DS9 12x19 – "We Are Not Ready"

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    TNG 17x19 – “MERE MORTALS”

    As the blockade fleet gathers at the Azure Nebula and Voyager takes command, Aventine and Enterprise go through the next subspace tunnel together. In Picard’s head, the Borg Queen’s voice echoes - “You should not have come looking for me, Locutus. We’ll be together again soon enough.” The two ships find themselves in the Delta Quadrant, where they emerge into a punishing plasma stream between two binary stars and then immediately come under attack by Hirogen. It is a brutal and bloody battle, costing numerous lives and destroying Picard’s ready room, the Queen laughing in Picard’s head the whole time. Crusher and Tarses are overwhelmed with wounded. Enterprise and Aventine finally manage to repel the Hirogen, disrupt the plasma stream using a transphasic torpedo, and escape back into the subspace tunnel. But when they reappear in the Azure Nebula, they find the entire blockade fleet destroyed. The Borg have arrived. All the Borg.

    TTN 1x19 – “ALL DRESSED UP AND NOWHERE TO GO”

    Vale launches her escape attempt with Keru and Torvig’s help, but it fails. Troi complains that Hernandez has gone native, siding with the Caeliar over the humans. Huilan wonders why Ra-Havreii designed the holo-presence suit for Pazlar – could he be projecting his own emotional isolation? Huilan advises dismantling the suit. Troi’s condition is becoming critical, but she still refuses treatment. Furious, Ree sinks his fangs into Troi and injects her with venom. Ra-Havreii and Pazlar make a breakthrough on using the subspace tunnels to get a signal back to the Azure Nebula. When they do, they see the Borg launching their mass attack, obliterating the blockade fleet. Suddenly Hernandez appears on Titan’s bridge. She can get them away from Axion, but it has to be right now, because the Caeliar are closing all the tunnels. Though it means leaving his crew and pregnant wife behind, Riker lets Hernandez take Titan home.

    VOY 10x19 – “APERTURE 27-C”

    At the Azure Nebula, the combined blockade fleet which President Bacco negotiated gathers. While Enterprise and Aventine explore the subspace tunnels, Picard leaves Chakotay in command. More and more ships arrive, and Voyager must keep the peace. Chakotay is single-minded, focusing on tactical issues and leaving diplomacy to Paris and Cambridge. They have to wrangle all these different nations here for the same purpose, and get them to work together on calculating more access frequencies for the subspace tunnels. Kaz and Cambridge discuss their worries over Chakotay’s state of mind, but this is not the time to question the chain of command. As aperture 27-C opens, Chakotay is ready and eager to face whatever comes through, and get his revenge at last. But at the sight of thousands of Borg ships bearing down on him, plowing through the blockade fleet like it isn’t even there, Chakotay’s mind simply snaps. His last words: “I’m sorry, Kathryn.”
     
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    TEASER


    FADE IN:



    1 EXT. SPACE - AZURE NEBULA


    The blue swirls of gas and particulate matter that make up the Azure Nebula. Flickers of lightning flash between the clouds. After a moment, space RIPS OPEN...

    ...and the USS Aventine shoots out of the tear in space, which quickly seals itself up behind the ship. As the huge Vesta-class Starfleet vessel cruises to a stop...


    PULL BACK


    ...to reveal that the Sovereign-class Enterprise-E awaits.


    PICARD (comm, v.o.)
    Enterprise to Aventine. Welcome
    back, Captain. Any luck?

    DAX (comm, v.o.)
    Negative. Passage twenty-one
    only leads to the intergalactic
    void. Again. I see you’ve made a
    few new friends since we left... ​


    PAN AROUND in space to reveal...


    A FLEET of varied ships all holding position inside the nebula. Many are recognisable Starfleet configurations, but there are also KLINGON warships, ROMULAN warbirds, and...

    FERENGI marauders (TNG “The Last Outpost”)
    BREEN destroyers (DS9 “The Changing Face of Evil”)
    TALARIAN cruisers (TNG “Suddenly Human”)
    GORN Balaur-class warships (DS9 “Where the Heart Is”)
    And even ORION interceptors (ENT “Borderland”)


    2 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE


    This image is also displayed on the giant viewscreen of the Aventine. Captain EZRI DAX and first officer SAM BOWERS observe it with cautious optimism. The Ops manager, OLIANA MIRREN (human female), turns to Dax.


    MIRREN
    Captain Picard is requesting a
    holo-conference, sir.

    DAX
    Go ahead. ​


    As Mirren works her console, Dax stands, straightens her uniform, and approaches the circular platform in the middle of the bridge “pit”, between her command chair and the helm console. After a moment...

    ...a hologram of Captain JEAN-LUC PICARD materialises on this platform. (This is a more advanced version of the holo-communicator first seen in DS9 5x13 “For the Uniform”.)


    DAX
    Captain Picard.

    PICARD
    Captain Dax. So the Aventine’s
    tenth journey in forty-eight
    hours was once again fruitless.

    DAX
    Sadly, yes. But by my estimates,
    we are less than half a day from
    identifying the tunnel the Borg
    are using to enter the Alpha
    Quadrant. Then we can finally
    launch our counter-attack.

    PICARD
    Indeed.
    (re screen)
    Unfortunately, this group of
    vessels represents the last of
    Starfleet’s forces in this sector.
    Everything else is being held
    back to defend the core systems.

    DAX
    It’ll have to do. How long until
    the Cardassian fleet arrives?

    PICARD
    Twelve hours. But as you can see,
    we already have support from the
    Klingons, both Romulan empires,
    the Talarians... even the Ferengi.

    DAX
    Then we have time to run a few
    more sorties?

    PICARD
    Perhaps more than a few. Now that
    the reinforcements have arrived,
    we are free to explore the other
    tunnels together. Using both our
    computers, we can reduce the time
    to calculate the return frequency.

    DAX
    Sounds like a plan, sir. Who’ll be
    in charge while we’re both gone?

    PICARD
    Actually, USS Voyager joined the
    fleet while you were away.
    (looks to side)
    Commander Kadohata, please hail
    Voyager and patch them in. ​


    Dax nods to Mirren to do likewise. After a moment, a second hologram materialises on the platform next to Picard - Captain CHAKOTAY. He is looking stern, terse and intense.


    PICARD
    Captain Chakotay.

    CHAKOTAY
    Captains. What can I do for you?

    PICARD
    From this point on, Captain Dax
    and I are going to explore the
    subspace tunnels together. I’m
    leaving you in command of the
    allied fleet until we get back.

    CHAKOTAY
    Understood, sir.

    PICARD
    I’ve already asked the lead ship
    from each nation to cooperate with
    us on calculating more aperture
    frequencies - it’ll be your task
    to coordinate those efforts. We’re
    also sharing all our data on the
    subspace tunnels and what we
    find through them with the fleet.

    DAX
    Everyone, sir? Even the Breen?

    PICARD
    President Bacco’s orders, Captain,
    and a condition of the alliance.

    DAX
    Alright. Mister Bowers, please
    transmit all our logs to Voyager
    for distribution to the fleet.

    BOWERS
    Aye, sir.

    CHAKOTAY
    (looks to side)
    Received.

    PICARD
    Excellent. Captain Chakotay, I
    wanted to take this opportunity to
    express my sincerest condolences
    on the loss of Admiral Janeway. It
    must have been a great blow. Are
    you certain you’re up to this?

    CHAKOTAY
    (stony)
    Voyager and her crew survived
    several years in Borg space with
    no reinforcements at all, Captain.
    We can handle ourselves.

    PICARD
    Very well. We’ve already unlocked
    aperture twenty-two - Enterprise
    is standing by to proceed on your
    signal, Captain Dax.

