SAHGI: (little girl) Peldor joi, Emissary.
SISKO: Peldor joi to you, too. Well, it looks like the festival was a
KIRA: Oh, everyone seemed to enjoy it. Thank you, Captain.
SISKO: For what?
KIRA: For insisting that the festival take place in spite of the fact
that we're in the middle of a war.
SISKO: War or no war, we have a lot to be grateful for, and we must
KIRA: Yes, we must. Shouldn't you be heading over to the wardroom for
SISKO: On my way. (to children) Let's go.
SAHGI: Come on, you guys. Mommy, look. Isn't it pretty?
ODO: Captain. Nerys, I've been looking for you.
KIRA: Yeah, well I don't really feel like talking to you right now.
ODO: Don't you want to hear my side of the story?
ODO: Somebody has to maintain order on the Promenade.
KIRA: You arrested a Vedek.
ODO: I'd hardly call it an arrest. He wasn't in the holding cell for
more than an hour. Besides, he broke the law. Fundraising on the
Promenade without a licence is strictly forbidden. Station regulation
fifteen twenty six, paragraph seven.
KIRA: Vedek Solis was raising funds for Bajoran flood victims.
ODO: A very worthy cause. Nevertheless, station regulations are quite
KIRA: I don't care about station regulations.
ODO: Is that the Orb of Contemplation?
KIRA: Goodbye, Odo.
ROSS: To Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko, in
recognition of your remarkable leadership and meritorious conduct
against the enemy, and in particular for personal acts of bravery
displayed during the battle to retake Deep Space Nine, Starfleet
Command is proud to present you the Christopher Pike Medal of Valour.
SISKO: Thank you, Admiral.
DAX: To think I knew him when he was just a callow youth.
O'BRIEN: Oh, I bet even then he showed signs of greatness.
JAKE: I'm proud of you, Dad.
ROSS: Now if you would all excuse us, I'd like a word with the Captain.
(Everyone else leaves.)
ROSS: Good news, Ben. Starfleet Command has decided we've been waging a
defensive war long enough. They figure we're never going to win this
thing unless we take the fight into Dominion territory. Now, I know. I
know you've been saying that since the Romulans opened a second front
with the Dominion. It took a while, but your message finally got
SISKO: When do we go?
ROSS: That all depends on you.
ROSS: That's right, Ben. Starfleet has chosen you to plan the invasion
(Worf and Dax come down from the holosuites
BASHIR: Oh, finally. I've been waiting twenty minutes for you two to
get out of that holosuite.
DAX: I'm sorry, Julian. We lost track of time.
BASHIR: Doing what? You were supposed to be up there exercising. I
don't see any sweat. Where are all the bruises, the broken bones, the
WORF: We were talking.
QUARK: For an hour and forty five minutes?
WORF: It is a private matter.
DAX: We're thinking about having a baby.
WORF: It was a private matter.
KIRA [OC]: Kira to Worf. Report to Ops immediately.
DAX: Well you two are awfully quiet.
BASHIR: Look, I don't want to dampen your spirits, Jadzia, but I told
you before you were married that from a medical point of view it
wouldn't be easy for a Trill and a Klingon to have a child.
QUARK: And I'm worried the kid'll end up looking like his father.
DAX: Well I hope she does.
BASHIR: A baby?
QUARK: It's bad enough she married that Klingon psychopath.
BASHIR: A baby. Do you have any idea what that means?
QUARK: That their marriage is going to last a lot longer than we
SISKO: Five squadrons of Jem'Hadar attack ships. At
the moment, that's the entire Dominion fleet protecting the Chin'toka
MARTOK: Only five squadrons. It appears you've found the weak spot
we've been looking for.
SISKO: Now all we have to do is to convince the Romulans to join us.
MARTOK: That will not be an easy task. They're an arrogant and
ROSS: Without their help, we have little chance of success.
