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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Trade Paperback / September, 2003
430 pages
0-7434-7073-7

Edited by Marco Palmieri
Introduction: "What We Leave Behind" written by Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block
"Revisited, Part One" written by Anonymous
"Ha'mara" written by Kevin G. Summers
"The Orb of Opportunity" written by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
"Broken Oaths" written by Keith R.A. DeCandido
"...Loved I Not Honor More" written by Christopher L. Bennett
"Three Sides to Every Story" written by Terri Osborne
"The Devil You Know" written by Heather Jarman
"Foundlings" written by Jeffrey Lang
"Chiaroscuro" written by Geoffrey Thorne
"Face Value" written by Una McCormack
"The Calling" written by Andrew J. Robinson
"Revisited, Part Two" written by Anonymous

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Excerpt:

Excerpt from "Face Value", by Una McCormack.

Damar stalked down the steps, across the cellar, and threw his disruptor onto the table. It landed with a clatter, waking Garak, who was stretched out on one of the beds.

"Sorry," Damar muttered. He sat down at the table, folded his arms and frowned. Kira took the seat just to his right. She seemed to be inspecting her phaser with an unusually high degree of interest. He turned his head slightly so that he could not see her, watching instead as Garak pulled himself off the bed and came to sit beside him.

"So," Garak said, a little bleary eyed, looking at each of them in turn, "A productive day?"

Damar shrugged. Kira didn't respond either, just kept on making a show of checking the settings on her phaser.

"Much as it lends itself to thrilling narrative, I'm afraid that in my everyday life I find suspense rather tiresome. Would one of you consider enlightening me as to how the meeting went?"

Damar raised his eyes upward. Obsidian Order. Fifteen words when one would do. Why not just ask us what happened? With an effort, he put his irritation aside. "I don't trust him," he replied, just as Kira said, "It went well."

Garak leaned an elbow on the table. "I sense some disagreement amongst us," he said. "Perhaps some more clarification would help me...?"

"As I said, I don't trust him--"

"You weren't even prepared to trust him--!"

"I really am beginning to lose my sense of humor about this," Garak murmured, then raised his voice over theirs. "Commander, Legate--might I remind you of the precariousness of our situation? We are hiding in a cellar, and the hounds are almost at the door. This little feud of yours is getting out of hand. And it's..." he frowned, "unprofessional."

"'Unprofessional'?" Kira looked over at him, eyes blazing. "Who's the one who got himself shot?"

"She does have a point there," Damar said, feeling a smile curl across his lips.

"Well at least you're now agreeing on something." Garak fell back in his chair. "Will one of you tell me how the meeting went? Damar?"

Damar shifted forward in his chair. "We got there safely, we got back safely. He's offered us equipment--"

"And contacts," Kira cut in.

"--and I have some very serious doubts about him."

"Which are?" Garak prompted.

"He's now Cardassian."

Kira threw her phaser on the table. "And this worries you somehow? Isn't it better than him being Bajoran?"

Damar turned to her slowly, feeling his hold on his temper begin to slip. "And what do you mean by that?"

"You know exactly what I mean--"

"I think that you should just come straight out and say it, Commander--"

"Well, maybe I just will--"

"Commander, Legate, will you please control yourselves--!"

"Shut up, Garak!"

With a crash, something landed on the table before them, stopping their quarreling dead. It was a large serving pot.

"Supper," said Mila.

Garak composed himself first. "Thank you, Mila," he said, in a low voice. He rubbed his hand across his eyes, and then reached to take the bowl that she was offering him.

They sat in silence as she served out the tojal stew. Damar took a mouthful, and then swallowed quickly. Mila was quite right--she wasn't much of a cook. He smothered it in yamok sauce. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Kira try a little, sigh, and reach for the water bottle.

"What do you mean," Garak said eventually, and quietly, "that he's now Cardassian?"

"He's had some kind of cosmetic or genetic modifications," Kira explained. "I don't mind admitting it was a shock to me at first too. But underneath he's still the same old Vilar." She smiled a little.

"I'm assuming," Garak said, "he got it done when the Dominion took over."

"And this is what worries me," Damar said, leaning forward. "Why did he stay here? Why didn't he just leave when they arrived? Do they know about him and, if they do, why have they done nothing about him? And why is it he's appeared just now, just when we need him, and with almost all that we need?"

Garak looked back at him thoughtfully.

"He got stuck here!" Kira's exasperation was clear. "It wasn't safe for him!"

Garak waved a hand to quieten her. "Let me think for a moment, Commander..." he murmured. Mila piled another serving of stew into his bowl and he stirred it absently with his spoon.

Damar watched him closely. Why, he wondered, am I suddenly so concerned to get Garak's backing in this? He risked a sideways look at Kira. She was leaning forward, eyes intent on Garak. Looked like she felt the same way. It's as if we've turned him into some kind of referee. And he doesn't look happy about it.

"It's hard to judge..." Garak said at last, slowly. "I wish I'd met him face to face... Still, there's something that's troubling me..." He rubbed at his arm. "I think you've put your finger on it, Legate," he said at last, nodding his head and with more conviction in his voice. "Why now? Why all this?"

"That's what your father used to say," Mila agreed. "Beware arms dealers bearing gifts."

Garak pursed his lips and tapped a finger on the table. He didn't, Damar thought, look very happy about that either.

And then there was another loud crash. Damar swung his head round.

Kira had slammed her fist down hard on the table before her. Her bowl had gone flying. She was glaring around her.

"You really do all stick together, don't you?" She stood up. "This is just a waste of my time!" She turned on her heel and strode toward the stairs, and up into the house.

"Well," said Mila, after a moment, looking down at the table. "I guess I'd better fetch a cloth for that. It's not going to clean itself, and I don't think she'll be doing it."

"I wonder," Garak murmured, watching Mila leave, "whether it might be wiser simply to accept the commander's judgment in this."

"I won't trust this man just to make her feel better!" Damar jabbed an angry finger toward the stairs.

Garak scowled. "Don't be ridiculous, Damar! I'm not saying we should take him at face value. But Kira has known him for years, after all. Surely that should carry some weight?" Garak sighed deeply. "I should go and speak to her. Make her feel better." He gave a short laugh and stood up.

Damar cleared his throat. "Before you go... I want to thank you, Garak."

Garak looked down at him. "Thank me?"

"For your loyalty."

A smile passed across Garak's face. It was not a pleasant smile. He set one hand upon the table, leaned forward and fixed his eyes on Damar's. A slow chill crept up Damar's spine. With all of Garak's dissembling, it was just too easy to forget that this was a man who had tortured and murdered routinely.

"Take great care, Legate, not to misunderstand me," Garak said softly. "My loyalty has always and only ever been to Cardassia, and I have never liked entrusting her to anyone other than myself." He stood up straight again. "You have a long way to go before you prove yourself worthy of Cardassia in my eyes, Damar." Then he sighed, and he seemed to fade a little; an older man, injured and rather tired. "A long way to redeem yourself."

He continued looking at Damar for just a little longer, leaving Damar feeling that his worth was somehow being measured, and then he turned away and made slowly for the stairs. "You must excuse me, Legate. I have a Bajoran to placate."

A long way to redeem yourself...

Damar watched him go upstairs, and was left sitting in a cellar with only the specter of a dead girl for company.

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