13x19 - "Disharmony" (1 of 4) by lvsxy808
Summary:

 

Sisko, Bashir and Shar face troubling questions at an Andorian fertility conference...

 

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Categories: Expanded Universes, Deep Space Nine Characters: Bashir, Julian, Ensemble Cast - DS9, Ensemble Cast - Multiple, Kira Nerys, Sisko, Benjamin
Genre: Drama
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: DS9 Season 13 - 'Typhon Pact'
Chapters: 7 Completed: Yes Word count: 9717 Read: 2913 Published: 08 May 2021 Updated: 08 May 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 EXT. ANDORIAN TENEMENT - DAY

 

SHAR bolts into a narrow alley, hurriedly pulling along an older Andorian woman ZH’THIIN by the hand. He is a trained Starfleet lieutenant, she is a terrified academic with no experience at all, but both are running for their lives.

He looks up at the buildings on either side - white-painted terraced houses, with metal fire escapes and back doors into the buildings. We can hear RIOTING in the distance, but this seems like a safe passage - for now.

 

SHAR
Come along, Professor zh’Thiin.

 

He puts on a new surge of energy, dragging zh’Thiin along in his wake as she struggles to keep up.

 

ZH’THIIN
Lieutenant, please slow down -

SHAR
We can’t, Professor. I have to get
you to safety.

 

But as they run on, we hear the CREAK of a door opening...

...and then a deluge of dirty water SPLASHES to the ground right in front of them both, drenching the front of both their clothes. Shar skids to a halt, and looks up...

...to see an older Andorian thaan, an aproned SHOPKEEPER, holding the bucket whose contents he just threw at them.

 

SHOPKEEPER
Get away from here, you traitor!
You’re not wanted here!

 

Shar has no idea what this guy’s problem is. He makes sure to place zh’Thiin behind him, then holds his hands up, showing this stranger he is no threat.

 

SHAR
I’m not looking for any trouble.
I’m just -

SHOPKEEPER
I know what you’re doing. I’ve
seen you on the news nets. You
and the other traitors, working
with the Federation to wipe away
our culture, our very identity!

 

At least now Shar knows what the old man’s issue is. But they don’t have time for this, and this thaan is no match for him. He takes zh’Thiin’s hand again, begins to move.

 

SHAR
If you’ll excuse us...

 

But the noise has brought another thaan out of another door - this one younger and tougher. He could be trouble.

 

YOUNG THAAN
You heard him. You’re not welcome.

SHAR
I understand. And we’re leaving.
If you’ll simply step aside...

YOUNG THAAN
(steps closer)
I mean you’re not welcome on this
planet. Either of you. You’re both
traitors to Andorians everywhere.

SHOPKEEPER
Maybe we shouldn’t let you leave.

 

Shar’s antennae prickle - he glances quickly behind him, and sees that other Andorian strangers have come out of their own doors and are watching the confrontation.

He pulls zh’Thiin closer to him, trying to keep her safe. The shopkeeper, the younger thaan. They are surrounded...

Off Shar’s reaction - he is going to have to fight.

 

CUT TO:

 

2 INT. ROBINSON - BRIDGE

 

SHAR at his science console along the back wall, several days earlier. A BEEP - he checks it, is intrigued. He turns and strides to the tactical horseshoe, calls down over it towards Captain SISKO, who sits in the centre chair.

 

SHAR
Captain...
(Sisko looks up)
...there is a communication coming
in, direct from the office of the
Starfleet C-in-C.

 

Sisko looks to his first officer ROGEIRO, sat beside him on this Galaxy-class bridge. This is a big deal.

 

SISKO
Is it marked captain’s eyes only?

SHAR
No, sir.

SISKO
Then on screen, Lieutenant.

 

Shar returns to his console, works it. Sisko stands. A moment, and the main viewscreen changes to show Adm AKAAR.

 

AKAAR (screen)
Captain Sisko. Ah, and Lieutenant
ch’Thane as well. Excellent.

 

Shar reacts - what does the Starfleet C-in-C want with him?

 

SISKO
What can I do for you, Admiral?

AKAAR
The Robinson has new orders,
Captain. You’re to leave the
Romulan border at once and head
straight to the Andorian system.

SISKO
(not understood
at all)
Understood. May I ask why?

AKAAR (screen)
A conference will be taking place
in six days - you will coordinate
with the local authorities to
provide the necessary security.

SISKO
...I see. Forgive me, Admiral, but
surely there are other ships that
are closer to Andor that could do
the same job. Why the Robinson?

AKAAR (screen)
Because, Captain, the conference
is to address Andor’s fertility
problems once and for all. As
one of the Federation’s leading
experts on the subject, Lieutenant
ch’Thane will be a key speaker.

 

Sisko looks up to ch’Thane - this is news to them both.

 

SISKO
Very well, Admiral. We’ll get
underway immediately.

AKAAR (screen)
Starfleet out.

 

The signal drops. Shar is stunned - he is going home. But does he want to go? And will he be welcome when he does?

 

FADE OUT

 

END OF TEASER

Act One by lvsxy808

ACT ONE

 

FADE IN:

 

3 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

 

Focusing on the Ops dome at the top of the station...

 

4 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE

 

Cmdr RO exits from her office and heads down to the central table, where Major CENN awaits. She hands him a padd...

 

RO
Here you go - the final crew
assignments for while I’m away.

CENN
You realise you’re leaving me with
not a single senior staff member?

CHAO
Excuse me?

 

They turn to see CHAO, the temporary chief engineer, at her station and looking back down at them quite put out.

 

RO
You tell him, Lieutenant. Shame on
you, Major.

CENN
I apologise, Lieutenant Chao.

 

They all smile - it’s just banter. Ro heads up to the turbolift, calling out as she does...

 

RO
Right - see you in a week. Don’t
blow the place up while I’m gone.
(to computer)
Defiant.

CENN
Aye, sir. I’ll try my best.

 

The turbolift takes Ro away. Cenn looks around Ops - Chao is the only familiar face, everyone else is EXTRAS. Then he turns back to the Ops table and gets back to work...

 

5 INT. DS9 - CANDLEWOOD’S QUARTERS

 

Lt CANDLEWOOD dashes around the room, throwing bits and pieces into his travelling bag. HETIK watches amused.

 

HETIK
How is it you can organise an
alien computer system in seconds
but you can’t organise your own
belongings with a week’s notice?

CANDLEWOOD
Because you constantly distract
me with your big bulging muscles.

HETIK
Ah. Maybe I and my big bulging
muscles should go away?

 

Candlewood throws one last thing in the bag and steps up close to his boyfriend, caressing those bulging muscles.

 

CANDLEWOOD
Don’t you dare. Unwarranted
cruelty aside, I don’t want any
part of this going anywhere. Is
that understood, Mister Hetik?

HETIK
Understood, Lieutenant Candlewood.

 

They kiss warmly, then John pulls back, grabs his bag.

 

CANDLEWOOD
I’ll see you in a week. Don’t blow
the place up while I’m gone.

HETIK
I promise nothing.

 

One last quick peck, then Candlewood EXITS.

 

6 INT. DS9 - TENMEI’S QUARTERS

 

TENMEI stands with her own travelling bag on her shoulder, gazing over the still prone body of her father, VAUGHN.

