Love, Blood and Tears: Chapter 47Love, Blood & Tears
Liara found herself awake in the early hours of the morning. She was worried about Thessia, worried about the crucible, worried about war, worried about everything. She walked through the quiet ship; passing only a couple of night shift people along the way.
Looking down at the floor, she shuffled along to nowhere in particular when she bumped into something someone. She looked up
"Javik," she said faintly.
"Do you make it a habit to not watch where you are walking?" he asked.
"Not usually, no," she chuckled. She knew he meant no humor in his question but she found him much more pleasant to be around if she viewed his comments that way.
"Why are you up? Can't sleep?" she asked him.
"I was asleep for fifty thousand years. I do not wish to sleep often nor do I require it," he replied. "What of you, Liara? What has you up at this hour?"
"I've got too much on my mind to sleep," she sighed.
He scanned the so
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Shepard sighed heavily as every step she took felt harder to make. She trudged through the base; intent on saying her goodbyes to her beloved crew. She walked around in a daze, looking at the destruction of the base area alone, until her eyes fell upon a familiar face.
"Hey Commander," Vega solemnly said as Shepard approached him.
"What? No Lola?" she teased with the biggest smile she could muster.
"Huh?…Yeah, sorry," he replied as he looked down at the ground.
"Are you okay?"
"I don't know what I thought I'd feel coming back to Earth," Vega said, "I was ready to fight - ready to die if I had to. But seeing everything like this…"
Shepard swallowed down her own concerns and fears as she braced Vega's arm; knowing that his resolve needed to be strengthened in that moment.
"I know it's hard, but this is only temporary," she said as she locked eyes with him. "We will win this. So stay focused and don't let them shake your resolve."
"I know, I kn
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Garrus stared into her eyes amazed at the beautiful woman in front of him. He took her hand in his and led them over to the bed. Along the way he noticed the freshly used syringe on the desk - she had already taken her serum. Garrus sat down in the center of the bed and guided Shepard to sit down in front of him; cross-legged and facing him. He took off his shirt and then scooted his body closer to her; intertwining his legs with hers. He wrapped one arm around her waist and placed his other hand over her heart. She embraced him the same way in return.
"Take deep breaths and let go of any tension," he said.
She did as he instructed and locked eyes with him as she did so.
"Allow the energy to build and flow between us," he said softly as his blue eyes seemed to be looking into the depths of her soul. "Take another deep breath and as you exhale - let go of any anger, any resentment, any negative feeling you may
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Shepard made her way up to the bridge to see a very excited Joker before her.
"Hey, Commander! Check out my copilot!" said Joker as he looked over at EDI.
"Is this why you called me up here? Seriously, Joker?"
"Oh sorry, did I interrupt something?" he snickered.
"Shut up. Anyways, about EDI so she just installed herself into that new body without any help from you?"
"Come on, Commander. Don't you trust me?"
Shepard crossed her arms and raised an eyebrow at him.
Joker chuckled, "Okay, let me put it this way: if I knew that EDI was gonna install herself into a sexy robot body, do you honestly think I'd be able to keep quiet about it? Look at that! I would've baked a cake!"
"I am right here, Jeff" said EDI.
"Yes you are, EDI. Yes you are," he sighed.
Shepard laughed, "Wow are you even capable of flying this ship anymore without being completely distracted?"
"Please! I could handle the Normandy with my eyes closed."
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Wow, an actual easy mission this time, Shepard thought as she entered the geth's virtual world alone.
Geth fighter squadrons had targeted quarian liveships with attacks that would have a serious impact on their fleet. Shepard, along with the help of Legion and Garrus, had gone to the Geth Comm Hub on Rannoch to disable the server controlling the geth fighters.
Shepard followed the virtual path, disrupting the Reaper code infections along the way and making it to her first data cluster. She cleared out the cluster and then a new path was revealed that led her to the next cluster. She repeated this pattern a few more times until she had finally cleared out all infections. Then she made her way to the access point to exit the virtual world and back to reality where her squad was waiting for her.
