

DEZ
(small, tight)
Ignore it.

GLESSIN
(off panels;
amazed)
Is that... Starfleet?

BRAD
They’re hailing.

DEZ
I said ignore it!

FACITY
(sotto)
Dez... come on. This is Jake.

BRAD
(gasp)
Jake?

Dez grits his teeth. He doesn’t want to deal with this. But under pressure from everyone else, he eventually caves. He nods to Brad, who works her panels. The main viewscreen changes to show the cockpit of the Rio Grande. PRYNN is piloting, with Jake hovering over her shoulder, grim and determined. Nog and Rena stay back.

JAKE (screen)
Don’t run away from me, Dez.

DEZ
Leave me alone, Jake.

JAKE (screen)
Dez, I swear if you don’t pull
over now, I will open fire.

On screen, the others look at him askance. What is going on here? On the Even Odds bridge, the crew is looking at Dez likewise confused. After more grinding of teeth...

DEZ
Fine. Rendezvous at the tenth
planet in the system.

And then he stabs a panel at his side, cutting the signal. He nods reluctantly at Prees, who speaks out loud...

PREES
Srral, you heard the man.

At the otherwise unoccupied helm console, a silver liquid flows out of an open panel and across the surface, seeming to manipulate the controls. We feel the ship change course.


4 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


SHAR emerges from the rear cabin, holding onto the wall against the runabout’s movements. He spots Nog and Rena...

SHAR
What has happened?

NOG
All those stories Jake told
us about his adventures with
a pirate ship in the Gamma
Quadrant – apparently they
were true.
(unsure)
And now we’re chasing them.

Shar looks forward to Prynn, wanting to speak to her... but she’s busy piloting the ship.


5 EXT. SPACE


A small and rocky dwarf planet on the far edges of the Wadi system. The Even Odds sits in orbit, its large rear shuttle hatch open to space, revealing the hangar deck inside. The Rio Grande is carefully manoeuvring to slip inside.


6 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


The view from inside the ship as we move into the Even Odds cargo bay. Prynn is at the helm, Shar by her side.

SHAR
Prynn... I’m not sure what the
protocol is after nearly being
sick on a person.

PRYNN
No no, that’s fine. What girl
doesn’t dream of making a man
vomit just by kissing him?

Shar looks at her, confused – was that a joke?

PRYNN
That was a joke, Shar.
Seriously, it’s fine. Don’t
worry about it. In fact, up
to that point I’d say things
were going pretty well.

She glances at him with a mischievous grin. He smiles back, relieved. Then she returns her attention to her helm, and gently settles the ship to the deck.

Jake, Nog and Rena emerge from the rear cabin, having taken the chance to freshen up.

NOG
Alright then, let’s meet these
legendary soldiers of fortune.

Jake is not looking especially friendly; Rena has noticed. Prynn locks out the ship, gets up and joins them. Nog presses the control to open the hatch...


7 INT. EVEN ODDS – HANGAR


The runabout’s passenger hatch opens... and Jake, Nog, Shar, Prynn and Rena step out, a little nervously. Dez is there waiting for them, still a bit tense. But with him are PIF the green dog-like Aarruri alien, Brad the Dosi female, and two Ferengi males, FEG and TRIV. (Meanwhile in the background, Even Odds’ cargo hatch closes.)

The moment Jake appears, Pif launches upon him, a big ball of furry excitement and joy. Pif’s tail wags furiously, as he hugs him with his front paws. Jake laughs in surprise.

PIF
Jake!

NOG
(flinch back)
Eeeee! Another flurble thing!

JAKE
Don’t worry, Nog. This one’s
perfectly safe. This is Pif.
And he’s the fastest Aarruri
in the Gamma Quadrant!

Pif steps back, a little saddened. He indicates his front paw, which Jake now notices is slightly thinner and weaker.

PIF
Not anymore. My leg got broken
about half a cycle ago. Glessin
did his best, but it never
really healed right. So I’m out
of the running, as they say.

JAKE
Oh Pif, I’m so sorry. I know
how much it meant to you.

Jake recovers, and tenses a bit for the introductions.

JAKE
Everyone, this is Dez, the
captain of the Even Odds.

DEZ
A pleasure to meet you all.
Jake told me quite a bit about
you. Some of you, anyway.

Brad, the hulking Dosi, grabs Jake in an enormous bear hug. Everyone gives the situation the side-eye...

JAKE
(trouble breathing)
Hi... Brad...

BRAD
Oh Jake, it’s so good to see
you, I’ve been so worried...

Brad lets go, and Jake recovers with a deep breath.

JAKE
This is Bradahk’la - Brad for
short – the ship’s jewel expert
and part-time security chief.
And that’s Feg and Triv, the
accountants, not surprisingly.
Guys, these are my friends.

Everyone crowds round, eager to meet Jake’s friends... except for Dez, who is still a bit standoffish.

JAKE
Prynn, pilot extraordinaire.
Shar, chief science officer.
This is my best friend Nog,
son of Rom...

Feg and Triv instantly launch towards Nog, cower before him, simpering obsequiously and chattering over each other.

FEG
You’re the Grand Nagus’s son?

TRIV
Oh, welcome, sir, welcome
welcome welcome...

FEG
If there’s anything we can do
for you, anything at all...

TRIV
I’m a big fan of your father,
big big fan...

DEZ
Alright, guys, that’s enough.
Give the man some air.

FEG
(backing away)
Of course, of course, whatever
you need...

Jake is amused at his friend’s expense. Then with a love-struck smile he reaches for Rena...

JAKE
And last, but not least, this
is Azeni Korena... my wife.

BRAD
Your... wife?

Cheers and congratulations all around. Pif trots up to Rena, gives her a playful sniff, and nods wryly.

PIF
She’ll do.

The others chuckle. Brad smiles – a tense smile that hides her true feelings.

BRAD
Well, I hope you’re very happy
together. Congratulations.

Prynn sees the look on Brad’s face, and knows what it means – Brad is sweet on Jake. Prynn glances over to Shar, and then quickly looks away again, concealing her own feelings.

PIF
Can you stay? There’s so many
things to catch you up on...

Jake looks at Dez, his gaze challenging him. There’s still tension between them, despite the friendly cover.

DEZ
Fine. Just don’t get in the way.
We have a schedule to keep to.

PIF
Yes! Come on, there’s someone
I want you to meet.

And Pif is off, his tail wagging. Jake follows with a grin, and the others trail behind, a little bemused. But as Jake passes Dez in the doorway, there’s still a bit of a glare.


8 INT. EVEN ODDS – CORRIDOR


Pif trots happily along the corridor. Jake follows, and Rena catches up to him, whispers sotto to him.

RENA
What’s going on with you?
(no response)
You told me these guys were
your friends. So why are you
treating Dez that way? Prynn
said you actually threatened
to fire on him?

Jake doesn’t want to answer. He glances behind him, where all the others are following. Dez hangs to the back. The walls are as patchwork as everywhere else on this ship, with different designs and materials. Nog observes...

NOG
Why does everything look so
mismatched?

PIF
That’s the Even Odds for you.
It’s a really old ship, maybe
hundreds of years old. And it’s
been rebuilt and patched over
constantly with whatever the
owners could find at the time.

There’s an open panel of circuits in one wall. As the group passes it, there’s a flash of activity inside the panel. A streak of silver liquid shoots past across the circuits. A second streak of golden liquid chases it. There’s even the oddly disembodied sound of girlish giggling somewhere.

