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Old April 6 2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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DS9 Season 10, ep 10x16 - "I Will Survive"

Previously, on DS9 Season 10:

Review threads:

Episodes 1 to 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 12
Episode 13
Episode 14
Episode 15

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"
10x14 - "Against the Odds"
10x15 - "Inside Out"

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

Next up is 10x16 - "I Will Survive"

I owe thanks to board member DigificWriter for the suggestion of using the character of Odan in this story. He didn't know how or why I was going to use him, but it was definitely his idea.

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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x16 - "I Will Survive"

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TEASER


FADE IN:


1 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING


All is well from the outside. The Defiant is parked in its usual spot, but we’re mostly focusing on the Promenade.


2 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE


A normal day on the Promenade, with the usual stuff going on. Quark’s bar is middling busy.

The doors of the Infirmary open, and ETANA KOL walks out. She strolls along a bit, nods hello to one of the many extras. She’s heads to the Security office, and goes in...


3 INT. DS9 – SECURITY OFFICE (CONTINUOUS)


...but stops short when she realizes Major CENN is sat behind the desk. He looks up at her entrance.

ETANA
(surprised)
Oh. Hello.

CENN
Hi. Can I help you, Sergeant?

ETANA
I was looking for Laren – it’s
twelve hundred. Time for our
regular physiotherapy session.

CENN
The Lieutenant’s not here, I’m
afraid.

ETANA
Well, yeah, I see that. Where
is she?

CENN
Kel-Artis, apparently. I woke
up this morning to new orders
that I’m covering as security
chief until she gets back.

ETANA
Kel-Artis? What’s she doing
all the way out there?

CENN
(shrug)
Starfleet tactical seminars,
she said. Or the message said,
anyway. I haven’t actually
spoken to her in person.

ETANA
Well, I wish she’d told me. If
I knew she was going to blow me
off, I could have made other
plans. Like maybe have some-
thing to eat at lunchtime like
normal people do.

CENN
I’m no wiser than you, Sergeant.
It must have been a pretty vital
seminar for her to run off and
leave me in charge.

ETANA
Maybe they had somebody who
needed yelling at, and wanted
the best yeller in Starfleet.

CENN
(chuckle)
I’m sure that must be it. I
can’t really complain, anyway.
Now we’ve got Commander Dax
back, I was starting to feel a
bit like a fifth wheel in Ops.

The main door opens again, and QUARK enters. He takes one look at Cenn and Etana, and purses, unimpressed.

QUARK
Where is she?

CENN
Not here.

Quark grins sourly, baring his pointed scraggly teeth.

QUARK
She wouldn’t leave the station
without saying goodbye to me.
So where is she?

ETANA
We’re as surprised as you are,
Ambassador. But apparently there
was a urgent seminar at a space
station half-way to Earth that
demanded her attention more
than a polite “See you soon.”

QUARK
Polite?! Wait, we are talking
about Ro Laren here, right?

They all chuckle again.


4 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE


Also a normal day in Ops. KIRA and DAX are both at the main Ops table, with SHAR and NOG at their regular stations.

The turbolift rises into Ops, carrying PRYNN. She steps off and heads down the stairs towards the table.

PRYNN
Ummm... Captain?

Shar’s head pops up from his screens at the sound of her voice. He watches her, blank-faced and inscrutable. Nog also looks up, seeing Shar’s reaction. Silently watching the other two. Meanwhile, Prynn has reached Kira.

KIRA
Lieutenant. What can I do
for you?

PRYNN
I was just wondering if you know
where my dad is? We usually meet
for lunch, and he didn’t show.

KIRA
Oh, Prynn, I’m sorry. He’s got
meetings all day. The commander
of the recruitment centre down
in Musilla, the security chief
there, they’re talking about
setting up a training annex as
well, I think... Sorry. He’s
gonna be tied up all day. He
didn’t tell you?

PRYNN
I guess not.

KIRA
I’m sure he meant to. Tell you
what – when I see him, I’ll
give him a slap just for you.

PRYNN
(chuckle)
Thanks.

Prynn turns away – and sees Shar looking at her. He looks away, as if caught out. But then he tentatively looks back again. She’s still looking at him, a mix of longing and regret and apology. Unable to express any of that, however, she simply aims a stiff nod of acknowledgement his way. He does likewise. They both turn back to their own business.

Nog has seen the entire silent exchange. As Prynn leaves Ops, he shakes his head with an exasperated sigh. Hew-mons. Why do they have to make everything so complicated?

Prynn having gone, Dax turns to Kira and speaks sotto.

DAX
I didn’t know about all that.
I thought Vaughn hated meetings
– I’m surprised he didn’t try
to palm them off on me.

KIRA
(smirk)
Are you saying you want them?

DAX
Gods, no.

There’s an alert on her panels – Dax checks it, and frowns.

DAX
There’s a Trill transport just
entering the system. They’ve
requested permission to dock.

KIRA
Are we expecting anyone?

DAX
Not that I know of. Vannis’s
ship is due in an hour, but
nobody said anything about a
Trill transport. Evidently
today is “let’s not tell any-
body what we’re doing” day.
(new alert)
They’re hailing.

KIRA
Okay, put them through.

Dax presses controls, and they turn to look at the main viewscreen. It comes to life with the image of HIZIKI GARD. The Trill man looks out at them with calm professionalism.

GARD (screen)
Captain Kira. Lieutenant Dax.
A pleasure to see you again.

DAX
(pursed lips)
It’s Lieutenant Commander Dax
now, thank you Mister Gard.

GARD (screen)
(small smile)
My apologies, Commander.

Dax is obviously not happy to see him. Kira is rather wary too, since the last time he was here, he killed Shakaar.

KIRA
Mister Gard... What can we do
for you?

GARD (screen)
I’d like to come aboard, if I
may, Captain. And bring a guest
with me.

KIRA
A guest?

GARD (screen)
Yes. I’m afraid it’s a rather
delicate situation, and only
Lieutenant Commander Dax can
help me to resolve it.

Kira and Gard both look to Dax for her response. Her face reveals that she’s not looking forward to this...


FADE OUT:


END OF TEASER


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ACT ONE


FADE IN:


5 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING


A Trill transport (like the one seen in 8x21 “Lesser Evil”) has now docked at the station.


6 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR


Dax waits uncertainly as the airlock rolls open. It reveals Gard, wearing a smart but functional suit. He looks down at Dax, fully aware that this will be an uncomfortable meeting for her. But he bears her no malice.

GARD
Dax.

DAX
Gard. You said you had a...
situation?

GARD
I do. Allow me to introduce...

He steps aside to reveal another man behind him, another Trill. Youngish, in a plain drab jumpsuit, looking downcast and distant. His hands are also bound together in front of him with metal handcuffs. His name is KINJER ODAN. A third man hovers further back, keeping watch – Trill security.

GARD (cont)
...Kinjer Odan.

DAX
Odan?!

The three men by now have stepped down into the corridor – Odan still only half-there and being gently guided.

GARD
Yes.

DAX
Is he... drugged? And why is
he handcuffed?

GARD
For his own good, Commander.
For his own safety. And I’d
rather not talk about it in a
corridor, if you don’t mind.

Dax frowns, very unclear on all this. But eventually she nods her reluctant assent and leads them down the corridor.


7 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


Dax leads the group towards a set of quarters. The security man gently guides the shuffling Odan along behind her, with Gard taking up the rear.

As they reach the door and it opens, Dax pauses to let them enter. She looks at Odan, worried for him, compassionate. Gard by contrast is straightforward and professional. He nods at the security man, who stays out in the corridor as the other three enter.