    DAX
    Then good luck, Captains - to us
    all. Aventine out. ​


    Dax nods to Mirren again, and both holograms dissolve. Dax moves to return to her command chair, but...

    The TURBOLIFT door opens, and out steps the young Bolian helm officer THARP. Doctor Tarses follows a half-step behind. Dax meets them both warmly at her chair.


    DAX
    Mister Tharp. Welcome back to
    the bridge. I dare say things have
    changed while you’ve been away.

    THARP
    Don’t worry, Captain. I’ve had
    nothing to do in sickbay but
    read ships’ reports -
    (wry glance
    at Tarses)
    - so I believe I’m up to speed.
    I’m eager to put the theory
    into practise, sir.

    DAX
    Take your station, Lieutenant. ​


    Tharp moves to relieve the EXTRA at helm. Dax turns to Tarses, speaks softly.


    DAX
    Are you sure he’s fit to return
    to duty, Simon?

    TARSES
    He’s young and strong. And I was
    running out of reasons to say no.

    DAX
    What about Mavroidis?

    TARSES
    Sadly she’s not the first telepath
    in Starfleet to be possessed by an
    alien intelligence. There are even
    standard protocols in place to
    deal with instances like these.
    But she’ll be fine, I promise.​


    Reluctantly nodding her agreement, Dax takes her seat and notices Commander Bowers’ rather daunted expression. Tarses takes the seat on the opposite side of Dax from Bowers.


    DAX
    Something wrong, Sam?

    BOWERS
    Just... twenty-one passages down,
    six to go. It reminds me of an old
    Earth game.

    DAX
    Hide and seek?

    BOWERS
    No - Russian roulette. ​


    Off that ominous note...


    BLACK OUT


    END OF TEASER
     
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    ACT ONE


    FADE IN


    3 EXT. SPACE - STARBASE 7


    The classic mushroom-shaped Starfleet space station in orbit of ANDOR, as seen in DS9 12x05 “Trial and Error”. Ships move back and forth between the station and the planet, entering and leaving through its giant hangar bay doors.


    4 INT. STARBASE 7 - COMMANDER’S OFFICE


    Captain SISKO is on his feet, trying his best to remain calm and professional. It is not entirely working.


    SISKO
    Admiral - I’m begging you. Send
    the New York to Bajor, or Earth. ​


    Captain VAUGHN stands back, watching Sisko dispassionately. Rear-Admiral ZENKAR (Saurian male) is the target of Sisko’s pleading - he stands with his back to the picture window out onto the starship hangar in the core of the station.


    ZENKAR
    I cannot do that, Captain. Fleet
    movements come from higher up
    the chain of command even than
    me, and I have no authority to alter
    them - nor do I see any need to.

    SISKO
    But sir -

    ZENKAR
    I realise you have family on both
    worlds, Captain -

    SISKO
    Exactly! Wouldn’t you rather be at
    home defending Sauria right now?

    VAUGHN
    Ben...

    ZENKAR
    I’ll thank you not to speculate on
    my personal life, Captain. We all
    have our homeworlds and families.
    Putting that out of mind to follow
    orders is a requirement of wearing
    that uniform. If you’re incapable
    of that, perhaps it was mistake
    for you to put it back on. ​


    This is only making Sisko angrier. Vaughn steps in, hoping to defuse tensions.


    VAUGHN
    What are our orders, Admiral?

    ZENKAR
    For now, the Kirk will join the New
    York
    and the Cutlass to patrol the
    Andorian sector. All three ships are
    being restocked as we speak and
    should be ready within the hour.
    The Venture and the Malinche
    should be with us soon.

    VAUGHN
    And if we do detect a cube?

    ZENKAR
    (isn’t it obvious?)
    Do what is necessary to destroy
    it, Captain.

    VAUGHN
    Understood, sir. Come on, Ben. ​


    Vaughn takes the still-roiling Sisko by the arm and begins to lead him out. But Zenkar calls after him...


    ZENKAR
    Captain Sisko, Bajor is one of the
    furthest Federation worlds from
    the Azure Nebula. I’m confident
    we’ll stop any progress the Borg
    make into the Alpha Quadrant long
    before they reach that system.​


    It’s not much of a silver lining, but at least Zenkar is trying. Sisko nods awkward acknowledgement, and leaves.


    5 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE


    Bringing us back home to the station, where the Sabre-class Da Vinci (from the SCE series) is just docking.


    6 INT. DS9 - COMMANDER’S OFFICE


    Commander RO shakes the hand of Captain SONYA GOMEZ. Though she is of captain rank, the human woman still wears a gold engineer’s collar - the only captain in the fleet to do so.


    RO
    Welcome back to DS-Nine, Captain
    - and congrats on the promotion.

    GOMEZ
    Thanks, Commander. I got bumped up
    when Captain Gold finally decided to
    retire after Sector 108. ​


    Well, that immediately puts a damper on things. Ro leads them both over to the couches, where they sit.


    RO
    I was surprised to hear you got
    this assignment. Defiant was
    built for battle, after all. But it’s
    not exactly Da Vinci’s specialty.

    GOMEZ
    Specialties go out the window
    at a time like this, Commander.

    RO
    Yeah, but... no offence, it’s just
    when I got the orders, my first
    thought was “Is that it?” I’m
    responsible for protecting this
    planet, this entire sector. Two
    tiny starships and an immobile
    space station? It’s not enough.

    GOMEZ
    Reading between the lines of
    those orders, I do have a theory.
    But you’re not gonna like it.

    RO
    I’ll take my chances.

    GOMEZ
    Well, the heavier capital ships,
    your Galaxies and Sovereigns and
    Akiras, they’re getting assigned
    to the core worlds. For right now,
    Bajor’s just a lower priority.

    RO
    So we just... struggle through.

    GOMEZ
    Sorry. But I’m an engineer. You’re
    a fighter. And you’ve got Prynn
    Tenmei, who I know is one of the
    best pilots in the fleet. So you know
    what? I think we’re not doing too
    bad, all things considered.​


    Ro nods, taking the encouragement in the spirit.


    RO
    So how’s everyone else - Corsi,
    Stevens...?

    GOMEZ
    Corsi’s my XO now. The Da Vinci’s
    SCE team is still officially mine,
    but I leave most of the day-to-day
    grind with a charming Tellarite
    fellow named Tev. And Stevens...
    well, he and Corsi got married,
    believe it or not.

    RO
    A lot of that going around at the
    moment. We just had a wedding
    two days ago.

    GOMEZ
    ...and then Stevens transferred to
    the Musgrave. They both thought
    it was probably safer that way.

    RO
    Yeah... romance in the workplace
    is always a minefield.​


    They silently commiserate - they have both had their own troubles in that area.


    7 INT. DS9 - QUARK’S BAR


    The dabo table is deserted. No customers, no Treir, and no Hetik. CANDLEWOOD sits at a table with TENMEI and NOG, staring forlornly across the quiet bar at this sight. All three have drinks, but not much enthusiasm for drinking.


    TENMEI
    John... stop torturing yourself.

    CANDLEWOOD
    (quiet, withdrawn)
    Two days. He hasn’t spoken to
    me in two days. And why would
    he? I wouldn’t speak to me.

    NOG
    So then you speak to him. I’m
    sure if you explain -

    CANDLEWOOD
    Do you not know me at all? Me no
    good with the talking, fershtay?

    TENMEI
    So you’re just going to give up?
    Let one drunken misunderstanding
    ruin your entire relationship?

    CANDLEWOOD
    Why not? I ruin everything else.​


    Nog and Tenmei exchange a look of silent exasperation. He’s wallowing. Then their attention is caught...

    ...by RO and GOMEZ entering the bar together. Tenmei and Nog both recognise Gomez, and get up to greet her, leaving Candlewood annoyed at being left alone at the table.


