Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 64"Shaw. What do you want?"Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 64 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"Morning, Grundan," I say, trying not to chuckle at how much gruffer his voice is than normal while Garrus cruises through traffic lanes. For once, there's no need for crazy aerial manoeuvres to get back to base, since we don't have a target yet. No mission, no rush. That's novel. "You're sounding spry today."
"I thought we agreed last night getting rid of the Maelstroms earned us a day off," he grunts. "So why aren't you in the base, why are you calling me, and, again, what do you want?"
The funny thing is, this constitutes to a nice greeting. A few weeks back, at best I would've got 'fuck off' and the dial tone.
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 63Dark. It's really, really dark. Freezing cold too, as I whirl around in the inky blackness, trying to get my bearings. Where am I?Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 63 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"Good pets always come back for more."
Oh God, it's Ulron. He's here in the room with me. I swivel around, trying to get a lock on the voice, but it's echoing all around and it's a hopeless task trying to pin it down. I'm horribly exposed here. Every time I turn around to look one way, he could be sneaking up on me, waiting in the darkness until I'm not looking...
I make a quick turn, trying to catch him, but the room gets filled with his laughter instead. "They can never get enough." It comes out like a rough
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 60"Grizz, I need you to put me onto Aria's line, now," I say, my words coming out in a pant as Melanis and I dash towards the pillar of red light in the Omega skyline called Afterlife. Melanis is quickly relaying information and instructions back to Garrus and the others, but there's no way they're going to arrive before we do. Considering Shurta's instructions came in forty-five minutes ago, this is one of those 'every second counts' moments.Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 60 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"What, so she's distracted while you try and kill her again?" Anto replies, and I can hear the sneer in his voice. "I don't think so. Once you deliver those Maelstrom bombs, then maybe she'll be feeling
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 59"As much as I hate the fact half of the buildings in Omega are abandoned shitholes, it's really bloody useful sometimes." I say, as Melanis and I finish sweeping the abandoned apartment block located about a hundred metres away from Shurta's penthouse building. It's a long way away, but we're not exactly at risk of being detected here. Plus it's a clean line of sight into his windows.Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 59 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"I know what you mean," Melanis nods from behind me, finishing up placing proximity alerts in the corridor and door to the apartment we're holed up in. Means we'll have plenty of time to react if anyone does try and get in here for some reason. "Do you have the
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 58"I can brief Melanis about the stake-out once we get back to base," I say, as Garrus takes us back through Omega at a much more relaxed speed, which I'm thankful for. After killing Harga, I've had more than enough adrenaline for right now. "But I do need to know how we're going to be doing this."Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 58 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"We've done stakeouts before," Garrus says, smiling. He seems as satisfied with the Harga result as I am, so I'm glad the two of us are getting along again. "If we're lucky, Shurta will have already left and be in a Whiteguard base somewhere, but seeing as not much happens early in the day, it might be a couple of hours before he goes into work."
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 57October 15th, 2185Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 57 in Sci-Fi More Like This
12:24pm, Omega time
I clip up my armour in the corner of Melanis' room, sliding the helmet up and over my face as I check it in her mirror. The Blood Pack don't seem to have inflicted any damage to it while it was in their possession, as the paint scratches and varren gouge were all picked up before I left for the spaceport. Still, donning it now makes me feel some kind of trepidation, like the first time I got suited out for a combat situation on the Normandy.
It might be the fact that, if Shiara's OSD comes to nothing, Harga's our last chance to corner these Maelstroms. Even if I was on the peak of
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 56"You're weak," Ulron grunts, dragging me up to my feet as he stares deep into my eyes. "Cowards break."Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 56 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"People break," I gasp back, clawing at the hand he has closed around my throat. "There's no cowardice in reaching my limit. Anyone would have broken."
"That's what they like to tell you," the krogan chuckles. "But I suppose it's not your fault. Humans are born fragile, after all." He clenches his hand tighter, the lack of air making my knees buckle as he growls. "Just about strong enough to serve us, though. You'll know that once we find the rest of you." With that, he lets me go, and I drop to the floor. All the light in the cage seems
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 55I don't know how long Ulron left me with the varren. I spent most of the time with my eyes closed, trying to keep away from the snarling creature and the reek of its breath, the occasional lunge letting him reach me and leave saliva on my chest and stomach from his licks. I flinch away when that happens, still sobbing as my muscles ache, and my fingers dully throb. One of the krogan came back and stopped the wound bleeding so I don't die from that. That's all the help I've received.Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 55 in Sci-Fi More Like This
I spent the time with my eyes closed just trying to forget where I am. Forget what's going to happen to me when Ulron comes back. I try to imagine missions with
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 54I'm quietly fuming as I walk along the streets towards the spaceport, past rundown apartment buildings, people scurrying from building to building like being out in the open air is going to kill them somehow, the general crap society I've been part of for over a year. I can't help a cynical thought about seeing our work in action slipping into my head as I walk. I guess things would have been a lot worse without us. At least people on Omega have a group standing up for them, rather than just leaving everyone scrambling to keep their heads above water by themselves. We hold back the flood that would put everyone under.Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 54 in Sci-Fi More Like This
"No, they hold back the
Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 52October 14th, 2185Masses to Masses 3: Chapter 52 in Sci-Fi More Like This
2:34pm, Omega time
The dull ping of the toaster ejecting my breakfast is just about enough to make me lift my head up from the table with a groan, rubbing my eyes as I push my chair back and let out a yawn as I walk over to get it. I guess this constitutes to brunch, actually, since it's well into the afternoon by now. I only realised this morning that I was awake for almost twenty straight hours yesterday, which wouldn't be bad by itself, except for the fact I went on three missions and got beaten up by Garm and Melanis. So suffice to say I slept like a log.
The house is pretty much empty, though I