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Scene 3

3.         IN DOCKING BAY SIX, SEVERAL DS9 PERSONNEL ARE ASSISTING

THE LAST SICK CREW MEMBERS OFF THE SHIP.  ODO IS STANDING BY, SPEAKING WITH THE BAJORAN VESSEL'S FIRST OFFICER WHEN JAREN STEPS OUT, SUPPORTING A CREW MEMBER ON HIS ARM.

 

JAREN

                                    Thank you for your help, constable.  We couldn't have

                                    gone another sector without taking heavy casualties.

 

            A DS9 member takes the crew member from Jaren's arms.  Sisko ENTERS and

            approaches them.

 

SISKO

                                    I'm Commander Sisko.  (extends a hand in greeting)

 

JAREN

                                    Jaren Vorlanna.  (shakes hands)

 

SISKO

                                    Have all of your people been safely evacuated?

 

JAREN

                                    Yes, that was the last one.  (motions down the corridor)

                                    I feared we weren't going to make it through the

                                    worm hole, though.  The warp engine breach nearly

                                    killed us all.  (smiles in genuine relief)

 

SISKO

                                    What is it you were doing in the Gamma Quadrant,

                                    Captain?

 

JAREN

                                    Ah, it's 'doctor,' really.  I'm head of the Bajoran University

                                    of Medicine at Valkry.  We were trading for medical

                                    supplies from the Markayloids.  We had heard that they

                                    have the only abundant supply of trioxcelene polycerate

                                    in this part of the galaxy, and we needed to obtain some.

 

SISKO

                                    Were you successful?

 

JAREN

                                    Somewhat.  (explains further after seeing Sisko's puzzled

                                    expression)  The Markayloids are a difficult race to

                                    understand.  I had to make many concessions just to

                                    meet with them.

 

ODO

                                    Just what is this medicine, doctor?

 

JAREN

                                    It's a rare synthetic chemical used in the long-term

                                    treatment of neurolysis victims.  It stimulates neurokeratin

                                    regeneration in the brain when the body has sustained

                                    artificially induced neurological damage.

 

ODO

                                    You mean . . . from something like a close range phaser

                                    discharge?

 

 

JAREN

                                    (his look becomes grim)  Yes, but in this case, from

                                    repeated close range exposure.

 

SISKO

                                    (perplexed)  Repeated?

 

JAREN

                                    (bitter)  You look amazed, commander.  Don’t be!  The

                                    Cardassians were kind enough to provide plenty of

                                    patients for the Bajoran medical community.

 

Sisko and Odo look at one another.  An ensign approaches, and Sisko turns toward her.

 

SISKO

                                    Ensign, escort Dr. Jaren to sick bay.  (turns toward

                                    Jaren)  Dr. Bashir will enjoy meeting you, I’m sure.

                                    He’ll help see to the safe handling of your cargo.

 

JAREN

                                    Thank you, commander.

 

Jaren and the ensign EXIT.  Sisko looks at Odo.

 

SISKO

                                    Odo, where’s Kira?  Is she still in sick bay with Jaren’n

                                    crew?

 

ODO

                                    No, commander.  We met on the promenade where

                                    she asked me to come here in her place.  She looked –

                                    odd – but said she just needed a short rest.  (tilts his

                                    head at Sisko’s puzzled expression)  Is something

                                    wrong, commander?

 

Sisko appears slightly confounded.

 

SISKO

                                    I had asked Major Kira to come here herself.  It’s not

                                    like her to suddenly grow ill.  She appeared a little strange

                                    in Ops shortly after we contacted the freighter.  Did she

                                    say anything more?

 

ODO

                                    No, not in words, but I had the distinct impression that

                                    the thought of coming here disturbed her very much.

 

SISKO

                                    Thank you, Odo.  I think I’ll pay a little visit to our major.

SISKO (cont’d)

                                    That will be all.

 

Odo nods and EXITS.

 

SISKO

                                    Computer, where is Major Kira?

 

COMPUTER

                                    Major Kira is in her quarters.

 

Sisko EXITS.

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