 

TENMEI
Tenmei to Chao - energise.

 

Tenmei prepares - but it is Vaughn who DEMATERIALISES, all his life support machinery going with him. Tenmei nods.

 

TENMEI
Doctor?

 

7 INT. RUNABOUT - REAR CABIN

 

BASHIR stands over Vaughn’s body where it now lies - in the place of the conference table. He scans with a tricorder...

 

BASHIR
Transport complete, Lieutenant.
No sign of any problems. Captain
Vaughn’s condition is unchanged.

TENMEI (comm)
Acknowledged. I’ll be right there.

 

8 INT. DS9 - DOCKING RING CORRIDOR

 

Ro strides along the corridor towards the airlock. QUARK appears out of a turbolift, dashes to follow her.

 

QUARK
Laren!
(she stops, turns)
You’re not going to say goodbye?

RO
(flirty)
We said goodbye last night, Quark.

 

Quark BLUSHES, glances around at the other EXTRAS moving back and forth out of the airlock.

 

QUARK
Doesn’t mean we can’t do it again.

RO
It’ll have to wait. Don’t worry,
I’ll be back before you know it.

QUARK
(wary)
And River only knows what shape
you’ll be in when you do.

RO
I’m sure I’ll be very stressed
and in need of relief.

CANDLEWOOD
Oh, get a room, you two.

 

They turn to see Candlewood arriving with his travelling bag and a salacious grin. He heads on into the airlock. Ro turns back to Quark, who doesn’t like his style cramped.

 

RO
Gotta go. Bye, Quark.

 

She heads into the airlock. Quark harrumphs, turns to go.

 

9 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

 

Tenmei enters through the hatch, drops her bag onto an empty chair and takes the pilot’s seat, immediately begins working the panels. Meanwhile Bashir appears from the rear cabin and takes the second seat.

 

TENMEI
Rio Grande to Ops - we’re ready.

 

10 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

 

The room is already busy with crew - ALECO at tactical, PERMENTER at engineering, MINNAR at helm, EXTRAS elsewhere as needed. Ro enters the bridge, Candlewood right behind her. He takes sciences, Ro takes her command seat.

 

RO
Defiant to Ops - we’re ready too.

 

11 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE

 

Cenn works the central Ops table...

 

CENN
Defiant and Rio Grande - you are both
clear to depart. Walk with the Prophets.

 

12 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

 

The runabout rises out of the station into open space...

 

TENMEI
Acknowledged, Major.

 

13 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

 

Ro in command...

 

RO
Minnar, you know what to do...

 

The Betazoid male Ensign at helm works his console...

 

14 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

 

The Defiant pushes back and heads off in one direction...

The Rio Grande lifts off and follows the same way...

 

15 EXT. BAJOR - SISKO’S HOUSE - DAY

 

Establishing the Sisko house among the bucolic landscape...

 

16 INT. SISKO’S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

 

KASIDY wears her work clothes and crouches down to the ground, bringing her level with five-year-old REBECCA.

 

KASIDY
You going to be a good girl for
Jasmine while I’m away?

REBECCA
Of course, mommy. I’m always good.

KASIDY
Actually, yes you are. And I love
you very very much. I’ll be home
in a week - that’s no time, right?

REBECCA
I guess. When will daddy be home?

 

Pause. Kasidy doesn’t want to give anything away. From the kitchen doorway, JASMINE looks on in sympathy - she knows.

 

KASIDY
I don’t know, sweetheart. He’s a
very busy man, but I’m sure he’ll
be home as soon as he can. And
he loves you very much too.

JASMINE
(change the
subject)
We’ll have lots of fun, won’t we,
Rebecca? And we’ll work hard too.

KASIDY
Ah yes - plenty of school work to
keep you occupied and make you
a big, strong and clever girl.

 

Kasidy hugs Rebecca tight. Then she stands, grabs her own travelling bag off the sofa, heads to the door, and waves goodbye to Rebecca. Jasmine goes with her...

 

17 EXT. BAJOR - SISKO’S HOUSE - DAY

 

Kasidy and Jasmine emerge onto the porch, closing the door gently so that Rebecca will not hear...

 

JASMINE
I’m sorry about that.

KASIDY
Can’t be helped, I guess. I just
don’t know how long I can hold
off telling her the truth.

JASMINE
I’ll keep her distracted.

KASIDY
Thanks, Jas - you’re the best.

 

A half hug of friendship, and Kasidy walks off down the path. Jasmine watches her go before re-entering the house.

Once Kasidy reaches a safe distance, she pulls out a comm.

 

KASIDY
Yates to Xhosa - one to beam up.

 

She DEMATERIALISES, leaving us on the sunny landscape...

 

18 EXT. BAJOR - VANADWAN MONASTERY - DAY

 

Establishing the monastery clinging precariously to the top of the mountainside...

 

19 INT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - BEDROOM - DAY

 

RAIQ the Ascendant sits on the edge of her simple bed - she is heavily pregnant, her silver skin stretched tight over a distended belly, and not happy at RANSEL, the head nurse-ranjen who works here, checking and fussing all over her.

 

RAIQ
Will you leave me be, woman!

 

Ransel pulls back, sighs with exasperation, looks up at...

KIRA, who stands by the door in her Vedek’s robes, watching the process. VEXH, the male Ascendant, is also nearby. 

 

KIRA
You’re getting close to delivery,
Raiq. Ransel is just checking to
make sure you’re alright.

VEXH
(roll eyes)
It is pointless - none of us knows
what “alright” looks like in this.

RANSEL
He does have a point, Vedek. I’ve
never midwifed an Ascendant
baby before - no-one has.

 

Kira can’t really deny that. OPAKA appears in the doorway.

 

OPAKA
Nerys - they’re here...

 

20 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - SHUTTLE PORT - DAY

 

Kira emerges onto the open air docking platform extending out from one side of the monastery. She looks up...

...and sees the RUNABOUT coming in to land. It eventually touches down on the docking platform with a puff of dust. Kira is already striding forwards even as the hatch opens. 

 

21 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

 

Kira ENTERS the runabout just as Tenmei and Bashir get up from their seats. They all head to the rear cabin...

 

BASHIR
Good to see you, Nerys. He’s just
through here...

 

22 INT. RUNABOUT - REAR CABIN

 

All three ENTER the rear cabin, see Vaughn’s body and life support systems. Tenmei works the station on the wall...

 

KIRA
(quietly shocked)
I thought I was prepared, but...

BASHIR
I know. But at least he’s alive.

TENMEI
Energising...

 

Vaughn’s body and machines once again DEMATERIALISE...

 

23 INT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - HOSPICE ROOM - DAY

 

...and REMATERIALISE into a private room in the monastery. Opaka is there to receive him, and immediately begins checking over his body, controlling her own emotions...

 

24 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - SHUTTLE PORT - DAY

 

Kira, Tenmei and Bashir exit the runabout, hatch hissing closed behind them. They walk back to the monastery...

 

TENMEI
Thanks for doing this, Nerys. I
just thought, with Julian and I
both away from the station -

KIRA
I’m happy to help however I can,
Prynn. This place is already set
up as a hospice, it’s perfect.

