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: I don't run away when things get tough, like some people - like my sister did. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
: Let me tell you about your sister. The first time I saw Tasha Yar, she was making her way through a Carnelian minefield to reach a wounded colonist. Her ship had responded to their distress call, as had mine. When it was all over, I requested that she be assigned to the Enterprise; her ship's captain owed me a favor. In the months that followed, she never once failed to put the safety of the crew before her own. And she died doing the same. I'm sorry you never knew the woman Tasha became. I think you would have been proud of her - and she of you.
: Our parents were killed in some crossfire, just after I was born. Some people took care of us for a few months, but then... one day we came home and they were gone. So Tasha took care of me; and when I was old enough, I joined the Coalition. Lt. Commander Data
: Tasha did not? Ishara Yar
: My sister hated the cadres. She blamed them for our parents' death. For everything. You know, she refused to join, and she left as soon as she had the chance. I always thought she was weak for doing that. But... maybe I was wrong, maybe... maybe she made the right choice.
: Are you able to have friends? Lt. Commander Data
: Yes. Ishara Yar
: But you don't have feelings, do you? Lt. Commander Data
: Not as such. However, even among humans, friendship is sometimes less an emotional response, and more a sense of... familiarity. Ishara Yar
: So, you can become used to someone. Lt. Commander Data
: Exactly. As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them. The input is eventually anticipated, and even missed when absent.
: If it wasn't for my implant setting off all the alarms, I could guide you to your men. Lt. Commander Data
: We could remove the implant. Ishara Yar
: No. It has a micro-explosive inside that detonates on contact with air. When you join a cadre, you join for life.
: I understand you wish to join Starfleet. Ishara Yar
: Someday - if I'm lucky. Lieutenant Worf
: On that day, it is we who will be lucky.
: [before beaming back to her planet
] You know, Data, I wasn't always lying to you. That time we spent talking... that was the closest thing to friendship I've ever had - if that means anything to you. Lt. Commander Data