13x03 - "Troublemaker" by lvsxy808
Summary:

 

Kira immediately makes her presence felt as the newest member of the Vedek Assembly...

 

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Categories: Expanded Universes, Deep Space Nine Characters: Ensemble Cast - DS9, Ensemble Cast - Multiple, Kira Nerys
Genre: Drama
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: DS9 Season 13 - 'Typhon Pact'
Chapters: 7 Completed: Yes Word count: 8641 Read: 2913 Published: 16 Jan 2021 Updated: 16 Jan 2021

1. Teaser by lvsxy808

2. Act One by lvsxy808

3. Act Two by lvsxy808

4. Act Three by lvsxy808

5. Act Four by lvsxy808

6. Act Five by lvsxy808

7. Meanwhile... by lvsxy808

Teaser by lvsxy808

TEASER

 

FADE IN:

 

1 KIRA

 

...waiting, simultaneously impatient to get on with this, and nervous about it now that its time has come.

 She worries at her EARRING - it resembles the one she has always worn but is much more elaborate, fit for a Vedek. She smoothes out non-existent wrinkles in her new golden robes, straightens the rich lilac sash across them, adjusts the hat perched atop her shoulder-length red tresses.

The DOUBLE DOORS in front of her open. She takes a breath, steadies herself, and walks through...

 

2 INT. VEDEK ASSEMBLY CHAMBER - DAY

 

...entering the Vedek Assembly chamber. She glances at the back wall, where she has stood before as a lowly prylar. But now she is entitled to walk down the central aisle, as more than a hundred Bajoran faces turn to look at her.

Familiar faces are present - YEVIR, SOLIS, BELLIS. Standing next to the APEX CHAIR at the front of the room is the current Kai, PRALON. She smiles warmly and directs Kira to a spare seat a couple of rows back from the front. Pralon hits the GONG at her side to bring the room to order.

 

PRALON
Please take your seats.
(they do)
Today we welcome our sister in the
Prophets, Kira Nerys, as she joins
this assembly as a Vedek for the
first time. A familiar figure to
many of us, Kira has fought for
Bajor all her life and faced many
changes and challenges with the
fiercest of determination. We are
glad to welcome such a pagh.

 

MUTTERS flit around the room - some positive and welcoming, others less so. Kira bashfully accepts them all.

 

PRALON
Now, let us begin the session.
As is traditional, the new arrival
has the honour of speaking first.

 

Her first words as a vedek in the assembly. Kira clears her throat as she gets to her feet, the SCRAPING of her chair on the stone floor seeming shockingly loud in the silence.

 

KIRA
Yes, thank you, Eminence. Brothers
and sisters, Bajor faces a crisis.
On my way here this morning from
the transporter station, I saw the
dignity of sentient beings being
assaulted. The recent influx of
refugees from worlds attacked by
the Borg, living in what amounted
to little more than canvas tents
and washing in public fountains.
As a new member of this house, I
seek the Assembly’s guidance on
how best to help these people.

 

Kira sits back down again. A much older woman, FRELAN, staggers to her own feet and places hands on table.

 

PRALON
Vedek Frelan.

FRELAN
I believe the matter of the
refugees is best left to the
politicians and local governors.
This house should remain focused
on spiritual matters, not seek to
encroach on the responsibilities
of Bajor’s secular authorities.

 

As Frelan slips back into her seat, the mood of the room seems to be with her. BELLIS stands for his turn.

 

PRALON
Vedek Bellis.

BELLIS
I agree with the vedek from Ilvia.
I welcome Kira to this house, and
indeed I supported her ascension
to Vedek. But I think perhaps her
rapid rise through the religious
ranks has left her unprepared for
the true function of the Vedek
Assembly in Bajoran society.

 

Holding her tongue at Bellis’s condescending tone, Kira is already on her feet before Bellis has sat down again.

 

PRALON
Vedek Kira...?

KIRA
(gritted teeth)
I thank the vedek for his support.
But I believe I understand the
function of this house just fine. We
have a moral obligation to help
whoever and however we can.

FRELAN
Young lady, I have been a fixture
of our world’s religious hierarchy
since before you learned to read.
I do not require any lectures from
you on my moral obligations.

 

Now SOLIS, the former kai and leader of the Ohalavaru sect, stands and places his own hands on table. Pralon is already starting to feel like this might devolve into anarchy...

 

PRALON
Vedek Solis...

SOLIS
Thank you, Eminence. With respect
to Vedek Frelan, perhaps a new
perspective is exactly what this
house needs if it is to face a
crisis of the like it has never
faced before.

BELLIS
Yes, we are well aware of your
penchant for new perspectives,
Vedek Solis. But the fact remains
this is not our crisis to face.

KIRA
You’re wrong.

FRELAN
I suggest we move on to discuss
other matters. I have faith in First
Minister Asarem’s government
to manage the refugees. Vedek
Kira’s enthusiasm aside, we have
other, more pressing concerns.

KIRA
But -

PRALON
(interrupting)
Vedek Kira. Given the strength
of feeling on this matter, I think
perhaps we will return to your
question at another time.

 

Annoyed but unwilling to get kicked out on her first day, Kira grudgingly takes her hands off the table and sits.

 

PRALON
Now, I believe Vedek Scio wanted
to discuss preparations for this
year’s Gratitude Festival...?

 

As Kira seethes in her seat...

 

FADE OUT

 

END OF TEASER

Act One by lvsxy808

ACT ONE

 

FADE IN:

 

3 EXT. BAJOR SURFACE - ASHALLA - DAY

 

Establishing the central monastery in the capital city...

 

4 INT. SHIKINA MONASTERY – KAI’S OFFICE - DAY

 

Pralon is sat behind her desk, welcoming. The door opens, and Kira enters, standing to attention like a soldier.

 

KIRA
You wanted to see me, Eminence?

PRALON
(smile)
Vedek Kira, while I appreciate the
respect, you are no longer in the
Militia, and I am not the Over-
General. At ease.

 

Smirking at her own unconscious habit, Kira relaxes.

 

KIRA
Sorry.

PRALON
I have good news. Vedek Sorva
of Vanadwan Monastery recently
retired - he’ll still sit in the
assembly, of course, but the
strain of running a monastery was
getting to be too much. So...