 

25 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - TRANSPORTER PLAZA - DAY

 

A moment later, they emerge onto the opposite open plaza. The place is crowded with REFUGEES of various species, all with their travelling bags and eagerly excited.

 

BASHIR
Will you be able to provide the
captain with full-time care with
all these refugees on your hands?

KIRA
Well, that won’t be a problem
much longer, will it?

RO (comm)
Ro to Bashir - is Kira with you?

KIRA
(into Bashir’s
combadge)
Hi, Ro - everything’s ready here.

RO (comm)
Thanks, Vedek - stand by. Defiant
to Xhosa - Captain Yates?

KASIDY (comm)
Ready on your signal, Commander.

 

A couple of the nurse-ranjens corral the refugees onto the transporter coils, then press a control in the wall.

 

KASIDY (comm)
Energising...

 

And the first batch of refugees DEMATERIALISE, Kira waving them goodbye, emotional. Bashir grips her arm in support.

The nurses corral the next group onto the transporters. Bashir and Tenmei leave them and Kira to it...

 

26 INT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - HOSPICE ROOM - DAY

 

They gently push open the door to Vaughn’s new room, and enter. Opaka is moving quietly around, settling him in.

 

TENMEI
Sulan...?

OPAKA
Oh, Prynn - come in, come in!

 

Opaka hugs Tenmei in welcome. Bashir checks on Vaughn...

 

BASHIR
Good, still no change. Well... you
know what I mean.

TENMEI
Just wanted to say a quick goodbye
to him before we go.

 

Tenmei lays a gentle kiss on Vaughn’s unresponsive brow.

 

TENMEI
See you soon, dad.

 

With a last thanks to Opaka, Tenmei and Bashir leave again. Opaka sits quietly by Vaughn’s side and opens a book...

 

27 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

 

Tenmei enters the runabout again, holding her emotions in. Bashir sensitively takes the seat next to hers while she works the pilot console...

 

BASHIR
He’ll be fine, Prynn.

TENMEI
I know. Just... hard to let go.
(taps comm)
Rio Grande to Defiant - Captain
Vaughn is safe and sound, and
we are setting course for Andor.

RO (comm)
Thanks, Rio Grande. Transports are
complete... aaand we are setting
course for Cardassian space.
(beat)
Prynn - say hi to Shar for me.

TENMEI
Will do. Rio Grande out.

 

Tenmei completes her preparations and launches...

 

28 EXT. VANADWAN MONASTERY - SHUTTLE PORT - DAY

 

Kira has come to say goodbye, as she watches the runabout LIFT OFF again and surge up into the sunny sky...

 

FADE OUT

 

END OF ACT ONE

Act Two by lvsxy808

ACT TWO

 

FADE IN:

 

29 EXT. SPACE - ANDOR ORBIT

 

The icy-blue class-M moon in orbit of the huge gas giant, as seen in previous eps. But now there is no space station in orbit, and dark smudges of destruction on the surface.

 

30 INT. PARLIAMENT ANDORIA - CORRIDOR

 

A broad passageway, statues of legendary Andorian warriors on the walls, and real-life Andorian warriors keeping guard beneath them, dressed in ceremonial chan warrior armour.

Into this MATERIALISE Sisko, Rogeiro and Shar. The guards react to this by instantly drawing their daggers, but Shar has prepared the others for this so they do not react.

 

SHAR
We come seeking the hospitality
of the Sha of clan Thalis, Presider
of the Parliament Andoria.

 

The GUARD LEADER sheaths his dagger, strides to the large doors at the far end of the corridor, and opens them, welcoming the Starfleet visitors into...

 

31 INT. PARLIAMENT ANDORIA - PRESIDER’S OFFICE

 

...the office of the head of Andor’s government. Behind the crescent desk stands SH’THALIS, the Presider, with three more Andorians beside her. Sisko leads his own set of three into the room, offers a shallow bow as Shar taught him.

 

SISKO
Sha Presider. I am Benjamin Sisko,
captain of the USS Robinson.

SH’THALIS
You are most welcome, Captain.
I am Iravothra sh’Thalis.

 

She gestures to her left - CH’LHREN, another politician...

 

SH’THALIS
My personal security advisor,
Minister Threlas ch’Lhren...

 

To her right - stern THIRIN (12x05 “Trial and Error”)...

 

SH’THALIS
Commodore Ilthirina th’Deminesh,
head of the Andorian Guard...

 

And beyond Thirin, ZH’THIIN (whom Shar has not met yet)...

 

SH’THALIS
And Professor Marthrossi zh’Thiin,
of the Andorian Science Institute.

SISKO
May I present my first officer
Commander Anxo Rogeiro, and my
chief science officer Lieutenant
Thirishar ch’Thane.

 

Nods of acknowledgement. sh’Thalis turns to Shar...

 

SH’THALIS
All of us in Parliament mourn zha
Charivretha’s loss, Lieutenant.
Despite this, you honour us with
continued service to Starfleet.

ZH’THIIN
And of course, your name is well
known in our scientific community.

 

Shar is uncomfortable with all this. He nods politely.

 

SHAR
It is an honour to serve however
I can, zha.

SISKO
Presider, I read numerous reports
on the way here, regarding certain
activist groups and the opposition
to Professor zh’Thiin’s work.

CH’LHREN
You’re referring to the Treishya,
of course. I have been collecting
information on them for some time.

SISKO
In that case, might I suggest that
cha Threlas and tha Ilthirina join
Commander Rogeiro to discuss the
arrangements for the conference
immediately? No time to waste.

 

sh’Thalis looks to Thirin...

 

THIRIN
I have no objection. Commander
Rogeiro and I have worked well
together in the past.

 

Rogeiro, Thirin and ch’Lhren all half bow...

 

THIRIN
Presider.

ROGEIRO
Presider.

 

...and leave. sh’Thalis leads Sisko, Shar and zh’Thiin over to a seating area, warmly invites them to sit.

 

SH’THALIS
You have been well taught in the
art of Andorian titles, Captain.

SISKO
All thanks to Lieutenant ch’Thane.

SH’THALIS
I am somewhat less formal than
my predecessors in this office -
in fact it wasn’t this office at all.
I led a low-level committee...
(re building)
...and this was the local office for
Lor’Vela regional government.
But after the Borg attack...

 

She shrugs - it’s obvious what happened. Sisko and Shar are both suitably sombered, since they were there.

 

ZH’THIIN
That same attack worsened Andor’s
already precarious population
problem greatly. I have continued
Doctor sh’Veileth’s search for a
potential solution, but my work
has faced certain... roadblocks.

SHAR
The Treishya - they objected to
her experiments on the Andorian
genome using the Yrythny ova I
brought from the Gamma Quadrant.

ZH’THIIN
There are also those who blame the
Federation for not doing enough to
help Andor, considering the vast
resources at their disposal.

SISKO
I don’t mean to minimise your
concerns, Professor, but those
resources are stretched pretty thin.
Andor was only one of dozens of
worlds attacked by the Borg.

SH’THALIS
That is why I called for this
conference at all. I know we are
doing everything we can, but the
naysayers need to see that we are.
I dare say the Federation Council
agreed for much the same reason.

