6. SISKO IS SEATED AT HIS DESK AND RISES WHEN JAREN ENTERS.
THE TWO MEN EXTEND HANDS.
Dr. Jaren. I’m delighted you could make it in so soon.
I trust Dr.
Bashir has been of help to you?
(laughing) Yes, commander. That’s quite
you have there. Reminds me of myself many
years ago. In fact, he’s been able to treat the worst
radiation cases early enough to preclude any serious
(smiles) Will your crew be well enough to depart for
the time repairs to your vessel are completed?
skeptical about the temporary repairs,
but the men
and women in my crew will be well enough
by then. (walking around Sisko’s office,
contemplative) Their safety means everything to me,
and I am
grateful for your prompt assistance. I’ve faced
threatening situations, commander, but . . .
(turning to face Sisko) none more terrible than watching
Helplessly as your companions suffer all around you.
(nodding) I’m told that you served as a medic for the
during the Cardassian occupation.
once and smiles cynically as he looks off to one side, his mind suddenly elsewhere.
I spent seven
years of my life, commander, fighting
Cardassians. I saw a good many Bajorans die at the hands
butchers! (gritting teeth) I saved
some – those
I could –
but . . . (looks hard at Sisko) many more died.
a brief pause as Sisko meets his gaze.
(passionate) Do you know what it’s like to see your
people killed? To hold their hand in yours as the life
body? (pauses, leaning over Sisko’s desk)
No commander, it does something to a man. It
him … him … (staring upward as he searches for the
I know, doctor. I lost my wife the same way when my
many others engaged the Borg. It . . . hurts.
abruptly and paces the floor once again.
you bury that pain quickly. You have to!
buried, or you are.
puzzled) Have you ‘buried’ your pain, Jaren?
Ha! I have indeed, commander. It was buried
with my –
(takes deep breath) with a lot of others.
(compassionate) Have you really, Jaren?
perplexed by this question.
buried it? Or do you cling to is still?
(offended) I don’t know what you’re talking about.
way to rid your anger than by turning it
Is it ‘anger’
we’re talking about now, Jaren?
leans over Sisko’s desk and this time strikes it with his fist. He stares
What else are we talking about! How do you feel,
knowing the Borg are responsible for your
? (mocking) Do you want to embrace
but grows calm) No Jaren . . .
so! (turns away)
. . . but
you have to let go of your pain and anger. You’ve
got to heal. (touches his chest) To find healing. Turning
into hatred or even worse, denial, only makes
on yourself. Believe me. (rising
from his desk and
it) I know.
holding his hand out as if to keep Sisko away.
What do you
know? You haven’t lost . . . (turns again to
face Sisko) You haven’t lost everything, commander, until
lost your beloved and your son.
toward the door, pausing as Sisko speaks.
(compassionate) You can’t continue to live in the past,
Jaren. By looking back on what was, you’ll never see
what is –
or what will be. (moving forward again)
out on any real chance for peace.
to Sisko) Chief O’Brian is waiting, commander.
We have much
work to do if I’m to leave here on schedule.