KIRA
You’re sending me? I’ve never even
heard of Vanadwan. Where is it?

PRALON
It’s, ah... on Angorseer Peak.

KIRA
In the Releketh Mountains? That’s
a bit remote. Why send me?

PRALON
You’re a vedek without a monastery
- Vanadwan is a monastery without
a vedek. The equation is fairly
straightforward, Nerys.

KIRA
Yes, Eminence. But what I mean is,
I don’t know anyone in Releketh.
Will the congregation want me?

PRALON
There is no congregation, not as
such. Vanadwan houses a hospice of
sorts. The nurses there look after
terminally ill patients. I’m told
the views are some of the most
spectacular in the province.

KIRA
All due respect, but I’m no nurse
either -

PRALON
Nerys, I may not be the General
but I am still your Kai. I would
appreciate it if you didn’t argue
with every little thing I say.

KIRA
(gulp)
I apologise, your Eminence.

PRALON
On that topic, your performance in
yesterday’s assembly session could
have used a little more subtlety,
don’t you think?

KIRA
I’m not going to let Bellis look
down his nose at me, Eminence.
He may not have objected to my
position but he doesn’t seem to
have changed all that much.

PRALON
Regardless of Bellis’s feelings
about you, I think you would be
wise to spend a little more time
learning how we do things before
you start throwing your weight
around. Remember that a hungry
hara cat will eat old moba fruit
before it will eat a grass viper.

KIRA
Alright, understood. I just hope
the refugees have time for me
to charm Bellis and Frelan.

PRALON
I suggest you return to Janir,
Nerys, and make your arrange-
ments. I’ve already told the nurses
at Vanadwan to expect you.

KIRA
Thank you, Eminence.

 

Kira backs away a step, then turns and leaves.

 

5 EXT. BAJOR SURFACE - JANIR - DAY

 

The small Oralian temple nestled in the valley...

 

6 INT. JANIR MONASTERY - KIRA’S ROOM - DAY

 

Kira moves around her small and basic room, collecting her few belongings. Books of prophecy, her prayer mandala, plus photo frames of Ziyal, Kirayoshi, Odo, Furel and Lupaza, the DS9 senior staff - they all go gently into a crate.

From the open doorway, Yevir watches her work. Over this:

 

YEVIR
I’m surprised you didn’t put up
more of a fight.

KIRA
Not worth it. Pralon did have a
point - I need to start small and
earn their respect. I can’t expect
them to do what I want just
‘cause I want them to do it.

YEVIR
I hope you’ll allow a little pride in
your accomplishment. Only one
person ever became vedek quicker.

 

She turns to look at him, and he smiles back rakishly - that person was him. She smirks back a warning.

 

KIRA
The humans say pride is one of
their deadliest sins.

YEVIR
And that it goeth before a fall.
But I believe that a moment’s
pleasure in the success of a task
is no more than we deserve. The
Prophets want us to work hard,
yes, but also to enjoy our work.

KIRA
Take joy from profit, and profit
from joy. Rule of Acquisition
number fifty-five.

YEVIR
Ha! Well said, Nerys. I’m actually
going to miss you around here.

KIRA
Can’t believe I’m saying this but
I’m going to miss you too.

YEVIR
(sobering)
And what of your friend Raiq, and
her companion?

KIRA
I still need to talk to them. I’m
sure Raiq will come with me,
and Vexh will go with Raiq. But
neither of them really handles
change well. Could be tricky.

 

By now Kira has finished her packing, and closes the crate. Both are actually sad to separate, after everything.

 

YEVIR
Whatever happens, you have my
support, Nerys.

KIRA
That’s not what you used to say.

YEVIR
I didn’t used to handle change
well either. You... changed that.

 

A small smile of pride, and then Kira hefts up her crate and carries it out of the room. Yevir follows her.

 

7 EXT. BAJOR SURFACE - RELEKETH MOUNTAINS - DAY

 

A never-before-seen part of Bajor - the RELEKETH MOUNTAIN RANGE. High and forbidding peaks, stony ground, bright sun.

KIRA is now out of her robes and into a hardier climbing outfit, with her crate of possessions strapped to her back. She trudges along a deliberate but rarely used path up the mountain side, shading her eyes against the sun.

 

RAIQ (o.s.)
Is this some kind of symbolic
quest in your culture? A trial
of faith and endurance?

 

Kira stops briefly and looks behind her, to see two silver figures following her up the mountain - RAIQ and VEXH.

Kira smiles - although the two last Ascendants clearly disapprove of this particular adventure, she has come to enjoy Raiq’s acerbic attitude. She gets moving again.

 

KIRA
Not exactly. It’s just the only
way up the mountain. You didn’t
have to come with me.

RAIQ
Of course we did. Our presence on
Bajor is only tolerated because
of your control and oversight.

KIRA
You’re still judging them by your
own standards. The people at Janir
grew to trust you, didn’t they?

RAIQ
Nevertheless, it is best that we
remain at your side.

 

Kira is touched by the other woman’s trust and support. Just as the small party takes a turn on the path...

 

VEXH
Are we there yet?

KIRA
Nearly. Look...

 

Kira pauses again, and points further up the mountain at...

 

8 EST. VANADWAN MONASTERY

 

A complex of ancient buildings wrapped around the highest peak, connected by long winding staircases and walkways. One central building rises above all the rest, with nine SPIRES on it reaching to the sky, looking like a crown.

 

9 KIRA

 

...gazing at this sight in awe and delight.

 

KIRA
Isn’t it beautiful? Come on, let’s
get moving.

 

They head on up the path, buoyed that the end is in sight.

 

KIRA
You see those nine spires? They
symbolise the nine Orbs - what
you call the Eyes of Fire.

RAIQ
They look newer than the rest.

KIRA
Good eye. There used to only be
seven spires, for the seven Orbs
they knew about at the time it was
built. It survived for millennia -
until the Cardassians came. When
they realised they could be seen
from the river, they deliberately
toppled their own spires so the
Cardassians wouldn’t even know
the place was here. Once the
Occupation was over and the monks
rebuilt the spires, they added two
more for the new Orbs that had
been discovered in the meantime.

VEXH
I care not.

KIRA
You have your own stories, don’t
you, Vexh? Your own doctrine. This
is just our version of the same.
I’ve certainly learned from things
Raiq told me about your culture.

