Title: Life after the Reaper 1 - Shepard
Author: written and translated by Servala, corrected by Niorah
Game: Mass Effect 3
characters/pairing: Jane Shepard/ Liara T´Soni
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and its assets belong to Electronic Arts and BioWare.
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Karen Chakwas hadn't regretted her resignation from the Alliance for a single moment. Not after her experiences on Earth and during the last war. What she would have never imagined was that she would live on an Asari colony, at any given moment in life. Commander Shepard had personally asked, almost begged her, and how could she refuse her this wish. No, she did not regret it. She lived in a small house, including a garden, she took care of the few inhabitants of the colony and was writing a book.
Currently, she only had one patient and that was Liara. She liked to take care of the Asari and not just because Shepard had asked her. She liked Liara since their first meeting on the Normandy, after Therum, and she was always amazed how the little shy scientist had developed. This morning she had an appointment with her and she grabbed some things that she hoped she would not need to use. The due date was not for another two months, but she felt better prepared.
The husk pursued her and in the distance Liara heard the screech of more Banshees. She should hide, she was running as fast as she could, but there was no place she could go to. She was on a field, the soil had turned into red mud, and with every step she sank in deeply. In the distance a barn appeared and she turned in that direction until she slid down a slope. She slid into a dead Krogan. Liara knew that he was dead. He had an enormous bullet wound, but he opened his eyes, looked at her. "Now you belong to us!" His lips moved and twisted into a cold grin.
Liara got up to her feet, she screamed, but nobody heard. She turned around on the field, but there was no way out left, she was surrounded, and the circle was closing tightly. Then the Banshees formed a corridor and she saw her mother. Benezia coming to her, she floated over the grass stubble of the field. "Finally, finally, you belong to us." While she approached Liara, she changed and when she reached Liara, she had also become a Banshee, only her eyes resembled her mother.
Liara screamed as she awoke and it took her a moment to understand that it had only been a dream, and that she was safe. The sweat ran streaming down her face and she was shaking so hard that she ground her teeth together. Another nightmare. She ran her hand across her forehead, trying to calm down. The longer Shepard was not with her, the worse it got and at the moment she didn´t sleep through the night. She put her hand on her stomach and took several deep breaths before she got up.
She had fallen asleep on the sofa in the living room and it took only a few steps to the kitchen, where she picked up a glass of water. But she was shaking too much and when she heard a noise at the door, she screamed again and let it fall.
When Dr. Chakwas got no answer to her ringing, she opened the door and entered the house. There was no reason for a guilty conscience, because it wasn't the first time it happened. She heard the splintering of glass in the kitchen, this too wasn´t happening for the first time, and she went there. Liara looked terrible. Her skin was almost gray and she looked down on the pieces at her feet.
Karen went to her, touched her arm lightly and Liara jumped immediately. Her eyes seemed to come back from a far distance. She recognized the doctor and gave her an insecure smile. "Sit down." She led the Asari from the kitchen into the living room and pushed her into a chair. "Another nightmare?" Liara nodded.
"Sweetheart, you need to talk about it." She examined Liara and as expected, the stress level was high, but the unborn child was fine. "I cannot." Dr. Chakwas sat down across from her and took her hands. "We have seen all terrible things that no one should ever see, and you were often directly in the middle of the action." Liara's eyes darkened at the memory. "I do not know anyone, neither soldier nor doctor, nor a civilian who hasn't had nightmares of these horrors." She waited a moment until she had Liara's attention back again. "But you have to talk about it, it's not good for you and not good for the child." Liara withdrew her hand and placed it protectively on her stomach. In her eyes shone pure fear.
"If you do not want to talk to me, or with Shepard, maybe with another Asari?" Liara shook her head. She just did not like to think about these dreams that returned almost every night. She did not have them when Shepard was there, and Shepard would be back in three days. "Think about my words, or I'm talking to matriarch Aethyta." Liara was dull and she had the distinct feeling that Karen was not kidding. "I'm thinking about it," she said lamely.
Shepard was in the communications room of the Normandy and almost gritted her teeth. "Yes, sir," she answered to Admiral Hackett and saluted him before he broke the connection. She cursed softly to herself. There had been an attack by slavers on one of the last colonies of Volus and the Normandy was the only ship nearby. She leaned her head against the cool wall of the room and gave Joker instructions to bring them down. Get in, save the colonists, get out. She put together a team, Ashley and James, and launched the shuttle.
How things change when having a pregnant Asari waiting at home, she thought. She checked the weapon and then pushed away all other thoughts. She was made for this job and in the recent years she had hardly done anything else. They left the shuttle and ran in the direction of the little settlement. The enemy troops had driven the group of Volus there.
They dealt with the attackers quickly, but one female Volus refused to let herself get evacuated. She therefore pleaded that they should search for her daughter, who was hiding in the building behind them. "Ash, you get the people out with the shuttle, I look for the child." Shepard saw that Ashley didn´t like the command, but yet she was the commanding officer. "In thirty minutes, you pick me up again!" She slapped Ashley's shoulder and jogged toward the house.
The commander listened as the shuttle lifted off and then it was strangely quiet, no wind, no animals, nothing produced a sound. She pushed the door and climbed over some boxes in the interior. She called the child's name in a low voice, but there was no answer. Shepard was hoping that it was just too scared. But her hopes were disappointed.
She found the child in a completely ruined suit. She let her head hang for a moment and in her mind the picture changed and she saw a little Asari in front of her. Shepard knelt and checked the vital signs, she found that she would owe her at least that.
Later, she could not say whether it had been years of instinct or something else. She looked up and saw in the rear area a display slowly counting down. Ten, nine, Shepard turned and ran towards the exit, jumped over a cover. A huge explosion tore the house behind her. As much as she tried, she lost her footing and slid into the abyss which opened beneath her, before the remains of the building collapsed on top of her.