8 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Gard leads Odan towards the couch area, and gently sits him down. Odan does it with no protest – he’s going through the motions, barely any sign of intelligence in there. Dax is rather disquieted by his condition.

With Odan comfortable, Gard looks around the room. It looks like temporary quarters, with no personal effects or sign of having been lived in.

GARD
You’re not staying?

DAX
No. Just waiting until my next
assignment comes up.

Gard nods, considering that.

DAX
Get to the point, Gard. Odan
is one of the oldest and most
respected symbionts I know of.
What have you done to him?

GARD
I haven’t done anything at
all. He’s... sick.

Gard looks over to Odan, slumped on the couch, barely aware of where he is. Gard seems genuinely sorry for him.

DAX
Then why bring him all the way
here? Surely all the doctors
you need are back on Trill.

GARD
Not that kind of sick.

Dax looks over to Odan... and realizes what Gard means.

DAX
Are you saying... he’s a bad
joining? Like Joran?

GARD
Nothing that dangerous yet. He
hasn’t hurt anybody. Well...
anybody but himself, at least.

Sympathetic and worried, Dax goes over to the couch, sits next to Odan. She brushes the hair off his face, feels his dull, lifeless skin. He seems at least slightly aware she is there, and grateful for the comfort.

DAX
That’s why you restrained him?

GARD
It’s my job, Commander. I handle
aberrant joinings - those rare
mistakes where symbiont and host
do not mesh the way they should.
(beat)
Kinjer is a member of the Trill
Homeworld Defence. He received
the Odan symbiont around two
years ago, after its previous
host died when your friend Verad
poisoned the water supply.

DAX
Hadn’t he been through all
the training? The checks, the
scans, the psych evaluations?

GARD
Yes. He was perfectly healthy
and suitable for joining.

DAX
Then what went wrong?

GARD
We don’t know. He started self-
harming about six months in.
At first we thought it was a
reaction to the mass deaths of
so many symbionts from the Neo-
Purist attacks. He’d been off
world at the time, so we thought
maybe, survivor’s guilt. But it
kept going. Getting worse.

DAX
(realizing)
He tried to kill himself?

GARD
Several times. None of our
people can seem to help him.
So I brought him to you.

DAX
Why me? What can I do that all
of Trill can’t?

GARD
All of Trill is oversensitive
to anything to do with joining
right now, Commander. There are
so few of us left, we’re almost
becoming like celebrities. It’s
easier to be away from home. As
for you... well, you know Odan.
You know me. And you’ve been in
an aberrant joining yourself.

DAX
(bitter)
I know you because you killed
me to end that joining.

GARD
(calm)
As I said... that’s my job.

DAX
Look – I’m not the counsellor
anymore. I switched to command
track in case you didn’t notice.
I can set you up with Commander
Matthias –

GARD
Not Commander Matthias. You.
I’m asking for your help, Dax.

Dax doesn’t really want to work with Gard. But looking at the pitiful figure Odan has become, she can’t help but feel sympathy for him.


9 EXT. SPACE – FREIGHTER SHIP


A random clumsy freighter ship travels at low warp through open space.

VAUGHN (v.o.)
I am grateful for your help, Ro.

RO (v.o.)
I know. You don’t have to keep
saying it.


10 INT. FREIGHTER – CARGO BAY


A dingy, dirty, messy cargo bay. Low tech, lights are dark, the space is crammed full, and no money has been wasted – certainly not on cleaning.

VAUGHN and RO are both in grimy civvies, jammed in between various boxes and crates, and urgently working together at an open panel in the bulkhead. Only about a foot square, it bristles with pulled out wires and blinking lights.

RO (cont)
Although I wouldn’t object to
knowing precisely what it is
I’m trying to accomplish here.

VAUGHN
Oh yes, sorry. I guess I’m not
used to explaining things to
people. Once you’ve got access
to the freighter’s transponder
array, I’m going to piggy-back
an additional signal onto it
– send a message.

RO
They won’t detect it?

VAUGHN
There’s a very subtle way of
manipulating the signal to
insert a new message into
the already existing medium.
Only someone who knows what
to look for would see it.

RO
Alright. Then what?

VAUGHN
Our contact will pass it on
to Julian. In the meantime, I
have my own contacts who will
help us trace L’Haan’s move-
ments since her ship vanished.

RO
And what about Julian?

Awkward pause. Vaughn concentrates on his work. But Ro pushes for an answer.

RO
Commander?

VAUGHN
We’ll see.

Suddenly Ro turns, slams her back against the open panel, hiding it from sight. She grabs Vaughn fiercely and yanks him towards her, mashing his face into hers. She makes out with him ferociously – he’s too surprised to argue.

Out of the corner of our eye, we can now see another figure in the cargo bay – the freighter’s alien PILOT. Without looking at him, Vaughn senses his presence as well, and responds to Ro’s advances. She lifts up both legs and wraps them around his waist as he grinds her into the wall.

PILOT
Ahem.

Vaughn and Ro both turn their heads to look at him, annoyed to have been interrupted. The Pilot sneers salaciously.

PILOT
Little old for you, isn’t he?

RO
Screw you.

VAUGHN
I paid plenty to get on this
ship. What we do to pass the
time is none of your business.

PILOT
I suppose not. Although I do
appreciate the entertainment
value. Thought you might want
to know we’re nearing orbit.

Ro caresses the side of Vaughn’s face lustily.

RO
Then we’ll be sure to make
the most of our time.

PILOT
Oh, please... do carry on.

Vaughn and Ro both glower at him menacingly. With a roll of the eyes, the Pilot turns and leaves the cargo bay. Once he’s gone, Ro lowers her legs and Vaughn steps back. Both of them recover their composure. There’s no point in being bashful – it was necessary.

VAUGHN
Good ears.

Ro stretches her back out, and steps away, revealing the open panel again.

RO
Good reflexes too. Let’s get
back to work.

They both turn back to the open panel, and work on it more urgently than ever.


11 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING


Now joining the Defiant and the Trill transport is Dominion Vessel 288, parked at an upper pylon.


12 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE


Kira is sat behind the desk, working. She looks up and sees VANNIS approaching the door through Ops. Kira presses the control to open the door and Vannis strolls in. Kira stands to greet her.

KIRA
Thank you for coming, Vannis.
Please take a seat.

Vannis perches in the seat opposite Kira, her legs crossed haughtily. Kira sits back down again.

VANNIS
(slight edge)
Always a pleasure to meet with
our honoured Bajoran allies.

KIRA
Straight to the point, I see.
Alright then... What are we
going to do about Taran’atar?

VANNIS
“Do,” Captain? What makes you
think there is a need to “do”
anything?

KIRA
(sympathetic)
Come on. We both know that he’s
blocking the alliance for some
reason. Odo would want us to
work together. It’s one of the
main reasons he returned to the
Great Link in the first place.

VANNIS
Odo placed First Taran’atar as
the Dominion Ambassador. Not
me, or you, or himself. It is
Taran’atar’s decision to make.

KIRA
Ambassadors are still supposed
to follow the instructions of
their governments.

VANNIS
Taran’atar no longer has the
instinctive need to follow
the commands of the Founders.

KIRA
But he promised he would. He
thinks he should, whether he
has to or not. Or at least he
used to.

This is all awkward for Vannis. She actually agrees with Kira, but she’s in a bind here. She can’t openly say so.

VANNIS
Captain, we’ve been through this
already. I was ordered by the
Founder to follow Taran’atar’s
commands. I must obey.

