Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard RomanceA/N: This chapter's rather long by my general standards so I hope that makes up for the long wait. I've subscribed to theory presented by Greenmamba5 that turians have a subharmonic range used for a secondary communication which is denoted in italics in their conversation.
CHAPTER 19: BREAKFAST
Garrus let out a low growl of frustration as his hand slid down and away from the door. He turned to call the elevator and as the doors slid open he mentally went over what he planned for the day: breakfast with Solana, talk to Chakwas and maybe, if he was lucky, he could nail a few minutes with Anderson. He stepped off the elevator and turned toward the direction of the Crew's Quarters. He had a few minutes before he had to get ready to meet Solana and, knowing her, she would probably be late anyway. The doors slid open and his Turian nose immediately picked up the scent of booze, sweat and the stench of vomit. Apparently, the rest of the crew had continued the party after coming
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Sera awoke to the sound of the incessant beeping of her omni-tool.
The beeping reverberated inside her head, pulsating out a rhythm of pain. Laying there in the middle of the bed for a moment, she willed it to stop, absently muting the offending noise. A light snuffling sound from the couch caught her attention but she didn't want to move to find its source. She pinched the bridge of her nose, closing her eyes, trying to breathe through the pain in her head. Only when the pain had sufficiently subsided did she dare to open her eyes and click on her omni-tool. A message from her mother blinked at her.
Rise and shine daughter! See you in an hour!
Sera groaned in protest as she remembered agreeing to breakfast with her mother and Anderson the night before. That was before her mother ambushed her. Suddenly, the memories from the night before sporadically started to fill her brain.
The thought bolted her upright
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Garrus and Solana watched as the trio exited the restaurant and paused just beyond the entry to exchange a few words. Once they had finished talking, Sera walked toward the shops while her mother and Anderson headed toward the Embassies. This was Garrus' chance to have a conversation with Anderson and he wasn’t going to let it go to waste. Solana knew the look on her brother’s face too well: his eyes pinpointed in thought, mandibles tight against his jaw and his subvocals humming the thoughts in his head. She sighed and sat back in her chair. The look in his eyes said it all and she simply nodded as he got up from the table, his intent clear. The questions she had would have to wait, but she fully intended on interrogating him the first chance she got.
“I’m sorry, Solana, but I really have to go,” he apologized.
“I know,” she said simply. You owe me.
He nodded, Thank
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CHAPTER 17: TRIAL
He stepped into the elevator, looking at Shepard's cabin as the doors shut and wondering if he was doing the right thing. Her whisper still rang in his head and haunted him. It was no more than a few hours ago that he had agreed to her terms and now he was going behind her back, sneaking off to see what Liara had found. If Liara thought it was important enough for him to see, he couldn't ignore it, could he? Still arguing with himself, he stepped out of the elevator and rounded the corner. Standing in front of her quarters, he weighed the implications of what he was about to do. If he went in, he risked losing what little connection he and Shepard had started to re-build. If not, it might be detrimental to the mission. Things in their lives had a nasty way of popping up
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Chapter 21: LETTER
Sera walked through the airlock and glanced at Joker who had his head resting heavily in his hand, looking as miserable as ever. EDI was sitting calmly in the co-pilot’s seat, methodically analyzing the ship’s systems. It was apparent he hadn’t noticed her arrival and an irresistibly mischievous thought curled her lips into a sly grin. Treading carefully toward the cockpit, taking care not to make any obvious noise, Sera came up behind Joker and stifled a laugh when she heard him snore lightly. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw EDI turn and open her mouth to speak. She put a finger to her lips, signaling the AI to hold off on what was undoubtedly a report of one kind or another. EDI blinked in reply, confused by her commanding officer’s sudden gesture.
Leaning up against the console, Sera folded her arms across
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CHAPTER 16: CARRY ME HOME
He glanced at the wall behind the large table in the back of the bar and understood what she meant. Pool He vaguely recalled watching some of the humans playing it earlier but really didn't take much notice. Now, he was sorry he didn't.
He walked over to the wall and blankly stared at all of the poles that lined it, unsure how to choose one. Shepard watched him with amusement for a couple minutes before joining him. She plucked one from the wall. Holding it in one hand about a third from the base, she balanced it, testing its weight. Satisfied, she set it on its base and leaned it against the wall. He watched her from the corner of his eye and when she walked away, he did the same thing. After selecting one he thought was acceptable, he dropped it on its base and leaned on it, watching her round up the funny looking round balls he'd seen earlier.
