Weyoun snapped awake as someone barged into his quarters, and he saw that it was Odo.
"Get up. We just got news that two starships have bee destroyed in Denobluan space. One klingon, one Federation. Their sensor logs show it was a small ship, and it wasn't normal Dominion design."
"I thought we had another twenty four hours before the first attacks were expected?"Weyoun asked and swiftly slipped into his cloths.
"Its seems they started early. The Defiant is on its way back now with Keevan and Borath. Then the ship will head out again. We're doubling security and to make sure your safe we'll be assigning shared living quarters with the stations permanent Star fleet residents."
"Who am I sharing with?"
"Me, for tonight. By tomorrow you will have moved on but right now we can't risk revenge attacks."Odo led him to the door and checked outside. "I'd use the transporter to get you there but there down at the moment. follow me and stay close."
They moved through the corridors and Weyoun was fighting the urge to vomit. How many soldiers were being sacrificed? How many Vorta were leading the charge. Was Weyoun Seven working on this or had he been killed? After all he did try and kill another Founder. Had attempted to lie. But then again there was a chance that Weyoun seven was as defected as he had been. It was a slim chance, but it was there.
They made it Odo's quarters without anyone stopping them and Weyoun thought that just eight days before he would have been wetting himself with excitement at the mear thought of sleeping in the same quarters as a Changling. Now he just felt a little inconvenienced.
"Do they have a count for the number of dead."he asked.
"Not yet. So far all we know is that at least two dozen of these ships have been spotted I and around Dinobulan space, and two were seen heading towards Chronos's moons."
"Isn't that a little close to the Klingon homeworld. There no way they could get close enough to cause any real damage"
"They don't have to Weyoun, they just need to be able to get past a ships shields."
Running a hand through his hair Weyoun wondered how long it would take for the Star fleet residents decided they wanted to take there anger out on him. Maybe he should move down to Bajor. It would certainly give him more places to hide. But he was pretty sure he wouldn't make it off the station.
"Okay. So is there a plan to stop them or is Starfleet hoping for a miracle."
"Well they got you didn't they?"
Weyoun froze,"They are so screwed."
Odo smirked,"Maybe your being a little premature in your pessimism."
Before Weyoun could say anything the room shook and the sound of an impact filled the room.
"Odo to Kira, what just happened?"
"We're under attack by three small ships. I think they might-"The station shook again and Weyoun staggered.
If these attacks got any worse then the station's shield would fail and Weyoun knew that they wouldn't stand a chance against three suicide vessels. They would be destroyed. Kira commed them again and ordered them to come to the Ops. Weyoun might know something that could help them. The corridors were no longer empty,so Odo and Weyoun had to fight against civilians as they try to make the way to safety it to safety but it was difficult to find a turbo lift that would take them to Ops without them accidentally bringing civilians along.
The the lifts them selves weren't much safer than the corridors, this was because Cardassian lifts ran with certain circuits exposed. One lucky hit from the enemy and they could be fried. Weyoun wasn't particularly happy with that idea but they didn't have the time to climb through the conduits to get to Ops. After what seemed like an eternity they got to Ops and found it a mess. Two stations were inoperative and something was on fire. Odo went and found a fire surpressor whilst Weyoun went to Kira.
"Can you get me an image of the ships?"Weyoun asked.
"W managed to take out one but so far we haven't been able to get a decent lock on them. there moving to fast."Kira said as the station locked."Sheilds are at 34% and dropping. Nearest ship to us is A klingon vessel but their at least twelve minutes away at warp 5." We might be able to keep the shield up another eight minutes.? Another Conduit exploded and Kira was slammed back against a terminal. Weyoun went to help but saw that the shields were losing power.
"I'm rerouting power from the lower left pylon weapons. There too damaged to work without repair. That should by us three minutes more of shielding. I need a your command code."
Kira looked at him like he was mad."How do I know you won't drop the shielding and let them end us?"
"Well if you don't we have eight-'The station was hit again and something in the engineering section exploded. "sorry,six minutes of shielding before we die. So take your pick."
"Kira,give him the code."Odo said as he tried to put out another fire."We have to do something. And three minutes of shielding is definitely worth it."
