17. KIRA IS SEATED INSIDE HER QUARTERS, ELBOWS ON HER KNEES,
HANDS CLASPED. THE DOOR RINGS, AND KIRA STANDS UP,
STARING BLINDLY AT THE
DOOR. IT RINGS AGAIN, TWICE MORE.
In walks Dax,
to Kira's obvious relief.
aloud, smiling) Dax! It's you.
(smiling) Who were you expecting?
her a sharp, caustic look as it's obvious to both women that Dax knows who she means.
Dax moves forward, and both stand in front of the couch.
May I sit?
at the couch, then tosses her hands up nervously.
Ah, sure. I'm sorry I'm such a poor hostess.
The two women
sit down. Kira appears self-conscious as Dax stares at her compassionately. Kira peers at Dax, then at her own hands, then back to Dax.
(off pitch) Well? What?
maybe you'd like some company. I haven't
of you except in Ops, and even then you've
been very sociable lately, have I?
smile as Dax shakes her head.
. . .
trying to see me. But I . . . I just can't.
grunts) It just doesn't matter. You
don't care to hear my problems anyway.
(softly) I wouldn't have come if I didn't care.
forward, exhaling aloud. She hesitates, reluctant to share her feelings. Things grow quiet.
If you don't
want to talk, Kira -
scared) No! No, I . . . really. I'm glad
to have you
here, Dax. A little womanly company
is nice right
now. I just don't know what I should
(contemplative) When did you and Jaren first meet?
(deep breath) It was about four years ago. I was
the Bajoran Resistance on one of the
got injured during a strike on a Cardassian
supply ship. I was lucky to make it back. Jaren
the underground as a medic and nursed
me back to
health. That was the first time we
to one another.
(teasing) Was it 'love at first sight?'
her eyes) Not exactly. He was
so . . . so . . .
Yes! And high-strung, and proud, and -
Kind of like
someone I know well.
Kira and Dax
laugh softly. Kira's growing more comfortable talking.
He must have
been quite a man to win your heart.
(pause) What happened? It sounds as though
We . . .
we fell in love. We discussed marriage
but it really wasn't feasibly yet, not
of the fighting and raids we were running.
It just wasn't
listens all the while with a concerned, non-judgmental expression.
had a son. We named him Alkaran. He
. . .
emotional) he meant everything to me.
He was the
bond between us.
a hand on Kira's arm as Kira fights back tears.
have been a difficult pregnancy
imagine the problems of having a child
war, especially fighting one. I had
about going through with the birth,
was adamant. He said all he really
in life was a family. He was willing
everything for me and our child.
(sensitive) What happened to . . . to Alkaran?
away, biting her lip before turning back towards Dax.
I lost him,
Dax. And when I lost our son, I knew
I have lost
away, but Dax embraces her, tears rolling down the faces of both. Silence ensues.
Oh Dax, what
am I going to do? If he ever
- I can't let him know. He
bear to hear
After a moment,
the two women end their embrace and sit back on the couch.
warmly) You can't live in the past, Kira.
to move on, to face yourself and come
what's happened. Hiding from your
and feelings won't resolve them. You
need to feel
the pain of your loss.
as Kira lifts her head to stare at the woman.
way around the pain is through it.
away a few tears in the brief, embarassed silence.
do I do now?
I think you
already know, Kira. And when the time
you'll do what you need to do.
smiling compassionately. Kira returns the smile, though somewhat uncertain. Dax walks toward the door then turns to look at Kira.
If you need
someone to talk to, you know where
to find me.
Kira nods and
smiles. Dax begins to EXIT when Kira stops her.