After racking the balls up she looked over at him, keenly aware that he was watching her every move.
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Shepard was speechless. The room was deathly silent. Anderson got up and walked over to the glass case behind his enormous desk. He selected a bottle from the third shelf and two glasses. Setting them on the desk, he carefully poured the amber liquid into each of them. He picked up the glasses and walked back over to her. He offered her a glass as he sat down in the chair across from her. She gratefully accepted it, taking a generous mouthful before setting it on the table. The liquid was rich and warm, burning a trail down her throat.
"I'm sorry, Shepard," he offered weakly, studying his glass. "She blindsided me. I had no idea why she came to see me and then she dropped that bomb right before you walked in. What right did she have to use that?! I swear Shepard, if I had known that there was a leak from the inside, I would never have put you there ."
"I know," she reassured him. "What do you think we should do?"
"Well " he started slowly, thinking " it
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She sank into the other overstuffed chair across from him, tucking a leg under her. Regarding him with a curious gaze, she waited for him to say something. When he didn't, she cleared her throat and called back to the bartender.
"Hey Ted! Can I get a Manhanttan? Straight up " she looked back at Garrus and huffed out, "make it a double too."
He smirked and let out a snort in disgust, recalling the foul-tasting drink from earlier.
She quirked a brow at him and challenged, "Something wrong with my drink?"
He still said nothing, shaking his head. Even though he and his father never got along, he did manage to learn one thing from him. He learned to listen. It was amazing what people would say in the discomfort of silence. He returned her gaze with an equally guarded look, unwilling to risk saying anything that would make her leave. A million thoughts raced through his head, so many questions he wanted to ask, but he wanted her to start. This wasn't something that cou
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The elevator came to a halt at the Embassy level and opened its doors. Shepard stepped out and headed toward Anderson's office. Her omni-tool blinked and she pulled up the messages one from Gardner with all of the items he needed for the ship, one from Traynor with the location of the florist, one from Dr. Chakwas with the manifest of medical supplies to trade with Tactus and one from her mother. She opened the last one:
I just arrived and got your message from Specialist Traynor. I'll see you in a little while for dinner.
She sighed heavily as she stood in front of Anderson's office door.
Hopefully this doesn't take long.
She pressed the keypad and the doors slid open. Anderson's personal assistant looked up from behind his desk.
"Ah! Commander Shepard! Councilor Anderson is expecting you. Please go on in," he said as he opened the doors to the inner office.
Anderson and the Salarian Dalatrass were arguing but quickly stopped w
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The doors of Liara's office slid open again.
Still in her chair facing the console, Liara sighed, "Sera, I ."
He cleared his throat, not wanting her to say anything further, making sure she knew it wasn't Shepard.
Liara gasped, quickly turning around in her chair. "Garrus! I I'm sorry. I thought "
"Yes, I know what you thought Liara," he said roughly as he slowly settled into the chair that just held Shepard.
"What can I do for you Garrus?" she said pleasantly.
He wasn't exactly sure what he wanted from Liara but he knew he wanted answers. Shepard hurrying so quickly from Liara's office alarmed him. He felt he no longer had the right to ask what was wrong. Ever since their meeting on Menae he so desperately wanted to talk to Shepard hear her voice again anything. It was impossible because she had conveniently made herself busy and was never alone, surrounding herself with people. When he thought he finally had the opportunity, she was a
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CHAPTER 11: STRATEGY
Sera, Hannah and Anderson sat around a table at the classy, upscale Phoenix restaurant. Dinner was over and they were enjoying each other's company over a bottle or two of wine.
"So, Hannah," Anderson started, taking a sip from his wine glass, "what did you want to talk to me about?"
Hannah looked at him over the rim of her glass. "We want you to take over the resistance effort on Earth," she said bluntly.
"We?" he questioned. "I thought you were handling that."
"I was, but Hackett and I talked it over. We both agreed that I would be better suited working on the Crucible instead. So, if you agree to take over the resistance efforts, I'll head to the Crucible project from here."
He thought it over for a minute as he nursed his wine.
