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|February 28 2015, 02:18 PM||#1|
DS9 11x03 - "Self Destruct Initiated"
Time for episode 3.
Here's the links:
11x01 "Systems Under Repair" - Ad Astra, pdf, ebook
11x02 "Structural Integrity Compromised" - Ad Astra, pdf, ebook
11x03 "Self Destruct Initiated" - Ad Astra, pdf, ebook
TrekLit/DS9-R fans! Want a different vision of the Ascendant conflict and the DS9 time gap?
Read DS9 SEASON 10 and DS9 SEASON 11 !
Last edited by lvsxy808; February 28 2015 at 04:03 PM.
|February 28 2015, 02:36 PM||#2|
Re: DS9 11x03 - "Self Destruct Initiated"
1 EXT. SPACE – THE WORMHOLE (STOCK FROM 10x22)
Replaying from 10x22 “Ascension”. A fleet of Bajoran ships slowly backs away from the event horizon of the wormhole, just in time...
The wormhole BURSTS open, surging with power and energy and colour. Much more powerful, erratic, violent. The colour is not the usual serene and peaceful blue. The wormhole is BURNING, orange and yellow and red flames churning amongst the blue and white petals.
2 EXT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE (STOCK FROM 10x22)
Lt Ro Laren and Mj Cenn Desca grip the edge of the central Ops table, holding on as the station shudders. Cenn gapes in horror at the sight on the main viewscreen...
Prophets... I don’t see how anything
could survive that.
Let’s hope the Prophets them-
(to Shar at Sciences)
Shar, are the gravimetric
distortions affecting Bajor?
Yes. Starfleet stations on the
surface are reporting tectonic
disturbances all over the planet.
A particularly violent shudder shakes the station. On the screen, the wormhole churns and spits fire into space.
This has got to end soon.
Ro grits her teeth, grips on tight, watching the screen...
3 EXT. SPACE – THE WORMHOLE (STOCK FROM 10x22)
Just then, it does. The wormhole closes back up, but leaves wisps of coiling energy and distortions in the space around it, taking longer to dissipate than normal.
4 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE (STOCK FROM 10x22)
Ro and Cenn remain on edge, watching the screen...
Stay alert, everyone. It’s not
As everyone continues to wait...
5 EXT. SPACE
Two small single-pilot Bajoran Militia patrol craft fly through space, close enough to be in visual range but apart enough to not bother each other. They cruise gently through space, on a regular patrol pattern.
We PAN around them until they are coming towards us, and we can see the system’s STAR in the distance, making it clear we are within the Bajoran system but on the edges of it.
As the craft pass us, we see the figures at their controls through the canopy windows.
6 INT. BAJORAN PATROL SHIP #1
Pilot #1, RENTA, is male, Bajoran, dressed in a technologically advanced space suit of Bajoran Militia style, with clear-visor helmet. He sits at the helm, reading panels and working controls, the only one on board.
What do you think? Are we done?
The female voice of the other pilot comes over the comm.
Stop it. We will complete this
patrol if it kills us. Do you
really want another of Colonel
Doul’s inspirational speeches?
Prophets, no. But come on, Sunal
– this is pointless. It’s been over
a week now. There’s nothing out
here. Starfleet took care of the
Ascendants, the Dominion are back
in the Gamma Quadrant, the
Cardassians are locked away...
6 INT. BAJORAN PATROL SHIP #2
Pilot #2, SUNAL, is female, likewise Bajoran, likewise dressed, likewise occupied. She has had similar arguments with Renta many times, to the extent that she doesn’t even bother getting angry anymore.
Renta, you know as well as I do
that the Defiant is out of the
system answering a distress call.
So it’s up to us. And I don’t
intend on being the one to let the
next major galactic crisis through
on my watch just because you
can’t be bothered.
Sunal hears a new BEEP through the comm system from the other ship. She frowns.
What have you got?
7 INT. BAJORAN PATROL SHIP #1
Renta reads his panels with consternation.
Not sure. I think it’s a power
signature, but if it is, it’s a
very weak one.
Could be a damaged freighter or
shuttle. Better go take a look.
8 EXT. SPACE
The two ships turn as one and head off in a new direction. Soon they approach an interstellar cloud of gas and debris. Ship #2 heads towards the cloud while ship #1 holds back.
9 INT. BAJORAN PATROL SHIP #2
Sunal pushes the ship forward cautiously, keeping a close eye on her readouts. The gas cloud looms ominously closer through the canopy window.
Okay, I’m getting something now too.
Intermittent readings... they must
be in bad shape, whoever they are.
Can you get anything on hull
metals or recognisable power
configurations? Anything that
might at least let us know what
we’re dealing with here.
Computer’s working on it.
By now the ship has drifted forwards into the gas cloud itself. It’s all around her...
Wait a minute. Power readings
I think you should get out of
there, Sunal. I don’t like this.
For Prophets’ sake, Renta, this is
what we’re here for.
Ahead of her, a strange eerie red glow is growing in the cloud. Sunal gazes out towards it, intrigued.
What are you...?
Then a sudden sharp BOLT of jagged white electricity leaps out of the glowing cloud, hitting her ship hard. The ship CLANGS and SHUDDERS with the impact, as ALARMS sound all over, lights die and power begins to splutter.
Sunal! What happened? Are you
alright? Talk to me! Sunal!
Dazed from the impact, she looks up and sees the roof over her head begin to dissolve. Pieces of metal flake off, air begins to whistle out. Desperately she begins to reach for the controls under her seat.
Renta! I’m ejecting! Can you hear me?
No response. With no choices left, she yanks the handle under her seat. A HATCH opens in the deck beneath her and the entire ensemble SHOOTS out through it to safety.
10 EXT. SPACE
In her space suit, Sunal shoots away from her dying ship and into the gas cloud. Floating free, she looks up, and through the wisps of matter she sees her ship EXPLODE in a fireball. Pieces of debris fly past her – she just manages to dodge them.
Sunal! Are you there? I’m coming
to get you! Stay where you are.
Like I could go anywhere.
Be careful, Renta. We don’t know
what this is yet...
11 INT. BAJORAN PATROL SHIP #1
Renta is at his controls, urgently pushing his ship on. He pushes into the gas cloud, peering through the window.