Kira looked at Odo and then Weyoun before nodding."Computer,command code 18 Delta Tango 56. Allow temporary computer access to The Weyoun clone in Ops."
Weyoun quickly rerouted power and the shields had eight and half minutes,just as a message popped up saying that a Romulan vessel had decloacked was firing on the enemy ship.
"Romulan vessel is hailing us."Weyoun said."Shall I answer."
"Yes."Kira said and went up to the main console."This is Kira Neryse of Deepspace Nine. Thanks for the rescue."
"Your welcome. Once we've delt with the third ship do we have permission to board. We have Admiral Tarbec on board and he must speak with you immediately."
"When we've dealt with our injure and the worst of damage we'll hail you. We can't risk your people if our station explodes."
"We have enigineers willing to help. Our meeting is urgent. Any help to expedite repairs will be rendered."
"Understood. Kira out."
Weyoun watched as yhe last ship evaded the Romulans,and fire several torpedoes to try and herd the Suicide ship. It worked and the last ship was gone.
Such a small ship. It was nothing but engine and weapons. and not even sophisticated weapons. The scans and sensors showed the remains of Golvansite and Erandium. Commonly used in asteroid mining because it gave maximum damage for a relatively small amount. It wasn't the kind of thing they usually used. Hell even miners even miners were using more sophisticated explosives to refine their mining techniques.
To his great distress he also realized that the three J'hem Hadar weren't even aware that what had happened was wrong. They were probably the new kind of soldier. Born ready to die,ready to serve straight out the tank. How long had they been alive? A day,two? Or mere hours. The length of time it took to get strapped into a ship and find their target?
How many lives were being sacrificed to fuel this war?
"Weyoun,are you even listening to us?"
"No." he looked up at and annoyed looking Kira but something of his thoughts must have shown on his face because her face seemed less severe."Those ships are nothing like I've seen be-"he stopped as memory caught up with him."No,I do know those ships. The engines." He pulled the sensor logs up on screen and began to search through the data.
"You recognise the engine?"Odo asked.
"Oh yes. There from the Yolalas system. Not really space fairing. Explorers mainly,for personnel growth and such. They have designed fast engines that can economies on fuel. The only drawback is the ships can't be used on large ships. But those are the-yes they are. I know these ships."
Kira came and enlarged the image of the ship."How well of these ships?"
"Every Vorta knows them. We have to study them as a part of basic training in order to check that we will fit unto our professions. Make sure we have the right attributes." he grinned wide,his markings making him look a little younger."Between us we can come up with a pretty decent set of schematics."
"Now that is useful. But right now I'm going to need you helping here. I'll start making repairs up here and keep an eye on you."Kira said,"You might as well give me a hand. Odo,your needed on the Promenade and the habitate ring. Your deputies are waiting for orders."
* * * * *
The promenade was a mess and there were injured were spilling out of the Medical Bay. People were trying to make repairs but there weren't enough trained hands. Odo was currently trying to organize the injured so that those who need the least treatment would get access to a med kit. That would at least Alleviate some of the cases the medical staff had to deal with.
Quark had the bar open to station civilians and was actually being helpful. Or at least that's what Odo thought until he saw to Bajoran fixing several broken tables. But everyone else in there at least had access to a safe place so Odo left him do it. He really didn't have time to hang around and-
Someone on the other end of the promenade screamed and Odo took off running. He reached the school and found himself confronted by three J'hem Hadar soldiers. They appeared to have a hostage. He was about to try and negotiate when all three dropped to their knees and placed there hands behind their heads.
"We defect. We wish to speak with Weyoun." One of them said. Odo stood in shock for a moment before he ordered the three J'hem Hadar captured. Their hostage was bound and struggling,hands held behind his back with three separate sets of cuffs and the gag covering most of his lower face. It was a Vorta, a female and she was desperately trying to bite through the gag.
"Do not release her. She will try to kill herself and we need her alive."the same soldier said."She's the one who designed the White."
* * * * *
Wyounn was under a work station trying to stop the damn thing from electrocuting him. He had two small burns on one hand and every time he swore someone giggled. He eventually got fed up and came out from under neath it.