Sera, listening with interest and confusion, turned to her mother. "If Anderson goes to Earth, you go to work on the Crucible, and Hacke
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Shepard rounded the corner and headed towards Liara's office, carefully avoiding the Main Battery. She wasn't in the mood to have that inevitable conversation. She picked up her pace a little bit praying the Battery doors didn't open. They didn't. She breathed an audible sigh of relief as she walked through Liara's door and felt the doors quickly slide shut behind her.
"Shepard you can't avoid him forever you know." Liara said without looking up from her terminal.
Crap. How did she know? Was it that obvious?
"What are you talking about Liara?" she asked, trying to pawn off the best nonchalant voice she could muster.
Liara leaned back in her chair turning around to give her dear friend a knowing look.
"What?" Shepard said again; palms up in feigned innocence.
"Don't give me 'what?' You know very well what I'm talking about."
Shepard sank into a nearby chair and leaned back closing her eyes. Liara was the only one who knew what happened between
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Though the music served only as ambiance for the bar to further its Earthy appeal, the melody she heard was unmistakable. She would've recognized her father's playing anywhere. This particular one was his rendition of one of his favorite jazz compilations. Several different melodies blending into one another, each one highlighted for about a minute before he moved on to the next one. The music sparked random memories from her childhood, mostly of their lessons together and a few of dancing with her mother in their small cabin.
Self-doubt creeping in, she dropped behind her mother and Anderson, beginning to wonder if this was such a good idea after all. It had been so very long since she touched a piano. She didn't even know if she could remember how to play.
" I don't know mom," Sera said hesitantly.
Hannah led them to one of the common areas just off the entrance of the bar and waited until there was a lull in the passers-by before speaking. She thought for a m
Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard Romance*** WRITER'S NOTE : Here's the current sitch in case you need timeline clarification: Chapter 9 is concurrent to Chapter 7. While Sera Shepard, Anderson & the Dalatrass have their meeting, Hannah Shepard - having some time to kill before meeting Anderson but having no clue that Sera is already in his office - crosses paths with Garrus in a stroke of pure happenstance. At the end of Chapter 9, she leaves Garrus for her meeting with Anderson and subsequently Sera - see Chapter 8. Clear as mud? Cool. Sorry so confusing.. ***Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard Romance3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
CHAPTER 9: CHERRY
While Sera Shepard meets with Anderson & the Dalatrass, the SSV Orizaba pulls into the bay next to the SSV Normandy.
As her ship docked at the Citadel, a lot of things weighed heavily on Hannah Shepard's mind: the Reapers, the Crucible, Earth, Sera, survival of the galaxy as a whole. She knew that a lot of things hung in the balance and time was of the essence. It was crucial that the right people be in the right places if they were goin
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Still sitting on the floor, arms wrapped around her legs, she rested her cheek on her knees. She closed her eyes, feeling the tears come. One by one, they slowly escaped, trailing down her cheeks as a shuddered sigh of relief passed her lips. What do I do now?
"How long before we reach the Citadel?"
[Approximately 1.5 hours.]
She sniffed and rested her chin on her knees contemplating what to do.
"Thank you EDI."
[Is everything alright?]
A small appreciative smile crossed her lips, "I'll be fine EDI. I just need some time to myself, that's all."
[Very well. Do you require anything else?]
"No. Thank you EDI. Please make sure that no one disturbs me until we reach the Citadel. Notify me when we arrive please."
She stretched out her limbs and stood up. Slowly, she undid the clasps of her uniform and took off the jacket, laying it over the chair in front of her desk. She glanced around the room. It felt so
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***WRITER'S NOTE: Sera, Hannah & Anderson meet and go to dinner while Garrus and the crew relax ***
"She loves you Garrus. She loves you more than she knows." Hannah's words echoed in his head. The sounds of the bar faded out. The conversations and laughter, the music, the sound of the glasses clinking on tables he couldn't hear any of it. He was too stunned, paralyzed by what she had said to respond. As she walked out of the bar, he wanted to go after her and drag her back, make her explain how she could know so much based on so little.
Slowly his eyes began to focus and the sounds of the bar registered once more. He looked down at his hand and realized that he was holding Hannah's drink. He brought it eyelevel and examined its contents. Ice in a drink with fruit - who puts fruit in a drink?? He brought it to his nose and sniffed it. Interesting he could smell the rich, warm, sharp spice of the al
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Silence .well, not perfect silence but a familiar and comforting one nonetheless. The hum of the ship and its crew going about their daily activities was something Shepard had come to find a certain peace in. The Alliance had given her a sense of belonging and the people she met and served with gave her a sense of family. Following in her parents footsteps gave her a sense of purpose. She never expected to come as far as she had. Still, it made her sad to know that her father would never know or see what his daughter had accomplished. Standing in the cockpit with Joker looking out the window, watching the stars streak by in the vast expanse of space, she was lost in thought
"Commander? ....Joker to Shepard .Hello?"
