INT. -- QUARK'S
(KIRA and DAX sit together at a table having drinks. DAX wears an excited, interested look; KIRA looks mostly embarrassed.)
(To KIRA this is clearly inexplicable behavior. DAX decides to avoid conflict.)
(rolling her eyes and throwing up her hands)
(KIRA slumps over the table, conceding defeat. DAX dredges up a certain level of compassion.)
(KIRA looks up from her study of the tabletop; elbows planted on table; fingertips laced behind the back of her neck)
(Not a soul in the bar has indicated hearing a word -- certainly not MORN, slurping down the drinks in his usual single-minded fashion. DAX ignores KIRA's reluctance to continue the conversation and continues to stare at her questioningly.)
(There is a world of meaning in her use of the word "interesting".)
(DAX smothers a grin at the military analogy.)
There aren't any maps for this! I can't prepare!
(KIRA's mouth opens, but nothing manages to come out. She stares fearfully into her drink for a moment. DAX gives her a few seconds before saying:)
(DAX gives a bright, hopeful, encouraging smile, and shrugs off KIRA's disbelieving stare.)
INT. -- KIRA'S QUARTERS.
(KIRA enters her quarters and heads straight for her bedroom. She peers warily in the mirror.)|
(The room is plunged into blackness).
(The lights come up to a pleasantly low level.)
(KIRA goes and pokes around aimlessly in her closet. She can't bring herself to change into "something more comfortable", as her uniform is as comfortable and familiar as a second skin to her. She stares at her wardrobe, defeated, until the door buzzer sounds.)
(ODO enters cautiously.)
(ODO stands rooted a few feet from the door. He is noticeably tense.)
How can I be so uncomfortable with someone I'm usually so comfortable with?
(KIRA manages a laugh and steps a little closer to ODO, daring to bring her hands down on his arms, but not quite managing to let them come to rest.)
(KIRA manages a half-hearted smile, throwing up her hands as if acknowledging defeat).
(ODO gently takes KIRA's face in his hands and starts to kiss her. After a startled pause, she kisses him back, stepping into his arms.)
That's ... very good. (Smiling) Who have you been practicing on?
(hastens to answer the look that crosses KIRA's face) Not at Quark's! On Bajor -- I was only observing -- there were some programs that -- (words fail)
I see. (Reassuringly) That was a good idea. Very ... resourceful. (suddenly overwhelmed; she backs out of his embrace.) Odo, I'm not worried that you can't ... that you won't be able to ... well, actually I am worried about it, but ... (pauses, collects herself) Odo, I don't know what kind of satisfaction doing something so -- physical -- can possibly give you.
(KIRA looks away in confusion -- confusion exacerbated by the fact that she liked his kissing her. A lot.)
(ODO catches KIRA's chin in his fingertips and turns her face towards his.)
I know what you mean.
Was it really? You wouldn't just say that?
(KIRA nods assent. ODO runs his hands lightly over KIRA's hair, then her face and her neck; like a blind person endeavoring to "see", only the touch is far more sensual. One can almost see him drinking in the feel of her through the delicate contact. His hands continue slowly down the length of her back.)
Mmm ...that feels nice.
I did something today that I've never done before.
Besides kissing me?
You mean that these --
(KIRA forces a laugh. ODO remains solemn.)
(They both stand awkwardly for moment. KIRA decides that it must be her turn and takes the vole by the snout.* )
(Looking anywhere but at ODO's face, KIRA starts fumbling at her collar. ODO is absolutely dumbstruck for a moment; then realizes that participation on his part may be called for.)
(ODO carefully unfastens the uniform tunic, his face -- as viewed over Kira's shoulder -- taut with concentration and anxiety. She shrugs it off and then pulls off her white undertunic so that the camera sees her bare back. ODO's eyes move over her body, studying it intently, and then up to her face.)
(ODO nervously starts wrestling out of his clothes. He is even more fumble-fingered than KIRA, who reaches out to help him with some of the clasps. Throughout the sequence that follows, the camera focuses on KIRA's face, which is a study as she watches ODO, her eyes getting wider and wider as she dares to let her gaze travel downwards. She involuntarily takes a step back.)
(When KIRA finally dares to once again lower her gaze, certain adjustments have been made. Her look, while still dumbfounded, becomes cautiously appreciative.)
