Do Ghosts Lie?

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The script, “Do Ghosts Lie?”, is entirely my creation, and describes Gul Dukat
being tried by the Bajorans for war crimes committed while he was Prefect of
Terok Nor. It was sent to Paramount Studios November 1995 as an unsolicited
or “spec” script, and was duly considered but wasn’t something they could use.
This is not surprising, as only two spec scripts from fans such as myself have
ever been accepted in Star Trek’s history. I would encourage any aspiring
script writers to go ahead and submit spec scripts anyway, as it is reward
enough to know that the people behind the magic we see each week have
considered your work. In that small way, I’ve become part of the Star Trek
world. Further, who knows how one may influence the writers and their
thoughts on the various characters with one’s script… So, if you’re
interested, make a point of reading the appendix concerning script writing in
the Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens)
then put that thinking cap on and start writing!

Hope you enjoy!

Sincerely,

Lisa Chilton

(Chilton@acs.ucalgary.ca)

Ps. Please note that I’ve removed the indentation required for correct script
format to accommodate the changes needed to place the script on the net. Be
sure to study the page set-up required before you start writing.

Good luck!

STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE

“DO GHOSTS LIE?”

TEASER

1 Fade in to the replimat, late afternoon. BASHIR comes to a table where
O’BRIEN, DAX, and a Star Fleet officer DALA HOLLANDER, are seated. Hollander
is an attractive human woman, and is clearly interested in O’Brien. He is
also attracted to her, and unsure how to deal with these new feelings. Dax is
certainly not trying to stop the flirtation blossoming between the two.

DAX
Julian! Have you met our new science attache, Lieutenant Dala Hollander?

BASHIR
Yes, last night at Quark’s. Not only did she rout me at darts, but she gave
our resident champion here quite a scare.

HOLLANDER
Quark’s is quite the place! I had no idea that life on the frontier would have so much to offer!

BASHIR
Oh?

DAX
The Chief has been telling Dala about Quark’s holosuites…!

O’BRIEN
I’ve been telling her about the kayaking program!

BASHIR
Ah!

O’BRIEN
(Glares at Dax)
And nothing else!

HOLLANDER
Why do I get the feeling that Quark has… other programs that I might find
more interesting… with the right company?

O’BRIEN
(quickly changes subject)
Julian! Join us!

BASHIR
Normally, I’d love to join you, but I’m meeting Garak for an early dinner. I
see he’s here. Enjoy yourselves, in whatever holoprogram you choose!

Bashir nods to the group as they respond, then goes toward the entrance of the
replimat, where GARAK is standing so as to look out into the promenade. He
nods to Bashir, but clearly he’s distracted by something he’s watching for
outside the shop. Bashir glances out but cannot determine what has captured
Garak’s attention.

BASHIR
Well, Garak! Hungry…?

Garak glances at Bashir before returning his attention to the promenade.

GARAK
Famished, Doctor! But let’s not sit down just yet!

BASHIR
Oh? (looks out searchingly) Are you expecting someone?

GARAK
Oh yes… None other then my… old friend.

BASHIR
Ah! Our old friend, returning to stand trial…?

GARAK
Trial…? My dear Doctor! ‘Trial’ implies that justice will be served.
‘Farce’ is a far more accurate word for this spectacle!

BASHIR
Really. I’ve never considered rape, torture, and murder to be elements of a
farce…

GARAK
How very limited of you. And how typically human…!

BASHIR
Oh, come on! Surely not even Cardassians consider-

GARAK
Though I admit, you humans do have a few sayings that I find refreshingly
Cardassian! My favorite is ‘the end justifies the means’. Another, more
applicable, one is ‘all’s fair in love and war’!

BASHIR
What we humans mean when we say that is-

GARAK
Forgive the interruption, Doctor, but he comes. Behold, the ‘sacrificial
lamb’!

Both men turn and look down the promenade.

2 Promenade, beside an air lock door. KIRA and ODO stand together with a
Star Fleet security guard, looking at the air lock door. It slides open and
Gul DUKAT steps from the air lock. Kira is trying to remain professional but
her mixed feelings that Dukat will stand trial are showing. No words are
spoken as they escort Dukat along the promenade outside the replimat and past
out of sight. Garak and Bashir are seen among the avid spectators, mostly
Bajoran; QUARK is also notable for watching closely.

3 Replimat. Once they are gone, Garak turns to Bashir and waves toward an
empty table.

GARAK
Shall we, Doctor? There’s nothing like a good melodrama to whet the appetite!

Fade out as they take their seats.

ACT I

4 Fade in to exterior DS9.

SISKO (V.O.)
Station log, Star Date XXXXX.X. With Gul Dukat under arrest on DS9, the
Federation starts a new role in the complex political relations between Bajor
and Cardassia. The Cardassian Detapah Council has only agreed to release
Dukat to Bajor on the condition that I, as Emissary, preside over his trial.

5 Ops, next morning. Dax and Bashir are present. SISKO comes from his
office and joins them.

SISKO
Well, it’s official: Star Fleet Command and Bajor have accepted Cardassia’s
request for me to judge Dukat at the upcoming trial.

DAX
Obviously a role you relish.

SISKO
(Ironic)
As you can see. I don’t see how, as a religious figure, I’m eligible to judge
a Bajoran trial. I need a crash course in Bajoran jurisprudence! Where is
Major Kira?

BASHIR
Haven’t seen her yet. Don’t you think that, as Emissary, you’re ideally
suited to judge this matter? After all, the Bajorans respect you and so may
accept a decision influenced by Federation ideals. That insures that the
trial will be fair.

DAX
Especially if Dukat turns out to be innocent!

SISKO
True. Still, this is one tangle I wish I was clear of! Why did the
Cardassians specify that I should be Dukat’s judge? I wish I knew what
they’re up to!

Kira enters and joins them.

SISKO
Well, Major: you’re in a very good mood!

KIRA
Sorry I’m late, Captain. I’ve been talking to Bajor. Kai Winn will soon
arrive to prosecute Dukat herself! We’ve finally got him! Now he’ll pay for
his crimes against Bajor!

SISKO
Easy, Major. Dukat is innocent until proven guilty.

KIRA
Dukat?! Innocent?! Ha! He’s guilty, alright!

BASHIR
I- I thought that you and Dukat had lately found some common ground, Major…?

KIRA
Maybe we did… (beat) It doesn’t matter: nothing Dukat does now could
mitigate the horror of what he’s already done! I only wish we could bring more of the Cardassian was criminals to justice.

DAX
You’ve never challenged Dukat before. Why now?

BASHIR
The new treaty.

KIRA
Dabo.

BASHIR
Now that Kai Winn has secured an admission from the Cardassians that they were
wrong in occupying Bajor-

KIRA
Vedek Bariel secured that treaty, not Kai Winn!

SISKO
We’re all aware of Bariel’s sacrifice to bring peace between Bajor and
Cardassia, Major. Continue, Doctor.

BASHIR
Thanks to Bariel, Bajor now has legal recourse to prosecute those Cardassians
accused of atrocities against Bajoran civilians.

KIRA
Exactly. Now the butchers who tormented my people will have to face their
crimes!