RAIQ
(touched)
You have?

KIRA
Absolutely. I was always a fighter
in one way or another. So when the
Borg were coming, my instinct was
to fight. As much as I trust the
Prophets, just sitting there and
praying didn’t seem like I was
doing enough to help. It was your
words that changed my mind.

RAIQ
My words? I don’t understand.

KIRA
“To pray is to fight, and to fight
is to pray.” Isn’t that one of your
sayings? Ascendant doctrine?
That’s what made me realise -
there was no difference. I was
still helping people either way.
So I went out... and I prayed.

RAIQ
And the True saved your world.

KIRA
And that’s why I’m here.

 

Kira strides on up the path...

 

10 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - TRANSPORTER PLAZA - DAY

 

The trio finally reaches the end of the path, emerging onto a circular PLAZA surrounded by a waist-high stone wall. Kira sets down her crate and stretches out her back.

Raiq inspects the smaller circles set into the plaza - one in the centre and eight more arrayed around it equally.

 

RAIQ
These things are matter transfer
devices! We need not have climbed
the mountain at all.

KIRA
Yeah, their transporter system
broke down a few months ago,
and with everything that’s going
on they haven’t been able to get
a technician out here to fix it.
It’s fine, I don’t mind.

RAIQ
Kira, you have told me tales of
your life before the Ascension.
You said that when you first
joined your military force, they
considered you an irritant and
sent you far away, to the
Gateway of the Fortress.
(Kira nods)
It seems to me that by assigning
you to such a place of neglect and
isolation as this, your spiritual
leaders have done the same.

KIRA
Oh, I know. I know exactly what
they’re trying to do. I don’t
blame Pralon - I’m sure she’s
under pressure from the older
members of the Assembly.

RAIQ
And this does not offend you?

KIRA
Honestly, it makes me laugh. I
mean, it kind of amazes me that
after all this time... they still
don’t have the faintest idea
who they’re dealing with.

 

As Kira looks out across the spectacular view, a devilish and determined grin filling her face. She has a plan...

 

BLACK OUT

 

END OF ACT ONE

Act Two by lvsxy808

ACT TWO

 

FADE IN:

 

11 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - WALKWAY / COURTYARD - DAY

 

Another day. We follow a COVERED WALKWAY snaking along the mountain’s edge between the buildings. The walkway leads us to another open COURTYARD, where deck chairs and tables are set out so that residents can enjoy the view.

Here stands Kira, back in her vedek’s robes, talking to RANSEL, the lead ranjen-turned-nurse at Vanadwan.

 

KIRA
And you’re sure the kitchens can
handle it?

RANSEL
With a little time to clean and
prepare, yes.

KIRA
And it can be done without short-
changing your patients?

RANSEL
Unquestionably. I think the cooks
are even looking forward to it.

 

They both hear the sound of a SHUTTLE flying nearby - Kira reacts with an excited grin. Time to wrap this up.

 

KIRA
Thank you, Ransel - you’ve been
an absolute godsend.

 

Leaving Ransel blushing at the compliment, Kira dashes away, down the walkway...

 

12 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - SHUTTLE PORT - DAY

 

...and exits onto another large plaza outside the complex, this one set up as a SHUTTLE PORT. She looks up...

...and sees a Starfleet RUNABOUT approaching the platform. It comes in to land, settles onto the platform with a slight puff of dust. A few moments, the hatch OPENS...

...and NOG and BASHIR emerge. Kira jogs to HUG them both.

 

KIRA
Nog! Julian! Thanks so much for
coming. No problems?

BASHIR
Once you explained your idea, Ro
practically shoved us into the
runabout herself.

KIRA
Perfect. I heard about Elias - has
there been any improvement?

BASHIR
I’m afraid not.

KIRA
And how’s Prynn handling it?

NOG
She’s hurt, but she’ll make it.

 

Kira turns and beckons Ransel over to meet her friends. The bashful, deferent nurse scuttles over...

 

KIRA
Ransel, this is Lieutenant Nog
and Doctor Bashir from Deep Space
Nine. Guys, this is Ranjen Ransel,
she leads the nurses here.

BASHIR
A pleasure to meet you, Ranjen.

KIRA
Ransel, could you take Nog to get
to work on the transporters -
we’ll need them - and then show
Julian whatever you need for the
hospice. No time to waste!

RANSEL
At once, Vedek.

 

With smiles of thanks, Ransel leads Nog and Bashir back into the building. Kira turns back to the runabout...

...to see KASIDY, OPAKA and finally Major CENN emerging, letting the runabout’s hatch close behind them. More hugs.

 

KASIDY
Well, look at you - Vedek Kira.
Who would have ever thought?

CENN
(warm teasing)
Certainly not me.

KIRA
I’m glad you’re all here. I think
I’m going to need to call in all
my favours to pull this one off.

OPAKA
Nonsense, Nerys. It’s a wonderful
notion, and we’re proud to be a
part of it. Shall we get to work?

 

Smiling again, Kira leads them all back into the monastery.

 

13 INT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - BEDROOM - DAY

 

Opaka and Ransel are making a bed - fast and efficient, as if they have done it many times already.

 

RANSEL
Ranjen Opaka, please, I assure you
I can manage alone. Such menial
tasks are beneath a former kai.

OPAKA
Oh, don’t worry about me, I’m
no stranger to changing beds. In
fact, I’ve been a nurse several
times before...

 

She glances over to RAIQ, who has just entered the room from the corridor, carrying a new pile of fresh towels.

 

OPAKA
...isn’t that so, Raiq?

RAIQ
That was my very first encounter
with Bajorans. But no prophecy
could have foretold that meeting
leading to...
(re towels)
...this.

 

Unimpressed, Raiq places down the towels on a sideboard and leaves the room. Ransel looks worried, Opaka just chuckles.

 

14 INT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - KITCHEN - DAY

 

A large kitchen to serve hordes, like in a hotel or an old country house. Among half a dozen NURSES, Kira and Kasidy are helping to clear out old cupboards, then scanning them with disinfecting beams, and finally restocking them with new boxes, cartons and ingredients from another crate.

 

KASIDY
I take one day off from being a
freighter captain, and you’ve
got me doing housework.