PRYNN
What was that?

PIF
Oh, that’s just Srral and Meera.
They like to chase each other
through the ship. It’s the first
time Srral’s had anyone to play
with since he left home.

JAKE
Yeah, about that – how in the
hell do you have a changeling
on board?

DEZ
She’s part of my crew.

NOG
I thought all the changelings
had vanished into the galaxy.

PIF
Dez has a thing for taking in
strays. Like Jake! And that
Jem’Hadar, whatever his name
was... Tarana-something.

NOG
What?!

PRYNN
Taran’atar was on this ship?
When was this?

PIF
About half a cycle ago. Saved
us from some other Jem’Hadar.
He was actually kind of a good
guy. For a Jem’Hadar anyway. I
wonder what happened to him?

PRYNN
He’s back on the station.

NOG
(scoff)
He’s an “ambassador” now.

PIF
Here we are!

They stop at a door. Pif stretches up to tap the control.


9 INT. EVEN ODDS – QUARTERS


Inside is Pif’s room, with cushions and toys and things to climb on. And another Aarruri alien, a female, a slightly different shade of green. Her spines shoot up to see Pif, and she trots over to him with a grin. Her name is SETT, and she greets Pif with an intimate nuzzling of snouts.

PIF
Sett, this is Jake Sisko, the
human I told you about. These
are his friends, and his wife,
Korena. Jake, this is Settka
Ganni... my wife.

JAKE
Pif, that’s wonderful! I’m very
pleased to meet you, Sett.

SETT
You too, Jake. Pif talks about
you all the time.

PIF
You wanna meet the rest of the family?

NOG
(cringe)
There’s more?

Our gang files closer into the room. Pif leads them over to a padded basket in the corner. Prynn and Rena peek in... and it’s filled with half a dozen tiny, wriggling green baby Aarruri. Prynn and Rena explode from the cuteness.

RENA
Oh, Prophets, they’re adorable!

PRYNN
Look at the tiny little noses!
Can I take one home with me?

JAKE
Pif, I can’t believe you’re a father!

PIF
Well, after I hurt my leg, I
realised it was time to stop
gallivanting around, and settle
down and raise a family. I am
almost eight, you know!
(beat)
But it’s good to see you, Jake.
And it’s perfect timing that
you’re here. It’s an exciting
time to be on the Even Odds.

JAKE
How so?

SETT
Because of the Wa.

PRYNN
What’s the Wa?

PIF
When I said the ship’s really
old? Well, nobody really knows
exactly how old it is. But the
Wa is the only original part
of the ship left.

SETT
It’s what helps all the new
patches and repairs take hold.

JAKE
It also reacts to changes in
the local space-time. Pif - has
something changed in the Wa?

PIF
Kinda-sorta. You remember how
I told you to never ever touch
anything in there? ‘Cause we
didn’t know what would happen?

JAKE
Yeah...

PIF
...Somebody touched something.

On Jake’s intrigued reaction...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT ONE

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ACT TWO


FADE IN:


10 INT. EVEN ODDS – TURBOLIFT


The five Alphies, plus Prees and Pif are in the turbolift. It’s a bit uncomfortable with so many crammed in tightly, but Pif is chattering away oblivious.

PIF
So he said that since the
Jem’Hadar worked out so well,
why not give a changeling a
chance. Facity had plenty to
say about that, believe me.
Glessin wasn’t best thrilled
either. But it’s Dez’s ship,
after all. And she seems nice
enough. A-ha! Here we are.

The lift stops and the door opens...


11 THE WA


...onto a wide open white space, seemingly dimensionless. The turbolift door appears to open out of nowhere, into nowhere. Fascinated, our gang takes tentative steps into the fuzzy whiteness. Jake, of course, has seen it before.

PRYNN
What the... I... what?

JAKE
I know, right?

Prynn has noticed the irregular coloured smudges that seem to hang in mid-air at points. She reaches to touch one...

PRYNN
What are these?

PREES
Those are what you’re not
supposed to touch.

Prynn yanks her hand away.

SHAR
But you said someone did touch them.

PREES
Yes, me. Completely by accident.
I... tripped and fell into one.

PRYNN
So what happened?

PIF
Try it and find out.

Prynn exchanges worried looks with Jake, Shar... do you trust them? Jake nods to go ahead. She reaches slowly out towards one of the splotches, a warm purplish colour. Her fingers swim into the colour, and there’s a big WASH of energy, taking us into...


12 INT. WA ENVIRONMENT ROOM


The gang suddenly find themselves in another room, dark and small. The Alphies gasp a bit with surprise, looking around. Floating in the air in front of them is a small fist-sized black ball, doing nothing, just hanging there.

PIF
Oh good, I like this one.

PRYNN
What is it?

PIF
No idea. Step closer.

Tentatively, she does. In response the ball expands, starts humming, vibrating. It swells more, begins to spin. Picking up pace, it spins faster and faster, humming louder and louder. Then it suddenly stops, and bursts into a ball of spikes, a tiny black symbolic sun. Prynn yelps and steps back, and the ball returns to its dormant state.

Meanwhile, Shar is looking around, his antennae reaching and sensing.

SHAR
This is fascinating. It seems to
function like a holodeck, but I
can’t detect any transmitters
or the usual energy signatures.
Perhaps some kind of telepathic
imprint? I wonder if we all
even perceive the same thing.

PIF
Every colour takes you to a
different place. Not always
the same place. Some don’t
take you anywhere – they make
other things happen.

RENA
Like what?

PIF
(spooky)
Press orange... and you hear voices.

PRYNN
(uncomfortable)
How do you get out?

PREES
You’re the one who got us in.
So you focus on the central
object in the room – the ball
in this case – and just back
away from it.

Prynn concentrates on the ball... and takes three steps back. There’s a big WASH of energy...


13 THE WA


And we’re back in the white space of the Wa. Pif grins with pride at showing off his new toy.

SHAR
I would like to investigate
more, if that’s acceptable.

PREES
Fine with me. But I don’t know
what you’ll find. I spend all
my free time down here and I
haven’t figured it out yet.

SHAR
Thank you. I’ll just get some
equipment from the runabout,
and begin immediately.

Pif leads them back to the still-open turbolift door, hanging in the air. Jake: enjoying showing his friends around. Rena: looking around, curious and intrigued. Shar: ready to start analysing and investigating. Prynn: oddly weirded out and uncomfortable. Nog: sniffs his armpits.

NOG
I’m gonna freshen up. I smell
like my uncle’s store room.

They pile into the turbolift, and the door closes.


14 INT. EVEN ODDS – QUARTERS


One of the Even Odds’ small and functional guest quarters. Nog emerges from the off-screen bathroom area into the main room, shirt off, patting his big bald head with a towel. He jumps a bit as, in a lower corner of the room, Srral and Meera (in liquid form) chase each other out of one air vent and into another, the girlish giggling following them.

Then the golden liquid creeps back out of the vent into the room again, as if curious about Nog. Slowly, the blob of liquid MORPHS and reforms into the humanoid form of Meera – the usual unformed changeling features and dress, but as a teenage girl. She peers at Nog, intrigued with him.

MEERA
I know you. Starfleet Ferengi.

NOG
I thought I recognized you down
on the planet. We rescued you
from the crashed ship, right?