Kira sags. There has to be a way to figure this out.

KIRA
Can you contact Odo directly?
Or give me the transmission
codes to contact him myself?

VANNIS
No. Taran’atar has ordered me
not to contact the Founder, or
to allow anyone else to do so
either. He is the officially
appointed ambassador of the
Dominion. I must obey. To be
frank, you and I ought not to
be having this conversation
at all without his presence.

Vannis stands abruptly.

VANNIS
I’m sorry, Captain.
(w/ feeling)
Please believe me – I am sorry.
But there’s nothing I can do.

Vannis turns and leaves the room, heading back out into Ops. Kira is left disappointed and defeated. But then she hardens. They have another plan. She just has to hope it works.


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT ONE


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ACT TWO


FADE IN:


13 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE


Quark is busy haranguing a nameless Ferengi waiter in the doorway of his bar, as the usual crowd goes on around him.

QUARK
How many times have I told
you? No free samples. Evah!

The waiter slinks away with his tail between his legs. Quark turns and sees...

Dax coming down the promenade, leading Gard and Odan. Odan is no longer restrained, slightly more clear-headed, but still being led along. The trio heads into the Infirmary...


14 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY 14


Crossing the threshold, Dax calls out...

DAX
Julian -

SIMON TARSES looks up from the CMO desk. Dax stops short. Awkward moment. She grits her teeth at her own faux pas.

DAX
Simon. I am... so sorry. Just
force of habit.

TARSES
That’s alright, Commander. It’ll
take us all a while to adjust.

Gard observes this all with some interest. Where has Bashir gone? And what happened between him and Dax?

DAX
Mister Gard, this is Doctor
Simon Tarses, DS9’s new Chief
Medical Officer. Simon, this is
Hiziki Gard, a “special agent”
of Trill Homeworld Defence.

Gard has noticed Dax’s use of quote marks around his title. The two men nod their acknowledgements.

TARSES
Mister Gard. What can I do
for you?

GARD
I’d like you to run a full
medical scan on Mister Odan
here, please. With particular
attention to the condition of
his symbiosis.

Curious, Tarses gives Odan a once over.

TARSES
Alright. Nurse, prepare a bio-
bed for a full scan, please.

Etana emerges from another room at Tarses’ summons. But as she enters the main room, she spots Gard, and stops dead.


FLASHBACK – 8x20 “TWIST OF FAITH”


At the first Federation signing ceremony in the Wardroom, Gard raises the Trill superweapon and fires it at Shakaar. The weapon basically obliterates half of Shakaar’s head.


BACK TO SCENE


Etana tightens, cold and sneering.

ETANA
What is he doing here?

DAX
It’s alright, Kol. I’ll vouch for
him – for the moment at least.

Gard isn’t offended by Etana’s outburst, but he’s not about to apologise either. He’d rather just get on with it. Etana moves into the surgical suite and begins to boot up the bio-bed. Tarses guides Odan into the room behind her.

TARSES
He’s clearly on some pretty
heavy sedatives. I won’t get
a clean reading with all that
stuff running though him.

He leaves Dax to handle Odan, while he heads back to the infirmary pharmacy. Once there, he begins searching through the rows of silver metallic canisters on the shelves. He picks one up to check its contents, but pauses. Shakes it a bit. It’s empty. He puts it down and picks up another – also empty. And a third. Confused, he calls out...

TARSES
Etana?

Etana reappears at the threshold of the surgical suite...

ETANA
Yes, Doctor?

TARSES
Why are all these asinolyathin
canisters empty?

ETANA
I didn’t know they were.

TARSES
I need you to keep the pharmacy
stocked at all times, Nurse.
Never know when we’ll need it.

ETANA
I know, Doctor. And I filled up
the entire stock only last week.
I could have sworn I did.

TARSES
Well, apparently not. Just keep
an eye on it in future, yeah?

ETANA
(baffled)
Of course, Doctor.

Tarses eventually finds the canister he was looking for, opens it and pulls out one of the drug capsules. He slots the capsule into a spare hypospray and returns to the surgical suite, where Odan is now lying on the bio-bed.

TARSES
Alright, this should cancel
out the effects of whatever
sedative you gave him.

Tarses injects Odan with the hypo, then switches on the bio-bed and lets it do its work. Gard and Dax stand to the side. Tarses goes over to the screens to read the results.

TARSES
The symbiont – it looks slightly
different to yours, Commander.

GARD
The symbionts continue to grow
with age, Doctor.

DAX
Odan is much older than me. He
was already on his eighth host
when I was only on my first.

TARSES
Interesting. And what about you,
Mister Gard? How many hosts have
you had?

GARD
(secretive)
More than probably any other
Trill you’ve ever heard of.

TARSES
If it keeps growing, doesn’t
that get uncomfortable for the
host after a while?

GARD
That’s the price we pay, Doctor.
There is a limit at which even
the most suitable host simply
cannot physically accommodate
the symbiont anymore. But Odan
should be a long way off that.

TARSES
(off readings)
Neuro-chemical connection looks
strong enough... Isoboramine
levels are stable. No physical
trauma... although there is
some interesting scarring on
the wrists and neck.

He looks to Gard for an explanation. Gard gives him none.

TARSES
Alright. Well, if you insist
there’s something wrong with
him, I can only tell you that
it’s not physical.

GARD
So, psychological then.

Tarses and Gard look to Dax – this is her playground now. On the bio-bed, Odan’s brain is starting to un-fog from the sedatives. His eyes are clearer, and we can see the pain in them as he stares up at the ceiling.


15 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Odan sits on the couch in Dax’s almost empty-quarters. He’s not sedated anymore, but still uncommunicative. Dax sits nearby - but not too near - trying to get through to him.

DAX
Kinjer? Can you hear me?

ODAN
(small)
Of course I can hear you.

DAX
Sorry. It’s just you haven’t
said anything since I brought
you back from the Infirmary.

ODAN
When everything you say makes
them drug you into a stupor,
you learn not to bother.

DAX
I’m not going to sedate you,
Kinjer. I want to hear what-
ever you want to say. I want
to try and help you.

Odan subtly shrugs, but doesn’t really answer. He’s sullen, withdrawn. Eventually, he looks up at her. Still doesn’t raise his voice.

ODAN
You’re Dax?

DAX
That’s right.

ODAN
You’ve changed.

DAX
(small smile)
Three-hundred years and eight
different bodies will do that.

ODAN
Do you remember her? Lela?

DAX
I remember. And I remember you
too. You were...
(racks brains)
...Darzen Odan then, right?

ODAN
I remember them all. Every...
single... one.

DAX
Why is that a bad thing? Isn’t
that how it’s supposed to work?

ODAN
Do you remember every little
thing from those three hundred
years? Aren’t there some parts
you wish you could forget, even
for just a moment?

DAX
Everyone has parts of their
life they don’t like to think
about. That’s just normal.

ODAN
(scoff)
Normal. I wish. I can’t forget
it, Dax. Not any of it. I kept
telling them. I tried to explain,
over and over. They didn’t hear
me. You know how the Symbiosis
Commission likes to...
(sneer)
...mess with your mind. So I
took care of the problem myself.
What else could I do? Only they
wouldn’t let me. They made sure
I kept... remembering.

DAX
Nobody wants someone else to
kill themselves, Kinjer. You
can’t blame them for that.

ODAN
What if that’s all I can see?
What if that’s all there is?

DAX
What do you mean?

ODAN
Death. All of it. Constantly.
I can’t forget.

Dax thinks she might understand what the problem is now.

