Heart of Glass
by Deb Barnum
JAKE SISCO and MARTA are having breakfast, talking
quietly. KIRA, sitting across the room at a table alone, is
watching as they share a joke. DAX comes up behind her.
Penny for your thoughts.
Old Earth slang Julien uses. I suppose
the modern version would be "a credit
for your thoughts," or something.
Mmm. Well, these thoughts aren't
worth paying for.
Dax follows her line of sight. Jake and Marta are just
leaving, holding hands. Dax looks back to Kira.
INT. BALCONY ABOVE QUARK'S
ODO is standing at the edge, watching Kira. BASHIR
Penny for your thoughts.
Bashir looks down at Kira and Dax.
Oh. Never mind.
Odo glances suspiciously at Bashir. Dax looks up and
Bashir catches her eye. In sign language, he gestures,
"I have a question." Dax responds in kind, "I'll come up."
Dax rises, taking her leave of Kira.
What was that all about?
Oh, sorry. It's called "sign language."
One of Dax's previous hosts learned it
while he was on Earth, and Jadzia has
been teaching it to me. It's rather a
useful way to communicate across
distances without using a
Yes, I can see that.
I told her that I had a question, and
she said that she'd come up here.
Dax approaches them from the lift.
Perhaps she'd teach me someday.
I understand the Bajoran rebels had
a sign language of sorts that they used
during the war. You ought to see if
Major Kira would teach it to you.
Dax, I wanted to ask you about that
new phase inverter. Do you think it
could be modified . . .?
He and Dax walk away. Odo looks down at Kira again.
She glances up and their gazes lock. Odo is the first to look
away, and when he looks back, she is gone.
INT. HALL -- OUTSIDE KIRA'S QUARTERS
Kira arrives at her door to find a small package left outside.
It is wrapped in decorative paper, but contains to tags or
markings. She takes the small box inside; she opens it and
pulls out a bottle of perfume. Again there are no labels.
Now who would send me perfume . . .?
She opens and smells it, wrinkling her nose in distaste.
Phew! I'll bet it was Quark. This stuff
smells like old Ferringi socks. . . . (beat)
Noticeably dizzy, she puts the bottle down on a table and
leans on it for support. She looks around in confusion,
manages to touch her communicator,
Kira to Bashir. . . .
Yes, Major. (beat) Major? (beat)
END OF TEASER
Kira is waking up on a bio-bed. Bashir comes over.
Did you get the registry of that
You inhaled turalide--a substance that
does not belong in a perfume bottle.
Where did you get it?
(keeping her eyes closed)
It was outside my door. Someone's
sick idea of a joke, no doubt.
I don't think so. Turalide is poisonous.
If you had taken a bigger whiff, or
you hadn't been able to call. . . .
Someone tried to kill me? Why?
Odo, who has been lurking in the background, steps forward.
We were hoping you would be able
to tell us that.
(shakes her head, gently)
Honestly, Odo, I don't have a clue
who would do this. Unless it's some
Cardassian plot. . . .
I haven't ruled that out. But tell me
if you think of anything else: an old
enemy from the war, perhaps. The
perfume bottle may be a clue.
I'll think about it.
In the meantime, I think visiting hours
are over, Constable.
(soto voce to Odo) You've been here
for six hours.
Odo starts to protest that his duties are not being neglected.
What? How long was I out?
(beat) About six hours.
Kira watches Odo leave.
He waited for six hours to find out if
I knew who did this?
(beat) Something like that.
INT. HALL -- HOLOSUITE DOORS
Jake and a blindfolded Marta stand before the doors.
Marta is carrying a picnic basket and a blanket.
The doors open and Jake leads Marta inside. They walk out
onto a grassy bluff. The sun is low in a crimson sky and a
light breeze is blowing. In the distance, a 200-foot waterfall
crashes into the sea. The holosuite doors hiss shut behind
the young couple and disappear.
Can I look now?
He takes the basket and blanket and sets them on the ground
as she removes the blindfold.
Oh, Jake, it's beautiful. Is it a real
It's Altair 3. My dad was there once,
and he told me about it. I made up
this program from some pictures.
It's really wonderful, Jake. It's the
best birthday present ever.