SISKO
I hope you don’t think that the
Federation’s involvement in this
conference is purely a public
relations exercise, Presider. We
are as committed to finding a
permanent solution as you are.

SH’THALIS
(sly smile)
One servant can serve two masters,
Captain, as my friend Threlas is
often pleased to remind me.

ZH’THIIN
Ever since the attack, I’ve turned
over every stone I can find for
anything that may lead to a clue.
I would be very happy to exploit
your skills in the run-up to the
conference, Lieutenant ch’Thane.

SHAR
Of course, Professor.

SH’THALIS
I understand another specialist is
on his way to add his expertise -
a Doctor Julian Bashir? I believe
you know him.

SISKO
Yes, very well. He’s a scientist
of unparalleled ability.

SH’THALIS
Well, he’ll be here soon with a
Lieutenant... Tenmei, I believe.

 

Shar blanches - Prynn is coming...

 

32 INT. ARGAYA BASE - LEGATE’S OFFICE

 

Cardassian-styled, but not so dark and oppressive as they would have been in the past, with plenty of bright windows out onto the world. The door opens...

...and EVIK walks in, in civilian dress. MACET gets up from behind his desk to greet him warmly, grasping forearms.

 

MACET
Commander Evik, welcome to Argaya.
You’re earlier than I expected.

EVIK
Please, Legate, call me Nath. I’m no
commander, not for now anyway.

 

Macet guides Evik to a refreshments table under the window.

 

MACET
Will you join me? I only just got
this office completed in time - I
understand the next convoy should
be arriving later today?

EVIK
That’s right... but I couldn’t
help notice as my shuttle came
in that a number of Cardassian
warships are already here...?

MACET
Logistical support only.

EVIK
I see. Because on Solarion, there
is still significant resistance to
the colonisation happening at
all. And I’m forced to wonder...

MACET
I promised the agreement will
be adhered to, and it will.

 

Macet seems distinctly defensive, and Evik sees through it.

 

EVIK
Legate... as I said, I’m not here
as a Starfleet officer. I’m here to
represent those on both sides who
might be feeling... ignored by the
authorities. I can’t do that if I
don’t know who needs my help.
Please... be honest with me. I
won’t betray your confidence.

 

Like Ro, Macet instinctively feels like he can trust Evik.

 

MACET
I’m in a difficult position, Nath.
When Admiral Akaar suggested that
not everyone in the Cardassian
Union would support this alliance,
I denied it as firmly as I could.
But he was right. Not only do our
civilians resent being asked to
look after the Federation’s home-
less, they also have sympathisers
in the military. So far I’ve been
able to quell any discontent, but
even a Legate’s authority cannot
suppress it forever - not if they
have good reason to be concerned.

 

Evik places a friendly hand of support on Macet’s arm...

 

EVIK
Then it’s a good thing I’m here.

 

Off Macet’s gratitude for the offer...

 

33 EXT. PARLIAMENT ANDORIA BUILDING - DAY

 

SHAR sits on a bench, looking around at this nice location - the grounds of the Presider’s office. Crystal and stone paths, grand statues, wide green spaces, all under a clear blue sky with a slight breeze in the trees. It’s beautiful.

 

FLASHBACK - 12x22a “LOST SOULS”

 

-- Shar kneels on the blasted ground, gazing out over the shattered shell of Laikan city, where his zhavey lived...

 

BACK TO SCENE

 

Shar shakes at the memory and the emotions it evokes...

 

FLASHBACK - 12x20 “FUTILE”

 

-- Shar kisses his baby Lata on the head, surrounded by his bondmates Anichent, Dizhei and Thia, on the starbase

-- Shar leans in close to his zhavey Vretha, touches his antennae to hers, in her office in Laikan

 

BACK TO SCENE

 

Shar shudders - they are all dead.

 

FLASHBACK - 10x13 “THE CASE OF THE FLAMPING FLURBLE”

 

-- In the runabout, Shar and Prynn kiss for the first time

 

BACK TO SCENE

 

Shar reaches inside his shirt, pulls out the shapla, the betrothal locket as seen in 10x04 “Easy Come, Easy Go”. He opens it, reveals one strand of black hair (Prynn’s) and one strand of white hair (his own), woven together.

 

ROGEIRO (o.s.)
Lieutenant?

 

Shar looks up to see Cmdr Rogeiro approaching. He quickly closes the shapla and stashes it back under his shirt, pulls himself together, stands to attention.

 

SHAR
Commander.

ROGEIRO
Sit, Shar, sit.
(they both do)
I just wanted to check up on you.
I can’t imagine this mission is an
easy one for you, considering.

SHAR
(stiffens)
I will perform my duty as you and
Captain Sisko expect, Commander.

ROGEIRO
Oh, I don’t doubt that. But I’ve
seen what your emotions can do to
you when you don’t let them out.
So if you need someone to talk to
- as a commander or as a friend -
I’m here for you, Shar. Okay?

SHAR
(hesitant)
I appreciate the offer, Commander.

ROGEIRO
Alright. I’ve spoken to Commodore
Thirin and we’ve decided to beam
down more crew from the Robinson,
including as many Andorian crew
members as are willing.

SHAR
(nods)
To send a message that Starfleet
and Andor are in this together.

ROGEIRO
Exactly. If the Treishya’s message
is that Starfleet isn’t doing enough
to help, then we’ll counter that
by example.

SHAR
You mustn’t underestimate them,
Commander. The Treishya have a
way of taking anything their political
opponents do and twisting it to
serve their own purposes.

ROGEIRO
(nods, agreeing)
And according to ch’Lhren, given
how desperate things are becoming,
even the Treishya’s more extreme
viewpoints are gaining traction.

SHAR
But if you crack down more
tightly on security...

ROGEIRO
...they’ll call it an attack on
their civil rights. We’re walking
a tightrope over a volcano while
carrying a political powder keg.

 

Suddenly a shrill ALARM sounds, echoing all around the grounds. Shar leaps to his feet, muscles tensed to fight...

 

SHAR
Intruder alarm - someone must
have attempted to breach the
Parliament security gates...

 

In the distance, several FIGURES are running, wearing the black uniforms of the Imperial Guard.

Before Rogeiro can stop him, Shar begins to run, intending to join them...

But then movement catches his eye, and he turns to see...

...another figure dropping down from a high balcony into the hedge row along the side of the parliament building.

This INTRUDER - an Andorian civilian, not Starfleet or Guard - emerges from the hedges and stops in surprise to see Shar right there looking at him.

 

SHAR
(slaps combadge)
ch’Thane to security! Intruder alert,
quadrant three!

 

At this, the Intruder pulls out a long curved blade...

...and CHARGES right at Shar.

 

BLACK OUT

 

END OF ACT TWO

Act Three by lvsxy808

ACT THREE

 

FADE IN:

 

34 EXT. PARLIAMENT ANDORIA BUILDING - DAY

 

The Andorian INTRUDER comes right at SHAR...

Shar catches the knife arm in one hand...

...PUNCHES with the other, hitting his assailant right in the ribs and forcing the air out of him....

...TWISTS the arm up the back, making him drop the knife...

...KICKS a leg from under him, driving him to the floor...

...and KNEELS on the Intruder’s back, pinning him to the ground. Shar is perfectly calm, it’s all done in seconds.