CUT TO: 2-SHOT, EXTREME CLOSE-UP.
(ODO finally relaxes enough to glimpse the underlying humor of the situation. He gathers KIRA against him, holding her until she also begins to relax.)
(After a shocked pause from KIRA, they both start to laugh, ODO in little short chuckles; KIRA uproariously.)
(KIRA and ODO in bed, under cover of blankets, where things have just proceeded to the usual humanoid-style conclusion. From all outward appearances, both parties found the experience exceptional. KIRA looks like she would be perfectly happy never moving from her place in ODO's arms again as he lies with his head against her shoulder.)|
(There is a pause while ODO judges the sincerity of KIRA's words. KIRA stiffens in rapt concentration as ODO shifts into a golden gel that surrounds her.)
CUT TO: Extreme close-up, KIRA's face, astounded and ecstatic.
CUT TO: Shot of KIRA, by now covered with Odo's liquid form rather than blanket, her hands slowly trailing through the substance that covers her.
CUT TO: Some time has obviously passed before ODO's form once again coalesces into his usual humanoid appearance in the bed beside KIRA. Both are taut in the aftermath of what was clearly a deeply ecstatic experience felt on a variety of levels.
For a moment it is all they can do to lie there, individually evaluating what they've shared. They move simultaneously to face each other, their foreheads almost touching on the pillow.)
(Odo's features, while still uniquely Odo's, are decidedly clearer cut, more Bajoran in nature. There is still a hint of no-not-quite-a-Bajoran, but the mouth is more clearly defined and --)
(They kiss -- a kiss that is finally spontaneous, as well as meaningful. They are consequently both embarrassed by the breakdown of their tough-guy approach to life into -- gasp! -- verbalized expressions of sentiment.)
(KIRA laughs in sudden delight, her physical satisfaction secondary to her sense of overall relief that everything has gone a thousand times better than she ever dared hope. Her expression grows softly seductive.)
(KIRA smiles invitingly, gathering ODO into her arms.)
INT. -- PROMENADE.
(The lighting indicates that it is once again "daytime" aboard the station. KIRA strolls into view, a little bemused, obviously happy, humming to herself.)|
DAX, coming up behind KIRA, catches sight of her. She hurries to catch up, taking KIRA's arm and steering her into the Replimat before KIRA can protest.)
(This argument is inescapable; KIRA sits down at the nearest table.)
(DAX stares at KIRA interestedly, obviously awaiting a more detailed response.)
(DAX's eyes widen; then she leans over the table and squeezes KIRA's hands in a sort of "hug". They both laugh.)
(KIRA freezes as BASHIR comes up behind her. She gives DAX one appalled, pleading stare.)
(KIRA sits mute, a rabbit caught in headlights. BASHIR smiles as understanding dawns; DS9 really is nothing more than a small village in the way that news travels.)
(ODO comes up behind KIRA and rests protective hands on her shoulders while she sags back against him, relieved. DAX and BASHIR sit slightly abashed, like guilty children.)
(BASHIR nods an enthusiastic affirmation. ODO looks carefully from one to the other.)
(KIRA stands up to join him, and ODO stops the others from attempting to follow with a single look.) Alone.
(KIRA stands; hesitating only a second before reaching up to give ODO a brief but pointed kiss on the mouth, to numerous stares. She then tucks her hand into the crook of his arm, and they leave the coffee shop, heading back into the mainstream of the Promenade. DAX and BASHIR settle down for a cozy "dish" about their friends.)
(BASHIR holds up a PADD. DAX is up behind him and reading over his shoulder faster than a vole can eat through a conduit.)
(The camera angle shifts to an unfamiliar BAJORAN sitting two tables away, listening unobtrusively -- an older man, of medium build and with a generally innocuous appearance. His eyes narrow thoughtfully.)
INT. -- KIRA'S QUARTERS
(KIRA sits trying to meditate, although not with quite her usual level of concentration. The doorcom beeps.)|
(SISKO enters, carrying a PADD.)
FADE OUT on KIRA's shocked, disbelieving face.
INT. -- KIRA'S QUARTERS
(KIRA stands there staring at SISKO, her face a study in total disbelief.)|
(KIRA looks like she'd like to break something -- WINN's neck coming to mind. Finally:)
(Door com beeps.)