A large butterfly flutters down and lands on Marta's
outstretched hand. The butterfly suddenly fizzles and
disappears. A moment later, the entire scene fizzles and
vanishes, leaving them in a small black room.
Oh, man. I'll fix it. You go ahead
and set out the food.
Marta smiles assent. Jake goes to the wall beside the door
and touches the control panel. Finding nothing, he removes
a panel near the floor and climbs inside. He tinkers for a
few moments. Then there is a loud clang and the program
resumes. Jake and the access panel are still visible.
Marta runs over.
Jake! Jake, are you alright?
Yes, I'm fine. Just fine. (beat)
He backs out and opens his hand to show Marta a small
square data chip.
It looks like an old style holosuite
program. I wonder what's on it?
We can't play it here. This input
socket is round.
I think there's a place we can use
(reaches into access panel)
Yeah, right here. See?
The grassy field is replaced by a starfield, giving the
appearance that they are in space. In the center of the room
hangs a part of DS9. Like a slice of pie, only one-sixth of
the station is visible. One solitary light shines from a room
in the inner ring. Marta stands and they approach the
section, which is about their height.
What does it mean?
Why is there only part of the station?
And only one light?
Marta shakes her head.
Computer, can you enlarge the
Please specify enlargement ratio.
One hundred fifty percent.
The slice grows to encompass the room. The light remains
a tiny point.
The room where the light is -- isn't
that a storage area? It looks a little
Of course. This station map is as old
as the chip, so some things will have
changed. If I'm not mistaken, that
used to be the dining area for the
Bajoran workers. Computer, make
the image life-size, with that light in
The station engulfs them and they find themselves in a
vacant dining room. The light is now behind a vent at the
top of a wall.
Jake looks around the room and concludes:
I know where this is. And that vent
should still be accessible.
Well, what are we waiting for?
What about our picnic?
It'll wait. Someone's left us a
mystery! Computer, doors.
The doors obediently appear. Marta reaches into the access
panel and removes the program chip. The scene reverts
back to the bluff, where night has fallen. Two blue moons
and a billion stars illuminate the peaceful scene. Marta
takes Jake by the hand. As they leave, a shooting star cuts
across the sky.
Dax and O'Brien are at their posts. Kira enters.
Hi. Feeling better?
At least I got rid of that headache.
I don't suppose there's any way of
knowing who brought that stuff
aboard the station?
Well, no one beamed it over or brought
it in through the cargo bay. But we're
double checking the manifests of every
ship that came in in the last two weeks.
I also have passenger lists that you can
look over--see if anyone looks familiar.
Dax hands her a PADD.
(starts looking at the PADD)
You seem remarkably calm.
Mmm. Left-over self-defense
mechanism, I guess. Just goes to
show you that you should never get
too comfortable in one place, (beat)
or with one person, for that matter.
Dax remains silent.
You know when I first smelled the
turalide, I thought maybe Quark. . . .
(beat) Hmmm. I'll be back.
QUARK is polishing glasses when Kira walks in.
(puts down the glass and tries to sneak
Quark. Take another step and I'll feed
you my "perfume"--through your nose.
No need for violence, Major. I've
already told the Constable everything
I know; which is to say, nothing.
Now tell me the name of the person
you sold turalide to.
Me? Sell a dangerous chemi--
(as Kira grabs his ear)
Ouch! Okay, okay, he was a Bajoran,
but he didn't give his name and I didn't
Yes. I never saw him before and I
haven't seen him since. You're
Kira releases him after a final tweak.
What Bajoran would want to kill me?
A collaborator? (beat) I suppose you
forget what he looks like, too.
(rubbing his ear)
Now that you mention it. . . .
(Kira reaches to grab his ear again)
Brown hair, brown eyes--your typical
Bajoran! Can I go now?
Kira grunts in response, turns angrily and walks out. She
looks again at the PADD as she walks down the corridor.
Suddenly she stops and stares at the current picture.
You look as though you'd seen a ghost.
What? No. . . . No, I thought for a
moment I had, though. I once knew a
Bajoran rebel named Dula Pok. He
died in a Cardassian raid near the end
of the war.
(shows Odo the PADD)
This man--Dula Gar--looks like he
could be his brother.
What did Quark have to say? Are we
looking for a Bajoran?
