(Kira sips her hot drink carefully.)
ODO: Too hot?
KIRA: A little.
ODO: Why don't you specify a lower temperature?
KIRA: No, no, no. Coffee should be a little too hot to drink right
KIRA: It slows down the experience, gives you time to savour the taste.
ODO: Ah, yes, taste.
KIRA: Odo, I know you don't need to eat but did you ever try anyway?
ODO: Once, not long after I was first able to assume the humanoid form.
ODO: And since I don't have taste buds, it was very unsatisfying. Not
to mention messy.
ODO: I'd rather not talk about it.
TIRON: Major Kira, how nice to see you again.
(Everyone say Hi! to Jeffrey
under the latex.)
TIRON: You left Quark's last night just when I was about to buy
everyone another round. I was devastated that you didn't say goodbye.
We were having such a pleasant conversation.
KIRA: As I recall, you were the one doing all the talking.
TIRON: Well in that case you have me at a disadvantage. You know all
about me, and I know next to nothing about you.
ODO: Er, perhaps I should be going.
KIRA: Oh, no. Stay. This is Tiron, a business associate of Quark's.
This is Odo, my lover.
TIRON: Well, you're a very lucky man.
KIRA: I'm a lucky woman.
ODO: Yes, we're both very lucky.
TIRON: And you make a most interesting couple. So, Mister Odo, what is
it that you do?
ODO: I'm Chief of Security on this station.
TIRON: Oh. A station this size, it must be a very challenging job. I
hope you're well compensated?
KIRA: Oh, money doesn't matter. All we need is each other. Isn't that
ODO: Yes, sweetheart.
KIRA: You see? Money isn't everything.
TIRON: Oh no. But it can buy everything. Well, I'm afraid I must be
KIRA: Oh, good riddance. Thank you, Odo. I wish you'd been around last
night. I'd better get back to Ops. See you later, sweetheart.
Commander's log, stardate 48423.2. Despite the
continuing threat posed by the Dominion, I've convinced Starfleet that
we must continue our exploration of the Gamma Quadrant.
BASHIR: I've run a preliminary analysis of our
sensor sweeps, and the second planet in the Kylata system is definitely
DAX: I wish we'd had time to beam down to the surface and take a closer
O'BRIEN: I'd hate to have run into a Jem'Hadar patrol while we were
down there picking flowers.
SISKO: Fortunately there's no sign of any Dominion activity in this
BASHIR: Let's hope it stays that way.
DAX: I'm picking up very unusual gravimetric distortions in the Trialus
SISKO: Any idea what's causing them?
DAX: It's hard to tell at this range.
SISKO: Let's take a closer look.
O'BRIEN: The system's coming into visual range.
SISKO: On screen.
DAX: The gravimetric distortions are intensifying but they don't seem
to be coming from the star itself.
O'BRIEN: Where else could they be coming from? There aren't any planets
in this system.
(Shudder, and a planet appears right in front of them.)
DAX: There are now
(After the titles)
DAX: The planet seems to have settled into a stable orbit.
BASHIR: Where did it come from?
SISKO: Could the entire planet have been cloaked?
O'BRIEN: If it was, there should be residual ionization traces but I'm
not reading any.
DAX: Commander, we're being scanned. The beam is coming from a
settlement on the southern hemisphere. I'm reading approximately thirty
humanoid inhabitants. They seem to be the only humanoids on the planet.
O'BRIEN: They're hailing us.
SISKO: Open a channel. I'm Commander Benjamin Sisko of the Federation
Starbase Deep Space Nine.
SELTIN [on viewscreen]: (a woman) I am Seltin Rakal of Meridian.
SISKO: We were studying this star system when your planet appeared.
SELTIN [on viewscreen]: I expect it must have come as something of a
SISKO: Well, you could say that. It seemed to come out of nowhere.
