DS9 Season 10, ep 10x09 - "Blank Slate"

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  1. lvsxy808

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    Good people, good people... it's time for episode 9.

    First, the recap:

    Original discussion thread, covering episodes 1 to 7:

    http://trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=143895

    Discussion thread for episode 8:

    http://trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=148967

    Direct links to the PDFs of episodes 1 to 8:

    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"

    Link to the DS9 Series 10 on Ad Astra, where I've just posted episode 6:

    http://www.adastrafanfic.com/viewseries.php?seriesid=83

    And now, direct link to download episode 9:

    10x09 - "Blank Slate"

    Like episode 6, some inspiration was taken from other published works, in this case Night of the Wolves (part of the Star Trek: Terok Nor trilogy) by SD Perry & Britta Dennison, and the comic book story “The Choice” by Michael Jan Friedman, appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation, DC Comics Special #2.

    Enjoy!

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    TEASER


    FADE IN:


    1 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS 1

    Morning. Ro is in her yellow uniform undershirt, jacket not yet on. She makes the bed, straightens the pillows. Picks up her earring off the bedside table and clips it on. She’s cheerful, happy, looking forward to the day.

    She heads into...

    BATHROOM

    She looks at herself in the mirror, shakes her hair out. Stretches her neck – it works fine. She grabs a hairbrush and brushes her hair a bit.

    She opens the mirror cabinet on the wall, grabs toothbrush and toothpaste, brushes her teeth, spits it out. Putting the brush and paste back in the cabinet, she notices a hypospray sitting there on a shelf.

    She’s surprised to find it. She grabs it, looks at it...

    RO
    Ah. Don’t need you anymore. ​

    With a smile, she tosses it to the side, where it lands in a rubbish bin. Satisfied, she turns to leave.


    2 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR

    She walks down the corridor, now in full uniform. The corridor is middling busy with other people heading to work or just going about their business. She nods hello and smiles at the ones she recognizes.

    She turns a corner, and in this section of corridor there’s an engineering crew hard at work. One figure is up on a ladder, working on the upper bulkhead with the sci-fi equivalent of an acetylene torch, wearing a spark mask. Two EXTRAS work on the lower areas of the wall with various other tools. Barriers have been set up to guide the public around the area and protect them.

    Ro approaches this group, slightly bemused. This is a lot of activity for this time in the morning.

    RO
    You guys are up early. ​

    The blow-torcher stops work and removes his mask, revealing himself to be NOG. He greets Ro cheerily.

    NOG
    Oh, hi, Ro. Yeah, sorry. It was
    an emergency – this section of
    bulkhead decided to spontaneously
    dissolve into rust overnight.
    River knows why. Between you and
    me, I think it was that Yalosian
    family that stayed over last week. ​

    RO
    Ah, the ones with the benzene
    atmosphere. Yep, that’ll do it. ​

    NOG
    Whatever it was, we have to
    remove this section and destroy
    it, then run over to Empok Nor,
    grab a spare, bring it back
    and rebuild the whole thing. ​

    RO
    (better you than me)
    Well... have fun! ​

    Amused and happy to leave Nog to it, she moves off. Nog replaces his mask and goes back to work.

    Further along the corridor, Ro spots TARAN’ATAR stepping out of his own quarters. She makes a decision with herself, and heads over towards him.

    RO
    (calls out)
    Taran’atar! ​

    The Jem’Hadar turns to her, stern and stony as ever. Ro walks up to him...

    TARAN’ATAR
    Lieutenant. How are you today?​

    [LEFT]Ro smirks a little – this friendly phrase feels absolutely foreign in Taran’atar’s mouth. [/LEFT]

    RO
    I’m actually good, thank you.
    In fact, that’s what I wanted
    to talk to you about. ​

    She pauses, because this is a fairly big thing to say.

    RO
    I guess it’s no secret that
    things have been uncomfortable
    between us, considering...
    (what to say?)
    ...what happened. But things
    are getting better. My back is
    healing great. Nog took the
    anti-grav supports off my legs
    a couple of days ago. I don’t
    have to keep a supply of pain
    killers around all the time. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    I am glad. ​

    RO
    And I’ve had time. To process
    everything. I mean, I always
    knew it wasn’t your fault.
    You didn’t mean me any harm. ​

    From immediately behind Ro, L’HAAN steps into view.

    L’HAAN
    She’s lying. ​

    Taran’atar’s eyes flare and his body tenses at the sight of L’Haan. Ro doesn’t notice for now – she’s concentrating on what she wants to say.

    RO
    (background)
    Of course, knowing something
    intellectually and trying to
    convince your automatic stress
    response of it are two different things. ​

    L’HAAN
    Observe her. She stands outside
    of your reach, placing a protective
    distance between you.​

    L’Haan circles the two of them. Taran’atar’s gaze darts back and forth between L’Haan and Ro, trying unsuccessfully to conceal his reaction.

    RO
    (background)
    It took me a while, but I got
    there eventually. You were as
    much of a victim as I was. ​

    L’HAAN
    Her eyes are aware of your
    every movement. Her legs
    are tense, ready to run at
    any moment.​

    Taran’atar’s eyes shift, looking at Ro’s legs – they are tense, just like L’Haan said. He checks her hands – the fingers are fidgeting, uncomfortable.

    L’HAAN
    Her fingers jitter, as if
    preparing to fight. ​

    RO
    (background)
    I think I can genuinely say...
    that I’m over it.
    (beat)
    Taran’atar? Are you okay? ​

    Taran’atar jerks; he realises Ro has asked him a question.

    TARAN’ATAR
    I am... fine, Lieutenant. ​

    RO
    I guess what I’m trying to say
    is... we’re okay. You and me. ​

    Taran’atar looks confused, not understanding the phrase...

    RO
    (clarification)
    I forgive you. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    I appreciate that, Lieutenant. ​

    RO
    Okay. Good. ​

    Ro relaxes a little, relieved. But Taran’atar’s eyes are still scanning nervously. L’Haan has disappeared for now.

    RO
    Taran’atar, are you sure you’re alright? ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    I am. Thank you for your concern. ​

    RO
    I’ll... see you later. Bye. ​

    She turns and walks back down the corridor. Taran’atar watches her go... and then L’Haan is there.

    L’HAAN
    If she truly forgave you, she
    would not be so tense in your
    company. Rather, I think she
    lies to comfort you. ​

    Taran’atar replies in a low hiss, keeping his voice down.

    TARAN’ATAR
    I told you not to speak to me
    in public. ​

    L’HAAN
    If you cannot control your own
    mind, I can hardly be blamed. ​

    Taran’atar growls under his breath...

    Elsewhere in the corridor, Ro walks along. She’s reassured, pleased with herself for making up with Taran’atar. She approaches Nog’s engineering work site again...

    Pedestrian traffic has been redirected to safety. Having cut it free from the bulkhead, Nog and his two assistants are now manoeuvring the large, discoloured slab of heavy metal wall away from its moorings.

    NOG
    Steady... steady...​

    RO
    You need a hand there? ​

    NOG
    Oh, um, actually, yeah, if you
    don’t mind, Lieutenant. If you
    could grab that corner next to
    Teermok there... ​

    Ro moves quickly to grab the offending corner. It’s big enough that even with four of them, they’re struggling.

    NOG
    It’s slipping... watch out! Watch out! ​

    The wall suddenly crumbles, shattering into two large pieces and a rain of fragments. The largest piece is heading straight for Ro...

    RO

    ...tries to get out of the way, but she’s not fast enough. The falling piece of wall plummets towards her and catches her full-force. It knocks her flat to the ground, with a hard BONK of skull against deck plates. Nog panics...

    NOG
    Lieutenant! Lieutenant! ​

    CLOSE on Ro, her head trapped between deck and fallen wall, knocked unconscious...


    3 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE

    Normal morning, as everyone goes to work and tourists peruse. QUARK is just opening the bar for the morning.
    KIRA comes running down the Promenade, heading directly to the Infirmary. The doors open and she runs in...


    4 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY (CONTINUOUS)

    ...to find BASHIR hovering nervously near the doorway, obviously having been waiting for Kira. Nog is also there, looking very worried.