DAX
Still, Dukat has never struck me as a prominent figure on Bajor’s ‘most
wanted’ list…?

KIRA
Dukat was never one of the really sadistic ones, but believe me, he caused
suffering enough! Not that we don’t want the ones who made Dukat look tame to
stand trial, but so far, Dukat is the only Cardassian we’ve accused who has
been released into Bajoran custody.

BASHIR
I wonder why the Detapah Council did that?

SISKO
So do I.

DAX
Perhaps, being a civilian government, they’re sensitive to crimes against
civilians, even Bajoran ones. And Dukat isn’t exactly their favorite person
right now.

SISKO
I’d hate to think that the Cardassians are letting us do their dirty work for
them.

KIRA
Their motivation doesn’t interest me: they complied, that’s what matters. The
old Central Command ignored us altogether. Still, we would have far greater
success if we didn’t need survivors to bring the charges against their
tormentors. That Cardassian proviso put a lot of war criminals out of danger.
The most sadistic Cardassian overlords were all too thorough when
exterminating my people. (beat) Too bad ghosts can’t speak. Their tales
would put more than one Legate in prison! (beat) Oh well: we’ve got Dukat!
A small victory, but a start!

SISKO
What is the general feeling on Bajor about this situation?

KIRA
People are very emotional about the whole affair. Dukat’s victim, Tessaro
D’Argan, was only 12 when he killed her parents. She’s haunted by the pain of
that trauma.

DAX
Do you think that Bajorans see Miss Tessaro’s plight as symbolic of their own
suffering?

KIRA
I know I do. In many ways, she’s me, or what I could so easily have become.
D’Argan’s suffering is our suffering, both on an individual level and as a
people. We all need to heal.

SISKO
Who took her accusations to Cardassia?

KIRA
Kai Winn. D’Argan was in counselling with Vedek Eskaia when the truth came
out, but Winn herself took the charges to the Cardassians.

SISKO
Kai Winn…

BASHIR
The truth came out…? What does that mean, Major?

KIRA
I’m not sure. Kai Winn used those words in one of the public statements.

DAX
I notice that Winn always refers to Miss Tessaro by her first name too.

KIRA
Yes, but it feels right. Even though she’s 20, D’Argan still seems to be that
12 year old girl who saw her parents being murdered. You’ll understand when
you meet her later today.

SISKO
Hum. I think it would be best if I stay away from both parties until the
trial, since I’ve been appointed judge. Major, you will act as my liaison
with Kai Winn. I’ll also need your help in learning Bajoran jurisprudence.

KIRA
I took the liberty of gathering a number of important documents for you. The
provisional government is still re-establishing our legal system after the
farce the Cardassians made of it.

Sisko takes the data pad Kira offers him.

SISKO,p>
Thank you, Major.

Sisko nods dismissal to Kira and goes to his office. Kira notices that she’s
not the only late Ops officer.

KIRA
Where’s the Chief?

Dax and Bashir both react.

KIRA
What’s so funny?

DAX
The Chief must have been up rather late last night…

KIRA
So?

BASHIR
He and Lieutenant Hollander seem to have hit it off rather well!

DAX
When I saw them late last night, Dala was dragging Miles off to Quark’s for a
round of darts and drinks.

KIRA
Are you saying the Chief can’t handle Quark’s?

DAX
No… I’m saying the Chief can’t handle Dala. Unless I’m mistaken, she was
determined to try out Quark’s holosuites with Miles last night!

KIRA
What?! What about Keiko?

BASHIR
Dax is exaggerating. Miles was telling Dala about the kayaking program.

DAX
Am I exaggerating? Dala wasn’t talking about kayaking, nor is she shy about
her goal!

KIRA
Which is?

DAX
Miles O’Brien, prostrate at her feet.

KIRA
Not the Chief!

BASHIR
Why couldn’t it be me she wanted at her feet? I’d go to the holosuites with
her!

DAX
Perhaps Dala likes the challenge of married men.

KIRA
I don’t believe this. Chief O’Brien..?!

BASHIR
It’s not so hard to believe when you see how she looks at him.

DAX
If you don’t believe it, then, where is he?

KIRA
Computer: location of Chief O’Brien?

COMPUTER VOICE
Chief O’Brien is in Science Lab 3.

DAX
And where is she?

KIRA
Computer: location of Lieutenant Dala?

COMPUTER VOICE
Lieutenant Dala is in Science Lab 3.

DAX
Believe it!

BASHIR
I think I’ll just go and see how the Chief is this morning. Nothing more than
professional curiosity, of course.

DAX
Of course. Julian. Fill me in later!

Bashir nods and turns to go. As he leaves, Odo enters and goes over to Kira.

ODO
Major. I understand that a party of Bajorans including the victim and Kai
Winn are arriving very soon.

KIRA
That’s right. I’ll be meeting them within half an hour. I’m not sure yet how
many will arrive.

ODO
I see. Do you think we need any special security measures in place while the
trial takes place?

KIRA
I don’t see the need, Odo. Kai Winn’s not coming to instigate riots!

Odo reacts to Kira’s statement, leaving her and heading toward Sisko’s office.

6 Sisko’s office, interior with Sisko working at the desk. The door hail
sounds.

SISKO
Come in.

Odo enters.

SISKO
Constable! The very man I want to see!

ODO
Oh? Why?

SISKO
Frankly, I’m unsure of how to handle Gul Dukat. As judge, I don’t even want
to see the man until I have to preside over his trial. Will you talk to him?

ODO
Me?! About what?

SISKO
Ask him if he’s pleading innocent! If so, ask him what he has on his
Cardassian mind to save his skin!

ODO
I doubt that he’ll plead at all, Captain, especially in front of Bajorans. I
also doubt that he’s innocent. Rest assured he has something up his sleeve!
(beat) Why me? Why not a Cardassian?

SISKO
Such as who? Garak? Ziyal? (beat) All I want you to do is find out what’s
really going on! Dukat might trust you, being that you still hold a position
in his own legal system. I trust you to ensure the trial is just. I’d hate
to be forced to declare a mistrial.

ODO
You’d certainly be very brave to do so… Alright: I’ll talk to Dukat.

SISKO
Thank you, Constable. Now, what can I do for you?

ODO
Just tell me I can deal with Kai Winn and her Bajoran mob as I see fit.

SISKO
I have complete confidence in you.

ODO
As you should.

Odo turns to go.

SISKO
Keep me informed, both on Dukat and on any problems with the Bajorans.

ODO
I will.

Odo leaves.

7 The hallway outside Science Lab 3, where Bashir meets O’Brien as he
leaves the lab. They head back toward the main promenade.

O’BRIEN
Julian! What brings you here?

BASHIR
You bring me here! What’s this about you and Dala enjoying late night
holoprograms?!

O’BRIEN
Who’s been talking about Dala and me?

BASHIR
Dax has. What were you up to?! You look like you didn’t get any sleep!

O’BRIEN
Dax?! Dax should mind her own business! If you must know, Dala and I did
some late night kayaking. She chose a very tough white water rapids program.

BASHIR
Are you sure that’s all that Dala chose?

O’BRIEN
Of course I’m sure! What else do you think we were doing? Though I’ll admit,
she wore me out! What a physical woman! Demanding, too: no sooner did I get
out of bed this morning then she’s asking me to modify some of the systems in
the Science Lab!