SELTIN [on viewscreen]: Not nowhere, Commander, but a dimension that
intersects with this one. I could explain more in detail, if you're
interested. We were just about to sit down for First Meal. Why don't
you join us?
SISKO: We'd like that. I just need to know your planet is not going to
disappear in the middle of dessert.
SELTIN [on viewscreen]: Don't worry. We'll be here for a while.
(The small settlement is surrounded by lush forest.
Everyone is sitting on the ground around a low horseshoe-shaped table)
SELTIN: It's good to be together again around this table after so long.
What's more, we're fortunate to have visitors to share First Meal with
DERAL: I was admiring your markings. Are they decorative?
DAX: No. Are yours?
DERAL: No. If you don't mind my asking, how far down do they go?
DAX: All the way.
SELTIN: You're not eating, Commander.
SISKO: I guess my curiosity is bigger than my appetite.
SELTIN: I hope we can satisfy both.
SISKO: Well, you were saying Meridian emerged from a dimension that
intersects with this one?
SELTIN: Yes. You see, our planet has a dual existence. It shifts
between this dimension and another.
DAX: What causes these shifts?
SELTIN: Well we're not entirely sure. Deral has been studying the
DERAL: With only limited success, I'm afraid. My theory is that the
dimensional shifts are caused by fluctuations in Meridian's quantum
matrix. Fluctuations that are somehow triggered by our own sun.
BASHIR: What's it like, this dimension of yours?
SELTIN: It's hard to explain. It's without form. We exist as pure
SISKO: And Meridian?
SELTIN: It becomes non-corporeal as well, but when we return to this
dimension, everything is just as we left it. The buildings, the trees,
even our bodies.
O'BRIEN: Are you saying that when you return here, it's as if no time
SELTIN: We only age when we're in corporeal form.
BASHIR: Sounds like this other dimension has its advantages.
DERAL: Yes, but we always look forward to this existence and its many
pleasures. Here, let me help you with that.
(Deral takes the fruit that Dax is trying to get into.)
DERAL: The trick is to scoop out the pulp and eat the thin layer inside
the rind. Here, try some.
DAX: It's delicious.
DERAL: Especially if you've been looking forward to it for sixty years.
DAX: Sixty years?
O'BRIEN: That's a long time between meals.
TIRON: A glass of Andorian ale.
QUARK: Done so soon? You were barely in the holosuite ten minutes.
TIRON: There was no reason for me to stay the full hour.
QUARK: I understand. It's a very effective programme.
TIRON: On the contrary. I found it quite dull. Boring, boring, boring.
QUARK: I'm sorry to hear you say that, but if you're asking for a
refund, forget it. The contract specifically says that satisfaction is
not guaranteed. But for a valued customer such as yourself, I'll make
an exception and allow you try a different programme. No extra charge.
Let's see. Something a little bit more unique. Oh, I have just the
thing. A picnic with the Pleasure Goddess of Rixx. I can even provide
real food for a small fee, of course.
TIRON: I don't like picnics, Quark, and the food here is abominable.
QUARK: Forget the food. Believe me, you've never had a picnic like this
TIRON: What I want is not in your catalogue.
QUARK: Well, tell me what it is and I'll order it for you. It may take
some time, but if it exists I'll get it.
TIRON: That's just the point, Quark. The programme I want doesn't
exist. Not yet, anyway.
QUARK: A custom programme? It'll be expensive.
(Tiron takes a large piece of gold-pressed latinum from his sleeve.)
QUARK: For that kind of money you can move into a holosuite. Now, what
is it you want?
TIRON: I want Major Kira.
QUARK: Kira? What are you going to do with Kira in a holosuite? No,
don't tell me. I don't want to know.
TIRON: Can you do it?
QUARK: It isn't going to be easy. I'd have to get her into the
holosuite and record her image, and she hates holosuites.