(ODO enters. He eyes SISKO curiously.)
(SISKO exits. ODO eyes KIRA sardonically.)
(KIRA stands; fists thrust out at her sides, obviously fighting to keep her rage at manageable levels.)
(KIRA takes a step toward ODO, and there is a long pause while he takes her into his arms, holding her tightly against him.)
(KIRA leans back to stare at him, her face a study in utter amazement.)
INT. -- DAX'S QUARTERS.
(KIRA and DAX sit on large cushions on the floor, exchanging confidences. A more-than-usual amount of synthale has been consumed, having no impact on DAX, but causing KIRA to be just a little bit more relaxed than is her norm.)|
(DAX leans over and gives KIRA a hug. KIRA's teasing smile fades as she considers her current dilemma.)
(KIRA nods and silently starts to cry. DAX, knowing that tears do not come easily to KIRA, moves closer so she can put an arm around her shoulders.)
(KIRA dashes the tears from her eyes.)
(KIRA nods, ashamed. DAX squeezes her shoulders comfortingly.)
(KIRA manages a smile.)
(KIRA leans forward intently; she is so fascinated by this paradox that she forgets that she's talking about sex and how it directly relates to her.)
(DAX gives an astonished grin at KIRA's unexpected choice of words. KIRA leans back against her cushion, smiling, eyes closed. Her face, and particularly her body language, radiate a new, gentle and unself-conscious sensuality.)
(DAX's expression speaks volumes. KIRA looks appalled.)
(with a blush and a grin)
(They both laugh.)
(KIRA looks startled at the question, before her eyes flare with remembered passion. She forces herself to keep her tone casual.)
(It's obvious that KIRA hasn't told the whole story as she hugs hers knees to her chest; but DAX opts to grant her friend her privacy. DAX reaches for a PADD on the floor beside her and starts scribbling industriously.)
(She picks up a PADD from the floor beside her, starts making notes.)
INT. -- REPLIMAT.
(Odo is sitting quietly at a table in the Replimat feigning interest in a cup of coffee that is actually just an extension of his hand, and observing activities on the Promenade. GARAK enters and pulls up a chair to the table.)|
(ODO turns and gives GARAK his full attention.)
(GARAK rises and departs, leaving ODO with a look of consternation on his face.)
INT. -- SISKO'S OFFICE
(SISKO sits at his desk, looking across it at KIRA and ODO who are seated facing him. They both look rather anxious at the news they've just imparted. SISKO has his elbows on the desk, his fingers making a steeple in his "thinking" position.)|
(KIRA and ODO exchange glances.)
(SISKO does a spit-take, struggles not to laugh. KIRA and ODO are looking at him earnestly.)
INT. -- KIRA'S QUARTERS
KIRA sits in front of her prayer light, meditating. She wears a simple light gown, and has a dress, subtly patterned in green and rust, draped across her lap.|
ODO enters quietly, and slips into a seated position at KIRA's side. KIRA looks up, startled.
KIRA leans over and gives ODO an impulsive kiss.
They both sit quietly, looking at the flame. ODO reaches out and takes KIRA's hand in his.
(KIRA repeats the prayer, ODO carefully repeating the lines after her.)
KIRA looks over at ODO. Her eyes are bright with unshed tears, but she is smiling. ODO reaches out and touches the dress in her lap.
(KIRA smiles and lays the dress aside.)
(with a rare, sweet smile)
(She moves into his arms.)
INT. -- SISKO'S OFFICE
(With it's convenient location next to the ward room, this is where KIRA has changed into her joining dress, and where she, ODO, and SISKO now wait . ODO sits quietly in a chair in the corner, studying a PADD. SISKO sits at his desk, eyeing the bride warily. KIRA, pacing, is clearly having a case of last-minute pre-wedding jitters.)|
(becomes absolutely still; listening)
(KIRA looks at him and smiles slowly, a soft glow lighting her eyes.)
(ODO is still seemingly absorbed in his PADD -- there is only the faintest sheen on his face showing that he's been having a difficult time holding his shape from sheer tension. His tone remains studiedly casual.)
(KIRA glances over at ODO, and notices the fast-fading telltale marks. She crosses to stand behind him, putting her arms around his neck.)
