1 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE
A distinctly damaged Excelsior-class ship is just docking at an upper pylon - the USS Tecumseh NCC-14934.
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.
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.
Hi, hun. Bad day?
(nod to replicator)
Did you only just finish dinner?
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...
Oh, I’m sorry. I hate missing out
on family dinner. I guess I just
lost track of time.
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?
The Tecumseh? Just docked?
I saw it approach out the window.
It looked in pretty bad shape.
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.
So now they’re coming to you
Most of our refugees have moved
down to Bajor, so now it’s the
officers’ turn, I guess.
Why can’t the Tecumseh’s own
counsellor handle it? You have
your own crew to take care of.
The Tecumseh’s counsellor is dead.
Oh... was it the Borg?
Indirectly, I suppose. Doctor
T’Haro... was killed by one of her
own patients three weeks ago.
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.
Okay... but please take care of
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.
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.
Believe? You don’t know for sure?
I know to the extent of my ability
to know these things.
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...
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.
What do you mean?
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.
I think it’s time to turn off the
life support... and let him go.
Don’t be ridiculous.
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.
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.
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...
Lieutenant Tenmei to Commander
Ro. I need to see you immediately.
END OF TEASER