Yes. This is the only person that I
even recognize so far. While I finish
looking. . . .
I'll check into this Dula Gar.
Odo watches her walk away.
INT. KIRA'S QUARTERS
Kira arrives and walks past a side table. She turns and
notices a Bajoran earring tied with a tiny ribbon sitting on
the table, and is immediately suspicious.
Kira to Odo.
As she speaks, a high-pitched wail fills the room. She throws
her hands over her ears, but cannot block out the sound.
END OF ACT 1
Kira opens her eyes to see Bashir and Odo standing beside the bed.
(sits up, holding her head)
Not again. I just got rid of the last
Apparently, that's all it was meant to
give you this time. The earring sent
out a frequency that will render
humanoids unconscious, but it can't kill.
Joy in the morning. Did you get any
evidence from it?
No. Just like the perfume bottle,
there were no prints or DNA traces
How did he get into my room?
We don't know that yet. He may have
used a transporter--Dax is looking into it.
A lot of looking and not a lot of finding.
Meanwhile, I'm not safe in my own
(looks at each of them)
And how long was I out this time?
An hour at most. Look, I . . . have some
work to do. You're more than welcome
to stay here tonight, Major.
Bashir goes into the next room.
I suppose I should go too. You need
Kira touches his arm to stop him.
Odo-- Don't go just yet. I'm not really
tired, and I could use the company.
All right, Major.
And I wish you'd call me Nerys once
in a while. Friends are entitled to use
my given name.
If I could get my mind off . . . things,
maybe I could get to sleep.
(lying back down)
Why don't you tell me a story or
Sure. Tell me something about the
time before we met. Maybe thinking
about the war will bring something
back to me. Just make sure the story
has a happy ending.
I . . . uh. . . .
Odo, are you all right?
I'm fine, Major--Nerys. Really. (beat)
How about the story of how I got my
Great. I've never heard that one before.
Mmm. Seems like you must have,
somewhere. Well, when the Cardassian
scientists first found me, they didn't
know what I was, exactly. So they
labeled my container "Odo-Ital" which
literally means, "unknown. . . ."
FADE TO BLACK.
Kira is nursing a drink. Dax approaches and sits across
Good news. Well, so to speak. I just
finished speaking with Dula Saline--
Gar's mother. She hasn't spoken to
Gar in a few years, but apparently he
was very bitter about the death of his
Dula Pok died in a retreat from a small
skirmish. The mission was under my
So Gar could be blaming you for his
death. (beat) I hope you don't blame
(shaking her head)
I was sorry that he died--he was a
good man. Against my orders, he
stayed behind to cover our backs.
He probably saved us all. But if I
were Gar, I'm sure I'd prefer a live
brother to a dead hero.
I also found out that Gar is a trader,
and not a very upstanding one. So he
had the motive and means. If we can
place him near your quarters yesterday,
we'll have a case in the Bajoran courts.
I've notified security to pick him up.
(soto voce) Speaking of which, a
certain chief of security has been
following me around all morning. He
thinks I haven't noticed--an extra chair
here, or rug there--but I can tell when
he's around, you know?
Dax gives her a knowing smile.
Odo doesn't often play bodyguard.
That's what's so strange. . . .
A young boy approaches the table.
Are you Kira Nerys?
A man said to give this to you.
The boy hands her a small crystal globe and runs off.
The crystal begins to glow with increasing intensity.
Kira tosses the globe onto the table and it explodes in a
blinding flash. In that instant, Odo is suddenly between the
women and the explosion, and is hit with many crystal
shards. A CLOSE UP shows the shards melting into Odo's
Kira, are you all right? (beat) Thank
you, Odo. I'm glad you were close by.
Are you sure you two are . . . are. . . .
Odo is sweating profusely.
Odo, what's wrong? Were you hurt?
Not sure. . . . Can't think straight. . . .
Odo, now visibly melting, leans on Kira for support.
Kira to Ops. We have a medical
emergency; two to beam directly to
Dax to Bashir. Julien, Odo's been hit
with some kind of grenade. He's
coming to you now.
Odo and Kira dematerialize.
Bashir stands ready as they materialize. Odo is rapidly
(scanning Odo with a tricorder)
A boy gave me a crystal sphere--like a
bubble. It started glowing and exploded.