Finally the cloud parts a little, and he sees Sunal in her space suit, floating ahead of him. She sees him too, smiles at him in relief.
There you are. Come on, then.
But then the red glow comes again in the clouds behind her. Renta’s eyes flare in alarm to see it.
12 EXT. SPACE
From out of the glowing cloud comes another enormous BOLT of electric power – and it hits Sunal right in the back.
The SCREAMS are blood-curdling as Sunal is BOILED alive in her space suit. Her eyes fizz in her head. Her hair catches fire. Her body BURSTS inside the suit, and then the suit BURSTS too, splattering blood all over space.
13 INT. BAJORAN PATROL SHIP #1
Renta SCREAMS in horror, and instantly works his panels to turn the ship away. He’s running for his life.
14 EXT. SPACE
The remaining ship zooms away, leaving the cloud behind as fast as it can.
15 INT. BAJORAN PATROL SHIP #1
Renta urgently works his panels.
Militia patrol to Militia Central.
Please come in. This is an emergency.
Come in Militia Central!
Computer – what was that?
Collating and comparing sensor
readings with known databases.
One of the panels changes to show a diagram of a small, dart-shaped vessel, with one large word above it, flashing in angry red. ASCENDANT.
16 EXT. SPACE
As Renta’s ship zooms towards and past us on its way home, we focus back on the gas cloud, looming ominously in the distance...
END OF TEASER
TrekLit/DS9-R fans! Want a different vision of the Ascendant conflict and the DS9 time gap?
Read DS9 SEASON 10 and DS9 SEASON 11 !
Last edited by lvsxy808; February 28 2015 at 04:31 PM.
|February 28 2015, 02:51 PM||#3|
Re: DS9 11x03 - "Self Destruct Initiated"
17 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE - ESTABLISHING
A normal day on the station, as far as they know.
18 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Since most of the crew are off on the Defiant, Ops is staffed by largely junior officers. Lt LEISHMAN (human female, Nog’s deputy chief), sits at the engineering station. Ens NARAN (Thallonian male, last seen 10x12 “Heresy”) is running the Ops table. Ens SELZNER (human female, last seen 8x26 “Unity, pt 3”) is at sciences.
Major CENN walks between the stations, keeping everything running. Extras elsewhere as needed.
Leishman reacts to a beep on her panel. Cenn approaches.
Incoming hail, Major. Audio only.
Leishman works the panels, and Renta’s voice comes through.
...Vye to Deep Space Nine. Please
come in. Repeat, this is Corporal
Renta Vye trying to contact Deep
Space Nine, please come in, this
is an emergency.
Corporal Renta, this is Major Cenn
on DS9. What’s the problem?
Oh, thank the Prophets. I can’t
get through to Militia Central.
We have got us a big, big, big,
big, big problem, Major.
Slow down, Corporal. Tell me
what’s going on.
What’s going on is Ascendants, Major.
Cenn’s eyes flare in horror. Into the silence:
Yeah, that got your attention, didn’t
it? I just saw them, right now.
Corporal, are you sure? To our
knowledge, no Ascendant ever
entered the Alpha Quadrant.
Well, they’re here. Now. In the
Bajoran system. And they just
killed my patrol partner. So if
you think for a moment that
I'm kidding you about this, I can
assure you I'm not. Open up your
shuttle bays, Major. I'm coming
in hot and fast.
Understood, Corporal. We’ll see
you in a few. DS9 out.
The line drops, and Cenn gets down to business.
Naran, prepare runabout pad B.
Selzner, try to contact General
Lenaris, I want to know if we’ve
got the same comm problems as
the corporal. Leishman, interface
with every comm or sensor buoy
throughout the Bajoran sector.
If there’s even a hint of an
As the junior crew get to work, Cenn stands firm at the central table, his face saying “Oh crap oh crap oh crap...”
19 EXT. BAJOR - ESTABLISHING
Back to the central monastery in Ashalla, Bajor’s capital.
20 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – GARDEN
The walled garden area last seen in 10x21 “Into the Fire.” SISKO and KASIDY are there, with KASIDY holding little REBECCA’s hand. With them is PRYNN, anxious and nervous. Wringing her hands, unsure about this whole thing.
After a moment, Kai SOLIS bustles into the area, with novice KIRA a polite step behind him. Kira is thrilled to see Sisko and Kasidy, heartbroken to see Prynn.
Emissary! I do apologise for
keeping you waiting.
Not at all, Eminence. I'm just
grateful to you for seeing us
on short notice.
It’s good to see you, Benjamin.
And look at you, Rebecca! You’ll
be as tall as Jake before long.
Prynn... I just wanted to say
again how sorry I am...
That’s actually why we’re here,
Nerys. I was hoping, if it’s okay
with you, Eminence, that you could
let Lieutenant Tenmei have access
to one of the Orbs. I know it’s a
lot to ask, but she’s been having
some problems coming to terms...
Ah, of course. Nerys told me about
...disappearance. It’s never easy
to lose a parent, not even in the
service of the Prophets. You have
Thank you, Your Eminence. But
She cuts off as Solis approaches her close. He reaches out with his hand to grasp her ear, but waits for permission.
May I? Dreadful habit, I know,
but it may help me to help you.
Unsure what’s going on, Prynn looks to Sisko and Kira. They nod for her to continue. Kasidy doesn’t look quite so sure.
Solis gently grasps Prynn’s ear, closes his eyes and concentrates. Prynn’s wince of pain and confusion grows as the pressure gets stronger. But just as she’s on the verge of complaining, Solis lets go and steps back.
Your father came to see me, you
know. He was having difficulties with
his role in the events surrounding
the Ascendant assault. He looked
into the Orb of Souls.
What did he see?
It’s not a thing one asks. Orb
experiences are rare, precious
Whatever it was, it obviously helped
him decide to do what he did.
Perhaps. The question is, if you
encounter an Orb yourself, what
will it help you decide?
Prynn doesn’t really have an answer for that.
Please, come with me.
Solis sweeps back out of the garden area. Kira obediently follows, with the others close behind. Prynn is wondering, does this mean she’s getting an Orb or not?
