The Big Game (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, No 4)

By Sandy Schofield, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Whilst Quark holds a poker event on "Deep house 9" TM a person from nearly each sentient race -- Klingons, Cardassians, Romulans, Vulcans, Ferengi -- exhibits up for what's bound to be the highest-stakes video game of all time. but if one participant is killed, the stakes get greater than even those big-money avid gamers had counted on. With the station rocked via subspace waves that threaten its destruction, Commander Sisko and safeguard leader Odo needs to search out the killer in time to avoid wasting the gamers, a killer who has info which may retailer these onboard "Deep house 9" from the invisible enemy they don't even comprehend they face, a killer who holds all of the playing cards.

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You're thinking that that’s major? ” “I’m going to discover out,” Odo stated. He escorted Primmon out the door, which closed in the back of them. Primmon headed towards his quarters. Odo became towards Quark’s. He had checked the obligation rosters on all of the ships that had docked and located that the majority had given their crews shore depart on Bajor. The make-up of the crews appeared peculiar to him in addition. so much of them had very little event, whereas others have been identified for his or her smuggling and nefarious dealings. whilst Primmon had stated the note “gambler,” Odo have been method sooner than him. yet Odo had obvious not anything strange at Quark’s. If whatever, the variety of avid gamers on the Dabo tables were down the previous few nights. nonetheless, an uneasy feeling had grown in Odo’s abdominal and that uneasy feeling often intended Quark used to be as much as anything. As he approached Quark’s, he stopped. No noise. No laughter. No shouts of “Dabo! ” actual, the issues on the station may have affected the purchasers, as Primmon instructed, however it by no means had sooner than. everybody performed at Quark’s no matter if there has been an issue or no longer. Bajoran males argued quietly at a desk within the heart of the bar. The Dabo woman leaned at the Dabo desk, protecting her stick and relocating the items herself. She smiled while she observed Odo, then the smile light whilst she learned who he used to be. The bar smelled faintly of rainy puppy, and the weather controls have been out. the warmth was once sufficient to force somebody away, it seems that even Quark who, opposite to his norm, was once nowhere to be chanced on. Neither was once Rom. Quark by no means left the bar unattended. Odo scanned the higher tables. no longer even Nog confirmed his younger Ferengi face. “Is your boss right here? ” Odo requested the Dabo lady. She glanced on the door best into the again room, then on the desk, her gaze by no means touching Odo. “No,” she stated. “He left me accountable. ” Very unusual. Quark wouldn’t belief the earnings of his bar to someone, not to mention a non-Ferengi. Which intended that the gains have been being made somewhere else. The again room? Quark used it for detailed video games, deepest taking part in periods, and low auctions. “You’re in charge,” Odo acknowledged. The Dabo woman nodded. “In cost of sending consumers into that again room? ” back, that quickly look. She grew to become the Dabo stick over in her palms. “No,” she acknowledged quietly. “I can use the replicator simply in addition to someone else. ” “I wager you can,” Odo stated. He driven earlier her and strode around the room to the large door that led into the again room. The Dabo lady touched his arm, yet he shook her off. The door hissed open, revealing ten tables coated with eco-friendly felt, approximately twenty clients—human, alien, and Ferengi—and Quark, his physique part hidden lower than the load of a Romulan girl. Her hair brushed the ground, her palms and ft dragged on it, and her eco-friendly blood coated 1/2 Quark’s blouse. She needed to be useless. No dwelling girl, not to mention a Romulan, might allow Quark contact her like that. “What have we the following? ” Odo requested. Quark peeked from below the Romulan’s armpit, took a deep breath of air and appeared to carry it. “I can explain,” he acknowledged. “I definitely wish so,” Odo spoke back.

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