DAX
You remember your deaths? All
of them?

ODAN
Every... single... one.

Odan withdraws back into the couch. Dax slumps back too, worried and disturbed – this isn’t supposed to happen.


16 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


Dax is confronting Gard.

DAX
Why didn’t you tell me, Gard?
He remembers his deaths. That’s
not supposed to happen!

GARD
It’s hardly impossible, Dax.
It’s simply that most joined
Trill repress such memories for
the sake of their own sanity.
And it’s certainly no reason
to try to kill yourself and
end one of the precious few
joinings that still exists.
The only question remains...
how are you going to fix him?

DAX
He’s got bigger psychological
problems than I can handle here.
Take him back to Trill, tell
them to pay attention to what
their patient is trying to tell
them, and leave me out of it.

GARD
So you’re refusing to help?

Is that what she’s doing? Don’t like the sound of that.


17 INT. DS9 – TARAN’ATAR’S QUARTERS


TARAN’ATAR looms threateningly, thundering over Vannis...

TARAN’ATAR
You spoke to Kira without my
permission?!

VANNIS
We are trying to resolve this
issue! Kira wants to work with
the Dominion, whereas you are
as stubborn and disobedient
as ever.

TARAN’ATAR
I do not obey Kira, or you! I
obey the Founders only!

VANNIS
You do not even do that! The
Founder instructed you to work
towards closer relationships
with the Alpha Quadrant, not to
squander our hard-won respect on
a petty and inexplicable grudge!

TARAN’ATAR
I am the Ambassador! I do not
need to explain myself to you.

VANNIS
What explanation could possibly
be sufficient for disobeying
the Founder so flagrantly? You
are a failure, Taran’atar, and
you have always been a failure
from the moment you were given
this assignment.
(sneer)
I should have killed you when
I had the chance.

Taran’atar looms ever closer, growling deeply.

TARAN’ATAR
Are you threatening me?

VANNIS
(incensed)
You are a Jem’Hadar. I am the
Vorta. That is the order of things!

Taran’atar grins sourly, reaches out sharply and SNAPS Vannis’s neck. The Vorta slumps to the deck, dead on the spot. Taran’atar turns away with a sneer.

TARAN’ATAR
Taran’atar to station security.

CENN (comm)
This is Major Cenn. Go ahead,
Ambassador.

TARAN’ATAR
Send a maintenance crew to my
quarters. I need someone to
take out the trash.

As Taran’atar nonchalantly returns to his desk and switches on the computer...


BLACK OUT:


END OF ACT TWO


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ACT THREE


FADE IN:


18 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


A stretcher is carried out of Taran’atar’s quarters into the corridor by two Starfleet extras. On it lies Vannis’s obviously dead body. The eyes are closed in rest, but there’s obvious bruising and torn flesh around the neck.

Overseeing the removal are Tarses and Etana. Tarses is concentrating on the job. Etana sends angry, scared glares back into the room, at Taran’atar. Major Cenn holds back a half dozen civilians who have gathered at the commotion.

Taran’atar watches all of this, outwardly defiant and uncaring. But inside, he’s worried. Why did he do that? He knows he shouldn’t have. He knows something is wrong with him. But what? And why can’t he say anything about it?

Dax is out in the corridor, watching the procession with a clenched jaw. Gard stands beside her. They both watch as Vannis’s dead body is carried past them to a turbolift.

GARD
Did you know her?

DAX
Only in passing. I never really
took the time. I should have.

Tarses, Etana and the extras disappear into the turbolift with the body. Taran’atar lets the door to his quarters close. Cenn shoos the civilians away – nothing to see here.


19 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE


The door opens and Dax strides in. And she is pissed.

DAX
Nerys, what the hell is going
on on this station?

Kira looks up from the desk. She knows what’s happened, and she hates it. But she’s in a bind too.

KIRA
What do you mean?

DAX
I mean Taran’atar. Do you know
what he just did?

KIRA
I know.

DAX
And what are you going to do
about it?

KIRA
There’s nothing I can do, Dax.
Diplomatic immunity. Internal
Dominion politics.

DAX
Oh, that’s bull and you know it.
If Quark killed one of his own
waiters, you’d be on him like
the very dogs of hell. So what
is different about this?

KIRA
It’s not his fault.

DAX
How many does it take before
it is his fault, Nerys? He beat
the snot out of Vaughn and
Tenmei. He nearly killed you
and Ro. Half the security on
this station have been in the
infirmary because of him. And
now he kills his own assistant?
What does it take to make him
responsible for his own actions?
Or is this all because he’s
your own little piece of Odo?

KIRA
(coldly furious)
You stop right there.

Dax realises she went too far. She slumps into the seat.

DAX
Is there something going on,
Nerys? I guess I can’t say I
know Taran’atar particularly
well. But his reactions lately,
even with all the crazy stuff
that’s happened to him, they
just don’t make sense.

Kira bites her lip. She’s going to have to do it. She opens a hidden flap on her desk, and presses a button inside it. In the very corners of the room, where the bulkheads meet the ceiling, lights burst into life. Blue lights, like those at the top of Vaughn’s special transporter inhibitor modules. They bath the office in a dim blue glow. At the same time, all the office doors audibly lock down.

Dax watches this happening with shock and confusion. What the hell? She looks back to Kira, more confused than ever. Kira looks back sadly, the weight of the world on her.

KIRA
It does make sense... if you
know what I know.

Kira gets ready to spill it all...


20 EXT. SPACE – VULCAN ORBIT


Appropriately golden and sandy, even from space. The grungy freighter is in orbit, along with a few other ships and one of the giant mushroom-shaped Starfleet space stations.


21 INT. VULCAN CAVES


Dark and shadowy, but not cold. In fact it’s quite warm, and Vaughn and Ro are suffering slightly from all the dust and sweat. They lurk silently in an alcove, waiting.

Finally there’s the sound of boots on the rocky surface. They tense, wary. The footsteps get closer, and closer,
and then stop. A calm, measured voice speaks...

SAKEEL (o.s.)
These passages are more complex
than the brain of a human.

Vaughn relaxes, almost smiles. It’s code. He steps out of the shadows into the cave passage proper, and Ro follows. Standing there inspecting the stone walls is a Vulcan male, SAKEEL. Middle-aged, uniformed, as exact and unemotional as any other Vulcan. Vaughn replies with a mischievous grin...

VAUGHN
But nowhere near as much fun.

Sakeel turns to look at Vaughn, makes note of Ro.

SAKEEL
Elias.

VAUGHN
Sakeel. This is Ro Laren, a new
associate of mine. Ro, this is
Sakeel. A useful man to know.

Ro gets the subtext – one of them. She notes the uniform.

RO
You’re V’Shar.

SAKEEL
Correct.

VAUGHN
Having a man inside Vulcan
Homeworld Security has been
very handy. Not least now.

SAKEEL
I am motivated to help. However
I must inform you my search has
been unsuccessful. No woman such
as you described works for the
regional government in Shi’al
Province, nor has one ever done
so. Neither is there any record
of such a woman existing at all.

RO
She obviously exists. We met
her. I saw the records.

SAKEEL
I believe you. Consequently, I
must conclude that Section 31
were more successful in their
mission to purge those records
than I was in retrieving them.

RO
There has to be something! A
birth record, a school report –

VAUGHN
Ro, if Sakeel says he’s checked,
then believe me, he’s checked.
It was a long shot anyway.

SAKEEL
I concur. On the second matter
– I have spoken with a contact
among the junior adepts to the
Elders of Gol. They confirm that
no-one has come to them for the
removal of a katra in some years.