21 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – ATRIUM
The group passes through an archway and into the same area where Sisko first met Opaka years ago in “1x01 Emissary.” The gentle reflecting pool is still there in the middle.
As the group enters, they are greeted by a Bajoran man coming the other way. He is in a grey Militia uniform, his name is Major ROCHAN, and he seems quite urgent.
Rochan stops and bows his head in respect, momentarily forgetting what he came for.
Ah, Major. Emissary, Captain
Yates, Lieutenant Tenmei, may
I introduce Major Rochan, the
Militia’s attaché to Ashalla
monastery. What is it that has
you so troubled, Major?
Forgive me, Eminence, but we just
received a disturbing report from
Militia Central. A patrol craft has
docked at the space station,
claiming to have been attacked...
Is that possible? Nerys?
I don’t see how. Between the
Jem’Hadar and the wormhole
inversion, they should have all
And how could they have got
into the Bajoran system? Ben?
I can’t explain it, Kasidy. I was
unconscious in my cabin.
Central reports that the crew on
the station have confirmed the
patrol’s readings, but have not
yet found an explanation. There
appears to be only one ship so far.
One is plenty.
Indeed. And there appears to be
at least one casualty already.
Prynn whimpers in horror and something occurs to her.
Oh god... is this my fault?
Prynn? What do you mean?
My dad’s last message to me. He
said I shouldn’t try to rescue him.
That if I did, it might undo what
he did and bring the Ascendants
back. Did I do this?
But you haven’t done anything.
But I wanted to! I don’t know how
the Prophets work – maybe that
was enough to piss ‘em off.
Lieutenant, I'm sure it’s fine.
With the Defiant right there –
No, Emissary. The Defiant left the
station late last night. That’s why
General Lenaris is scrambling as
many armed ships as he can find.
We have to go and help.
Captain, we have to. Forget the
Orb, we have to help. With the
Defiant gone, all they have is the
runabouts, and I stole one of
those. No offence, Major, but a
bunch of Bajoran ships wouldn’t
even make a dent on an Ascendant.
Alright. But I’ll go with you.
(turns to Kasidy)
Kas... I have to. The Ascendants
are my responsibility. If this is
my fault somehow...
Hesitantly, Kasidy nods. She knows he needs to do this. But she can’t help be a little resentful that this is the most excitement and energy he’s shown in days.
Eminence, will you take care of them?
Of course, Emissary. They will
be safe here.
Alright, let’s go.
Wait – there’s someone else.
22 INT. MONASTERY – PRIVATE ROOM
The door opens upon Kira, Sisko and Prynn, waiting outside.
We need your help.
Revealing that she is talking to RAIQ…
END OF ACT ONE
|February 28 2015, 03:08 PM||#4|
Re: DS9 11x03 - "Self Destruct Initiated"
23 EXT. SPACE
A fleet of Bajoran ships, like the ones in “7x02 Shadows and Symbols,” moving together with purpose.
24 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Corporal Renta has now joined the crew, in a half-undressed stripped down uniform. He was in too much of a rush to get properly dressed. He joins Cenn anxiously at the Ops table.
Tell me what’s happening, Major.
I could never read these damned
Corporal! Not appropriate.
Colonel Doul is commanding the
fleet, he reports they’ll be at the
coordinates you provided in three
minutes. The Nile and the Rio Grande
will rendezvous with them there.
Oh... Lieutenant Tenmei is on her
way back in the Brahmaputra. She’s
asking for the coordinates too. And
she has Captain Sisko and Captain
Kira with her.
So things are looking up, yes?
They’re just shiny, Lieutenant.
Have you made any progress on
figuring out how the hell they
Leishman works her panels, and an image comes up on the main viewscreen – a silent video recording of the events we saw at the top of the episode, as the wormhole goes through its violent inversion, red and burning.
I’ve been going over the sensor
readings and visual records of
the wormhole inversion event,
seeing if we missed anything.
I was right here, Lieutenant.
I watched it happen.
But were your eyes open every
split second? Watch this.
She works her panels again, and the video replays, at much slower speeds.
The video progresses at super-slow speed a frame at a time.
At the height of the inversion’s power, a tiny white light is ejected from the wormhole at top speed, moving so fast it’s gone almost before you know it.
BACK TO SCENE
She does. The video replays. They all watch. There’s no denying something came through.
Kosst. How the hell did we miss
that? There was a whole Bajoran
fleet and the station’s sensors
focused on the wormhole.
The strength of the gravitation waves
and neutrino fields could have
overloaded the sensors for a second.
Send this information out to the fleet.
She goes back to working her panel, while Cenn glares at the viewscreen...
25 EXT. SPACE
Three runabouts are now joining the Bajoran fleet. We focus on one in particular...
26 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
The same video appears on the side screens of the runabout. Sisko and Kira, both still in civilian dress, watch it in dismay while Prynn pilots.
It’s the same as what happened to
Jake three years ago. When he went
into the wormhole to try to find
me, and ended up in the Gamma
Why would the Prophets let one of
these people into the Alpha Quadrant?
Realising what she’s said, she looks to the rear of the cabin, where Raiq stands watching them all from a distance.
Oh... Raiq... I –
Kicking herself, Kira turns back to the front. She was getting somewhere, and then she blew it.
We’re reaching the coordinates now...
They look out of the window, and see the cloud where the Ascendant is hiding. Debris of Sunal’s patrol ship still hangs around it.
...I’m not seeing anything.
Sisko moves to a panel and scans as well.
I don’t read any hull readings,
or power signatures...
They could be hiding. They did it
before, at Drang.
Move us in closer. Tell the others
to stay back.
27 EXT. SPACE
One runabout advances slowly ahead of the gathered fleet, approaching the cloud... and then entering it.
28 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
They creep forward into the cloud, just like Sunal did...
Nothing. I don’t understand it.
29 EXT. SPACE
Slowly, the runabout emerges out the other side of the cloud. Nothing, no problems. All calm.
30 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
Sisko, Kira and Prynn look confused...
There’s nothing in there.
Kira looks back at Raiq again, who seems disappointed.
I'm sorry, Raiq.
31 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Cenn looks up from a panel to Renta, annoyed...
There’s nothing there, Corporal.
