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There were dozens of new things that Garrus Vakarian had learned about humans since walking aboard Normandy for the first time. One of those things was the peculiar habit humans had of referencing popular culture in their figures of speech; Gunnery Chief Williams seemed to be particularly fond of such references. Hed even heard times when she and Shepard had gotten into a vid quote contest to see who could quote the most vids and identify where all those quotes had come from. It was . . . strange, to say the least, that humans could find such entertainment in such curious things.
Another odd thing was that Earth apparently had a myriad of special occasions that they took great pride in celebrating. Most certainly, the turians had their own calendar events, and some of them were even talked about for months in advance, but it just seemed as if Normandy
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The comm clicked on. She barely heard it.
Ten minutes out from Ilos, commander.
The comm clicked off again. This time, she shifted slightly, almost stirring, but the strong arms she had dozed off in last night tightened around her bare waist, holding her close. Her bright blue eyes blinked open only momentarily as she took a second or two to remember where she was. A smile flickered across her face as she closed her eyes again and snuggled tightly against the lieutenantsher lieutenantswarm body. He nuzzled into her shoulder, exhaling deeply in sleep. She just reached back and cradled the back of his head in her palm, gently stroking his almost unruly dark hair. Even then he barely stirred, and she gazed over her naked shoulder at him,
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Where in hell is that girl?! Gotta tell her to stay outta Jaynes way until he simmers down. Trigger-happy idiot . . .
Malcolm Reynolds strode quickly through Serenitys long corridors, muttering under his breath in a combination of English (or, as his two new passengers called it, Basic) and Chinese. Half the things he said were less-than-complimentary names he was plotting to call that trigger-happy idiot the next time he got the chance. So far, Jayne had managed to get himself ticked completely off by one of the little passengers. According to him, she was as tetched as River. Shed gotten Jayne upset by simply trying to talk to him and then inadvertentl
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Jedi Temple, Coruscant. Eleven years prior to the Mandalorian Wars.
The nine-year-old boy sat on one of the stolid stone benches in the lush gardens of the Jedi Temple, kicking his heels together boredly. He had evidently been there for quite some time, and the way he glanced anxiously toward the large doors across the way indicated that he was waiting for someone to return. His unkempt brown hair tumbled into his eyes, but he ignored it. To be honest, he rather liked the "tough guy" look it gave him. It made him look at least twelve, he thought, and he liked appearing tougher than he really was.
He hadn't seen either his mother or his brother since earlier that morning when they had entered the Jedi Temple to submit the latter for training. His mother had told him to simply sit still and be a good boy, but he found that easier said than done. With a sigh of absolute boredom, he rose from t
What She Must Do Marty! Marty, baby, come to Mama!What She Must Do in Fan Fiction More Like This
At the sound of his mothers voice, the chubby-cheeked toddler wheeled around and raced toward her with the tottering stride of fat, unsteady legs. His big blue eyes gleamed with eager anticipation as he waddled toward her outstretched arms. He tripped on his own feet and fell to the grass, yet he did not cry. He merely kept his eyes on his mother as he picked himself up and started toward her again, babbling happily. His efforts were rewarded when his mother scooped him off the ground and into her arms, tickling his soft little belly. He squealed and giggled, clinging to her blouse with a pudgy fist. Were his mother not famous for as much as she was, she still would have been famous in his eyesthose wide, glistening, trusting eyes.
Oh, my little Marty,
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 38Peter smiled as he walked to the front door, hearing Alex's car drive off. When he saw his father glaring at him the instant he walked in, he quickly wiped the smile off his face.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 38 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Hey dad what is it?" Peter asked cautiously, watching his father stand up and off the couch. Peter placed his backpack on the ground, already feeling the tense atmosphere practically enveloping him.
"I found some of your test scores," Harold said, getting right to the point.
"You've been going through my stuff?" Peter asked in shock, tensing up instantly. He had gotten rid of Matt's magazine, but he still feared that he had somehow left 'evidence' that would prove Peter's nature to his father. He had no idea how exactly that would happen, but Peter was still paranoid about it.
"Don't change the subject, young man. Care to explain this?" his father said in a strict tone, throwing a bunch of papers in Peter's direction accusingly. Peter glanced at the papers and could manage to make out the pens that had
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 9Peter looked at the man in front of him, frozen as he wondered if this was one of his peculiar dreams or not.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 9 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"What are you doing here? I mean hey," he said quickly, blinking.