FLASHBACK – 8x22 “GREATER GOOD”


The teenaged Founder sits among the long-dead bodies of her Jem’Hadar crew in the canted, crashed Dominion ship. Nog and Bowers stand nearby, wary.

MEERA
I was taught to believe that
solids can never be trusted.
But I trusted my own kind to
come for me, and here I have
been for two years.


BACK TO SCENE


Meera talks to Nog...

MEERA
I was grateful to you for that.

NOG
But how did you end up here?
Working on a pirate ship and
taking orders from a “solid”
isn’t very Founderish of you.

MEERA
I haven’t felt very Founderish
for some time. I had barely had
time to reconnect with my people
in the Link before they began
chattering about the Progenitor,
some almighty being they said
would save them from extinction.
The older changelings, they took
it as given. As you can see, I
am still newly formed. I didn’t
understand. When they left, I
went with them, just out of
companionship. But they wanted
isolation. I wanted experience.

NOG
(small smile)
So you found some new friends.

MEERA
(bitter)
The other changelings are hypo-
crites. They talk about wanting
to learn, and then they hide
away, refusing to risk anything
for that knowledge. I will never
go back to them.

NOG
(gently)
Not all the Founders left, you
know. Odo stayed behind.

MEERA
(curious)
Odo...?

NOG
He’s been trying to hold the
Dominion together all by him-
self. From what I’ve heard,
he could use some help.

Meera almost considers it for a moment...

MEERA
No. This is my home now. I have
seen and done more in these few
months than half my people have
in aeons. Let the Dominion fall.
I don’t care anymore.

With that, she MORPHS into a liquid and slips back inside the vent, leaving Nog alone.


15 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


Dez is in the command chair, with Facity and Glessin (plus a couple of others unnamed) running other stations. The lift door opens and Jake steps in.

FACITY
Jake!

Facity gets up and gives him a welcoming hug. Glessin too, although it’s a polite and reserved handshake for him.

GLESSIN
Mister Sisko. Welcome back.

JAKE
Thanks Facity, Glessin.

He glances towards Dez, who has not even looked at him. Facity shrugs in apology – she has no idea what’s going on between the two of them. She gestures for Jake to go over.

Jake approaches. Dez glances up, and straight back to his work, teeth gritted. Doesn’t want to talk to him.

JAKE
Hey Dez... why did you run?

DEZ
Did you miss the part where we
nearly got arrested? I realise
this may be outside your realm
of expertise, but in those
circumstances it’s generally
accepted practise to run.

JAKE
I meant, run from me. Is it
just because you were about
to steal my ship?

DEZ
(defensive)
That was a misunderstanding.
Look, there was no harm done.

He gets up and heads to the work stations at the back of the bridge, turning away from Jake.

DEZ (cont)
If you’ll excuse me, I have to
get ready for the next job.
We’re due at Drang tomorrow.

JAKE
Drang? Didn’t we do that already?

DEZ
You think we only go anywhere
once? We go where the work is.

And Dez buries his head in the work again, ignoring Jake. Facity can only silently apologise again. Clearly Jake isn’t going to get anywhere with him. Jake turns to leave.


16 THE WA


Shar stands in the Wa, surrounded by pieces of Starfleet technology, all beeping and chirruping. He holds out a tricorder, taking readings, and compares the readings to the larger machines. He’s quite content just working away.

In the middle of the flat white space, a hole opens up and reveals the turbolift, carrying Rena. She exits into the Wa and heads slowly towards Shar. He looks up, surprised.

SHAR
Mrs Sisko. Do you need anything?

RENA
Rena, Shar – it’s Rena. Prynn’s
playing with the puppies again.
Nog went to wash up. Jake went
to talk to the captain... he’s
certainly not talking to me.
So I just thought I’d come
and see what you’re up to.

SHAR
I am analysing the readings my
equipment is taking of this
environment. Prees gave me
access to all her records –
it makes for absorbing work.

Shar walks towards a coloured splotch of a fiery orange colour, points his tricorder at it.

RENA
Isn’t that the one Pif said
made you hear voices?

SHAR
It is. I thought perhaps to
run it through our linguistic
database. The work we did on
the Cathedral artefact might
help us translate the voices
where Prees could not.

Tentatively, Shar reaches out and touches the splotch. His blue fingers swim into the amorphous orange colour...

The white formlessness around them dims slightly, subtly changing to a gentle orangey-yellow colour. And they can also hear distant VOICES, numerous different people talking over each other. The effect is of being in a large room with lots of other people, all talking over each other. Rena is enchanted, listening to the voices. Shar is just concentrating on his readings.

SHAR
It will take a few minutes for
the translation to take effect.

RENA
Actually, there was something I
wanted to ask you. Shar... have
I done something to offend you?

SHAR
Of course not. Why would you
think that?

RENA
Well, for one thing, you won’t
even use my name. And this,
right now - these are the first
words you’ve said to me since
we left Deep Space Nine. Do
you just not like me?

Shar finally pulls himself away from his machines. He tries to figure out how to be honest with his feelings – it still doesn’t come naturally to him.

SHAR
Forgive me, Rena. I meant no
offense. I am simply not sure
of my place in this company.
You and Jake are married. Nog
is Jake’s best friend from
childhood. Their relationship
takes precedence over Nog’s
and mine. And Prynn and I...

He drifts off, not sure what more to say about that...

RENA
Shar, I’m more of an outsider
here than you are. The rest of
you all have so much in common
already. I’m a baker’s daughter
from a small fishing village.
But you never get anywhere if
you don’t try. As for Prynn...
I can see it’s complicated. I
think I heard you’re married...?

SHAR
(quibble)
Andorian bonding rituals do
not correlate directly to
those of other races...

RENA
I’ve been where you are. I’ve
felt attracted to one person
while I’d made a promise to
another. I took a chance, and
it worked out. But I wouldn’t
go so far as to say that you
should always take the chance.
There’s more to worry about
than just your feelings.

SHAR
(sadly)
I know.

He’s grateful for Rena’s support, but it doesn’t really make things any better. Rena forcibly changes the subject.

RENA
So! Any theories on this place?

SHAR
Hundreds. None of them provable.
Elements of organic technology
help the ship’s many divergent
systems to work together. There
must be sub-spatial sensitivity,
as it responded to the folding of
space that concealed the Eav’oq.
And there is the question of its
indeterminate age.

RENA
It reminds me of how the vedeks
describe the Celestial Temple.
Warm white light, no dimensions,
whispering voices...

SHAR
With respect, Rena, I do not
believe the Even Odds turbolift
system opens onto the Bajoran
afterlife.

She pouts, wryly amused at the joke. Then, amongst the many voices, one word comes through loud and clear in English.

VOICE
...proof...

Shar and Rena stop, listening closer...

RENA
Did you hear that?

SHAR
I did. It seems the translator
has found enough repetition to
begin its work.

Shar works his tricorder... Rena listens closely as more words begin to emerge out of the mass of sounds...

VOICES
...dare... do they?... must...
fools... destroy...

Shar and Rena look to each other, alarmed. More words...

VOICES
...assignment... signs...

Words are becoming clearer still, forming into phrases. With every one, Rena and Shar become more worried...

VOICES
..signs are clear... there can
be no question... what are they
called?... does it matter?...
...they are called the Drang.
They worship falsely... they
must be destroyed...

The clear words go silent for a moment, as if thinking or checking. The formless whispering voices swirling around them, the orangey light giving it all a fiery glow...