BASHIR
Asking you over breakfast, I suppose…

O’Brien’s response is drowned out by the mob scene that greets the two men
when they reach the promenade. Under Odo’s unimpressed watch, WINN, Kira,
D’ARGAN, and a bunch of exuberant Bajorans sweep by. Fade out on the charged
scene.

ACT II

8 Fade in to Keiko’s old school room, set up for the trial. Sisko is
seated facing two rows of chairs, with Winn, Kira, and D’Argan to his right.
A chair awaits Dukat on Sisko’s left. Bashir is standing near Sisko.

The door opens to allow Odo and a Star Fleet security guard to escort Dukat
in, revealing a mob of Bajorans in the promenade outside, held back by more
Star Fleet security personnel. Dukat stands by his chair, while the guard
stands behind him and Odo takes up a position where he can watch all the
players.

Sisko stands.

SISKO
This court is now in session. Let the log show that, as agreed by the Bajoran Provisional Government and the Cardassian Detapah Council, I, Captain Benjamin Sisko, will judge Gul Dukat, Chief Cardassian Military Advisor,
innocent or guilty of the charges brought by Bajor on behalf of Miss Tessaro
D’Argan. Gul Dukat, you are formally accused of the torture and murder of
Tessaro Elar; the rape, torture and murder of Tessaro Eshta; and the rape and
torture of Tessaro D’Argan. How do you plead?

Bashir monitors Dukat with his bioscanner.

DUKAT
How do I plead…? I don’t plead before Bajorans, or humans, Captain!

SISKO
Are you innocent or guilty of the charges?!

DUKAT
How very monochromatic of you. As though this witch-hunt has anything to do
with that girl’s pathetic accusations…

KIRA
This is a Bajoran trial. Of you. And it specifically concerns your treatment
of this girl and her parents. It’s about justice for her and for Bajor.

WINN
You waste your breath, child. A Cardassian cannot understand the concept of
justice.

DUKAT
There, you see, Captain. I am guilty, of course, just because I’m Cardassian.
Just because I dared rule Bajor. And rule it well. What really happened is
irrelevant. This isn’t about justice, as they claim, this is about revenge!

Dukat sits. Winn moves forward to take control of the situation.

WINN
Enough, Emissary! Let’s get this unpleasantness over with! Child, tell the
Emissary when you were on this station.

Bashir moves forward to monitor D’Argan with his bioscanner throughout her
testimony. Sisko sits.

D’ARGAN
My parents were laborers on Terok Nor 10 years ago.

WINN
When did you leave Terok Nor?

D’ARGAN
Seven years ago.

WINN
How old were you when this Cardassian killed your parents?

D’ARGAN
M-my parents were killed when I was 12.

WINN
What happened when you were 12, child?

D’ARGAN
He… (glance at Winn)… the Cardassian! A Cardassian kept watching me in
the Bajoran area…

WINN
In the common quarters on Terok Nor, where the Bajorans were housed?

D’ARGAN
(Voice flat on first sentence)
In the common quarters. He’d show up and stare at me and frighten me. I was
so scared without my parents, when he was there…

WINN
Where were your parents?

D’ARGAN
They worked all day.

WINN
In ore processing.

D’ARGAN
(Voice flat on first sentence)
In ore processing. I’d try to hide, but he’d find me… he always found me.

WINN
What did this Cardassian do when he found you, child?

D’ARGAN
H-he scared me. I’m not sure… he hurt me, touched me. (beat) He took me
somewhere where there weren’t any other Bajorans, except my parents, they were
there. I tried to run to them, but he…

WINN
The Cardassian.

D’ARGAN
(Voice flat on first sentence)
The Cardassian. H-he stopped me. He made me stay quiet while they hurt my
parents…

WINN
Who hurt your parents, child?

D’ARGAN
(Voice flat on first sentence)
They hurt my parents. Cardassians… hurt my parents. He said that if I made
any noise, he’d kill my parents. And, it would be my fault! And he
laughed… laughed!… while my parents screamed. But I didn’t: I was silent!

WINN
Tell the Emissary how the Cardassians orphaned you and destroyed your life.

D’Argan tries to but cannot speak. Winn seems impatient.

WINN
The Cardassians raped and tortured your mother, didn’t they, child, right in
front of you?

D’ARGAN
(Voice whispered and flat)
Raped and tortured my mother…

WINN
And they tortured your father!

D’ARGAN
(Voice whispered and flat)
Tortured my father…

WINN
And did the Cardassian who took you from the Bajoran quarters rape and torture
your parents?

D’ARGAN
(Voice flat on first sentence and soft throughout)
The… man who took me. Y-yes. He… laughed while he raped my mother and
when he hit and hit and hit them. And when he told me that if I made a sound,
he’d kill them. But they were… already dead.

WINN
Who killed your parents, child?

D’ARGAN
A Cardassian killed my parents.

WINN
Who, child?

D’ARGAN
(Glance at Dukat, then with flat voice)
Him.

WINN
Him? Gul Dukat?

D’ARGAN
(Voice flat)
Him. Gul Dukat.

WINN
What happened after he murdered your parents?

D’ARGAN
He hurt me…

WINN
Who hurt you, child?

D’ARGAN
Him… (pause) Gul Dukat.

WINN
How did he hurt you?

D’ARGAN
He raped and beat me. (pause, then hint of anger) He wouldn’t stop. He
wouldn’t stop laughing…

WINN
Did this Cardassian leave you alone after he murdered your parents and
brutalized you?

D’ARGAN
(Angry)
He wouldn’t stop! Wouldn’t stop! Make him stop!

WINN
There you have it, Emissary. The Cardassian before you wantonly tortured,
raped, and killed this child’s parents right in front of her, scarring her for
life. Not content with that, he raped and brutalized her. You see how she
has suffered. You see his guilt!

9 Science Lab 3. Dax and Hollander are working together, focusing on a
centrally placed console. Hollander is imputing parameters while Dax watches.

HOLLANDER
That should do it… All the parameters and constraints have been entered.
We’re ready!

DAX
Computer, establish containment field.

A force field forms around the console as the ladies step away. Hollander
picks up a hand-held control unit.

HOLLANDER
Well, here goes years of research into forming wormholes! Let’s hope it
works!

DAX
Let’s hope it doesn’t overload the Chief’s carefully modified power grid!

HOLLANDER
Oh, Miles wouldn’t mind the extra work if it does! And I won’t mind being
able to tease him about it, though I hope it holds. Initiating the space
matrix.

A swirling cube of particles appears, gaining stability and form as Hollander
adjusts her controls.

DAX
The space matrix reads as 68% stable. What level of stability do you need
before you can try to create a wormhole within it?

HOLLANDER
80% will do, but I’d feel better at 90% or greater stability within the
matrix. Increasing matter and electromagnetic radiation levels within the
field. How are the power generators holding up?

DAX
So far, so good. Miles must have spent extra time on them! Watch your
balance: I’m reading energy fluctuations.

HOLLANDER
Got it. I guess I just… inspired Miles to give the systems extra
attention…! What’s the stability up to now?