Shepard was curious to see what her actions had done as she exited the virtual chamber. Sudd
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The Normandy arrived near Palaven undetected. Shepard, T'Soni and Vega took off in the shuttle along with the Normandy's new shuttle pilot, Steven Cortez. Shepard's heart broke as she looked out the window Palaven was burning and many turian ships were doing their best to combat the Reapers in space. Their shuttle flew by undetected as it headed for one of Palaven's moons Shepard could see little explosions happening across its surface.
Liara looked out the window, "Oh no no!"
"Holy hell! They're getting decimated," James said.
"Strongest military in the galaxy and the Reapers are obliterating it," Shepard sighed.
"Was it like this on Earth?" Liara asked.
"I'm so sorry."
"Yeah well, right now I'm more concerned about getting the Primarch and " Shepard's voice started to crack.
"We'll find him," Liara reassured her.
"Find who?" James asked puzzled. "Oh wait yeah yeah I reme
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The Normandy docked to the Citadel as Shepard walked by the memorial wall. The people they had lost Ashley, Kelly, Jacob, Thane she continued to scan over the rest of the names one was missing. Why wasn't it on the wall? She took the elevator down a level to speak with the one put in charge of creating the name plaques. She stepped off the elevator and found him getting ready for his day of leave on the Citadel.
"Johnson!" she shouted. "I need to speak with you for a minute."
He nodded as he jogged over to her, "Commander?"
"The name plaque for Legion are you still working on it?"
"I didn't think it would get one, ma'am."
"Why is that?" she asked as she did her best to remain calm.
"Uh it was a geth not alive - just a synthetic. I didn't think we made plaques for "
"He was a loyal member of this crew and a friend. He sacrificed his life to help his people, who are
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Garrus had gone five rounds on the hardest setting of the VI combat training program and yet felt no difference in the level of hostility that had overtaken his body. He was on his sixth round and was too busy imagining Kaidan as his opponent to notice that his father had entered the room. Artus stood silently in the corner observing his son; something was definitely bothering him. Garrus finally felt the presence of his father and quickly turned his head to the side to view him.
"What's got you so aggravated?" Artus asked as he took a seat on a nearby bench.
"Nothing, just keeping my combat skills sharp," Garrus replied catching his breath as he walked over and joined his father on the bench.
"You're not a good liar, son. What's going on? Something with Shepard?"
"No yes I mean, sort of," Garrus sighed. "Major Kaidan Alenko. I've told you some stories that involved him from back in the da
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Shepard slowly opened her eyes as she stretched out her muscles; quickly realizing the lack of a warm body next to her. She could hear the faint sound of the shower and smiled as she got out of bed; heading to the bathroom. She felt steadier on her feet than she had the last couple of days. She felt better, achy but better; like she'd broken through a fever. Steam flooded out of the bathroom as she opened the door. The thickness of it let her know that the water temperature Garrus was using was entirely too hot for her and she decided to let him enjoy his scalding shower alone. She wondered if it was sort of payback for the icy cold shower she had been taking the other day. She smiled at the thought as she turned to exit but not before something caught her eye; the mirror over the sink was fogged heavily. Her smile widened as she ran her fingers across the mirror; leaving the words I love you written, framed in a heart, before quietly exiting the
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Shepard took up a holo conference with the Illusive Man. Shepard was upset to discover that he lured the Collectors to the colony because he was not willing to wait any longer for them to strike. Bastard! He assured Shepard that no other colonies would be sacrificed and that he would find a way for them to successfully pass through the Omega 4 relay; the gateway used by the Collectors. No other ship had gone through the relay and return safely. The Illusive Man encouraged Shepard to continue building her team and gave her three more dossiers.
Shepard set a course for Illium; two of her candidates were at that location. Kill two birds with one stone.
They docked at Nos Astra and Shepard didn't waste any time heading out, Garrus and Jack in tow. As they left the docking bay they were approached by a concierge. "Welcome to Nos Astra Commander Shepard. We've
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Shepard laid in her bed, willing herself to fall asleep. She looked over at her clock 0100. She abandoned all hope of sleeping and decided to go grab some coffee and get some paperwork done.
Her paperwork didn't take as long as she thought and now she was even more awake because of the coffee. She headed to the observation room. She sat there, looking out at the stars. For a moment, the galaxy seemed so peaceful.
Jack wasn't one to sleep much either. She made her way to the observation room and saw Shepard sitting there.
"Hey," said Jack as she sat down on the couch.