...until another INTRUDER comes out of nowhere and BARRELS Shar off his compatriot. Shar goes rolling...

...and HITS his head on the stone path. He is dazed...

The intruders are up and ready to fight...

Shar struggles up to a knee, woozy but determined...

The two INTRUDERS are lit up with PHASERS from behind...

Shar looks up to see his saviour...

And as the intruders collapse to the ground unconscious...

NOG is revealed, holding the phaser that fired the shot.

 

SHAR
Nog...?

 

NOG runs up and catches Shar just as he begins to collapse to the ground. Meanwhile ROGEIRO and THIRIN finally arrive with a handful of Andorian Guards.

 

ROGEIRO
Lieutenant ch’Thane!

NOG
He needs a doctor...

THIRIN
We have medics inside - I’ll help.
(to his guards)
Take those two to the stockade.

 

Thirin, Rogeiro and Nog help Shar up off the ground...

 

35 INT. PARLIAMENT ANDORIA - INFIRMARY

 

Shar sits on a bed as an Andorian NURSE fusses over him....

 

NURSE
You were stunned by the blow to
the head, but you’ve suffered no
serious damage. I’ll give you
something to help with the pain.

 

Shar nods his understanding - which instantly makes him feel worse. The Nurse injects him with a hypospray.

Sisko, sh’Thalis and ch’Lhren ENTER the room, joining Nog, Rogeiro and Thirin who were already there. 

 

SISKO
What happened?

ROGEIRO
Two intruders. Shar fought them.

CH’LHREN
Were they Treishya?

THIRIN
We don’t know for sure. They have
said nothing, and they carried no
identification either.

SH’THALIS
They couldn’t expect to simply
climb the wall and gain access
to the Parliament, could they?

THIRIN
Not unless they are idiots, no.
Perhaps they were simply testing
our response to the alarm.

SHAR
And you don’t believe they are
idiots, do you, Commodore?

THIRIN
What I believe... is that this
is just the beginning.

 

That ominous note quiets the room. Then from off-screen...

 

TENMEI (o.s.)
Where is he? Let me see him!

 

TENMEI dashes into the room, ignores everyone else and goes straight for Shar. BASHIR enters more politely.

 

TENMEI
Shar - I heard - Are you okay?

SHAR
Prynn... I will be fine.

 

Bashir offers a smile to Sisko, and a bow to sh’Thalis...

 

BASHIR
Our apologies for barging in, Sha
Presider. I am Doctor Bashir, and
this is Lieutenant Tenmei.
(re Shar)
May I?

 

The Nurse nods permission, so Bashir moves to inspect Shar.

 

TENMEI
What happened, Shar?

SHAR
There was an attack. Nog saved me.

 

Tenmei looks up, for the first time noticing Nog is even there. She had been too focused on Shar.

 

TENMEI
What? Nog? What are you -

CH’LHREN
He should not have interfered.

NOG
They could have killed him!

CH’LHREN
Unlikely. Either way you should
have allowed the Guards to handle
it. A Starfleet officer shooting two
Andorian civilians - the Treishya
will make full use of the propa-
ganda you’ve provided them.

 

Bashir has finished his scans, closes up his tricorder...

 

BASHIR
He’ll be fine.

SH’THALIS
In that case, may I suggest we
return to planning the conference?
These events suggest the Treishya
fully intend to press us.

CH’LHREN
Of course, Presider.

SISKO
(to Rogeiro)
Go ahead, Commander. I’ll check
in with the Robinson.

ROGEIRO
Aye, sir.

 

Sisko, Rogeiro, Thirin and ch’Lhren leave the room. Tenmei helps Shar off the bed, and sh’Thalis smiles ironically...

 

SH’THALIS
Doctor Bashir, Lieutenant Tenmei.
Welcome to Andor.

TENMEI
It’s nice to be back, Presider. I’m
sorry for -

SH’THALIS
No apologies required, Lieutenant.
Andorians are hard to offend. Now,
Doctor - Professor zh’Thiin awaits
at the Science Institute. She is
eager for your input on her work.

BASHIR
And I’m eager to see it. Lead on.

SHAR
I’ll join you once I’ve freshened
up, Doctor.

SH’THALIS
Actually, Lieutenant ch’Thane, I
have another task for you. A new
report came across my desk, and
I think you’ll be very interested...

 

Off Shar’s intrigue at that...

 

36 EXT. ANDOR ATMOSPHERE

 

On the runabout, as it travels through the Andorian sky, over ground that is increasingly blasted by weapons fire...

 

37 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

 

Tenmei piloting, Nog beside her, both happy to see each other. Shar is further back, looking out of the window...

 

TENMEI
What are you even doing here, Nog?

NOG
Once my mission on the Challenger
was over, I decided to join the
Corps of Engineers team on Andor,
since I knew they were working
on cleaning up the atmosphere.

TENMEI
(peers outside)
It is looking a little... thick...
out there.

NOG
That’s what six Borg cubes will
do, I guess. I had my choice of
assignments, but this was a good
chance to help out a friend.

SHAR
(wistful)
You have always been a good friend
to me, Nog. I am grateful.
(reacts)
Prynn... could you hold position
here, please?

 

Tenmei checks her instruments, confused...

 

TENMEI
But I thought we were going to the
northern polar region to meet the
Presider’s archaeologist friend...

SHAR
We are, but... a moment. Please.

TENMEI
(shrug)
Alright. Cutting impulse power,
going to station keeping...

 

Tenmei works her pilot controls...

 

38 EXT. ANDOR ATMOSPHERE

 

The runabout glides to a halt in the foggy, grimy sky, with THRUSTERS firing to keep it from falling to the ground...

PULL BACK more and more until we reveal...

...that the ship is now hovering above the ruined shell of Laikan city, as seen in Shar’s flashback earlier.

 

39 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

 

Nog and Tenmei have now joined Shar in gazing out of the windows, down at this haunting sight...

 

TENMEI
Oh Shar... is this...?

SHAR
Laikan, the former capital city.
Where my family...

TENMEI
You didn’t have to come here.

SHAR
Yes, I did. I needed to see it.
I have not come home since...

NOG
That’s okay, Shar. I haven’t been
home in over a year either. We’ve
both been busy, Starfleet needs -

SHAR
You were busy, Nog. I told myself
I was... but I was running away.
Professor zh’Thiin works day and
night to save our entire species.
While I... I have been wasting
my time at the Romulan border.

NOG
Starfleet service is still an
honourable thing to do with
your life, Shar. Regardless
of where you do it.

TENMEI
And anyway, isn’t that the whole
point of this trip? Helping
zh’Thiin with her research?

SHAR
If the report is accurate...

TENMEI
So let me get back on our way
then, yeah?

 

Shar nods silently. Tenmei moves back to the helm...

 

40 EXT. ANDOR ATMOSPHERE

 

The runabout moves off again, away from the devastation...

 

41 EXT. SPACE

 

A CONVOY of freighters, transports and passenger liners drops out of warp, with the Defiant at its head...

 

42 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

 

Ensign MINNAR at helm...

 

MINNAR
Entering the Argaya system now,
Commander.

 

RO in the captain’s chair...

