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The Sacrifice (11)

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Scene 11

11.       DAX AND JULIAN ARE IN MEDICAL FINISHING A FEW TESTS.  DAX IS

            CONSUMES IN HER WORK, BUT JULIAN IS SMILING, PONDERING

            WHAT TOOK PLACE  EARLIER IN QUARK'S BAR.

 

DAX

                                    Well, that takes care of that.  I'll run these figures through

                                    the compute in Ops and obtain their anti-derivatives for

                                    analysis.

 

Julian nods suddenly, as though awakened form his thoughts.

 

JULIAN

                                    Dax?  Don't you think it's the least bit odd what occurred

                                    on the Promenade?

 

Dax peers inquisitively at him.

 

JULIAN

                                    I mean, those two men.  They were both members of Dr.

                                    Jaren's crew.  I treated them.

 

DAX

                                    Maybe they just made a mistake.  Haven't you ever seen

                                    someone you thought you knew but were mistaken?

 

JULIAN

                                    Yes . . . but usually when I was as certain as they were, I

                                    was right.  (moving around the table assisting with materials)

                                    They mentioned the fact that Dr. Jaren knew her.  Do you

                                    think they had anything to do together in the Bajoran

                                    underground?

 

Dax sighs heavily, but Julian takes no notice.

 

DAX

                                    I really can't say, Julian.

 

JULIAN

                                    (eyes growing wider)  Or, maybe they were secret lovers,

                                    separated during the war, each harboring some deep, dark

                                    secret -

 

DAX

                                    Really, Julian, gossip doesn't become you.

 

JULIAN

                                    (chuckling self-consciously)  Well now, a little harmless

                                    gossip never hurt anyone.

 

DAX

                                    Gossip is never 'harmless,' Julian, and it always ends up

                                    hurting someone, whether it's true or not.  (turning to fully face

                                    him)  For example, what if people had believed some of

                                    the gossip about you  . . .

 

JULIAN

                                    (suddenly stunned)  What gossip?

 

DAX

                                    (smiles patronizingly)  No, I'm not going to repeat it.  It'll

                                    only hurt your feelings.

 

JULIAN

                                    No Dax, really.  Ah . . . I can take it.  (furrows brow)  What

                                    did they say about me?

 

Dax smiles ly and proceeds to the door, turning her head briefly to look at Julian before departing.

 

DAX

                                    (cheerfully)  It isn't nice to gossip!

 

Dax EXITS.

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