(At a sweet-seller's kiosk. The wares are like ice
lollies but not cold.)
O'BRIEN: Try one. You'll like it.
KEIKO: Too early for me
O'BRIEN: You sure?
KEIKO: It's so sweet.
O'BRIEN: It's a natural sweetness from the sap of the jumja tree. It's
full of vitamin C.
KEIKO: Since when did you become such an expert on jumja sticks?
O'BRIEN: Oh, Neela told me.
KEIKO: Did she? So, is she working out any better than the last one?
O'BRIEN: Who, Neela? She's terrific. She's even taught me a thing or
KEIKO: I'm glad to hear her expertise doesn't end with jumja sticks .
O'BRIEN: No, she's a good engin (penny drops) Hold on.
O'BRIEN: Well, you're not thinking? Well, Keiko.
KEIKO: Just keeping you on your toes, O'Brien.
O'BRIEN: Oh, very funny.
KEIKO: Be careful who you share your jumja with.
KEIKO: Now, as we discussed in yesterday's lesson,
the wormhole was discovered by Commander Sisko and Lieutenant Dax
earlier this year. Does anyone know what makes this wormhole so
JAKE: It's stable?
KEIKO: It's stable. That's right, Jake. It's the first stable wormhole
known to exist.
(A Bajoran religious woman enters)
WINN: Please, continue.
KEIKO: A stable wormhole is very important because it allows us to
travel secure in the knowledge that neither end will shift locations.
Who knows why the wormhole is stable? Because it was artificially
constructed. Commander Sisko encountered the entities who created the
wormhole when he
WINN: Excuse me. By entities, do you not mean the Prophets?
KEIKO: Yes, on Bajor the entities are worshipped as prophets. Our
studies of the wormhole have shown that it was formed by unique
particles we call verterons that are apparently self-sustaining in
nature. This begins to explain how a ship at impulse can safely pass
WINN: Ships are safely guided through the passage by the hands of the
KEIKO: In a manner of speaking.
WINN: Not apparently in your manner of speaking.
KEIKO: Perhaps we should discuss this after class.
WINN: Do you believe the Celestial Temple of the Prophets exists within
KEIKO: I respect that the Bajoran people believe that it does.
WINN: But that's not what you teach.
KEIKO: No, I don't teach Bajoran spiritual beliefs. That's your job.
Mine is to open the children's minds to history, to literature, to
mathematics, to science.
WINN: You are opening the children's minds to blasphemy, and I cannot
permit it to continue.
O'BRIEN: Sorry I couldn't get here sooner. Another
fusion reactor went down. How's it going?
O'BRIEN: Done? Did you remember to re-initialise the isolinear
NEELA: I did it exactly like you showed me. Should I test it?
O'BRIEN: Let me. You know us old folks. We like to feel useful.
(And Odo's monitors come to life)
O'BRIEN: Not bad, not bad at all. If you keep this up, I'll be out of a
NEELA: I doubt that.
O'BRIEN: Let's close it up.
(Neela picks up a tool.)
O'BRIEN: Not that one. That's a security seal. You need an E-J-Seven
interlock to close it.
O'BRIEN: It's okay, I have one here.
(Opens his tool box.)
O'BRIEN: Bloody hell.
NEELA: What's wrong?
O'BRIEN: My E-J-Seven's missing. It was here yesterday.
NEELA: Maybe you left it in Ops.
O'BRIEN: No, I don't misplace my tools.
SISKO: I'm not exactly surprised.
KEIKO: You knew this was going to happen?
SISKO: A confrontation like this was inevitable. Sometimes I wonder if
we'll ever find the common ground we need to bring Bajor into the
(He opens the office doors.)
SISKO: Major, would you join us?
SISKO: We've been talking about an incident this morning at school.
KIRA: I heard. Vedek Winn has been meeting with some of the Bajoran
civilians about it.
SISKO: What do you know about her?
KIRA: She's from an orthodox order. She has some support to become the
next Kai. Probably not enough.
KEIKO: The question is, how much support does she have on this station?
KIRA: She has mine.
KEIKO: You can't possibly believe teaching the facts about the wormhole
amounts to blasphemy?
KIRA: I think some revisions in the school curriculum might be
appropriate. You teach a lot of Bajoran children.