    In the background, we hear the CRASHing sound of a large piece of equipment being overturned and sent flying.

    KIRA
    What is it? What’s going on? ​

    Now we hear Ro’s voice from the other room – a desperate shriek of terror and anger.

    RO (o.s.)
    Get away from me! Don’t touch me! ​

    BASHIR
    See for yourself. ​

    He leads Kira towards the surgical suite...

    SURGICAL SUITE

    A bio-bed has been overturned, creating a makeshift barrier across the room. Medical consoles and trays of instruments have also been thrown. Nurse RICHTER is in the room, her hands up in a calming gesture...

    Pinned into the far corner, behind all the thrown machines,
    is Ro. Stripped down to undershirt again, eyes wild, her head bandaged where it was hit. She’s terrified out of her wits, sweating and panting, and holding a plasma scalpel out in front of her in defence.

    RO
    Any closer and I’ll kill you. ​

    Kira steps into the room, and can instantly see that something is very wrong here...

    KIRA
    (delicate)
    Laren? What’s going on? ​

    Ro holds the scalpel out towards Kira and eyes her warily.

    RO
    Who are you? ​

    Kira looks at Bashir, confused. He shrugs, “Yeah, I know.”

    KIRA
    What do you mean, who am I? ​

    RO
    I mean, I don’t know who any
    of you people are. But I know
    a Cardassian torture chamber
    when I see it. So if one of you
    people doesn’t start talking
    about a way out of here right
    now, I’m gonna start cutting. ​

    Kira takes a small step forward. Ro immediately flinches, her eyes sharp and desperate.

    KIRA
    Laren, you’re not a prisoner.
    You hit your head, and we’re
    just trying to help you. ​

    Ro looks at her a bit closer...

    RO
    You’re Bajoran. ​

    KIRA
    Yes. So are you. ​

    RO
    (hiss)
    I know that! I’m not an idiot! ​

    KIRA
    I know you’re not. I’m sorry. ​

    RO
    What uniform is that? ​

    KIRA
    It’s Starfleet. You’re wearing one too. ​

    Ro looks down at herself, and sees that she is. It only confuses her more. She’s really scared now.

    RO
    Who are you? ​

    KIRA
    I’m Kira Nerys. You know me.
    You know all of us. That’s
    Julian, and that Kristen,
    and that’s Nog. ​

    RO
    Okay... if that’s who you are...
    (beat)
    ...then who am I? ​

    Kira looks to Bashir again. It’s worse than they thought.

    Finishing on Ro, afraid and confused...


    FADE OUT:


    END OF TEASER


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    ACT ONE


    FADE IN:


    5 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY

    Beginning CLOSE-UP on a padd, whose screen is showing Ro’s Starfleet record, with a clear headshot.

    KIRA
    This is you. ​

    WIDEN to reveal that the bio-bed has been righted, and Ro is now sitting on it, more calm than before. Kira is standing by her, close and comforting, showing Ro the padd screen. Richter is working on various panels, checking readings. Nog hovers nervously at the periphery.

    KIRA (cont)
    Lieutenant Ro Laren, Chief of
    Security on Federation starbase
    Deep Space Nine. ​

    RO
    Starfleet. ​

    KIRA
    Yes. Do you know what that is? ​

    RO
    I know what Starfleet is. I
    know what a Bajoran and a
    Cardassian and a human are.
    (re padd)
    Just... her. She’s a complete
    stranger to me. You all are. ​

    Bashir enters carefully from the main Infirmary room – Ro instinctively flinches and pulls back from him.

    KIRA
    It’s okay. He won’t hurt you. ​

    BASHIR
    I have the test results. It’s
    a minor concussion. Thank
    you for letting me do the
    tests, by the way. I realise
    that can’t have been easy. ​

    Ro nods awkward acknowledgement.

    KIRA
    So what are we dealing with? ​

    BASHIR
    There’s no permanent injury,
    thankfully. Your brain isn’t
    damaged, as such. Just sort of
    scrambled. Like it’s rebooting
    itself. And in the meantime it’s
    lost track of bits and pieces. ​

    NOG
    (trying to be helpful)
    Like a computer that’s lost its
    content management system.
    The files are still there, it just
    can’t find them. ​

    BASHIR
    Exactly. It will heal and
    rebuild the neural pathways –
    (off Ro’s confusion)
    - find the memories again.
    It’ll just take a little time. ​

    RO
    What do I do until then? ​

    BASHIR
    Well, first of all, you’re off
    duty until further notice. You
    get lots of rest, no strenuous
    activities. We do not take
    chances with head injuries. ​

    RO
    Okay. ​

    BASHIR
    I would also suggest that you
    keep reading your official
    records and personal logs – it
    might help to jog your memory. ​

    KIRA
    Thank you, Doctor. Come on, Ro.
    I’ll take you to your quarters. ​

    Kira gently guides Ro off the bio-bed and towards the door. Ro is still unsure and wary. Nog hovers by the doorway...

    NOG
    Lieutenant, I want to apologise
    to you. ​

    RO
    Okay. Why? ​

    NOG
    I was in charge of the work
    team when you got hurt. I feel
    like it’s my fault. I’m sorry. ​

    RO
    Thanks, I guess. Nog, is it?
    (he nods)
    I’m sorry... I don’t even know
    what you are. ​

    NOG
    (not offended)
    I’m a Ferengi. I don’t think
    your people had met my people
    yet at this point. ​

    RO
    And you’re in Starfleet? ​

    NOG
    Not all of us. Just me. ​

    Ro nods – this is neutral information to her. Kira leads Ro on, but she makes sure to give a warm and forgiving pat on the shoulder to Nog on the way past.


    6 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE

    Ro and Kira emerge from the Infirmary. Ro looks around in quiet shock at all the colourful sights. Kira stays close.

    Further down the corridor, walking along and minding his own business, is Taran’atar. Ro sees him, flinches again.

    RO
    What is that? ​

    KIRA
    His name’s Taran’atar. He’s a
    Jem’Hadar soldier. ​

    RO
    Is he in Starfleet too? ​

    KIRA
    Oh no, definitely not. ​

    RO
    He looks like he’s designed
    to hurt you. ​

    KIRA
    Let’s get you home. ​

    Kira pointedly leads her away, towards a turbolift.

    Quark stands in the doorway of his bar, wiping the windows. He sees Kira guiding Ro away, and stops. Something must be wrong. But then he’s distracted as Taran’atar approaches.

    QUARK
    Is it disembowelling time
    again already? ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Your jokes only irritate me.
    One diplomat should speak to
    another more diplomatically. ​

    QUARK
    Yeah... well... shut up. ​

    Quark pouts, and turns back to his cleaning, distracted by worries about Ro. Taran’atar enters the bar.


    7 INT. DS9 – QUARK’S BAR 7

    Taran’atar heads towards the stairs to the upper level, and begins to climb. Everyone gives him a wide berth.

    On the stairs, L’Haan climbs demurely behind him.

    L’HAAN
    It amuses me that you think
    yourself a better diplomat
    than the Ferengi. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Do not speak to me. I am tired
    of your jabbering. ​

    ANGLE

    Now L’Haan is waiting for him at the top of the stairs.

    L’HAAN
    You have been grateful for my
    assistance in the past. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    You promised to help me in my
    mission. Instead you have only
    annoyed me at every turn. ​

    In his frustration, Taran’atar is forgetting to keep his voice down. He walks past L’Haan, on down the corridor.

    ANGLE

    (In the background, we can see crewman SEVAK sat at an upper level table, eating breakfast.)

    L’Haan now waits outside the door of the holosuite.

    L’HAAN
    I am trying to teach you to
    control your emotions. ​

    Taran’atar gets in L’Haan’s face, growling threateningly.

    TARAN’ATAR
    You are failing. ​


    SEVAK

    ...can’t help but overhear thanks to his Vulcan hearing.

    SEVAK’s POV

    In the distance, Taran’atar sneers and growls at thin air outside the holosuite.