    TENMEI
    Sonya! Oh, excuse me - Captain.
    Look at you and your four pips.

    GOMEZ
    Hey, Prynn. We were just talking
    about you.

    NOG
    Is the Da Vinci here?

    RO
    Just arrived. Starfleet sent them
    to help us defend Bajor.

    NOG
    Well okay! Now I feel better.​


    Buoyed at Nog and Tenmei’s enthusiasm, Ro starts to let herself feel a bit more confident as well. While Gomez takes another table with Nog and Tenmei, Ro heads to the bar to catch up with QUARK.


    QUARK
    Reinforcements?

    RO
    For what it’s worth. How’s Treir?

    QUARK
    Keep your voice down! How do you
    even know about that?

    RO
    She asked me for an appointment
    with Counsellor Matthias.

    QUARK
    Oh. Okay. That’s good, then. I
    offered her some time off, but she
    insisted on coming back to work.
    Good thing too, because I haven’t
    seen lobe nor ledger of that dabo
    boy she hired for two days.​


    Ro glances over towards Candlewood, sitting alone. He feels her eyes on him. Unwilling to be pitied, he knocks back the last of his drink and gets up from the table. He leaves the room without another word. Ro turns back to Quark.


    RO
    Give them both some time, Quark.
    It’s bad for everyone right now.​


    Quark already knows that well enough.

    On the upper level, RICHTER and ETANA exit a holosuite together, both dressed in elegant evening wear. They stroll slowly down the short corridor, arm in arm.


    RICHTER
    Not much of a honeymoon, was it?

    ETANA
    Depends what you’re looking for.
    I think a couple of hours with
    you and nothing to do but lay
    on the grass and count the
    stars is just about perfect.​


    They head down the spiral staircase to the main floor, where Ro, Gomez, Nog and Tenmei sit. Ro beckons them over.


    RO
    Kol, come and say hi.
    (introductions)
    Ladies, this is Captain Sonya Gomez.
    We served on the Enterprise together
    for all of two weeks. Now she’s in
    charge of the Da Vinci. Sonya, this
    is Kol and Kristen – the ones who
    just got married.

    GOMEZ
    (shakes hands)
    Congratulations.

    TENMEI
    And I served with Sonya on the
    Sentinel during the war.

    NOG
    And I worked with her on Empok
    Nor - which you’ll be happy to hear
    we blew up last year, by the way.

    GOMEZ
    Ha! Well aren’t we just all one
    big happy family?​


    Off Ro, who remains less than fully convinced...


    8 INT. DS9 - HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


    Candlewood heads down the corridor - decision made, and nothing’s going to get in his way. Bullishness is the only way to push past his nerves. He reaches a door, stops, and after a moment’s hesitation, presses the DOOR CHIME.


    CANDLEWOOD
    Hetik, it’s me. Can I come in?​


    No response.


    CANDLEWOOD
    Please. I just want to try and explain.​


    No response.


    CANDLEWOOD
    Okay. I’ll just stay out here and
    explain to the door then. Everyone
    will hear me begging like a dog,
    but that’s okay, I have no shame.​


    That does the trick. The door opens. Steeling himself for what may come, Candlewood steps through and into...


    9 INT. DS9 - HETIK’S QUARTERS


    HETIK himself stands in front of his PRAYER MANDALA. Before the interruption, he was praying as we have seen Kira do. Candlewood enters, sees this, and backs up a step or two.


    CANDLEWOOD
    Oh. I’m sorry. I didn’t realise
    you were praying. I’ll go. ​


    He turns to leave again. Hetik almost lets him go, but eventually gives in to his own best instincts.


    HETIK
    John... wait.

    CANDLEWOOD
    ...Really?

    HETIK
    Yeah... Come in.​


    Candlewood does, not sure he warrants such largesse. They both stand apart, neither certain how to start.


    HETIK
    How’ve you been?

    CANDLEWOOD
    Pretty terrible. You?

    HETIK
    Same. Been trying to meditate.
    It’s not coming easy.

    CANDLEWOOD
    I wasn’t lying. I’ve only stayed
    away for two days because I didn’t
    want to seem creepy - but I’m over
    it. I’ll beg. I’ll do anything you
    want, if you’ll just talk to me.

    HETIK
    You embarrassed me, John. I showed
    you my heart... and you laughed at
    it. Why would you do that? Is the
    idea of being with me so absurd?

    CANDLEWOOD
    Hetik... Do you have any idea how
    much I brag about you? About what
    an amazing boyfriend I have and
    how I can’t believe you’re with
    me? Nog and Prynn are fed up
    of hearing about it, believe me.

    HETIK
    Then why?​


    Candlewood pauses, tries to plan ahead here. It’s not his strong suit, but he has to get this right.


    CANDLEWOOD
    We both know I’m not good with
    words, right? Which, considering
    how many of them I get through,
    is quite an achievement. So can
    I show you something instead?

    HETIK
    (wary)
    What is it?

    CANDLEWOOD
    There’s this thing I’ve been
    thinking about for the past few
    weeks, something I need to do.
    And I want you to do it with me.
    (holds hand out)
    Will you trust me? This once?​


    A moment’s pause, and then Hetik places his hand in John’s. Grateful, John leads them both back out of the room.


    FADE OUT


    END OF ACT ONE
     
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    ACT TWO


    FADE IN


    10 INT. DS9 - CANDLEWOOD’S QUARTERS


    Candlewood leads Hetik in, only letting go of his hand to TOUCH the mezuzah by the side of the door. Hetik notices...


    HETIK
    I’ve seen you do that before.
    What even is that thing?

    CANDLEWOOD
    A mezuzah. It contains a small
    piece of our holy book, so by
    touching it, we reaffirm that this
    is a Jewish house. It’s supposed
    to go on the outside, really, but
    if I was being really orthodox it
    would have to go really outside,
    like on an airlock, and that ain’t
    gonna happen, so –

    HETIK
    John... you’re babbling.

    CANDLEWOOD
    Sorry – nerves.​


    Candlewood goes over to the replicator, but opens a cabinet next to it, much the same as where Ro kept her rarely used placemats in DS9 12x08 “Dinner at Eight”. From this space, John pulls out a shaped bowl – a Passover Seder plate.


    CANDLEWOOD
    We have this spring festival,
    holiday, whatever you want to call
    it. Passover. It’s about the right
    time on Earth. It commemorates the
    Jewish race’s escape from slavery,
    after we were saved by God.​


    Hetik smiles – he can relate to such stories from his own Bajoran faith and history, plus it’s nice to learn more about this strange human’s culture.


    CANDLEWOOD
    Most festivals take place in the
    Temple, but this one is always in
    the home. Wherever there are
    Jewish people, on Earth or all
    across the galaxy, they go home
    for Passover if they can. There’s
    various prayers and rituals and
    stories, but it all starts with a
    big meal. It’s a time for family
    to get together and reconnect.
    (beat)
    The thing is... I haven’t been
    home for Passover in three years.
    I’ve sent messages to my mom,
    made sure she knew I was thinking
    of her, but being out here on my
    own, it didn’t seem worth the effort.​


    With a gulp of nerves, Candlewood steps closer to Hetik, holding out the Seder plate like an offering.


    CANDLEWOOD
    Hetik... would you celebrate
    Passover with me?​


    It’s clear this means a lot to John, and Hetik slowly realises why – John is saying that Hetik is family. The Bajoran man steps forward, takes hold of the Seder plate. Candlewood smiles with blessed relief.


    11 EST. SISKO’S RESTAURANT - DAY


    Establishing the familiar front of the famous restaurant.


    12 INT. SISKO’S RESTAURANT - DAY


    JOSEPH SISKO hands a pile of clean plates to his grand-daughter-in-law RENA, in the kitchen of his restaurant.