MARTOK: We will succeed! Mark my words. By this time next year, the
three of us will drink bloodwine in the halls of Cardassia's Central
[Dominion briefing room]
(Meanwhile, on Cardassia.)
DAMAR: You're worrying about nothing.
WEYOUN: Am I? It's a mistake to underestimate our enemy, Damar. You're
spreading our forces too thinly.
DAMAR: Until we find a way to bring reinforcements from the Gamma
Quadrant, we have to make due with what we have. Besides, we needed new
ships on the Romulan front, so I sent them.
WEYOUN: And in doing so, you left the Chin'toka system vulnerable.
DAMAR: Not as vulnerable as you think. We don't need starships to
protect Chin'toka. Not anymore. These are our new unmanned orbital
weapon platforms. Their hulls are protected by regenerative forcefields
and their arsenals consist of a thousand plasma torpedoes.
WEYOUN: I like them.
DAMAR: I thought you would. I've already ordered their deployment.
(An aide enters.)
GLINN: Legate Damar, excuse the interruption but we have a problem.
DAMAR: What kind of a problem?
DUKAT: Me. Well, isn't anyone going to welcome me home?
WEYOUN: Heroes get welcomed home, Dukat, not failures. Or have you
forgotten that under your leadership the Dominion nearly lost this war?
DUKAT: As I recall, Weyoun, you were standing right by my side agreeing
with every decision I made.
DAMAR: If you're here because of what happened to your daughter.
DUKAT: Damar, you disappoint me. I would have thought you, of all
people, would be glad to see your old mentor. I don't hold you
responsible for Ziyal's death. You may have fired the phaser, but it
was Benjamin Sisko who forced your hand. And that's why I'm here. The
time has come for me to take my revenge against the good captain.
WEYOUN: We're in the middle of a life and death struggle for control of
the entire Alpha Quadrant, and all you care about is quenching your
petty thirst for revenge. You haven't changed a bit, have you?
DUKAT: On the contrary, I'm a new man. I no longer have a need for
conquest or power. I'm far beyond all that. I exist in a state of
complete clarity. A clarity I intend to share with the universe.
WEYOUN: You're right, Dukat, you have changed. You've gone from being a
self important egotist to a self deluded madman. I hardly call that an
improvement. I don't have time for this. Remove him.
DAMAR: Wait. Why did you come?
DUKAT: Isn't that obvious? To give you what you desire above all else.
The Alpha Quadrant. All I need is a certain Bajoran artefact. One of
the many the Cardassians appropriated during the occupation.
WEYOUN: And how is this artefact going to help us?
DUKAT: Let's just say it will make it possible for Dominion
reinforcements to come through that wormhole and destroy Captain Sisko
and the Federation once and for all.
(As green meanies keep cloaking and uncloaking
around the station.)
LETANT: (Romulan) Really, Captain, I see no reason why I should sit
here and allow this Klingon jackal to call me a coward.
MARTOK: Apparently, this jackal has more courage than the entire
LETANT: You see my point?
WORF: General, you must try to remain calm.
MARTOK: This is not the time for calm. It's time to strike the enemy
and strike them hard.
SISKO: We found their weak point. Now we need to exploit it.
MARTOK: But this p'tagh would rather sit home and count his dead.
LETANT: If we invade Cardassia now, all we'll do is count our dead.
SISKO: Gentlemen, please. We're allies, remember that.
MARTOK: What good is an ally who'll stab you in the back?
LETANT: (to aide) Notice the primitive rage in his eye, the
uncontrolled brutality. Klingons can be quite entertaining, can't they?
Every Romulan zoo should have a pair.
SISKO: Sit down, General! Save your anger for the Dominion. Senator,
you've studied our invasion plans.
LETANT: Yes, I have. And I continue to find them premature. Let the
Dominion continue to send its fleets against us and we will annihilate
them one by one.
ROSS: And they'll continue to rebuild their ships and send more.
