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The Mark of Kane

By Alan Stevens, David Tulley
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Part One: War Crimes takes place between the Season Two episodes Voice from the Past and Gambit.
Part Two: Friendly Fire takes place approximately eight months before the final episode, Blake.


ACT ONE: War Crimes by Alan Stevens



(THE DREAM. ECHOS, SOUND OF PEOPLE RUNNING. SHOUTS AND SCREAMS MINGLE WITH GUNFIRE. THEN... A ROARING BLAST FROM A FEDERATION SIDEARM)

TRAVIS: (SHOUTS) Blake!

(FADE IN ON THE WORD "BLAKE" THE FEDERATION PURSUIT SHIP BACKGROUND ATMOSPHERE)

MUTOID 1: (ECHOING SLIGHTLY) Commander? (A PAUSE THEN WITHOUT REVERB) Commander?

TRAVIS: (COUGHS) Uh? Have we achieved co-ordinates?

MUTOID 1: We are positioned exactly one thousand spacials from the perimeter of the defence zone.

TRAVIS: Start sending the ident signal.

MUTOID 2: The ident signal is all ready being transmitted.

TRAVIS: Then turn it up, so I can hear it.

(THE SOUND OF THE IDENT SIGNAL FROM THE SPEAKER FILLS THE FLIGHT DECK)

TRAVIS: We haven't received a reply yet, I take it?

MUTOID 2: No.

TRAVIS: How long have we been transmitting?

MUTOID 2: Thirty-five minutes.

TRAVIS: Is it possible that the defence zone is blocking our trans... No, it's not that. Perhaps...

(TRAVIS IS INTERRUPTED BY THE REPLY TRANSMISSION)

TRAVIS: That's it, open voice channel. Ready?

MUTOID 2: Voice channel open.

TRAVIS: My name is.... My name is Travis. I am a fugitive from the Federation. I believe our interests coincide and I can help you.

(BURST OF STATIC COMES FROM SPEAKER - NOTHING ELSE)

TRAVIS: Look I know you're out there! You've answered the signal.

(STATIC)

TRAVIS: All right. Have it your way, but ever heard of Monopasium 239? That ore is going to give the Federation an intergalactic drive, and once they have that, they'll do to you exactly what you're planning to do to them.

(STILL STATIC FROM SPEAKER)

TRAVIS: Turn the ship about. Let's get out of here.

(SOUND OF BUTTONS BEING PRESSED AND POWER BUILD UP)

VOICE: (THROUGH HEAVY DISTORTION) Wait.

TRAVIS: (SOFTLY TO MUTOID) Cut engines. (THEN IN ANSWER) Yes?

VOICE: How did you obtain the signal identification code?

TRAVIS: You had a beachhead on a frontier world called Auros. I was the Space Commander who wiped it out. Course your lot had shape-shifted. Infiltrated the civilian population. So I had to shoot a lot of them as well, to make sure. So when I came across the ident signal and rendezvous point, I kept it to myself.

VOICE: Why?

TRAVIS: There were five thousand colonists on that planet, and the news got out about what happened to them. The news about me killing them all that is, not about your presence there. Anyway, I was suspended, but the enquiry never happened and eventually I was given back my commission. A political decision, I think. They didn't want the masses to find out about you.

VOICE: How can you help us?

TRAVIS: I believe that I may be able to find a way to deactivate the anti matter minefield for you.

VOICE: How?

TRAVIS: I've still got a few contacts who can lead me to Federation Central Control. That's the set-up which looks after all of the Federation's main facilities, climate control, computer flight co-ordination, (SLYLY) probably even this defence zone. If it does, then I can bring the barrier down from there.

VOICE: How do we know we can trust you?

TRAVIS: You don't, but then you don't have to. I do all the work; you just prepare, and wait.

(LONG PAUSE)

VOICE: You will tell us the location of Control?

TRAVIS: Yes, that as well.

VOICE: How will this benefit you?

TRAVIS: That's my concern.

VOICE: We can provide you with power, you can rule

TRAVIS: (INTERRUPTING) Don't give me that! There won't be anything left to rule when you've finished.

(PAUSE)

VOICE: We do not trust you

TRAVIS: (CUTTING IN) Have we got a deal?

(PAUSE)

VOICE: Yes, we agree. Contact us again when you have secured the location co-ordinates.

TRAVIS: (SWITCHES OFF COMMUNICATION) Right! Move out, but make sure nothing follows us.

MUTOID 2: The communication did come from behind the defence zone.

TRAVIS: I know, but they must have some way to get through, or they couldn't have been on Auros. That defence zone's been there for... well it's been there for...

MUTOID 2: (CUTTING IN) Then why do they require your help?

TRAVIS: Because they want to invade, and while they may be able to pilot a scout-craft through the zone, that won't work for a fleet. Have the scanners picked up anything?

MUTOID 2: All scans are so far negative.

MUTOID 1: What course shall I lay in?

TRAVIS: I've got to find Docholli. Set a course for the planet Cynra in Sector 5. He spends a lot of them drunk, and I know a bar where we might pick up his trail.


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