KIRA
You know that’s not the real
reason I asked you here...

KASIDY
Oh, it’s fine. I am a Sisko now,
after all - the kitchen has
become my domain.

KIRA
Have you heard from Benjamin?

KASIDY
Not since he headed to Earth
to check in on his father.

KIRA
I’m sure he’ll be home soon.

 

Kasidy nods absently, and goes back to scrubbing...

 

15 INT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - INFIRMARY - DAY

 

VEXH carries another heavy crate into the room, places it down on a counter, then stands sternly.

Bashir enters a code on the crate’s SECURITY PANEL to open it, begins lifting out the contents - vials and canisters and small medical machines - and handing them to Vexh.

 

BASHIR
Here we go - put those in that
cupboard over there, please.

 

Vexh obeys Bashir’s instructions without comment. As they move back and forth, Bashir setting up the machines and Vexh filling the cupboards...

 

BASHIR
I must admit I was surprised to
see you here, Vexh. I wouldn’t
have thought you’d care.

VEXH
I don’t. But Raiq follows Kira in
all things. If the True wish me to
remain here with these Bajorans,
I may as well do the same.

BASHIR
So you’re only helping because
you’ve got nothing better to do?

 

Vexh does not answer, just carries on filling shelves.

 

BASHIR
Well... it’s better than nothing,
I suppose.

 

Still no response, so Bashir just keeps working.

 

16 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - TRANSPORTER PLAZA - DAY

 

The waist-high stone wall circling the plaza is now OPEN, revealing that it is actually just a disguise for all the technology required to run the transporter platform. NOG is on his belly, wrist-deep in the gubbins and gadgetry.

 

NOG
Okay, I think that’s it. Ready?

 

He turns his big head and looks to the centre of the plaza, where CENN is holding a TEST CANISTER steady.

 

NOG
You might want to move, Major.

CENN
Right, probably a good idea.

 

Cenn steadies the canister one last time, then quickly moves to the edge, away from the transporter coils. Nog works the controls inside his panel, and...

...the canister DEMATERIALISES. A moment later, the cycle repeats and the canister REMATERIALISES again. NOG checks the readings from his technology, and is satisfied. While he gets up and brushes down his uniform...

 

NOG
Easy! Guess you Bajorans build
things to last, huh, Major?

 

Cenn is gazing enchanted up at the nine spires atop the highest building of the monastery complex.

 

CENN
I’ve read about the Crown of
Bajor, but I’ve never seen it
before. Just... magnificent.

NOG
If by magnificent you mean
terrifying, then I agree.

CENN
You don’t find this invigorating?

NOG
We’re on top of a mountain. The
tallest building in the entire
Ferengi Alliance is the Tower of
Commerce - and that’s only forty
floors above swamp level. Rule
number two-thirty-five clearly
states, “Duck - death is tall.”

 

Cenn smirks at that. Nog turns back to the control panel, presses a control in it, and a STONE SURFACE rematerialises over the technology, re-completing the illusion.

Kira and Kasidy exit from the monastery out onto the plaza.

 

KIRA
How’s it going, Nog?

NOG
All good, Captain.
(hangs head)
Vedek. I swear I’ll get that right
one day.

 

Bashir now follows them out, with Vexh at his side.

 

BASHIR
And I can report that the
monastery’s infirmary is fully
restocked and ready to go.

KASIDY
Likewise the kitchens, enough to
feed the five-thousand.

RANSEL (o.s.)
I hope that’s just a figure of
speech, Captain Yates.

 

They turn to see the last of them - Ransel, Opaka and Raiq - joining them out on the plaza. Vexh immediately moves to stand with Raiq; safety in numbers.

 

KASIDY
It is, don’t worry.

RANSEL
Good, because we’ve only set up
eighty beds in there.

OPAKA
Raiq was a great help in that.

KIRA
Thank you, Raiq - and Vexh.

BASHIR
Nerys, now that we’ve gone to all
this effort I have to ask - are you
sure about this? None of us want
to get you in trouble with the
Vedek Assembly.

KIRA
(smile)
You let me worry about them.

BRATHAW (comm)
Xhosa to Captain Yates.

 

Kasidy pulls her comm unit from her pocket, thumbs it...

 

KASIDY
Go ahead, Brathaw.

BRATHAW (comm)
We’ve entered orbit and we’re
ready to begin transport.

KASIDY
Perfect timing. Stand by, Xhosa.
Vedek? It’s your decision.

KIRA
Positions, everyone.

 

They all move off the transporter coils again, except for Nog, who presses a hidden control to REVEAL a new, more standard transporter control panel hidden in the wall.

 

NOG
Tying in with the Xhosa... locking
coordinates... and energising.

 

All nine transporter coils power up...

...and REFUGEES from Deep Space Nine materialise onto each of them. Men, women and children, all races and colours. They all look a little bewildered.

 

KIRA
Hello! I’m Vedek Kira, and this is
Vanadwan Monastery. You are safe
and very welcome here, I promise
we’ll take care of you. Please go
with Ranjen Ransel, and she’ll
guide you to your rooms. Dinner
will be served at twenty-hundred
in the commissary.

 

Ransel gestures for them all to follow her - hesitantly, they do. They still have a look of shell-shocked survivors, tired and confused, but Kira’s open and welcoming face helps them to trust her.

As Ransel leads them off, Kira turns back to Nog, nods...

...and nine more refugees TRANSPORT into the plaza.

 

KIRA
Hello! I’m Vedek Kira, and this is
Vanadwan Monastery...

 

As Kira continues to welcome these strangers...

 

FADE OUT

 

END OF ACT TWO

Act Three by lvsxy808

ACT THREE

 

FADE IN:

 

17 KIRA

 

Sitting and talking casually, as if to a friend...

 

KIRA
I know some people will wonder
if I’m doing all this just to get
attention... and in a way
they’re right.

 

OPEN OUT to reveal...

 

18 INT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - COMMISSARY

 

...that Kira is sat at a table in the monastery’s dining room, the largest room available. The room is quiet...

 

KIRA
But the attention isn’t the goal,
that’s not the reason I started
down this path.

Also at the table are KASIDY and OPAKA, both listening to Kira talk...

...as are all the many refugees filling every other table in the room. They have all eaten heartily and happily, but now have all turned their ears towards Kira.

