scenes 13 - 29
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to the corridor. Soruboruo has frozen, the guard still has his
gun pointing at the back of her head.
ducks suddenly, twisting round, knocking the gun away from her
as the gun fires. Before she can stop him, the guard hits the
alarm. She knocks him unconscious and looks up at he flashing
Frell. Frell Frell Frell! It's too early! She
runs down the corridor, abandoning any attempt to sneak through
in the prison cell just as the alarm goes off. Aeryn wakes with
Shaking his head. That had better be part of her plan
She's betrayed us!
cell door opens, revealing Soruboruo in silhouette.
Shouting. Jail break! Everyone out!
prisoners, woken by the alarm, rush to escape. Soruboruo struggles
against the flow to reach John & co. She presents herself
with a flourish.
Nice work. Now the entire planet is on alert.
Exactly, and they'll all be busy catching them lot. She
jerks a thumb after the fleeing prisoners.
Right. He stands and heads towards the cell door
Not that way. Aiming into the darkness, she fires the strange
gun. There's a hollow clunk as the hook fastens onto the ceiling
near the open vent, leaving a rope hanging down, which she tugs
on to check it's secure. Through the ducts is fastest.
If we could get out that way, why didn't we just escape earlier?
With the rest of them watching us? Besides, could you have climbed
that wall? D'argo looks away angrily. Aeryn starts pulling
herself up the rope. Soruboruo looks uncomfortable. There are motion detectors near the exits to stop escapes this way anyway.
Then what the frell are we-
Chill D'argo. I see where she's going with this. They aren't going
to go after a couple of prisoners in the vents with the entire
prison escaping through the main gates. Get up there! He slaps D'argo on the back, who starts to haul himself up, then turns
back to Soruboruo. One thing - how come you could climb
Turning back to him from watching the exit. Her eyes catch the light
and flash like a cat's, explaining how she was able to aim in
the darkness. Like you said, I'm not Sebacean.
the air ducts. Aeryn is in the lead, followed by D'argo, John
and Soruboruo. Coming to an intersection.
Can't you smell the fresh air from the outside?
Muttering. Even a dead minnick would be able to smell it!
Squeezing past Aeryn, and taking the left shaft. This way.
continue along, turning occasionally. John is now behind Aeryn.
She looks over her shoulder and catches him grinning.
Is something funny?
No, no. Just admiring the view
glares at him then hurries to catch up with D'argo.
To John. Don't know what you're laughing at. I'm enjoying the
turns to look at her, slightly worried.
the ducts, Aeryn and D'argo side by side, trying to force a grill
Hurry up would you!
What's the matter? You said this way was safe.
That was before my ass was first in line to be fried if they find
us. Looking nervously over her shoulder. Come
on, come on, come on!
If you think you can do a better job! Grunts as she pushes on the grill with D'argo - it doesn't move. Frell!
All right, back up Aeryn. Let me have a go.
Crichton, how many times have I won you at arm wrestling?
Let me have a go.
Laughing slightly. You're just a girl.
I'm older than you think Luxon. Stronger too.
It can't hurt
the back of the building. People can be heard in the distance,
and a couple of prisoners run by. The camera moves to focus on
a grill. Which drops to the ground as a hand, Soruboruo's, tries
to catch it. It lands with a load clang as the camera moves towards
Not in the shot. Could you have made any more noise? We were
trying to escape quietly
What's up? Offended a little girl managed to do what you couldn't?
She sticks her head outside. I don't think anyone heard. She drops to the ground, landing easily. Come on. The
others drop to the ground as Soruboruo looks around. This
way. They follow her at a run.
Moya's transport pod. Aeryn, John, D'argo and Soruboruo are present.
We have to get my prowler back.
Right. You do that while I stay here. Better still, you Nodding
at John fly me off this rock!
Grabbing Soruboruo's shoulders from behind, making her jump.
You, I don't trust. We can't take her back to Moya. She's a spy.
She'll sell us out.
No - I'm a slave about to be executed for attempted murder. I
Maybe you made a deal. Maybe they'll let you go free for handing
Don't be such a yotz. Why would I have bothered helping you escape?
Anyway, I was trying to get a lift off them before you were arrested.
She's right D'argo. And she warned us about Stapi.
Squeezing Soruboruo's shoulders until she writhes in his grasp, teeth
bared. I don't like it!
Look, we can't stay here much longer. D'argo - you're coming with
me to get the prowler back. Crichton, you take the barl extract
up to Zhaan with-
Interrupting. Zhaan? Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan?
