18. JAREN AND SOME OF HIS CREW ARE IN THE CARGO BAY OVERSEE-
ING THE FINAL LOADING
OF HIS SHIP. O'BRIAN IS STANDING BESIDE
JAREN WHO HOLDS A COMPUTERIZED
SHIPPING MANIFEST. THEY
ARE DISCUSSING THE TEMPORARY
REPAIRS RECENTLY MADE.
hold you until you arrive on Bajore,
there, you're going to need a complete
of the warp plasma coils before you'll
be able to
use anything more than quarter impulse
(darkly introspective) Thank you, chief.
and a crewman EXIT as Kira ENTERS. Jaren doesn't notice her until she walks
up close behind him. Jaren turns and sees her.
Both their faces and voices are tense, apprehensive.
(surprised) Kira! I hadn't . . . expected seeing
so soon. I . . . I mean, I was hoping to see you
left for Bajore, but . . .
around her, seeing the cargo already loaded aboard the ship.
(hesitant) So, I hear you're leaving soon.
Ah, yes. We depart at 1800 hours.
Jaren and Kira
look at one another uncomfortably before turning their eyes away. Jaren looks
back at Kira.
I . . . I
missed you, Kira.
into his eyes, softly) I missed you.
Kira and Jaren
take a step closer to one another, apprehensive.
(imploring) What happened, Kira? What went
wrong? Where did you go after the Cardassian
attack? I searched everywhere!
I . . . I
couldn't bear to see you again. Not after . . .
tries to hold back tears, turning halfway from Jaren in shame. Jaren appears
confused but compassionate.
After . .
. Alkaran . . .
and looks hard at Jaren, full of pain.
(passionately) I thought I'd never find you again.
the Cardassians – I thought they had
think any of us would escape that day.
It was horrible. The Cardassians -
doesn't matter. Not now. All that
is that we've
got each other. Here. Now. Forever.
excited) We'll get married this time,
see the pained expression on Kira's face as her head rests on his shoulder.
(barely audible) Is it still possible?
They end their
embrace although still remaining close to one another, holding hands.
put through so much, Kira, losing
the Cardassians. (suddenly angered)
butchers, they killed my son!
pale. Jaren snaps out of his angry burst and continues.
But how did
you manage to get away, though?
told me that you never made it
perimeter. What happened?
her shoulders back and draws a deep breath.
By the time
we knew what had happened, the
had overwhelmed our perimeter
and broke into the underground
SHOT to the battle in the tunnels of the Bajoran moon where Cardassian troops are storming through the main corridor. There is a firefight as Kira and others seal off a door.
firing everywhere and a lot of smoke.
sealed-off the auxiliary exit to the
were storming through the main
Kira and a
dozen Bajorans are in a dimly lit command center, Red alert lights are flashing
everywhere. Kira is busy down-loading on the main computer while a couple of
others anxiously look on, glancing back to the small glass partition into the smoky corridor beyond. They are begging Kira to work quickly. A tiny, three-month
old baby lies wrapped in a blanket atop the console beside Kira.
We were cut
off in Operations and had no way
out. That's when I noticed the overhead ventillation
shaft . .
are hoisting one another up into the overhead shaft. Kira grabs the infant and
hands it carefully up to the others.
we hoisted everyone up and were able
along very slowly. Alkaran was with me,
was as scared and confused as the rest
of us. The air ducts filtered out most of the smoke
now as everywhere in the access corridors
Kira and the
others are crawling along inside the shaft. A large explosion rocks the caverns,
and a heavy support beam falls from above, piercing through the shaft and partially blocking their path.
When we reached
the final conduit, one of the
had given way, and a couple of our men
time trying to lift the crossbeam just
push through the shaft. That's when
the voice of Gul Maron, the Cardassian
Sonice III, and his men, below.
intently, motioning to the others with her to stop and be quiet. She is holding
the blanket-wrapped child in one arm, close to her. Cardassian voices can be
heard, though muffled, below them. Everyone in the shaft grows silent.
He was yelling
out orders, and then it grew quiet
the sounds of scattered fighting in the
as Jaren and Kira are no longer holding hands but still face one another. Jaren's
jaw is hard set as he rubs a tightly clenched fist with the other hand, listening intently.
He looks up and quickly retakes Kira's hands in his.
some odd sounds below us, cries it
I heard several familiar voices -
to the air shaft and the Cardassians below. The Cardassians are brutally interrogating
a few Bajoran captives in the corridor as Gul Maron looks coldly on.
was asking a lot of questions about
rest of our people were and who had
disk that held our plans and the
our operatives. They told them nothing.
. . . they . . .