 

KIRA
I may be a vedek now, but I’m not
here to preach at you. Most of you
don’t believe the Prophets are gods,
maybe you haven’t ever even
heard of them. And that’s okay.

 

Around the edges of the room, the hospice’s nurses stand and listen, Ransel among them. Also here are Bashir, Cenn and Nog, plus Raiq and Vexh. All listen closely, since Kira is not orating, only talking.

 

KIRA
We have ended up thrust together,
all of us, because of the greatest
tragedy this galaxy has ever
known. In a time like this, it’s
natural to question... everything.
To contemplate the nature of a
universe that can be so cruel.

 

Raiq ponders this, relating it to her own history...

 

KIRA
My own faith grew out of a time
when Bajor was not an equal member
of the Federation, but a subject
world of the Cardassian Union. I
fought in the resistance, running
from ditch to cave to tunnel, and
losing friends and family became a
daily occurrence. My faith in the
Prophets kept me going when it
would have been easy to give up.

 

Kira looks adoringly to Opaka sat by her side...

 

KIRA
It certainly helped to have people
I could look up to... people who
seemed to embody that faith as
an active thing in your life. A call
to get up and do something.

 

She looks out across the gathered refugees listening.

 

KIRA
As for why I brought you all here
- well, that’s how I express my
faith. Not just by praying, but by
fighting. These days, it seems as
if we’re all like I was back then -
running, surrounded by death,
looking for answers. So I’m going
to fight for us all. I’m going to
get up and do something.

 

She relaxes a bit, chuckles to herself...

 

KIRA
I’m not here to tell you to have
faith in the Prophets. I am here
to tell you to embrace your faith,
and to embrace each other. That’s
what will lead us all out of those
tunnels, and into a new life.

 

Some of the refugees take it literally, and turn to actually embrace each other. Kira smiles bashfully.

 

KIRA
Okay, enough talking. These nurses
are here to heal wounds, and so am
I. If you need anything, even just
somebody to scream and yell and
rage at, we’re here for you.

 

Off Kira’s smile...

 

CUT TO:

 

19 INT. NEWS STUDIO

 

The same Bajoran News Network set-up we have seen before. A screen in the studio shows a low-res SCREEN-CAP of Kira at the table in the commissary, everyone listening enraptured.

On one side of the screen, regular newsreader TIANA FEEN moderates a discussion. The same two Bajoran COMMENTATORS 1 and 2 we saw in 10x02 “Brave New World” sit opposite her.

 

COMMENTATOR 1
Seriously, who does this woman
think she is? She already styled
herself the saviour of Bajor with
that silly prayers-across-the-
world stunt during the invasion,
and now this? Unbelievable.

COMMENTATOR 2
I think that’s pure cynicism. Is
it so difficult to believe someone
might actually mean what they say?

COMMENTATOR 1
If she didn’t want attention, as
she claims, then why was there
a camera to catch these images?

TIANA
Ah, there I must correct you - the
images are not from any official
media channel. They were captured
by one of the nurses at Vanadwan.
There’s no evidence Vedek Kira even
knew she was being recorded.

COMMENTATOR 2
Plus, look at the people she has
there supporting her.

 

Commentator 2 manipulates controls on the desk, and the image on the studio screen ZOOMS in, SHIFTS to the side... refocusing on Kira with Opaka and Kasidy at either side.

 

COMMENTATOR 2 (cont)
Opaka Sulan, former kai. Kasidy
Yates, wife of the Emissary.

COMMENTATOR 1
Oh yes, two of her best friends,
who happen to be two of the most
influential people on the planet.
Perfect way to avoid attention.

 

CUT TO:

 

20 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE

 

The news report is being played on Ops’ main VIEWSCREEN, with Commander RO, Major CENN and all of Ops watching. On the screen, Commentator 2 refocuses the image again...

 

COMMENTATOR 2 (screen)
She also has Starfleet officers, a
major in the Militia, and the two
Ascendants there with her. If all
those people can agree this was
the right thing, why can’t you?

TIANA (screen)
It does seem reasonable that if
Vedek Kira wanted to accomplish
something, she would call on her
friends to help.

 

CUT TO:

 

21 INT. SHIKINA MONASTERY – KAI’S OFFICE

 

Pralon is sat behind her desk, also watching the news report on her desk screen - not entirely happily.

 

COMMENTATOR 2 (screen)
Exactly. Kira was in the Militia,
she was in Starfleet, she was the
right hand of the Emissary, she’s
respected by humans and Klingons
and Cardassians and Ferengi. I see
nothing wrong with her using all
the resources at her disposal.

COMMENTATOR 1 (screen)
Look, I’m not saying she’s wrong
to want to help the refugees. I’m
just saying it’s naive to think
this entire thing wasn’t perfectly
calculated for maximum publicity.

 

This entire discussion is hitting home for Pralon - she has basically had the same argument in her head already.

 

COMMENTATOR 2 (screen)
And I’m saying, so what if it was?
She shouldn’t let worrying about
what people might think stop her
from doing the right thing.

COMMENTATOR 1 (screen)
You don’t think it renders her
motives questionable?

COMMENTATOR 2 (screen)
She’s not Winn. Or Yevir.

 

CUT TO:

 

22 INT. JANIR MONASTERY

 

Yevir reacts to this comment - is that really what people think of him? It’s not how he would wish to be remembered.

Tiana is now re-centred in the image of the news report...

 

TIANA (screen)
Okay, moving on from that issue,
we were able to get a few moments
with Second Minister Ledahn Muri
earlier today, and we asked him
why Kira’s idea of opening up the
monasteries to house the incoming
refugees was not being embraced
more widely.

 

CUT TO:

 

23 LEDAHN

 

Second minister LEDAHN (last seen 11x17 “Whistleblower”) has had a microphone shoved into his face - he looks caught off guard and distinctly uncomfortable.

 

LEDAHN
I really think that’s a question
for the Vedek Assembly to answer.
Minister Asarem’s administration
is doing everything it can to find
permanent accommodations for our
guests. But the monasteries are
the Assembly’s responsibility, and
it wouldn’t be appropriate for me
to comment on decisions regarding
their use... or lack thereof.