TIRON: Spare me the details. Do we have a deal, or do I take my
QUARK: Consider it done. Now I'll just keep this
TIRON: Payment on delivery, and not a moment sooner. Don't disappoint
me, Quark. When I walk into that holosuite and I see Kira standing
there, I'd better believe it's really her.
QUARK: Leave it to me. (Tiron leaves) The things I do for money.
DERAL: Just beyond that forest there's a garden
with a small pond.
DAX: It sounds lovely.
DERAL: It is.
DAX: Deral, our scans showed that there are only about thirty of you on
this entire planet
DERAL: There were never many of us. We're the descendants of an
expedition that was stranded here millennia ago.
DAX: And your population hasn't increased since then?
DERAL: It did for a time, but over the last few centuries our numbers
have dwindled. You see, we only reproduce when we're in humanoid form,
and our time here keeps growing shorter. In twelve days, Meridian will
shift back to its non-corporeal state.
DAX: And remain there for the next sixty years.
DERAL: Eventually we will only be here for a matter of minutes. When
that happens Meridian will too unstable to successfully shift back to
the other dimension.
DAX: And then what happens?
DERAL: The planet and all its inhabitants will cease to exist in either
(On the other side of the square.)
SELTIN: We deeply appreciate your offer of help, Commander.
SISKO: If there is a way to stabilise the dimensional shifts, we'll do
everything we can to find it.
SELTIN: That's all we can ask.
(Sisko catches a ball.)
SISKO: Here you go.
(He throws it to a boy.)
LITO: Do you want to play vajhaq with us?
SISKO: Maybe later.
(Dax and Deral come out of a building.)
DAX: Deral and I are beaming up to the Defiant. We're going to run a
series of helio-seismic scans on Meridian's sun.
SISKO: I'll join you.
SELTIN: Good luck.
KIRA: Quark, I got a message that Morn wanted to
QUARK: I'm afraid you just missed him.
(A waiter shows Quark a PADD.)
QUARK: Really? So soon? Would you come with me, please. Listen up,
everyone! I have wonderful news! It's my pleasure to announce that my
one millionth customer just walked through the doors and here she is.
Ladies and gentlemen, Major Kira Nerys!
KIRA: Quark, I don't have time for this.
(A Bajoran walks past)
KIRA: Why don't you make him your one millionth customer.
QUARK: Major, that would be dishonest.
KIRA: That never stopped you before.
QUARK: This is a special occasion. An event like this only happens once
in a bar owner's lifetime. Let me tell you about your prizes.
KIRA: You mean I won something?
QUARK: Of course you won something, it's part of the celebration.
KIRA: I've never won anything before.
QUARK: Well, now you have. Congratulations.
KIRA: Are you really serious about this.
QUARK: My customers are my livelihood, Major. This is a chance for me
to give something back to them. Now, let's see what we have for you. A
bottle of Kandora champagne, vintage twenty three sixty eight. That's a
very good year. These are good for five free spins at the dabo wheel
and last but not least, one free hour in a holosuite with the programme
of your choice.
KIRA: A visit to a holosuite?
QUARK: Offer good today only.
KIRA: That's perfect.
QUARK: Right this way.
KIRA: It's Ensign Quintana's birthday. He'd love a free trip to the
QUARK: But, Major, what about you?
KIRA: Oh, you know how I feel about the holosuites, Quark. But thanks
for the champagne.
(And Kira heads for the dabo wheel.)
DAX: These are the Defiant's sensor readings from
when we first entered this system. Take a look at the spectral scan.
SISKO: It indicates that your sun was giving off modulated gamma bursts
right before Meridian appeared.
DERAL: My people have no record of that phenomenon.
SISKO: That's not surprising, since Meridian was in a non-corporeal
state when it occurred.
DAX: Gamma activity would seem to indicate an anomaly in your sun's
SISKO: Let's find out for sure. Chief, I want you to send a probe into
the sun's corona to scan the core.
O'BRIEN: It'll take a minute to modify its shield configuration.