    JOSEPH
    Listen, you just worry about
    putting food on these plates and
    wine in those glasses. The rest
    of it’s all gonna go on anyway,
    way over your and my heads.

    RENA
    That’s easier said than done. The
    news reports are just horror and
    death - serving up the lunch
    specials like nothing’s wrong
    seems... disrespectful somehow.

    JOSEPH
    What else are we supposed to do?
    We’re not soldiers or politicians.
    We’re just people, and our right
    to enjoy a good crawfish étouffée
    is exactly what the soldiers and
    the politicians are fighting for.
    I’d say it’s disrespectful not to.

    RENA
    But... your own son’s out there.
    How can you be so calm?

    JOSEPH
    This is who he is, how he relates
    to the world - he straps on his
    boots and he goes out to protect
    it. I relate to the world by
    feeding it crawfish étouffée. Now,
    you gonna put those plates out, or
    are you gonna keep worryin’ ‘bout
    something you got no control over?​


    He’s probably right. She takes the plates and heads out to the main room of the restaurant, which is open but not yet busy. As she lays out the plates on some empty tables...

    JAKE SISKO enters, descending the stairs. He joins his wife at the table, close enough that Joseph can still overhear them through the kitchen hatch.


    RENA
    What did Chief O’Brien say?

    JAKE
    Kasidy’s message was right - he
    has gone back to Starfleet. He’s
    in command of the New York.

    RENA
    Is he at Bajor?

    JAKE
    No - the New York and the Kirk
    are both assigned to Andor.

    RENA
    Shar’s homeworld... Is Starfleet
    expecting an attack there?

    JAKE
    They’re expecting an attack every
    where. Ships are being assigned
    to every world in the Federation,
    every outpost. They’re mobilising
    everyone - even the cadets. Chief
    O’Brien couldn’t talk for long.

    RENA
    Aren’t they stretching themselves
    too thin?

    JAKE
    What else can they do? They have
    no idea where the Borg are going
    to strike next, so they have to
    be everywhere, just in case.

    RENA
    I just... I hate everything about
    this. It all feels wrong. The
    Emissary isn’t even at Bajor.

    JAKE
    (pulls her in)
    Hey - my dad has done this for
    years. He’s survived everything
    the universe has thrown at him.
    He’ll survive this too.​


    Rena nods reluctantly, and settles into the hug with Jake. Jake looks over her shoulder at Joseph - and they share a look that says neither of them is so certain.


    13 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE – KITCHEN


    KASIDY and KIRA sit at the small round kitchen table, each with a mug of tea before them. Out of the window onto the back garden, we can see that winter is slowly approaching.


    KIRA
    He’ll be fine, Kas. The Prophets
    have always kept him safe before,
    you know they will again.

    KASIDY
    It’s not the Prophets I’m worried
    about. Nerys, he lost his first
    wife to the Borg. He’s got to
    be completely messed up.

    KIRA
    The Federation is filled with
    people who’ve lost loved ones to
    the Borg. Unfortunately it doesn’t
    change the fact that they’ve got a
    job to do. Ben understands that.

    KASIDY
    Oh, I know. And I appreciate the
    support, Nerys. But nothing you
    say will stop me worrying about
    my daughter’s father.

    KIRA
    How is Rebecca? She’s started
    school now, hasn’t she?

    KASIDY
    (brightening)
    She loves it. Comes home every day
    filled with more facts and figures
    to recite. And of course everyone
    wants to be her best friend.

    KIRA
    (reaches out, takes
    Kasidy’s hand)
    You should send a message to Ben.
    Let him know. He’d like that.

    KASIDY
    Oh, I don’t want to distract him.​


    She looks down at her tea. She desperately wants to call him, but she’ll deny herself for his sake. Kira looks on with concern for her friend.


    14 EXT. SPACE - STARBASE 7


    Bringing us back to the giant starbase in orbit of Andor.


    15 INT. STARBASE 7 - HANGAR


    The docking facility inside the head of the starbase. We slowly push past half a dozen starships of various classes being restocked and repaired by small armies of engineers.

    Eventually we come upon the Nebula-class New York, Sisko’s command... and on past it to the Akira-class James T Kirk.


    16 INT. KIRK - CAPTAIN’S READY ROOM


    As seen in DS9 12x10 “Where the Heart Is”. Vaughn half-sits against his desk while Sisko continues to pace before him. The window shows the continuing activity in the hangar.


    VAUGHN
    Were you like this during the war?

    SISKO
    Like what?

    VAUGHN
    Pacing. Worrying. Sorry to be
    blunt, Ben, but it’s not going to
    inspire much confidence in your
    crew to see you so... panicked.​


    The word brings Sisko up short - is that really how he seems? He makes an effort to bring himself under control.


    SISKO
    I should be at Bajor, Elias.

    VAUGHN
    (points to door)
    So do you want to go out there and
    tell Lieutenant ch’Thane that his
    homeworld is less deserving of our
    protection than yours, or shall I?

    SISKO
    That’s not -

    VAUGHN
    Ben, what’s really wrong here? You
    knew Admiral Zenkar wasn’t going
    to indulge your transfer request
    before we even went in the room.
    It’s wartime - we go where we’re
    sent. Besides, don’t you believe
    the Prophets will protect Bajor?

    SISKO
    (quiet, dark)
    You need to stop saying things
    like that, Elias.

    VAUGHN
    Forgive me, Ben. I’m not making
    fun of you. It’s just that I don’t
    understand. When we were preparing
    to fight the Ascendants, you were
    utterly convinced you were doing
    the right thing. Honestly, it was
    a little scary to me how sure of
    yourself you were.
    (beat)
    Where did that Ben Sisko go?

    SISKO
    (turns away)
    You don’t understand.

    VAUGHN
    (gently)
    How can I when you won’t tell me?​


    Sisko looks back at his friend. Perhaps he should open up.


    SISKO
    They’re not there anymore.

    VAUGHN
    Who, Kasidy and Rebecca? Of course
    they’re not, they’re safe on - ​


    Then he notices the look on Sisko’s face. He’s not talking about his family.


    VAUGHN
    The Prophets. What do you mean,
    they’re not there? Are you saying the
    Prophets have abandoned Bajor?

    SISKO
    Not Bajor... me.

    VAUGHN
    I don’t understand.

    SISKO
    I don’t... feel them. In my head.
    During the war, even when I was
    light years away from Bajor... I
    always knew they were there. When
    I came back from the wormhole, it
    only got stronger. The connection.
    But then, since the Ascendants,
    since you knocked me out and
    took my place in the plan...

    VAUGHN
    I was saving your life.

    SISKO
    I’m not blaming you, Elias. But
    it’s like... they’re punishing me
    for not doing what they wanted
    me to do. They killed Prylar Eivos,
    they put Rebecca through hell...
    and now here I am on the other
    side of the galaxy and they
    won’t even talk to me.

    VAUGHN
    Ben... you’re ascribing credit to
    inscrutable aliens for things they
    had nothing to do with. Do you
    really believe the wormhole aliens
    arranged for your assignment to
    Andor out of some kind of grudge?

    SISKO
    I said you wouldn’t understand.

    VAUGHN
    That’s because you’re not making
    sense. Look, I know I’m coming at
    this from a different perspective
    to you, but -

    SISKO
    They’re powerful, Elias. Whether
    you believe they’re gods or not,
    they’re real. And I used to be
    able to feel them, in here.
    (taps head)
    It gave me a bedrock to work
    from. A certainty that everything
    would work out for the best.
    (beat)
    And I don’t have that anymore.
    Not for Bajor, not for Andor...
    not for any of us.​


    Off Sisko’s anguish, and Vaughn’s worry for his friend...