 

24 INT. DS9 - QUARK’S BAR

 

The news reports are also being played on the screens in here, with the many other refugees who still remain on DS9 watching with great interest. QUARK is behind the bar...

 

COMMENTATOR 1 (screen)
He’s right, of course. It’s not
the government’s role to tell the
church what to do, or vice versa.

COMMENTATOR 2(screen)
Maybe not. But shouldn’t they be
working together? There are a lot
of people still in limbo, who need
solid ground beneath their feet
and a place to rest their heads.

 

Some of the gathered crowd CHEER at this.

 

CUT TO:

 

25 INT. NEWS STUDIO

 

The in-studio screen now features SCROLLING TEXT in Bajoran script - 24th-century social media. Kira has gone viral.

 

TIANA (o.s.)
Many members of the public would
seem to agree with you. The video
recording of Vedek Kira’s speech
to the refugees has been shared
via media networks all over the
planet, and as you can see, many
of the comments are strongly in
favour of Kira’s actions.

 

Returning to the two commentators, Statler and Waldorf...

 

COMMENTATOR 1
That doesn’t necessarily make them
the right actions. Honestly I see
this as the same kind of reckless,
ill-considered, snap judgement
Kira has built her career on.

COMMENTATOR 2
You can’t deny those judgements
inevitably get results.

COMMENTATOR 1
No, I cannot. But are they the
right results? Time will tell.

TIANA
Time will tell indeed. Thank you
both for your insights, we’ll have
more on this developing story in
the hours to come, but first -

 

CUT TO:

 

26 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - TRANSPORTER PLAZA - DAY

 

Kira stands at the waist-high stone wall, gazing out across the amazing view that slopes down the side of the mountain.

A moment, then Ransel scurries up, excited and daunted.

 

RANSEL
Vedek?
(Kira turns)
A message for you from Shikina
Monastery. Kai Pralon wishes to
see you... immediately.

 

Kira takes a deep breath. Time to face the music...

 

BLACK OUT

 

END OF ACT THREE

Act Four by lvsxy808

ACT FOUR

 

FADE IN:

 

27 INT. SHIKINA MONASTERY – KAI’S OFFICE - DAY

 

Pralon stands behind her desk, angrily demonstrating the news reports on her desk screen, and confronting Kira.

 

PRALON
How in fire did you manage to
create this much chaos in less
than a week?

KIRA
Years of practise.

PRALON
Do you really think this is the
time for jokes, Nerys?

KIRA
I wasn’t joking.

PRALON
You have put me in an incredibly
difficult position. The vedeks are
demanding that you answer
questions in the Assembly.

KIRA
Then what are we waiting for?
Let’s give them their answers.

 

Pralon is thrown - she was expecting Kira to try to placate her, but Kira is confident and calm. How will this go?

 

28 INT. VEDEK ASSEMBLY CHAMBER - DAY

 

Vedek BELLIS is on his feet, hands on table and thundering.

 

BELLIS
You disobeyed our instructions!

KIRA
No I didn’t.

FRELAN
(calmer, seated)
You acted without authorisation.

KIRA
You gave me no instructions. And I
don’t need your authorisation. As
the Kai herself recently reminded
me, this isn’t the Militia, and
there’s only one person in this
room with any authority over me.

 

All look to Pralon, who sits calmly observing, neither confirming nor denying. This frustrates Bellis.

 

BELLIS
This is ridiculous! This woman -

PRALON
(loud but calm)
We will conduct ourselves with
dignity and restraint, Vedek. We
will also refrain from personal
attacks. You had questions - ask.

BELLIS
(deep breath)
Very well. Vedek Kira - you have
been told that the refugee problem
is the government’s to solve. Why
is that not enough for you?

KIRA
Because it’s not just a problem to
be solved. They’re people, not an
abstract mathematical equation.

FRELAN
There is no question of that, and
it offends me that you think we
need to be reminded. I may remind
you once again that we have been
here a lot longer than you, and we
do not need to be condescended to.

KIRA
It’s not my intention to condescend,
Vedek. But there are refugee camps
on the streets of Bajor - once again.
Didn’t we beg others to help us
when we were in that situation?

FRELAN
And they didn’t!

KIRA
Then let’s be better than them! If
we’re so morally superior, let’s
prove it and help Asarem’s people.

SOLIS
(leading question)
What exactly would you have us
do, Vedek Kira?

KIRA
Simple - open up your monasteries
and temples and give the refugees
a roof over their heads.

FRELAN
(calm, patient)
These are sacred buildings, Kira.
Dedicated to the worship of the
Prophets. They are not hotels.

KIRA
The point is, they’re buildings, with
roofs and walls and floors. I know
some of you have gone out to help
feed people, and that’s good. But
how much better to bring them
inside, where it’s warm and safe?

FRELAN
Bajor’s most precious relics are
in those buildings. You have no
idea who you’re asking us to let
in. What if they steal from us?

KIRA
Everyone entering the system is
processed through Deep Space Nine.
If there’s anyone with a criminal
record, they’ll be spotted there.
(sigh)
Look - these people, they’re not
asking for much. They just need
the space to grieve, and then try
to get on with their lives. Having
a safe place to stay will help.

 

Kira turns to find Vedek ERAN in the crowd - a plump and balding man who is pleasant but unused to being noticed.

 

KIRA
Vedek Eran - you were in charge
of our efforts to house people
when we evacuated the Europa Nova
colony. We’d only just come out of
the war then, but we were happy
to help. How is this any different?

 

On the spot, Eran struggles to his feet, clears his throat.

 

ERAN
With respect, Vedek, the Europani
only needed short-term lodgings
while Starfleet cleaned their eco-
system. Then they could go home.
These poor souls have no home to
return to. I’m not sure we have
the resources to support such a
population growth permanently.

SOLIS
What exactly do they need that we
can’t provide, Eran? Beds, food,
simple kindness - surely we have
those things in abundance.

BELLIS
Our responsibility is to our own
people first. To spread our own
resources among so many could lead
to resentment among the public.

KIRA
If the practical argument and the
moral argument won’t convince you,
then how about the legal argument?
We’re members of the Federation
now - we are required by law to
render aid in a time of disaster.

BELLIS
And again I say, we are doing. The
government is handling it! There
is no need for us to get involved!