DAX: How do modulated gamma bursts cause a dimensional shift?
DERAL: Do you always do that when you're concentrating?
DAX: Do what?
DERAL: Bite your lower lip.
DAX: I guess I do.
O'BRIEN: The probe's ready, Commander.
SISKO: Target it to these coordinates and launch.
(Off it goes.)
O'BRIEN: Shields are holding.
DAX: It's going to be a while before the probe starts sending back any
DERAL: Well, I'm sure you have things you need to do.
DAX: Not really.
DERAL: What a coincidence. Neither do I.
DERAL: This isn't turning out exactly the way I'd
DAX: What do you mean?
DERAL: You've barely said a word since we left the settlement.
DAX: I don't know if you noticed or not, but Seltin didn't seem too
happy to see us leave together.
DERAL: She'd probably prefer if I was walking with Keshara or Renar.
You see, ever since my wife died everyone's been wondering when I was
going to find myself another companion.
DAX: Why haven't you?
DERAL: I guess I was waiting for the right woman to fall out of the
DAX: That doesn't happen too often.
DERAL: It only had to happen once. Don't worry about Seltin. After all,
we both know this is just a harmless little walk.
DERAL: With a brief stop to climb a tree. Come on. Don't tell me that
in eight lifetimes you've never climbed a tree?
DAX: That's how I know I'm afraid of heights.
DERAL: Well don't worry, I won't let you fall.
(He helps her up to a branch at head height.)
DERAL: This is one of my favourite views.
DAX: It's hard to believe that it might all be gone in two weeks.
DERAL: I hope not.
DAX: So do I.
(Deral leans in for a kiss and Dax wobbles.)
DAX: We'd better climb down.
(They walk on to an ornamental lake.)
DAX: It's as beautiful as you described.
DERAL: I knew you'd like it.
(He pulls a bunch of berries from the water.)
DERAL: Try one.
DAX: Mmm. It's wonderful.
DERAL: I knew you'd like that too.
DAX: You know me pretty well for someone who just met me.
DERAL: I'm glad you noticed.
(They sit on the grass.)
DAX: I can't remember the last time I did this. Stroll through a
garden, climb a tree, eat fresh berries by a pond. What comes next?
(A kiss, as you know full well.)
DAX: I think I'm starting to remember.
DAX: How are the calculations coming?
DERAL: I'm checking them now. They're the same as before. There's
nothing to indicate the gamma bursts are causing the quantum
DAX: Then something else must be triggering the dimensional shifts.
Whatever it is, we'll find it.
(Deral leans in to nuzzle Dax's neck.)
SISKO [OC]: Sisko to Dax.
DAX: Go ahead, Commander.
SISKO [OC]: Good news. We've been able to get the probe down another
SISKO: Into the sun's corona.
O'BRIEN: We picked up some additional telemetry. I'll download it to
DAX [OC]: Thank you, Chief.
SISKO: If all that fresh air and sunshine start getting to you, you're
welcome to come back up here to the Defiant.
DAX: We're managing just fine.
SISKO: I'm sure you are. Sisko out.
DAX: Don't you want to take a look at the new
DERAL: I'd rather sit here and look at you.
DAX: How about this? We work for a few more hours and then we go back
to your room and count each other's spots.
DERAL: Can I go first?
DAX: We'll see.
DAX: Take a look at the fusion reactants in the core.
DERAL: They're out of balance.
DAX: That's right, and the imbalance is building toward a cascade
reaction on the quantum level. That's what's triggering the dimensional
DERAL: Now if we can stabilise that reaction.
DAX: We can keep Meridian here longer.
DERAL: Oh, Jadzia.
DAX: I've got to get this to Commander Sisko and Chief O'Brien. And
then we can count each other's spots.
[Promenade - upper level]
(Kira and Odo are being filmed from Quark's. Odo
can see him and is leaning across his view of Kira.)
QUARK: Odo, move out of there. You're ruining my shot.