    FADE OUT


    END OF ACT TWO
     
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    ACT THREE


    FADE IN


    17 INT. DS9 - CANDLEWOOD’S QUARTERS


    The room is dimmed for dinner. Candlewood and Hetik both wear black velvet yarmulkes and sit at the dining table, which has been laid with a white tablecloth.

    The seder plate sits in the centre, laid out with the traditional foods, plus a plate of matzo, several wine glasses, and a prayer book for each man. The main meal is in front of them, as yet untouched.


    HETIK
    (pointing)
    So what’s this one called again?

    CANDLEWOOD
    That’s an orange - an Earth fruit.
    Unlike before, when we ate the
    herbs to symbolise the bitterness
    of slavery, with this we spit out
    the seeds to symbolise getting rid
    of that bitterness, so that we’re
    just left with the sweet fruit of
    happiness when we all live freely
    together at our full potential.
    Like the segments of the orange,
    which together form one fruit.

    HETIK
    That’s lovely. Sorry if I’m asking
    too many questions.

    CANDLEWOOD
    No no, that’s great, that’s what
    you’re supposed to do. Part of the
    point of this is to pass down the
    traditions, remember the history,
    which we do by asking questions.

    HETIK
    Okay then. What’s this one?

    CANDLEWOOD
    That is the shank bone. The story
    goes that God commanded the Jews
    to sacrifice a lamb - that’s a small
    herd animal, like a baby pylchyk
    - and use its blood to paint your
    doorway, so that when the angel
    of death came to kill the firstborn
    of all Egyptians, it would know
    to leave us alone.

    HETIK
    That’s a bit gruesome, isn’t it?

    CANDLEWOOD
    Well, we don’t do that anymore - we
    make do with the shank bone and
    the mezuzah at the door. But from
    the Jewish perspective, it was a
    good thing - it’s how God forced
    the Egyptians to let us go free.
    Plus it’s replicated anyway. Nobody
    is ever going to agree if replicated
    food is kosher or not, but it’s not
    like I’m gonna get a real-life
    lamb bone out here, so -

    HETIK
    Okay. So when do we actually
    get to eat the meal?

    CANDLEWOOD
    Hah! You sound like every Jewish
    child who has ever existed. Sorry,
    I know it’s kind of dragged out.
    It’s just that every single thing
    on this table means something.
    Like the actual seder plate - my
    mom gave me that when I left for
    Starfleet. It’s important to me.

    HETIK
    You talk about your mom a lot.​


    Candlewood pauses, takes a sip of wine. Hetik can tell that he has inadvertently hit upon something.


    CANDLEWOOD
    Have you noticed how I only talk
    about my mom? Never my dad?

    HETIK
    (gently)
    I kind of assumed he was dead.

    CANDLEWOOD
    He’s not dead. It’s just that I
    didn’t really grow up with him -
    I only had my mom. And even
    as I say these words I realise
    I’m talking to an orphan...

    HETIK
    Which is what makes family so
    important to me, too. That’s
    why I asked you to marry me,
    John... to make you my family.

    CANDLEWOOD
    And this is why I said no. My
    parents divorced young - because
    they got married even younger,
    before either of them were ready.
    Marriage for me is not something
    to rush into. It’s not something
    you do with someone you’ve only
    really known properly for a year.

    HETIK
    You don’t think we’ll last?

    CANDLEWOOD
    I think we’ll definitely last. And
    when we do, getting married will
    be the proof we’ve lasted. When we
    know everything about each other,
    when we’ve fought every fight and
    come out the other side, when no-
    one we know even thinks of us as
    separate people anymore... that’s
    when I’ll marry you, Hetik. And
    I can’t wait.​


    Hetik smiles - John finally said the right thing. Then he has to keep talking and ruin it...


    CANDLEWOOD
    Of course my mom would probably
    prefer me to marry a nice Jewish
    boy -

    HETIK
    Mothers love me. You’ll see.​


    Candlewood smiles - that’s a promise. They’ve made up. As John surges with relief, Hetik picks up his cutlery...


    HETIK
    Okay, so we’ve dipped the herbs.
    We’ve recited the blessings. Can
    we eat now?

    CANDLEWOOD
    And I thought I was the glutton.
    Oy. Yes, we can eat.​


    Both happy, they dig in to the meal.


    18 INT. DS9 - QUARK’S BAR


    Ro and Gomez sit together at a quiet table under the stairs. The bar around them is dim, in evening shift, but still quiet. People don’t feel much like partying. Both women are similarly downcast, staring into their drinks.


    RO
    I can’t even imagine how Picard
    must be feeling. I was on the
    Enterprise when he met one Borg,
    and he... did not handle it well.

    GOMEZ
    I was there at the beginning. I
    remember talking with Geordi,
    saying I couldn’t concentrate on
    my work for thinking about the
    eighteen people the Borg had
    snatched up, just like that.

    RO
    Eighteen dead... we’ll be lucky
    if there are eighteen of us left.

    GOMEZ
    You can’t think like that, Laren.
    That’s what I learned from Geordi
    that day - we can grieve later, if
    we have to. But right now, we’ve
    got a job to do. Besides, Picard’s
    a professional, you know that as
    well as anyone. And Dax is kind
    of a legend too. They’re exploring
    those subspace tunnels right now,
    and whatever they find, you know
    they can handle it.​


    Ro nods uncertainly...


    19 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE


    A BURST OF SPARKS showers the room from a light in the roof. Dax clings to her armrests as the ship SHAKES around her, the result of repeated WEAPONS SHOTS from outside. RED ALERT lights flash, and all crew are at BATTLE STATIONS.

    Dax turns to Bowers, who stands and works at the auxiliary tactical console that Dax herself occupied at Acamar.


    DAX
    Sam! Return fire!

    BOWERS
    Aft torpedos, full spread! Helm,
    roll forty degrees to port!
    Phasers, sweep starboard!​


    Kedair at primary tactical, and Tharp at helm, execute their orders. Dax grips tighter as the ship rolls...


    20 EXT. SPACE


    Aventine ROLLS to port, and TORPEDOES fire from the rear launchers. FOLLOW one of them until it hits its target...

    A HIROGEN WARSHIP. It explodes in a big fireball...

    ...but three more soar in to replace it. PHASERS streak out from Aventine’s starboard side at the closing warships...


    21 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE


    Kedair at the primary tactical console...


    KEDAIR
    One enemy ship destroyed.
    Acquiring new targets.

    BOWERS
    Plenty to choose from, Lieutenant.​


    On the VIEWSCREEN, we see one of the Hirogen warships fly into view and strafe the Aventine with weapons fire...

    An EXPLODING console along the side wall of the bridge sends an ENSIGN flying backwards in a scorched heap and tumbling down into the pit. He lands right in front of Dax.

    Vulcan paramedic T’PARAS rushes to check on the fallen man with a tricorder, as the ship continues to shake around them. T’Paras looks up to Dax, and shakes her head.


    KEDAIR
    Port shields failing. Incoming!

    BOWERS
    Roll one-eighty to port! All power
    to starboard shields!​


    Too late - a THUNDEROUS barrage of fire hits the Aventine, and the Ops console EXPLODES, engulfing Mirren in a shower of shrapnel. As it snuffs out, she hangs limp in her seat.


    BOWERS
    Reset science two for Ops!

    RIORDAN
    Aye, sir.​


    The shaken computer specialist RIORDAN scrambles to do so. Kedair works her tactical console hard...


    22 EXT. SPACE


    Phasers and torpedoes shriek out from Aventine...

    ...a Hirogen ship flies into their path...

    ...more phasers and torpedoes HIT the same ship from another direction...

    ...and the Hirogen ship VAPORISES. Followed by the Enterprise swooping through the cloud of debris.


