Date: 27 Dec 2010 04:06 Title: Chapter 4
Sisko has a tough challenge trying to convince Vered that he is there to do business. Feels Trek-like in the manner in which the deal is done and how the two parties try to convince or check the other out. Of course, I don't think Vered will be too trusting of Benjamin given his personal history with the man and given Sisko's history with the likes of those who turned to the Maquis.
Author's Response: And it's not exactly the end of each other's mutual suspicion. And even though Verad didn't seem remember anything of his time being joined to the Dax symbiont, he might have some understanding of the psyche of Benjamin Sisko seeing someone who is willing to ignore his own moral convictions for a greater good. From gassing a Maquis colony in order to force Eddington's surrender to his actions leading to the assassination of Senator Vreenak, Sisko has sure done some things he wasn't proud of. His experiences in the Dominion War and learning of the machinations of Section 31 may have left him a little more cynical. That is what he is trying to sell the group he's infiltrating. He even points out that his anger at Eddington and Hudson was because they betrayed Starfleet and his overall attitude towards the Maquis was a bit grayer than say, Gul Dukat's. Of course, that Verad is willing to create a pseudonym for Sisko is foreshadowing of the left turn this storyline takes.