Nope. You saw my ship’s readings,
Major. That thing killed Sunal. It
exists. If it’s not there, then it
must have moved.
32 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
They’re looking at the readings, confused...
What about their jumping trick?
We’ve seen whole ships transport
away and reappear somewhere else.
33 EXT. SPACE
The larger fleet, sans the Brahmaputra, and the cloud...
...and the Ascendant ship JUMPS in right behind them, firing wildly. A BOLT of electricity slams into the rear-most of the Bajoran ships, knocking it rolling.
The Ascendant moves erratically, still damaged, bleeding silver fluid. The moment it’s fired, it JUMPS away again.
34 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
Kira, reading panels...
The fleet’s under attack!
Raiq looks pleased, proud...
35 EXT. SPACE
The Brahmaputra rounds the cloud at top speed, rejoining the fleet. The Bajoran ships turn as quick as they can to face their attacker... but there’s nothing there.
36 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
Prynn, peering out of the window...
Where the hell did it go?
37 EXT. SPACE
The Ascendant ship JUMPS back in again, skidding sideways, gases and fluids leaking out. It tumbles, out of control. But it’s alone in open space. No sign of the Bajoran fleet.
38 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP
Inside the ship, things are just as much of a mess as we saw at the end of the last episode. Gases and fluids leak, walls sag, lights throb erratically. The ship continues to drift under inertia, out of control.
The female occupant, called AXNO, lolls semi-conscious in the grip of the chair, flowing around her, protecting her.
With an almighty push, the piece of ship that pierced her leg begins to RETRACT itself. Slowly, agonisingly, it drags out of her leg and back towards the walls of the ship, healing itself.
The pain of this is enough to bring Axno further out of her unconsciousness with a guttural SCREAM.
Once the piece of ship has gone, silver fluid flows from the chair into the massive wounds in her leg. She watches it do its work, still only half awake and confused. She looks around groggily, sees her ruined vessel.
Electric bolts jump across the cabin. Lights throb harder. Energy builds and builds and builds...
...the entire ship JUMPS in a big flash of light.
39 EXT. SPACE
...and JUMPS back in right on top of the Bajoran fleet. It’s still jagged, uncoordinated, lurching. As the Bajoran ships and runabout turn again to confront it...
...it FIRES. But not in a normal controlled way, more like the ship is overloading with power, convulsing to forcibly eject some of its energy out. Even the act of firing knocks the Ascendant further off its course.
The bolt HITS one of the runabouts – a glancing blow that sends the runabout spinning but does not destroy it.
The rest of the fleet FIRES in response... but the Ascendant JUMPS away again, and the shots are wasted.
40 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
As they react...
Damn it! How are we supposed to
fight something that’s not there?
Those bolts are about a quarter of the
power of the ones we’ve seen before.
The ship must be badly damaged...
Kira turns to Raiq, who stands at the back, admiring the carnage with a proud smile.
Raiq, what’s happening?
The vessel is indeed wounded.
Given that you and your animals
tried to kill us all, that is not
But the wild jumping, the half-
When a vessel is as badly hurt as
that, its higher functions can fail.
It depends entirely on its pilot. If
the pilot is also wounded, or dead...
the vessel will act on instinct.
The last thing that ship knew,
it was under attack. So now it’s
firing back blindly, not knowing
or caring who at.
Well that’s good, isn’t it? If
it’s not in control of itself,
it’ll be easier to beat.
Do not take hope. If the pilot is
alive, the vessel will heal itself
soon enough. And then all the
heretics will burn.
Off Raiq’s unpleasant smile...
41 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – REFECTORY
The dining room. Kasidy sits at one of the benches, with Rebecca beside her. Kai Solis brings them plates of food.
Say thank you, Rebecca.
Thank you, Mister Solis.
You’re very welcome, Rebecca.
Rebecca tucks in heartily. Kasidy is more hesitant.
You don’t have to stay with us,
your Eminence. I'm sure a man in
your position must have plenty to
keep him occupied.
Oh, nonsense. Taking care of the
wife and child of the Emissary is
a blessed task for any Bajoran.
Even an Ohalavar such as myself.
Kasidy covers a grumble again.
Suddenly there’s a great THUNDERCLAP outside. But there shouldn’t be thunder - it’s a sunny day. Confused, Solis steps away from the table and looks out of the window...
42 EXT. ASHALLA MONASTERY
In the bright blue, placid sky over the monastery, the Ascendant ship is drifting slowly through the air.
In fits and starts, it begins to right itself, its silver tip begins to glow with power... and it FIRES.
43 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – REFECTORY
Seeing this, Solis gapes in horror. As quick as his old body will take him, he dashes back from the window towards Kasidy and Rebecca.
The Ascendant weapon hits with a massive CRASH and BOOM. The building SHAKES, pieces of ancient stone crumble, we hear EXPLOSIONS and SCREAMS...
Solis, Kasidy and Rebecca shelter under the bench table as the monastery comes under attack again and again...
END OF ACT TWO
TrekLit/DS9-R fans! Want a different vision of the Ascendant conflict and the DS9 time gap?
Read DS9 SEASON 10 and DS9 SEASON 11 !
Last edited by lvsxy808; February 28 2015 at 05:08 PM.
|February 28 2015, 03:20 PM||#5|
Re: DS9 11x03 - "Self Destruct Initiated"
44 EXT. ASHALLA MONASTERY
The Ascendant ship twists and drifts in the air, firing its weapons sporadically, half-heartedly, but still managing to damage everything in its path.
Finally it twists one more time and JUMPS away again...
45 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – REFECTORY
Major Rochan dashes urgently into the room, coughing from the stone-dust in the air, shouting out desperately.
We’re here, Major...
Kasidy helps the old man and the young girl out from under the table, avoiding the rubble and debris. Rochan is relieved to find them all alright, if a little scuffed.
Oh, thank the Prophets...
What was that?
The Ascendant ship. It’s gone now.
But it may be back at any moment.
Where the hell is Ben?
46 EXT. SPACE
The Ascendant ship jumps into open space again. Wounded, depleted, it seems to have exhausted itself for the moment.
47 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP
The pilot Axno lurches out of her chair, collapsing to the deck with a WAIL of pain. Her leg is still in agony, her head is bruised and woozy. She’s panting from the effort of simply moving her limbs.