Odo got in the way; he took the brunt
of it. I have no idea what it was.
I read a chemical compound that's
reacting like acid.
Can you stop it?
(shakes his head)
I don't know.
He reaches for a hypospray and starts to set it.
Get him on the bed.
Kira gets Odo to sit on the bed, but he can no longer hold
his form. Bashir doesn't have time to give him the
Nerys. . . .
Odo melts into a puddle on the bed.
Bashir shoots the hypospray into the goo, then checks his
tricorder. Kira angrily wipes away a tear.
Bashir continues to shake his head.
I'm sorry, Major. I just don't know
enough about changeling physiology.
I might be helping or hurting.
Bashir fiddles with some panels on the wall, looking for
answers. Behind his back, Kira sees a small area of the gel
begin to crystallize.
Julien, he's . . . he's . . . crystallizing.
Bashir looks at the offending area, which is very slowly
expanding. Tight-lipped, he goes back to working at the
It's bad, isn't it?
I wish I could say one way or the
other. For all I know, this could be
the changeling way of healing a serious
wound. There's nothing I can do!
And the only ones who would know . . .
command the Dominion on the other
side of the wormhole. (beat) We've
got to contact them.
Even if they were willing to help us,
which I doubt. . . .
It's his only hope. We have to know
if he's in a healing trance or if he's
dying. And we've got to believe that
the changelings wouldn't knowingly
let one of their own die.
(beat) All right. I'll compose a
(from the doorway)
And I'll take it to the Gamma
END OF ACT 2
No program is running. The doors open to
admit Jake and Marta.
. . . wild goose chase. It's just
another program chip.
What's a goose?
Oh, never mind. You're so
determined to solve this mystery, I'm
surprised you even went to work last
night after you found the third one.
The only reason I didn't call in sick
is because this fourth one was too
hard to get to. I'm surprised Chief
O'Brien didn't catch us cutting into
that bulkhead this morning.
She places the new chip into the socket and the starfield
reappears. This time a different slice of the station is visible,
but again there is a single light.
Computer, magnify image to one
hundred and fifty percent.
As the image changes, Jake sits down on the blanket and
helps himself to a sandwich.
(with his mouth full)
That looks like Quark's.
It is. Computer, magnify image to full
The image shifts again.
Hah. Under the Dabo tables. Now
Oh, that's easy. It must be in the
At Jake's questioning glance, she continues:
It goes under the gaming room. For,
ah . . . maintenance purposes.
Come on. This will only take a few
minutes. Computer, doors.
She again removes the chip. Jake follows her out, but not
before grabbing a pastry from the basket.
Kira and Bashir watch helplessly as the last of the gel
crystallizes. Like a dry, empty shell, the substance collapses
into dust. This time Kira makes no effort to wipe away the
Sweet Prophets. It should have been
me, Julien. It should have been me.
He gave himself to protect you and
Dax. And given the chance, I know
he would do it again. Beneath that
tough exterior, he had a
The changelings considered that his
weakness. Maybe it was. (beat)
Why did he do it?!
(beat) Because he loved you, Major.
"He loved you" echoes hollowly as Kira reacts.
Kira, asleep in a chair beside Odo's biobed. Dax is touching
Major. Major Kira.
Huh? What? What time is it? I'm
late for my shift. . . .
She gets up, but Dax stops her.
Hold on there. It's okay--Garcia is
taking your shift. He says now you
owe him "four."
Kira cracks a tiny smile.
We got a response from the
changelings. Thought you might like
to hear it, too.
Kira nods, then glances fearfully at Odo. The gel is almost
entirely crystallized. Dax puts an arm around her and leads
her to a side wall where Bashir and Sisco are already
standing. Bashir activates the screen to see the female
changeling Kira has met before.
It is with sorrow and regret that I send
this response to your recent message.
We know of no substance like the one
you describe, and so cannot prescribe
any treatment. I will tell you this: the
crystallization process of a changeling
is roughly equivalent to what you
solids refer to as a "coma." Odo will
either recover or he will not; little you
can do will make any difference. If he
recovers, the crystallization will recede
until he regains his natural fluid form.