"Hey there, couldn't sleep either, huh?"
"No, I don't sleep much. I'm used to it."
They sat there for awhile without saying another word just staring out at the stars.
"It's beautiful, isn't it? Almost feels as though everything is right in the galaxy," said Shepard, finally breaking th
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Shepard woke up with a smile on her face; the events from the night before still fresh in her mind. How it felt when Garrus caressed her face, how gentle he was. She was excited now confident that Garrus felt something for her. I can't call him out, but I can be more forward try to draw him out! She no longer feared being rejected by him. He feels something for me I have to find out what.
It was 0600 and both Thane and Samara arrived right on the dot. Shepard greeted them both and gave them a tour of the ship. After the tour was over, Shepard headed to the mess hall to grab some breakfast.
She sat down at one of the tables with her breakfast and her last outstanding dossier. She began reading:
Tali'Zorah vas Neema
-Expert in combat tech, systems hacking.
- Strong engineering background, familiar with Normandy.
Formerly listed as Tali'Zorah nar Rayy
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Shepard chose Garrus and Jack as her squad mates for the mission on Horizon. They had to move fast; the Collectors had started moving colonists onto their ship. "We've got to hit them hard! Stop them before they get away," said Shepard.
They fought through the Collectors, pushing their way further into the colony. They came across an unharmed colonist, a mechanic named Delan. "You need to get the laser towers operational! It's our only chance!" he told Shepard.
They fought their way to the tower, through a mass attack of husks. These husks weren't made here, the Collectors brought them with them. What is going on?! Shepard and her squad finally made it to the tower and got it online but the lasers needed time to charge. "Damn it! We've got to defend this position!" They held off swarm after swarm. C'mon! How long does this thing take to warm up?!
After what seemed like
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Shepard walked along the beach the warm sand under her feet. She walked towards the water letting it rush around her feet and ankles.
"Mommy! Mommy!" shouted a little voice. "Look what I found!"
She turned her head to see her son, a little barefaced tan turian who couldn't be more than four years old, running towards her. He was holding a huge shell in his hands and he extended it out to her.
"Oh wow, it's beautiful baby," she exclaimed.
"I got it for you!"
"I love it! Thank you so much."
His face was beaming with pride at his mother's reaction. He turned back and yelled, "Mommy loves it!"
Shepard looked up to see who her son was shouting to. Her eyes locked with the piercing blue eyes of the turian approaching Garrus. He walked up beside her and put his arm around her waist.
Garrus chuckled, "We were down in that cove for hours trying to find the perfect one. He w
Love, Blood and Tears: Chapter 2Love, Blood & TearsLove, Blood and Tears: Chapter 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
*Note: Chapter 2, along with the first chapter, are more like an extended prologue than anything. I cover a lot of ground in these first two chapters. The story slows down after that. The first two chapters cover little things that I wanted the readers to know as the story progesses since some aspects will tie into later chapters. Please don't let the first two chapter deter you from reading on. Thank you!
Not like this! Shepard thought as her body floated through space; her body growing cold. No! No! No! Visions of Garrus flooded her mind, knowing she had only seconds left. Damn it! This was it. I love you Garrus
A memorial service was held for her a couple weeks later on the Citadel. Garrus despised being on the Citadel anymore everyone had gone on with their lives like nothing
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*Note: Chapter 1 and 2 are more like an extended prologue than anything. I cover a lot of ground in the first two chapters. The story slows down after that. The first two chapters basically cover little aspects that you need to know as the story progesses. Please don't let the first two chapter deter you from reading on. Thank you!
"I'm proud of you kid," said Anderson.
"Just remember you were a human before you were a Spectre, you represent all of humanity with your actions," said Udina.
"I won't let you down," said Shepard confidently.
Anderson stepping down and giving Shepard the Normandy? It didn't feel right to her. Pushing papers wasn't his thing but he wanted to give her every chance to succeed in this mission. She knew how much this meant to him and she wasn't going to let
Two Turians and a KeeperGarrus and Chellick were busy reviewing footage at their desks into the late hours of the evening. They were working on a case together involving suspicious cargo that was being run through the Citadel. All ships docking were legitimate which meant that when they finally pinpointed the ship, either the entire crew was "dirty" or they had an extremely shady crew member that was very good at hiding his illegal activities. In any case, they had to pinpoint what ship, or ships, the cargo was coming from and this was proving to be quite the task. They reviewed hundreds of tapes from the course of a few months, watching every ship dock, watching every crate that exited, checking the docking records to make sure everything matched up. So far, they had turned up nothing.Two Turians and a Keeper3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I can't look at any more footage," sighed Chellick. "It's late; let's just pick this back up tomorrow."