DAX
86% and climbing, with no sign of imminent system overload. Inspired him
indeed!

HOLLANDER
Oh yes! At a matrix stability of 90% or greater, I’ll initiate the wormhole.

DAX
Understood. All ion generators on line and ready. Stability 92% and holding.
Go ahead.

As Hollander manipulates her controller, a glowing tube slowly forms within
the energy matrix, starting as a ball in the center and elongating until
rudimentary funnels open on both ends. It stays like that only a fraction of
a second before collapsing and disappearing.

HOLLANDER
The space matrix is breaking down! Unable to balance!

DAX
Computer, increase strength of containment field!

The containment field flickers. Within seconds, as both ladies punch
controls, the space matrix blows up.

HOLLANDER
Yes! Success! However brief! That’s science for you: years of work, a few
seconds of fruition.

Dax and Hollander study a computer assessment.

DAX
True, but the preliminary analysis suggests that the matrix can be stabilized!
Congratulations: you did it!

HOLLANDER
Thank you! (beat) I think this analysis is enough to allow me to compare my
rudimentary wormhole with the Bajoran Wormhole. I’ve tried to match my
composition with the data on your wormhole, but I suspect there are many, many
subtleties yet to be discovered within your wormhole. Perhaps we could
resurvey it with one of your runabouts?

DAX
Good idea. I like the idea of establishing a wormhole when and where you
like, for as long as you need it.

HOLLANDER
If I’m successful, it’ll be the next advance in space travel. Perhaps even
time travel, if I can force wormholes through time as well as space.

DAX
We’ve got lots of time to survey the wormhole now.

HOLLANDER
Excellent! I’ve been looking forward to seeing your wormhole! (beat) It’s an
experience I’d enjoy sharing with Miles…

DAX
Really. What a surprise! Sharing with Miles and me or with Miles only?

HOLLANDER
Oh, with you too, of course. Your presence won’t change my behavior any,
though, so be warned. I left shyness behind with all the uncertainties of
adolescence. But if my forward behavior does bother you, I’ll try to control
myself. It’s landed me in trouble before.

DAX
It won’t bother me. I gave up shyness too, after Tobin Dax, who was so timid
that the mere thought of talking to a woman paralysed him! My only concern is
that the Chief will be uncomfortable. He is a happily married man.

HOLLANDER
I know: Keiko and Molly are all he talks about when we’re alone. I understand
his situation. I’m also happily married to an absent spouse. I can’t stop
living. Joshua understands that, as I understand that he needs female
companionship in our long separations. I don’t think Miles is so different,
with Keiko three hours away.

DAX
He loves them no less for the distance.

HOLLANDER
I’m not trying to replace Keiko. All I want is the comfort of Mile’s
companionship. As for Keiko, all’s fair in love and war! What do you think
she’s doing with the men on Bajor?!

Dax does not believe Keiko is having affairs on Bajor.

HOLLANDER
Anyway, Miles is a big boy. He can make up his own mind.

DAX
True. Why don’t you find O’Brien and ask him while I transfer this data to
the Orinoco. We’ll meet there.

HOLLANDER
Excellent. See you there.

Fade out.

ACT III

10 Fade in to Keiko’s old school room. Winn comforts D’Argan while glaring
triumphantly around. Bashir shows Sisko the results on his bioscanner.

SISKO (V.O.)
Station’s log, update. D’Argan’s testimony on the murder of her parents and
of her own suffering rings all too true to the horror stories I so often hear
the Bajorans tell of the Cardassian occupation. And yet, I can’t help but
wonder how much of it is Kai Winn’s contrivance rather than the truth. Kai
Winn has much to gain politically by successfully prosecuting Gul Dukat.

SISKO
Does the Accused wish to respond?

WINN
What?! You can’t-

DUKAT
I do, Captain. Is Star Fleet ‘justice’ based on innuendo and not on proof…?

KIRA
Innuendo?! Julian, you monitored D’Argan’s biosigns throughout her testimony!
Was there any indication that she was lying?!

BASHIR
N-no, Major. She… believes what she has told us.

WINN
That Cardassian is a murderer, Emissary. He is guilty! Why do you hesitate
in sentencing him?

Sisko reacts, obviously still unconvinced, and very concerned. Odo is also
unhappy.

ODO
Permission to speak for the Accused.

KIRA
Odo?!

SISKO
Let the log show that Constable Odo has offered to act as Nestor to the
Accused. Gul Dukat, do you accept his council?

WINN
This is a Bajoran trial! I will not tolerate the insult of that criminal
twisting this child’s pain to his advantage!

SISKO
This may be a Bajoran trial, but a Federation officer is presiding over it! I
wish to hear what Constable Odo has to say. Dukat, do you accept?!

DUKAT
Odo! Does this burlesque insult your precious notion of justice? Well, then,
go ahead. Speak for me. But don’t be too hopeful that you can drag this
mockery up into the light of justice!

SISKO
Go ahead, Constable.

ODO
Miss Tessaro, you told us that you and your parents were the only Bajorans
present when your parents were killed. Are you sure that no one else saw what
happened?

D’Argan is panicky and looks to Winn for help.

D’ARGAN
I… It’s hard to remember.

ODO
What is hard to remember? You seemed very clear earlier in remembering that
you and your parents were the only Bajorans present.

D’ARGAN
(Starts to get angry)
They were there!

ODO
Who were there? When did this happen, day or night?

D’ARGAN
(Angry)
They were there! The Cardassians!

ODO
Are you sure? A moment ago, you didn’t seem sure of anything. Now you are?

BASHIR
Easy, Constable.

D’ARGAN
T-the details are so h-hard to remember…

ODO
Are they. So, you’re not sure of the details, but you are sure of Dukat’s
involvement?

D’ARGAN
(pause, as if gathering anger for courage)
Yes! He murdered my parents!

WINN
You’re as bad as he is (gesture to Dukat), scaring her like that!

ODO
Madame Kai, I’m interested in the truth, not scaring young women. I don’t
understand how she can remember Dukat so clearly as the perpetrator but be
unsure who was present during the offense.

WINN
Her memories are fragile! She only recovered her knowledge of the crime a
short time ago! Her healing has only begun, poor child, but with the blessing
of the Prophets, she will heal. Seeing him pay for his crimes will help her!

ODO
If memories are all the evidence you’ll have to base your judgement on,
Captain, then I’d like to hear Gul Dukat’s side of the story.

WINN
How dare you!

SISKO
I agree, Constable. Gul Dukat, would you describe what you remember of these
events?

WINN
Emissary-!

Dukat talks over Winn.

DUKAT
Most certainly. (beat) Captain, you yourself have described Cardassians as
being “famous for their photographic memories”. I hope that you will take
that into account while I describe what I remember of this Bajoran’s
experiences here at Terok Nor. I was prefect of Terok Nor 10 years ago, yes,
and many Bajorans died while laboring in ore processing, yes. I don’t deny
those facts. But while I do recall Tessaro Elar and Eshta, it’s only as names
on a list of casualties from an accident in Ore Processing. The list was
prepared by the overseer, Firek, and relayed to me by my second-in-command,
Glin Rayeth. My first recall of this girl is when she was in the care of the
Vaatriks following her parent’s deaths. (continued)

At Dukat’s mention of the Vaatriks, Kira and Odo both react, remembering them
from the events described in the episode “Necessary Evil”. D’Argan reacts
with panic at the name.