If, however, he shifts in form to a
single black crystal, then he is . . . (beat)
gone. In that event, we hope that you
will return him to his homeworld, so
he may "rest in peace." Again, I'm
sorry that we could not be of more
The screen switches to the emblem of the Dominion.
Can you believe that?
I expected no more.
"Either he'll die or he won't?" Those
heartless, spineless. . . .
That they are, Dax. But at least now
we know there's nothing we can do
Given that she's even telling the truth.
I wouldn't put it past the Founders to
hide the truth from us, and let Odo
die simply because of his choice to
remain with us.
Unnoticed, Kira returned to Odo's bedside. Now her
whisper cuts through the conversation.
The others approach the bed in time to see the last of the
gel crystallizing. For a moment no one breathes, no one
moves. Then the crystallized gel, slowly but with increasing
speed, darkens and shifts into one large black crystal about
2 feet across. Kira takes a long, shuddering breath as Bashir
scans the crystal with his tricorder, then double checks with
the wall monitors.
It's just like she said. There's no
biological activity at all.
Bashir wants to say more, but cannot. Dax puts an arm
lightly around Kira.
Let me walk you back to your
Kira, stonefaced, nods assent. They leave sickbay.
As Kira and Dax pass Quark's Bar, Kira stops.
Just a minute. I need to make one stop.
I'll wait here.
Kira goes to the bar where Quark is serving a customer.
There is no anger in her demeanor, only sadness. As she
talks with Quark, he finishes pouring a drink and holds it out
for the customer, only to take it back a second later and
down it in one gulp. When the customer complains, Quark
pours another drink, hands the man the bottle, and waves
him away. He downs the second glass as Kira returns to
Dax. Without another word, they leave the Promenade.
END OF ACT 3
Quark sits at the bar, counting the day's earnings. No one
else is in the bar, and the only sound is the clink of latinum.
Quark loses count and has to start over--twice. A young
Bajoran man in uniform enters. He holds his PADD
defensively, and approaches Quark.
(without looking up)
It's not even the third watch. . . .
I am aware of the time. I said, We're
I . . . uh . . . I'm not here for that anyway.
I'm here to ask you some questions. . . .
(fumbles with PADD)
And just who, pray tell, are you?
Rol Perin. I'm the new Chief of
It is Quark's turn to be taken aback.
Chief . . .?
Yes. Now, according to Mr. Odo's
records, you were the one who
supplied the turalide to Dula Gar. . . .
I did nothing of the sort.
I am a businessman with a reputation
to maintain. I do not deal in arms or
Not even for a profit?
His laughter trails off when Quark remains silent.
Mr. Odo reported. . . .
Odo wrote down his suspicions. He
thought that I might have supplied--
what is it called? turalide?--to this man.
His suspicions were wrong.
Well . . . I don't. . . .
Quark comes around the counter and leads Rol to the doorway.
Look, Roll, I need to finish counting
here. I'm sorry that I can't help you
more. But I'll keep an ear to the
Rol protests, but Quark gives him a final shove out the door.
He returns to counting latinum, but cannot concentrate. A
thought comes to him. He goes to a computer screen.
Turalide wasn't all he was interested in.
Computer (acknowledging chirp),
locate all sources of aluminum-based
cocaine on Deep Space Nine.
Working. (beat) One source found.
The screen shows a station schematic with a single blinking
light in the crew quarters section. Quark touches the panel
beside the screen.
Quark to Lt. Dax.
Here's the location of the Bajoran
He touches the panel a few more times.
Okay. Can I ask how you know?
Never look a gift horse in the mouth,
I thought the sixty-third Rule of
Acquisition was, Always look a gift
horse in the mouth.
Yes. . . .
I'll get right on it, Quark. Thanks.
INT. HALL -- OUTSIDE ODO'S QUARTERS
Bashir approaches the door and rings the chime. After a
moment, Kira answers from within.
The door opens, and we see Odo's room with it's many
shaped sculptures and plants. Odo (the black crystal) has
been placed on a pedestal to one side. Kira is sitting in the
semi-darkness on a pillow at a low table in the center of the
room. On the table a large hollow midnight blue candle is
burning. Several dozen tiny holes in the side look like stars
in the night sky.
I thought I might find you here. May
I come in?
Sure. Sit down, Doctor.