WORF: The Dominion breed Jem'Hadar faster than we can destroy them.
SISKO: The only way to achieve a lasting victory is to demolish their
shipyards, their weapon plants, to force them to retreat deeper and
deeper into their own territory until our ships can surround their
headquarters on Cardassia Prime and they will have no choice but to
surrender. I know it won't be easy. I know that we will pay a heavy
price for every system we take from them. But in the end, that's the
only way to drive the Dominion out of the Alpha Quadrant, and that is a
goal we all share. Klingons, humans and Romulans.
[Las Vegas lounge]
(Back to the 1960's where Vic Fontaine is singing
'Here's to the Losers.' Despondent
Quark and Bashir are at a table.)
BASHIR: That was great, Vic.
VIC: It's not one of the most requested songs in my repertoire, but I'm
glad you liked it. So, why the long face, pallie?
BASHIR: It's a long story, friend.
VIC: This wouldn't be about Dax's baby, would it?
QUARK: What is he, a telepath?
VIC: No, I'm a hologram.
BASHIR: Yeah, a very smart one.
VIC: It's simple. You take one beautiful, happily married filly, add
the possibility of her giving birth to a foal, and what's that leave
you? A couple of lovesick stallions that never got out of the starting
QUARK: You have any idea what he's talking about?
VIC: Hey, I've got news for you guys. It's time to move onto greener
BASHIR: It's tough to lose a woman like Dax.
VIC: I hate to break it to you, pallie, but you lost her a long time
ago. You both did. But lucky for you, space is big. There are a lot of
other nice girls out there, with or without spots. Capisce?
QUARK: That's it? That's supposed to cheer us up?
VIC: The truth shall set you free.
QUARK: You feel any better?
BASHIR: A little. How about you?
QUARK: I guess.
VIC: Good, because you were starting to depress the band.
BASHIR: Well, thanks, Vic. We appreciate the advice.
QUARK: I like this place. I may drop by more often.
VIC: Anytime, pallie, anytime.
(Quark and Bashir leave.)
VIC: Nice guys, but absolutely clueless.
(Home-cooked dinner time.)
JAKE: So, when do we leave?
JAKE: I'm a journalist, Dad. Remember?
SISKO: That may be true, but you're not going, Jake.
JAKE: But, Dad, we're talking about the invasion of Cardassia. A savage
thrust into the very heart of the Dominion. That's not how I would
SISKO: That's a relief. But you're still not going, son.
JAKE: I have to go. It's my job. Now if you don't want me on the
Defiant, fine. I'll go with General Martok. Get the story from a
SISKO: All right, Jake, the Defiant it is.
JAKE: So when do we leave?
SISKO: Just keep your bags packed.
JAKE: Yes, sir.
(Jake gets up from the table. Sisko takes hold of his arm then gets up
to hug his son.)
JAKE: Don't worry, Dad. We'll watch out for each other.
(Jake leaves and Sisko goes into a Vision.)
WORF: The Sisko is of Bajor.
MARTOK: It is where he belongs.
ROSS: It is where he is meant to be.
SISKO: Are you telling me not to go to Cardassia?
ROSS: The Sisko is of Bajor.
MARTOK: It is dangerous to walk a different path.
SISKO: Dangerous? In what way?
ROSS: The Sisko must not leave the chosen path.
WORF: The Sisko is of Bajor.
LETANT: It is where he belongs.
SISKO: Why is it dangerous to leave? And how will it affect Bajor? You
have to tell me.
(But that's where the Vision ends.)
ROSS: The Cardassians call them orbital weapon
platforms. Intelligence reports indicate the Dominion has placed
hundreds of them throughout the Chin'toka system.
SISKO: Are they operational?
ROSS: No, not yet.
MARTOK: How much time do we have before they are?
ROSS: Two, maybe three days.
LETANT: So, it would appear that your weak spot is about to become much
MARTOK: Leave it to a Romulan to run at the first sign of trouble.