She looks like she's panicking
Zhaan? She looks terrified. She's
the delvian I smelled on you? Big blue delvian Zhaan? She stops
abruptly, aware she is babbling
Shaking her head. No way. No way am I going near her!
Grabbing her against him as she tries to escape. What are you
Let me go! At least if I'm caught here, I'll die quick. She struggles against D'argo as he drags her towards the pod.
I've changed my mind. Let's get her to Moya and see what she's
hiding. I knew you were a spy!
Suddenly calm. Let me go luxon. I don't want to hurt you.
Laughing. You are coming with us
No! She twists in his grip, throwing him to the ground
and bolting away to the far side of the bay. Camera follows her
as she suddenly stops and drops to the ground grasping her slave
They've found us
Looking at Soruboruo who is screaming in pain as she is surrounded
by guards. Let's go.
run into the pod and take off as a couple of the guards fire at
quick view of the transport heading towards Moya in space, then
into the landing bay where Zhaan is waiting. Aeryn, John and D'argo
Quickly. You have the barl root.
Not quite - some kind of extract. He hands
the phial to Zhaan, who turns immediately and hurries away. Will
If it really is what you say, yes. I won't know for a while.
watch Zhaan leave.
apothecary as she administers a small amount of the barl extract
to Chiana. She sits beside Chiana again, meditating.
is at her table, sorting through her equipment. A moment later
she returns to Chiana, who is laying still, and checks her vital
statistics. She smiles minutely and speaks into her com.
The extract appears to be working. Chiana's pulse has slowed,
her breathing is easier. Pause. Where
did you find it?
Actually, we need to talk to you about that.
command. The entire crew is present, except Chiana
Yes, she was scared of you. Really, really-
She nearly broke my frelling arm.
Some good came from it then
So, you care to enlighten us blue?
Spreading her hands. I don't know what to say John. I've had
run-ins with many Sebaceans, but I can't think what I have ever
done to inspire such a reaction.
She's not Sebacean. Her owner called her a half-breed.
Yeah, but with what? I mean, she has teeth like He opens his mouth and puts his hands in front, making pointy shapes
with his fingers. The others look at him like he's insane, and
he stops, slightly embarrassed.
And claws, I think. It's the only way she could have climbed that
Don't forget the glow-in-the-dark eyes. Spooky.
Pilot, does she appear in any of the transport pod's records?
Searching now. Pause. Yes, yes
I believe this is her.
image appears on the forward view-screen of Soruboruo being held
by D'argo. The image plays on for a second, and during the struggle,
Soruboruo looks directly into the camera. Pilot pauses the image.
Frowning. Pilot, can you zoom in on her face?
image enlarges in stages
Thank you pilot. She moves over to the
screen, examining the image. It can't be. She
moves her hands over the image, blocking out the hair and ears. Surely not... but... She turns
back to the others, a strange look on her face. I thought
she died years ago. We must rescue her. I- I have to put this
Sounding impatient. Who is she Zhaan? Why is she afraid of you?
a delvian temple. About thirty delvian priests are gathered on
either side of the temple, a corridor between them. A further
nine are standing on a raised platform, around a kind of alter.
Their robes are different to those standing in the main bit of
the temple. A door opens at the opposite end of the temple from
the platform, and two more delvian priests enter, escorting a
cat-like alien between them. The alien is wearing flowing robes
that bear a slight resemblance to those of the delvian priests.
Everyone seems perfectly at ease. As the grentex moves onto the
platform, the priests there bow their heads in greeting.
the grentex attacks ferociously, killing all those on the platform
with her claws, killing more of the gathered priests as she escapes.
As she runs past the camera, we get a clear look at her face:
it is unmistakably Soruboruo.
camera moves around the temple, looking at the dead and injured.
It stops on a delvian woman in priests clothing cradling one of
those on the platform as he dies. The woman looks up, and we see
it is Zhaan.
in Moya's command centre. D'argo is pacing angrily, Zhaan is standing
by the view-screen, looking into space.
She killed your brother? No wonder she was afraid. I'd
tear her apart!
Quietly. It wasn't her fault
Of course it was. She was an assassin posing as a grentex priestess.
She went there with one purpose only: to kill the heads of your
No, there's more, but we didn't know it at the time. Afterwards,
we hunted her down and... and punished her.
Suddenly understanding. You tortured her, didn't you?
Yes John. We were... furious. She had killed nine of the twelve
Dsa Pa'us. We wanted revenge. As I was a relative of the most
senior Dsa Pa'u killed, I had to choose her fate. Zhaan closes her eyes. I couldn't give the order to have her
executed, so I ordered her to be sold as a slave to one of the
kemlac miners in our system.