    23 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE


    Dax hisses with satisfaction to see this. She isn’t going to argue with that.


    KEDAIR
    Eight Hirogen ships left. They’re
    splitting up - four on us and four
    on the Enterprise.

    BOWERS
    Tharp - hard about. Let Enterprise
    cover our flank.​


    On screen, we see Aventine and Enterprise’s phasers combine to SHRED two more Hirogen warships. But the remaining two are still coming...


    KEDAIR
    Collision alarm!​


    BOOM. One Hirogen ship physically impacts on Aventine’s hull, sending a violent JOLT throughout the ship.


    DAX
    Report!

    RIORDAN
    Hull breach, decks seventeen and
    eighteen, sections five through
    nine. Forcefields are up, damage
    control teams responding.

    KEDAIR
    Intruder alert! Four Hirogen,
    moving in pairs on deck seventeen.
    They’re heading for crew quarters.​


    Dax turns to look at her tactical officer in shock. But there is no time for shock. She needs to make a decision.


    DAX
    Evacuate that deck! And tell your
    people to shoot to kill. Hirogen
    don’t take prisoners... so neither
    do we.​


    Off Dax’s determination...


    BLACK OUT


    END OF ACT THREE
     
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    ACT FOUR


    FADE IN


    24 EXT. SPACE


    The Aventine and the Enterprise are still being harried by half a dozen Hirogen warships. Both Starfleet ships twist and turn, trying to shake off their attackers. But each has one Hirogen vessel literally jammed into their hulls.

    CLOSING IN on the Aventine... we see four FIGURES stomping along the outside of the hull, along the spinal hump from the shuttle bay forwards.


    25 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE


    Bowers rushes past clouds of smoke to Kedair’s station.


    BOWERS
    They’re where?

    KEDAIR
    Heading aft on the outside of
    the dorsal hull. One of them has
    a pretty serious-looking piece
    of shoulder-mounted artillery.
    Power failures are following
    them every step of the way.

    DAX
    They’re heading for engineering.
    Sam, get Leishman and her people
    out. Riordan, isolate all command
    systems on the bridge and lock
    down the engineering computer
    core. Kedair, get your people
    down there, and dead or alive,
    get those bastards off my ship.​


    Nodding her understanding, Kedair beckons an EXTRA to take over her tactical console and heads towards the turbolift.


    BOWERS
    Lieutenant! Where are you going?

    KEDAIR
    Main engineering, sir.

    BOWERS
    (folds arms)
    I don’t recall giving permission
    to leave your post, Lieutenant.

    KEDAIR
    (snaps to attention)
    Sir. Request permission to lead
    the counter-attack and make
    our boarders sorry they ever
    set foot on Captain Dax’s ship.​


    Bowers steps aside, letting Kedair enter the turbolift.


    BOWERS
    Permission granted, Lieutenant.
    Give ‘em hell.

    KEDAIR
    That’s the plan, sir.​


    The turbolift doors close on her.


    26 INT. DS9 - CANDLEWOOD’S QUARTERS


    Candlewood stands at the open door.


    CANDLEWOOD
    Computer, hold the door open.​


    The computer BEEPS affirmatively, and John turns back to the room, where the main part of the dinner is now eaten. Hetik sits back from the table, leaning to his left.


    HETIK
    So tell me about these plagues.

    CANDLEWOOD
    Ten of them, various horrible
    things, all aimed at the Egyptians
    as God’s attempt to convince them
    to do the right thing. The last was
    the death of the firstborn.

    HETIK
    But not for you.

    CANDLEWOOD
    That’s why it’s called Passover -
    because the plagues “passed over”
    the Jews without affecting us.​


    Not joining Hetik back at the table, John instead goes to stare out of the window at the stars.


    CANDLEWOOD
    I know the rabbis would cast me
    out, but I’m really sympathising
    with the Egyptians right now.

    HETIK
    How come?

    CANDLEWOOD
    An unstoppable plague of death...
    nothing you can do to run or
    escape it. It will consume you.

    HETIK
    But you’re Jewish. The plague
    will pass you over.​


    Candlewood comes back to Hetik, crouches down by his chair, takes his hands and looks deeply into his eyes.


    CANDLEWOOD
    It’ll pass us both over... if we
    have faith.​


    Hetik holds his boyfriend’s hands...


    27 INT. DS9 - QUARK’S QUARTERS


    Wearing his colourful Ferengi pyjamas, Quark presses the control to open the door - and there stands Ro.


    QUARK
    Laren... it’s late. Are you okay?

    RO
    Can I come in? Just to talk.​


    She seems troubled, so Quark steps out of the way, letting her in. She heads to the couch and slumps into it. Quark follows, sitting beside her. They turn to face each other.


    RO
    I feel useless, Quark. I’m not
    used to sitting these things out.
    I’m used to being in the thick of
    it, fighting alongside everyone.

    QUARK
    You’re in command now. It’s not
    always an easy place to be.

    RO
    But the fight’s out there, and I’m
    not doing anything. And if the fight
    does come here... there’s nothing
    I can do about it anyway.

    QUARK
    Laren... there’s always something
    you can do. You just need a good
    night’s sleep, and it’ll all look better
    in the morning. I promise.​


    Quark CHUCKLES. Ro looks at him askance.


    RO
    What?

    QUARK
    I was just thinking... it’s come
    to something when I have more
    faith in Starfleet than you do.​


    She chuckles along with him.


    28 INT. AVENTINE - CORRIDOR


    The huge, heavily armoured forms of two HIROGEN stomp along the corridor, the entire section losing power as they move. The Beta, KEZAL, reports to the Alpha, ORMOCH.


    KEZAL
    Scramblers are in place.

    ORMOCH
    That should keep our prey busy
    until we bypass their computer
    lock-outs. Then we can finally
    test their skills in combat.

    SIMMERITH (o.s.)
    Why wait?​


    Ormoch and Kezal turn in anger, and see a CHELON security officer, SIMMERITH, brandishing a curved-blade axe. The hefty Chelon’s turtle-like beak and reptilian scales look tough and threatening. Ormoch draws his own blade.


    ORMOCH
    This looks like worthy prey indeed.
    Stay clear, Kezal - this one is mine.

    SIMMERITH
    Don’t be greedy, friend. I’m willing
    to kill you both at the same time.
    Bring it on.

    ORMOCH
    Mind your place, Kezal!​


    Ormoch launches into hand-to-hand combat against Simmerith. The Hirogen LUNGES. The Chelon DODGES and SLASHES back. The Hirogen DUCKS and CHOPS a piece of flesh off the Chelon’s leg. The Chelon seems unaffected. The Hirogen is impressed.

    Ormoch decides not to play with his food any longer. He FEINTS and SWITCHES back, SLASHING Simmerith across the throat. As the Chelon lurches, his throat SPURTing green blood, Ormoch STABS up into Simmerith’s gut, impaling him.

    As Simmerith JUDDERS in his death throes, he tries to bring his axe down. Ormoch uses his free hand to BAT the axe out of the way, where it CLATTERS harmlessly to the deck. With the last of his energy, Simmerith SLASHES his sharp claws across Ormoch’s face, drawing blood... then expires.

    Ormoch drops Simmerith to the deck. Looking over to Kezal, he wipes the blood from his face with a grin.


    ORMOCH
    Not the best I’ve ever fought.
    But not bad. Look at that beak
    and those claws - they’ll make
    fine trophies.

    KEDAIR (o.s.)
    Don’t forget this.​


    Again both Hirogen turn in surprise - and see that KEDAIR is standing there, casually holding Simmerith’s axe. She looks over at them calmly - she knows they’re going down.


    29 INT. SISKO’S RESTAURANT - BEDROOM - NIGHT


    Jake and Rena lie in bed together, an open window allowing a slight breeze to ruffle the light curtains. They hold each other, relaxed and comforted in each other’s embrace.