Bit by bit, she drags herself across the deck to the half-ruined consoles along the side wall. She reaches up, groaning as she goes, until she can touch the panels. Her hand SINKS into the material – it’s pliable and unformed.
She’s not getting the response to her actions she wanted. She slumps exhausted for a moment, then tries again.
This time, the ship manages to half-heartedly manifest a GREEN WA PATCH underneath her hand. She presses it, and croaks out in a damaged voice...
The green patch dissipates, and the console sags again, her hand sinking into it like mud. She groans, frustrated.
She tries a different area of the console, which manages to pull itself together into an ORANGE patch. She presses it, and some of the lights around the ship change slightly...
My brothers and sisters...
Answer if you hear me...
48 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
Alone at the rear of the cabin, Raiq senses something. She presses her hand to her chest, frowns, as if it’s nothing more than heartburn. But she’s feeling something...
At the front consoles, Sisko receives a message. He opens a channel, and Major Rochan appears.
Emissary, the Ascendant attacked
Horror all around...
Kasidy pushes her way into the frame...
We’re fine, Ben. So’s the Kai. I
don’t know if that thing came for
us deliberately or if it was just
a coincidence, but I want you to
stop it before it comes back.
You were supposed to be safe...
Stop that thing, Ben. Then we’ll
Love you too.
Soaring with relief and the first hints of forgiveness, Sisko cuts the signal.
49 EXT. SPACE
The Gamma Quadrant. We see the graveyard of Jem’Hadar and Ascendant ships. Skirting around the outside of it is the Cooper, one of the Defiant’s tiny shuttlepods.
50 INT. SHUTTLE - COCKPIT
Inside the shuttle are RO LAREN and TARAN’ATAR, whose enormous frame is feeling very cramped in this tiny craft.
Sorry about the accommodations.
They didn’t really design these
things with seven-foot super-
soldiers in mind.
I will manage.
Are you sure you wanna do this?
Remember what happened the last
time you asked a “god” for help?
Nothing happened. I was left
without guidance. As I am now.
Then why try again?
Because I do not know my future,
Commander. I must go forward,
but to what, is not clear.
She’s not a fortune teller.
No. But all of Bajor trusts her.
Captain Kira trusts her.
You trust her.
Yes. I do.
Taran’atar nods firmly, as if that’s an end of it. Ro accepts his decision, and drives the shuttle on.
51 EXT. SPACE
As the shuttle clears the graveyard of ships, we see where it’s heading – towards the Eav’oq homeworld.
52 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE
Just a moment to bring us back home...
53 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Cenn, Renta, Leishman and the rest are all hard at work, trying to handle the Ascendant problem.
Where the hell is that ship?
I need information, Lieutenant.
I know, Major. I'm coordinating
readings from about three dozen
different sensor buoys here...
(sotto to Cenn)
Let her do her damn job, Major.
Let me do mine, Corporal. And
while we’re at it, remind me to
have a talk with you about
inappropriate language while
on duty, once this is over.
Got it! Far side of the system,
below the orbital plane.
Send the coordinates to the fleet.
54 EXT. SPACE
The fleet of Bajoran ships and Starfleet runabouts gets moving at highest impulse speed.
At the other end of the system, Axno’s ship lists gently in space, still leaking gases and fluids.
55 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP
Axno sits, her back against a bulkhead, panting with pain. She presses her hands down into the deck, which is slightly malleable, trying to coax some life into the ship.
My vessel... you are still with
me. But the Knights... is there
nothing of them?
She whimpers in anguish at the thought. Then the ship responds with a change in lighting – the tinge becomes a weak GREEN. She reacts to it with fierce hope...
She hauls herself a bit more upright, as the ship generates a holographic image in mid-air. It’s rough, shot through with static and pixilation as the ship is still weak. But it’s enough for Axno to see the approaching fleet of ships.
The image centres in on the lead ship – the Brahmaputra. Sensor readouts and colour washes flow over the image as the ship works to identify them...
A second image appears beside the first – a VIDEO RECORDING of the huge Starfleet-Ascendant battle from 10x12 “Heresy”. Axno watches with intensity and compares the two images, grasping the message the ship is giving her. She sneers.
The Bajorans. The ones we came to
destroy, the heretics who claimed
to know the True. Now they come
to finish me.
They will die and burn.
With her resolve renewed, she drags herself upright by the bulkheads, and staggers to the consoles. With a wipe of the surface, she removes the image and reaches for a growing RED Wa patch. She dives her fingers into the colour...
56 EXT. SPACE
The unsteady Ascendant ship rights itself, turning to face its approaching attackers. Its tip begins to glow...
...and it FIRES. The bolt is stronger now, hitting one Bajoran ship and making its hull peel away in swathes. It FIRES again, a weaker blow that hits the Brahmaputra...
57 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
Sisko, Kira and Prynn react as the ship feels the hit.
Kira fires phasers. Axno twists out of the way. The Bajoran ships are firing too...
Raiq speaks quietly, almost telepathically.
I am here. Can you hear me?
I am Raiq.
No response. Shots still being exchanged.
The pilot cannot hear me!
Of course they can’t. I haven’t
opened a channel.
Then do it, woman!
Kira looks to Sisko, who nods his permission. Kira works the panels, nods to Raiq. Raiq shouts into the air...
Archquester! Cease your attack!
I am Raiq, fellow Knight of the
Ascendancy! Do you hear me?
The Ascendant ship goes quiet. Waiting, thinking.
Tell the fleet to hold fire.
Kira relays the message. Everything is quiet as we wait for a response. Then we get it.
A ball of flames BURSTS into life in the middle of the cockpit - the Ascendant hologram effect. It burns away to reveal Axno, gazing curiously at Raiq.
Raiq... you lead the Quest. You
are the chosen of the Fire.
Yes. I did. I was.
Why have you taken these Bajorans
prisoner? They should be killed.
Things are more complicated than
that, my sister. Much more.
We PAN around the two Ascendant women. As we move from Raiq’s POV to Axno’s POV, the image BLENDS, until...
58 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP (CONTINUOUS)
...we are seeing the same conversation from inside Axno’s ship. Raiq appears to stand inside the ship with Axno.