This is a Bajoran memory candle,
And each hole represents a fond
memory of the departed?
Again, Kira nods. Bashir picks up one of several long needles on the table.
Bashir pierces the candle several times.
Usually, there are lots of friends and
family. . . .
She trails off. Bashir puts a comforting hand on her arm.
Nerys, you were the closest family
Odo ever had.
Kira takes a deep, shuddering breath.
Bashir puts a few more holes in the candle, then pauses,
chuckling at some memory.
Do you remember the time when that
young Denebian lost his collection of
weaver ants on the Promenade?
Oh, yes. Odo had a Klingon fit trying
to round them up.
He even tried becoming one. . . .
Both are laughing now.
"Now if I were a weaver ant, where
would I go?"
Well, he did find them, after all.
Yeah, in the middle of that Gundair's
She shivers and makes a face. After a few moments, the
mood turns contemplative again.
Julien, we cannot return Odo to the
Commander Sisco sees no reason to
inform them of Odo's death. And if
they care to ask, he said that he's not
sure he would even remember what
happened to his body.
I'm sorry now that we even let them
know the situation. But we had to try.
She looks up at the crystal on the pedestal.
INT. HALL -- OUTSIDE ODO'S QUARTERS
DULA GAR approaches the door, waits until the hall is
clear, then attaches a tiny mechanism to the door lock. The
device displays changing numbers as it works. Dula tries to
appear nonchalant. Several moments pass, and still the
device is not finished. He grows impatient, pulls out a
phaser, and shoots the door lock. The door opens, and
before Kira and Bashir can react, Dula enters and stuns the
doctor. As he resets the level on his phaser, Kira dives
behind a sculpture. She reaches for her own phaser and
realizes it isn't there. Swearing under her breath, she looks
around for a weapon. When she reaches for a sharp object
displayed on the wall, Dula shoots it and it vanishes. Kira
dives for cover. There isn't much to hide behind.
Dula! Why are you doing this? Is it
because of you brother? Because I
ordered the withdrawal?
I told Pok not to join the resistance.
I told him that he wouldn't come back.
You killed him. You abandoned him
to the Cardassians. . . .
No, never! I ordered the withdrawal,
and Pok stayed behind to cover our
backs. He died saving us, Dula. He
volunteered. . . .
No!! You killed him!
Dula shoots the sculpture Kira is hiding behind, and she
barely has time to scramble behind another. Dula does not
see where she goes, and stands glaring around the room.
Behind him on the pedestal, unseen by him or Kira, the
black crystal shifts into the familiar golden gel.
I was hoping the Cardassians would
capture you, or kill you like they did
my brother. When they did not, I
assigned myself to duty. I could not
leave Pok's death unavenged.
He pulls out a long dagger, weighs it carefully, and throws it
through a hole in a statue. He hits Kira in the back. She
hisses in pain, but the blow is not fatal.
You know, these are a shape-shifter's
quarters. He could be anywhere . . . or
Still unnoticed, the gel flows out of the globe and reforms as Odo.
I heard he was dead.
You heard wrong.
Odo . . .?
She looks from behind the statue as Odo takes Dula's
phaser, but Dula evades his grasp long enough to throw
another knife at Kira. It hits her in the arm. Odo quickly
subdues Dula, restraining him with some rope.
He goes over to find her awake but in pain.
Am I dead?
No, Major. And it would appear,
neither am I.
Dax, Rol, and several other security personnel arrive.
Bashir moans and begins to rise.
As the guards pick up Dula, he slumps unconscious. They
put him down again and Rol checks his pulse.
Bashir examines him. He is still tied, but the doctor finds
that he has a missing tooth.
It looks like he had a suicide capsule.
He looks over to Odo.
Doctor. Major Kira would appreciate
your assistance, I'm sure.
Oh. Yes, of course.
The guards carry Dula's body out as Bashir examines Kira.
She can be moved. We need to get her
to Sickbay before she loses any more
blood. Constable, would you mind?
Odo gently picks up Kira and carries her out ahead of the
Doctor and Dax. On the table, the memory candle
continues to burn.
END OF ACT 4
Jake and Marta enter.
This better be the last chip. I am not
going outside the station again.
The look on your father's face. . . !
