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: You have one chance to escape destruction, Picard. Return my officer at once! Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Commander, you have entered Federation space despite my warning! Commander Tomalak
: You forced this situation! I will not leave without him. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: He's dead. Commander Tomalak
: Then he... is but the first to fall, Picard.
: Territories! You would measure territories against a man's life? Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Commander, I am singularly impressed by your concern for *a* life. Do not risk any more lives by leaving the Neutral Zone!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: If the point has not yet been made clearly Commander, let me make it again: Romulan warbirds do not enter Federation space unless they are prepared to do battle. Commander Tomalak
: But on a mission of mercy? Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: A mission - to recover one of your officers, who has been caught on a Federation planet, for reasons as yet unknown. Commander Tomalak
: I have already explained... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: And I have rejected your explanation!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Commander, how is it that we were not informed of the presence of the second Romulan on Galondon Core? Commander Tomalak
: A simple misunderstanding, Captain Picard. I was obviously misinformed as to the size of the craft. I assure you, I intended no deception. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Of course not. Commander Tomalak
: You doubt my good faith? Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Let's just say my faith would be reinforced by a gesture from you - such as powering down your disruptors.
[Tomalak turns and nods to someone offscreen
] Lieutenant Worf
: Disruptors powering down. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Thank you.
: So, Captain, how long shall we stare at each other across the Neutral Zone?
[Picard makes a proposal to the Romulan commander
] Commander Tomalak
: Has Starfleet Command approved this arrangement? Capt. Picard
: No. Commander Tomalak
: I like it already. Agreed.
[Picard's secret backup of cloaked Klingon warbirds has materialized surrounding the Romulans
] Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: What shall it be, Tomalak? Commander Tomalak
: You will still not survive our assault. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: And you will not survive ours. Shall we die together?
Commander William T. Riker
: Well - would anyone else like to speak up? Or shall we end this charade? Commander Tomalak
: As you wish, Commander Riker. The charade is over.