Where are the Knights? The vessel
cannot sense their presence, or
hear their thoughts.
The Knights are gone. My sister,
you and I are the only ones.
Then you and I, my sister...
must bring the others back.
END OF ACT THREE
|February 28 2015, 03:38 PM||#6|
Re: DS9 11x03 - "Self Destruct Initiated"
59 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
Picking up exactly where we left off, except seeing the runabout-set version of the conversation.
Raiq appears to be seriously considering Axno’s proposal. But before she can say anything, Prynn jumps up.
What? Bring them back? No!
You can’t do that.
Axno looks Prynn up and down, unimpressed.
Why is this insignificance
speaking to me?
Control your child, Kira.
You misunderstand my words,
my sister. The Knights –
My name is Axno.
60 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP (INTERCUT)
With a change of angle, we are now watching the scene from within Axno’s ship.
Very well - Axno. The Knights
are gone... because the Final
Ascension came upon us, just
as the Fire said it would.
They are with the True?
Then we should celebrate! If
the Final Ascension has come...
But why do you remain? Why
do I remain?
Did we displease the True?
Raiq sighs and looks over at...
61 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT (INTERCUT)
...Kira. The two women finally make a connection.
I do not understand why we were
left behind. The path the True
have set for us is shrouded in
darkness. But it is not for us
to question their wishes.
Kira smiles sadly at Raiq. Axno is not convinced.
Are you about to suggest that we
should simply be happy for our
brothers and sisters who are now
with the True, and not wish to be
with them ourselves?
I do not know what to suggest.
I only know that I am alone here...
and I would very much like to
have a sister beside me.
Axno considers Raiq’s words. Sisko, Kira and Prynn are encouraged that they seem to be averting any more crisis.
62 EXT. SPACE – EAV’OQ HOMEWORLD
Seeing the clean, pristine planet from orbit...
63 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY – DAY
The Defiant’s shuttlepod has landed on the soft green lawns on the outskirts of the Eav’oq citadel. Ro and Taran’atar walk across the grass away from it, towards the city.
Not too late to back out.
Your concern for my emotional
state is... amusing.
Opposite them, striding out of the citadel, is OPAKA. When they meet, Ro and Opaka greet each other warmly. Taran’atar hovers back politely.
Ranjen, it’s good to see you again.
And you, Lieutenant... oh,
Commander. Well! Clearly much
has changed since we last spoke.
I'm afraid so. You know about...
I do. Elias recorded a message for
me before he took the final steps
on his path. I will miss him
greatly, but it was a noble
choice. His service to Bajor and
the Eav’oq will not be forgotten.
He recorded a message for me
too. And for Prynn.
How is the poor girl?
Last I saw, she was struggling. But
I think she’ll make it. I’ve been
trying to help as much as I can...
You miss him too.
Ro nods sadly. Opaka turns and looks up at Taran’atar.
Now! I certainly did not expect
to see you again. What can I do
for you, Taran’atar?
Now that he’s here, Taran’atar hesitates to answer.
He’s come – for want of a better
word – for spiritual guidance.
I'm happy to help however I can,
but surely, Taran’atar, this is
something you would go to your
own gods for. Why come to me?
Ranjen Opaka... I cannot ask my
gods. It is the Founders who I
find myself questioning.
Opaka takes a moment to process that. She knows it’s big.
I have not spent much time with
your people, Taran’atar. But from
my studies, I know that your
loyalty to the Founders is at
the very core of your being.
So this... Sit with me.
Opaka leads the others over to one of the stone walls that thread through the lawns. Opaka perches on one, gestures for Taran’atar to sit beside her. He does, awkwardly.
I know you are unique among
your people. You alone of all the
Jem’Hadar are capable of making
your own choices.
I want to follow the Founders. But
it seems I know longer know how.
There are only three gods remaining
to the Dominion, and they disagree
on almost everything. And I...
I imagine that must be quite
disconcerting for you.
How do you choose which god to
follow? What if you choose none?
My customary advice has always
been to look for solutions from
within. To search your inner self
for what you believe to be the
right path. No-one else. Your
pagh will never lie to you.
Do I have a pagh?
I believe every living creature does.
How do I hear it?
Opaka turns sideways on the wall and gently, being sure not to startle him, reaches out to grasp Taran’atar’s ear.
Of course, adult Jem’Hadar don’t have ears, so after a few moments of Opaka fumbling for something to grab, she simply lays her hand gently against the side of his stony face.
That done, she closes her eyes and breathes deeply. The Jem’Hadar soldier gazes back at her, not sure what’s happening but somehow feeling comforted by it all. And Ro watches them both, strangely touched to witness this.
64 EXT. SPACE
Axno’s Ascendant ship and the Brahmaputra face each other, with the Bajoran fleet and other runabouts nearby.
65 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP
Raiq’s hand likewise rests gently on the walls of Axno’s damaged Ascendant ship. She takes comfort from the familiar surroundings, after having been without them so long. The ship seems to recognize her presence, responding with soft throbs of light and power beneath her fingers. Raiq smiles.
If our brothers and sisters
Ascended, then we must have
found the Fortress at last.
We did. The Fire lit the path.
Then we must still be near.
In fact, we passed through the
Fortress. We are now on the other
side of it, in the home system...
of the Bajorans.
They are the enemy. They are
blasphemers in the sight of the
True. The Fire said so.
66 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT (INTERCUT)
Kira hears the lack the conviction in Raiq’s voice. Does it mean anything?
But my sister, you must –
Then why do they not die and
burn as all heretics must?
My power is weakened -
And if the Fortress is so near,
and all the Knights have gone to
it, why have you not followed?
My vessel is gone -
Mine is not. If you will not join
our brothers and sisters in the
Fortress... I will.
Axno bursts into FLAMES, taking away the holographic image. Kira, Sisko and Prynn flinch back, but Raiq pleads...
My sister, wait! Axno! Please
listen, my sister! Do not...
But there’s no answer. She’s cut the connection.
67 EXT. SPACE
Axno’s ship turns on its wobbly axis, and JUMPS away.
68 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
While Raiq is quietly devastated that Axno wouldn’t stay with her, the others are right into action.
She’s gonna try for the wormhole.