ODO: Oh, Major. Why is Quark trying to take a holo-picture of you?
KIRA: Looks to me like he's pointing it at both of us.
ODO: True, but every time I stand in front of you he seems to get very
(They go across to Quark.)
QUARK: Where are you going? Uh-oh
KIRA: What do you think you're doing, Quark?
KIRA: Then what's this?
QUARK: Oh, you mean this holo-imager? I was just recording an image of
the Promenade to send home to my mother.
KIRA: You're trying to take a holo-scan of me and I want to know why.
QUARK: Of you? Not at all. You just happened to get in the frame.
QUARK: Will you stop doing that?
ODO: Not until you start telling the truth.
QUARK: You want the truth? I'll tell you the truth. I was trying to get
an image of you for a special holosuite programme I'm designing.
ODO: Oh, I can just imagine what kind of programme that would be.
QUARK: I'm sure you can, but you'd be mistaken. The fact is, I'm
working on a simulation of the station's Operations Centre. People want
to know what goes on up there, and they want to imagine themselves
fending off a Cardassian attack, or facing a fleet of Jem'Hadar ships.
ODO: Naked, I assume.
QUARK: Isn't there some petty thief you can harass?
ODO: Just you.
QUARK: What do you say, Major? Give the public what they want. They're
not asking for much. Just the chance to work side-by-side with you.
KIRA: They want to work with me? Then let them apply to the Bajoran
Military Academy. That way I can be sure everyone in Ops will be
wearing their uniform.
QUARK: Is that a no?
KIRA: Let me put it another way. If I ever catch you pointing a
holo-imager at me again, you will end up eating it.
QUARK: Definitely a no.
(Deral is by the pond when Dax arrives.)
DAX: I've been looking for you.
DERAL: You've found me.
DAX: I have. Good news. It's going to work. We'll be able to equalise
the time between dimensional shifts.
DERAL: Oh Jadzia, that's wonderful. Do you know what I'm going to do?
I'm going to build a house right here. Nothing extravagant, just big
enough for two.
DAX: Deral, I
DERAL: I know what you're thinking. You're thinking this man who just
met me is talking about building a home for us. I realise you have a
life on Deep Space Nine, but now you'll have a place here as well, for
when you visit.
DAX: I won't be able to visit for a while. It's going to take a long
time to stabilise the sun's cascade reaction.
DERAL: How long? Meridian is going to shift in five days. Jadzia?
DAX: We'll see each other again.
DERAL: In sixty years. I want you with me now.
DAX: That's what I want too, but there's nothing we can do.
DERAL: Yes, there is. I can leave Meridian and go back to the Alpha
Quadrant with you. If you'll have me.
DAX: What do you think?
SELTIN: Deral, we've been looking for you.
Commander Sisko told us the great news. I can't thank you enough for
all you've done.
DAX: I'm glad we were able to help.
SELTIN: The next time Meridian returns here, we'll have thirty years
for our people to get to know each other better.
DERAL: I need to discuss something with you.
SELTIN: Of course. I've called a meeting. Now that we have a future
again, we need to start planning for it. And you need to make some
decisions as well.
DERAL: That's what I want to talk to you about.
SELTIN: The person you need to talk to is Keshara. She's not going to
wait for you forever, you know.
DERAL: I was going to speak to her, as well.
SELTIN: I'm glad. Think of it, Deral. People can start having families
again. Eventually we may have to expand the settlement. As you can see,
Jadzia, we have a great deal of planning to do. Well, I think Iwe've
kept the others waiting long enough. Come, lets get started.
DAX: You'd better go inside.
DERAL: I'll meet you back at the ship.
BASHIR: You know, the person I feel sorry for is
Quark. He always thought that you and he were made for each other. I
don't suppose he'll be letting you win at tongo anymore.
DAX: What are you talking about? He doesn't let me win.
DAX: Come in. Deral!
