seedy bar on a commerce planet, with slave girls dancing on a
raised slave, and other scantily clad slaves (male and female)
serving drinks. A large Luxon, the owner of the bar, watched the
slaves, using a gadget in his hand to shock them with their slave
collars if he thinks any of them aren't working hard enough. John
and Aeryn sit in a booth near the back, waiting impatiently.
eyes the dancing slaves with distaste
Tell me again why you chose to meet your contact in this trelk-house?
it wasn't my choice! There is a pause while he looks over at
the dancing girls, obviously trying to wind Aeryn up. Although
I might have chosen this place myself.
sighs, then attracts a waitress. The girl, Soruboruo, stands out
among the other slaves as she is fully clothed, and appears to
be going out of her way to annoy the male clientele.
Do you sell any non-alcoholic drinks?
Yeah, but they tend to be of a more... hallucinogenic nature.
Seeing Aeryn's look, she continues hastily. I guess I can
get some kalisk for you, but it's probably not fresh.
have to do. The slave nods and disappears into a back room.
Before she returns, a large man dressed in body-armour sits down
across from Aeryn and John. Stapi?
That's me. I hear you're wanting some... provisions?
Barl root. Fresh barl root.
slave returns, placing a glass of dark green goo in front of both
John and Aeryn
Barl root, huh? You any idea how much trouble you can get into
if you're found with that stuff? Unnoticed by them, Soruboruo
is standing nearby, listening to their hushed conversation with
interest. Strangely, she turns towards them and sniffs thoughtfully.
It'll cost you.
Well, I hear you guys have some peacekeeper hardware - stuff like
that always comes in handy in these parts, so... I'll take your
prowler as payment.
Glaring at the man. The price is too high.
Take it or leave it
Moving his head close to Aeryn's and whispering. Chiana
needs this stuff.
apothecary. Zhaan is sitting beside Chiana, bathing her head,
as Chiana screams with pain. D'argo watches from the doorway,
in the bar, John is still talking
Where else are we going to find someone who can supply it in time?
Whispering back. Crichton, he wants my prowler!
It's just a ship
Then give him yours!
He wants the prowler. Aeryn, Chiana will die without this stuff.
Sitting up straight and speaking to Stapi. All right, we accept.
Standing with a grin. It's a deal then. I will see you in two
arns in bay forty-one of the docking station. Bowing
to them, he leaves.
Quietly, so only Aeryn and John can hear. I wouldn't deal with
him if I were you. I can get you barl root from a friend for a
fraction of the price.
A couple of boxes of food cubes, some water and Pause transport out of here.
How do you know we can trust you?
You don't, but at least if I double-cross you, you'll still have
Looking at Aeryn and shrugging. How soon can you get the stuff?
starts to reply, then falls to the floor with a moan, her body
spasming from the shock administered by the slave collar.
The Luxon who owns the bar strides over to them, and speaks to Soruboruo. How many times have I told you not to interfere with
my clients' business deals? He kicks her
in the stomach, hard. Get up. He waits
until she is standing, then shocks her again until she loses consciousness.
A number of the clients shout encouragement to him, particularly
those whose advances she turned down. Gradle turns and shouts
to another slave. Get this - this half breed out of my
and Aeryn are walking through the streets. John looks upset, Aeryn
What did you want me to do? Slavery is legal in this part
of the galaxy. She belongs to him: he can do whatever he likes
I know, I know. I just wanted to hear the rest of her deal. Aeryn
looks sideways at John, smiling slightly. It is plain she doesn't
believe him. All right, all right. I admit it: I don't
like slavery. Holding his hands outstretched
and shouting so that people in the street turn to look at him.
I don't like slavery!
Shut up! We don't want any more attention.
looks around at the aliens staring at him. He turns to a small
one nearby, and shouts at it, making it squeak and run-away. Aeryn
looks even more annoyed, and growls through clenched teeth:
Over com. Chiana can be heard groaning in the background. Have
you got the barl root yet? Chiana's condition is worsening. Without
the barl root-
Interrupting. I know Zhaan, I know. Can you get D'argo
to fly the prowler down? Bay forty-one.
You're trading the prowler for it? Pause
Does Aeryn know?
Yes Zhaan. I'm not exactly thrilled about it, but...
Thank you Aeryn. D'argo will be down shortly.
dirty landing bay, open to the sky. Crates are stacked against
the walls, and discarded tools are lying around. D'argo is climbing
out of the prowler, while John and Aeryn stand beside Stapi
Mind if I check it's all working? He nods
to a small lizard-like creature that is standing in the shadows.