Sounds more than fair to me. When I was Dominar we would have-
Shouting suddenly. But she was innocent!
You saw her kill with your own eyes.
She had no choice. We found out later, when a similar assassination
on the remaining Dsa Pa'us failed, that she was...created. She
was created as a killer, a spy, able to adapt and disguise herself
so that she was undetectable. While she was being - grown - she
had chips planted throughout her body to control her. She could
no more go against her programming than you could breathe under
Speak for yourself
hides her face in her hands, and John pats her on the shoulder.
You didn't know
We should have
It wasn't your fault
Standing suddenly. John, we have to get her back. She's been
a slave now for so long and She trails off, not
wanting to admit what else her kind did to Soruboruo.
How long? When did this happen?
Five hundred and eighty cycles ago. We thought she would be dead.
We didn't look very hard for her when we found out the truth.
I don't know how we'll get near her again. They know us Nodding
at John and D'argo
And she'll blow a gasket if she sees Zhaan.
Grinning. Which leaves Rygel...
to Rygel who is trying to sneak out, not wanting to help. He turns
to look at them when he senses them glaring at him
I am Dominar of over XXXXXXXX subjects. I will not-
Grabbing Rygel's ear before he can escape.
You will if you want to eat anything again.
growls and then goes limp in defeat.
of Moya - the transport pod is seen leaving and heading down to
the surface of the planet.
is meditating in her room, chanting quietly, as Aeryn walks in.
She sits down on the table where Zhaan is sitting. Zhaan finishes
her meditation when Aeryn coughs quietly.
Is your head still - how did John describe it? Pounding like a
No, my head's fine...We were told about delvian torture methods
during peacekeeper training...We were told you could do the unity
thing with your prisoner, but the contact is all one way, into
the...victim. You tear their mind apart from the inside.
Nodding in silent agreement. Essentially that is correct.
Thoughtfully. It is meant to be unbearable. We were told about
people who went insane from it.
It has happened. What we did to Soruboruo though... Almost the
entire temple, those who had survived, took part. All of them,
filling her with their pain and rage, all at the same time. I
don't know how long they had her like that before I was called
to pass judgment.
You didn't take part?
Not then, later. On my own.
Following a long pause. So, why are you so desperate to see
her again? You can bet she'll be angry.
I know. I need to help her.
You mean take it back? All that suffering your people caused her,
it's still in her mind, isn't it? We were told about survivors
who woke screaming every night 'til they died because of what
was left inside them. There is silence for a few moments. Zhaan
looks sad, and ashamed as she nods agreement. If she attacks you,
we may not be able to stop her in time. You have no idea how strong
Looking up. Don't I?
gets up and walks to the door, where she stops. Without turning,
she addresses Zhaan.
Yes my dear?
Pausing for a moment. I think you did the right thing back then...I
think you're doing the right thing now.
leaves. Zhaan looks after her, amazed at the reaction of the peacekeeper.
is the early hours of the morning, just starting to get light.
John and D'argo are sitting in the undergrowth looking at a small
group of buildings. In between them there are various space vehicles.
The place is almost deserted, with just one guard seen moving
What do you think?
Changing his grip on the qualta blade. Lets go.
up of Aeryn's prowler. Camera moves out, and we see John and D'argo
sneaking up to it. As soon as they get into it, alarms start.
Let's get out of here!
fiddles with the controls. The engine starts, and they lift a
few feet off the ground. Then, with a gentle whine, the prowler
drops back to the ground.
I thought you were a pilot
doesn't answer as he tries to re-start the prowler. It's no good.
vid-screen in the cockpit clicks on, and Stapi's face appears.
When we heard you had escaped, we thought you'd try something
like this, so we took - precautions.
Looking over his shoulder at D'argo. We're not going anywhere.
the main lobby of the police station. Rygel is on his thronesled,
arguing with an officer.
I don't care who you are; you can't speak to the Chief.
I am here on business. Loudly. This could be very profitable for your Chief
officer who apprehended John, Aeryn and D'argo sidles up to them.
I'm the chief. What do you want?
I represent a couple of - ah - game hunters. They've hunted pretty
much every animal in this system, and now, they want a challenge.
I fail to see what this has to do with me.
They want to hunt a - different type of prey. The kind that can
fight back. A criminal would be perfect.
We can't just give you a prisoner - although there are a few we'd
like to see the back of.
How much would it cost for one of them to - ah - disappear?
Oh, not much. Twelve thousand credits...
Hmm. Let's inspect them.
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