There, you see? I told you it wouldn't take long. Is it true? Was the accident my fault? Yes-- pilot error-- but it took me a while to admit it. Ugh! 14 varieties and they can't even get plain tomato soup right. They said you falsified reports. That's right. Why? What's the difference? I lied. But then you came forward and you admitted that it was your fault? I'll tell you the truth, Harry. All I had to do was keep my mouth shut and I was home free... but I couldn't. The ghosts of those three dead officers came to me in the middle of the night and taught me the true meaning of Christmas. So I confessed-- worst mistake I ever made but not my last. After they cashiered me out of Starfleet, I went out looking for a fight and found the Maquis, and on my first assignment, I was caught. That must have been especially tough for you, being the son of an admiral. Frankly, I think it was tougher on my father than it was on me. Look. I know those guys told you to stay away from me, and you know what? You ought to listen to them. I'm not exactly a good-luck charm. I don't need anyone to choose my friends for me.

Paris knew that Kim would eventually hear the story of his past.