Prynn gets the runabout underway...
69 EXT. SPACE
The runabouts and Bajoran ships turn and zoom after Axno.
At the wormhole, Axno JUMPS back into space.
The wormhole BURSTS into life, all blue and white petals.
70 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP
Axno stands at the controls of her vessel, whose panels throb with the sympathetic blue-and-gold colours of the wormhole itself. She gazes out of the canopy in wonder, her wounded leg and damaged ship forgotten for the moment.
Blessed True, Unnameable Ones.
Accept me into your Fortress,
and let me burn in your eyes, as
was foretold. Let me... ascend.
The very purpose of her life about to be fulfilled, Axno works the consoles to move the ship forwards.
71 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
As Prynn works hard to catch up to Axno, Kira gazes with horror out of the window at the churning wormhole, and Axno’s tiny ship moving into it.
We’re too late...
72 EXT. SPACE
Axno’s ship is sitting right in the mouth of the wormhole, hovering right at the event horizon...
73 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP
Axno stands, arms wide and eyes closed, blissfully awaiting the Ascension to come. But after a few moments, she opens her eyes again, perplexed.
Nothing’s happening. She looks at the sparkling currents of the wormhole interior, calls out in confusion...
I do not understand. Blessed True,
I await the Ascension...
But nothing happens.
74 EXT. SPACE
Suddenly, the wormhole closes up again, leaving Axno’s ship drifting alone in empty space.
75 INT. ASCENDANT SHIP
Axno collapses to her knees, stunned. The ship’s systems go dark. She wails in anguish and heartbreak.
Her gods have rejected her.
76 INT. RUNABOUT – COCKPIT
Kira, Sisko, Prynn and Raiq all look out of the window at Axno’s ship, small and alone against black space. They all understand what this must have meant to Axno.
Finishing on Kira, sympathetic and hurting...
END OF ACT FOUR
|February 28 2015, 03:57 PM||#7|
Re: DS9 11x03 - "Self Destruct Initiated"
77 EXT. SPACE
The fleet moves slowly through space, with the Brahmaputra leading the way, and Axno’s damaged ship in the middle, surrounded on all sides by the Bajoran ships.
78 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – HABITAT RING
The three runabouts escort Axno carefully towards one of the runabout pads. The ship settles gently onto the pad, which sinks into the station. The other runabouts move off.
79 INT. DS9 - CORRIDOR
Major Cenn, Corporal Renta and a troop of armed Starfleet security wait at the airlock as it cycles open.
Kira is the first one through the door, followed by Raiq gently leading Axno along, then Sisko and Prynn. Axno looks barely there, unable to process what has happened.
Welcome back aboard, Captain.
Thank you, Major. Although I'm not
a captain anymore. I'm just Kira now.
What would you like us to do with
I have a few ideas.
Cenn shoots a shut-up glare at Renta. Kira continues:
Well, first of all, she’s not our
prisoner. She’s our guest.
I beg your pardon?
You are right on the edge, Corporal.
One more word and you’ll be my
(back to Kira)
My apologies, but... ah... I don’t
understand. She did kill at least
one Bajoran officer.
We’ll deal with that. Right now,
I’ll take responsibility for her.
Very well. But as acting security
chief, I will assign a patrol to
“escort” you at all times.
Kira leads on down the corridor, with Raiq and Axno, and the security contingent. Sisko acknowledges Cenn with a polite nod and then follows them. Prynn steps up to Cenn.
Try not to be too hard on her,
Major. She’s just lost... everything.
I know how that must feel.
That doesn’t excuse her actions,
Lieutenant. Or yours. There’s still
the matter of you stealing a
runabout to be dealt with.
Prynn gulps, but nods her acceptance of that.
But that can wait until Ro gets
back from the Gamma Quadrant.
Cenn and Prynn follow the rest down the corridor.
80 EXT. ASHALLA MONASTERY
Returning us to a calm and peaceful day on Bajor...
81 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – ATRIUM
The room is a bit crumbled and damaged. Kasidy sits by the window, gazing out at the countryside, while Rebecca plays hop-scotch happily with herself.
Around them, various monks and Militia techs make repairs as best they can. Lights flicker and machines grind.
Rebecca? Be careful, honey. I don’t
want you to trip over and hurt yourself.
Rebecca stops hop-scotching, sits down cross-legged on the ground, gets out some jacks and marbles from her pockets. She begins to happily play. Kasidy smiles, satisfied, and looks out of the window again. Major Rochan enters.
Major – hi.
Captain, I thought you’d want to
know that the Ascendant has been
stopped. She’s been taken back
to the space station.
Okay, good. That means Ben and
Nerys should be back soon, and
I can take Rebecca home again.
My apologies, Captain. I know the
conditions aren’t ideal.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to complain.
I'm grateful to you and the Kai
for looking after us. It’s just...
obviously you’ve been attacked.
There’s rubble and machinery and
exposed wires everywhere...
(looks around sadly)
Yes... for such a brief attack,
the Ascendant was surprisingly
thorough. Don’t worry. As soon as
the Emissary returns, you’ll be
safely on your way.
With an encouraging smile, Rochan heads out. Kasidy goes back to gazing out the window. Elsewhere in the room, more cables spark and fritz. The engineers move to fix them.
Unnoticed, the reflecting pool hologram flickers, fritzes out and dies, revealing the secret staircase underneath, that Sisko followed Opaka down in 1x01 “Emissary.”
Kasidy is looking at the view. The engineers are occupied with their repairs. But Rebecca looks up from her game.
Quietly, with the natural curiosity of a child, she picks up her toys and goes to peer over the edge of the stairway. With a mischievous grin, she checks that Kasidy isn’t watching her, and then begins to creep down the stairs.
82 INT. DS9 - PROMENADE
QUARK is standing in the doorway of his bar, observing as Kira, Raiq and Axno walk down the Promenade, tailed at a discreet distance by security. Cenn, Sisko and Prynn are also nearby. Quark beckons Prynn over to him.
What’s all this?
Another Ascendant. Looks like Raiq
isn’t the only one left after all.
Interesting... A betting pool on how
long it takes Starfleet to find more
of them could be quite lucrative.
The public is interested in this stuff.
