14. THE SCENE IS IN OPERATIONS, WHERE SISKO, DAX, KIRA, AND
ARE WORKING AS USUAL.
you check on these readings with Odo
and get his
evaluation? Tell him I'll need it in his report
by 1400 hours
from her seat at the console and takes a computer disk from Sisko. She approaches
the turbo lift, eyes casually looking at the floor as she walks. Just as she
reaches the lift, Kira looks up and stops, shocked to see Jaren standing at the top of the lift. She swallows hard and just stares at him motionless.
Jaren . .
a step forward, unsure of what to do or say. A moment of silence ensues as they
peer into one another's eyes, apprehensive.
Kira . .
. I thought. I mean, they told me you were . . .
(as if to
explain) Jaren -
a hand) No. Don't speak. Just let me look
Ops watches uncomfortably as Jaren walks toward Kira and stops just short in front of her.
Kira turns her head away briefly, self-conscious. Jaren's eyes take in
all of Kira, appearing as though he's seen a ghost. Kira is tentative and anxious
though not sorry to look back upon him.
(tenderly) What happened? Where did you go? I
everywhere. I . . . I couldn't believe you were
Jaren . .
. I don't think this is a very good place . . .
briefly at everyone behind her)
her remark) Didn't you know i was on the
his head wonderingly, unable to comprehend Kira's behavior. He extends his hands
palms up, pleadingly.
didn't you come to me when you knew
I had arrived? I – (sudden revelation) Is there
. . .
her head, placing her hands on her forehead as she fights conflicting feelings within.
No. I just . . . couldn't. There's so much
move, frustrated) You wouldn't understand.
suddenly dashes to the turbo lift, much to Jaren's surprise. Sisko and the others
in Ops appear embarassed and perplexed, watching quietly.
(turns) Kira! Wait!
a few steps forward, but the lift has already descended before he can react in time.
He turns to face the others in Ops, hurt and confused.