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Captain James T. Kirk
: [Vanna attacks Kirk with a knife while he is resting
] You again...
[Takes a moment to gather this unusual, however pleasant, situation
] You sleep lightly, Captain! Captain James T. Kirk
: Yes. Duty is a good teacher. Captain James T. Kirk
: [Softly, yet pointedly
] I see you've changed your dressmaker. Vanna
] Release me! Captain James T. Kirk
: [Surprised, at first, by her coldness
] So you can attack me again? Captain James T. Kirk
: [Attempting to be affectionate
] That would be foolish... Vanna
: [Coolly, coldly
] Call the guards... if you're afraid, Captain. Captain James T. Kirk
: [Smoothly, with interest
] I'm not afraid. In fact, I find this rather enjoyable. Vanna
] I do not! Captain James T. Kirk
: [Disappointed, yet smooth
] All right. I'll make a deal with you. You answer some questions... and I'll let you up. Vanna
: [sighs, exasperated
] What questions? Captain James T. Kirk
] Your word, first. Vanna
: [Closes eyes. Sighs
] I will answer.
: Vanna...? Vanna
] Droxine... Droxine
: Why have you come here? Vanna
] To welcome our honored guests... as I was taught to do when I served in your father's household. Droxine
: Has she injured you, Captain? Captain James T. Kirk
: Oh, no. Not at all. In fact, her visit was quite enlightening.
: Oh...? Captain James T. Kirk
: Yes, it seems the Troglytes are under the impression that the Enterprise is here to intimidate them. Droxine
: [turns to intercom, pushes button
] Send a sentinal to the rest chamber immediately. Vanna
] It is not impression, Captain. It is the truth! Captain James T. Kirk
: We're here to get the zenite consignment, and that's it.
: It's hard to believe that something which is neither seen, nor felt, can do so much harm. Captain James T. Kirk
: That's true. But an idea can't be seen or felt, and that's what's kept the Troglytes in the mines all these centuries, a mistaken idea. Vanna
: Would all the Troglytes wear these masks? Captain James T. Kirk
: Yes. I'll see to it that the Federation engineers construct them. Vanna
: Suppose Plasus does not agree? Captain James T. Kirk
: Plasus is not the whole government. Vanna
: That is true, but the City Counsel will not listen to Troglytes. Captain James T. Kirk
: As soon as the zenite is delivered to Merak II, I'll come back. I'll request permission to mediate for the Troglytes. Vanna, you must trust me. I give you my word. Vanna
: Centuries ago, Stratos was built by leaders that gave their word... that all inhabitants would live there. The Troglytes are still waiting. Captain James T. Kirk
: The zenite can be delivered in a few hours. You won't have long to wait now. Vanna
: Hours can be centuries, just as words can be lies.
: We're sealed in! Captain James T. Kirk
: Completely. Vanna
: But soon the atmosphere will go. We'll die! Captain James T. Kirk
: Die form something that can't be seen? You astound me, Vanna.