KEIKO: I'm not going to let a Bajoran spiritual leader dictate what can
or can't be taught in my classroom.
KIRA: Then maybe we need two schools on the station. One for the
Bajoran children, another for the Federation.
SISKO: If we start separating Bajoran and Federation interests
KIRA: A lot of Bajoran and Federation interests are separate,
Commander. I've been telling you that all along.
SISKO: Nobody's saying that there can't be spiritual teaching on this
station, Major, but can't it be in addition to what's taught in Mrs
KIRA: But if she's teaching a fundamentally different philosophy
KEIKO: I'm not teaching any philosophy. What I'm trying to teach is
KIRA: Some might say pure science, taught without a spiritual context,
is a philosophy, Mrs O'Brien.
SISKO: My philosophy is that there is room for all philosophies on this
station. Now, how do you suggest we deal with this?
KIRA: I'm not sure you can.
Sisko enters as Winn is in front of the shrine. She
doesn't turn around.)
WINN: I can't tell you how much I've looked forward to this moment. I'm
honoured to meet the Emissary to the Prophets.
SISKO: If you'd let me know you were coming, Vedek Winn, I would have
greeted you sooner.
WINN: I did not wish to bother you with my insignificant visit.
SISKO: I'd hardly call it insignificant.
WINN: Thank you, Emissary.
SISKO: I wish you wouldn't call me that. I'm Commander Sisko or
Benjamin, if you like.
WINN: But you are the Emissary. Don't you know the cherished place you
have earned in the Bajoran spiritual life?
SISKO: I'm not sure I'm comfortable in that role.
WINN: The course the Prophets choose for us may not always be
comfortable. But we must follow it.
(She reaches for his ear)
WINN: May I? (takes hold) Still the disbeliever. I once asked Kai Opaka
why a disbeliever was destined to seek the Prophets, and she told me
one should never look into the eyes of one's own gods. I disagreed. I
told her I would do anything to look into their eyes. She suggested
that I sit in darkness for a day and quite properly so. She cannot be
replaced and I miss her deeply.
SISKO: It's important to me that we resolve your problems with the
WINN: The prophets have spoken to me through the orbs, Emissary. I
understand my duty to defend the Bajoran faith. The teacher has
dishonoured the Celestial Temple. If she does not recant, I cannot be
responsible for the consequences.
NEELA: This still seems like an awful lot of
trouble to go through to find one tool.
O'BRIEN: With that interlock, someone could access every critical
system on the station.
DAX: Chief, have you seen Ensign Aquino recently?
O'BRIEN: No, now that you mention it.
DAX: He didn't report for duty this morning. The computer says he's not
on the station, but he didn't log out.
O'BRIEN: Have you talked to Odo?
DAX: I guess I'd better.
NEELA: Scanners are ready.
O'BRIEN: Computer, show location of any independent tritanium sources.
NEELA: Level three, section five.
O'BRIEN: That's the tool locker. I've been through everything in there
three times. What's that?
NEELA: Looks like something in a power conduit on level twelve, section
O'BRIEN: What would tritanium be doing in there? Computer, shut down
that conduit. Reroute power flow.
COMPUTER: Conduit deactivated.
O'BRIEN: Come on.
NEELA: Over here, Chief.
(There's molten metal on the floor)
O'BRIEN: That's a tritanium composite, all right. Looks like our
NEELA: It must have been melted by the conduit's plasma flow.
O'BRIEN: That still doesn't explain how it got here in the first place.
Hey, I'm picking up traces of organic material. Whatever it was, it's
been pretty well cooked by this conduit. Let's take a sample to Doctor
Bashir, see what he can make of it.
O'BRIEN: Ensign Aquino made a log entry the night
he disappeared about some sort of plasma flow irregularity in the
conduit. He indicated he was going to fix it.
KEIKO: So it was an accident.
O'BRIEN: Well, I guess so. Bashir has confirmed that the remains were
O'BRIEN: I'm sure the DNA trace will show it's
Aquino. (at the jumja stall) I'll have one, please, unless you're
feeling adventurous today.
VENDOR: Sorry, we're all out.
(There's some on the front shelf counter.)
O'BRIEN: What? What are all these?
VENDOR: These aren't for sale.
O'BRIEN: Not for sale, huh?
