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Fate conspired differently. Death passed Tasha by. Given the time to evolve, a relationship she'd dismissed as a one night stand became the most complicated love affair she'd know. Series of stories spanning the show & movies.

Rollercoaster by Mistress Scribbles is a Star Trek: The Next Generation Alternate Universe Fic in which Tasha Yar never had the bridge dropped on her, and her evolving relationship with Data.


The sequel is in progress here.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Tasha.
  • All Take and No Give: Tasha sees herself as the Taker and Data as the Giver.
  • Alternate Universe: Several. Tasha appears to be sensitive to appearances of this trope, quoting Guinan when in that particular universe, she doesn't even exist and realizing that something happened when the Enterprise-C showed up, even though no one else except Guinan remembers.
    • Besides the one featured in the fic, the Worf native to the Rollercoaster-verse travels to the canon TNG-verse, a universe where Data died on Vagra III, one where Data was never invented and Dr. Pulaski serves as CMO, and another where Q turned Data human after the events of Deja Q, Picard, Shelby, and Wesley at least have been assimilated by the Borg, and Data and Tasha are married. In the last two, Worf and Deanna are married.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Once Data gets his emotion chip installed, there's quite a bit of it.
  • Call-Forward: Chapters 31-33, set during "Descent," drops strong hints about the Borg Queen and her interest in Data.
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  • Cassandra Truth: During the AU events of "Descent," Lore talks with a drone semi-reconnected to the Collective. The drone tries to tell Lore about the Borg Queen's interest in Data. Lore doesn't care, and nicknames the drone "The Oracle."
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Tasha displays traits of this archetype more than once.
  • The Collector: Kivas Fajo.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: After Data installs his emotion chip, he goes through a phase of possessiveness and jealousy.
  • Downer Ending: Tasha proposes to Data, everything is wonderful and perfect and they've finally gotten their act together...and then he goes and gets himself blown up on the Scimitar.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: Data, several times.
  • Doppelgänger Gets Same Sentiment: Invoked and defied; after Lore briefly tries to pose as Data only for Tasha to see through the act, she grimly informs Lore that Data's looks have nothing to do with her feelings for him and Lore shouldn't ever worry about the idea that she ever found him attractive.
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  • First Time Feeling: After Data installs his emotion chip, he has severe mood swings.
  • For Want of a Nail: Deanna gets sick, so she misses her conference, so her shuttle never crashes on Vagra III, so Tasha never dies.
  • I Can't Dance: Tasha makes an utter fool of herself every time she tries.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: During the altered version of 'Conundrum', Data and Tasha lose their memories while in the Holodeck. They believe they are married, and make out. And then Worf walks in.
  • Love Epiphany: It only took Data about 4 years to figure it out after the emotion chip was installed.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Data goes on a rather long, angry, rant when he realizes that Tasha might actually have another boyfriend after two years of them not dating.
  • Robosexual: Well, duh.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Tasha to Data.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Data and Tasha each get hit by one: Data's head came back from 1890 San Francisco the long way, and Tasha, due to the events of "Yesterday's Enterprise", has a half-Romulan daughter nearly her own age.
  • Torture Technician: Poklar.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: In spades.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Q makes up a whole slew of them when he realizes that Data and Tasha are in a sexual relationship

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