"I give up. The dratted thing keeps doubling the feedback every time I try to re-connect. " he said.
"Did you try and re route it throu-"
"The KMI. Yes. All that did was make it spark." Weyoun looked over at Kira."Anything else I can do?"
"You can head up to the office and grab me a Forticulan Scanner. Top draw of Sisko's desk."
"Okay." Weyoun went up to the office and the moment the door shut it locked,and the screen on the desk came on.
"Weyoun. Are you there?"
"Borath?" Weyoun asked confusedly."How did you get access to-"
"No time. There are J'hem Hadar on board the station. Two ships just blew up the suicide vessels and surrendered to us. They say that there defecting because you've got Alani on board."
"We've just been attacked Borath. If any J'hem Hadar made it on board then they'll probably dead by now."
Borath huffed."Check. If they ha e Alani they we have the maker of the white/ The federation would very much like it if you could do your little trick and get her on our side before she kills herself."
"And why isn't Commander Sisko telling me this."
"Because Commander Sisko is sleeping off a blow to the head from a angry bulkhead." Borath explained,"I was asked to tell you because everyone else is trying to make sure we don't get shot at." He looked very annoyed and looked up at someone off screen,"I'm being motioned at. Just find her."
The screen went blank and Weyoun looked up and jumped as Odo materialized at the door leading from Sisko's office to a staircase.
"Let me guess,we have visitors?"
"I take it we're not alone in that aspect?"
"No Constable Odo,we are not."sighing Weyoun asked,"Is Alani really here?"
"I have her in guest quarters sedated. The main Mediacl bay is too over crowded. The J'hem Hadar are under guard in one of the empty storage bays. I've given the order that if they try anything the bay doors are to be opened."
"A bit extreme don't you think."
"Not when I consider you had computer access less than half an hour ago."
Weyoun wanted to feel insulted but he realized that he really could make an argument in defense of himself. "Fine. But I don't know what will happen if she's sedated when I go to her. Will we be able to wake her up?"
"That shouldn't be a problem. We'll take this route down,its probably safer." Odo led the way and they spent ten minutes climbing down steps and ladders before getting to a turbo lift. They found the guest quarters only to see one of the guards Lifting Alani back onto the bed she'd attempted to falll off of.
"I thought you sedated her."
"I did."Odo said.
"Sorry sir. She's been muttering and trying to get away. We had to cuff her on her side because she kept trying to reach for her neck."The guard said.
"She's always been known for her obedience. She's the only vorta to have achieve over thirty lives. Sh's nearly 1200."
"That's impressive. How many lives has she gone through?" the guard asked.
"Last count? 198."
Weyoun could remember being in awe of this women. The idea of serving for so long was a fate many vorta sought. Sadly barely a handful had managed it over the years. Most managed twenty, maybe thirty lives before their lines are terminated. Most aren't told unless its as punishment. One day you could wake up to find your friend was gone, or your lover had vanished.
With any luck they could help stop that
"Okay,I think we can we can wake her up." Weyoun said and waited for Odo to hand hypo spray. Within seconds of administration Alani's eyes fluttered open and she looked about the room. She smiled in relief when she saw Odo, but it disappeared when she laid eyes on Weyoun.
"Traitor."She hissed. Weyoun doubted he would ever get used to that look. She tossed and turned and tried to pull away but she nearly fell off the bed. "You will not make me defect. You will not."
"Alani, please be calm."He said, this is for your own good. I promise it is."
"Do you have any idea what you've done? The Founders are losing trust in us. They have started to run mass defect screenings."
Weyoun rolled his eyes. "The only thing that will do is show if they have any that were missed first time around. Which is doubtful."
"If that were true then how do you explain your self?"
"I don't. I got lucky."
The look of absolute hate she gave him made everyone in the room shuffle a tiny bit back, and Weyoun had to force himself to go to her.
"It will be over quickly."He said as he reached for her.He went to lay a hand on her shoulder, hoping it would be a comfort when-"Ow!"
"What!"Odo came forward and the guard's hand went for his phaser.
"She bit me!"
And on Weyoun's hand was a perfect set of teeth marks.