(He grabs the seller by the collar)
O'BRIEN: How would you like a jumja stick
ODO: Is there a problem?
O'BRIEN: You're damned right there is.
VENDOR: I don't have to sell anything to them if I don't want to.
ODO: Why wouldn't you want to sell to them?
KEIKO: Miles, can we go? Let's go.
(Keiko hustles O'Brien off along the Promenade.)
VENDOR: Seek the Prophets.
ODO: Seek them yourself.
O'BRIEN: Maybe you were right. Maybe we've no business here. I'll put
in for a transfer and
KEIKO: No. I can't run away from this now. What's this?
(There's a crowd outside the schoolroom)
WINN: If we abandon the Prophets, then everything we have. Here's Mrs
KEIKO: Good morning.
WINN: Are you Mister O'Brien?
O'BRIEN: That's right.
WINN: A pleasure to meet you. I've just been hearing many wonderful
things about your wife from the parents of these children. She
apparently is an excellent teacher.
O'BRIEN: Yes, she is, and she doesn't deserve what you're doing to her.
WINN: I feel your anger toward me, and I forgive you for it. Mrs
O'Brien, if I've misjudged you, I am terribly sorry. Have I? Is there a
place in your school for the Prophets?
WINN: I admire you for standing by your convictions even though I
disagree with them. Please believe me, I want to find a way to allow
these children to stay in your school.
KEIKO: I'm sure the children and their parents are happy to hear you
WINN: Let me be the one to make the first concession. I will no longer
request that you teach anything about the Celestial Temple. Just don't
teach anything about the wormhole at all.
KEIKO: Ignore it?
WINN: Find other ways, other things to teach the children.
KEIKO: And when we get to theories of evolution or creation of the
universe, what then?
WINN: We'll face those issues when we come to them.
KEIKO: I'm a teacher. My responsibility is to expose my students to
knowledge, not hide it from them. The answer is no.
WINN: I've tried to be reasonable.
(Winn leads the Bajorans away, leaving the five Federation children
SISKO: If Aquino turned off the conduit to fix the
relay, why did it reactivate.
O'BRIEN: The Cardassians only equipped those power conduits with one
flow regulator per level. The computer could've realigned it. When the
power flow was rerouted back, it could've caught him inside.
DAX: You don't sound entirely convinced.
O'BRIEN: No, it all adds up only, well, I don't know.
SISKO: Spit it out, Chief.
O'BRIEN: He borrowed one of my tools without asking.
KIRA: It was four in the morning. Maybe he didn't want to disturb you.
O'BRIEN: The repairs could've waited. He was a Starfleet engineer. You
don't take a Chief's tools without asking. It's unheard of.
ODO: Are you suggesting it might not have been an accident?
O'BRIEN: I don't know what I'm suggesting. I only know what I know. He
SISKO: Constable, maybe you ought to take a closer look into this.
JAKE: Can I talk to you for a minute.
SISKO: Sure. I heard about what happened at school. Did Mrs O'Brien
call off classes?
JAKE: No. There was only me and four other kids
left, but she still kept the school open. She changed the lesson to
teach us about Galileo. Did you know that he was tried by the
Inquisition for teaching that the Earth moved around the sun?
SISKO: Tried and convicted. His books were burned.
JAKE: How could anyone be so stupid?
SISKO: It's easy to look back seven centuries and judge what was right
JAKE: But the same thing is happening now with all this stuff about the
Celestial Temple in the wormhole. It's dumb.
SISKO: No, it's not. You've got to realise something, Jake. For over
fifty years, the one thing that allowed the Bajorans to survive the
Cardassian occupation was their faith. The Prophets were their only
source of hope and courage.
JAKE: But there were no Prophets. They were just some aliens that you
found in the wormhole.
SISKO: To those aliens, the future is no more difficult to see than the
past. Why shouldn't they be considered Prophets?
JAKE: Are you serious?
SISKO: My point is, it's a matter of interpretation. It may not be what
you believe, but that doesn't make it wrong. If you start to think that
way, you'll be acting just like Vedek Winn, Only from the other side.
We can't afford to think that way, Jake. We'd lose everything we've
worked for here
JAKE: You're worried, aren't you? What're you going to do?
