6 - Duel
After drawing phasers and having Jadzia exclaim, "What a time for Worf to be on leave!" The group, consisting of Sisko, Odo, Kira, Dax, three Bajoran security officers and Ponn headed for the docked Jem'Hadar ship.
"All of you," said Ponn, making sure nothing would block access to his saber. "Beware of Trallers voice. He can control others with it. I will try and protect you all, but I have my limits."
"How does he do that?" asked Dax, fascinated by this new alien.
"We are both powerful in the ways of the Force. But while one can use it, if misused, it can control one. Jedi use it with compassion, intelligence, and love. Sith use it with anger, hatred, and jealousy. It is our most powerful weapon."
"The Force?" Sisko, Dax, and Kira asked at once.
Ponn smiled. They were so eager to learn! This must have been what the republic was like in the early days, before rot started to set in. Ponn kept his look of distaste off his face, but he didn't trust the new leader of the senate, Palpatine. There was something about him...
Sisko stopped. "The dock is ahead of us. Ponn, I want you to hold back a moment. You're going to be our trump card. I'm going to ask to speak to the Vorta. Then we'll see how things go, acceptable?"
Ponn nodded, already knowing what he would do. "Acceptable." Falling back, Ponn closed his eyes, drew his strength and, using the force to cloud his image from anyone's mind, slipped forward.
There were three Jem'Hadar on guard. As soon as Sisko and his party came around the corner, they raised their weapons. The leader growled, "Why are you here? You have not been summoned."
Sisko face remained passive, but he was angered by their arrogance. "This is my station. I go where I please. I came to see the Vorta."
The Jem'Hadar stared, then said, "He is unavailable at the moment."
"Fine," replied Sisko. "We'll wait."
Kira, next to Sisko could see through the open hatch of the ship. Eyes narrowing, she thought she saw movement. "I've got a bad feeling about this."
"About what?" asked Dax, turning slightly.
"This!" Shouted the Jem'Hadar leader who fired his weapon. Sisko knew he was going to die, but before the bolt could hit him, a gleaming black beam of light cut across his sight and the bolt was reflected back into the Jem'Hadar's face. With barely a sigh, he collapsed. Like a dervish, Ponn was among the other two. Before they could cloak or raise their weapons, both guards were down, their bodies neatly sliced in half.
As the Federation and Bajoran officers stood there, eyes almost unable to follow Ponn as he dashed into the ship. It ends today, Traller! Today!
Cursing his ill fortune, Traller fled deeper into the ship. The engine room was what he wanted. If he couldn't begin a new empire here, he would take himself, Ponn and Ponn's newfound friends to the eternal with him!
Still he had to get there before Ponn got him. Full of bluster as he was, Traller knew that in a straight fight, Ponn was more than his match.
Sisko and his people spread out into the ship. It wasn't hard to follow Ponn's path. Mostly dead Jem'Hadar littered the corridors. It was as if they were always caught by surprise. "Dax!" Sisko shouted. "Get Bashir down here. I want these wounded to survive. They're witnesses that we're innocent."
Ponn could feel his enemy ahead. Already nearly twenty of the Sith's allies had fallen to his blade. Needless deaths, all they had to do were get out of his way and he would have let them be. But the end was near. Ponn could feel it.
Traller entered the engine room. Leaving the door ajar, he planted a small boobytrap, his last. A disc, it would sense movement and fire off a cloud of microwire that would wrap around the victim, cutting and poisoning them. Placing it by the hatch, he headed for the containment field.
Ponn stopped before the hatch. Open? Truly the Sith thought him a novice. Concentrating he made one of the Jem'Hadar corpses rise and propelled it through the hatch. There was a popping noise and the corpse was covered in a mesh of microwire. Propelling himself through the hatch, Ponn saw his enemy ahead. At last!
"O'Brien to Sisko."
"Go ahead, Chief."
"I'm on the bridge. The Hepton field is off. Your tricorders should work now."
"Thanks Chief. Dax?"
Dax activated her tricorder. "They're in main engineering."
"Let's go people."
Traller was before the containment field. As Ponn advanced, the Sith snarled, "Another step and we all die!"
"So," replied Ponn. "As long as you do." Before the Sith could move, Ponn concentrated and swept his feet out from below him. As Traller fell, Ponn moved in, saber up. But Traller was only down, not out. Activating his own blades, he came at his enemy, intent on his death.
Like a sandstorm of flesh, the Jedi and the Sith battled about the containment field, which, with it's odd flickering lights, made them think of Yelestra. Their blades, one for the Jedi, two for the Sith, buzzed and hummed as they bounced off one another. Neither asked nor gave any quarter, only wanting the other dead. So intent on their battle neither noticed that they were on the catwalk surrounding the containment field. The closer their blades came to the fragile magnetic barrier, the odder it glowed.
Sisko and Kira, followed by Dax, entered the engine room. Kira had her heavy duty, Bajoran phaser out. Larger than Federation issue, it carried a bigger charge and fired a wider beam. The three of them stopped once they saw the duel. Again, their eyes could barely follow the action.
Ponn was driving Traller back when luck went against him. A tool, unnoticed by either one of them, caused him to slip. Seeing his opening, Traller shoved his larger saber through his opponent's upper thigh. With a groan, Ponn began to pull back, while Traller raised his smaller blade for a coup de grace.
"NO!" shouted Kira firing her weapon. The phasers beam slammed into the smaller sabers pommel, exploding it and Trallers hand. As the Sith screamed in anger and pain, Ponn slashed up with his weapon, hitting the Sith in the ribs, slicing up to come out at the shoulder. As Ponn's blade exited, it touched the Sith's weapon into the containment field, there was a bright flash and both beings were gone.