 

RO
Thanks, Ensign. John?

 

CANDLEWOOD at sciences...

 

CANDLEWOOD
All the convoy ships are present
and correct.

 

ALECO at tactical reacts to a gentle alert...

 

ALECO
I’m reading three Cardassian war
ships in orbit of Argaya Three,
Commander. And the lead ship
is hailing us...

RO
Okay. On screen.

 

VIEWSCREEN

 

Gul MOGAD (12x07 “Old Flames”) sits on his bridge...

 

MOGAD (screen)
Commander Ro. I am Gul Mogad.

 

BACK TO SCENE

 

Ro smiles diplomatically. She remembers Mogad as the one who wanted to torture Natima Lang. But she also knows that Mogad didn’t know she was there, so she has to play this cool. Mogad is just as slimily threatening as last time.

 

RO
A pleasure, Gul Mogad. And thank
you for the welcoming committee.

MOGAD (screen)
This is no welcome, Commander.
This is a blockade.

RO
I’m sorry? I don’t understand.

MOGAD (screen)
Then I will explain. We will not
allow any of your Federation dregs
to set foot on this Cardassian world.
If you attempt to breach the
blockade and beam them to the
surface despite this warning, then
you... and they... will be fired
upon. Is that clear, Commander?

 

As Ro reacts to this...

 

BLACK OUT

 

END OF ACT THREE

Act Four by lvsxy808

ACT FOUR

 

FADE IN:

 

43 EXT. SPACE - ARGAYA ORBIT

 

Three Cardassian Galor-class warships looming ominously...

...in the face of a convoy of largely defenceless passenger cruisers, with only the Defiant to protect them...

 

44 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

 

Where we were, as Ro struggles to keep her temper...

 

RO
Forgive me, Gul Mogad, but I’m
not sure you have the authority
to make such a declaration.
(emphasising
“Legate”)
Legate Macet signed the agreement
to allow these colonists to settle
on Argaya. As far as I know that
agreement is still in effect.

 

Mogad’s insincere smile freezes to ice - he hates Macet.

 

MOGAD (screen)
The legate is not here. I am. And
I have three Galor-class warships
ready and willing to follow my
orders. I suggest you turn around,
and take your... colonists... back
to Federation space. Mogad out.

 

The signal drops, and Ro seethes. The crew reacts...

 

ALECO
The Defiant has taken on Galor-
class ships before, Commander.
Even three of them.

MINNAR
I’m certain I can get us past the
blockade, closer to the surface.

CANDLEWOOD
We could even use the cloak.

RO
The Defiant could do all of that,
sure. But the colony ships can’t.
We can’t leave them undefended.

CANDLEWOOD
But Commander -

RO
We’re in Cardassian space here,
John. I won’t start a war with one
of the few nations in this galaxy
that is still on our side. But...
there are other ways to solve our
problems than with weapons.

 

Ro gets up from her command chair and throws out orders...

 

RO
Minnar, hold position. Aleco, go
to yellow alert, keep an eye out
for any sign of them charging
weapons. John, watch closely...

 

Ro goes to the science station, begins entering commands over Candlewood’s shoulder...

 

45 INT. ARGAYA BASE - LEGATE’S OFFICE

 

An ALERT on Macet’s computer. Confused, he goes to check...

 

MACET
Somebody’s trying to send us a
comm signal... but I can’t make
any sense of it. It’s not on any
channel I’ve ever seen...

 

EVIK is still in the room. He comes to look...

 

EVIK
May I see the telemetry?

 

Macet presses a few buttons, Evik peers at the readouts... and then GRINS broadly.

 

EVIK
Oh, I know what this is. May I?

 

Macet steps aside, and Evik starts working the controls. After a few moments, the comm screen changes to show...

...Ro, on the Defiant’s bridge, anxious.

 

RO (screen)
Nath, you are there. Thank the
Prophets.

EVIK
Commander Ro - what’s going on?
I haven’t seen that kind of comm
configuration since -

RO (screen)
Since advanced tactical training,
yeah. But it was the only way to
get through without them seeing.
Is Macet there?

 

Macet steps back into view...

 

MACET
Is there a problem, Commander?

RO (screen)
I’m afraid so, Legate. I’m in orbit
right now, but I’ve got a Gul
Mogad refusing to let me beam
the colonists down. I’m gonna
assume that wasn’t your idea?

MACET
(tensing)
Definitely not. Please stand by,
Commander. I will do what I can.

 

The signal drops, and Macet seethes. All his worries about rebellion from within have come true...

 

46 EXT. ANDORIAN SCIENCE INSTITUTE - EVENING

 

Not the same science institute as in 12x05, since that was destroyed in the invasion...

 

47 INT. ANDORIAN SCIENCE INSTITUTE - LABORATORY

 

Professor zh’Thiin’s laboratory, where no expense has been spared to have every possible machine science can invent.

zh’Thiin is showing Bashir some of her records, while white-coated underling EXTRAS work in the background.

 

BASHIR
It’s fascinating work, Professor.
Very advanced. I’m seeing some
references to the work of Richard
Galen, Carol Marcus, Arik Soong...

ZH’THIIN
I began with Doctor sh’Veileth’s
studies of the Yrythny genome, of
course. But that was ultimately
non-viable, so I began to cast in
every direction I could. President
Bacco even authorised access to
all the data they have on genetic
engineering, of the sort that the
Federation banned centuries ago.

 

Bashir reacts - he is a result of that banned research.

 

BASHIR
I see. I can’t imagine that was
without its controversy.

ZH’THIIN
Precisely why that aspect of my
research is highly classified.

BASHIR
And is this... artificial DNA?

ZH’THIIN
As I said, Doctor, all options
are on the table.

BASHIR
Including re-engineering the
Andorian genome into only
two sexes instead of four?

 

zh’Thiin cools - it feels like Bashir is judging her.

 

BASHIR
I’m not judging you, Professor.
But as scientists we must consider
the ethical context of our work,
as well as the practical.

ZH’THIIN
Do you have children, Doctor?

 

Bashir pauses - clearly she is trying to manipulate him emotionally, but he can see her point.

 

BASHIR
No. Not yet, anyway.

ZH’THIIN
Nor me. Several of my colleagues
at the Institute are parents. I
had hoped to experience that joy
myself one day. But my bond was
fruitless, and now I am too old.

BASHIR
I’m sorry.

ZH’THIIN
That is why I have dedicated my
life to ensuring that Andorians
everywhere can have the children
cruel nature denied to me.

BASHIR
By any means necessary?

ZH’THIIN
Would you not do the same in
the face of extinction, Doctor?

BASHIR
I... have been known to skirt the
line on occasion. I try not to.

ZH’THIIN
If only we all had that luxury.

 

zh’Thiin moves to another system, hoping to change the subject. She gestures to new data for Bashir to see...

 

ZH’THIIN
Now, I am not concerned simply
with theory, as you can see.

BASHIR
(surprised)
Practical trials? Are you ready
for that?

ZH’THIIN
No time to waste, as your Captain
Sisko put it. Both patients are
progressing nicely. It was my hope
to announce the success of this
new therapy at the conference.

BASHIR
Was? You’re afraid of another
protest from the Treishya?