"Yeah, alright," Garrus replied as he rubbed his eyes. "You want to go get a
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Red the first thing that caught his eye. If he had known, he would have memorized every detail of that encounter - the smell, the ambient noise, but most of all, her face. Yes, he would have memorized every detail of that face from the start. Only her red hair stands firm in his memory.
* * *
"Your investigation is over, Garrus" Executor Pallin barely finished the sentence before walking away, waving his hand in dismissal.
The words stung; abject failure over damned classified documents. A thin growl escaped his throat at the realization. He'd be demoted. Not only for failing to find evidence but also for butting heads too often with Executor Pallin. Hot blood flushed under his plating, making them slightly swell and push against his armor. The heat pointed his thoughts into sharp accusations. How dare he! Executor or not, no one should forbid access to critical evidence. No way in hell was he going to let Pallin step over him on the largest case he had ever received. Footsteps
Ante Up Chapter 26: Citadel pt 1Miranda was waiting for Shepard in the docking bay. She popped up from her seat and quickly strode up to Shepard, hands on her hips, eyes pointed to the ground. Shepard crossed her arms and leaned back, sizing up her old XO.Ante Up Chapter 26: Citadel pt 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"To what do I owe the pleasure, Miss Lawson?" Shepard greeted tersely.
Miranda glanced up at her from under heavy eyelids--god, she looked exhausted. "Shepard, I... I wanted to apologize. After everything we'd been through... I realize you must still be angry."
"Angry? No, not really," Shepard said coolly.
Miranda didn't buy it. "I had to think of my sister, Shepard. If it had only been my life on the line... fine, I'd have gone. But, for Oriana's sake, I can't take unnecessary risks. She depends on me."
"Yeah, and lucky for Solana, she has a sibling looking out for her, too," Shepard snapped. Miranda's head drooped again, and Shepard let the argument wane. "So, what's the Illusive Man want? I'm assuming he sent you."
"He didn't," Miranda said. "He won't. Never aga
Ante Up Chapter 20: MenaeJoker stealthily navigated through the Reaper-dappled space between Palaven and Menae, looking for a suitable place to land on the battle-scarred moon. As he prepped for landing, Shepard picked out a small squad and escorted them to the shuttle bay to prepare. Garrus was right with her, of course, along with Solana and Vega. The nearer they drew to arrival, the quieter the Vakarian siblings became.Ante Up Chapter 20: Menae3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Garrus, who had been carrying himself more confidently since he'd spoken with his father, became eerily somber. Shepard met him at the edge of the room, clapping a hand on his shoulder. "We'll make this quick."
He offered her a sad smile. "Did you happen to get a look at Palaven before we came down?"
"Yeah," Shepard whispered. "It's... devastating, I know."
"Did you see the largest red spot?" he asked. "The one almost in the center of the planet?" Of course she had. That fiery blotch had practically glared up from Palaven. "That's where Sol and I where born."
"I'm so sorry," Shepard said, dr
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Any C-Sec personnel found asleep while on duty will be reprimanded.
Garrus tapped a talon anxiously against the desk as he ran through the surveillance vid for a fifth time. His eyes scanned over the digital crowd, searching for his suspect, a Blue Suns weapon dealer who had been alluding C-Sec for the better part of a month now. The case had only been turned over to Garrus a few days prior, when a rumor surfaced that the merc might be dealing heavier weapons--namely a shipment of M-920 Cains.
Should that rumor be true, some lucky, rich sons-of-bitches would wield weaponry capable of decimating entire blocks at a time. Garrus didn't even want to think about the damage they could cause within the Citadel, in crowded areas.
The footage bled into Garrus' eyes. Each figure seemed to blend into the next until he could make out little more than a blob of movement. With a groan, he paused the vid, reclining back and rubbing the fatigue from his e