Gul Maron gives
a signal, and a Cardassian soldier begins to execute the Bajoran prisoners. Those
in the shaft above listen helplessly to the screams of their fellow Bajorans. Through
a in the overhead shaft, Kira and another watch the cold, inhumane smile on the Gul's face.
executing them, brutally, one-by-one,
asking them the same kind of questions.
of Kira and Jaren. Kira's face is agonized as she recalls the horrific event. Jaren, meanwhile, is breathing deeply as he listens to her story. He moves forward, then, taking Kira in his arms, closing his eyes tight.
My God! Those ing - (the words trail off)
to the ventillation shaft where Kira and the others huddle quietly inside.
(tremulous) We tried to keep silent. They were
us. I . . . I tried to keep Alkaran still,
but . . .
he began to cry!
Kira is holding
the child in her arms, rocking him slightly as he begins to cry. In one of her
hands is the downloaded computer disk.
I held him
and rocked him back and forth as
best I could,
but he just wouldn't stop crying.
I tried everything
I could think of.
CLOSE SHOT through the in the shaft where Gul Maron suddenly lifts his hand, motioning his men
to stop. The peer around in the somewhat smoky corridor, listening intently.
When I heard
it grow quiet down below, we knew
had heard something . . . us!
the bundled baby very close to her now, cooing almost inaudibly to him as eh continues to fuss. Her face is livid. All of the others in the dimly lit shaft
are staring at her, expressions of horror and panic on their faces.
I was so
scared. The others just held their breath,
at me. I . . . I . . .
back to Jaren and Kira, still embracing. Jaren's eyes, closed while holding
Kira, suddenly open wide. He has a knowing, shocking thought dawn upon him.
to Kira and the child in the shaft. Some of those with her are lifting their
eyes and their hands in silent prayer.
I held Alkaran
closer to me, asking, begging the
to keep our son still. If we were caught -
if the Cardassians
got ahold of the disk . . . it would
of . . . of . . . hundreds of Bajorans.
the baby very close to her bosom now. The muffled cries grow softer.
I held him to me, the quieter he became.
below, hearing nothing more for awhile and unable to ascertain the unusual sound's origin, return to their interrogation. Those in the shaft with Kira are visibly relieved.
Quickly, they clear the path soon after Gul Maron and the others depart, and the Bajorans continue moving silently
discovered us. We were safe.
of Kira and Jaren. Still holding one another, though not so tightly, Jaren's
face reveals dumbfounded revelation as he finally understands how Alkaran dies.
(upset) When we reached the surface, I thought . . .
We were so
happy we had made it! I . . . I . . . (tears
welling) I held our son up to kiss him when I . . .
I saw . .
fall to his side. His face is livid.
Kira is unaware of Jaren's reaction.
(nearly hysterical) . . . he wasn't moving! He –
I did, my baby wasn't moving!
up and Jaren who by now has taken a step back. Jaren's head is turned to one
side, his expression stunned. Kira suddenly understands Jaren's reaction and
fears rejection. She tries to move toward him.
Jaren is speechless.
I had no idea! I was so young, so . . .
scared. I never thought for a second that -
his hand suddenly) Don't. Stop.
another small step forward, but Jaren responds by taking a larger step back.
defensive) Jaren, I don't justify what
but what could I do? How was I to
know? I was so scared. We were scared. I held
to me, cradling him in my arms. I . . .
I had no
is filled with loathing and horror. He won't even make eye contact with her.
My God! My son! It wasn't the Cardassians who
. . .
Jaren now lifts
his head, pausing a moment as he peers into her eyes accusingly.
It was you!
away sharply, grabbing the cargo manifest atop an empty crate and moves quickly to the door.
Kira turns, stunned to see Jaren leaving her this way.
Jaren, please. You've got to understand. I didn't
before reaching the exit and looks back at Kira. There is a long pause. His expression has changed from revulsion to pain.
Finally his face hardens.
(incredulous) Didn't know? How could you not
know? Kira – my son!
(desperate) What could I do? What do you want
me to do? It's over. There's nothing either one
of us can
do to bring Alkaran back.
at the floor. Kira takes one more step forward, but Jaren remains motionless. She holds her arms open, stretching them outward.
(pleadingly) Jaren . . . I know how you feel.
dumbfounded at Kira) Know how I
feel? Know how I feel! How could you ever
I feel? How do you think I feel?
Huh? (louder) How do you think I
(now angered) Well, how do you think I feel?
how anyone else feels but always
feel! You're not the only one who's
lost somebody. You're not the only one with
pain. Don't you think I've suffered, every day,
every time I see a mother holding
her child? (compassionately) You're not
who has pain, Jaren.
Kira's words out of his mind. He turns and EXITS as Kira stands watching. She places her hands over her face and weeps silently.
then FADE OUT.