It runs over to the prowler, and as they watch, it takes off.
Well, it all seems in order. Now for my part of the deal.
rush in through the bay door, carrying pulse pistols and stun-sticks.
From their uniforms, they appear to be the local police force.
A short alien, an officer, steps in after the others have subdued
Aeryn, John and D'argo. He looks at the captives, checking them
against their pictures on a small hand-held viewer, and grins.
To Stapi. Well done, these are the ones we were after. He
hands Stapi some credit chips, who bows at the captives and leaves.
He turns back to John & co. You are under arrest for
violating quarantine laws.
Almost apologetic. Well, we had to have some reason to arrest
you before we could hand you over to the peacekeepers.
starts forward angrily, and is struck on the back of the head
by a policemen's stun baton, and falls to the ground with a grunt.
When she tries to stand, she is struck again.
Laughs. Take them away. He watches as they
are dragged away, Aeryn still unconscious, John and D'argo kicking
and shouting. Wait. Walks over to them and speaks to John. Any idea's how I can
spend your bounty? He grins as D'argo roars angrily.
large, dark prison cell. The camera pans, and you see it is filled
with all manner of aliens, most trying to sleep. A fight breaks
out, but the camera moves on, coming to rest on Aeryn, John and
D'argo. Aeryn is cradling her head in her hands, looking sick.
John and D'argo are arguing about whose fault it is they were
How was I supposed to know?
Only a human could be so stupid! To trust such a - a D'argo
speaks in his own language as him!
We had no choice!
hear the sound of the cell door opening, and John looks towards
it while D'argo carries on. Cut to cell door as guards herd in
What kind of yotz would set up a straight trade? You should have-
D'argo speaks, a final prisoner is dragged in by the guards, unconscious.
It is Soruboruo. Cut back to John & co.
Shut up D'argo! He stands and walks out
of the scene, presumably towards the new prisoners. D'argo growls
and starts talking to Aeryn.
Now what is the fool doing?
She's not quite with it. The stun baton must have some side-effects.
Looks like he's trying to get a date. She
lets her head sink back to her knees with a moan.
returns, carrying Soruboruo. He leans her against the wall and
crouches down in front of her, looking her over. She looks quite
bad, with a large bruise over one eye and a split lip. D'argo
looks at John with exasperation.
We do not have time to pick up strays.
Not a stray, just someone we met in a bar.
I don't care. Why is she in here?
Attempted murder. Apparently she attacked her owner. He
looks up at D'argo A luxon.
Shaking his head. By all accounts, the only reason she isn't
in here for murder is because the police arrived in time to stop
her. The luxon is in hospital with a broken jaw.
Huh. He was obviously unarmed.
Weakly. And so was I. She opens her eyes with
a moan, and looks at John I thought you'd be here. I'd
be totally frelled if you weren't. She grins
Who are you?
Soruboruo. Ex-slave of Gradle. Your new partner.
Looking angry What? He reaches
out and grabs her by the throat
Touching D'argo on the arm. D'argo, it's all right. She's the
slave we met. The one offering to sell us barl root. He
turns back to Soruboruo as D'argo relaxes his grip, then slowly
releases it. So you came here to find us?
Grinning broadly so that John gets a look at her teeth: much too long
and sharp. Yep. You were dealing with Stapi, and I've never
heard of him honouring a deal with an off-worlder. With a bounty
on your heads, it was a fair bet you'd end up in here.
Suspicious. you know of the bounty?
Yes, a couple of the other - patrons at the bar were thinking
of collecting it.
Right, so why did you come in here after us?
I want off this planet. I can't do that on my own, but you guys
have a ship. I need help to escape.
We aren't exactly in a position to give you a lift right now if
you hadn't noticed.
If I get you out, you would be.
and D'argo exchange looks. John shrugs
Ok, you gotta deal - if you get us some barl root too
Looking awkward Actually, barl root I can't get
Interrupting. Listen, you want it for a Nebari, don't you? She's
got saraf fever, and -
Grabbing her by the throat and squeezing until she squeaks. How
do you know?
Looking calm in spite of being choked by a luxon twice her size. I could smell her on you. Nebari females have a particularly distinct
You're not Sebacean are you?