RO
She’s still got it? Why would
she do that?

VAUGHN
Who knows? Maybe she thinks
she can use it for information
on the alternate universe. I
wouldn’t put it past them.

SAKEEL
I regret I could not be of more
service on this occasion, Elias.

VAUGHN
That’s alright, Sakeel. I’m
grateful that you tried. Come
on Ro – we should be going.

With a nod of thanks, Vaughn turns to walk away into the caves. Ro follows, but turns as Sakeel calls after them.

SAKEEL
It has been agreeable to make
your acquaintance, Miss Ro. I
anticipate further mutually
satisfactory interactions.

RO
(nonplussed)
Back at ya.

Vaughn and Ro leave in one direction, Sakeel in the other.


22 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE


Nog is at the Engineering console as usual. In the absence of anyone else, Shar is working the central Ops table. Kira’s office door opens, and Dax emerges. She’s reeling from everything Kira has told her. Totally shell-shocked. Nog sees the stunned look on her face, and approaches.

NOG
Ezri...? Are you okay?

She blinks, realizing she’s being too obvious. She schools her features to hide the shock she’s feeling.

DAX
Oh hey Nog. Sorry, yeah, I’m
fine. Just the... uh... the
Vannis thing. Kinda hard to
get my head around it.

NOG
Sorry to say, I’m not shocked
at all. It was just a matter
of time if you ask me.

DAX
I didn’t ask you.

Nog blinks in surprise at the harsh tone. Dax winces again.

DAX
Sorry, Nog. Just... bad day.
As you were.

Nog nods and returns to his station. Dax walks around the upper level of Ops to the turbolift, and climbs aboard. We go aboard with her, and the lift carries her away...


23 INT. DS9 – TURBOLIFT (CONTINUOUS)


Alone now, Dax looks up to the turbolift’s ceiling, filled with fear and concern. She mutters to herself.

DAX
Oh, Julian... what kind of mess
have you got yourself into now?

She continues to worry for his safety...


CUT TO:


24 INT. STARFLEET BANQUET HALL


The loud POP of a champagne cork as it bursts from its bottle. The frothy drink bubbles over, to the great amuse-ment and celebration of the gathered crowd of high-level Starfleet officers, all in pristine white dress uniforms.

Among them, laughing and celebrating with the rest, is BASHIR. Welcome to the annual Admirals Dinner Party.
Or at least the cocktails portion of the evening. The server pours the champagne over a pyramid of glasses, the liquid tumbling down in a waterfall. Bashir turns away and wanders into the party. Pockets of people of various species, all small-talking and getting along.

Bashir turns towards the buffet table, overflowing with delicacies from across the Federation. He browses up and down, trying to decide what to eat. Just as he chooses a simple bread roll, a friendly voice comes from beside him.

BATANIDES (o.s.)
You shouldn’t fill up on bread,
you know. There’s a whole six
course meal to come yet.

Bashir turns to see Admiral BATANIDES browsing the table alongside him. He smiles warmly to see a familiar face.

BASHIR
Admiral Batanides. Good to see
you again. Enjoying the party?

BATANIDES
I am, thank you. And you? I
hope you’re feeling suitably
honoured. It’s very rare for
anyone lower than a captain
to be invited to this thing.

BASHIR
I guess that’s what friends
in high places does for you.

BATANIDES
To friends in high places.

She clinks her own glass of red wine to his of champagne. Together, they grab plates and begin to pick bits of food from the table, chatting as they do.

BATANIDES
Did I hear you have an eidetic
memory, Doctor?

BASHIR
As a matter of fact, yes I do.

BATANIDES
Oh, I would love to have that.
To remember every little thing
– like, oh what’s his name,
the captain of the Musashi. I
should know, I put him there...

Meanwhile, Batanides is struggling to manage her plate and her glass and pick up food as well. Bashir watches her...

BASHIR
You alright there, Admiral?
Need a spare hand?

BATANIDES
I know! Where’s a Triexian
when you need one, right?

Bashir chuckles, just as Batanides’ valiant struggle fails. The plate slips from her grasp, the glass tips over and red wine pours all down the front of her clean white uniform.

BATANIDES
Damn it!

Bashir immediately moves to help her – puts down his own glass, takes hers, grabs napkins, passes them to her. She dabs away at her uniform – it’s only making it worse. With an exasperated sigh at her own clumsiness, she grabs her own combadge off her uniform and hands it to Bashir.

BATANIDES
Hold this for me, will you?

She proceeds to strip off the uniform jacket to the grey undershirt – the stain has already started to seep through.

BATANIDES
Oh, hell. The quartermaster’s
mad enough at me already after
the commemorative plate fiasco.
I’m gonna have to go and change...

She turns and walks away through the crowd, leaving Bashir with her combadge. He tries to call her back...

BASHIR
Admiral, your combadge...

But she’s gone. Amused and befuddled, he slips the combadge into his pocket and turns back to the buffet table. After another moment, another voice comes from the other side, rich and authoritative.

ROSS (o.s.)
Ah, Marta. She’s a delightful
woman, but I wouldn’t be at all
surprised if she manages to set
off a photon torpedo in her own
living room someday.

Bashir turns to find Ross gazing off after Batanides from the table. He nods his acknowledgements to Bashir.

BASHIR
She seems harmless enough to me.

ROSS
Perhaps. I’m glad I ran into
you, Doctor. Our mutual friend
sends his regards.

Bashir pauses, and looks plainly at Ross. This is it.

BASHIR
I don’t know that I’d use the
word “friend,” exactly. For one
thing, I’ve been waiting for
him to get in touch for weeks.

ROSS
As it happens, I’m meeting him
for drinks later tonight, after
dinner. You’re welcome to tag
along, if you like.

BASHIR
Thank you, Admiral, I’d like
that a great deal.

Ross turns and mingles back into the party. Bashir watches him go, and takes a deep breath. Steadies his nerves. This is where it all starts.


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT THREE


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ACT FOUR


FADE IN:


25 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING


Having left once, Dominion Vessel 288 is just now returning to the station.


26 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR


Dax waits by the airlock, her mind a million miles away. She’s still having trouble grasping everything Kira told her. After a moment, the airlock rolls open, and Vannis stands there, waiting to come aboard.

Or strictly speaking, this is VANNIS-4, the next clone. She is just as troubled as Dax – after all, she did just die.


27 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Dax has invited Vannis to sit with her in her quarters. The Vorta nibbles unenthusiastically from a plate of nuts and berries, while Dax sips a rokassa juice.

DAX
How are you handling it?

VORTA
This is not my first death,
Commander. Though it is the
first time I’ve been killed
by one of my own soldiers.

Vannis frowns to herself, trying to figure it all out. Dax is sympathetic, gives her time to adjust.

VANNIS
I do not understand. Through
all my lives, I have always
strived to serve the Founders.
Not just to the best of my
ability, but to the best of
any Vorta’s ability.

DAX
That’s a noble goal.

VANNIS
But I have to admit... this is
the hardest assignment I have
ever received. I must not fail
at it, but...
(shakes head)
Jem’Hadar should obey Vorta. That
is the order of things. But he...
he does not obey me. He is like
no Jem’Hadar I have ever met. I
don’t know how to relate to him.
(gallows humour)
Clearly my last approach was
unsuccessful.

DAX
Vannis, can I ask you something?
It might be a bit personal.

VANNIS
You have been kind to me. What
would you like to know?

DAX
Do you remember it? The moment
when you died?

VANNIS
Of course. All Vorta remember.
A learning experience – how
not to make the same mistake.