SISKO: I'm not sure, but I think I've got to find some help.
(In the garden, Sisko throws a stone into a stream
by a waterfall.)
BAREIL: I'm sorry for keeping you waiting, Commander.
SISKO: Vedek Bareil?
(Sisko leans forward.)
BAREIL: No need to pay tribute to me.
SISKO: Pay tribute? I was just. Usually when I meet one of Bajor's
spiritual leaders, the first thing they do is grab my
BAREIL: Ear? It's unpleasant, isn't it?
SISKO: I've been far too polite to admit it.
BAREIL: I was five the first time one of the monks grabbed my ear. He
was a stern old crow who could virtually squeeze the pagh out of you
with his thumb and forefinger, and as a chronic misbehaver I was his
favourite victim. I swore one of my life's goals would be to do away
with that archaic ritual.
SISKO: You can count on the Federation's support.
BAREIL: I hope you don't mind if I do a little planting while we talk.
All those hours of listening to a hundred and twelve vedeks talking at
once made me yearn for the sanctity of my arboretum.
SISKO: Is this yours?
BAREIL: I began my service at the monastery as the gardener. I had no
other ambition but to grow the most lovely Feloran
bromeliads on the planet. Unfortunately, the Prophets did not allow me
that peaceful life. I understand my friend Vedek Winn has brought her
blessings to your station.
SISKO: I was hoping you might be able to arrange an audience with the
Assembly so I could discuss our school.
BAREIL: Why me?
SISKO: You are the leading candidate to become the next Kai. Your
ideology is quite different than Vedek Winn's.
BAREIL: You have been correctly informed. I'm sorry, Commander. The
Vedek Assembly will not see you.
SISKO: Why not?
BAREIL: Some fear you as the symbol of a Federation they view as
godless. Some fear you as the Emissary who has walked with the
Prophets. And some fear you because Vedek Winn told them to. We're all
very good conjuring up enough fear to justify whatever we want to do.
Today, I am only a Vedek. If the Prophets will it, someday I may be
Kai, and I can be a better friend to you then.
SISKO: In other words, being my friend now might hurt your chances.
BAREIL: The Prophets teach us patience.
SISKO: It appears they also teach you politics.
BAREIL: I'm sorry you made this long trip for nothing, Commander.
Please stay and enjoy the gardens as long as you like.
SISKO: Is it my imagination or are we a little
short handed today?
KIRA: Three Bajoran crewmen didn't report for duty. They said they
weren't feeling well.
SISKO: Do you think it's contagious, Major?
KIRA: It's too early to tell.
SISKO: Are your people willing to throw away everything we've
accomplished during the past seven months?
KIRA: Everyone knows if the Federation leaves the Cardassians will be
SISKO: With all due respect, Major, protecting your borders is not the
primary reason the Federation is here and it's not why I'm here. I'm
here to build a trusting relationship with your people and I'd like to
start feeling that somebody, somebody on your side is giving something
back to that effort.
KIRA: I think I've given you all the support I can, short of
SISKO: It's not enough.
KIRA: I thought there was room for all philosophies on this station.
SISKO: You tell our sick Bajoran crewmen they better get well
immediately or they'll recover on their way to their next assignment.
KIRA: Yes. Sir.
ODO: Commander, Doctor Bashir has found some new evidence about Ensign
Aquino you should see.
BASHIR: Sir, I've finally managed to reconstruct the victim's DNA. It's
definitely Aquino, but the power flow in the conduit didn't kill him.
You see, the plasma disruption in his cellular membranes indicates that
he was exposed to a directed energy discharge before he was placed in
O'BRIEN: A directed energy discharge? From a phaser?
ODO: Set to kill.
SISKO: Could this murder be related in any way to
the tensions over the school issue?
KIRA: If you're suggesting he was killed by a Bajoran just because he
was with the Federation, I
BASHIR: The analysis proves he was killed the night before Vedek Winn
arrived. There wasn't any school issue yet.
SISKO: Any ideas about a motive? All right, then let's start from the
beginning. Ensign Aquino goes to repair to a power conduit.
ODO: One moment, Commander. I'm not convinced of that.
KIRA: But the log
ODO: It could have been altered by our killer to cover his tracks. I've
checked the turbolift records the night of the murder. Aquino did take
a turbolift to level three, but not to the power conduit where he was
DAX: Where did he go?
