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TEASER

 

FADE IN:

 

1 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

 

A distinctly damaged Excelsior-class ship is just docking at an upper pylon - the USS Tecumseh NCC-14934.

 

RO (v.o.)
Station log, Commander Ro Laren
recording. The starship Tecumseh
has just docked at the station.
They’ve been performing clean-up
and rescue ever since the Borg
invasion, and this is their first
chance for a rest in weeks.

 

2 INT. DS9 - HABITAT RING CORRIDOR

 

Counsellor MATTHIAS walks down the corridor, not exactly thrilled.

 

RO (v.o.)
(continuing)
Unfortunately, it means that at
least one of my senior staff will
be getting no rest for a while.

 

Matthias reaches a certain door, taps the control to open it, and walks on through into...

 

3 INT. DS9 - MATTHIAS FAMILY QUARTERS (CONTINUOUS)

 

...last seen in 10x07 “Instinct”. Her husband, SIBIAS, is just tidying away the dinner plates into the replicator. He sees that she is exhausted, comes to hold her.

 

SIBIAS
Hi, hun. Bad day?

MATTHIAS
Not brilliant.
(nod to replicator)
Did you only just finish dinner?

SIBIAS
I only just finished cleaning up
after dinner. The actual eating
was several hours ago. The
kids are in bed already.

 

As they move into the room to relax on the couch...

 

MATTHIAS
(sigh)
Oh, I’m sorry. I hate missing out
on family dinner. I guess I just
lost track of time.

SIBIAS
I don’t mind for my own sake. I
just worry about you working all
these late nights. Is it anything
you can talk about?

MATTHIAS
The Tecumseh? Just docked?

SIBIAS
(nods)
I saw it approach out the window.
It looked in pretty bad shape.

MATTHIAS
Yeah well, they were assigned to
Coridan during the invasion. The
only ship to survive the attack,
so not only are they filled with
their own traumatised crew, they
also took on survivors from the
ships that weren’t so lucky.

SIBIAS
So now they’re coming to you
for counselling?

MATTHIAS
(shrug)
Most of our refugees have moved
down to Bajor, so now it’s the
officers’ turn, I guess.

SIBIAS
Why can’t the Tecumseh’s own
counsellor handle it? You have
your own crew to take care of.

MATTHIAS
The Tecumseh’s counsellor is dead.

SIBIAS
Oh... was it the Borg?

MATTHIAS
Indirectly, I suppose. Doctor
T’Haro... was killed by one of her
own patients three weeks ago.
(Sibias reacts 
with horror)
Don’t worry, that’s not one of the
patients they need me to counsel
- he’s in the brig under sedation.
But there are a lot of others who
could use a professional’s help.

SIBIAS
Okay... but please take care of
yourself, Phil.

MATTHIAS
I’ll do my best...

 

Sibias pulls her against his chest, lets her relax...

 

4 INT. DS9 - TENMEI’S QUARTERS - BEDROOM

 

BASHIR stands over the prone figure of VAUGHN, who remains unmoving on the bed surrounded by life support machines. Bashir is scanning him, comparing the readings to those on the machines. TENMEI stands back, observing.

After a moment, Bashir concludes his scans, puts away his medical kit, and turns to Tenmei.

 

TENMEI
Nothing?

BASHIR
I’m sorry, Lieutenant. I believe
there is little to no chance of
your father ever regaining
consciousness. For that matter,
of improving in any way from
the condition he’s in right now.

TENMEI
Believe? You don’t know for sure?

BASHIR
I know to the extent of my ability
to know these things.

TENMEI
(swallows)
Thank you, Doctor. If you don’t
mind, it’s time for his bed bath.

 

Nodding his acceptance of that, Bashir moves towards the door to exit. But before he reaches it, he turns back...

 

BASHIR
Prynn... I know I’ve said this
before. But I really think it’s
time you try to accept that
your father isn’t coming back.

TENMEI
What do you mean?

BASHIR
It’s my medical opinion that there
is nothing to be done for Captain
Vaughn, and nothing to be gained.

 

Tenmei stares the doctor down, forcing him to say what he is trying not to say out loud.

 

BASHIR
I think it’s time to turn off the
life support... and let him go.

TENMEI
Don’t be ridiculous.

BASHIR
I’m serious, Prynn. As primary
physician, I cannot support
dragging this out any further.
It does neither of you any good.

 

Tenmei calmly steps forward, considering her response.

 

TENMEI
Let me be clear, Doctor. If you
come anywhere near my father with
that attitude, he won’t be the one
needing life support. I am the
next of kin, it’s my decision, and
I’ve made it. Now please leave.

BASHIR
(equally calm)
Very well. But you should know
I will make it clear in my report
that your decision is not in the
best interests of my patient, and
I fully intend to challenge it.

 

Bashir turns and EXITS. Tenmei hardens...

 

TENMEI
Lieutenant Tenmei to Commander
Ro. I need to see you immediately.

 

FADE OUT

 

END OF TEASER



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