DERAL: Well, it's done. I told Seltin and the others that I'm leaving
DAX: What did they say?
DERAL: They asked me not to go. Seltin feels the settlement can't
afford to lose anyone.
DAX: What did you tell her?
DERAL: I told her I understood her concern, but that I've made up my
mind. So what were you two talking about before I interrupted? Not me,
BASHIR: Actually, I was just telling Jadzia that she's not as good a
tongo player as she thinks she is.
DAX: It's a game. And I'm very good at it.
BASHIR: Now we'll find out on Tuesday night.
DAX: And I want you there to see for yourself. I'm going to clean you
and Quark out.
DERAL: Jadzia, I have to go.
DAX: But you just got here.
DERAL: There are some things I need to take care of before we leave
DAX: Do you need any help?
DERAL: No. I just have to say goodbye to some people. I'll see you
QUARK: Tiron, I was just thinking about you.
TIRON: And I was thinking about you, and your reputation as a man who
can get anything for a price.
QUARK: Stop, you're embarrassing me.
TIRON: I'll embarrass you even more if you don't get me my programme.
(Quark holds up a rod.)
QUARK: Not to worry.
TIRON: Is that it?
QUARK: No. It's a high-level decryption protocol and I'm going to use
it to get the final information I need for your programme. It cost me
TIRON: If it works, it's worth whatever price you paid for it.
QUARK: I was hoping you'd say that. I'll put it on your bill.
TIRON: Fine. Just get me my programme. I'm leaving in two days.
QUARK: You'll have it. And I assure you it'll be well worth the wait.
I'll stake my reputation on it.
TIRON: You already have.
QUARK: Now, where to begin?
KIRA: You wanted to see me?
ODO: Yes. Someone has been illegally accessing the station's personnel
files. Your file, to be exact.
ODO: They've downloaded your voiceprint, your retinal scan, even your
psychiatric profile. I've managed to trace the data-path back to its
KIRA: Well, let me guess. Quark.
ODO: Was there any doubt?
KIRA: With all this information he'd have no problem generating a
holo-image of me.
ODO: So, shall I arrest him, or would you prefer to do it yourself?
KIRA: No. I have a better idea. Can you spare a few hours? I'd like to
prepare a little surprise for Quark.
(Under the night sky, Deral is getting a shoulder
massage from Dax.)
DAX: You see, the key to tongo is to confront when you're sure you're
in a better position than the other players. And if your cards match
the roll of the dice, then you win. Deral?
DERAL: Go on, I'm listening.
DAX: You haven't heard a word I've been saying, have you?
DERAL: I'm sorry. I just have so much on my mind.
DAX: You don't want to leave Meridian, do you?
DERAL: I said I would and I will.
DAX: I know what you said, but what do you want?
DERAL: To be with you.
DAX: But you're worried about your people.
DERAL There are so few of us, Jadzia, and now that Meridian has a
future again, they need me.
DAX: Then you have to stay.
DERAL: And lose you? No.
DAX: What if you didn't have to lose me? What if I stayed here with
DERAL: I wish you could but that's not possible. Your molecular
structure wouldn't survive the dimensional shift.
DAX: We could use the transporter buffer to match my quantum matrix to
DERAL: But how do you know that's possible?
DAX: Because I discussed it with Julian after you left my quarters.
DERAL: Jadzia. Are you sure you're willing to do that?
DAX: It's the only way we can be together and I don't want to lose you,
DAX: Come in. Benjamin. I was just finishing up my
request to Starfleet for my leave of absence.
SISKO: I bet this is the first time anyone's ever requested a sixty
DAX: You'll be sure that it gets to them?
SISKO: If you're sure that this is what you really want.
DAX: What I really want is for you to say you're happy for me.
SISKO: I guess I just need to know that you have thought this thing
through. If Curzon had told me he wanted to go off with some woman he'd
just met, I would've tried to talk him out of it too.