    30 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE – BEDROOM - NIGHT


    Kasidy lies in bed alone, and not asleep. After a moment, the bedroom door creaks open, and a small figure is dimly silhouetted in the doorway - REBECCA.


    KASIDY
    What is it, Rebecca honey?

    REBECCA
    Can I sleep with you tonight,
    mommy? It’s cold.

    KASIDY
    Okay, sweetheart. But close the
    door behind you. Gently.​


    Rebecca closes the door, and then climbs into bed with her mother. After a moment...


    REBECCA
    I miss daddy.

    KASIDY
    I know, sweetheart. Me too.​


    Kasidy hugs her little girl tight in the darkness.


    31 INT. NEW YORK - SISKO’S QUARTERS


    Sisko lies in his own bed, staring at the ceiling. He sits up and looks behind him - at the sight of the preparation still ongoing inside the Starbase’s hangar.


    SISKO
    Computer... obscure the windows.​


    The computer BEEPS affirmatively, and the windows quickly fade to black, blocking the view from outside the ship, leaving only tiny Starfleet nightlights. Sisko lays back down again... but still can’t sleep.


    32 INT. AVENTINE - CORRIDOR


    The Hirogen Alpha Ormoch weighs up this oddly confident Takaran woman, bouncing her dead colleague’s axe in her hand. But it is the young and cocky Kezal who speaks up...


    KEZAL
    You think you know how to
    handle that axe?

    KEDAIR
    It’s not an axe, it’s a Rigellian
    voulge. And I wield it better
    than most.

    ORMOCH
    I’m sure you think yourself
    capable. But you’re hardly
    what I’d call worthy prey.

    KEDAIR
    Are you sure?​


    Kedair tosses two pieces of metal at the Alpha’s feet - Hirogen face masks.


    KEDAIR
    Maybe you should ask Dorrok and
    Saransk. Oh right, you can’t -
    because I killed them already, up
    at the engineering computer core,
    where you sent them... Ormoch.​


    The Alpha is thrown off his game - she knows their names.


    ORMOCH
    And now you’ve come to fight me?

    KEDAIR
    No - I’ve come to kill him.​


    She nods towards Kezal. Ormoch is utterly incensed.


    ORMOCH
    I am the Alpha! He is only the
    Beta. Your life is mine to take!

    KEDAIR
    Nope. In a few seconds, he’ll be
    the Alpha, because you’ll be dead.

    ORMOCH
    You think you can kill me? You’re
    welcome to try!

    KEDAIR
    You still have a few seconds left,
    so allow me to educate you.
    (nod to Simmerith)
    My colleague here is a Rigellian
    Chelon. In times of stress, their
    skin secretes a deadly poison.
    And you just got a faceful of it.​


    Perfect timing - the Alpha’s knees crumble beneath him, and he tumbles to the deck, losing all control of his body.

    Kezal immediately LEAPS into action, jumping over Ormoch’s uncoordinated form and drawing his own blade. Kezal and Kedair launch into hand-to-hand battle, his blade CLANGING against her axe, while Ormoch can only watch...


    33 INT. DS9 - CANDLEWOOD’S QUARTERS - NIGHT


    Candlewood and Hetik lie in bed, the little-spoon human relaxed and protected in the big-spoon Bajoran’s powerful brawny arms. He dozes off, safe with the man he loves.


    34 INT. DS9 - ETANA & RICHTER’S QUARTERS - NIGHT


    The recently married women also lie in bed together, safely warm and cuddled up under the covers, semi-conscious. Whatever comes, they can face it together.


    35 INT. DS9 - QUARK’S QUARTERS - NIGHT


    Ro and Quark lie in bed, she the big spoon cradling and protecting him. He is snoring lightly, while she is still awake. But she is smiling, content, relaxed. She snuggles in closer, enjoying the comfort, and closes her eyes.


    36 INT. AVENTINE - CORRIDOR


    The Alpha Hirogen lies on the deck, unable to control his limbs or do anything. He can only watch his Beta take on the Starfleet officer, their blades CLANGING in battle.

    Kedair overextends herself... and Kezal takes advantage, STABBING his blade right through her chest. She CHOKES and GURGLES, spitting blood in horror, dropping her axe.

    Ormoch GRINS in victory. Kezal raises his blade up high, letting Kedair SLIDE down it gruesomely until she is right at his hand. He SNIFFS her, taking the scent of his prey.

    Then her eyes SNAP open, she quickly GRABS the two shorter blades holstered at the Hirogen’s hips and uses them to lop off the surprised hunter’s head. It tumbles to the deck with a THUD, while Kedair gracefully lands on her feet.

    She turns to the Alpha, on the deck. She slowly PULLS Kezal’s sword out of her chest and tosses it aside.


    KEDAIR
    Biology lesson number two. My
    species is called Takaran. We
    don’t have vital organs, just a
    distributed physiology. And, as
    you may have noticed, we’re
    really good with healing.​


    As she crouches down to the Alpha, he croaks out...


    ORMOCH
    Your kind are worthy prey.

    KEDAIR
    Funny... I was just thinking
    the same thing about you.​


    And she SNAPS his neck.


    BLACK OUT


    END OF ACT FOUR
     
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    ACT FIVE


    FADE IN


    37 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE


    The Defiant and the Da Vinci are both on patrol, circling the station.


    38 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE


    Ro stands at the central table with Major Cenn. She looks up to the engineering station, where Nog and Captain Gomez are working hard. Candlewood is at sciences, EXTRAS as needed. Turning back to Cenn, she taps her combadge.


    RO
    DS-Nine to Defiant.

    TENMEI (comm)
    Nearly there, sir. Transceivers
    boosted to thirty above maximum,
    triaxilated with the station and
    the Da Vinci, and tied in to the
    relay on the edge of the sector.

    NOG
    Confirmed. Ready to connect.

    GOMEZ
    Da Vinci confirms as well.

    RO
    Alright, then. Captain - you want
    to give the order?

    GOMEZ
    This is your station, Commander.
    I’m just the tech support.

    RO
    In that case - Mister Candlewood,
    fire it up.

    CANDLEWOOD
    Aye, sir.​


    Candlewood works his panels, and all apart from him turn to the main viewscreen in anticipation. And wait. And wait.

    Nog is about to say something, but before he gets a chance, Candlewood POINTS right to him without even looking...


    CANDLEWOOD
    You zip it. I’m focusing the signal
    through about two-hundred relays
    across more than a hundred light
    years and through a class-eleven
    nebula that’s packed with argon,
    sirillium and hexafluorine. So I
    will take no nonsense.

    RO
    Understood, Lieutenant.​


    Ro tamps down a smirk. A few more moments of working...


    CANDLEWOOD
    Here we go. Establishing contact.

    RO
    On screen.​


    The main viewscreen shows a hash of STATIC. With another wry glance at Candlewood, Ro tries to make the most of it.


    RO
    This is Commander Ro on Deep Space
    Nine. Do you read? Please respond.​


    The STATIC chops and stutters with the hints of a signal, getting slowly stronger and clearer, until...


    PARIS (comm)
    This is Commander Tom Paris on
    Voyager. Good to hear your voice.​


    Finally the image on the screen clears up enough to see the image of TOM PARIS, first officer of Voyager. The bridge behind him looks dark and intense, packed with activity.


    PARIS (screen)
    (continuing)
    This is an impressive trick, you
    know, Commander. Real time comms
    across this distance is something
    that took us years to crack.

    RO
    (gestures to Gomez)
    Thanks go to the crew of the Da
    Vinci
    . It may have been my idea,
    but they made it work. What’s
    the status of the fleet?

