Date: 27 Dec 2010 04:13 Title: Chapter 5
Oh ho - Verad plans to attack DS9? Hmm ... sounds like trouble. Not entirely convinced that Verad would trust Sisko so quickly or that he would present Sisko with the chance to sabotage a mission against his former home. However, I am willing to forgive that for the sake of a nice action adventure.
Nice stuff with the Romulan Donatra, she seems like she is an honest Romulan but wait are there any of those?! LOL. Likewise, I liked the reaction of Worf in regards to Bashir - as much as he accepted Bashir and Ezri together I always doubted he was ever comfortable with the idea.
Author's Response: This whole chapter can be seen as an exercise in the expression, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Donatra chose her centurion even knowing of his potential to betray her. It's in the category of Garak may be an ally, but he's still a Cardassian and he'll cross certain lines our heroes won't. Verad knows to keep Sisko on a tight leash, but he's even deceiving his own people in this operation. As for the scene with Worf, it's more of a disapproving older brother angle. He knows the Trill taboo against re-association. Though it may not be as rigid when applied as rigidly to couplings with non-Trill, he knows that blatantly ignoring the taboo would be "dishonorable". His belief that Bashir is not the man for Ezri is more out of a belief that Julian is an overgrown child. Seeing him in that tuxedo certainly confirms that notion (even one of Julian's exes called the program "ridiculous"). Although, who is Worf to judge when he re-enacts ancient Klingon battles in the holosuites?