VOICES
...we are in agreement... you
must remember your vow, your
promise to her... interrogate
them, follow the signs... they
are sinners, abhorrent... you
are a soldier of the True, a
Knight of the Ascendants...
(beat)
...destroy the Drang.

On Rena and Shar’s shocked, horrified reactions...


FADE OUT:


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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x14 - "Against the Odds"

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ACT THREE


FADE IN:


17 INT. EVEN ODDS – MESS HALL


The large room where the Even Odds crew meet to eat, plan and hang out. Beginning on Dez, looking sceptical...

DEZ
The Ascendants.

WIDEN to see that all five Alphies are at the table, plus Dez, Facity and Prees. Shar is holding a padd.

NOG
Yes. They’re –

JAKE
He’s heard of them, Nog.

FACITY
They’re just a legend though,
aren’t they?

JAKE
Tell that to the crew of the
Gryphon.

SHAR
The voices clearly said that
they were going to destroy a
people called the Drang. Have
you heard of them?

DEZ
(small, tight)
They’re our next job.

NOG
You can’t go, Captain. You have
to get as far away as possible.

DEZ
It’s too late for that. We’re
already there. We entered orbit
ten minutes ago.

PRYNN
And is anything happening?

DEZ
No. Everything’s fine.

FACITY
Dez...

DEZ
Shut up.

JAKE
Fac? Please... what is it?

FACITY
We haven’t been able to get in
touch with our contacts. All
the comm lines are scrambled.

NOG
They’re here.

DEZ
There could be any number of
reasons. We don’t give up on
a job just because of a bad
comm line.

JAKE
(sarcastic)
Of course. Money comes first.

PRYNN
Captain, please. We’re trying to
help. We’ve seen first-hand what
the Ascendants are capable of.

DEZ
There’s nobody else here but us
and a few Drang ships. There
are no Ascendants.

SHAR
Their ships are very small. They
could be hiding.

DEZ
Why should I believe you? Because
the voices in the Wa told you?

SHAR
Yes. I believe the voices are
a comm system we inadvertently
intercepted. During our first
encounter with the Ascendants,
all the Starfleet crews took
extensive sensor readings.
(re padd)
Given my suspicions, I went
back over Prees’s readings of
the Wa, compared them to ours
with a fresh eye.

FACITY
And what did you find?

SHAR
I concluded that the Even Odds
– or more specifically the Wa –
is in fact Ascendant technology.

A moment for everyone to absorb. That’s a pretty big claim.

DEZ
That’s ridiculous.

JAKE
No, it’s not. It makes perfect
sense. You’ve told me from the
beginning you’ve no idea how old
this ship is, or where it came
from. And that the Wa always
helped the ship to repair itself
after any damage or upgrades.

FACITY
Yes, it did. But so what?

JAKE
Opaka told me about meeting
that Ascendant woman, Raiq,
when she crashed her ship. She
said the woman was wearing
some kind of armour, separate
from her skin or her clothes.
The armour was damaged, but it
gradually healed itself. Like
it was alive. The same with her
ship – it landed after a fight
in orbit, but by the time the
woman left, it was repaired.

PREES
Sounds like the Wa to me.

SHAR
Those coloured patches are the
interface to activate various
functions – communications,
entertainment. Ascendants
generally live and work alone
– they would need amusement.

JAKE
Prees – you said the Wa reacted
to the Iconians’ gateways, and
to the Eav’oq’s space-folding
trick. Maybe it’s designed to
be sensitive to things like that
as a connection to the wormhole.

NOG
It might be what powers that
space-jump thing they do too.

DEZ
This is all very fascinating,
but I still don’t see why I
should care.

Rena has been quiet till now, but she finally speaks up.

RENA
Because this was all meant to happen.

They all look at her, curious – even the other Alphies.

JAKE
Rena...? What do you mean?

RENA
It all adds up – everything. I
didn’t realise it till now, but
it does. Do you think it’s a
coincidence that all of this
is happening now? That Jake was
rescued by you, of all people,
two years ago? A ship based on
Ascendant technology? And that
you’d discover the lost kai of
Bajor, who had been rescued by
an Ascendant, and that together
you’d reawaken the Eav’oq?

DEZ
(deliberately
contrary)
Yes. All a coincidence.

RENA
How about you making friends
with Deep Space Nine’s resident
Jem’Hadar? Or that the first
time Jake is back in the Gamma
Quadrant again, you just happen
to try to steal our ship? At
the same time somebody finally
figures out how the Wa works?
Or that you’d have a date with
the Drang at the exact moment
the Ascendants are here? Still
a coincidence?

DEZ
Yes!

FACITY
(gently)
Dez, come on...

DEZ
Facity, no! You can’t possibly
think this is all some great
plan of the Bajoran gods.

RENA
How can you not? Look, I’m no
crazy religious fundamentalist.
But I believe in the Prophets.
I believe they have a plan for
everyone. And this is too many
coincidences to deny. We’re
meant to be here. We’re meant
to save the Drang from the
Ascendants... somehow.

DEZ
There are no Ascendants!

The comm system suddenly interrupts – SRRAL’s metallic, artificial voice.

SRRAL (comm)
Dez, this is bridge.

DEZ
Go ahead, Srral.

SRRAL (comm)
Sensors have detected a large
explosion on the surface of
the Drang homeworld.

Quiet, worried looks around the room.

JAKE
It’s starting.


18 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


The door opens and everyone enters – Dez, Facity, Prees, and the five Alphies. Brad and Glessin have been running the bridge in their absence. Meera and Pif are there too.

They all stop as they see the view on the main screen – the surface of the Drang planet, with the signs of a large explosion, big enough to have destroyed an entire city. Dez is starting to believe there’s a problem, despite himself.

FACITY
What happened?

BRAD
It’s the government centre. As
much as the Drang can be said
to have a government, anyway.
No idea how or why.

SHAR
You should scan again for ships,
using these parameters.

Shar lifts his padd, pulls a chip out of it and holds it out to Facity. She nods, and plugs the chip into a console.

FACITY
Srral... do it.

SRRAL (comm)
Scanning, Facity.

A pause of a few moments...

SRRAL (comm)
Contact is confirmed. A small
ship matching those parameters
is holding position over the
planet’s northern magnetic pole.

DEZ
Alright, I believe you. Srral,
get us out of here.

JAKE
(shocked)
No! We have to do something to
stop it.

NOG
Jake...

DEZ
I’m not putting us in the middle
of this. Srral –

SRRAL (comm)
(interrupting)
The vessel is scanning us.

Uh-oh. They’ve been detected. Jake is almost smug.

JAKE
You’re already in the middle
of it, Dez.

Nog suddenly takes firm command. Dez basically lets him, because he still doesn’t really get what’s going on.

NOG
Jake – get out of here, now.

JAKE
(confused)
What?

NOG
Prynn – take them. All four of
you. Get back to the runabout
and power it down, completely
dead. And then hide inside.

PRYNN
Why?

SHAR
(realizes)
He’s right. The Ascendants have
as many sensor records of us as
we do of them. If they detect
Starfleet technology on board...

PRYNN
(gets it)
Oh, hell. Alright, let’s go.

JAKE
What about Rena? They know
Bajorans now. If they detect
her... they’ll kill us all.

BRAD
(doubtful)
They’d kill a whole ship over
one person?

NOG
They’d kill a whole planet over
one person. Okay, Shar... find
some way to mask your life signs.
All of you, not just Rena - Raiq
saw you and Prynn on the Defiant
bridge. We can’t take the chance
she won’t have told the rest of
them to look out for you.