    TARAN’ATAR
    I warn you. Leave me alone. ​

    TARAN’ATAR

    ...grits his teeth at L’Haan...

    L’HAAN
    How do you hope to threaten a
    figment of your own imagination? ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Be silent! ​

    His hand shoots out to throttle L’Haan...

    SEVAK’s POV

    Taran’atar with his hand out, attacking nothing...

    TARAN’ATAR

    ...realising the pointlessness of it, frustrated. L’Haan is now stood behind him...

    L’HAAN
    You disappoint me, Taran’atar. ​

    Taran’atar tries to get his anger and frustration under control. He turns to the holosuite door, determined to ignore her. He taps the door to open, and enters. L’Haan calmly follows him inside, and the door closes.

    SEVAK

    ...can’t help but cock an eyebrow in curiosity.


    8 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    Where we were barely an hour before, but now Ro enters the room as a stranger, not recognizing any of it. Kira is still with her, being the considerate guide. Ro wanders around, tentatively exploring.

    RO
    If it’s a Federation starbase,
    why does it look Cardassian? ​

    KIRA
    It was designed by Cardassians,
    during the Occupation. This
    was their base of operations
    in the Bajoran system. ​

    RO
    (realizes, surprised)
    This is Terok Nor? ​

    KIRA
    You remember Terok Nor? ​

    RO
    I guess so. ​

    KIRA
    (turns away)
    I’ll let you rest. ​

    RO
    (urgent)
    Don’t go.
    (bashful)
    I don’t know anybody here... but
    I feel like I can trust you. ​

    Kira chuckles slightly.

    RO
    Is that funny? ​

    KIRA
    No... it’s just that you and I
    haven’t always been the best
    of friends. ​

    RO
    Why not? ​

    KIRA
    Not sure, really. I think we’re
    probably just too much alike. ​

    Ro nods, just absorbing all the information.

    RO
    So the Occupation’s over? ​

    KIRA
    Yes. Nearly ten years ago now. ​

    RO
    Were you in the Resistance? ​

    KIRA
    Yes. ​

    RO
    Was I? ​

    KIRA
    ...I don’t think so. ​

    Ro frowns, surprised and unhappy with that answer.

    RO
    Why not? ​

    KIRA
    I don’t know. You never really
    seemed to want to talk about
    it. And there aren’t a lot of
    records from those days. ​

    RO
    But... I would have fought,
    wouldn’t I? I wouldn’t just
    run away. ​

    KIRA
    (awkward)
    Ro... I really don’t know. ​

    RO
    (determined)
    No. I was in the Resistance. I
    must have been.
    (beat; looks around)
    And this place... Terok Nor... ​

    Close on Ro, and she grasps for memories that are just out of reach, and we go into...


    FLASHBACK


    9 INT. RAIDER COCKPIT

    A rickety, dead-end raider ship, held together with stem-bolts and hope. Beginning on YOUNG RO, approx 17, at helm.

    YOUNG RO
    There it is. Terok Nor. ​

    Looking out of the front window with Ro, we see Terok Nor in the distance and gradually growing closer. The station is surrounded by Cardassian Galor and Hideki-class ships, connecting and disconnecting from its many docking ports.

    Intense and determined, Young Ro turns to her companion, a Bajoran boy of about the same age, called BIS. He crouches in the cramped space at the back, working makeshift panels. Now he looks up and out of the window, with an excited grin of victory. This is the culmination of all their plans.

    BIS
    We haven’t been detected? ​

    YOUNG RO
    No. The freighter’s thorium
    signature is blocking their
    sensors. We’re in its shadow. ​

    BIS
    (points)
    Here comes the Ferengi ship. ​

    They look out of the window, and see a Ferengi Marauder vessel manoeuvring slowly towards the station.

    BIS
    You’re sure you set the device properly? ​

    YOUNG RO
    (sharp)
    Of course I did. This isn’t my
    first time, Bis. ​

    BIS
    And no-one saw you. ​

    YOUNG RO
    There was one ugly troll in the
    cargo bay. He didn’t see me. He
    was too busy whining to himself
    about being the ship’s cook, and
    how he’d have his own moon by now
    if he’d only stuck to the rules
    and stayed away from the boss’s
    sister, and how he should just
    quit and open a bar somewhere. ​

    BIS
    Good. So, as soon as the spoon-
    heads have loaded the Ferengi
    up with as much unrefined
    uridium ore as they can carry,
    we send the signal.
    (beat; grin)
    And they’ll see the explosion
    all the way to Cardassia. ​

    Bis grins with satisfaction. Ro isn’t so sure...


    FADE OUT:


    END OF ACT ONE


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    ACT TWO


    FADE IN:


    10 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

    ...Except that it’s Terok Nor. Cardassian ships sit at most of the docking ports. The Ferengi vessel is at a lower pylon. Bajor itself hangs bright and blue-green nearby.

    Pulling back and away from the station, we eventually find a large freighter vessel hovering at a distance. Moving under the freighter into its shadow, we can now see a small two-person raider ship, like in 2x03 “The Siege.”


    11 INT. RAIDER COCKPIT

    Young Ro and Bis wait tensely in their tiny, decrepit ship. They watch out of the window, waiting for the perfect time. Ro turns to Bis, worry on her face...

    YOUNG RO
    Bis, I’m not sure this is right. I’m
    not sure we should be doing this. ​

    BIS
    I’ve been planning this for over
    a year, Laren. It’s a little
    late for second thoughts. ​

    YOUNG RO
    (points)
    But look at that! There must be
    hundreds of Ferengi on that ship.
    And what about all the Bajorans
    on the station? There’s more of
    them than there are Cardassians.
    They can’t all be collaborators. ​

    BIS
    They’re collateral damage. Come
    on, Laren. Just think – we’re
    going to be killing Gul Dukat!
    Do you have any idea of the
    significance of that? ​

    YOUNG RO
    Yes, I know. But Keeve Falor
    told me – ​

    BIS
    (angry)
    Forget Keeve Falor! Just wait.
    Once Terok Nor is gone, once the
    prefect is dead, Keeve and the
    others will see I was right! ​

    YOUNG RO
    But what if the Cardassians
    just send another prefect?
    What if they build another
    station? We’d be killing all
    those Bajorans for nothing. ​

    BIS
    They’ll walk with the Prophets
    soon, can’t you see that? ​

    YOUNG RO
    (derisive)
    How comforting for you! To have
    something to believe in, some-
    thing to justify what we just
    did! What I just did! ​

    BIS
    Exactly! What you just did!
    You’re the one who stole the
    Ferengi codes. You’re the one
    who planted the bomb. You’re
    in too deep to pull out now. ​

    Ro pauses, comes to a decision. She turns to her panel, begins urgently pressing buttons.

    YOUNG RO
    No I’m not. ​

    BIS
    (jerks forward)
    What are you doing? ​

    YOUNG RO
    I’m using those codes to warn
    the Ferengi they’ve got a bomb
    on their ship. Before it’s too late. ​

    BIS
    You can’t do that! ​

    Bis pushes forward, planning on stopping Ro... but she raises a phaser in her spare hand and points it at him. Now he’s starting to get that she’s serious. Tears in her eyes, but she’s determined.

    BIS
    Laren... please... ​

    It’s done. She turns back to Bis, crying openly now.

    BIS
    Laren, if you weren’t sure...
    why did you do it? ​

    YOUNG RO
    For you! To impress you, to
    make you think I was strong...​

    Bis hardens. He doesn’t think she’s strong anymore.

    BIS
    Now what? ​

    YOUNG RO
    Go home. I’ll transport you to
    the freighter. Just hide. With
    luck it’ll get you back to
    Valo Two in a week or so. ​

    BIS
    Their shields are up. ​

    YOUNG RO
    (scoff)
    Please. ​

    She turns back to her panels and starts work again.

    BIS
    Where will you go? ​

    YOUNG RO
    (teary)
    I don’t know. Keeve won’t want
    me back after this. And Bram...
    the moment he died, the rest
    of them kicked me out of the
    cell. I guess I’ll just go...
    somewhere else. ​

    BIS
    But I thought... you and me...​

    YOUNG RO
    I thought so too. I guess I
    was wrong. Goodbye, Bis. ​

    Ro hits a panel, and with a distraught look, knowing he’ll never see her again, Bis disappears in a transporter beam. Crying, Ro works the panels and gets the ship underway.