SOLIS
Does there need to be a need,
Bellis? Can you not understand
someone simply wanting to help?

FRELAN
We are a religious institution,
Solis. Our business is to lead the
Bajoran people to find the light
of the Prophets. They do not want
or expect us to get involved in
political matters.

KIRA
Have you asked them? Seems to me
they’ve made their feelings clear
that they want this to happen.

BELLIS
Oh yes, your new career as a
media darling. Perhaps this is purely
about feeding your ego after all.

 

The room BRAYS its disgust, until Pralon hits her GONG.

 

PRALON
Vedek Bellis, you reveal yourself
with that comment, and I am fast
reaching the end of my patience
with you. Make any such remark
again and you will be removed.

 

Bellis sits down with arms folded, a petulant child. Yevir calmly stands instead - Pralon nods permission to speak.

 

YEVIR
I saw the same media presentations
to which Vedek Bellis refers, and
all I can say is that anyone who
questions Vedek Kira’s motives in
this matter clearly has spent no
significant amount of time with
her. As my colleague Vedek Solis
wisely saw long before I did, Kira
Nerys is one of the best of us.

 

Yevir sits again, his piece said. Kira calmly starts over.

 

KIRA
Vedek Eran, you’re concerned about
the pressure on our resources. Bajor
is legally obligated to take care of
refugees regardless of what we do.
But if you leave it all to the govern-
ment, then you’re making that
pressure worse. A coordinated
response between the political,
religious and military authorities
has the best chance of making
it easier on all of us.

 

Eran is forced to consider that. Kira turns to Frelan.

 

KIRA
Vedek Frelan, you’re worried about
maintaining the centuries-old
traditions our world is built on. The
monks of Vanadwan once toppled
their own monastery to make sure
no-one else could do it first. If I’m
forced to choose between those
two options, then I simply cannot
accept holding tradition up higher
than people’s lives. Plus, what
better way to show our love for
the Prophets than to take the gifts
They’ve given us and pass them
on to those who need them?

 

Frelan sits quietly pondering these things. Now Bellis...

 

KIRA
Vedek Bellis... if nothing else I’ve
said is enough, then think about
this. Do you really want to be
known as the only one of us who
didn’t help when it was needed?

BELLIS
I will not be shamed into going
along with the majority by you.

KIRA
Why does it take being shamed into
it? Why is opening your doors to
people who lost everything they ever
had a matter of embarrassment to
you? You may doubt my motives,
but what does that say about you?

BELLIS
(mutter)
You are twisting my words.

 

Kira sits back down, restraining herself from arguing any further. Solis calmly stands, hands on table. Pralon nods.

 

SOLIS
I would like to raise a motion -
that all members of this Assembly
open their houses of worship
immediately to serve the needs
of the refugee population. I can
think of no better use for those
houses than to shelter the needy.

YEVIR
I second that motion.

PRALON
Very well - the motion has been
raised, and this Assembly must
vote on it. We will adjourn while
the arrangements are made.

 

The whole room stands, files towards the exit. Yevir and Solis move to support Kira.

 

SOLIS
I remember the last time I raised
a motion in this chamber regarding
Kira Nerys.
(to Yevir, pointed)
To lift her Attainder.

YEVIR
Let us hope this vote goes more
in her favour.

 

Kira smiles at this banter of old enemies turned friends. Then she looks across the hall and notices...

BELLIS, as he reaches the exit and pauses, looks back across at Kira. He is unreadable, thinking.

Kira can only hope she has done enough to persuade him...

 

BLACK OUT

 

END OF ACT FOUR

Act Five by lvsxy808

ACT FIVE

 

FADE IN:

 

29 EXT. BAJOR - ASHALLA STREETS - DAY

 

Kira sits upon the ground, at the corner of a crossroads.

In one direction, the outside of the central monastery.

In the other, a shanty town of tents and homeless refugees.

 

BELLIS (o.s.)
May I sit with you?

 

She looks up, surprised to see Bellis there. Unsure of him, she nods warily. He sweeps his robes aside and sits down. He looks across at the refugees, ponders their presence.

 

BELLIS
The voting has begun.

KIRA
Thank you for letting me know.

 

They go back to silence for a moment.

 

KIRA
Vedek, I have to ask... why do you
fight me so hard? Is it personal?

BELLIS
Personal in what way?

KIRA
Well, at least with Yevir, I could
believe that all the things he did
to hurt me were because he thought
he was doing the right thing, even
if I thought it was misguided. But
you... you’ve been just vicious to
me. And I don’t understand why.

BELLIS
(sad smile)
And you claim it’s not about ego.

KIRA
I beg your pardon?

BELLIS
(calm, peaceful)
I dislike your arrogance, Kira.
Your unshakable certainty that you
alone know the right thing to do.
The fact that you believe the only
reason I could disagree with you
is out of some personal grudge is
exactly what I’m talking about.

KIRA
Alright. I think it’s a criticism
that can be laid against a lot of
people in that room, but okay. I
just don’t see how it’s a reason
not to help those people.

BELLIS
(sigh; looks out
at refugees)
So much has changed. I used to
know how the world worked...
and I don’t just mean Bajor.

KIRA
So that’s why you’ve persecuted
and insulted thousands of people
for the last five years? You’re
afraid of change?
(no answer)
Do you understand that even Raiq,
a woman who believed that she was
chosen by her gods to exterminate
the entire Bajoran species, is more
accepting than you? She’s helping
right now, while you’re coming up
with every reason you can think
of not to help.

BELLIS
As you say, stubbornness is
hardly an uncommon failing.

KIRA
Neither is ego. But it’s not about
that. I don’t care if nobody ever
knows my name. But they do, and
what’s the point of that if I’m not
going to do some good with it?

BELLIS
As it turns out... I agree. That’s
why I already cast my vote in
favour of Vedek Solis’s motion.

KIRA
(genuinely stunned)
...You did?

BELLIS
We don’t have to like each other
to work together. You were right
that Bajor needed unity in a time
of crisis, not division. And you
are right that I can hardly claim
moral leadership if I leave people
to suffer when I could help them.
(stands, brushes
down robes)
But don’t imagine I will now hang
on your every word like all your
other devoted sycophants. I have
little doubt we will find many
things to argue over in future.

