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FADE IN:

 

1 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

 

The Defiant at its usual slot on the docking ring. Another Starfleet ship, the Norway-class Mjolnir, has docked at one of the upper pylons. Meanwhile at a lower pylon sits the Cardassian Galor-class vessel Trager. Over the above:

RO (v.o.)
Commander’s log, stardate 58994-
point-zero. The station is playing
host to two very important people,
as part of our ongoing attempts
to bring the Cardassian Union into
the Khitomer Accords. What should
be an auspicious occasion is a bit
awkward for me... because I know
one of those people very well.

 

2 INT. DS9 - WARD ROOM

 

Cardassian officer MACET stands gazing out of the window. At the sound of the door opening, he TURNS...

...and sees Commander RO entering with a warm smile.

 

RO
Legate Macet - welcome back to DS-
Nine. Sorry to keep you waiting.

MACET
Not a problem, Commander. Mister
Evik here has been fine company.

 

Ro turns to Lt Cmdr EVIK, who has been keeping watch on their Cardassian guest - but nicely.

 

RO
Thank you, Commander Evik. That’ll
be all.

EVIK
Commander. Legate.

 

The Bajoran security chief nods and EXITS.

Now alone, Ro approaches Macet and grips his forearms in welcome. They are, if not friends, then at least friendly.

 

RO
Congrats on the promotion, Legate.
And about time too, by the way.

MACET
Thank you - although it was not
by my own choice. Unfortunately,
it was decided by my government
that Gul was entirely insufficient
as a rank for the new governor of
the Argaya, Lyshan and Solarion
systems, so Legate it was.

RO
Governor of three whole systems?
That’s quite a job.

MACET
Given our limited resources, it’s
the best we can do.

RO
I thought you were given those
systems to help with resources.

MACET
(leading)
But given our limited resources...

RO
(catching on)
...You haven’t been able to make
use of those resources.

MACET
You see our dilemma. Hence my
assignment - with a mandate to
finally make those systems into
something we can actually use.

RO
I was surprised you hadn’t been
promoted long before now, to be
honest. You’ve been commanding
the Trager for, what - fifteen years?

MACET
I preferred to maintain my Gul
rank as long as possible. It was
more... hands on... than Legate.

 

Ro darkens a little, turns away. Tries to make it look like not a big deal, even though it is. Macet is a touch thrown.

 

RO
I seem to recall Dukat saying the
same thing when he took over
the entire Cardassian Union.

 

Now Macet understands Ro’s reaction... he tries to be sensitive to her feelings. He has no wish to make enemies here - indeed his mission is the complete opposite.

 

MACET
My beloved cousin did that to help
cultivate an image as friendly and
approachable. Even when megalo-
mania led him to launch a coup and
install himself as absolute ruler,
he still retained the title of Gul
Dukat, just “one of the guys”.

RO
And proceeded to order the death
of every Maquis he could find.

MACET
Quite. I, on the other hand, kept
promotion at arm’s length because
it always seemed to me that the
higher one climbs in the service,
the further one gets from the
people one is meant to serve.

 

Ro warms up again - she knows Macet is not like Dukat.

 

RO
Yes, we’ve definitely experienced
that phenomenon in Starfleet as
well, I assure you. We even have
a word for it - “Badmiral.”

 

Macet LAUGHS in delight, and Ro joins him. They are friends again, or as near as they will get.

Then the door opens and Admiral AKAAR enters, stern and formal and tall as ever. Ro and Macet turn to greet him.

 

RO
And here we have the best example
of all. Legate Akellen Macet, you may
remember Fleet Admiral Leonard
James Akaar, now Starfleet’s com-
mander in chief and the highest
officer in the entire service.

 

Akaar takes this as cold fact with a hint of a boast. Macet knows that Ro meant it as a smirking dig against Akaar, given what they were just discussing about higher ranks.

Akaar maintains his stern, dignified and ramrod-straight demeanour, taking Macet’s forearms in fellowship.

 

AKAAR
Welcome back to Deep Space Nine,
Legate. Your journey was safe?

MACET
It was, thank you Admiral. I come
with an open heart and open hand.

 

Macet performs the traditional Capellan welcoming ritual, earning him the tiniest hint of a smile from Akaar.

Akaar gestures to the conference table, and the two senior officers take their seats, Akaar completely blanking Ro.

 

AKAAR
Thank you, Commander. Dismissed.

 

Behind Akaar’s back, Ro exchanges a look with Macet - see what I mean? Macet is sympathetic.

Then Ro turns to EXIT out into the corridor, hearing Akaar drone on...

 

AKAAR (o.s.)
I’m sure neither of us wants to
waste time on trivial platitudes,
Legate, so let’s begin...

 

3 INT. DS9 - CORRIDOR (CONTINUOUS)

 

...and the closing door cuts off any more, leaving Ro in the corridor and feeling snubbed.

Eyeing the Starfleet and Cardassian SECURITY officers positioned outside, she stalks away, trying but failing to hide her irritation...

 

FADE OUT

 

END OF TEASER



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