ODO: Runabout pad C.
O'BRIEN: A runabout? What was he doing at a runabout at four in the
ODO: Apparently, he was getting murdered.
O'BRIEN: Everything in the runabout seems to be
NEELA: It doesn't look like the airlock systems have been tampered
O'BRIEN: Let's run a level one diagnostic of the runabout's computer
interface, then we'll call it a day.
NEELA: I already have. Everything's normal.
O'BRIEN: I don't even know what we're looking for. If something
happened around here, it's been pretty well covered up.
NEELA: Did you know him well?
O'BRIEN: Aquino? Barely at all. Just the welcome aboard, if you need
anything speech. You?
NEELA: Not really. Bajoran and Starfleet officers don't really
socialise that much.
O'BRIEN: How come?
NEELA: I don't know. I guess we just keep to ourselves.
O'BRIEN: You're not like that with me.
NEELA: You're not like the others. You know. You don't put on any airs.
You're just nicer.
O'BRIEN: Look, I'll close up here. Why don't you take off?
NEELA: You sure?
O'BRIEN: Yeah. Yeah, I'm sure.
NEELA: Good night.
(Neela leaves and O'Brien lets out his breath)
O'BRIEN: On your toes, O'Brien.
(Odo is at a table watching a whole slew of
QUARK: You were looking for me? Don't tell me. There's a Bajoran
convention on the station I didn't know about? Thanks, Odo. I need to
call in more dabo girls
ODO: It's not a convention. They're from an orthodox spiritual order
coming to support Vedek Winn's efforts to keep the Bajoran children out
QUARK: Orthodox? In that case, I'll need twice as many dabo girls.
These spiritual types love those dabo girls.
ODO: This is not what I wanted to talk to you about. What do you know
about the murder of Ensign Aquino?
QUARK: You wound me. All the years together. I thought you knew me.
Odo, I am not a killer.
ODO: No, but most of your friends are.
QUARK: True, and I would gladly sell one of them to you if I could. But
unfortunately, none of them have taken credit for the death of the
Starfleet officer. Sorry.
O'BRIEN: (calling from the upper level) Odo!
ODO: Keep your ears open.
QUARK: Are you kidding? That's the seventh rule of acquisition.
(Quark leaves, O'Brien comes down the stairs)
O'BRIEN: This is a security bypass module.
ODO: You found it at runabout pad C?
O'BRIEN: No, that's just it. It wasn't at pad C. That was clean as a
whistle. Just to be safe, I ran a diagnostic across the board. This
showed up at runabout pad A.
ODO: Pad A.
O'BRIEN: Aquino never went anywhere near pad A. It doesn't make sense.
ODO: On the contrary, it makes perfect sense. Ensign Aquino goes to
runabout C because some sensor shows an anomaly in the security net
there. He interrupts whoever is tampering with it and is killed. The
killer puts the body in the conduit and instead of going back to pad C,
which might be traced with Aquino's turbolift log, he changes his plan
and moves to pad A.
O'BRIEN: But what was the plan? Everything else seems normal.
ODO: I'd guess somebody wanted to steal a runabout.
O'BRIEN: We're not missing any.
ODO: It's curious. He goes to a lot of trouble to defeat the security
net and then doesn't go through with
O'BRIEN: The school!
[Promenade - outside the schoolroom]
(Flames, secondary blasts, panic)
O'BRIEN: Keiko! Keiko!
(Another blast, then Keiko comes round the corner)
SECURITY: (with a fire hose) Stand back, please. Clear the way.
(The fires are put out during the adverts and the
forensic investigation is done)
SISKO: What've you got?
KIRA: I'm reading traces of cabrodine and infernite, common explosives,
both easily obtained.
ODO: Then we're looking at a simple home-made bomb.
(There's a hubbub outside)
(Winn comes through the crowd)
WINN: Where is Mrs O'Brien?
SISKO: Her husband took her home.
WINN: Was she hurt? Was anyone hurt?
WINN: The Prophets have been kind today.
SISKO: The Prophets had nothing to do with what happened here today.
This was the work of a disturbed and violent mind who listened to your
voice, not the Prophets.
WINN: Is the Emissary holding me responsible for this act of terrorism?