LETANT: And leave it to a Klingon to leap to the wrong conclusion. The
Romulan Empire has agreed to join the invasion of Cardassia and we live
up to our agreements. The only question is, can the invasion be
launched before the defensive grid is activated?
MARTOK: We'll have to leave first thing in the morning.
ROSS: Then it's settled. Good luck, gentlemen. Good luck to us all.
LETANT: Romulans don't believe in luck.
MARTOK: All the better. It leaves more for the rest of us.
(Martok and Letant leave.)
ROSS: You've been quiet, Ben. Those weapon platforms have you worried?
SISKO: It's not about that, sir. It's about the Prophets, the wormhole
aliens. They spoke to me last night.
ROSS: I hope they gave the mission their blessing.
SISKO: They told me not to go to Cardassia. That I should stay here.
ROSS: Did they give you a reason?
SISKO: Nothing concrete. Just that it's too dangerous.
ROSS: In what way? Dangerous to you, to the mission, to Bajor?
SISKO: I'm not sure.
ROSS: What is it you're telling me, Ben? You want permission to stay
SISKO: It's not about what I want. It's about what the Prophets want.
ROSS: That's not a good enough answer, not from a Starfleet captain.
SISKO: The Prophets don't see me as a Starfleet captain. They see me as
ROSS: That's the problem, isn't it? For the past six years you've tried
to be both, and up to now I've been patient. I've indulged you, I've
gone out on a limb for you many times, but this is it. You've got to
make a decision. You are either the Emissary or a Starfleet captain.
You can't be both.
SISKO: I'll be on the Defiant bridge at oh five hundred.
[Dominion briefing room]
DAMAR: A combined fleet at Deep Space Nine?
WEYOUN: Composed of Federation, Klingon and Romulan ships.
DAMAR: You think they'll head for the Chin'toka system?
WEYOUN: I would.
DAMAR: Well then, we have nothing to worry about. The weapon platforms
will be operational in time to greet them.
WEYOUN: That's a very comforting thought, if it's accurate.
DAMAR: I'll make sure that it is.
(Dukat enters with his Jem'Hadar escort, carrying a box.)
DUKAT: Gentlemen. I hope I'm not interrupting.
WEYOUN: What is it now, Dukat?
DUKAT: I've found it. Behold, the key to victory.
(He holds up the box.)
DUKAT: Oh, I see you remain sceptical. Well, you won't be for long.
Over the past few months, I've immersed myself in the study of the
Bajoran Ancient Texts.
(Dukat takes candles from his knapsack during his speech and lights
DUKAT: And I've come to realize that the wormhole is much more than the
gateway to the Gamma Quadrant. It's the Temple of the Prophets. It's
from there that they smile benevolently down on Bajor. It's from there
that they protect that world and its people. The sad truth is, we
wasted our time fighting the Bajorans when we should've been fighting
(Dukat takes a wooden figure from the box.)
DAMAR: How do you fight a god?
DUKAT: I'll show you. You see, we have an ally we never knew we had.
You may want to step back. Dorrah tolka bretri pah'rahn, meedor. Dorrah
tolka ullkess pah'rahn.
(Dukat breaks the figure in two and red energy comes out of it. It goes
into his body, throwing him backwards to the floor.)
(Dukat's eyes are red, and his voice is slightly echoing.)
DUKAT: Your concern is touching, but unnecessary.
ODO: A little.
KIRA: I'm leaving with the task force first thing in the morning.
ODO: I heard.
ODO: And I'm sorry I arrested him. I was simply trying to do my duty,
but I can see how it might have seemed excessive.
KIRA: What are you talking about?
ODO: Vedek Solis. That's why you're here, isn't it?
KIRA: No, but now I know why you've been avoiding me for the past few
ODO: I haven't been avoiding you. I've been helping you to avoid me.
KIRA: Why would I want to do that?
ODO: Because you don't want us to be together anymore?