(trying to be serious)
Sorry. I'm sure it is the last one.
She installs the chip and the expected station slice appears.
Computer, magnify one hundred and
The image grows and it takes them a few seconds to place
the light's location.
That's the holosuites. (beat) That's
this holosuite! Computer, magnify to
The image expands again and reveals the light behind the
access panel which, in the program, is closed.
The sixth chip shows where the first
I told you this was a wild goose chase.
But what was the point? There must
be a reason someone would go to all
Yeah. To keep fools like us busy
for two days.
Computer, can you combine the six
sections of Deep Space Nine from
the programs we've run?
Working. (beat) Combination
A complete station hangs before them, six lights scattered
across it. Marta thinks for a moment, walking around the
Computer, connect the six lights.
A red line appears, tracing a rough hexagon and then a web
as it connects each point to the others. Marta continues to
circle, looking closely at the image.
Bingo. Jake, look near the center of
the station. Three lines, connecting
all six lights, cross right there.
Computer, mark the place where
those lines intersect at the middle of
the station, and magnify one hundred
The computer obliges, placing a red "x" on the room.
Aren't those your quarters?
That's my room! Computer, magnify
to full size.
The scene changes to Jake's quarters, though of course
none of the furnishings are the same. The "x" is located
under a bureau.
I have my bed in that corner. We've
been all over the station for two days,
looking for something that was under
my bed?! Come on.
This time, Jake removes the chip, takes Marta's hand and
pulls her from the room.
INT. SISCO'S QUARTERS
Jake and Marta enter Jake's bedroom. They move the bed
to one side and begin to examine the floor. Commander
Sisco comes to the door and leans on the frame.
Progress, junior detectives?
Yeah, dad. We're looking for buried
treasure under my bed.
I had to ask.
He goes back into the main room.
Here. This plate is loose.
After working at it, they manage to pry up the plate. They
find a small hideaway with a wooden box inside. Jake takes
it out and holds it out gently for Marta to see. The box has
intricately carved designs and inlaid ivory. The Bajoran
symbol is carved into the top.
A Bajoran's treasure. What could it
be? Pictures? Love letters?
(beat) It's not locked.
At Marta's nod, Jake places the box on the floor and opens
it. A piece of paper lies on top. Jake takes it out and
It's a note.
Written? On paper?
"Final testimony of Drin Jarik.
Knowing that I will soon die here on
Terok Nor, and having no descendants
or relatives left to this cursed war, I
hereby leave my last and most precious
possessions to the one who finds this
box. The Prophets' blessing on the
friend to Bajor; the Prophets' curse
on the Cardassians." It's signed here.
He hands the paper to Marta, and looks into the box. He
pulls out an elaborate ruby Bajoran earring and then a
matching necklace. He offers the earring to Marta and, as
she's putting it on, he puts the necklace on her.
Oh, Jake. They're so beautiful. But
it makes me sad to think of poor Jarik.
Maybe these belonged to his mother.
Or his grandmother. They seem so old.
Jake retrieves the only other things in the box: a quill pen
and a bottle of ink.
He probably used these to write the
Pen and ink from one writer to another.
She smiles warmly at Jake.
That's all there is. The box seemed
heavier. . . .
He picks it up and examines it. On the back side, he finds
another small Bajoran symbol. He presses it and there is a
small click. Inside the box, the bottom is ajar. When Jake
pries it up, he finds 10 strips of gold-pressed latinum in the
bottom. He and Marta laugh out loud at their discovery.
Thank you Jarik!
Yes. Thank you Jarik, and thank you
Jake for a birthday adventure!
She kisses Jake on the cheek.
Kira and Odo are at a table. There is little evidence of her
And this is how you make the sign for
Odo tries to imitate her, but has little success. She reaches
across the table to help him.
Here. You put your hand like this,
then move it like this. . . .
Odo isn't looking at his hands; he's looking at Kira. She
Odo, you're not even looking. . . .
He looks down, embarrassed, and she smiles at him.
INT. BALCONY ABOVE PROMENADE
Dax and Bashir are leaning on the railing, watching the
What do you think?
I think that if there's hope for Kira,
there's hope for you. I just hope I
don't have to die to get your attention.
Dax turns and gives him a sweet smile.
END OF ACT 5
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