ZH’THIIN
You must not think of it as that
straight-forward, Doctor. There
are protesters on all sides, and
any positive news is drowned
out in all the noise.

BASHIR
Then what’s their solution?

ZH’THIIN
(sad smile)
Solutions are not their area of
expertise - only blame. And that
goes to anything non-Andorian.

BASHIR
So they’re protesting what you
are doing, and protesting that
you’re not doing enough?

 

zh’Thiin spreads her arms as if to say, “Welcome to Andor.”

 

BASHIR
I don’t envy you your position,
Professor.

ZH’THIIN
I would never disrespect my
colleagues, but it does sometimes
feel like I alone bear the burden
of saving my entire species.

BASHIR
Not anymore. If you’ll allow me to
take a copy of your research, I’ll
get to work immediately.

ZH’THIIN
The Presider did mention you had
experience in genetic engineering.

BASHIR
By necessity, yes.

 

Off Bashir’s evasive expression...

 

48 EXT. SPACE - ANDOR ORBIT

 

The Galaxy-class Robinson in orbit of Andor...

 

49 INT. ROBINSON - BRIDGE

 

SISKO is in the command chair, unhappily reading from a PADD. His usual bridge crew is around him - PLANTE at Ops, UTELN at tactical, SIVADEKI at helm, EXTRAS elsewhere.

The turbolift opens and ROGEIRO steps onto the bridge, walks down to join Sisko in the command well, sits.

 

SISKO
Welcome back, Commander.

ROGEIRO
Thank you, Captain. Did I miss
anything interesting?

 

In response, Sisko hands Rogeiro the padd. Rogeiro reads...

 

ROGEIRO
Typhon Pact fleet movements.

SISKO
The Tzenkethi are harrying our
colonies along the border, after
whatever happened in the Venette
Convention. Tensions are rising
between the two Romulan empires...

ROGEIRO
And nobody is actually talking
to anybody else.

SISKO
It makes me nervous. Especially
with us being here, not there.

ROGEIRO
Captain... I just wanted to say
that it’s nice to see you out on
the bridge. Given our earlier
conversation on the subject...

 

It makes Sisko uncomfortable, but he nods acknowledgement.

The turbolift opens again, and a young non-com crewman in operations yellow enters - SCALIN, a fresh-faced BAJORAN male. He eagerly walks down to Sisko, hands him a PADD.

 

SCALIN
Captain Sisko. Commander Relkdahz
asked me to bring the engineering
status report to you, sir. He says it
needs your signature before he
can file it, sir.

SISKO
That’s fine, crewman...?

SCALIN
Scalin, sir. Crewman Scalin Resk.

SISKO
(eyes on padd)
Alright, Mister Scalin. Is there a
reason for such a bright smile?

SCALIN
(flustered)
Oh. No, sir. I’m sorry, sir. I mean,
yes, there’s a reason, but I
didn’t mean to, sir. It’s just...
it’s an honour, sir, to meet the
Emissary of the Prophets.

 

Sisko sharply stands, thumbs his approval to the padd, and hands it back to Scalin. He wants this over with asap.

 

SISKO
Crewman Scalin, I understand your
appreciation. But I am not the
Emissary of the Prophets.

SCALIN
(bashful)
I’ve heard how humble you are, sir.

SISKO
(darkening)
I’m not being humble. I may have
been the Emissary at one time...
but I am not any longer.

 

Scalin is not convinced. He tries to be encouraging...

 

SCALIN
I’ve heard that might be how you
feel now, sir. But that’s alright -
the rest of us still believe.

 

Sisko is on the verge of exploding right on the bridge. But Rogeiro is suddenly on his feet and interjecting...

 

ROGEIRO
Mister Scalin. Captain Sisko has
informed you that he is not the
Bajoran Emissary. But he is the
commanding officer of this ship.
You will treat him as such, and
only as such. If you cannot keep
your smiles and your beliefs to
yourself, perhaps we can find you
another starship where you can.
Do I make myself clear, crewman?

 

Scalin snaps to attention, horrified at being yelled at in front of the entire bridge. No sign of a smile anymore.

 

SCALIN
Yes sir. Very clear, sir.

ROGEIRO
Good. Carry on with your duties.

SCALIN
Yes, sir.

 

Scalin immediately scuttles back up the ramp and into the turbolift. Everyone is very uncomfortable at what happened.

 

SISKO
Thank you, Commander. If you’ll
excuse me...

 

Sisko heads right back into his ready room without looking at anyone, lets the door close behind him.

Rogeiro watches him go with a sigh. All his good work to bring Sisko out of his shell, now ruined...

 

BLACK OUT

 

END OF ACT FOUR

Act Five by lvsxy808

ACT FIVE

 

FADE IN:

 

50 EXT. ANDOR - NORTHERN WASTES - DAY

 

The extreme northern arctic of the Andorian homeworld, as seen in ENT “The Aenar”. Mountains of ice and snow as far as the eye can see, shining with reflected sunlight.

A small collection of huts clings to the icy ground, the type of micro-settlement occupied by mountain climbers or extreme explorers. The Rio Grande has set down next to it.

 

51 SHAR

 

wears Starfleet cold weather gear (as in VOY “Timeless”), trudging up a narrow path away from the runabout and into the ice mountains. He pauses, looks to his left...

...and sees a sheer cliff so deep he cannot see the bottom.

 

TENMEI (o.s.)
That is a long way down.

 

Shar glances behind him, sees TENMEI and NOG, dressed the same. Ahead, the Andorian zhen ZH’YEMRE, their guide.

 

ZH’YEMRE
Yes, you’ll want to watch your
step on this path. Any slip up
here would be quite unfortunate.

TENMEI
Pretty sure this is the coldest I
have ever been in my entire life.

SHAR
It’s actually quite mild for this
time in the season. Particulate
matter thrown into the atmosphere
must have affected the climate.

NOG
I’m working on fixing that.

ZH’YEMRE
Come on - it’s not much further.

 

zh’Yemre leads them on up the narrow path, deeper into the glaciers. Tenmei mutters darkly under her breath...

 

TENMEI
This had better be worth it...

 

52 INT. ANDORIAN SCIENCE INSTITUTE - LABORATORY

 

Night now, the end of the working day. Professor zh’Thiin is just saying goodbye to her underlings as they leave...

 

ZH’THIIN
Enjoy your evening. I’ll see you
early tomorrow, lots to do.

 

She closes the door behind them, and heads back to her station. She hesitates, unhappy about having to do this. But it must be done, no choice in the matter.

 

ZH’THIIN
Computer, retrieve and decrypt
private correspondence.

 

The computer BEEPS, and the screen changes to show an image of a male GALLAMITE, an information broker named SINTAY.

 

SINTAY (screen)
Greetings, Professor zh’Thiin. It
is my pleasure to pass along the
regards of our mutual benefactors.

 

zh’Thiin darkens - she hates having “benefactors” at all.

 

SINTAY (screen)
Our friends have reviewed the
information you’ve sent, and they
are most pleased with the progress
you’ve made. They are delighted
that your practical trials are
advancing just as you projected.

 

She gave these strangers her data about the anonymous trial subjects - and she feels sick about it.