SHAR
I’m not sure how to do that
without the runabout’s power...

MEERA
(speaks up)
I can do it. I can cover the
ship and block the readings.

JAKE
Nog... what about you?

NOG
I wasn’t on the bridge. Maybe
they won’t recognise me. So
I’m going to talk to them...
and try and get all of us out
of this alive. Stop talking
and go! We’ve got seconds
until they’re on top of us.

MEERA
Come on – follow me.

Meera leads Jake, Rena, Prynn and Shar back into the turbolift. As they go, Jake spares a worried look for his friend. And then the door closes and they’re gone.

Nog stands on the Even Odds bridge – a tiny little Ferengi amongst these huge events. He strips off his uniform jacket and hides it under a console. He removes his rank pips, puts them with it. But he keeps his combadge hidden in his hand. He’s terrified... but determined.

NOG
Oh... this was a bad idea.


19 INT. EVEN ODDS – CORRIDOR


Jake, Rena, Prynn, Shar and Meera run down the corridor at top speed. No time for screams or jokes – this is for real.


20 INT. EVEN ODDS – HANGAR


They run into the hangar deck, where the Rio Grande sits. The runabout’s hatch opens at their approach...


21 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


The four Alphies run into the cockpit – Prynn immediately heads to the consoles, begins hitting buttons.

PRYNN
Computer, initiate full systems
shutdown. Power, drive systems,
sensors – kill it all. Now.

COMPUTER
Acknowledged.

PRYNN
Shar – help me!

Shar runs to the rear consoles and starts working them too. Jake and Rena stay out of the way, nervous and hugging each other. One by one, all the systems go dark and silent.


22 INT. EVEN ODDS – HANGAR


As the runabout dies, Meera leaps gracefully into the air, MORPHing as she goes. She becomes a wide, flat sheet of changeling protoplasm, covering every square inch of the ship. It creeps from the cockpit backwards, past the hatch just as it closes, until it swallows the runabout whole.


23 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Silent now – all the machines are dead, and the lights are dark. The only light comes from the front window, filtered through Meera’s golden body. Jake and Rena hug each other. Prynn turns to Shar, stands, approaches him slowly, and reaches out to hug him too. He clings on to her with mixed relief and fear.


24 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


They’re waiting... waiting...

DEZ
(quiet)
I hope to hell you know what
you’re doing.

NOG
So do I.

Back to waiting. It makes the tension worse. Eventually...

SRRAL (comm)
Incoming -

Before the synthetic voice can finish, a ball of FLAME bursts into life at the front of the bridge. Everyone flinches back from the force of it. After a second, the fire burns out and reveals an Ascendant male.

His name is BLAS. He stands calmly on the deck, peering imperiously at the crew, the image of the burning Drang homeworld behind him. He spots Nog, and seems to intuit that he’s the one in charge, at least for the moment. And Nog looks back at him, trying not to shudder or shake with fear. As the two of them stare each other down...


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ACT FOUR


FADE IN:


25 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Where we left it. Nog and Blas measure each other up, while the Even Odds crew – Dez, Facity, Brad, Pif – wait on tenterhooks. Pif’s hackles are raised, a low growl in his throat. Nog is extremely nervous, but he put himself in this position, and now he’s going to see it through.

BLAS
I am Blas, Archquester of the
Ascendancy.

NOG
Hi. My name’s Nog.

BLAS
You are not Drang.

NOG
No...

BLAS
Fortunate for you. If you are
not Drang, why are you here?

NOG
We’re... couriers. Salesmen.
We were here to meet a client.

BLAS
Your client is dead. If not
now, then soon.

NOG
Why? I mean, it’s not like I
can do anything about it, but
I was just wondering... why
are you killing the Drang?

BLAS
They worship... falsely. They
tell stories of gods who will
reward them for prosperity.

NOG
Is that so bad?

BLAS
There are no gods but the True
Gods. And only the Ascendants
may worship the True.
(beat)
Tell me, Nog... do you worship?


26 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Jake and Rena cling to each other. He strokes her hair, tries to calm her fearful shaking. Shar and Prynn sit in the front seats, holding hands. All they can do is wait.

MEERA (o.s.)
Starfleet. Can you hear me?

PRYNN
Meera?

MEERA (o.s.)
Yes. There is a communications
signal coming from the bridge.
Shall I open a hole for it?

PRYNN
Will you still be able to block
our life signs?

MEERA (o.s.)
I believe so.

PRYNN
Then do it. Thank you.

A moment, and then all four of their combadges come to life with processed voices – Nog and Blas. They listen, scared for their friend, for their lives.

NOG (comm)
My people believe in profit.
In making money. We believe
the more money you have, the
better person you are.


27 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Beginning on Nog’s hand, gripping tight to his combadge...

BLAS
Material wealth. Pitiful. And
not so very different from the
Drang. But you have no gods?

NOG
That’s right.

Blas holds his silver hand out flat. A ball of FLAME bursts into life in his palm – he doesn’t flinch. The fire blows away and reveals an image standing in Blas’s palm. The image is of a DRANG – a reptiloid creature on its hind legs, as seen in 8x23 “Rising Son.” Think of the Spider-Man villain the Lizard. The image of the Drang cowers back from some unseen threat, hands up to protect itself. Blas gazes down at the moving image in his palm, serenely.

BLAS
The Drang Imperator. He had
gods. I questioned him – as
deluded as he was, he may have
held clues to the location of
the Fortress of the True.

NOG
And did he tell you anything?

BLAS
In fact, he did. He mentioned
something of great interest to
me, about a people called...
Bajoran.


28 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Rena jerks at Blas’s words. She’s shaking with fear. Jake holds her as tight as he can.

BLAS (comm)
He said they used to have a
colony near here, although it
was destroyed some years ago.


29 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Continuing the conversation...

BLAS
You wouldn’t know anything
about that, would you? Perhaps
you did business with them?

Nog lies with all the skill he can muster.

NOG
Never heard of them. We’re not
from around here. So... what
happened to the Imperator?

BLAS
He told me what we needed to
know. And then...

Blas pointedly closes his fist, crushing the image of the Drang, flames licking up between the fingers. Nog and everyone else get the message loud and clear.

BLAS
He was first. His city followed.

Blas opens the hand again, and he’s now holding a ball of throbbing, pulsating energy. He looks back at Nog, a small smug smile on his face.

BLAS
A device precisely this size
was all I needed to destroy
the Drang’s main city. A much
smaller device would do the
same to this ship.

NOG
Now, hold on – there’s no need
for that. If you got what you
needed out of the boss, why
kill anybody else?

BLAS
They shame the True. The Drang,
the Eav’oq, the Bajorans... It
is my sacred duty as a Knight
of the Ascendants to cleanse the
stars of heresy. So says the Fire.

NOG
The “fire”? Is that a person?

BLAS
The Fire was sent to us by the
True. She is their emissary to
the Ascendants.


30 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Everyone reacts to the familiar word. Jake and Rena are especially curious...

BLAS (comm)
With our path illuminated by
the Fire, we will find the
Bajorans, and all heretics...
and they will burn.

Rena tenses again...


31 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Blas lowers his hand. The conversation is over.

BLAS
I suggest you leave now, if you
do not wish to share their fate.

The Ascendant seems to burst into flames... and then he’s gone. Nog still daren’t breathe – it might all fall apart.