DUKAT
(Continued)
After Vaatrik’s murder, she was removed to Bajor together with Mrs. Vaatrik.
Beyond that, I have no idea, as I did not keep track of either of them.

11 Exterior shot of DS9. Voice over of Sisko is continuous with Scene 12.

SISKO (V.O.)
Gul Dukat’s testimony only reinforces my suspicion that the charges are based
solely on uncorroborated memories. How am I to judge the trial, when I
believe that D’Argan was indeed hurt by Cardassians, and yet, to be true to my
Federation values, I feel compelled to dismiss all charges against Dukat
unless hard evidence can be produced to support Kai Winn’s charges?

Continuous with:

12 Keiko’s old school room. Dukat sits, having just finished his
testimony. Winn is comforting an emotional D’Argan. All others present have
their attention on Sisko.

SISKO
This court is in recess. Major, Constable, Doctor: I’d like you three to
remain.

The three mentioned nod. Odo gestures for the security guard to escort Dukat
away, and goes with them as far as the door to watch the mob still outside.
The extra security personnel keep the mob under control as Dukat is escorted
from sight. Winn does not move, and keeps D’Argan with her.

SISKO
Kai Winn, perhaps you would escort Miss Tessaro to your quarters until this
court reconvenes…?

WINN
I’m disappointed that you allowed that Cardassian criminal to speak, Emissary!

SISKO
I may have more disappointments in store for you yet, Kai Winn…

WINN
Might you, Emissary? I’d hate to be forced to appoint another judge in this
matter…

Kira steps in.

KIRA
Kai, it would be better if you let me talk to Captain Sisko. I’ll tell you
what he says as soon as I can.

WINN
I see. Very well, Emissary. I know you will follow the wisdom of the
Prophets! D’Argan and I will be in the temple, praying that they guide you
well. Also that they comfort D’Argan’s pain, and give her patience to survive
until you hand her tormentor over to justice! Come, child!

Kai Winn helps D’Argan leave. As the door closes, she is seen stopping to
play the mob outside the room.

SISKO
Major, unless Winn can come up with something more concrete than a girl’s
recovered memories, I’ll be forced to dismiss the charges against Dukat and
let him go!

KIRA
Let him go?! What type of justice is that?! What about D’Argan?!

SISKO
It would be a grosser affront to justice to find Dukat guilty solely on the
basis of Miss Tessaro’s… carefully scripted memories. Look, its obvious
that she has suffered, and easy to believe that her suffering was at
Cardassian hands, but it is not clear that those hands were Dukat’s! I want
the real perpetrator to face retribution! If that person turns out to be
Dukat, then I’ll hand him over to Bajor to punish as you see fit. But first,
I must be certain beyond reasonable doubt that it was he!

KIRA
How can any of you look at Dukat and not see his guilt?! I hate what he’s
done to D’Argan! I hate that he duped me into respecting, even liking him!

ODO
I agree with Sisko. Otherwise, this fiasco has as little justice as a
Cardassian trial!

KIRA
You don’t get it, do you?! He’s a Cardassian! He can rape and torture and
kill without any feelings of guilt! He can stand before you and lie and he’ll
never blink… because he’s a Cardassian! Subterfuge is as natural as
breathing to them!

SISKO
I know what he is, Major! But it’s possible- however unlikely- that he’s
telling the truth! Remember Marritza, the Cardassian who came here and tried
to trick you into believing he was the Butcher of Gallitep?

KIRA
The Cardassian who claimed to be Gul Darhe’el?

SISKO
Yes! Marritza tried to address Cardassian crimes he couldn’t stop when they
occurred, and all he got was death at unforgiving Bajoran hands! Major, the
hatred must stop somewhere! How about here?

KIRA
With Gul Dukat?! Marritza was a helpless file clerk! Dukat was the Prefect
of this station, answering only to the Central Command! There’s a world of
difference between them!

ODO
I also think it unlikely that Dukat is innocent. If he tortured that girl and
her parents, then we’ll find the proof, Major. If not, then we must let him
go and face that fact.

KIRA
You’re right. This isn’t supposed to be a witch-hunt. I’ll start checking
for witnesses and other sources of corroborating evidence. We’ll nail Dukat
your way, Captain!

SISKO
Good. Doctor, I need you to evaluate Miss Tessaro as well as the counselling
techniques used to help her. Could they have affected her testimony? Major,
see that the Vedek who counselled Miss Tessaro releases her file to Dr.
Bashir.

KIRA
I’ll see to it immediately, Captain. Dukat mentioned that the Vaatriks had
custody of D’Argan after her parent’s deaths. Mrs. Vaatrik is on Bajor. I
think that I should talk to her.

ODO
Huh. The Vaatrik woman is about as trustworthy as Dukat! I’ll go with you.

BASHIR
Wasn’t it Mrs. Vaatrik who tried to have Quark killed a few years ago?

KIRA
She’s the one!

ODO
Too bad she didn’t succeed!

BASHIR
You may as well admit it, Constable: you’d miss Quark if he were gone!

ODO
I’d survive.

SISKO
Mrs. Vaatrik may not be the most reliable source of evidence, but right now
any evidence is better than nothing. Get whatever you can, and report to me
at 0900 tomorrow with it. I’ll decide then if you have enough for the trial
to continue. Until then, advise Winn and Dukat that the trial is in recess.
Dismissed!

13 The infirmary. Bashir looks up as Kira enters with D’Argan. Kira gives
him a data pad. D’Argan hangs back.

KIRA
Here’s D’Argan’s file. D’Argan, this is Dr. Bashir. He’ll be examining you.
I want you to cooperate fully with him, ok?

Kira turns to go.

D’ARGAN
Don’t leave me! Please!

KIRA
D’Argan, you’re safe. Dr. Bashir will make sure that no Cardassians come near
you, I promise! He’ll take care of you. Ok?

D’Argan looks unconvinced but lets Kira seat her on one of the examining
chairs, then sits silent and eyes downcast. Bashir walks with Kira to the
door.

BASHIR
Thank you, Major: with my luck, Garak will decide to visit!

KIRA
I expect you’ll be able to protect her if Garak has some sudden urge to
measure her clothes size!

Fade out as Kira leaves and Bashir turns back to D’Argan.

14 Fade in to Quark’s bar, where Quark is hobnobbing with Dax, O’Brien,
Hollander, and Bashir.

BASHIR
I’m surprised that you didn’t spend some more time in the gamma quadrant.

HOLLANDER
As tempted as I was, I really wanted to get back to the lab and analyze the
new data.

QUARK
Believe me, Lieutenant, laboratory experiments are nothing compared to the
thrill of exploring the gamma quadrant!

O’BRIEN
You mean the thrill of having the Jem’Hadar chase you screaming back into the
alpha quadrant!

QUARK
If I screamed- once or twice- when Captain Sisko and I first met the
Jem’Hadar, it didn’t stop me from being pivotal in our escape!

DAX
You were brave, weren’t you Quark?