KIRA: Is that what you've been thinking? Odo, we had an argument.
People have them all the time. Look at Dax and Worf. They love each
other, but they fight all the time.
ODO: Are you saying that you love me?
KIRA: Don't change the subject.
ODO: Which is?
KIRA: I don't even know anymore.
ODO: But you're no longer angry at me?
KIRA: No. But you were wrong to arrest the Vedek.
ODO: I see.
KIRA: And I thought that we could spend my last night on the station
ODO: That's a wonderful idea.
KIRA: Then I will see you later.
ODO: I look forward to that.
ODO: You know, Nerys, observing humanoid relationships and being in one
are very different things.
KIRA: Like night and day.
O'BRIEN: If you ask me, it's an ungodly hour to go
to war. You can quote me on that.
JAKE: I will.
O'BRIEN: Oh, Jadzia? Will you look in on Keiko and the kids while I'm
DAX: You can count on it.
O'BRIEN: And try to keep Julian out of trouble.
DAX: Now that's pushing.
SISKO: It's your station, old man.
DAX: I'll take good care of her.
DAX: Give my best to the Jem'Hadar. Oh, I'll do that. I said a prayer
at the shrine last night for the two of you.
DAX: About having a baby?
KIRA: The Prophets can be helpful in such matters.
DAX: I hope they're listening.
DAX: Did you hear that? We have the Prophets on our side.
WORF: According to Doctor Bashir, we need all the help we can get.
DAX: Just remember, when you get back, we have a lot of work to do.
WORF: I don't consider that work.
DAX: I wish I was going with you.
WORF: You are. In here.
DAX: I love it when you get romantic.
NOG: Captain on the Bridge.
SISKO: As you were.
O'BRIEN: You got here early.
GARAK: This is a momentous occasion. It's not every day I embark on a
journey to liberate my homeworld.
O'BRIEN: That's one way to put it.
MARTOK [OC]: This is General Martok to all ships. Assume tactical
formation. We are moving out.
SISKO: Take us to Cardassia, Mister Nog.
NOG: Aye, sir.
[Dominion briefing room]
DAMAR: The enemy fleet is approaching the Chin'toka
WEYOUN: What's the status of our weapon platforms?
DAMAR: Still offline.
WEYOUN: It pains me to say this, but you Cardassians are proving to be
quite a disappointment.
DAMAR: I'll remind you that you said that.
O'BRIEN: Looks like we're in luck, Captain. The
defensive grid's still offline.
KIRA: Jem'Hadar fighters approaching, bearing zero five nine mark zero
NOG: They must know they don't stand a chance against a fleet this
WORF: That will not matter to the Jem'Hadar.
SISKO: Sit down, Jake.
JAKE: All right.
MARTOK [OC]: Martok to Sisko.
SISKO: Go ahead.
MARTOK [OC]: My attack wing is closest to those Jem'Hadar fighters.
Preparing to engage.
SISKO: Good luck, General.
(The Jem'Hadar do kamikaze runs at the Klingons to destroy the ships.)
NOG: I always thought the Jem'Hadar were crazy.
GARAK: There's method to their madness. They're inflicting considerable
damage on the Klingons.
WORF: And buying time to get their weapon platforms operational.
SISKO: Sisko to Martok.
MARTOK [on viewscreen]: The Jem'Hadar have managed to cripple or
destroy fifteen of my ships.
SISKO: Do you need any assistance?
MARTOK [on viewscreen]: That won't be necessary. Commence firing on the
(Ka-BOOM go a few platforms, then as the fleet move into the system,
the rest spring to life. They open their spider legs and start firing
at our ships, cutting big holes in hulls.)
[Dominion briefing room]
DAMAR: I believe you owe me an apology.
WEYOUN: I believe you're right.
DAMAR: Now, if Dukat can get our reinforcements through the wormhole
WEYOUN: I'm not sure how much faith I have in this, what did he call
DAMAR: A Pah wraith.