SISKO: The Commander of this station is.
WINN: May the Prophets forgive you for abandoning them.
SISKO: You claim the Prophets as your personal constituency, Vedek
Winn. I'm not convinced that's justified. Who do you speak for? An
order that is barely listened to in your Assembly. So you come here
looking for a more receptive audience.
WINN: Is that what your friend Vedek Bareil told you? He's as misguided
as you are. No, that's not fair. You are not simply misguided as I once
thought. Now I see that you want nothing less than to destroy us.
SISKO: Destroy you?
WINN: You live without a soul, Commander. You and your Federation exist
in a universe of darkness and you would drag us in there with you. But
we will not go.
SISKO: You have just made your first mistake, Vedek.
WINN: Have I?
SISKO: The Bajorans who have lived with us on this station, who have
worked with us for months, who helped us move this station to protect
the wormhole, who joined us to explore the Gamma Quadrant, who have
begun to build the future of Bajor with us. These people know that we
are neither the enemy nor the devil. We don't always agree. We have
some damn good fights, in fact. But we always come away from them with
a little better understanding and appreciation of other. You won't
succeed here. The school will reopen. And when your rhetoric gets old,
the Bajoran parents will bring their children back.
WINN: We'll see.
(Sisko and Kira leave, Winn and Neela look at each other. Winn nods
slightly and Neela looks unhappy)
SISKO: How is she, Chief?
O'BRIEN: She's pretty shaken up, sir, but she's planning to hold
classes tomorrow in one of the small cargo bays, if that's okay.
SISKO: You tell her Jake'll be there on time.
O'BRIEN: It'll make her feel a lot better to hear that, sir.
SISKO: Anything new on Aquino?
(Neela goes quietly to a console)
O'BRIEN: Yes, sir. I found a security bypass module at runabout pad A.
It looks like someone might have wanted to steal a runabout. That's
probably why Aquino went there in the first place. I've put security
seals in place at all three pads and I'm checking for any other
DAX: Benjamin. There's an incoming transmission from Vedek Bareil on
board a Bajoran transport.
SISKO: On screen
BAREIL [on viewscreen]: Commander, I've decided to accept your gracious
BAREIL [on viewscreen]: You did invite me to tour your facility?
SISKO: Yes, yes, of course, Vedek. We'd be honoured. Unfortunately, we
have some damage on our Promenade. We won't have time to clean up
before you arrive.
BAREIL [on viewscreen]: Yes. I heard about it. Perhaps I can help you
clean it up.
SISKO: That would be very much appreciated.
BAREIL [on viewscreen]: It's the least a friend can do. I look forward
to seeing you again.
(Neela enters and the resident monk leaves)
WINN: My dear, you should not be here.
NEELA: Vedek, they found out about the runabout.
WINN: I see.
NEELA: I have no way to escape.
WINN: Then we must accept that as the will of the Prophets.
NEELA: But if I go through with this now, I will be caught and
WINN: The sacrifices the Prophets call on us to make are great
sometimes, my dear, but the rewards they give will last through
O'BRIEN: What the hell? Computer, identify
subprogram labelled ANA
COMPUTER: That file is protected by a personal security access code.
O'BRIEN: On whose authority?
COMPUTER: Chief of Operations Miles O'Brien.
O'BRIEN: Me? I never saw this file before. Override command.
COMPUTER: Unable to comply. State security code to release protection.
O'BRIEN: Lieutenant, I've got to do a manual isolation of an anomalous
file. It's in the security field subsystem, labelled ANA.
DAX: That file is going to be protected by a series of encryption
sequences. I'll run an adaptive programme.
O'BRIEN: For once we're lucky for once we're working with a Cardassian
computer. It shouldn't have any more than seven sequences.
DAX: Beginning decryption.
O'BRIEN: Online. Patched to subroutine ANA.
(Kira leads Bareil out of the airlock to an adoring
throng. He picks up a small boy. Odo clears his path.)
ODO: Clear the way. Clear the way, please.
(Neela watches from a crossover bridge)
O'BRIEN: That's it! Computer, access subprogram
ANA. code four one zero zero R L X.
O'BRIEN: Identify commands within the file.
COMPUTER: Commands are sequential overrides of security fields
approaching runabout pad A.