QUARK
Not at all. Bravery only gets you killed. Rule of Acquisition # XX: (a
coward lives to reap a profit on another day)!

HOLLANDER
How exciting! Sometime, I would like to see more of the gamma quadrant!

QUARK
Easy! Just step up to one of the holosuites! I’ve got lots of holoprograms
which concern the gamma quadrant, and at very reasonable prices too!

BASHIR
Reasonable, Quark?

QUARK
Adventure isn’t cheap, Doctor!

HOLLANDER
What do you say, Miles; shall we take this good Ferengi up on his offer?

O’Brien seems noncommittal. Quark looks at him pointedly before addressing
Hollander.

QUARK
Unless there are other programs that you two would prefer…?

O’BRIEN
Like what?!

HOLLANDER
Let’s play darts instead! Come on, Miles! Dax, Julian: care to play?

BASHIR
I’ll pass. I’m ready for bed.

DAX
I’m late for a date with a Klingon. He’s all yours, Dala. Don’t wear him
out!

HOLLANDER
I won’t, at least not at darts!

Quark looks knowingly at them as Hollander draws O’Brien away.

QUARK
I’ll have those two lovebirds in my holosuites yet!

ACT IV

15 Bashir’s quarters. Bashir enters to discover Garak is there waiting for
him.

BASHIR
Garak?!

GARAK
Good evening, Doctor! Forgive me for startling you in your quarters.

BASHIR
I’ll forgive you if you’ve got a good reason for being here!

GARAK
You know I would be loath to disappoint you! I understand that Captain Sisko
is going to dismiss the charges against Dukat unless evidence arises to
support Kai Winn’s claims…?

BASHIR
How do you know that?

GARAK
Oh, come now, Doctor! People on the promenade are a buzz with the trial! I
would have to be deaf not to know.

BASHIR
And you have some evidence against Dukat?

GARAK
On the contrary.

BASHIR
You have proof of Dukat’s innocence?!

Garak hands Bashir a computer file. Bashir goes to his terminal to review it.

BASHIR
This is the report Dukat mentioned describing the accident that claimed
D’Argan’s parents! How did you get it?

GARAK
Oh, someone must have left it in a pant pocket or something. It is quite
authentic, I assure you. Give it to Captain Sisko, will you?

BASHIR
I will.

Garak turns to go.

BASHIR
Garak! I don’t understand! Dukat is your sworn enemy. Why would you help
him like this?

GARAK
Help Dukat…? Yes, I suppose it does look like help, on the surface.

BASHIR
But…?

GARAK
But you’re being naive, Doctor. (beat) Perhaps my notion of justice is old
fashioned. Certainly, watching Dukat sacrificed as a martyr on the Bajoran
alter does not satisfy me! I know better than any one on this base both the
nature and the extent of Dukat’s crimes. When it is time for him to pay, his
exposure and humiliation will be for all Cardassia to see. As will his
execution. Good night, Doctor; pleasant dreams!

Bashir reacts and Garak leaves.

16 Holosuite or exercise room. WARF looks up as Dax enters. Both are
wearing karate type dress. Dax lines up beside Warf and they start the Tai
Chi style exercises.

DAX
Sorry I’m late. I got so caught up in the Miles-Dala tangle that I didn’t
keep track of time.

WARF
Ah yes. The Chief come to me today for advice on that woman.

DAX
Did he…? Then I guess he’s really tempted by her.

WARF
I fear he paid little heed to my words, if he was with her tonight. For
Klingons, the weakness of infidelity makes such actions dishonorable. There
would be no temptation or pleasure in such a mating.

DAX
I know. Curzon often cursed that particular Klingon custom.

WARF
I have long observed that humans- among others (looks at Dax)- seem to have
little control over their sex drives. I cannot say that I am surprised at
Chief O’Brien’s temptation, though I am impatient of his weakness. What I do
not understand is the farce Captain Sisko is being forced to judge!

DAX
Farce?! Why do you call it that?

WARF
The Bajorans accuse the Cardassians of the dishonor of killing defenseless
victims, like that girl’s parents, even though the Bajorans are guilty of the
same crime. It is the Bajoran’s hypocracy that I neither understand nor
tolerate!

DAX
I wouldn’t try telling Kira that she’s as guilty as Dukat, if I were you!
(beat) Doesn’t it matter that decades of Cardassian brutality drove the
Bajorans to their acts of terrorism?

WARF
Had the Cardassians- or anyone else- dared occupy a Klingon planet, we would
kill their soldiers in glorious battle! We would not harm either their or our
own elders and children, as the Bajorans have done in their terrorist acts.
There would be no dishonor, only glorious conquest!

DAX
You almost sound sorry that you didn’t join Gowron in his campaign against the
Cardassians…

Warf dismisses Dax’ teasing.

WARF
You are well aware of my opinion on the Klingon Empire’s attacking Cardassia,
Lieutenant!

Dax nods as they continue their exercises.

17 Quark’s, by the dart board.

HOLLANDER
You know, Miles, Quark is right!

O’BRIEN
Hum? About what?

HOLLANDER
What do you say to the two of us enjoying one of his erotic holoprograms…?

O’Brien doesn’t know what to say, and is self-conscious that Dala might be
overheard.

HOLLANDER
Don’t act so surprised! You know I want you! I know you want me too!

O’BRIEN
Whoa! Wait a minute! You want try one of Quark’s sick holoprograms?!

HOLLANDER
Ok, the holosuites are out. Then come back to my quarters with me! You won’t
regret it!

O’BRIEN
Keep your voice down! (beat) Look, Dala, it’s not that I don’t… like
you…

Hollander stops O’Brien by covering his mouth.

HOLLANDER
Shh. Don’t talk yourself out of a night such as you only dreamed of in
adolescent fantasies! Spend tonight with me!

O’BRIEN
Tonight! No! I mean, it’s way too late! I should be in bed already!

HOLLANDER
Yes, with me. Tomorrow night, then.

O’Brien is clearly tempted but uneasy.

O’BRIEN
(whispers)
Ok, ok!

HOLLANDER
Yes! You’re going to love it: dinner, soft music, a fire, and then… You
know, I think you should hit the sack, O’Brien! You’ll need all your strength
tomorrow night!

19 Keiko’s old school room (or Sisko’s office), the next day. Sisko,
Bashir, Kira, and Odo are present.

SISKO
Report.

KIRA
We’ve had… some success on Bajor, Captain. Vedek Eskaia gave us a list of
Bajorans who have come forward since D’Argan’s plight was made public. They
are all survivors of that time on Terok Nor.

ODO
We were able to interview all the people on the list. Most of them were
unable to comment directly on the crimes we’re investigating, but 6 did
remember various aspects of the Tessaro’s deaths.

Kira gives Sisko a data pad.

KIRA
Here’s our report.

Sisko studies the pad briefly.

SISKO
Good. I’ll study it before we reconvene the trial. For now, summarize.

Kira and Odo exchange looks.

SISKO
Why do I get the feeling that this report is of no help…?

ODO
It’s of some help, Captain. The 6 were consistent in their memories of
certain aspects of the crimes, despite giving their testimonies independently
of each other. Most of them believed that Miss Tessaro could not have
witnessed her parent’s deaths, however.

SISKO
Explain.