    12 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

    Under the shadow of the freighter, Ro’s tiny raider ship pulls slowly away, and heads in the opposite direction from Terok Nor. They never even knew she was there.


    13 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    Now, adult Ro sits curled into the cushions of the sofa. Kira sits nearby, having just heard the story.

    KIRA
    Ro... I had no idea. I’m so sorry. ​

    VAUGHN (comm)
    Vaughn to Kira. ​

    KIRA
    (taps combadge)
    Go ahead, Commander. ​

    VAUGHN (comm)
    Captain, could I speak to you
    in your office, please? Mister
    Sevak has brought something
    interesting to my attention. ​

    Kira glances to Ro, worried to leave her alone. But she has a job to do.

    KIRA
    On my way. Kira out.
    (back to Ro)
    You’ll be okay. Just read your
    files, keep trying to remember.
    I’ll send Julian to check on
    you soon. ​

    Kira gets up to leave. Ro calls after her...

    RO
    Nerys... thank you. ​

    KIRA
    You’re welcome. ​

    Kira leaves. Ro sits back, and looks around, feeling lost.


    14 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE

    Taran’atar stands at attention in front of Kira’s desk, nervous, as if being dressed down. Kira sits behind her desk, sympathetic and trying to understand. VAUGHN stays quiet, sitting way over in the lounge area, observing.

    KIRA
    It’s not my intention to pry,
    Taran’atar. But... are you
    feeling okay?​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Why do you ask? ​

    KIRA
    Crewman Sevak saw you talking
    to yourself in Quark’s. Arguing
    with yourself, actually. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    I thought I was the spy. ​

    KIRA
    He wasn’t spying on you. He just
    happened to be there. And from
    the way he described it, you
    weren’t exactly trying to hide.
    (beat)
    If there’s something going on,
    Taran’atar, we want to help. ​

    Taran’atar looks past Kira, and tightens, because...

    L’Haan is sitting sideways in the windowsill. She turns to look at him, almost daring him to say anything. Taran’atar growls under his breath. He looks back to Kira, admits it.

    TARAN’ATAR
    The dreams. ​

    KIRA
    I assumed you’d got them under
    control. I know you followed
    Commander Matthias’s advice. ​

    He looks to L’Haan in the window – she seems quite unhappy that Taran’atar is speaking out.

    TARAN’ATAR
    I did. It made them worse. Now
    I see the Vulcan wherever I go.
    Asleep or awake. ​

    Disquieted, Kira exchanges a worried glance with Vaughn. Looking back to Taran’atar, she sees his tense stance, his anxious, darting eyes...

    KIRA
    (cautious)
    Do you see her right now? ​

    ANGLE

    Taran’atar, stood facing Kira’s desk, and now L’Haan is stood behind him. Taran’atar knows she’s there.

    TARAN’ATAR
    I do. ​

    Kira again looks to Vaughn. Is he ill? Insane? Dangerous? What do they do? She turns back, treading on eggshells.

    KIRA
    Do you want to see Matthias
    again? Or Bashir? Would that help? ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    I don’t know what would help.
    This kind of defect would lead
    to execution in the Dominion.
    But that option is no longer
    open to me. ​

    KIRA
    Should I contact Vannis? ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    No. She already resents this
    assignment. I will not appear
    weak in front of her. ​

    L’Haan steps between Taran’atar and Kira, stares at him with Vulcan-cloaked disgust.

    L’HAAN
    You are weak. ​

    Taran’atar flinches again, his anger growing. Kira tenses, worried. Is he going to snap?

    KIRA
    Taran’atar, answer me honestly
    now. Could this... condition...
    present a danger? To you or to
    other residents of the station? ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    I do not know, Captain. But I
    have sworn not to hurt anyone
    here. And I will hold to that
    promise... if I am able. ​

    KIRA
    Alright. I can’t order you to
    do anything. But I “suggest”
    that you go to the Infirmary
    for a full medical scan. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Understood, Captain. ​

    VAUGHN
    I also want to make it clear,
    Ambassador, that I will assign
    a security detail to escort you
    at all times, at least until we
    know what we’re dealing with. ​

    Taran’atar nods, not offended. Then he turns and leaves the office, walking out across Ops. Kira turns back to Vaughn.

    KIRA
    What do you think? ​

    VAUGHN
    No idea. His mind was clearly
    altered by contact with this
    Vulcan woman, the Intendant’s
    servant. Perhaps it just
    couldn’t handle the change. ​

    Worried and lost for answers, Vaughn gets up and heads to the door. He exits onto Ops...


    15 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE (CONTINUOUS)

    ...Poking his head out of the door, he looks to the right and sees Taran’atar just stepping aboard the turbolift. Vaughn looks to his left, where Sevak works the tactical console while also keeping an eye on the Jem’Hadar.

    Vaughn nods significantly to Sevak: Follow him. Sevak nods his understanding, locks out his console, and heads off.

    TURBOLIFT

    Taran’atar stands silently in the lift as it takes him away... with L’Haan stood equally silently behind him.


    16 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    Ro is curled up on the couch, reading a padd. What she has read has put tears in her eyes. The door alarm CHIMES.

    RO
    Come in. ​

    The door opens, and Bashir enters tentatively.

    BASHIR
    Ro? Can I come in? It’s me,
    Doctor Bashir. ​

    Ro nods, still downcast. He steps further in, approaches.

    BASHIR
    Do you mind if I scan you? Just
    to see how you’re healing. ​

    RO
    (still on padd)
    Go ahead. ​

    While she continues to read the padd, he opens a tricorder and scans her head. After a few moments, he reads the results, nods approvingly, and closes the tricorder.

    BASHIR
    Things are progressing nicely.
    Your memories should be back
    by the end of the day. ​

    Ro finally looks up at him, stricken.

    RO
    I don’t want them back. ​

    BASHIR
    What do you mean? ​

    Ro gets up, tears still in her eyes, brandishing the padd.

    RO
    The woman in those records
    and logs – she’s horrible!
    I don’t want to be her! ​

    BASHIR
    Ro, don’t be silly. Of course
    you’re not a horrible person. ​

    She shoves the padd at him, beginning to cry.

    RO
    Really? Look at the things I’ve
    done. Look at the life I’ve
    lived. I’ve betrayed everyone
    I’ve ever known. So much war
    and death and anger... and that’s
    only the official records. I’m
    remembering stuff that isn’t
    even in there! I don’t want
    to go back to that life! ​

    BASHIR
    Ro, I’m sorry. There’s nothing
    I can do. ​

    RO
    (tearful shriek)
    But I don’t want to remember!
    Please... you have to make it stop! ​

    She collapses into tears. Bashir goes to her and hugs her, lets her cry it out. He has no idea what else to do.


    FADE OUT:


    END OF ACT TWO


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  5. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    ACT THREE


    FADE IN:


    17 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR

    Taran’atar walks down the corridor, alone. He turns a corner...

    ...and sees Sevak standing at attention at the far end of the corridor, watching him approach. Taran’atar tenses, a little indignant, but doesn’t comment.

    He stops at the door to his quarters, opens the door...


    18 INT. DS9 – TARAN’ATAR’S QUARTERS

    ...and walks into his quarters, alone. Once he’s inside and the door has closed, he jerks to a stop, surprised...

    ANGLE

    ...because L’Haan is stood right in front of him.

    L’HAAN
    I was under the impression Jem’Hadar
    were strong. You should be ashamed
    of yourself. ​

    Taran’atar turns away, trying to ignore her. She follows.

    L’HAAN (cont)
    Do you now run to Starfleet
    for help with every problem? Is
    that the new order of things? ​

    He spins on her and aims a fatal PUNCH for her chest...

    ANGLE

    ...except that now she’s behind him.