O'BRIEN: The forcefields. Display sequence on screen.
DAX: Right to the Promenade.
O'BRIEN: Computer, run a level three sensor sweep through the
Promenade. Report any anomalous reading.
O'BRIEN: An escape route.
DAX: Escape from what?
O'BRIEN: You got me.
COMPUTER: One anomalous reading detected.
COMPUTER: A subspace relay was activated in the Security Office nine
minutes, seven seconds ago.
O'BRIEN: Activated to do what?
COMPUTER: Unknown. Insufficient data.
O'BRIEN: I'm going down there.
DAX: I'll run a diagnostic on the other security systems, and I'll call
you as soon as I have anything.
O'BRIEN: (to turbolift) Promenade.
(Winn tries to take hold of Bareil's ear, but he
clasps her hand in his instead.)
WINN: I expected you sooner, Bareil.
BAREIL: It seems our paths have grown apart. Perhaps we can bring them
WINN: I would like nothing better than that.
BAREIL: Come with me to the school. Let us both show our commitment to
a peaceful resolution to this series of events.
WINN: Of course.
O'BRIEN: Computer, is the subspace device
integrated into the isolinear coprocessor?
O'BRIEN: O'Brien to Dax.
DAX [OC]: Go ahead.
O'BRIEN: It's in the isolinear co-processor.
DAX: Didn't you just repair that unit two days ago?
O'BRIEN: Yes, I did. With Neela.
[Promenade outside the schoolroom]
(Neela is in the crowd)
BAREIL: Looking around at your faces, I believe you feel the shame that
I feel at this sight.
O'BRIEN: No, it's got to be the weapon detectors in
the Promenade. That's the only thing those co-processors could possibly
DAX: All weapon detectors appear to be functional,
O'BRIEN: That's got to be it. She's real. She's
real good. She could make it look like they're normal. It's got to be
the weapon detectors. O'Brien to Sisko
BAREIL: Once our world was a centre of learning. It
attracted travellers from many other worlds
(Sisko goes inside to take the call, while Bareil gives his speech
outside the doorway)
SISKO: Go ahead, Chief.
O'BRIEN [OC]: I'm not entirely sure.
O'BRIEN: I think the weapon detectors on the
Promenade may have been disabled.
SISKO: What do you mean, you're not sure?
O'BRIEN [OC]: I mean, Neela may have disabled them.
SISKO: Your assistant?
O'BRIEN: Yes, sir.
)Bareil has kept a firm grip on Winn's hand since
she met him at the airlock)
BAREIL: To reject violence as a solution, to join hands with all
peoples and begin to trust again.
(A round of applause and Sisko comes out of the schoolroom. He spots
Neela moving through the crowd looking sour. We see Neela take a weapon
from her tool case. She raises it and Sisko reacts.)
(Neela fires, and misses. Sisko leaps onto her, knocking her down. Odo
and Kira arrive on scene.)
NEELA: The Prophets spoke. I answered their call. The Prophets spoke! I
answered their call!
(Odo bundles her away. Kira storms over to Winn as the monks lead
KIRA: It was all to get him here, wasn't it? The school, the protests,
the bombing. You knew that would get him out of the monastery. You did
it all to kill him, to stop him from becoming Kai.
(Kira is alone, staring at nothing, when Sisko
SISKO: Neela insists she acted alone, unless you want to consider the
KIRA: She'll never tell us the truth. We'll never be able to prove that
Winn was involved.
SISKO: You okay?
KIRA: Okay? I've forgotten okay. I haven't seen okay in what seems like
years. I was just sitting here thinking. Last year at this time, I was
fighting the Cardassians in some nameless swamp. If you'd stopped by
and told me that just one year later they'd be gone, I'd be wearing a
uniform, up here in charge of protecting some
SISKO: Protecting your Celestial Temple.
KIRA: I envied Vedek Winn because she was a true believer. I wanted my
faith to be as strong as hers.
SISKO: Maybe it is. I've got a report to put together for Starfleet.
You ought to get some rest.
KIRA: I'd rather help you. Commander, I heard what you said to Vedek
Winn at the school. I just wanted you to know you were right what you
said about the Bajorans, at least about me. I don't think you're the
SISKO: Maybe we have made some progress after all.