WEYOUN: Pah wraiths and Prophets. All this talk of gods strikes me as
nothing more than superstitious nonsense.
DAMAR: You believe that the Founders are gods, don't you?
WEYOUN: That's different.
DAMAR: In what way?
WEYOUN: The Founders are gods.
(More alliance ships are being crippled or
WORF: We are unable to penetrate their forcefields.
GARAK: Captain, I've just noticed something odd about those platforms.
SISKO: Don't keep it to yourself, Mister Garak.
GARAK: Not one of them seem to have a power generator on board.
O'BRIEN: He's right. Each one seems to be getting its power from a
KIRA: We've got to find that source and destroy it.
O'BRIEN: I'm on it.
[Promenade - upper level]
BASHIR: According to the DNA scans I did this
morning, the ovarian resequencing enzymes I gave you appear to be
DAX: You mean Worf and I can have a baby?
BASHIR: It certainly looks that way. I must say, I didn't expect such
positive results so early. It's quite amazing, actually.
DAX: Oh, thank you, Julian.
BASHIR: It's all part of being a doctor.
DAX: Oh no, it's more than that. You're a good friend. You always have
BASHIR: And I always will be.
DAX: I'd better get back to work. But first I'm going to stop by the
BASHIR: What for?
DAX: Kira said a prayer for me and Worf last night. She told the
Prophets how much we wanted a baby.
BASHIR: I'd say they'd been listening. That is, if you believe in
DAX: Oh, well I do today.
(Dax lights a couple of big candles then turns to
the Orb box.)
DAX: I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly. I don't come here a lot.
And to be perfectly honest, I feel more comfortable thinking of you as
aliens, but Kira believes you're much more than that. Maybe she's
right, I don't know. But if you are Prophets, and you're listening, I
just want to say
(A wind blows through the shrine and puts out her candles. Dukat beams
(Dax goes for her phaser but Dukat stretches out his arm and the red
Pah Wraith energy lifts her off the floor. Then he lets her drop. She
lies very still. Dukat goes through the protective forcefield and takes
hold of the Orb box. He opens it and the Pah wraith energy rushes into
it. The orb turns from gleaming crystal to dull black. He screams and
drops to his knees, no longer possessed. Outside the wormhole opens
then collapses in on itself.)
JAKE: Dad, what is it?
SISKO: I'm not sure. I think I felt the Prophets reaching out to me.
O'BRIEN: Sir, I found it. There's a subspace power generator on a small
moon orbiting the far planet. It's transmitting energy to the weapon
KIRA: Take us there, Mister Nog.
NOG: Aye, sir.
KIRA: Get him back to his quarters. Don't worry, Captain. We'll get the
(Dukat checks on Dax.)
DUKAT: I know this is small comfort, but I never intended you any harm.
(Dukat beams out.)
(The carnage continues outside. The Defiant, a
Klingon and another Federation ship are nearly through the defences.)
NOG: Approaching the target.
KIRA: On screen.
WORF: Target locked.
WORF: We are unable to penetrate the moon's defensive grid.
O'BRIEN: Sir, I have an idea.
KIRA: Go ahead.
O'BRIEN: Maybe we can't destroy that power generator, but I bet those
weapon platforms could.
KIRA: Why would they fire on their own power source?
GARAK: We'd have to fool the platforms' targeting systems into thinking
the generator's an enemy ship.
O'BRIEN: We can use our deflector array to imprint a Federation warp
signature on the generator's energy matrix.
WORF: It is worth a try.
KIRA: Evasive manoeuvres, Mister Nog. Pattern Theta.
(The Klingon ship goes KaBOOM.)
O'BRIEN: Induction stabilisers set. Booster modulators synchronised.
Ready to activate deflector.
KIRA: Do it.
(Defiant swoops low over the moon. The platforms change target
instantly and the moon goes KaBOOM! No more shots are fired.)