    L’HAAN
    I am curious. Jem’Hadar are not
    by nature an emotional race.
    They are disciplined, focused
    on the mission above all else.
    And yet you... your emotions
    appear to be in great need
    of a Vulcan’s control. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Because of you! You constantly
    whisper in my ear and drive me
    to distraction! ​

    L’HAAN
    And is that how you wish to
    appear to the entire station?
    Unable to control yourself?
    Because that is what will happen
    if you go to the Infirmary.
    Everyone will know. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    I must go. Kira told me to. ​

    L’HAAN
    You don’t have to do anything
    she says. Your only loyalty is
    to the Founder, isn’t that so? ​

    ANGLE

    Stood alone, panting hard with frustration... he considers her words. Is she right?


    19 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    The door slides open. Ro stands in the doorway, having got herself under control from earlier. She’s blocking the way for Vaughn, who stands out in the hall.

    RO
    (wary)
    Who are you? ​

    VAUGHN
    Elias Vaughn. I’m the First
    Officer here. ​

    RO
    Are you my “friend” too? ​

    VAUGHN
    I prefer to think of myself as
    a mentor. But to be honest we
    haven’t spent much time together. ​

    RO
    Well, at least you’re honest.
    Come on in. Everyone else has. ​

    She slouches back into the room, letting him enter.

    VAUGHN
    Do you need anything? ​

    RO
    A new brain would be nice. Or
    maybe a new face. I’ve been
    staring at myself in the mirror,
    trying to figure out when the
    teenager I remember got so old. ​

    Vaughn laughs out loud, which only annoys Ro.

    VAUGHN
    Old? Please. You’re not even
    forty yet.
    (beat)
    So things are coming back? ​

    RO
    Yeah. I wish they weren’t, but
    I’ve been told there’s not much
    I can do about that. ​

    She picks up the padd, stares balefully at its screen.

    RO (cont)
    According to this, I’m just at
    the point where I screw it all
    up. Which is something I seem
    to do a lot, apparently. ​

    Vaughn takes a seat, making sure to give Ro her space.

    VAUGHN
    I’ve followed your career with
    some interest, Lieutenant. I’m
    willing to help if I can. ​

    RO
    Really. Then maybe you can
    explain why I had a promising
    career as a Starfleet officer
    and threw it away by disobeying
    orders and getting eight of my
    away team killed on Garon Two.
    (re padd)
    Because this sure as fire
    doesn’t explain it. ​

    She slumps down. Vaughn is careful not to say too much.

    VAUGHN
    I know some things. But I’d be
    more interested to hear your
    perspective. The official
    record is rather one-sided. ​

    RO
    I’m not even sure how I ended
    up in Starfleet at all. How
    does a runaway scrat like me
    get into the academy? ​

    VAUGHN
    As I recall, that was down to LJ
    Akaar. Bajor wasn’t a Federation
    world at the time, you see, so
    you would have needed a good word
    from a command-level officer. He
    was passing on the favour, after
    Hikaru Sulu did the same for him.
    He must have been very impressed
    with you to have done that. ​

    RO
    Akaar... the name does sound familiar... ​

    She racks her brain for memories again, and we go into...


    FLASHBACK


    20 INT. STARFLEET JAG OFFICE

    Beginning on AKAAR, as a newly minted admiral. He’s sat at the centre of a row of three Starfleet judges, staring at the accused with loathing and very personal disappointment.

    That accused being Ro, 10 years previously. She’s in a red TNG season 1 era Starfleet uniform, accessorized with the red headband she always wore and a pair of handcuffs.

    AKAAR
    Does the accused have anything
    further to say in her defence? ​

    Ro stares into the middle distance, a million miles away. She pulls her eyes up to meet his...

    WADE (v.o.)
    (ghostly, distant)
    Ro! Get down! ​


    CUT TO:


    21 EXT. PLANET SURFACE

    Ro is pushed sideways, out of the way of a screaming phaser shot, by a leaping Commander WADE (male human, red uniform, in his 40s). The pair of them land hard on stony ground as the phaser shot goes over their heads.

    From the ground, they watch another officer in blue catch another phaser shot full in the chest. He goes down dead.

    WADE
    Connors! ​

    Wade grabs his own phaser and fires back at the assailant – a SERAPHAMI, a mostly humanoid alien with grey-blue skin and a face that’s a blend of dinosaur and gorilla.

    WADE
    Everyone fall back! Head for
    the med facility! ​

    Wade and Ro scramble to their feet, dodging more phasers...

    WIDE ANGLE

    A rocky canyon, deep but narrow. A dozen Starfleet officers (early TNG uniforms, various colours) dash along the base of it as fast as they can, avoiding shots from above. Alien snipers shoot from ridges high above. Ro and Wade shoot back as they run. A security female – CAPUTO – shouts out.

    CAPUTO
    Where did they come from? There
    were no life signs! ​

    A second officer is unlucky – he goes down.


    22 INT. STARFLEET BASECAMP

    Little more than the shattered shell of an old building. Walls and roof crumbling, barely any coverage at all. The remaining Starfleet officers rush in and dive for cover.

    Ro looks carefully back out at the canyon. She can see the two dead Starfleet bodies on the ground. She looks up to the ridges where the Seraphami are hiding. One of them fires – the phaser beam comes dangerously close.

    WADE
    (taps combadge)
    Commander Wade to the Wellington.
    We need a beam-up right now! ​

    No response. The rest of the away team begin to fire from concealment. As they continue urgently exchanging fire...

    WADE
    Repeat – Wade to Wellington! Do
    you hear me? Damn it! ​

    RO
    We’re surrounded, outnumbered
    too probably. Given time, they
    have the power to kill us all. ​

    WADE
    Ro’s right. So we need to do
    something they won’t expect. ​

    CAPUTO
    Like what? ​

    WADE
    A flanking manoeuvre. Oldest
    trick in the book, but I doubt
    the Seraphami have too many
    military historians. ​

    RO
    What’s to stop them taking this
    position, and the colonists? ​

    WADE
    You are, Ensign. You and Caputo
    stay here, and give them the
    impression that we’re all still
    holed up. Think you can do it? ​

    RO
    Do you have any doubt? ​

    WADE
    Good answer. Let’s go! ​

    Wade scrambles towards a rear exit out of the camp, and all but Ro and Caputo follow him. Both women dash back and forth, keeping up a constant fire.


    23 EXT. PLANET SURFACE

    Some of the Seraphami are moving down into the canyon now, firing more directly at the Starfleet hiding place. Phaser shots come back from that direction, hitting a couple.


    24 INT. STARFLEET BASECAMP

    Suddenly the shots from the Seraphami stop. After a few more shots of their own, Ro and Caputo notice the quiet.

    RO
    Huh. They’re awfully quiet all
    of a sudden. ​

    Wary, Caputo pulls out a tricorder, takes readings...

    CAPUTO
    Unless this tricorder’s haywire,
    I’d say they’ve gone into their
    hibernation mode. ​

    RO
    That healing trance thing? We
    didn’t hit them that bad. ​

    CAPUTO
    I guess we did better than we
    thought. Pretty fragile for
    terrorists, if you ask me. ​

    Ro reacts uncomfortably to the T word...

    CAPUTO (cont)
    But in that state, they’re even
    more vulnerable. Even just a
    glancing blow from a phaser on
    stun could kill them. ​

    Ro realizes the problem. She looks out at the canyon, sees the Seraphami slumped over as if asleep...

    RO
    And Wade won’t hesitate to shoot
    first and ask questions later. ​

    CAPUTO
    He could slaughter them all. ​

    They turn back into the hideout, crouch against the walls.

    RO
    What can we do? The combadges
    aren’t working. ​

    Still racking their brains for a solution... Ro looks back out onto the canyon...


    25 EXT. PLANET SURFACE

    Up on an even higher ridge than the Seraphami, Wade creeps into place. He nods right and left – at other crew – and takes aim at the aliens further down.


    26 INT. STARFLEET BASECAMP

    Ro watches this...

    RO
    I can’t let him do it...​

    And she makes her decision. She runs out of the shelter...


    27 EXT. PLANET SURFACE

    ...She raises her phaser... and shoots.

    WADE

    ...takes the shot in the chest and oomphs in pain. He tumbles forward, down the ravine...