FACITY
(quiet)
Srral, keep your sensors on
that ship.

After a second, Nog lifts his combadge and speaks into it.

NOG
Jake? Did you all hear that?


32 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Jake speaks into the air...

JAKE
We heard it.

NOG (comm)
Get up here. Fast.

Curious now, the four get ready to leave. The golden film of changeling matter retracts itself away from the windows.


33 EXT. SPACE – DRANG HOMEWORLD


The planet as seen from space. The Even Odds sits in orbit, and we see the city-sized fire blazing on the surface...


34 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


The turbolift door opens and Jake, Rena, Prynn, Shar and Meera all re-enter the bridge. Nog sags with relief to have his friends back – that was pretty scary.

PRYNN
Alright - what do we do?

DEZ
We get out of here.

JAKE
Dez, don’t you dare. We have
to do something. We have to
help the Drang!

DEZ
Why, exactly? In what way is
any of this my problem?

JAKE
You know, I just can’t believe
you, Dez. I can’t believe I
ever admired you or wanted to
stay with you.

Dez throws his arms up in exasperation and annoyance.

DEZ
Oh, here it is! You want to know
why I ran away from you, Jake?
Because of this. This smug, self-
righteous attitude I knew you’d
throw at me. You think you’re so
morally superior to all of us.

JAKE
If you mean I won’t stand by and
let an entire race be massacred,
then hell yeah, call me superior
all you want. You? You only care
about finding your next job.

DEZ
That’s what we do! When are you
going to get that through your
skull? And when are you going
to stop trying to make me the
bad guy just because I like to
get paid for the work I do?

JAKE
You can do business without
being so cold and heartless.

DEZ
I don’t live in your fabled
moneyless economy, Jake. I don’t
have the luxury of doing good
deeds just so I can feel good
about myself. I have a crew to
feed and clothe, and a ship to
keep running. And you know
what? I do feel good about it.
(re Nog)
I bet your friend Nog agrees
with me.

Jake turns to Nog, clearly assuming his friend’s support. But Nog hesitates.

NOG
Oh no. You’re not putting me
in the middle of this.

JAKE
(astonished)
Nog...!

RENA
Both of you shut up, right now.
Every word you yell at each
other is another Drang being
killed. And we have been sent
here to save them. So forget
your petty little squabbles
for a minute and think about
what we’re going to do.

DEZ
Fine! Let’s have some practical
suggestions, then. If you’re so
determined to save the Drang,
tell me how. Go on.

Rena takes a breath, and tries to rise to the challenge.

RENA
Alright. It’s only one guy in
one ship, right? It’ll take him
a long time to kill a whole
planet’s worth of people all
on his own. That gives us time
to just attack his ship and
destroy it, and save as many
people as possible.

SHAR
(tentative)
Rena... I admire your desire to
help, but even one Ascendant
ship is a major threat. A single
vessel just like that destroyed
a runabout in seconds and almost
killed Captain Kira.

JAKE
We have the runabout and the
Even Odds. And you have all
your sensor readings. We can
find a way. We have to.

DEZ
This is a freighter ship. We
barely have enough weapons to
fend off the average asteroid,
never mind apocalyptic aliens.

RENA
(pointed)
You have Ascendant technology.

They stop, considering that. They’d forgotten.

NOG
Maybe she’s right. Maybe there’s
some way we can turn their own
technology against them. Shar,
go over those readings again,
look for –

SRRAL (comm)
The vessel is breaking orbit.
It is powering weapons.

Oh crap. Is it coming for us?


35 EXT. SPACE – DRANG HOMEWORLD


The northern pole of the planet. A tiny, silver Ascendant ship rises up from the surface, out of the orbital plane...

CLOSE-UP

on the Ascendant ship as a new device extrudes from its external hull – a kind of smooth, sleek missile launcher.

And fires.

The missile goes nowhere near the planet or the Even Odds – instead it shoots straight off towards the Drang sun.


36 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Everyone watches the screen, confused by this turn.

FACITY
What is he doing?

SRRAL (comm)
The missile is aiming directly
for the system’s sun.

BRAD
What? Why?

NOG
(realizing)
Oh no...

BRAD
What?

SRRAL (comm)
Sensors detect fluctuations in
the star’s gravitational and
magnetic fields.

SHAR
Let me see.

Shar goes to the panels at the rear of the bridge, begins working them... After a few moments, he turns back to his friends, a stricken look on his face.

SHAR
Readings are consistent with
an isolytic subspace burst.

Nog and Prynn know what that means. Nog closes his eyes, hangs his head. Prynn covers her mouth in horror...

PRYNN
Oh, God...

RENA
(confused)
What does that mean?

Nobody really wants to say. Rena wants answers.

RENA
Guys! Come on, tell me!

Shar manages to explain in halting, horror-stricken tones.

SHAR
An isolytic weapon creates a
subspace tear – a hole in the
fabric of local space-time. If
the weapon is detonated inside
a star, it would destabilise
the nuclear reactions, forcing
the star to artificially nova.
This means the star will eject
a massive and catastrophic burst
of radiation, which will scour
the life from every world in
the system. Every Drang, every
life form, down to the smallest
bacteria. All burning.
(beat)
And there is nothing we can do
to stop it.

Rena is dumbfounded. She looks at Jake, Prynn, Shar, Nog... nothing any of them can do. She looks to the screen...


37 EXT. SPACE – DRANG HOMEWORLD


Its work done, the Ascendant ship JUMPS away in a flash.
The next second, the star EXPLODES. It bursts in blindingly bright light, a massive wave of radiation expanding out in a spherical shell, growing slowly but steadily...


38 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


On everyone’s sad, beaten, defeated expressions, as they watch these events on the main viewscreen...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT FOUR

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ACT FIVE


FADE IN:


39 EXT. SPACE – DRANG SYSTEM


The nova continues to grow, a shell of cast-off matter preceded by the wave of energy and power. It’s moving at light speed, but at interstellar distances that still looks agonizingly slow. But it’s coming inexorably, nevertheless.


40 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


This sight is also relayed via the Even Odds’ screen.

SRRAL (comm)
Contact in four minutes at
current rate and distance.

DEZ
(quiet but pointed)
Do I have your permission to
leave now, Jake?

RENA
(tearful)
No! We can’t just give up! Nog,
Shar, there has to be something...

But they just sadly shake their heads. Jake reaches out to her, tries to comfort her. She won’t have it.

SRRAL (comm)
Communications have cleared up.
The Ascendant must have been
blocking the signals before.

PRYNN
Put it on speakers.

FACITY
Why?

PRYNN
Because these are the last words
they’ll ever say. They deserve
to have somebody hear them.

Facity nods to Shar, who is still at the rear console. He works the panels, and the speakers come to life with the sounds of chaos. Voices talking over each other, shouting and screaming, clearly in panic. The Even Odds and Alphie crews stand and listen, solemnly.

SRRAL (comm)
Escape vessels are launching
from the surface.

PRYNN
They can’t all escape in four
minutes. But at least some is
better than none.

DEZ
(new idea)
Srral – move us to behind the
planet, away from the sun.
Then drop shields and begin
transporting Drang on board.
As many as you can get.

SRRAL (comm)
Who shall I choose?

DEZ
Random. Totally random. Facity,
get on that helm and be ready.

FACITY
Hell yeah.

Newly energised, the crew get to work moving the ship. Cradling the distraught Rena, Jake mouths silently to Dez.