    PARIS (screen)
    There are currently three-hundred
    forty-two ships here. It’s been a
    job getting them to work together,
    but we’ll muddle through.

    RO
    And the Enterprise and Aventine? ​


    Paris checks a reading to his side, not entirely happily.


    PARIS (screen)
    A little behind schedule, but not
    enough to worry about.

    RO
    Where’s Captain Chakotay?​


    An awkward pause - Paris doesn’t want to reveal too much.


    PARIS (screen)
    Occupied with tactical matters,
    Commander. We’re still working on
    accessing more of the tunnels, and
    a Borg cube could emerge from
    one of them at any moment.

    RO
    Well, from one Maquis to another,
    please tell him... “Good hunting.”

    PARIS (screen)
    Will do. I’m gonna sign off now but
    we’ll keep the comm line open.

    RO
    I’d appreciate that, Commander,
    considering that was the whole point.​


    With a warm smile, Paris steps away from the other end of the comm line, allowing us an unfettered few of Voyager’s bridge from the perspective of that ship’s main viewscreen.


    RO
    John, keep on top of it.

    CANDLEWOOD
    Oh, I am doing, Commander.

    RO
    (turns to Cenn;
    quieter)
    Any news from the Militia?

    CENN
    General Lenaris has every last
    ship on constant rotation. Can’t
    imagine it’d even make a dent on
    a Borg cube, if one got through...

    RO
    You heard Paris. More than three-
    hundred ships out there, standing
    in between the Borg and the Alpha
    Quadrant. And Voyager handled
    the Borg all alone for years. Don’t
    worry, Major - they’ve got this.​


    No more convinced than Ro was yesterday, Cenn just nods. Ro heads up the stairs to check on Candlewood, Nog and Gomez. Meanwhile the SOUNDS of Voyager’s bridge continue in the background, via the viewscreen.


    RO
    Thanks for your help with this,
    Captain.

    GOMEZ
    Hey, I was just glad we could do
    something constructive. Like you
    said, it’s good to feel like we’re
    still part of the fleet, even all
    the way out here.​


    From the viewscreen come the SOUNDS of agitation and action. Ro turns to look at the viewscreen, and sees...


    39 DS9 VIEWSCREEN


    ...a view of Voyager’s bridge in a panic. Chakotay sits in his command chair, staring back at his own viewscreen in total amazement, unable to grasp what he is seeing. Around him, urgent orders are called and desperate reports made.


    PARIS (screen)
    Voyager to the fleet! Open fire!
    All weapons!​


    The sounds of WEAPONS FIRE can be heard, both given and received. Voyager SHUDDERS with the impact.


    40 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE


    All the crew of DS9 gape in horror at the viewscreen. They can’t see what is coming at Voyager - only their reaction.


    RO
    Prophets...​


    41 VIEWSCREEN


    ...where Paris grips the arms of his seat, Chakotay still dumbfounded and unblinking next to him.


    PARIS (screen)
    Brace for impact!​


    Something heavy, enormous and immovable SLAMS into Voyager, THROWING Paris and Chakotay both out of their seats..


    ...and then STATIC.


    42 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE


    Ro immediately turns to Candlewood, working his panels.


    RO
    Try and get it back!

    CANDLEWOOD
    I’m trying. It’s not my fault, the
    signal’s dropped at their end.

    RO
    Okay. Okay. Keep working on it.​


    Candlewood keeps working. Ro is clearly worried about Voyager but trying to stay calm for the sake of her crew.


    GOMEZ
    Gomez to Da Vinci. Are you getting
    any response from Voyager?

    TEV (comm)
    Negative, Captain. I am prepared
    to come aboard the station to take
    over the operation at once. The
    lieutenant clearly has neither the
    necessary experience nor skill -

    GOMEZ
    A simple ‘no’ would have sufficed,
    Tev. Gomez out.
    (to Ro)
    Sorry. He’s a Tellarite.​


    Ro doesn’t care about politeness right now - she just wants answers. Exactly how bad is it?


    43 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE


    Dax clings to the arms of her seat as the Aventine SHOOTS through a subspace tunnel. The ship SHAKES, the journey much rougher than previous times, a ROAR of turbulence requiring Dax to SHOUT to make herself heard.


    DAX
    Riordan! Report!

    RIORDAN
    Shields are holding. Hyperphasic
    radiation leaks on decks seventeen
    and eighteen, as expected.

    DAX
    Helkara - what’s going on out there?

    HELKARA
    The subspace tunnel’s collapsing
    around us. Someone’s bombarding
    it with high-energy soliton pulses.

    DAX
    Helm - full speed ahead!

    THARP
    Almost there. Clearing the passage
    in five...​


    Dax clings on for dear life, riding the rapids...


    44 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE


    Ro looks again to Candlewood, still ensconced...


    RO
    John - anything?

    CANDLEWOOD
    Sorry, Commander. There’s... insane
    amounts of subspace interference
    all of a sudden.

    RO
    From the tunnels at the nebula?

    CANDLEWOOD
    Maybe if about seven-thousand of
    them opened up all at once...
    (off panels)
    Wait! I’m getting something!

    RO
    You’ve got Voyager back?

    CANDLEWOOD
    No, it’s not Voyager.
    (w/ amazement)
    It’s Aventine! They must have just
    come back through the tunnels.
    I’m tying us into their visual feed.
    We’ll see what they see.

    RO
    Good work, John. On screen.​


    They all turn again to the main viewscreen...


    45 DS9 VIEWSCREEN


    ...which shows a SHIP GRAVEYARD.

    The gigantic fleet of three-hundred ships from races all over the Alpha Quadrant... is now nothing but rubble.


    46 RO


    ...gazing at this from DS9 Ops, dumbstruck.


    47 DAX


    ...on her feet in front of her command chair on Aventine, also gazing with horror at this sight. Looking around her, she sees that all her officers are doing the same.


    48 EXT. SPACE - AZURE NEBULA


    Sparking husks of starships tumble in the eddies of the Azure Nebula. Smoke and air escaping into space from red hot gashes in their metal corpses. Clumps of debris and bodies drifting freely by... but no signs of life.

    Voyager is recognisable among the wreckage. Aventine and Enterprise both drift into view, observing this.


    49 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE


    Kedair drags her attention back to her security console, which is duly offering her information.


    KEDAIR
    Detecting Borg weapons signatures
    everywhere. Literally everywhere.

    BOWERS
    Enterprise confirms. Also detecting
    a massive fleet of Borg vessels
    spreading out across Federation,
    Klingon and Romulan space
    from this point.

    DAX
    How many Borg vessels?
    (no response)
    How many, Sam?

    BOWERS
    Current count has it at... minimum
    seven thousand.​


    Seven thousand Borg ships. Dax has no response to that.


    50 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE


    The DS9 crew has heard this, and sees the utter destruction on the screen. Candlewood stands from his station, eyes on the screen, and calmly begins to recite a PRAYER...


    CANDLEWOOD
    Pour out Thy wrath upon the
    nations that know Thee not, and
    upon kingdoms that did not call
    upon Thy name.​


    The others look at him in confusion. Cenn smiles sadly - he may not know the words, but he knows a prayer when he hears one. Candlewood is continuing...


    CANDLEWOOD
    (continuing)
    For they would devour Jacob...
    they would devour him completely
    and destroy his homeland.​


    Even Ro and Nog understand what this is. John is praying for them all.


    CANDLEWOOD
    (continuing)
    Pour out Thy rage upon them,
    and let Thy fury overtake them.​


    They all turn back to gaze at the graveyard of starships on the screen, all silently joining the prayer.


    CANDLEWOOD
    (continuing)
    Pursue them in anger and destroy
    them... from under the heavens
    of the Lord.​


    BLACK OUT


    END OF SHOW