Weyoun was exceptionally happy about the fact they were so close to Deep Space Nine because it meant that very soon he wouldn't have to deal with Keevan any more. He''d been obnoxious when they'd spoken, sarcastic and the scent of him seemed to follow around. It followed him around almost as much as Dr Bashir was. He had gotten all the science of Vorta cloning from Borath, and now he kept asking Weyoun questions.
Questions of how much each clone remember, was each birth the same or were there difference, what were the most common complaints given by those newly re born? It was driving Weyoun crazy. In the end he'd had no choice but to feign exhaustion and return to the quarters he shared with Borath. The other Vorta was already in there, sitting in the only seat and reading something off a padd.
"Just basic rules and regulations, It would seem I will be spending the next moth with you on DS9."
"That is the best news I have heard all day."Weyoun said and went and lay down on his bunk.
"You seem happier? I take it your hormones have decided to play nice?"
"Would you like to feel how hard I can kick?"
Borath looked over at him and was about to ask if he was kidding, then decided against it. He didn't like pain. So instead he switched from the seat he was in and sat on the same bunk as Weyoun.
"Did you know that if we chose to start a relationship with someone of another species we must first seek medical advice to ensure that both members of the possible partner ship are sexually compatible?"
"No I didn't know that. Why would I need to."
"Well technically your not male any more, and you not female either. You may not be another species but we still don't know if your safe to mate with."
Weyoun scowled at him."Thank you for reminding my." he said, and noticed that he was picking up an scent that he hadn't caught in reality before. Only in the visions he had had. Only when-
He felt his face flush and Borath saw. He smiled, and smiled in a way that made Weyoun's insides squirm pleasantly. He didn't like it one bit. This was entirely new. He had never, never felt anything towards the male of the species before, despite what the vision had told him of their breeding rituals.
"I was just thinking that you should really think about...exploring this new side of you. After all, there'll be plenty of people who would be interested."
"I think you already know." Borath said. He leaned over Weyoun, stopping just an inch before him."These new senses are quite useful, aren't they?"
Weyoun licked his lips and found that the ability to speak had completely deserted him. Borath merely shook his head and closed the distance between them.
* * * * *
The debriefing had been eventful, considering how long Keevan had laughed. It had taken a considerable amount of time for him to calm down enough to speak.
"Plan 147 was always going to be bought in. It was just a matter of deciding when. "Keevan explained as he scratched another itch on his neck. He always got itchy after being born."They must have decided to bring it forward. I don't know why they would do that. According the the data I lasts saw the Dominion losses were never bad enough for it to be implemented so soon."
"Do you know the locations of these possible implementation sights?"
"I know of three possible sights." Keevan sat back. He was enjoying the novel sensation of mental freed. All his life he had served, and hated every moment of it. And had felt guilty fort hating it. And now, now he could willingly and gleefully betray the Founders-no, Changelings without regret. "All of them are hard to reach, and exceptionally well protected but they all have one simple flaw."
"And what would that be."Sisko asked."
Keevan grinned and laughed."That I helped design each and every one of their security features. And since they believe me dead..." he motioned with his hand for Sisko to finish his sentence and the human felt a tiny glimmer of hope. Since the conversation had begun he had noticed that Keevan was still the same vorta as before. Except now he could be turned to the Federations way of thinking far easier than Weyoun for one good reason.
Sisko saw that Keevan would enjoy it.
"They won't have changed the security measures." he finished, and smiled faintly back."Passwords will be tricky, but I can assure you, the routines won't have changed. The Changelings are far to confident of their security forces."
"You understand we will need a way of verifying this."
"What do you need from me for that?"
"I'll let you know." Sisko tilted his monitor and continued."You''ll be transported to another ship once we reach DS9 and taken ton the same facilities as the other vorta for questioning and then you'll be deployed where ever you'll be most useful."
"And what is it we'll get in return?"
"The Federations protection and help rebuilding your-"
* * * * *
They were moving in a line with dozens of other Vorta, old and young and everything in between. Keevan wore heavy leather trousers and a bow,and that was all. Sisko was in his uniform and was watching Keevan's confusion.
"I take it you haven't been told about this?"
"I have. I just thought they were hallucinations."Keevan said as he moved aside to let a women and here children pass. One nearly fell and he reached out and caught her before she hit the ground. She thanked him before moving to catch up with her family.
"This, this has got to be a trick of some kind. This cannot be real."he muttered as they walked. He watched the vorta around him as they moved, marvelled at the detail of what he was seeing."Is this, is this where we came from?"
"So it would seem.."Sisko said, and before he could say anything else a boy, nearly a man, came running towards them.
"Keevan! Keevan! You must come quickly. The Elders wish to speak with you!" he said as he came to a halt. Keevan spoke with him and took off at a run after him.