KIRA
All 6 remembered the Tessaros being killed by an explosion in the L wing of
Ore Processing, around 1600. D’Argan would normally have been in the Bajoran
common quarters with the other children.

ODO
But only 2 of the 6, a couple, actually recall going to the Bajoran quarters
to find her. The wife says she found Miss Tessaro with the Vaatriks in their
shop. The husband disagrees, recalling that they found Miss Tessaro in the
common quarters.

SISKO
What does this new information tell you about the accuracy of Miss Tessaro’s
memories?

ODO
None of the 6 survivors doubt for a second that Dukat was responsible.

KIRA
But, neither do any of them seem to think Dukat was directly responsible for
the parent’s deaths. While none of them were surprised that there is
suspicion about the deaths, all seem to think the Tessaros were the victims of
the shoddy Cardassian workmanship on this station!

SISKO
So Miss Tessaro may be wrong about her parent’s deaths.

ODO
It would appear so, though we still lack any hard evidence one way or the
other. I think that she really believes her version of the story.

BASHIR
I agree. If she’s lying, I don’t think it’s conscious.

KIRA
Wait a minute! It would have been just like the Cardassians to kill some
Bajorans at their sadistic leisure and then report them as ‘accident victims’!
I’m willing to bet that D’Argan’s parents were killed shortly before the
‘accident’, and that Dukat used it as a convenient way to hide his crime! Or
maybe Dukat wasn’t the ringleader, and it was some other Cardassian, but I’m
still convinced the Cardassians are directly responsible!

SISKO
I think we all expect the worst of the Cardassians, Major. But suspicions
without evidence have no place at this trial!

BASHIR
Here, Captain. Garak gave me this last night.

SISKO
And this is…?

BASHIR
It seems to be the report of the accident that Gul Dukat mentioned. Garak
assures me that it’s authentic, though of course he wouldn’t tell me where he
got it.

Sisko puts the file into the computer and the four look at the report.

BASHIR
I’ve read the whole report. It starts with the list you see there of the
Cardassian and Bajoran ‘casualties’, prepared by someone named Firek. It also
has the comments of both Dukat and the second-in-command he mentioned, Glin
Rayeth. There is no mention of blame or cause of the ‘accident’, and it would
appear that little if anything was left of the victims to be buried, so there
aren’t any bodies we can disinter to check for cause of death.

KIRA
That report means nothing.

ODO
I agree. Knowing Dukat, he probably wrote it on his way to the station!

SISKO
Do you have any evidence that Dukat was involved in the parent’s deaths?

Kira and Odo exchange looks again.

KIRA
(simultaneous with Odo)
Yes!

ODO
(simultaneous with Kira)
No.

KIRA
Maybe. Mrs. Vaatrik gave us a different story.

SISKO
She supports Miss Tessaro’s version of the crimes?

KIRA
Yes. On all charges.

SISKO
But you have a problem with her testimony, Constable?

ODO
Again, it’s her word against Dukat’s. And she has nothing to lose and much to
gain from helping Winn convict Dukat.

KIRA
True, but I wonder if she knew things the other Bajorans wouldn’t have. When
she and her husband were on Terok Nor, they were selling out Bajorans to
Dukat. She might have known about Cardassian crimes because of her own
criminal involvement. She vehemently accused Dukat of abusing D’Argan while
the girl was under her husband’s guardianship, and said that they were
powerless to stop him.

SISKO
Doctor, what did your examination of Miss Tessaro reveal?

BASHIR
It’s possible that the way Vedek Eskaia helped Miss Tessaro influenced her
memories of the crime. It appeared from the medical file that Vedek Eskaia
may have projected her own expectations onto Miss Tessaro.

KIRA
By that you mean that Vedek Eskaia expected D’Argan to have suffered as she
did?

BASHIR
Yes, and Miss Tessaro fulfilled her expectations.

KIRA
The Cardassians were… consistent in the way they abused my people, Julian.
D’Argan’s suffering is exactly the same as hundreds of other Bajoran’s
suffering. That doesn’t mean her memories are false or implanted!

BASHIR
True. And without the aid of a telepath, or an empath, we won’t be able to
tell. We could call in a Betazoid or a Vulcan, if you think it necessary,
Captain.

KIRA
I doubt that Kai Winn will allow more Federation outsiders into the trial.
Right now, I think she’d replace you, if she could, Captain!

SISKO
I’m not surprised! Continue, Doctor.

BASHIR
As to Miss Tessaro herself, I found extensive scars hidden under her clothing.
Miss Tessaro wondered if the scars are from Dukat torturing her, though she
admitted she couldn’t remember what had caused them. It wasn’t Dukat: all her
scars are too new to be from the Occupation. And according to her medical
file, at least some of the scars are from self-inflicted wounds. When I did a
psychological assessment, I found clear evidence of Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder, but with symptoms not fully consistent with the suffering she
remembers. Her characteristics are far more diagnostic of children being
abused by people they trust and need.

KIRA
So, it still comes down to our word against the Cardassian’s.

ODO
I think it would be best if Major Kira and I could cross examine both Dukat
and Miss Tessaro.

SISKO
Major, do you think Winn will allow that?

KIRA
I think so, but I’ll have to ask her.

SISKO
Do so. If she agrees, advise her that the trial will reconvene at 1300 hours.
Constable, see that Dukat is also alerted. Dismissed.

Fade out.

ACT V

20 Fade in to Keiko’s old school room. Sisko, Kira, Odo, Bashir, Winn,
D’Argan, Dukat, and a security guard are present.

SISKO
This court is now in session. Let the log show that new evidence has been
entered that necessitates further questioning of Miss Tessaro D’Argan and of
Gul Dukat. Major Kira, your questions.

KIRA
Thank you, Captain. D’Argan, we need you to clarify a number of points. Do
you think you can do that?

D’ARGAN
I-I don’t know. (pause) I’ll try.

KIRA
You told us that Gul Dukat took you from the Bajoran common quarters…?

D’ARGAN
Y-yes.

Kira activates a computer monitor which displays still pictures of a number of
places on DS9, including L wing, Ore Processing.

KIRA
These are pictures of various places Dukat might have taken you. Do any of
them look familiar?

D’Argan tries to concentrate, looking repeatedly to Winn.

D’ARGAN
I’m not sure- (beat) Yes! Here!

Kira carefully shows the monitor, making sure Dukat cannot see what choice
D’Argan has made. Sisko, Odo, Kira, and Bashir react as D’Argan’s choice
matches the information from the other Bajoran survivors.

KIRA
D’Argan, what time of day did Dukat hurt you and kill your parents?

D’ARGAN
Tea time!

KIRA
Tea time? What, about 1500?

D’ARGAN
Yes! He said that his favorite treat at tea time was Bajoran blood! And he
laughed… I’m haunted by his laugh every time I close my eyes…

Again, the four officers react.

KIRA
What happened after he’d killed your parents and hurt you? Do you know what
happened to your parent’s bodies?

D’ARGAN
I don’t remember! I don’t know!

KIRA
It’s alright, D’Argan; just do your best. Mrs. Vaatrik claims she and her
husband adopted you. Is that true?

D’ARGAN
(very small voice)
Yes.