DAX
Trill aren’t supposed to remember.
We’re trained to suppress it – to
concentrate on the memories of
life, not of death. Or at least,
most Trill are trained for that.

VANNIS
Not you?

DAX
I didn’t get the full training
before I was joined. Most of
the time I can put it out of my
mind, but sometimes something
will jog my memory...

On Dax as she remembers...


FLASHBACK – 1x01 “EMISSARY”


Wizened old Curzon lies on the operating table as the Dax symbiont is transferred to Jadzia...


BACK TO SCENE


Dax closes her eyes, pushing away the memory. When she opens them again, Vannis is gazing at her, curious.

VANNIS
Who would have ever imagined
that Vorta and Trill would
find something in common?

Dax is a bit surprised... but realizes Vannis is right.

DAX
We both die, but keep living.
(thoughtful)
But what about that moment in
between? When the first body
has died, but the second body
hasn’t... “activated” yet? Do
you feel anything?

Vannis stops to ponder the question.

DAX
I mean for us, without a host
to interact with the world
through, the symbiont is left
blind and deaf. We’re aware,
but incapable of anything. It’s
quite a disturbing experience.
That’s one of the reasons we
like to get the symbiont into
a new host as soon as possible,
or else back to the pools.

VANNIS
For Vorta, there is nothing. No
awareness, no sensation. We die,
and know nothing else until we
reawaken in the cloning tanks.
There is nothing else. When we
are not serving the Founders...
we do not exist.

That’s rather disquieting. Dax has more on her mind...

DAX
There was a time recently, when
I thought I was going to die.
There was an incident on the
Trill homeworld... terrorists
attacked. They murdered almost
all the symbionts.

VANNIS
And you feared you would be one
of them.

DAX
No, that’s not what I mean. At
the time, I never questioned if
I’d survive. I’ve been through
a lot. I just assumed I’d get
through this too. And being one
of the few left... that just
made me all the more special.

VANNIS
Vorta are not special. Kill one,
make another. Clean and simple.
But if that is not when you
feared death... when was it?

DAX
The Luna. I was full of that
same arrogance, convinced I
could do anything. That I was
following my grand destiny as
a life-form almost unique in
the galaxy. But then there was
the accident in engineering...
I ran. I saved myself. In that
second, I thought – I’m too
important. I can’t die here. I
have to save the symbiont, one
of barely a few hundred left in
existence. And even though the
thought passed in an instant...
I haven’t been able to look at
myself in the mirror since.

VANNIS
I do not regret dying if it is
in the service of the Founders.
I do not regret saving myself
either, if that would be in the
service of the Founders. Mourn
your dead if you must, but do
not doubt that you deserve to
live. There is always more you
can do for your leaders.

Dax ponders quietly.

DAX
People I know, people I care
about, they’re out there right
now risking their lives to do
the right thing. The least I
can do is face my own demons.


CUT TO:


28 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Dax now sits opposite Kinjer Odan, on the couch in her quarters. Since she has no official therapy space anymore, this will have to do.

DAX
Tell me everything, Kinjer.
Start at the beginning, and
don’t leave anything out.

Odan prepares to do exactly that. Dax prepares to face her own doubts and do what she can to help.


29 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Odan is asleep on Dax’s bed, suffering restless dreams. Dax herself stands in the doorway of the bedroom, watching him toss and turn. Then she turns back to the main room...

GARD
Thank you for agreeing to help him.

DAX
You were probably more right
than you know, bringing him to
me. I might be the only one who
can understand how he feels.
And... I need to help someone.


30 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Dax sits opposite Kinjer as he talks.

ODAN
I loved a Starfleet woman once.
Across three bodies I loved
her. But I lost her. I died.
I could have been happy...
but she couldn’t handle it.

The things he’s saying spark Dax’s own memories...


FLASHBACK – 6x26 “TEARS OF THE PROPHETS”


In the Bajoran shrine, Jadzia judders and shakes as the possessed Dukat uses pagh-wraith energy to kill her...


FLASHBACK – 7x03 “AFTERIMAGE”


In a corridor, Worf completely blanks Ezri, leaving her surprised and hurt.


BACK TO SCENE


Ezri tenses against the memory, but allows it to come, allows it to inform her sympathy for Kinjer.


31 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Gard and Dax discuss...

GARD
I’m glad. I was afraid there
might be some personal issues
between you and me that could
have affected your decision.

DAX
Oh, don’t get me wrong – I’m
still holding a grudge against
you. I haven’t forgiven you
for killing Minister Shakaar.
Not completely. Or for killing
me, for that matter.


FLASHBACK – 8x05 “REFLECTIONS”


Joran Dax has his arm hooked around a woman’s neck and a jagged piece of glass to her throat. An angry Trill police man – an earlier host of Gard - holds a weapon on him and shouts to let the woman go. Gard fires, Joran goes down...


BACK TO SCENE


DAX (cont)
Or that you snuck around as a
part of a secret underground
spy organisation to do it.

GARD
I’m not going to apologise for
removing threats and saving
lives, Dax.

DAX
I’m not asking you to. Even if
I don’t like that you did it,
I do understand why you did it.
Plus... it’s been made clear
to me recently that being part
of a secret spy group doesn’t
necessarily make you “evil.”


32 EXT. COBBLED STREET - NIGHT


Somewhere on Earth – London maybe? Ross and Bashir walk together in awkward silence over the old-fashioned cobbles. Bashir takes note of the location, the gently swirling mist, the classic old street-lights casting a weak glow. As they walk, Bashir readies himself for the meeting that is to come...


33 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Gard and Dax...


GARD
How flattering.

DAX
Everyone’s got their problems.
Doesn’t mean they shirk their
responsibilities.


34 INT. VULCAN CAVES


Vaughn and Ro are working their way determinedly through the labyrinth of caves. Ro is dirty, sweaty, tired, and in a distinctly bad mood. They pass an opening into a small, unlit cavern – little more than a bolt-hole really.

Ro pauses, looks into the hole. She indicates to Vaughn to stay where he is while she goes inside. Vaughn is confused – why? She gestures exactly why. Vaughn gets the message – bathroom. Vaughn turns his back and leaves her to herself.

Ro clambers through the opening and into the small, dark space. She hunkers down on her haunches. Silently, she lets out all the tension and shakes that she’s been hiding from Vaughn. Breathing deep, she reaches into her boot. And yes, there’s a hypospray in there. Looking at it with hunger, she raises it to her neck and injects the painkillers. She gives herself another moment as the drugs flow through her, lets the shakes subside.

Outside in the main cave, Vaughn is waiting. At the sound of Ro emerging, he turns to greet her. She seems happier and more relaxed now. Together, they carry on their way.


35 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Gard and Dax...

DAX
So I want to help Odan if I can.
And even if I can’t, I just want
him to feel like there’s someone
who will actually listen and not
just dismiss him out of hand.

GARD
Is that what you think I’m doing?

DAX
I think you’re doing the same
thing the Symbiosis Commission
is doing – the same thing I was
doing before I came to my senses.
We’re all so worried about the
symbionts, about saving them
no matter what, that we’re not
seeing the obvious solution.

GARD
Which is?

Dax moves back to the bedroom doorway, looks in on the still fitfully sleeping Odan. She’s not happy about her idea, but it seems like the best of bad options.

DAX
Break the bond.

As Gard realises with resignation what she means...


36 INT. COLE’S APARTMENT – LIVING ROOM


Old mahogany panelling, comfy leather armchairs, paintings and sculptures on the walls, a roaring fire in the hearth.