    CAPUTO
    No! ​

    Instantly, the Seraphami, who had been slumped over as if asleep, jerk back awake again and shoot at Ro.

    Caputo runs out of the shelter, grabs for Ro, pulls her down, saving her from the shot...

    CAPUTO
    Damn it, Ensign! It was a trick! ​

    But the Seraphami have already got Wade. One grabs his broken body and lifts it over his head, roaring with satisfaction. The rest turn to where Wade had been and begin firing.

    It’s a bloodbath for the Starfleet team.

    Caputo grabs Ro and drags her back to the shelter...


    28 INT. STARFLEET BASECAMP

    Caputo throws Ro to the ground, furious.

    CAPUTO
    They were faking it to lure us
    out of hiding! And now we’re
    all dead, thanks to you! ​

    Ro stares, dumbfounded. She knows Caputo is right.


    29 INT. STARFLEET JAG OFFICE

    As Akaar glares down at Ro, in the docks...

    RO
    (quiet, withdrawn)
    No. I have nothing to say. ​

    AKAAR
    (sneer)
    Very well. Since the accused has
    chosen not to defend herself, I
    have no hesitation in passing
    sentence. ​

    RO (v.o.)
    What could I say? I was guilty. ​


    30 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    As Ro relates this tale to Vaughn...

    RO
    Akaar didn’t want to hear it
    anyway. He was merciless. ​

    VAUGHN
    (quiet, gentle)
    You broke his heart. ​

    RO
    He doesn’t have one. ​

    VAUGHN
    (encouraging)
    But you came through it. If
    not Akaar, you found other
    people willing to believe in
    you. Kira, Picard... me. ​

    Ro looks up at him, grateful. But it doesn’t really help all that much.

    VAUGHN
    If nothing else, it’s good
    that you’re getting more of
    your memory back. ​

    RO
    Doesn’t even feel like my memory. ​

    VAUGHN
    (curious)
    What do you mean? ​

    RO
    I mean, it’s not me. It’s like
    it’s a whole different person
    forcing her way into my head.
    And I’m not sure I even know
    who she is. ​

    Something about that strikes Vaughn as... interesting. He stops to ponder it for a moment, frowning, an idea slowly forming in his mind...

    VAUGHN
    Lieutenant... excuse me, please.
    I have some research to do. ​

    And he gets up from the couch and exits without another word. Ro is left wondering what just happened...


    FADE OUT:


    END OF ACT THREE


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  6. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    ACT FOUR


    FADE IN:


    31 INT. DS9 – TARAN’ATAR’S QUARTERS

    Taran’atar sits at his desk, studying alone. Then L’Haan comes and perches on the edge of the desk, musing out loud.

    L’HAAN
    I suppose there is something to
    be said for the strength that
    emotions can bring. My former
    mistress indulged her emotions
    as a matter of course. ​

    Taran’atar seethes, but ignores her. Keeps studying.

    L’HAAN
    My life in her service required
    so much self-discipline. It was
    a difficult task, without doubt.
    It must be difficult for you,
    as well. Keeping secrets from
    Kira, from your own people. I
    understand the temptation to
    divest yourself of the burden. ​

    Taran’atar changes the screen, and tries to concentrate.

    L’HAAN
    Of course, the opportunity to
    release my burden was denied
    to me... thanks to you. ​


    FLASHBACK – 9x21 “THE SOUL KEY”

    Taran’atar snaps the real L’Haan’s neck.

    BACK TO SCENE


    Unable to take any more, Taran’atar snaps and launches a PUNCH into the screen, exploding it in a shower of sparks.


    CUT TO:


    32 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    Ro LAUGHing, as she sits alone in her room. Not reading the padd, just sitting there and laughing in slight amazement as a certain memory comes back to her. She shakes her head, pleasantly surprised that she can laugh.

    The doorbell CHIMES again. She gets up to answer the door, still chuckling a little to herself. The door opens, and Quark stands there. Ro reacts with shock and a little fear.

    RO
    Aah! You! Prophets, how did you
    find me? ​

    QUARK
    (baffled)
    I beg your pardon? ​

    RO
    (backs away)
    Look, it wasn’t my fault, okay?
    I only set the bomb because Bis
    told me to, and then I changed
    my mind and warned your DaiMon,
    and I know it meant spacing all
    your cargo, but if you think
    about it, I saved your life!​

    QUARK
    (hands up)
    Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Laren, I’m
    not going to hurt you. I just
    overheard Bashir and the rest
    of them talking. And I thought
    you might like something to eat. ​

    He reaches off screen, and comes back with a large platter of foods of all kinds.

    QUARK
    I realise you may not know who
    I am right now. So allow me
    to introduce myself. My name
    is Quark, and I run the local
    drinking, dining and gambling
    establishment.​

    RO
    You got your bar! ​

    QUARK
    (blank)
    Umm... yeah.
    (cheerful)
    I should also inform you that
    we are the best of friends! ​

    RO
    Hah! I know all about Ferengi
    and how they treat women. You’re
    just here for the chance to take
    advantage of a vulnerable female. ​

    QUARK
    (hurt)
    What? No! Laren, I mean it...
    we’re friends. I... just wanted
    to make sure you were okay. ​

    Ro is confused, but he seems nice enough. She lets him in.

    QUARK
    This is actually the first time
    I’ve ever been in your quarters. ​

    RO
    So we’re not that close friends. ​

    QUARK
    Hey – I may be a gentleman, but
    I’m still a male. It wasn’t for
    lack of trying. ​

    Ro chuckles. She finds him quite charming really.

    QUARK
    Did I hear you laughing before? ​

    RO
    How could you hear that? ​

    He points to his ear, like, “duh.” She concedes the point. She leads him back to the sofa, and they sit together.

    RO
    I just got back the memory of
    this time on the Enterprise.
    Some stupid technobabble field
    turned us all into children.
    The ship’s bartender convinced
    me to try jumping up and down
    on the bed.
    (chuckle)
    Me! Jumping on the bed! I never
    jumped on a bed in my life! ​

    QUARK
    (grin)
    I guess you just have a good
    relationship with us bartenders. ​

    RO
    I guess so. It’s a nice memory.
    Doesn’t feel like Ro Laren gets
    to have fun all that often. ​

    QUARK
    (laughs)
    You are one of the most bad-
    tempered people I’ve ever met!
    That’s part of what I love
    about you. ​

    Ro’s head snaps around to stare at him. He’s horrified by his slip of the tongue and desperately changes the subject.

    QUARK
    Umm... so I know you fought with
    the Maquis against the Dominion.
    Surely you were happy when the
    war ended? ​

    RO
    I didn’t even know when the war
    ended. I was hiding in a cave.
    As usual. ​

    And we go into...


    FLASHBACK


    33 INT. CAVE

    The usual kind of cave set, hard and jagged, with dripping water here and there, tree roots poking through the earth.

    A figure dashes into the cave through a narrow passage, huddled into heavy clothing and holding a cloth over her head, dripping with water. It’s been raining hard outside. The figure shakes off the excess water, peels off some of the layers, revealing a TRILL female called TEFF.

    TEFF
    Still nothing. I don’t know
    what’s going on. ​

    Ro sits huddled against the rocky wall, shivering against the damp and cold. With her are other aliens of various species - a BOSLIC male, a human female, a couple more.

    RO
    Nothing in three days. We’re
    just sitting here waiting for
    the Jem’Hadar to come and kill
    us once and for all. So where
    the hell are they? ​

    BOSLIC
    Do you think the rumours are
    true? About the Cardassians
    switching sides? ​

    RO
    I’m not sure I care anymore. ​

    TEFF
    Ro... you’re not giving up. I
    won’t let you. You’re the only
    one who’s kept us alive these
    last two years. You’re a hero
    of the Maquis! ​

    RO
    There is no more Maquis, Teff!
    Everyone’s dead. Eddington...
    Hudson... Kaz... Chakotay...
    Macias. We’re all that’s left.
    It doesn’t matter anymore. ​


    Suddenly another figure runs in, also cloaked against the rain - a CYGNIAN male (golden skin, delicately pointed ears, catlike eyes). He shouts with glee...