(SISKO gets to his feet.)
(SISKO exits. ODO pats his lap. KIRA looks at him strangely.)
(KIRA, with a little smile, does as suggested. ODO wraps his arms around her comfortably.)
(leaning her head against his)
(The big event is clearly underway. All the guests have arrived -- DAX, BASHIR, O'BRIEN, JAKE, WORF -- even, surprisingly enough, QUARK, ROM, NOG, and GARAK. Everyone is waiting for SISKO, KIRA, and ODO to make their appearance.)|
(SISKO enters from his office, followed by ODO and KIRA -- ODO looks very much his usual self, but KIRA is a stranger in her Bajoran wedding dress -- very simply cut with a form-fitting bodice and long sleeves, all in a rich emerald green touched with rust. She wears a simple diadem** of rust-colored ribbon, the ends trailing halfway down her back. There is absolutely nothing extraordinary about her outfit, but the look on her face makes her breathtaking. An expectant hush falls on the small "crowd")
(He nods at ODO and KIRA, who move to stand in front of him.)
(QUARK looks stricken. Keep the bar closed for four hours?)
(QUARK relaxes. SISKO opens the book that he holds in his hands and begins reading the words of the ceremony. DAX, standing to BASHIR's right, and ROM, standing to his left, both sniff happily, dabbing their eyes with their handkerchiefs.)
(There is the sound of some sort of ruckus outside the door, causing WORF and, surprisingly, QUARK, both wearing "bouncer faces", to leave to investigate.)
(DAX and ROM continue sniffling, happily oblivious, as the ceremony continues.)
(KIRA already knows her part.)
(ODO's eyes widen as he hears the variation on his name. DAX sniffles become more audible.)
(whispering back, between sniffs)
(ROM, overhearing, sniffs louder, too.)
(ODO takes KIRA's face in his hands and kisses her, gently but thoroughly.)
(Everyone exchanges looks. The VOICE belongs to Kai WINN.)
INT. -- SISKO'S WARD ROOM
(The wedding party and guests stand momentarily frozen. SISKO takes charge, reaching out to tap both KIRA and ODO's combadges.)|
(Shoves the book containing the wedding ceremony into ODO's arms just before he and KIRA dissolve in the transporter effect.)
INT. -- KIRA'S QUARTERS
(ODO and KIRA materialize. KIRA reaches up and pulls off her diadem, shaking her head in disbelief.)|
(putting the down the book on the desk)
INT. -- SISKO'S WARD ROOM
(Kai WINN has just been allowed to storm through the door, and is looking around at the too-innocent faces of SISKO, O'BRIEN, BASHIR, DAX, etc. She focuses on SISKO.)|
(WINN turns aside; moving towards where DAX stands in front of the reception table. DAX unobtrusively pulls ROM towards her so that he is also between WINN and whatever is on the table.)
(There sitting on the table, is a large and fairly bizarre looking cake, iced in blue, black and bright orange. In addition, it is decorated with two -- small -- slips of gold-pressed latinum.)
(hissing; an aside to ROM)
(turning to SISKO)
(dropping the charade)
(softly; but with steel underneath)
(WINN pauses, thinks, hones her tactics. Finally:)
(WINN's eyes widen indignantly as...)
EXT. -- A RIDGE LINE ON BAJOR.
(The terrain is rugged, rather desolate. The sun has just dipped below the ridge. KIRA and ODO appear in a shimmer of transporter effect, KIRA in civilian clothing suited to the rugged task ahead. They start moving quickly, KIRA leading the way through the rocky terrain.)|
(moving up to stand at KIRA's side)
(nodding ahead of her)
(glancing around at the fast settling night)
(They start off again.)
EXT. -- A SMALL CLEARING
(KIRA, sitting back on her haunches, has just planted a lightstick to see by. ODO stands at the edge of the light, taking one last peer into the darkness before coming to sit at KIRA's side. KIRA sits down next to him, taking his hand briefly in hers before starting to rummage in her pack. She pulls out a packet of combat rations and tears into it, chewing unenthusiastically on the contents.)|
(ODO smiles, gently resting his hand on KIRA's knee.)
(KIRA leans back into ODO's arms and they start to kiss.)
(KIRA whips around into a defensive posture. ODO equally tense and poised for action. A large figure of a man steps into the light of the light stick.)