DAX: And you would have been right. He fell in love with someone new
every other week. But I'm not Curzon.
SISKO: No, and I've never seen Jadzia do anything without thinking it
through first. I am happy for you. It's just I'm going to miss you, old
DAX: You've been my friend for two lifetimes. I can't imagine what it's
going to be like not having you around. Leaving Deep Space Nine is the
hardest thing I have ever done but I know it's right. Besides, after
eight lifetimes as a humanoid, existing as pure consciousness might be
SISKO: Next time we see each other, I'll probably be a great
DAX: Good. Then I can call you old man.
SISKO: I'll look forward to it.
[Quark's - outside the holosuite]
QUARK: Now I believe we agreed I'd be paid on
TIRON: I haven't seen the merchandise yet. You know, Quark, if this
programme is as good as you claim, I might just purchase it from you to
use at home.
QUARK: You have your own holosuite?
TIRON: Just a little present I bought myself.
(Tiron enters the holosuite.)
QUARK: His very own holosuite. It's good to have money.
(Tiron parts the diaphanous curtains to reveal the
silhouette of a sleek humanoid female stretching languidly on a bed. He
goes through the final curtain and we join his gaze as it goes from
foot, leg, body covered in a thin shift until she lifts her head from
behind a large cushion. Quark's head!)
QUARK/KIRA: I've been waiting for you.
(Tiron hurtles down the stairs.)
TIRON: Quark! I will ruin you for this, Quark.
QUARK: You mean you didn't like the programme?
TIRON: I don't know how, I don't know when, but I will ruin you.
(Tiron turns to go, seeing Kira and Odo behind him. He walks between
QUARK: Wait. What about my money?
KIRA: Another satisfied customer, Quark?
BASHIR: How do you feel?
DAX: Pretty good considering, I spent six hours having my molecule's
scrambled in the transporter.
(Dax kisses him on the cheek.)
BASHIR: I, er, I don't know what to say.
DAX: That's a first.
O'BRIEN: According to Deral's calculations, the dimensional shift
should occur within the next forty seven minutes.
DAX: Do you think you'll be done overhauling the station by the next
time I see you?
O'BRIEN: I doubt it.
DAX: Tell Quark I'll be back to collect the three strips of gold
latinum he owes me, with sixty years interest.
DERAL: I was beginning to think you were having
DAX: No, I was just saying goodbye.
DERAL: You missed Last Meal. I saved you some of these.
(The water berries.)
DAX: Thank you.
SELTIN: Jadzia, I just wanted you to know how happy we are you've
decided to join us.
DAX: Thank you.
SELTIN: Everyone's beginning to gather. It's almost time.
DAX: Is there anything I need to do to prepare?
DERAL: Not that I can think of.
DAX: What if I just hold onto you? After all, we're not going to be
together again like this for a long time and I was just getting used to
DERAL: We'll still be together, Jadzia, in a way you can't even
(The planet starts to shimmer.)
O'BRIEN: There she goes.
BASHIR: Goodbye, Jadzia.
(The ground shakes.)
DERAL: Something's wrong.
BASHIR: Commander, I'm reading intense seismic
activity throughout the planet's crust.
O'BRIEN: It'd better shift soon, or it's going to tear itself apart.
(The people and buildings become energy but Dax
O'BRIEN: Picking up some kind of singularity in the
planet's quantum matrix. It's interfering with the dimensional shift.
BASHIR: It's functioning almost like an anchor.
O'BRIEN: Commander, it's Dax. Her presence there is destabilising the
SISKO: Sisko to Dax.
(But Dax can't breathe.)
BASHIR: Get her out of there, Chief.
(Dax gets beamed out and only space is left where
SISKO: I thought you'd like to know that Meridian
shifted normally once we beamed you away.
SISKO: Jadzia, I'm sorry.
DAX: Benjamin, don't. There's nothing you can do. I just need some
DAX: Just sixty years or so.