Data stood in the doorway, phaser in a slack hand with his face placid and cast loose of emotion. Lore was almost afraid. His brother, whom he had both saved and tried to murder, gazed at him indifferently.
"You should be careful with that, Brother. Someone could get hurt." Lore continued punching in codes.
"I'm willing to forget your lapse of judgment back there, and take you with me. We don't need anyone else. We're brothers." His thoughts were clear. He wanted Data with him. But it was obvious he would not come willingly, Lore would have to take him by force. His brother's life in the Federation was over. He could not help but picture Data standing alone in a court martial, being sentenced to be stripped down and disassembled. At least he would be allowed to live under his brother's care… Data would come to forgive him in their solitude.
"I will give you the emotion chip our father designed for you. It contains more than just simple feelings… it has memories." Lore touched his finger tip, adjusting the output levels on the makeshift transmitter node. Data gasped, and Lore lunged for his weapon. He felt his body seize up in a powerful phaser blast. His body slumped over the chair, motionless. His consciousness faltered and slowed in a curve. Data's footsteps approached, too slow to be real. He knew what Data would say before the words escaped his lips.
"I must deactivate you now, Lore." He felt Data's hands, warm and gentle on his skull.
"Without me, you will never feel emotion again." He knew without a doubt that Data would have been equally incomplete without him
Data nodded. "I know. But you leave me no other choice."
Paralyzed, Lore's systems began to slow, many shutting down entirely. But there was something else; he found it difficult to form the words. "I love you, brother."
The seconds ticked by, and then there was only blackness.