Prynn rolls her eyes. Across the Promenade, the Ascendants have reached the Bajoran shrine. Kira tries to welcome them inside. Raiq and Axno both hesitate, but eventually they follow her in. Security set up position outside.
83 INT. DS9 – BAJORAN SHRINE
Kira, Raiq and Axno enter the shrine, through the anteroom and into the main chamber. Axno looks around, unimpressed.
Why do I care how heretics
worship? These unbelievers have
nothing to show me.
Don’t be so sure, Axno. Take a
look at this.
Kira leads them over to the altar area, and shows them the Orb box on its plinth. Axno remains indifferent, so Kira reaches in and opens the box, revealing the ORB inside.
Now Axno is suitably impressed. She gasps, bows her head.
The sacred Eyes of Fire... the
Bajorans possess them?
Not here. This is only a hologram.
Kira waves her hand through the image of the Orb, proving that it’s not real.
The real ones are on Bajor itself,
84 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – ORB SANCTUARY
Rebecca creeps down the steps, emerging into the secret room at the bottom. She peeks around the corner, and sees all nine Orb boxes set out in a circle on the ground. She skips into the room, delighted.
85 INT. DS9 – BAJORAN SHRINE
Axno is back to being unimpressed.
So you are liars. You pretend
to possess the Eyes of Fire,
to support your own profane
interpretation of the True.
She’s not lying, Axno. I have
seen one of the Eyes myself.
You have... looked into the Eye?
I do not know why you and I were
denied the Ascension, my sister.
But if you come to Bajor, look into
the Eye with me... perhaps we will
see as the True see. And then we
may understand. Together.
Axno ponders the question for a moment. Kira and Raiq are encouraged. But then Axno turns back to Raiq and sneers.
No. It is all a lie. And somehow
these unclean have convinced you
of it. The Fire placed her trust
in you to lead the Quest. But you
have betrayed us all. You are as
much a heretic as these creatures.
Raiq is stung to her core by the accusation. And as Axno stands with the Orb at her back, she stretches out her arms, and the FLAMES begin to form around her hands. Kira reacts in fear...
86 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – ATRIUM
Kasidy is still sitting and gazing out of the window.
No answer. Mildly annoyed, Kasidy turns...
Don’t ignore me, young lady...
...but sees that Rebecca is gone. Kasidy panics.
Rebecca! Where are you?
Did you see where she went?
They shake their heads. Kasidy sees the open staircase, reasons that Rebecca must have gone down it. She shouts...
Rebecca! Are you down there?
No answer. Kasidy begins to descend the steps...
87 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – ORB SANCTUARY
Rebecca is hop-scotching around and between the Orb boxes, giggling happily to herself, having a great time. She can hear Kasidy’s scared calls and footsteps approaching...
Rebecca! Where are you? Don’t
run away from mommy!
As she’s dancing around, Rebecca inadvertently catches one of the Orb boxes, and its door swings slowly open. Rebecca stops, fascinated by the strange shining object inside. She crouches down in front of it, reaches out to touch it.
88 INT. DS9 – BAJORAN SHRINE
Axno stands, her hands aflame with anger. Raiq looks on in horror. Cenn and a couple of Starfleet security appear at the opening to the shrine, worried...
Captain, are you okay in here?
We’re fine, Major, just stay back.
Axno... what are you doing?
My sister, please...
You are no sister of mine. You
have lived among these creatures
for days, rested in their beds,
eaten their food... they should
die and burn! But instead you let
them continue to breathe and
spread their lies. You refuse to
join the Knights in the Fortress.
But you know we have been
denied the Ascension!
But the Ascension is not the only
way to join the True. Has not our
doctrine always stated that upon
the end of our bodies in this world,
our spirits will burn with the True
The flames around Axno’s hands grow even fiercer, spreading up her whole arms. Kira realizes what’s about to happen...
Cenn, get out of here! Go!
Cenn wisely doesn’t argue – he and the other security leave. Kira tries to grab Raiq and go, but Raiq refuses. The flames are growing more and more over Axno’s body, her legs and chest and head... but she’s grinning with victory.
You, Raiq... are a heretic. You
have turned your back on the True.
But I... I remain faithful. I will
destroy you, and all these vile
trespassers, and this entire
house of lies...
The flames on Axno’s body shoot out, firing sideways to the walls, setting the entire shrine on fire... and Axno is laughing with the strength of her religious fervour.
I will die for the True... and
burn forever in their eyes. And
I will know that I have taken
you with me!
With one final explosion, Axno BURSTS into a massive ball of flame. Everything is on fire.
Raiq reacts instinctively, throws herself in front of Kira. She casts her hands out and forms an instant FORCEFIELD, like an Invisible Woman thing, a cocoon surrounding herself and Kira and protecting them against the flames.
89 INT. DS9 - PROMENADE
Having only just exited the shrine, Cenn and his security people are thrown to the ground as the Promenade is ROCKED by the explosion and FLAMES burst out of the doorway.
Everyone on the Promenade reacts in shrieks of terror – all the usual passersby, plus Quark, Prynn and Sisko.
90 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – PROMENADE
The explosion is enough to BLAST a hole in the exterior of the station, flames licking out into space.
91 INT. DS9 – BAJORAN SHRINE
Kira stands inside the forcefield with Raiq, watching sadly as the entire shrine burns around them both.
92 INT. ASHALLA MONASTERY – ORB SANCTUARY
Kasidy emerges from the bottom of the stairs and into the Orb sanctuary. We can hear Rebecca’s GIGGLING as she steps into the room. Kasidy sees the nine Orbs set in a circle, one of them open and shining...
But there’s no Rebecca. In a panic, Kasidy begins to hunt around the room.
Rebecca! Are you in here? Don’t
hide from me, baby! Answer me!
The GIGGLING comes again, echoing around the room. Kasidy looks around, unable to tell where it’s coming from.
Rebecca! Baby, please!
There’s only the GIGGLING in response. Kasidy stops, and finally notices that one of the Orb boxes is open. Her jaw drops in horror as the realisation gradually dawns on her.
Oh god, no...
We CLOSE IN slowly on the shining Orb, turning peacefully in its box, the GIGGLING sound ringing in the distance...
END OF SHOW
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