    CYGNIAN
    It’s over! ​

    RO
    What is? ​

    CYGNIAN
    Everything! We just got the word
    from our people in the Badlands...
    the Dominion’s laid down arms.
    They’re signing a treaty with
    the Federation! ​

    BOSLIC
    When did this happen? ​

    CYGNIAN
    A few days ago. The Jem’Hadar
    were in the middle of burning
    Cardassia to the ground, and
    then they just... stopped.
    No-one knows why. ​

    RO
    Certainly wasn’t anything we did. ​

    TEFF
    Don’t talk like that, Ro. You
    killed more Jem’Hadar than the
    rest of us put together. ​

    RO
    And what good did it do us?
    They just made more. ​

    BOSLIC
    We should celebrate! ​

    RO
    You go ahead. I’m not in the mood. ​

    TEFF
    Ro...​

    RO
    Seriously, Teff. I can’t. I’ve
    had enough. Enough fighting,
    enough hiding out in caves...
    I just want to go home. ​

    The others look awkwardly between each other.

    TEFF
    Ro... there’s nowhere left to
    go home to. ​

    RO
    Yes there is. There always has been. ​

    A wistful smile starts to grow on her face, as she imagines going home to Bajor...


    34 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    Quark smiles warmly, having heard the story.

    QUARK
    Well, I’m thrilled you did come
    home. Otherwise you’d never have
    met me! ​

    His good humour makes her chuckle through her gloominess. She shakes her head, dismissing such a ridiculous notion.

    QUARK
    I’m serious! Having you around
    makes this station a brighter place. ​

    RO
    Quark... why are you being so
    nice to me? ​

    QUARK
    Shouldn’t I be? ​

    RO
    In my experience, the only time
    someone’s being friendly for no
    reason is when they’re about to
    stab you in the back. ​

    QUARK
    Exactly! See, this right here
    is why we’re friends. That’s a
    Ferengi Rule of Acquisition you
    just said, number forty-eight.
    “The bigger the smile, the
    sharper the knife.” ​

    RO
    (laugh)
    So you trust me because we’re
    both incapable of trusting
    anyone else? ​

    QUARK
    I trust you because you don’t
    pretend to be anything you’re
    not. The galaxy is filled with
    people trying to convince you
    they’re this thing or that thing.
    But you have no problem telling
    it like it is. That’s a very
    attractive quality in a woman. ​

    She smiles. Leans a little closer to him.

    RO
    It’s a long time since anyone
    called me attractive. ​

    She leans closer still... could they be maybe on their way to kiss? But then her expression changes. Horror, fear... a new memory returning to her.

    RO
    There’s a Jem’Hadar on the station... ​



    CUT TO:


    35 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE

    Turbolift doors open, and Taran’atar and Sevak emerge onto the Promenade. Taran’atar is already on edge. His breathing is heavy with the effort of holding his temper.

    ANGLE

    ...and of course L’Haan is right there.

    L’HAAN
    If you insist on taking this
    path... everyone will know. ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Be silent. ​

    ANGLE

    Just Sevak and Taran’atar. Sevak is confused...

    SEVAK
    Ambassador? ​

    Taran’atar stops, his fury bubbling over...

    TARAN’ATAR
    Escort me to the Infirmary. ​

    Sevak nods. They begin to walk again, but...

    ANGLE

    ...L’Haan is right in his face.

    L’HAAN
    No! ​

    TARAN’ATAR
    Get out of my way! ​

    He reaches out to shove her aside...

    ANGLE

    ...but there’s no-one there. The other pedestrians on the Promenade are starting to look at him funny...

    He turns... and she’s standing there. The background extras are very aware there’s an angry Jem’Hadar in their midst.

    L’HAAN
    You must not go the Infirmary.​

    Taran’atar turns away again...

    ANGLE

    ...and she’s there again.

    L’HAAN
    I cannot allow it. ​

    Roaring with anger, losing control, he aims a PUNCH at L’Haan’s face. Just as his fist makes contact...

    ANGLE

    ...we see that he’s actually hit Sevak right in the face. Sevak goes down, there’s a GASP from the crowd...

    Taran’atar spins back and forth... everywhere he looks, L’Haan is there... he’s losing control...

    L’HAAN
    You cannot silence me. I am
    inside you. I am part of you. ​

    On the ground, Sevak taps his combadge once...

    Taran’atar roars and begins to swing his fists at nothing, fighting thin air. Everywhere he turns L’Haan taunts him...

    Desperately fighting an invisible phantom, Taran’atar is suddenly hit by a phaser shot... he’s barely affected... he turns and growls...

    ...at Sevak, who has his phaser out, pointing at him. Infuriated, Taran’atar starts to loom upon him...

    Sevak fires again... No effect. Adrenaline and fury are keeping Taran’atar going... Sevak is starting to worry.

    Another shot hits Taran’atar from the side... he turns and sees CENN emerging from the Security office...

    ...and another shot from the other side, where BOWERS is striding purposefully out of Quark’s bar, weapon drawn...

    ...and yet still Taran’atar keeps coming, roaring with rage, ferocious, a wild animal caged and cornered...

    With a nod of agreement, Sevak, Bowers and Cenn all fire simultaneously...

    ...Taran’atar takes all three phaser shots at once. It’s finally enough to knock him to the ground.

    As he lies on the floor, with security closing in on him from every angle, he looks up...

    ANGLE

    ...and sees L’Haan staring down at him, smug and pitying.

    L’HAAN
    I warned you what would happen. ​

    ...and then he falls unconscious.


    BLACK OUT:


    END OF ACT FOUR


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  7. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    ACT FIVE


    FADE IN:


    36 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    Beginning close on Ro, as she SCREAMS...

    She’s on the floor, having fallen off the sofa in her panic and all-consuming fear, screaming and crying at the memory going through her mind...

    Quark is with her on the floor, trying his best to hold her and comfort her, but it’s a hopeless task, she’s SHRIEKing in absolute terror...

    She collapses back onto the floor, where the food tray has been toppled and strewn on the floor in her thrashing... her back arches and she WAILS to the heavens...


    FLASHBACK – 10x05 “DEEP DOWN”

    Ro is barrelled down by an invisible force, throwing her backwards down the length of the corridor...

    BACK TO SCENE


    Ro shrieks in pain... Quark flutters desperately...

    QUARK
    Laren... Laren... Oh frinx...
    What is it, what’s wrong? ​


    FLASHBACK – 10x05 “DEEP DOWN”

    Ro lands hard against the bulkhead, her back CRACKs, she slumps to the ground, her neck at an unnatural angle, her eyes look up and flare in horror...

    BACK TO SCENE


    And she SCREAMS louder than ever, paralytic with terror... Quark is almost as terrified for her, no idea what to do.
    He jumps up and runs to the comm panel, hits it urgently.

    QUARK
    Computer! Call the Infirmary!
    I need somebody in Lieutenant
    Ro’s quarters on the double! ​

    Scared, he looks back to Ro, still on the floor...


    RO’s POV

    As she imagines Taran’atar looming over her on the floor of her quarters, his face twisted in rage...


    CUT TO:

    37 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS AREA

    Taran’atar rages inside one of the cells, thrashing in incoherent fury, battering his arms against the inside of the force field, bellowing like a trapped beast...

    Bowers and Cenn stand in the centre, watching warily as the Jem’Hadar turns and grabs an imaginary figure by the throat, raising the invisible form up and slamming it against a wall.

    Nearby, Nurse Richter runs a dermal regenerator over Sevak’s green-bruised face...

    RICHTER
    You should be in the Infirmary. ​

    SEVAK
    The Ambassador is in my charge.
    I must remain here. ​

    BASHIR (comm)
    (urgent)
    Kristen! I need you in here! ​


    RICHTER
    (taps combadge)
    On my way, Doctor! ​

    Making sure Sevak’s face is okay, she runs off to the exit.
    Sevak joins Bowers and Cenn, watching Taran’atar...

    TARAN’ATAR

    Holding the invisible figure up by the throat...