KIRA
What happened while you were under Vaatrik’s guard?

D’ARGAN
(PANIC!)
I don’t know!!! I don’t remember!!! I don’t remember!!!

KIRA
Did you tell the Vaatriks what happened?

D’ARGAN
W-what happened…?

KIRA
Yes. To you and your parents?

D’ARGAN
I was afraid to tell anybody. No one would believe me…

KIRA
Not believe you…? Why?

D’ARGAN
I don’t know! I don’t know!!

WINN
I fail to see how this is relevant!

Kira turns her attention to Dukat.

KIRA
Gul Dukat, what time of day does your ‘perfect memory’ recall her parents
dying?

DUKAT
The report I received stated that the accident occurred at about 1600 hours,
Major. It was no more specific than that.

Looks are exchanged as this information matches that of the other Bajoran
survivors.

KIRA
The ‘accident’. What accident?!

DUKAT
I was informed that a power relay overloaded in the L wing of Ore Processing.
The energy surge apparently ignited the uridium ore, causing an explosion and
then a fire. The heat and smoke finished off the Bajorans- and Cardassians!-
that survived the explosion.

KIRA
How many people died?

DUKAT
Everyone present, Major. Firek listed 25 Bajorans and 3 Cardassians.

KIRA
Why was the cause of the ‘accident’ of so little concern that your report
never considered it..?

DUKAT
You’ve seen the report..? But, when I went looking for it prior to arriving,
it was lost! Who gave it- Garak?!

KIRA
Just answer my question, Dukat.

DUKAT
The power systems were heavily taxed throughout the ore processing sequence.
Power surges and failures weren’t that uncommon. Neither myself nor Rayeth
nor Firek had any suspicion of Bajoran sabotage, despite the loss of 3
Cardassians. As no inquiries- Cardassian or Bajoran- were ever made, the
damage was repaired and the matter dropped.

KIRA
But you didn’t drop your persecution of D’Argan, did you?

DUKAT
Major?

KIRA
Mrs. Vaatrik was very clear on how you abused D’Argan while she was in their
care, and of how they were powerless to stop you!

D’Argan panics as Kira speaks.

DUKAT
Mrs. Vaatrik is a criminal. She lied to you, Major. Are Bajoran trials
always dependent on the testimony of convicted felons?

WINN
How dare you! Emissary, do not listen to this… criminal!

SISKO
Kai Winn, please be seated.

Kira looks as if she’s going to retort, but she catches Sisko’s eye and
remains under control. She nods at his unspoken question, indicating she is
finished with her questions. Sisko nods to Odo.

SISKO
Your questions, Constable.

ODO
Something has been puzzling me throughout this entire trial… Miss Tessaro,
why do you seem little more frightened of your accused tormenter, than of the
Captain, or the Doctor, or of me…? And yet, you panic at each mention of
the Vaatriks?

All react, with Bashir particularly struck as he realizes that abuse by
Vaatrik rather than Dukat would be more likely to cause the specific symptoms
of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder that D’Argan shows.

BASHIR
That’s it! That makes sense! It was Vaatrik not Dukat who abused D’Argan!

WINN
What are you saying?!

BASHIR
Her self-inflicted wounds, her inability to interact maturely, her low self-estem
are consistent with abuse by a trusted guardian!

D’Argan is beside herself. Kira is still reacting to Bashir’s revelation, but
tries to calm her.

SISKO
Miss Tessaro, is that true?

WINN
Of course it’s untrue, Emissary! A Bajoran hurt this child, especially one
given responsibility for her wellbeing…?! Nonsense!

SISKO
Kai Winn, I will have you ejected if you answer for Miss Tessaro one more
time! Miss Tessaro, was it Vaatrik and not Dukat who abused you?

D’Argan is too panicked to answer.

KIRA
Try to calm down, D’Argan. Now is the time for honesty. Don’t be afraid to
tell us the true cause of your pain.

D’ARGAN
Yes! Yes! It was him, Vaatrik! (to Kira and Winn) I’m sorry! I’m so
sorry!

ODO
So your description of your parent’s deaths was all a lie?

D’ARGAN
N-no! I only lied about Vaatrik! It was Vaatrik who took me to see my
parents die, and who, afterwards… afterwards… (beat) But Vaatrik didn’t
kill my mother and father! I swear!

KIRA
D’Argan, did Dukat kill your parents?

D’ARGAN
Yes! Yes! Yes!

Both Odo and Kira step back, giving Sisko their attention. Sisko looks long
and hard at Dukat.

SISKO
Let the log show that Gul Dukat is found innocent of the charge that he raped
and tortured Tessaro D’Argan. The charges of rape, torture, and murder of
Tessaro Elar and Eshta are hereby dismissed due to lack of evidence. Gul
Dukat, you are free to go.

DUKAT
Thank you, Captain.

Winn seizes D’Argan and storms out.

21 The promenade, by the air lock where Dukat earlier entered custody on
DS9. Kira and Odo escort Dukat there, Odo and security guards ensuring the
angry Bajoran crowd won’t hurt Dukat. Just before he leaves, Dukat turns back
to Kira and laughs.

KIRA
I don’t see what’s so funny, Dukat!

DUKAT
You are Major, as is your whole race! When will you realize, all’s fair in
love and war! Vaatrik understood.

KIRA
Get out.

DUKAT
As you wish. Oh, by the way, Major, I laughed then too!

KIRA
What?!

DUKAT
We all did!

Dukat turns away as Kira and Odo react.

22 The living room of someone’s quarters, set for romance. O’Brien gets a
tray with two glasses of champagne and fruit from the replicator, then turns
back toward the room. He moves toward a couch before a fire, handing one
glass to a woman whose identity is not seen. As he puts the tray on the table
and joins the woman, KEIKO is revealed.

KEIKO
Miles, I can’t believe you let this Hollander woman think that you’d spend
tonight with her!

O’BRIEN
Well, when she propositioned me, I had to say ‘yes’! It’s true! She’s the
type of woman who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer! Maybe this way, she’ll
realize, as I did, that you’re the only woman for me!

KEIKO
Thank you for coming to Bajor, Miles.

O’BRIEN
I couldn’t stay away.

THE END!

Notes

***Please note that D’Argan’s character is based on attributes of incest
survivors as described in E. Sue Bloom’s Secret Survivors and in Elizabeth
Loftus’ The Myth of Repressed Memory. Also, Hollander’s science project is
easily modified to be a continuation of the work presented in the episode
“Rejoined” or changed to another aspect of wormhole science altogether.***

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

DALA DAH lah

TESSARO tess SAR oh

D’ARGAN DAR jon (soft j, as in Jean Luc Picard)

ESKAIA ez KYE ah

ELAR ee LAR

ESHTA esh TA

*DETAPAH This is meant to be the new governing council on Cardassia,
as introduced in the episode “The Way of the Warrior”

ALTERNATE TITLES

1. “War Crimes”

2. “Ghosts”

3. “Do Ghosts Tell Lies?” or “When Ghosts Lie”

4. “Do Ghosts Speak Truths?” or “Do Ghosts Tell Truths?”

5. “When Ghosts Stir” or “When Ghosts Cry”

Lisa Chilton (chilton@acs.ucalgary.ca)
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