NOG: Yes! We did it!
(The remains of the fleet move through, taking revenge on platforms as
MARTOK [OC]: Martok to the Defiant.
KIRA: Go ahead, General.
MARTOK [on viewscreen]: Well done, Major. We will begin transporting
ground troops to both planets immediately.
O'BRIEN: Major, we're receiving a priority one transmission from Deep
Space Nine. It's from Julian.
[Dominion briefing room]
WEYOUN: This is a disaster. Federation soldiers
have landed on Cardassian soil and now you're telling me the wormhole
is gone and with it any chance of getting reinforcements from the Gamma
DUKAT [on monitor]: I'm well aware things didn't turn out quite the way
I planned, but I assure you we still achieved a great victory.
WEYOUN: Forgive me if I don't share your euphoria.
DUKAT [on monitor]: Well you should. The Bajoran people have been cut
off from their gods, perhaps forever.
DAMAR: How does that help us?
DUKAT [on monitor]: Because Sisko has been cut off from the Prophets as
well. And without the Prophets, he's just another Starfleet captain.
WEYOUN: And that's supposed to make me feel better?
DUKAT [on monitor]: Oh, believe me, it will.
(The Defiant has docked. Worf runs out of the
airlock, followed by O'Brien and Sisko, then Kira.)
CROWD: Emissary, Emissary.
SAHGI: Emissary! My mother says all the Orbs are dark, that the
Prophets have abandoned us. You have to find them, Emissary. You have
to ask them to come back.
SISKO: I will try.
(Quark and Odo are pacing as Sisko, Kira and Jake
enter. Bashir comes out of the surgery in scrubs, with a nurse.)
BASHIR: I managed to save the Dax symbiont. We have to get it to Trill
as soon as possible. There was nothing I could do for Jadzia.
(Sisko goes into the surgery area, where Worf is with Dax.)
DAX: I'm sorry.
WORF: Save your strength.
DAX: Our baby would have been so beautiful.
(Worf does the death scream.)
WORF: neH taH Kronos. Hegh bat'lhqu Hoch nej maH. neH taH Kronos. yay
je bat'lh manob Hegh.
(Alone with the flag draped torpedo casing.)
SISKO: The funeral service is due to begin in a few minutes, Jadzia but
I need to talk to you one last time. When I first met you, you told me
that my relationship with Jadzia Dax wouldn't be any different than the
one I had with Curzon Dax. Things didn't work out that way. I had a
hell of a lot of fun with both of you, but Curzon was my mentor. You,
you were my friend and I am going to miss you. I should have listened
to the Prophets and not gone to Cardassia. Then maybe you'd still be
alive. Damn it! Why aren't you still here, Jadzia? I need you to help
me sort things out. Something's happened to the Prophets, something
that's made them turn their backs on Bajor and I'm responsible. And I
don't know what to do about it, how to make it right again. I've failed
as the Emissary, and for the first time in my life I've failed in my
duty as a Starfleet officer. I need time to think, clear my head, but I
can't do it here. Not on the station, not now. I need to get away and
find a way to figure out how to make things right again. I have to make
things right again, Jadzia. I have to.
(Sisko comes out of his office carrying a bag.)
SISKO: The station's all yours, Major.
KIRA: She'll be here when you get back.
BASHIR: This leave of absence you're taking, sir. How long do you think
you'll be gone?
SISKO: I don't know exactly.
ODO: We'll be waiting.
O'BRIEN: Good luck, sir.
SISKO: Thanks, Chief. My thanks to all of you. Let's go home, Jake.
(turbolift) Landing pad C.
KIRA: I was afraid of that. He's not sure he's
ODO: What makes you say that?
KIRA: His baseball. He took it with him.
[New Orleans alley]
(Sisko is scrubbing clams.)
JAKE: Dad Grandpa's ready to close up the restaurant. He wants to know
when you're coming in.
SISKO: In a little while.