There’s a knock at the large wooden double door, followed by the whine of old hinges as it creaks open. Admiral Ross enters, his face like death. He really doesn’t want to be here or to be doing what he’s doing. Behind him is Bashir, still mentally recording everything.

One of the armchairs is turned to face the fire, hiding its occupant. Ross finds this especially rude.

ROSS
He’s here. I’ve brought him. And
don’t even think of using me as
your errand boy ever again.

COLE
(still hidden)
I appreciate your feelings,
Admiral. Thank you for your
help. You can go now.

That the man would just dismiss him like that, without even talking him to him face to face, makes Ross furious. But even so, he does as he’s told, and turns to go. As he does, he exchanges a look with Bashir – one that says “you’d better have a damn good reason for this.”

With Ross gone and the door closed, the chair’s occupant finally deigns to stand – of course it is COLE (last seen 8x08 “Abyss”). He seems resolutely normal, not in any kind of uniform or threatening in any way. He seems almost as apprehensive about this as Bashir.

COLE
Doctor Bashir. I have to say
– I never expected to see you
again. And I’m very curious
as to why I’m seeing you now.

As Cole and Bashir face each other across the room...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT FOUR


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ACT FIVE


FADE IN:


37 EXT. COBBLED STREET - NIGHT


The mist swirls, the moon peeks out...


38 INT. COLE’S APARTMENT – LIVING ROOM


Bashir has taken a second chair by the fire. Cole is back in his own chair, the flames crackling between them. Cole sips a mug of hot tea. Bashir has a mug also, but he sniffs at it warily. Cole sees this and chuckles.

COLE
Doctor, please. If I wanted to
kill you, would I have had the
admiral bring you all the way
to my own home?

BASHIR
Maybe that’s precisely why you
brought me here – because you
don’t plan on letting me leave.
You know I’ll remember every
step of the way here from the
dinner party.

COLE
I do know that, yes. And I’m
glad you’re not bothering to
pretend otherwise. But you’d
have figured out the location
wherever I met you. So why go
to any extra trouble?

Accepting that logic, Bashir sips at the drink. To his surprise, it’s actually quite pleasant.

BASHIR
I’ve been waiting for weeks,
you know. Just keeping myself
occupied with debriefings and
conferences and writing papers.
And beginning to wonder if you
would ever respond to my hints.

COLE
I’m sure you can understand my
caution, Doctor. After all, how
many times exactly have you
called us an abomination on the
face of the galaxy, or a pox to
be stamped out, or some other
equally pithy yet overdramatic
epithet? And now here you sit,
begging to join the party?

BASHIR
Begging?! I don’t beg, Mister
Cole. But as I’ve indicated in
my logs, a certain situation
has arisen on Deep Space Nine
that, in all good conscience,
I find I cannot be a party to.

COLE
Yes, this whole Ascendant thing.
Kind of a mess, isn’t it? What
I’m not clear on, however... is
why you imagine my organisation
should care one way or the other.

BASHIR
You once told me, and I quote,
“People die all the time. It’s
simply a matter of who, how,
and how many.” As much as it
pains me to say it, if anyone
has to die, then I’d rather it
be the Eav’oq, and not the people
I’ve sworn to protect on Bajor
and DS-Nine. Especially since
the Eav’oq don’t seem to care
if they die anyway. And since
you claim your raison d’être
is to protect Federation lives,
I thought that might appeal to
you. Or am I wrong?

Cole takes a moment to think it all over. He sips at his tea, quite content to take his time and not rush anything. He may be outwardly calm, but there’s many layers inside.

COLE
So you’ll betray your friends
in order to protect them?

BASHIR
That’s not what I’m doing.

COLE
I’m not judging, Doctor. It’s
all semantics anyway. I just
want you to grasp how they’ll
see you once this is over.

BASHIR
I don’t want them to know.

COLE
You’re afraid of tarnishing
your good image? I shouldn’t
worry. They’re hardly a bunch
of angels on that station,
are they?

BASHIR
They’re good, honest people.

COLE
Really? I know things about your
sainted Captain Sisko that would
curl your hair. But that’s by the
by. If I agree to work with you
on this – to commit resources
and personnel and capital – what
will you give me in return?

BASHIR
I’m giving you me. Isn’t that
what you’ve always wanted?

COLE
I’ll grant that we’ve expended
considerable effort to convince
you we can work together. That
alone makes me suspicious as to
why those efforts should have
suddenly borne fruit.

BASHIR
I’m not going to pretend I’ve
converted, if that’s what you
mean. You wouldn’t believe me
if I did. I’m only saying that
there’s a cause that’s dear to
my heart, and I need your help
to see it through. It doesn’t
mean I’m working for you full
time from now on.

Cole sips his tea, and chuckles to himself.

BASHIR
What?

COLE
You’ve been working for us for
years, Doctor. You just refuse
to admit it to yourself.

Bashir goes quiet, refusing to confirm. Cole takes silence as assent.

COLE
You realise, of course, that
I’m going to be keeping a very
close eye on you? Testing you
constantly?

BASHIR
I’d expect nothing less.

COLE
Alright. Let’s say you’ve
convinced me. What next?

Bashir’s mind is racing for what to say next, all while he has to look like he’s nervous to be here...

BASHIR
Next... we work out a plan for
how to stop Kira from pulling
us all into another war.

Cole smiles modestly. He knows so much more than Bashir...


39 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY


Starting on Kira...

KIRA
Are you absolutely sure?

Revealing that she’s talking to Dax, Gard and Tarses in the main room of the Infirmary. Behind them in the surgical suite, Etana is tending to Odan, who sits on a bio-bed.

GARD
I agree with Commander Dax’s
conclusion, Captain. I think
a controlled separation is the
best chance for the continued
health of host and symbiont.

KIRA
(to Tarses)
And you... you’re sure about
this serum of Julian’s?

TARSES
It was never tested. It’s still
officially experimental. But
Doctor Bashir’s notes indicate
that it worked in the field,
on a statistically significant
number of patients. I’m prepared
to use it – with the patient’s
consent, of course.

KIRA
Can he give consent? If he’s
as messed up psychologically
as you say, is he legally
capable of it?

DAX
I think he’s made his wishes
clear, Captain. He’s been trying
to end this joining himself for
a while, just in a more extreme
way. This way would allow both
of them to survive and get on
with their lives.

Taking that all on board, Kira steps through into the surgical suite. Odan sits on the bio-bed, visibly suffering but clear-headed nevertheless, not drugged or sedated.

KIRA
Mister Odan, I’m Captain Kira.
I’m in command here. Before we
go through with this, I need to
ask you – are you absolutely
certain? From the little I know
on the subject, this isn’t the
kind of thing you can change
your mind about later.

Odan looks up at Kira. He knows she’s being sympathetic, takes no offense. He’s tries to explain himself clearly.

ODAN
Captain... I appreciate your
concerns. But I have seen and
felt nothing but death for two
years. Constantly dying, but
never able to actually die
from it? Had I known this was
even an option, I would have
done it a long time ago. So
yes, I’m ready. I consent to
this in the strongest terms.

Kira can’t really empathise with what he’s going through, but she can sympathise. She nods to Tarses.

TARSES
Alright. Clear the room, please.
I need to prepare for surgery.
Nurse...?

Etana comes back and begins to gently guide Odan back onto the bio-bed. Kira, Dax and Gard all move back to the main room. Before they go, Dax turns and looks back at Odan. He’s looking back at her, a serene smile on his face, a silent thank you. She nods, and turns to leave.