"Do I have no control over how this goes?"
"Not if the Prophets don't want you too." Sisko said. He was rather enjoying the fact he wasn't the one being focused on here.
As they reached the front of the column they came to a slow halt and Keevan Raised both hands and showed his wrists before containing to walk along side the men and women and-
Founder. There was a frightened and nervous looking Founder walking with them.
"What is that?" Keevan asked, staring at the alien.
"It is Droca, the one who your grandfather saved."an elderly women said as she moved along, a young male next to her making saw she didn't stumble."We thought it best he speak with someone who he would recognise."
"I do."the founder said. He came to Keevan and lifted his hand,"You look so much like Milasa."
"So I have been told before."Keevan said and stepped forrd,"I always thought you were just a story."
"No. I am real. And so is the threat that follows."
The Founder, Droca, turned to the Elders to await their approval. They nodded as the past an opening in the canopy, allowing Keevan to see the open sky. Sisko found it peaceful, but dread filled him as he realised what was going to happen. Looking behind him he felt guilty that he had been glad this vision wasn't about him. It was about them. The innocents that were standing behind him, the children and mothers and fathers who were travelling to safety that would prove useless to them.
"My people come. They have decided to take your race as new servants. Why I do not know, But I know that when they get here there will be great blood shed."he explained,"I came to try and get you to safety, but I fear that I will not reach more than just your tribe in time."
"What of the river dwellers?"
"We want you and several volunteers to head out and warn them. You are the fastest Tilla Rider we have." The women said, butting in before anyone else could speak. "You must go."
"I'll gather my friends. They will help." Keevan looked back to the changling."Will he be coming."
"You will not need to worry about me holding you up. I am perfectly capable of of traveling."
"We move fast. If you fall behind we cannot wait for you." Keevan explained."Follow me and I will take you to the Tilla. They are carrying the packs and it will take time to-"
"Word has already been sent to unload them They will be ready for you." TRhe women said and Keevan didn't wait for permission to leave, he simply left. Droca followed and kept pace.
"I always belieived my grandfather was making things up when he spoke of you. Did you really get lapped by his mother?"
"She accused me of trying to stop his marriage."Droca explained,"She was a formidable women."
"So I was told."
"I wish I was meeting you under different circumstances. I had planned to visit the next time the rings past over. But I'm afraid this was something that couldn't wait."
"What is it you people want."
"I, I'm not sure I could explain it to you."
Keevan stopped and looked back at him."Try."
"You and your people,you are special. Far more special than you will ever know."Droca said,"Inside you cells,the things that make up your bodies,is a unique code that allows your bodies and minds to be changed."
"Changed? How is that possible."
"We have our ways. With time an the right kin of changes your species could become very different. I once promised your kind would one day help to rule the galaxy,the universe that you live in. I ha hoped for you to join the dominion as our equals."
"Do your kind not see us as its equals? Why not?"
Droca heave a sign,something he den't have to do, but the movement helped to convey his weariness,"My kind are not as tolerate as I am. They do not believe any are their equal."
"I do not think I will like them much."
Internally Keevan laughed at this. I was good to know that the changelings had not impressed heir ancestors. Beside him Sisko smiled sadly.
"You would not. They will make the Vorta into something truly hideous. They will pervert you,an your ways."
"An you come to save us?"Keevan asked,You have come to keep out of from way."
"Not all of you. But I have friend who have chosen to help me. Once their ship comes with the rest they will help me save those I can get to the caves."
"And the rest."
"Must save themselves. Though I I remember some of you grandfathers friends,my people will have help here."
"We may have betrayers amongst us."
* * * * *
Hey were back in Sisko's office,and Keevan was shocked by he jarring sensation of suddenly being in so different a place than he had just experienced.
"That,was very strange."he said."I'm not entirely sure I liked it."
* * * * *
Julian was no fan of the clone vorta,and he wasn't sure of how he felt of the free ones,but he was starting to appreciate their cloning process. It was centuries ahead of what any Federation planet had.
This could advance the cloning of organs and replacement limbs to the point where people would no longer need prosthesis limbs any more.
He really had to speak to starfleet medical about letting him work with the researchers. Borath had the chance to help millions.
Until the Julian would just have to go over it on his own. Not that he was complaining. This was absolutely fascinating stuff. He would have to ask the computer to tell him when they docked with DS9 otherwise he was likely to lose himself in the text and forget to disembark.
Sadly his reading was cut short by a message from his screen telling him that it had found something odd in its assessment of the memory implant he had been studying.
He read the review and felt his stomach drop.
"Dr Bashir to Captain Sisko."
"You need to get down here now"
"Something that could seriously damage our plans."