JAKE
Thank you.

PRYNN
Two transporters are better
than one. Shar, come on!

And she strides quickly to the turbolift, Shar behind her.


41 EXT. SPACE – DRANG SYSTEM


A pitiful few escape shuttles launch from the surface of the Drang planet, while in the background, the wave of nova energy approaches. The Even Odds meanwhile manoeuvres into the shadow. At the same time, its rear cargo hatch opens and the Rio Grande emerges, quickly moving to a different position in orbit.


42 INT. EVEN ODDS – TRANSPORTER ROOM


Prees works the transporter console; Feg and Triv hover by the platform. The two Ferengi guide confused and terrified handfuls of Drang off the platform, just in time for the coils to power up again and save the next half-dozen. Among the panicked chattering and grunting of the Drang, Feg and Triv try their best to explain what’s going on, all MOS, and guide them out of the room into the corridor, where Pif is waiting to take them to other rooms.


43 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

More Drang appear in twos on the tiny runabout transporter stage. Shar receives them while Prynn works the helm.

SHAR
Please move to the rear cabin.
I’ll explain everything soon,
but first priority is to beam
as many aboard as possible.
(next pair)
Please move to the rear cabin...

PRYNN
Shar...!

Shar turns at Prynn’s worried tone, and sees the view out of the front window...

...the wave of energy is almost at the planet, silhouetting against the growing light, making the whole area eclipse.

PRYNN
We need to go, now! I can’t risk
taking any more. Get them secure.


44 EXT. SPACE – DRANG SYSTEM


And the wave HITS.

The radiation scours the world, just as Shar said it would. Progressing from the sun-ward side to the opposite, the concussive force of it kicks up the very surface. Ground is pulverized, buildings are vaporized, oceans are boiled.

At the last split second, the Even Odds and the Rio Grande jump to warp, escaping into space. The energy wave chases them, continuing on its way, until it HITS CAMERA, and we


WHITE OUT


Then FADE IN to:


45 EXT. SPACE


Some time later, the two small ships sit in the orbit of another planet, green and habitable. The few Drang shuttles that managed to escape are also in orbit.


46 INT. EVEN ODDS – HANGAR


The crew stand in the hangar, looking out at the surface of the world through the open cargo bay hatch (force field in place). From the Even Odds there’s Dez, Facity, Pif, Meera, and Feg and Triv. All five from the Rio Grande are here.

FACITY
That’s the last of them. All
the refugee ships, everyone
we were able to save...

PRYNN
The last of them. Literally.

PIF
I can’t stop thinking about
everyone we left behind. All
those people who lost their
families, their children...
if I ever lost my family...

He doesn’t need to finish the sentence. Prynn looks at him, thinking about something...

NOG
You think they’ll be safe? The
Ascendants won’t come for them?

JAKE
We’ll just have to hope, Nog.

NOG
But they’ve got nothing. No
homes, no technology... how
are they going to live?

MEERA
The Dominion will take care
of them.

PRYNN
(amazed)
I beg your pardon?

MEERA
You said the Dominion was in
chaos. And these Ascendants –
from what you said, from what
I heard in the Link, from what
I’ve seen today... it was them
who sent the Dominion into
that chaos.

NOG
Yes... yes it was.

MEERA
The other changelings abandoned
the Dominion. I will not do the
same. I will return to the Link,
even if it only consists of
Odo... and I will command the
Jem’Hadar to help the Drang.

DEZ
Meera... are you sure?

MEERA
I am. Thank you for everything,
Dez. I have cherished my time
here. But now it is time to go.

Meera begins to stride towards the open hatch...

NOG
Meera, wait.

She turns back to him, curious...

NOG (cont)
Tell Odo... tell him that Kira
wants the Dominion’s help with
the Ascendants. That she asked
for an alliance. But Taran’atar
said no. Will you do that?

MEERA
Happily, Nog. Goodbye.

Meera turns back to the hatch, leaps into the air, MORPHing as she goes. She becomes a missile of changeling matter, passes through the forcefield out into space, and is gone.

The rest of them turn, as if to go. Jake calls after them.

JAKE
Dez, hold on. There’s something
else I want to talk about.

DEZ
Oh for crying out loud, Jake. If
you’re going to complain about
me stealing your ship again –

JAKE
That’s not it. I accept that you
did everything you could to save
as many Drang as possible. I’m
grateful. I’d even say I’m proud,
although I know that’ll only piss
you off. But there’s something
else I want to ask you. Something
else you could do to help.

DEZ
And again I ask – why is it my
job to help?

JAKE
This won’t cost you anything.
It could stop more things like
what happened to the Drang. And
if you have the ability to do
that, do you honestly not feel
any obligation to use it?

In fact he does, but it hurts to have to admit it to Jake.

DEZ
What’s your idea?

JAKE
That you listen. That’s all.
Just listen. Nog and Rena were
right – there is a way to use
the Ascendant technology in
this ship to our advantage, and
we can do it by listening.

NOG
(gets it now)
To the Wa.

JAKE
Exactly. Shar, you could give
them your translation program.
Nog, you could give them a code
to access the wormhole relay.
And Dez... you could have one
of your crew listen to whatever
the Ascendants say through the
Wa, and pass it on to us. And
we can use it to stop them.
(beat)
So what do you say?

Nog, Shar, Rena and Prynn look on hopefully, happy with Jake’s idea. Dez stands silently considering it, very aware that everyone’s waiting for a decision.


47 EXT. SPACE


Focusing on the Rio Grande, sitting in orbit of the Drang’s nameless new colony world...


48 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Prynn and Shar are moving around the cabin, getting ready to go. Shar is more relaxed and relieved, happy with the deal they’ve struck. Prynn still has something on her mind.

SHAR
I am glad we could convince Dez
to help. The extinction of a
species, for whatever reason,
is an issue that’s rather close
to my heart, you understand.

Prynn nods absently. Shar comes up close to her, reaches out for her hand. She lets him take it, although awkwardly.

SHAR
I am also looking forward to
returning to the station. And
“picking up where we left off.”

He leans in for a kiss... she pulls away from him.

PRYNN
Shar... don’t.

SHAR
What’s wrong? Did I upset you?

PRYNN
No. Well, yes, sort of. But no.
(sags)
Oh God... I can’t do this.

SHAR
I don’t understand. You said –

PRYNN
I know I did. And I meant it.
But then I came here. I saw
Brad... it’s plain as day she
had a thing for Jake. But when
she heard he got married... she
backed off in a second. Didn’t
say a word about it. Another
woman’s husband is off limits,
end of discussion.

SHAR
But Prynn, you know Andorians –

PRYNN
And Pif, and his wife and his
babies. If anything ever came
between them, stopped him from
watching his children grow up...
he as near as said it would
kill him. How can I do that to
another family?

SHAR
Prynn, what are you saying?

PRYNN
That I can’t do this. Us. I
want to. I want to so much.
You’re beautiful and sensitive,
and I know I’m hurting you.
And it probably doesn’t help
to tell you I’m hurting myself
too. But better that than get
involved with a married man
and break up a family. I let
myself think I could do it for
a minute, I wanted to think I
could do it... but I can’t.
I’m sorry, Shar... I can’t.

She turns and walks away, crying, leaving Shar confused.


49 THE WA


Shar stands inside the white nothingness of the Wa, guiding Prees through his translation program using a padd. Prees reaches out and touches the orange splotch in front of her. The Wa dims, and the formless, whispering VOICES return.