KIRA
(shrug)
To pray is to fight, Vedek. And
to fight is to pray.

 

Confused by that, Bellis sweeps away back towards the monastery. Kira turns back to look at the refugee camp...

GONG. The ringing sound heralds the large ornate doors to the monastery CREAKING open. Kira turns to look...

...and sees PRALON herself emerging, followed by Yevir, Solis, Frelan, Eran, and dozens of others.

Yevir catches Kira’s eye... and NODS, smiling.

Kira jumps to her feet, absolutely thrilled, and heads towards the refugee camp. The other vedeks follow her.

A WOMAN looks up at Kira’s approach...

 

KIRA
Hello. I’d like to help...

 

CUT TO:

 

30 INT. NEWS STUDIO

 

The SCREEN at Tiana’s side now shows an IMAGE of refugees being welcomed into the monastery by the vedeks, KIRA visible among them. She speaks into camera...

 

TIANA
Similar scenes are now being seen
all across Bajor, as monasteries
and temples in every province
are being opened up as shelters
for the refugee population.

 

CUT TO:

 

31 INT. DS9 - DOCKING BAY

 

REFUGEES line up to climb the ramp and re-enter the docked freighter, all looking hopeful and happy.

EVIK observes as his SECURITY officers corral the civilians gently along. Some of the officers wave smiley goodbyes or even exchange hugs of thanks with the departing refugees.

KASIDY stands by the freighter’s hatch, proudly welcoming them on board MOS. Over this:

 

TIANA (v.o.)
More refugees are already being
shuttled down from Deep Space Nine...

 

32 INT. DS9 - CARGO BAY

 

The temporary residents of the semi-private rooms are now excitedly gathering their few belongings, and heading out to join the throngs filling the corridors. BASHIR and NOG are helping them with relieved smiles.

 

TIANA
(v.o., continuing)
...where they have been living in
less than ideal conditions since
arriving in the system.

 

33 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE

 

CENN works his central Ops table from one side, while RO works it from the other side. Both busy - they have a lot of ships to keep track of - but happy.

 

TIANA
(v.o., continuing)
The station Militia liaison, Major Cenn,
said that, while Starfleet has made
every effort to house the influx on
the station, they are a little over-
whelmed, and he is glad that more
permanent accommodations are
now available on the surface. He
also said of the few remaining
refugees on the station, and I
quote, “at least they’ll have
proper quarters to sleep in now.”

 

34 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - TRANSPORTER PLAZA - DAY

 

Another set of refugees BEAM onto the transporter platform. Ransel, Opaka, Raiq and even Vexh are there to guide them helpfully into the building.

 

TIANA
(v.o., continuing)
As for Vedek Kira, she continues
to decline any requests to appear
on this programme.

 

35 INT. SHIKINA MONASTERY – KAI’S OFFICE - DAY

 

Kira herself stands in front of the Kai’s desk again. The atmosphere is somewhat less confrontational than last time, but Pralon still wants it to be clear who is in charge.

 

PRALON
Well, Nerys... it seems you’re
more persuasive than I gave you
credit for. I won’t underestimate
you again.

KIRA
Eminence, I hope you don’t think
that undermining you was in any
way my goal here. I would never.

PRALON
I’m not that insecure, Nerys, but
thank you for saying so at least.
But I do have to warn you... you
may have won this one vote, but by
doing so, you have made enemies
in the Assembly. You may well
have a fight on your hands.

KIRA
To pray is to fight, Eminence.
And I’ve never backed down
from a fight yet.

 

Off Kira’s determination...

 

FADE OUT

 

END OF SHOW

Meanwhile... by lvsxy808

TNG 18x03 - “KINDRED”

 

Enterprise fights off Ferengi scavengers at the Azure Nebula alongside the SCE ship T’Pora, which is carrying Sylix – father of Enterprise contact specialist T’Ryssa Chen. Sylix was badly injured in the Borg attack on Vulcan, and wonders what happened to T’Ryssa’s human mother. T’Ryssa has never known her father and has no interest in reconnecting now. She distracts herself by helping in engineering and indulging in a mutual practical joke war against science officer Dina Elfiki, which only annoys assistant chief engineer Taurik. He has been working himself to exhaustion, refusing to take leave. T’Ryssa learns that Taurik’s wife and child died on Vulcan, helping her to realise the grief he must be going through, and they begin to bond. When T’Ryssa learns that her mother also died in the attacks, she contacts her father Sylix again, informing him. She also leaves open the possibility of them speaking again in future. 

 

TTN 2x03 - “TIME OUT”

 

While an away team goes undercover exploring the pre-warp world Lumbu, the rest of Titan follows up on the Da Vinci’s previous visit to Elysia (SCE “Where Time Stands Still”), a pocket dimension where time barely moves. They meet the crews of many ships trapped there over the centuries, but these “prisoners” have created a peaceful society and feel no need to leave it. Titan’s crew admire the same multicultural cooperation to which they themselves aspire. DTI trainee Garcia bonds with chief engineer Ra-Havreii as they explore the history of starship design. He hits on her, but she politely turns him down. Instead Garcia tries to seduce Ranjea, but he politely turns her down. All this perturbs science officer Pazlar, who thought she and Ra-Havreii were a couple. Pazlar discovers there are no special temporal effects here, but actions require less energy, causing slower aging and faster healing. Could this be turned into a practical benefit for the post-invasion Federation?

 

VOY 11x03 - “SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH IRENE”

 

On Earth, Seven’s aunt Irene is dying. They visit Janeway’s memorial in Presidio Park, but Irene wavers between offering Seven sympathy, and having no clue who Janeway even is. Seven is constantly distracted by nightmares of the Caeliar cityship, and the voice in her head insisting “Your name is Annika”. When Chakotay arrives, she rejects his help, angry that he has not been around for months. She grudgingly admits that the Caeliar transformation (DES “Welcome Home”) left her in this state – for a moment, she was part of a collective again, the Caeliar gestalt, only for it all to be ripped away, leaving her feeling more alone than ever. She has not told anyone of her condition because Starfleet is paranoid about the Caeliar and would want to examine her. When aunt Irene finally dies, Seven suffers a complete breakdown, becoming catatonic. Calling in Cadet Icheb for help, Chakotay prepares to conduct a vision quest...

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