Grinning at John. Neither are you
tightens his grip, and Soruboruo looks close to fainting
Whoa! He grabs D'argo's arm before he can throttle the slave. He turns back
to Soruboruo, who is gasping slightly. Go on
I guessed you wanted the barl root so you could extract the cure
for saraf fever. Well, I can get you the cure for your friend.
Blue said you couldn't get that stuff outside of Nebari territory.
It's of no value and is poisonous to most other life-forms
Gradle collects poisons. It's his hobby. He caught me stealing
it - I meant to break in here and get you out
John, I don't trust her. Turning to Soruboruo and giving her a shake. How do we know
you're telling the truth?
I don't know. She winces as D'argo shakes her again, banging
her head on the wall. Grimacing. If I'd known there was a luxon
around I'd have waited for some more off-worlders to make a deal
Rousing herself with difficulty. I agree with D'argo, John. This is all a
little too easy.
Easy? You are stuck in a cell with a hundred other prisoners,
most of whom would eat you as soon as look at you, you're about
to be handed over to peacekeepers, your friend is dying from saraf
fever, and the only way you're going to get out of here is to
trust me, a slave who is about to be executed for attacking her
owner? You think that is easy?
Compared to a usual day on our ship
D'argo and John: Yes!
Taken aback. Oh. Pause. Listen,
here's the extract your friend needs. She rummages
in her pockets with difficulty as D'argo still has a hold on her
neck, and pulls out a phial of amber liquid. You keep that.
If I can get you out of here and back to your transport, just
promise to take me with you.
How do we know that stuff will really work?
If it doesn't, you'll have me trapped on your ship. I wouldn't
like to be in that position, not with an angry luxon and peacekeeper.
Believe me, it'll work!
Rubbing her head. What about my prowler?
That has nothing to do with me
Leaning closer to her. Think about it?
All right. Pause. Stapi will have
taken it to be serviced at a shop just outside town. Probably.
His brother owns it, so no questions asked. That's all I know.
You find a way of getting it back
Right. What have we got to lose?
on board Moya. Zhaan is sitting beside Chiana, who is lying still,
scarily still after the state she was in before.
Over com. Yes Zhaan
Have you received any signal from them?
No, and I cannot locate them
Notify me as soon as you hear from them. She turns back to Chiana,
and checks her vital signs, looking worried. Sighing to herself,
she moves over to her worktable and begins to grind some herbs.
prison cell, which is almost totally dark now, and almost silent
as most of the prisoners are sleeping, including John and Aeryn.
D'Argo watches Soruboruo.
Quietly If you betray us in any way, I will personally hunt
you down and kill you
Just as quiet. If I betray you, you'll be dead, so that isn't
much of a threat. D'argo opens his mouth, but
she interrupts him. I'll see you in an arn. Be ready. Without
waiting for a reply, she climbs the wall into the darkness above.
It's a mystery how she does this as the wall is perfectly smooth.
D'Argo moves over to the wall and examines a group of small holes
in its surface, too small to be finger holds. From above, there
is a scraping noise - sounds as though Soruboruo is removing a
grill from a ventilation shaft.
corridor in the station, brightly lit with no one around
panel in the ceiling moves, and Soruboruo's head peers cautiously
out through the opening. Seeing it's clear, she withdraws, and
jumps down into the corridor.
Muttering to herself. Now to see if I still have the knack.
She reaches a security door, and holds her palm over the keypad
for a few moments with her eyes closed. With a grin, she hits
4 keys rapidly, and a green light goes on above the pad. With
a beep, the door opens. She steps through before noticing the
two men standing guard on the other side of the door.
Frell. She moves to attack them before they have chance
to use their guns. After the fight they are unconscious. Soruboruo
stoops to pick up a strange looking gun. I was looking for one
of these. Thanks!
in the cell. D'argo and John are talking, Aeryn is asleep again.
How long has it been?
Too long. I knew we shouldn't have trusted her.
Calm down big D. She probably just ran into trouble.
corridor. Soruboruo is sneaking down it, towards the large cell
door. A door opens silently behind her, and a guard steps out,
levelling his gun at her
Don't move! He reaches for a red button on the wall beside
him - an alarm
in the cell with John, D'argo and Aeryn
If she doesn't get here soon. He trails off and clenches his fist John, we don't know how
long Chiana has
I know, I know. Looking over at Aeryn, who appears
to be drooling in her sleep. I'm worried about Aeryn too.
She's been out of it since we were brought in.
It will take a while for the effects of the stun baton to wear
off. She'll be fine.
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