    FLASHBACK – 9x21 “THE SOUL KEY”

    Taran’atar snaps the real L’Haan’s neck.

    BACK TO SCENE


    He’s thrown back by the force of the memory, crashing into the force field – he’s too distracted and maddened to even notice. He spins and continues to fight nothing...


    38 INT. DS9 – VAUGHN’S QUARTERS

    Vaughn sits at his desk, alone in his darkened quarters. He’s concentrating hard on what he’s reading on the screen, although we don’t see what that is at first. Whatever it is, it’s worried him.

    He flicks to another page...

    COMPUTER
    This file is restricted to level
    seven security and above. Please
    enter authorization code. ​

    Vaughn taps some entries into the computer.

    COMPUTER
    Code confirmed. Download authorized. ​

    Vaughn reads the classified page... everything he reads is only confirming his worst fears.

    During this, we gradually PAN around until the screen and what’s upon it come into view...

    It’s an official Starfleet record, showing the face of T’PRYNN, Vaughn’s old Vulcan colleague from Intelligence (8x22 “Greater Good”) in a red TOS-era uniform. The text with the headshot says LT. CMDR. T’PRYNN, DECEASED 2349.

    He flicks to another page. This one’s title says KNOWN CASES OF KATRIC POSSESSION. He reads...

    VAUGHN (v.o.)
    Captain...​


    39 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE

    Vaughn stands in front of Kira’s desk, as she sits behind.

    VAUGHN
    ...I think I know what’s wrong
    with Mister Taran’atar... and
    it’s definitely not good. ​

    On Kira’s worried reaction...


    40 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS AREA

    Having exhausted himself somewhat from all the thrashing, Taran’atar is now on the floor, slumped into a corner of his cell. He looks up...

    ...and L’Haan is staring down at him. He stares back...


    41 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY

    Ro sits on the bio-bed again. Tears drying on her face as she stares into the middle distance. Bashir is with her...

    BASHIR
    (delicately)
    Just an emotional reaction to
    the memory of your past trauma
    suddenly reasserting itself.
    Physically, you’re fine. Any
    pain is purely psychosomatic. ​


    Quark pushes forward protectively to Ro’s side.

    QUARK
    (snide)
    That’s a real comfort, Doctor. ​

    BASHIR
    All I mean is, you’ll recover. ​

    Ro hops off the bio-bed onto tentative feet. She pulls herself together, lifts her head, looks him in the eye.

    RO
    You’re right. All my memories
    are back. I’m fine now. Every-
    thing’s fine. Thank you, Doctor. ​

    BASHIR
    You’re welcome, Lieutenant. ​

    Ro moves to take Quark’s hands, gently and warmly...

    RO
    Quark... I remember you now.
    You were there the first time,
    and you were there when I went
    through it all again. You’re
    always there for me. That’s...
    (sweet smile)
    ...a very attractive quality
    in a man. ​

    She leans down, and kisses him gently on the lips. Nothing too intense, but enough to let him know it’s for real.

    Then she turns and walks out of the Infirmary. Bashir exchanges a look of sideswiped surprise with the nearby Richter. Quark is happily stunned...


    42 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR

    Ro walks along the corridor, alone. She smiles and nods at the passers-by she recognizes. But the moment they’re gone, the smile drops from her face. She comes to the door to her quarters, presses the control to open the door...


    43 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

    ...and walks into her quarters. She’s calm, under control now. Everything’s back to normal.

    She looks down at the spilled food from Quark’s tray, covering the floor in front of the sofa, squashed and ground into the carpet from where she landed on it.

    She turns away from it and heads to the bathroom.

    BATHROOM

    She walks in... stops at the sink and looks at herself in the mirror. And stares.

    The smooth façade is starting to crack. Her bottom lip quivers. Her eyes wrinkle. She turns to the side...

    ...to the rubbish bin. She goes to it, pushes open the flap, dives her hand inside, and begins rummaging around.

    After a moment of rummaging without success, she pulls out the thing she was looking for... the hypospray.

    With a blank expression, she goes back to the mirror, looks at herself, looks at the hypospray...

    ...and then slowly and deliberately presses it to her neck. She sighs with relief as the painkiller hisses into her system. And she stares at her own reflection...


    FADE OUT:


    END OF SHOW


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  8. Wally

    Wally Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Enjoyed this a lot. Not a big fan of the amnesia plot (feel it's been overdone in fiction, myself), but the Taran'atar A-story really hit on all cylinders. I was not looking forward to him being controlled or going crazy again, but actually it seemed to be handled better than it was in the actual DS9-R, and that is high praise. I'm actually curious now as to how this storyline is going to develop.
     
  9. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Finally. I was like, "99 thread views and nobody can think of a single thing to say?"


    Well, thanks for that, high praise indeed, I appreciate it.

    Although, really the Ro stuff was supposed to be the A-plot and Taran'atar the B-plot. But I guess what a writer intends and what a reader gets from it don't have to be the same. Both stories are going interesting places (IMO naturally) as the season progresses.

    This was the last episode concept I came up with the entire season, and the bizarre thing is that the idea came simply from the fact that I had a gap in the schedule which I had temporarily filled with the word "blank." From that one word came the entire episode.

    The amnesia plot is kind of a soap opera cliche, I know. But it was only a means to an end really - to get to see some of Ro's backstory, and watch the effect it has on her. I decided on three major turning points in her life. We've heard so often about Ro's legendary Garon II mission that I wanted to finally nail down exactly what it was. The same with whatever the beef is between Ro and Akaar.

    Of course, the former had already been done in the comic book story “The Choice” by Michael Jan Friedman, which I stole from pretty much wholesale (although I do have some ideas for how to take it further). But I almost feel like this makes it official, because mine's a TV script and TV is more official than comic books.

    And yes, I know that's completely arse-about-face, but allow me my illusions.

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  10. lvsxy808

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    Anyone else have any further comments? Just hoping for some feedback, although I feel childish asking.

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  11. Gul Re'jal

    Gul Re'jal Commodore Commodore

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    An interesting glance into Ro's past. Not just a glance, but also an opportunity to see how she reacts to all that. She definitely doesn't like herself. I wonder if in the result of that experience, she'll change and work on her personality and choices not to make so many mistake any longer. It was a chance for her to analyse her own decisions and actions.

    I must say, though, that the format didn't serve well that part of the story. Not the script format, but to time limitation of such a script format (after all, it shouldn't be longer an one-hour episode). That re-discovering of her own self would work much better if it took more time than one day. It would have a stronger impact both on Ro and on the readers. It just felt too superficial and too rushed.

    Taran'atar possed by L'Haan's katra is a very interesting plot twist. So it's not just hallucinations, but a serious medical and mental problem.
     
  12. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    That was basically the whole point of the episode, yes. Not just to get some of Ro's back story out there, but to explore the effect it has on her. At the beginning she's got it pretty much all under control. By the end, when she's been reminded just how much of a shitty life she's had, she realizes she doesn't want to be that person anymore. But I kind of get the feeling that she thinks there's nothing she can do about it... and that's what drives her back to the painkillers after she's successfully weaned herself off them. It will definitely drive her storyline for the rest of the season.


    Yeah, I'm forced to agree with you there. The concept isn't really served by the format. It comes off as the kind of problem-of-the-week thing TNG and VOY often suffered from.

    That's one of the reasons I wanted to make sure the reason behind it all happening isn't some random made-up technobabble (and even made fun of that by referencing "Rascals"), but a comparatively real-life thing - she just bonked her head. Doesn't really solve the problem, but I hope it makes it seem less silly-sci-fi-ish.

    Really, almost none of my stories for the entire season are based on tech concepts. They're all character or continuing-arc stories.


    When I was looking at possible plots for the season, that just jumped out at me as the kind thing that seemed like I had to do it. It was set up perfectly by that scene in The Soul Key, as if I couldn't not do it. Obviously we've had katra stories and possession stories before, but not stretched out over an arc in a mystery format, and not with a Jem'Hadar. And the fact that it was L'Haan gave me a delicious and irresistible opportunity, as you've already seen with the next episode... :evil:


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