" ..what?" she absently answered still staring out the window.
"Oh nothing, you know, just trying to fly the ship here. Waiting for your orders while the Reapers hunt our ass and Cerberus gets away the usual."
Peeved, she turn
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Garrus left Liara's office more frustrated than when he went in. He understood her predicament but that didn't mean that he had to like it far from it but there was nothing he could do about it either. He had kept his word to Shepard and never told a soul about their time together, so he couldn't very well start now.
Shit. Now what?
He could feel the tension throbbing within him. He needed to do something to get rid of it or ..not good. He headed toward the elevator. Perhaps some sim sparring would help. It had before and it had been a while since he had done any no need to really, war was a perfect substitute.
In the docking bay, Vega had set up a corner for just such a purpose. He had even hung up his old punching bag from home. As Garrus got off the elevator he could hear Vega grunting as the rattling chains that held the bag echo throughout the bay.
He rounded the corner. "Vega!"
"Hey, Scars!" Vega huffed out.
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'Bubble-head' the waiter finally brought the Jello shots to the table. He dropped the tray on the table in disdain and walked away before Joker could let another one of his scintillating wisecracks rip. If those shots weren't jello, most of them would have been dripping off the table. Each of them took a shot glass except for Mordin, who by this point, was softly snoring on the table.
Garrus paused, "Wait "
Karin looked over at the Turian, eyebrow raised.
"What kind of liquor is in this?" he asked, the Manhattan still fresh in his memory.
"Uhmmm," she thought for a moment, her mind a little hazy from the shots she already had before Garrus arrived. "I believe its tequila."
"Te what?" he stumbled over the word.
"Te key la," she repeated, emphasizing the name phonetically.
He studied the small shot glass. It was cold to the touch, as he expected. He brought it to his nose and sniffed. It didn't really smell like anything, at least
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CHAPTER 6: FAMILY
On a whim she decided to stop in and see Liara before going to the CIC. She felt that she owed her friend an apology for bolting earlier. Forming the apology in her head as she walked toward the door, she pressed key combination that unlocked it. She opened her mouth to speak as her eyes scanned the room for her friend, growing wide as they locked in on the Turian standing by the window.
The carefully thought out apology left her head blindsided by the sight of her 2 closest friends apparently in the middle of something she definitely didn't want to know anything about. She turned on her heel and walked away unsteadily from the doorway to the nearest table and held onto the edge bracing her body against it. She couldn't breathe, couldn't feel her legs; ragged gasps escaped her lips as she desperately tried to pull herself together.
Ok, Shepard. You got this. Crap! You gotta rein this shit in before it gets out of control. How am I going t
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CHAPTER 14: BAIT & SWITCH
As Liara walked back to the table, her mind churned out a list of the resources she was going to call upon to find answers. Sera would not be happy that Liara couldn't leave well enough alone but she would get over it and, if nothing else, it would make things easier. She gave the remaining crew members at the table a once over. Mordin was now somewhat upright, head propped up by an elbow lurching over the table. It looked like his metabolism had moved on to the hang over stage already. Vega was neck deep in a conversation with EDI explaining his rules for playing Strip Skyllian Five, regardless of the fact that one: he was talking to an AI and two: that he would be on the losing end of said game to the AI. Dr. Chakwas was still somewhat coherent and trying to convince Joker not to drink anymore. Liara was anxious to get back to the Normandy to get started on her research and she wanted to do it before the rest of her friends were too drunk to make it back on
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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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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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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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Chapter 22: Deviation
Mordin stopped moving, a remarkable reaction considering the salarian barely stopped for anything including the basics of living. Slowly, his head rose from its customary perch atop his microscope. He scrutinized the turian leaning against his counter. In a split second he analyzed the situation and determined the consequences of the all the possible answers he could provide. The choice before him was simple: duty to Commander’s privacy or duty to Commander’s safety? He also knew that it would only be a matter of time before Garrus figured out what happened. The fact that he hadn’t said anything to Garrus about it until now was cause enough for hi