 

SINTAY (screen)
As to your request for additional
information on gene manipulation,
my clients remain reluctant to
provide that at this time. Given
the controversial nature of the
research, our friends prefer to
avoid drawing undue attention...
at least for the time being.

 

In other words, she is at their mercy and cannot proceed without their say-so.

 

SINTAY (screen)
For now, you are instructed to
continue on your current course.
If it becomes necessary to offer
additional guidance, rest assured
that it will be provided. Until then,
we wish you all success with
your work. Good day, Professor.

 

The signal drops, and zh’Thiin hisses in frustration. But what choice does she have? She gets back to work.

 

53 EXT. SPACE - DEFIANT AND CONVOY

 

Still holding position on the edge of the Argaya system...

 

54 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

 

Ro in command, biting her lip with impatience. An ALERT...

 

ALECO
Commander, the Xhosa is hailing.

RO
On screen.

 

The viewscreen reveals KASIDY on her bridge, also anxious.

 

KASIDY (screen)
Commander Ro? What’s going on?
My helmsman tells me we entered
the Argaya system hours ago.

RO
That’s true, Captain Yates. But
I’m afraid there’s a delay with
beaming people to the surface.

KASIDY (screen)
What kind of delay? I thought
everything was agreed weeks ago.

RO
Just some last minute red tape,
Captain. I’ve every reason to
believe it’ll be resolved soon.

KASIDY (screen)
I hope so. Because I’ve got a ship
full of colonists here that were
told this would be a short flight.
They already spent weeks trapped
in cargo holds to get to Bajor, and
they’re not eager to repeat the
experience, believe me.

RO
I understand, Captain. Please try
to reassure your passengers that
I am working on it. Defiant out.

 

The signal drops on an unconvinced Kasidy. Ro seethes...

 

RO
What the hell is Macet playing at?

 

Off Ro’s frustration...

 

55 INT. ARGAYA BASE - LEGATE’S OFFICE

 

Macet stands at the window, looking out into the night of this unfamiliar and undeveloped world. The door CHIMES...

 

MACET
Enter.

 

The door slides open, and EVIK enters, likewise frustrated.

 

EVIK
Legate. I hope you don’t mind my
pointing out, but several hours
have passed and I have seen
no colonists. What’s going on?

 

Macet reluctantly turns to Evik - he knows the Bajoran will not be happy to hear what he has to say.

 

MACET
I have been unable to persuade Gul
Mogad to rescind his ultimatum.

EVIK
Persuade? Aren’t you the Legate?
Order him to stand down.

MACET
It’s not that simple. Mogad and I
were equal until a few months ago,
and he always resented my tendency
towards peace over war. Now I have
been promoted over him, he resents
me all the more.

EVIK
So? Are you a flag officer of the
Cardassian military or not?

MACET
Of course. But I am trying to be
a figurehead for a new Cardassia,
Commander. One that doesn’t force
its soldiers to commit atrocities
and then rationalises it with “I
was only following orders.”

 

Evik calms himself, ponders the conundrum. He empathises.

 

EVIK
The progressive dilemma - how to
fight extremism without becoming
an extremist yourself. We may “go
high”, but they have no qualms
about taking advantage of that.

MACET
Exactly. The Cardassian people
do not want this. The Cardassian
military don’t want it either. If
I don’t order them, they win. If I
do order them, it’s proof I’m just
as bad as them... and they win.

EVIK
And if they do win, the Khitomer
Accords alliance never happens.

MACET
So what do I do? I’m powerless.

EVIK
No, Legate. You’re not powerless.
You’re simply afraid to use the
power you have. And that is
what these people rely upon.

 

Macet takes that on board...

 

56 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

 

Ro still in her command seat, waiting. An ALERT...

 

ALECO
Gul Mogad is hailing us again.

 

Ro sighs with relief - finally the wait is over.

 

RO
Put him through.

 

The viewscreen shows MOGAD on his bridge again...

 

RO
Gul Mogad. May I assume our little
misunderstanding is resolved?

MOGAD (screen)
There was no misunderstanding on
our side, Commander Ro. I told you
to leave. You have not done so.

RO
But I thought... Macet -

MOGAD (screen)
You have one minute to leave the
Argaya system and set course for
Federation space, Commander. If
you do not, I will open fire... and
all those civilians you are here
to protect... will die.

 

The signal drops, and so does Ro’s jaw. ALERTS go off...

 

ALECO
All three Cardassian ships just
powered up their weapons arrays,
Commander. And they’re targeting
the civilian ships.

 

Ro can hardly believe it has come to this, but here we are. She settles comfortably into her command chair...

 

RO
Red alert. Battle stations.

 

As the Defiant goes to RED ALERT...

 

57 INT. ANDORIAN ICE TUNNEL

 

Shar, Tenmei, Nog and their guide zh’Yemre trudge through the icy tunnel, hoods and goggles now removed.

 

TENMEI
What exactly are we looking for?

SHAR
The report the Presider showed me
was almost purposefully vague.

ZH’YEMRE
With good reason, I assure you.
Until we’re ready to share what
we’ve found, we’d prefer not to
have too many people up here
disturbing the site.

NOG
Is it me or is it getting warmer?

ZH’YEMRE
We’re so deep underground here
that the ice itself acts as an
insulator, keeps it warm. You can
stash your coats just up ahead.

 

They reach a small working area built into the tunnel - a couple of desks, computers, lockers, a portable replicator. zh’Yemre stops, takes off her coat, stashes it in a locker, welcomes the others to do the same. They do. Once everyone is back down to normal clothes, they proceed...

 

TENMEI
Forgive me for being blunt, Doctor
zh’Yemre, but with everything
that’s going on in the Federation,
was this really the time for this
kind of archeological expedition?

ZH’YEMRE
You’re not the first to ask that
question, Lieutenant. But Presider
sh’Thalis not only authorised the
expedition, she encouraged it once
the initial discovery was made.

SHAR
You still haven’t said what was
discovered, Doctor zh’Yemre.

ZH’YEMRE
(grin)
That’s because I’m trying to build
anticipation, Lieutenant ch’Thane.

 

They reach a turn in the tunnel, and zh’Yemre leads Shar, Nog and Tenmei excitedly into...

 

58 INT. AENAR UNDERGROUND CITY

 

A stunning underground vista, larger and more elaborate even than that seen in ENT “The Aenar.” Straight lines, sweeping curves, gleaming crystal structures.

An enormous complex consisting of hundreds of elegant Aenar habitats, long deserted, built into towering walls of ice.

Standing on a ledge looking out over this view, zh’Yemre grins proudly. Shar, Tenmei and Nog are stunned.

 

SHAR
An Aenar city. I had no idea...

ZH’YEMRE
That any still existed? We didn’t
either. There are no records. But
an ice-cutter studying the ruins
of L’Uvan read refined metals and
structures deep under the surface.

NOG
It’s beautiful...

TENMEI
I’m sorry, who are the Aenar?

ZH’YEMRE
A sub-species of Andorians. They
faced a choice between renouncing
their isolation in cities like this...
or facing extinction. They chose
the latter.

SHAR
I can only hope that the rest of
our people, when faced with the
same choice, will have the sense
to learn the Aenar’s lesson.

 

FADE OUT

 

END OF SHOW

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