Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 9)*Author's Note: I don't particularly like rehashing in-game scenes, however, it was kind of necessary for the story. I apologize for it. Also, I didn't like this chapter. I kind of wish I could have avoided it, but there are certain things in here that have to be said to explain where my head-canon goes. So, again, I apologize. Next chapter is much more fun.Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 9)2 weeks ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"Have a seat," Hackett greeted the trio as Shepard led them into his office. His eyes tracked over Alenko and Shepard as they took adjoining seats, his expression bland. "Now, major, Vakarian explained to me what happened to the Normandy after you and he were picked up on Earth, but I'd like to hear your report, and I'm sure the commander would too."
Kaidan glanced at Shepard out of the corner of his eye, noticed her impersonal, interested expression, and found he had to suppress a grin. The euphoria of finding Shepard alive had yet to completely fade, but he managed to keep it in check, and, turning his attention back to Ha
Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 8)Time slowed to a standstill as Kaidan and Shepard regarded each other across the few feet that separated them. From the tension sizzling in the air, the distance might as well have been miles. He couldn't breathe; could barely think. He'd hoped - they'd all hoped, but... There had never been a sign that Shepard had survived the final battle. Even the STG forces they'd spoken to on Sur'Kesh, once they'd gotten the Normandy to the staging area, had never so much as hinted that the commander still lived.Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 8)3 weeks ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
She watched him anxiously, her mind filling in where her traitorous vision fuzzed and distorted his features. Memory gave her his chocolate eyes and strong, stubborn chin; his broad jaw and soft lips. Through the fog, she could see additional lines seaming his face, knew there was more silver in his dark hair. She shifted from foot to foot, arms tucked awkwardly behind her as she stared at him, wary of his reaction. Last time she'd come back from the dead, Horizon had been the result. As
Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 7)It was just shy of four months when the Normandy entered the Sol system - three hours later, three months and twenty-seven days after Major Kaidan Alenko contacted Admiral Hackett, she soared into Earth orbit.Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 7)3 weeks ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"Major, Admiral Hackett is on the vid com for you." Kaidan looked up from the galaxy map, turned his head to regard Traynor. The young com engineer could barely suppress her excitement as she studied him, and he sent her a brief smile.
"On my way." His normally husky voice had taken on an extra hoarseness since the aftermath of the Reaper attack, and the specialist's expression shifted towards compassionate. She reached out to place her fingers on his wrist briefly, and he covered them, squeezing. "Tell Joker to get everyone moving. I want this ship cleared as soon as we've docked. We'll let the Alliance clean her up and get her running ship-shape again."
"Aye aye, Major," Traynor replied, but Alenko was already at the door of the war room and through it. He skirted around the as
Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 6)"Admiral Hackett, priority communication coming in over the QEC from Sur'Kesh." The craggy-faced man placed the datapad down on his desk, where it was lost in the others strewn across the surface. Pushing back his chair, he rose to his feet, rubbing his fingers together to ease the stiffness and pain that had become a constant companion these days.Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 6)3 weeks ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"I'm on my way, Dana." He strode through the door of his office - once some doctor's office that he had co-opted for his own use, and strode down the hallway towards the connection to the next wing over. With the importance of keeping Shepard’s recovery a secret, the admiral had chosen to co-opt part of the open wing of the hospital for his wardroom and command center, while keeping his personal offices near the commander’s room.
He strode down the hall, absently acknowledging the salutes from those he passed. His communications officer stood at the door of the room housing the QEC, drawing herself to attention and saluting as he
Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 5)She swam out of the darkness. Unlike her previous experience with the inky nothingness that held her mind in check, there was no pain, no panic. Only that constant calm. As she reached towards the light, she felt it reach back for her, envelop her in warmth and comfort, and she smiled. It was time…Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 5)3 weeks ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Night shifted to twilight, evening to dawn, time flowing backwards as her mind drew itself from its comforting, enveloping cocoon. Soft light beat against her eyelids as thoughts coalesced, solidified into consciousness. Her eyes flickered open, squinting against the brightness overhead, and she raised her hand to cover them - or rather, tried to. Her wrists strained against the thick straps confining them, and she made an inarticulate sound of protest, barely audible over the steady beep and hum of machinery and computers.
“Honey?” The voice was soft and hesitant, and she knew she should know it. Her thoughts scrambled in panic, until a corner of her mind offered up
Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 4)She was drowning. Again. Her lungs were filled with fluid, the pressure on her chest nearly past the point of bearable pain. Light flickered, just out of reach, and she stretched towards it, trying to grasp it. It floated, just beyond her fingertips. If she could just touch it…Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 4)3 weeks ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“... sedatives are wearing already. It’s got to be those implants. Damn Cerberus!”
Panic burned away the fog that threatened her mind, chased the paralysis from her limbs. Fingers scrabbled against a rough surface, scraping at cloth, at metal. Flesh gave beneath her hands; her nails bit deep and she was rewarded by the sound of pain.
“She’s not ready to come off of the intubator. We have to get her settled and stabilized or she’s going to choke.”
But she was choking - her throat was blocked, by liquid, by something too solid to swallow. She gagged, trying to reach up, to tear the obstruction from her mouth. Hands grabbed her arms, locked them to he
Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 3)“Remember, not a word.” The tall, stern man in the commodore’s uniform regarded Patterson and his squad with a fierce expression. “It’s pretty damn touch and go right now; the last thing the doctors need is a bunch of idiots swarming the place because of this. Keep silent.”Let the Sun Shine In (Ch. 3)3 weeks ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Patterson raised his hand in salute, acknowledging the order with an additional shake of his head. “Don’t worry, Commodore Erikson, we understand the need for discretion." He gestured subtly to the patch on his shoulder, and the officer's eyes glinted with understanding, and with approval.
"I see. Very well, sergeant, please continue searching for survivors. You and your squad are a credit to the special ops program. Thank you." His hand clipped up in a return salute, and Patterson cut his own away, turned on his heel, and lead the squad back onto the torn-up streets of London. As they moved down the shattered sidewalk, they passed a figure in a thick black coat, hood