(FUREL steps closer -- a bluff, hearty man with one arm.)
(startled, remembering herself)
(looks at ODO)
(Stares at ODO for a second before remembering his manners.)
EXT. -- OUTSIDE LUPAZA'S CAVE
(An extremely rocky stretch of ridge line. FUREL and KIRA pick their way along as only a pair of natives could, ODO following a bit more cautiously.)|
(The voice is sharp and challenging, and sounds closer than it should be. KIRA and ODO turn toward it quickly. They can see almost nothing in the darkness.)
(A figure steps out into the light of their lightsticks. Lupaza is a tall, "home-grown", handsome woman, with strong features and long, curly hair. She takes a few steps closer, still cautious, until she sees that it is really KIRA.)
(runs to KIRA; they hug)
(She looks at FUREL questioningly. He shrugs.)
INT. -- LUPAZA'S CAVE.
(While it has been made to be extremely homey and inviting, it is still clearly a cave. LUPAZA is explaining.)|
(She goes to get some water. After they all sit down together at LUPAZA's table, KIRA reaches out and takes ODO's hand, squeezes it briefly.)
(absently; finishing her glass and reaching for ODO's)
(to the group)
(ODO has been thinking intently. Now he looks up.)
(KIRA's smile slowly fades as she sees the expression on FUREL'S and LUPAZA's faces.)
(stunned; dreading the answer)
(KIRA and ODO exchange looks of horror.)
INT. -- LUPAZA'S CAVE
(LUPAZA, KIRA and ODO are all still sitting at the table.)|
(hesitantly, lest more horrors be revealed)
(LUPAZA and FUREL both look at her questioningly.)
(KIRA makes a disparaging face while ODO looks puzzled at the reference.)
(She shudders and buries her face in her hands. ODO reaches out to lay a gentle hand on her arm.)
(straightening, dashing the tears from her eyes; croaks)
(manages a laugh)
(Lupaza goes and fetches a large pitcher. The rest of the group watches, vaguely concerned, while KIRA gulps down a couple of glasses full.)
(realizing she's being observed)
(LUPAZA leads KIRA and ODO back through the cave, which has been divided into several walled compartments. She pushes open a door.)
(LUPAZA looks like she would like to ask a million questions and possibly make a good five hundred joking remarks, but opts for being a good hostess.)
INT. -- LUPAZA'S "GUEST ROOM"
(KIRA sinks down onto the bed, lying back and closing her eyes. ODO comes and sits on the edge of the bed beside her.)|
(opens her eyes, smiles at him)
(KIRA lets out a sudden gasp, clutching her arms around herself as though she's in pain.)
(This time the sudden sound that emerges from KIRA is more like a scream. ODO jumps to his feet and goes to throw open the door.)
(ODO hits his combadge as Lupaza hurries through the door and goes straight to KIRA. FUREL, who has followed her, hovers anxiously in the doorway.)
(ODO taps his combadge and turns back to KIRA. She is sitting on the bed drinking another glass of water while LUPAZA waits close at hand.)
EXT. -- OUTSIDE LUPAZA'S CAVE
|(Dr. BASHIR appears via transporter. LUPAZA, who is watching for him, comes out to lead him back into the cave.)|
INT. -- LUPAZA'S "GUEST ROOM"
(KIRA is dozing on the bed, ODO sitting patiently at her side, holding her hand. BASHIR hurries in. LUPAZA and FUREL follow, but stay quietly near the doorway.)|
(softly to ODO)
(BASHIR sits down on the side of the bed opposite ODO's, takes out his medical scanner)
(He takes a reading. Stops. Takes another. He stops, puzzled. Surprisingly, he turns and takes a quick reading from Odo.)
(BASHIR redoes his readings on KIRA -- slowly.)
(BASHIR makes a few adjustments on his medical tricorder, and does one last scan)
(KIRA struggles into a sitting position, leaning back against ODO, who automatically puts his arms around her to support her. ODO is speechless, staring at BASHIR.)
(ODO and KIRA stare at BASHIR, shocked.)
TO BE CONTINUED...
** "Diadem" conjures up images of lofty headgear, but actually all it is is a simple ribbon tied around the forehead.
Copyright 1996 by Carolyn R. Fulton
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