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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



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