KIRA
So how are you handling it?

The tone and look make it clear Kira is talking about more than just Odan. She’s talking about Julian. Dax understands that, and with a deep breath, replies equally cryptically.

DAX
I’ll be fine. Just gonna take a
little getting used to. Seeing
someone else in that room.

KIRA
It’ll all work out.

Again – Bashir, not Tarses. Not that Gard gets any of that. Kira moves to leave.

KIRA
Mister Gard.

GARD
Captain.

And she’s gone, leaving Dax and Gard alone to watch.

GARD
Are you alright? Considering
this was your idea, you don’t
seem overly happy about it.

DAX
That’s cause I’m not. Look at
us, Gard. You and me... we get
to keep our symbionts. Again.
All around us, joinings are
ending. I’m destroying another
Trill symbiosis right now. But
not us. We just keep going.
(bitter)
I guess we’re... “special.”

GARD
You made the right choice, Dax.

DAX
I know. I understand it. But
I don’t have to like it.


40 INT. DS9 – TARAN’ATAR’S QUARTERS


The door opens, and Vannis enters from the corridor. Tense but professional. Not looking forward to facing Taran’atar again, but it has to be done.

Taran’atar is waiting for her. He can’t apologise for what he did... as much as he might want to.

VANNIS
Ambassador. What is your wish?

TARAN’ATAR
Return to the Idran system.
Continue to manage and compile
information about the current
activities of the Ascendants...
and about the state of the
Dominion. I will call for you
if I need you.

VANNIS
Yes, Ambassador.

She turns to leave, but he calls her back.

TARAN’ATAR
Vannis... thank you. For your
assistance.

It’s as much of an apology as she’s going to get. She calmly considers her response, resigned to her role.

VANNIS
It is... the order of things,
Ambassador.

And she leaves.


41 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR


Gard’s unnamed security agent is gently carrying a portable symbiont pod (seen in previous episodes) into the airlock, the slosh of the liquid audible as he goes.

Dax stands nearby, observing. She turns to see Gard gently leading Kinjer (no longer Odan) towards the airlock. Kinjer is walking cautiously, still a little tender after the operation. Gard is gentle and considerate with him. Dax smiles, pleased to see that Gard can be a nice guy.

DAX
Kinjer. How are you feeling?

KINJER
Still a bit spacey right now,
Commander. And weirdly light.
But I’m looking forward to
getting my own mind back.

DAX
Keep in touch.

With a warm goodbye, Kinjer heads into the airlock and away. Gard pauses, turns back to Dax.

GARD
Dax... I’ve been thinking. If
you really feel strongly about
protecting the symbionts and
getting Trill society back
into joining shape, then come
back with me.

DAX
Come back... to Trill?

GARD
You said you weren’t planning
on staying here. Just waiting
for your next assignment. This
could be it. Come home, join
the Starfleet contingent on
the homeworld, and work with me
to help the symbionts. That’s
what I’ve been doing, you know.

Dax smiles uncertainly – Gard is surprising her.

DAX
That sounds like a wonderful
idea, Gard. But I can’t.

GARD
Why not?

Dax pauses to think it through. What is she allowed to say?

DAX
Friends of mine are in danger
right now. I can’t leave until
I know they’re safe. But thank
you for the offer. And I hope
you’ll hold it open for me.

Gard is curious about that, but knows he shouldn’t ask.

GARD
Then until next time.

He steps into the airlock and away. Dax watches the airlock roll closed, and with a thoughtful nod, she turns to leave. Walking down the corridor alone, she worries about Bashir.


42 EXT. COBBLED STREET - NIGHT


The same general area on Earth as before, but a different street, enough to signify that we are not at Cole’s house.


43 INT. BASHIR’S BEDROOM


A small bedroom with a single bed and the usual furniture. Earth-style, not Starfleet. Basic but cosy. Bashir stands by the bed, unpacking from his travelling bag.

In the midst of unpacking, he glances over his shoulder, making sure the door behind him is closed. Satisfied that it is, he turns back to his bag, and pulls out what looks like a simple flask, a travel mug for coffee or soup.

Opening the lid of the flask, he reveals a portable version of Vaughn’s special transporter module inside. With a press of a button, the blue light at the top shines, casting a no signals, no weapons, no transporters field over the room. That done, he reaches into his pocket and brings out Admirals Batanides’ combadge.


FLASHBACK


Batanides hands the combadge to Bashir...

BATANIDES
Hold this for me, will you?


BACK TO SCENE


Bashir sits on the edge of the bed. Gently prises the cover of the combadge away, revealing the technology inside it.


FLASHBACK


As Bashir and Batanides browse the buffet table...

BATANIDES
Oh what’s his name, the captain
of the Musashi...


BACK TO SCENE


With a tiny metal tool, he works at the miniature controls inside the badge. He spells the name out as he does it.

BASHIR
Terapane...

Nothing happens. Bashir frowns, thinks a bit more.

BASHIR
Okay... Alexandros.

He inputs the letters... and there’s a positive bleep. He smiles with childish pride. And then Vaughn’s voice sounds, small and tinny but filled with determination and portent.

VAUGHN (comm)
I hope you’re well. You should
know... we are coming.


44 EXT. SPACE


The Trill transport we saw earlier is warping through space on its way home.


45 INT. TRILL TRANSPORT - QUARTERS


Darkened for ship’s night. A door from the corridor opens, revealing Gard. He pokes his head in...

GARD
Kinjer? Are you asleep?

No response. He steps in further.

GARD
Just wanted to check on you,
see how you’re doing.

Another step in. Then he sees something shrouded in the shadows... a pair of boots, swinging loosely in the air.

GARD
Gods damn it!

Gard rushes in to the body, hanging from a sheet tied into a rope and slung over a ceiling beam. He pulls a knife out of his back pocket and slashes at the rope, and catches the body before it can fall. He lowers it gently to the ground.

GARD
Oh gods, no...

But it’s too late – Kinjer is clearly dead. Gard notices a piece of paper crumpled up in his hand. He pulls it out, flattens it out to read it. It’s hand-written, and says...


I CAN STILL REMEMBER


Gard slumps to a sitting position on the floor, next to the body. He hangs his head and sighs.


FADE OUT:


END OF SHOW


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Umm... Bumpity bump bump.

It's been two weeks... nobody has anything to say?

I know it's not my best, but give me something...

/petulantpouting

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Umm... Bumpity bump bump.

It's been two weeks... nobody has anything to say?

I know it's not my best, but give me something...

/petulantpouting

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I read it, then I went back and read the rest. You've got a talent! Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Gotta admit, man, that ending was a nice jaw-dropper. Good to see the usually always-a-step-ahead Gard get a gut punch like that.
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I read it, then I went back and read the rest. You've got a talent! Thank you for sharing it with us.
Well, thank you.


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Gotta admit, man, that ending was a nice jaw-dropper. Good to see the usually always-a-step-ahead Gard get a gut punch like that.
Bit depressing, I know. But I didn't want the story to end on, "Gard has a problem, he brings it to Dax, Dax solves the problem, Gard goes away happy." That just seemed wet and limp. It's not a happy ending now, by any means, but I think it's more dramatically interesting.

I know this one's a bit all over the place, but that was necessary simply because there were certain things I needed to happen in the course of the season, and this was kind of the only place I could fit them in. Every other episode to come had very specific goals, and this one was a bit nebulous and unformed, so this is where they went. Hence four separate storylines all a bit mushed together.

I will post the next story as soon as I can - I'm actually waiting for permission before posting it. That sentence will make more sense when you see what it is.

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