After a moment, the turbolift opens in the middle of the space, again carrying Rena. She wanders out slowly, looking around. It no longer looks as enchanting to her as it did. She tentatively approaches Shar and Prees.

SHAR
Hello, Rena. Can I help you?

RENA
Prynn told me what happened. I
wanted to see if you were okay.

PREES
(realizes)
I’ll leave you two alone.

Prees pulls away and heads to the turbolift. She enters, and the door closes behind her, leaving empty space.

RENA
How are you feeling?

SHAR
Confused. Continually pulled
back and forth. I had thought
Andorian relationships were
among the most complex in the
Federation. But I am learning
that human relationships are
just as perplexing.

RENA
Yep. That they are. But if you
need somebody to talk to...
(smirk)
Somebody who has no romantic
interest in you whatsoever...
I’m willing.

SHAR
I appreciate that. Thank you.

RENA
(change subject)
So Prees is going to listen in
to the Ascendants for us?

SHAR
She is. She will submit weekly
reports through the relay... Rena?

He trails off, because Rena is looking very worried all of a sudden. She’s heard something, something in the voices.

RENA
Shar, have you been recording
this? Can you run it back?

SHAR
Uhh... yes, if you wish.

He works the padd. The sound of the voices rewinds by a few seconds, and plays over again. We can’t make any of it out any clearer, but Rena apparently can, and it worries her.

RENA
Jake said there’s a Cardassian
on board, right?

SHAR
The ship’s medic, I believe.

RENA
Get him. Get him down here
right now. And everyone else.


CUT TO:


50 THE WA


The five Alphies, plus Dez and Glessin, are now gathered around Shar’s padd in the orange-hued Wa.

RENA
Shar – play it back again.

Shar taps buttons, and the voices replay. Glessin listens intently... and recognizes the words with fascination.

DEZ
What does it say?

GLESSIN
It says... “I am the Fire.”

PRYNN
“The Fire”... that’s what the
Ascendant guy said was their
version of the Emissary, right?
Sent to them from their gods?

JAKE
Right. So... why is that a
surprise? They would talk
about that, wouldn’t they?

RENA
That’s not the problem.

DEZ
Then what is?

RENA
She didn’t just say, “I am the
Fire.” She said it...
(beat)
...in Cardassian.

Dez looks to Glessin, who nods in agreement. Nog’s face slowly falls, dumbstruck, as the answer comes to him.

NOG
Blessed Exchequer...

PRYNN
What? What is it?

NOG
“I am the Fire.” A Cardassian
female, the Emissary to the
Ascendants.
(w/ gravity)
This road trip is over. We
need to get home. Now.

On Nog’s determination...


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Can I say, wow there. What a ending and I now can't wait for the next one. The build up is getting suspenseful here.
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From an "In the Cards" to a "Tears of the Prophets". This two-parter really has an interesting structure. I liked it. Don't entirely understand Dez being so off-putting, but once again, all the other characterizations where pretty much spot on.

The use of the Wa. It makes so much sense, I never even thought about it. I do wonder if that's what the original Re-Launch others had meant for it or not.

I do wonder with Shar's relationship with Prynn being resolved, how long he will sticking around now.

And again. I am pleased that although there is clearly going to be a conflict/war of some sort with the Ascendants that it is being handled much different than other conflicts. War with the Cardassians, the Klingons, the Dominion, the Borg, and (possibly) the Typhon Pact- Star Trek is more than just constant warfare.
Doesn't mean though that I don't find these Ascendant guys terrifying, though. Hope the individual characters get well developed. DS9 always had the best re-curring villains. And I actually liked Illian Ghemor, so I look forward to her return.

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Can I say, wow there. What a ending and I now can't wait for the next one.
Cool - thanks!


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From an "In the Cards" to a "Tears of the Prophets". This two-parter really has an interesting structure. I liked it.
Thankee-sai. *bows*

As I said last ep, I liked to idea of seeing what the "teenagers" get up to when the grown-ups aren't around. And I like the idea that what starts off as wacky hijinks turns on a dime into something deadly serious. And that the gang go off with no greater plans than a night of fun at the casino, and come back with something vital to defeating the Big Bad of the season.


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Don't entirely understand Dez being so off-putting, but once again, all the other characterizations where pretty much spot on.
I think Dez was kind of expecting the worst from Jake - they didn't part on the best of terms in Rising Son - and was reacting premptively to that. Which in turn made things worse than they needed to be, especially since Jake was really only reacting to Dez's reaction to him.

I regret that I didn't have enough time to get into the other characters on the Even Odds as much as I'd have liked, but there simply wasn't room in a single episode, not when there was so much plot and exposition to squeeze in as well.

For example, I'd wanted to get into Glessin and Rena's reactions to each other as a Cardassian and a Bajoran. Nothing too big, just an acknowledgement. And how Glessin felt about Meera's presence, given his previous reaction to Taran'atar. And Feg and Triv fawning over Nog some more, and being confused when Nog doesn't automatically side with profit over all else. And an explanation of why Nog was so scared of the flurble and so uncomfortable around Pif and his family - because Ferengi animals aren't furry, thus furry things are just unnatural to a Ferengi. And Prynn talking to Brad about the latter's crush on Jake, thus informing her decision regarding Shar later on. And so on. I think between this and the previous episode, there's definitely enough material to have filled a novel.

I may have mentioned before - I have a tendency to waffle.


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The use of the Wa. It makes so much sense, I never even thought about it. I do wonder if that's what the original Re-Launch others had meant for it or not.
I think it definitely might have been. I looked at all the clues dribbled out across Rising Son and other books and really, it does add up remarkably smoothly if you keep a close eye.

I'm glad you think it makes sense - I was going for a reaction of "OMG I never thought of that, but you're right!" I think that reaction is something DS9 the show excelled at - like when Dukat joined the Dominion for example - and I wanted to follow it through. And I have more coming of that sort of thing too.


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I do wonder with Shar's relationship with Prynn being resolved, how long he will sticking around now.
I'm going for a kind of on-again-off-again thing with these two. They both want to, but there's just too many reasons for them not to.


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I am pleased that although there is clearly going to be a conflict/war of some sort with the Ascendants that it is being handled much different than other conflicts.
I've always had the feeling that the Ascendant conflict was not going to be yet another interstellar war, but confined to just the people directly involved - the Ascendants, the Bajorans and Eavoq. I don't think it really affects much beyond them, but those who it does affect, it does so profoundly.


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Keep up the good work.
I hope you continue to think I am doing so.

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FYI, one of my stories has now passed the 1000 views point over at Ad Astra.

For some reason, it's episode 3 "Steppin' Out" - the musical episode where Vic Fontaine steps out of the holosuite.

I wonder why that one in particular seems to be so popular? Especially since episode 4 has barely more than half that number.

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FYI, one of my stories has now passed the 1000 views point over at Ad Astra.

For some reason, it's episode 3 "Steppin' Out" - the musical episode where Vic Fontaine steps out of the holosuite.

I wonder why that one in particular seems to be so popular? Especially since episode 4 has barely more than half that number.

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Because you've probably transformed Vic into the Doctor with respect to being able to go beyond the confines of the holosuite. What happens when you combine Vic with the Doctor's holographic emitter? Fricking gold man! I think that is a very cool idea, Vic (this relic of the 20th century) exploring late 24th century life.
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