"I just had a job interview here as a substitute teacher. Your mother actually called me and told me about your teacher going on maternity leave?" Alex said, smiling.
"Oh, right," Peter said, nodding. Why did he have to tell his mum that? Why couldn't he just shut up? He knew that his mother was trying to do something nice, but he couldn't help but feel anger bubbling up inside him for her telling him about it.
"I was in luck. No one had applied for the job yet, so there's a good chance I might get the job " Alex trailed off, raising his eyebrows as Peter kept looking sort of frozen.
"I'm Matt," Matt stepped in suddenly, grinning. Peter turned slowly and looked at him.
"Hello," Alex said, smiling politely.
"Anyway, I have to go. Hopefully I'll see you soon," he said, looking back at Peter. The teenager could
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 24How did I end up in this mess?Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 24 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Actually, the answer was pretty simple. If only he could turn back time just a tiny bit, none of this would have happened. If he hadn't had a few too many shots to drink that awful night when Emma introduced him to Chuck, he wouldn't be in this situation. If only he hadn't gotten drunk he wouldn't have been so stupid. Peter now realised that he was a perfect example of why people shouldn't get drunk.
You always regret it in the morning.
When he got home that Friday, he was greeted by the sound of his parents yelling. Sighing he shook his head in dismay, walked to the kitchen to get something to eat. He ignored them as he walked through the living room, passing by them. They were so absorbed in their fight that they didn't even notice him. He couldn't make sense of what their fight was about, but he could probably guess that it was his dad who had started it. Lately his dad had been snapping at the smallest of things. Every topic of conversa
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 19What was he expecting? Why did he think even for a moment that things could work out for him like they did in fairytales? People, normal people, don't just confess like that. They don't come out to the guy they love right out of the blue. Especially with something like this.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 19 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Peter lay awake 'til Monday morning, replaying the scene over and over in his head as he stared up at the ceiling.
He had actually told Alex that he was gay. Just like that. Without any introductions or anything, he had just blurted it out. What was he thinking? That Alex would smile and kiss him and suddenly reveal that he himself had been helplessly in love with him too? That he would hug him and tell him that it was alright, and that he shouldn't feel bad for what he was? Those kinds of things don't happen. Especially when the guy they love is straight.
Peter turned on his side, facing the wall, a few tears sliding down his cheeks every now and then. His parents didn't know that while they were peacefully sleepi
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 29"Look! There's fireworks!" Peter's aunt picked up Anna to show her what was happening outside the window. They weren't very visible from this side of the house, but they could still see a few sparkles appearing over the top of the houses' roofs. Everybody gathered towards the windows, trying to find the best spot to see the fireworks go off. Anna was watching in awe, holding Veronica tightly whenever there was a loud sound. Peter backed away slowly, nobody noticing him as he walked back outside in the backyard to have a much needed smoke. He glanced inside the kitchen before he closed the backdoor, taking the tucked cigarette from inside his pocket. He looked up as the sounds of the fireworks got louder. They were completely visible from this spot, and Peter took a moment to enjoy the exclusive view.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 29 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He fiddled with his lighter for a moment before he tried to light up his cigarette. The cold breeze was blowing away the flame before he could.
"Come on," Peter muttered, cigarette hanging
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 7Peter kept walking in a fast pace through the streets, hearing his heart racing through his ears. He kept feeling like he was being followed, but every time he dared to look back when he would change blocks, there was no one there. It was just his imagination playing tricks on him. Chuck was probably waiting for Emma to get off school, like any other boyfriend.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 7 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Just thinking about him made his stomach sick. Did Emma really think that Chuck was a good guy? Did Peter make the right choice, hiding it from her? Should he tell her? But could be dare say something like that to her? He hadn't seen Emma get angry many times, but the few times were she would get mad, no one could calm her down. And even putting that aside, did he even have the courage to get the words out and say something that shameful? Would she ever forget him? Will she bear to look at him after this?
By the time he was done showering himself with questions that he could not answer, he arrived home feeling tensed up and tire
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 28"I can't believe that bastard! The nerve!" Matt huffed as they walked out of the coffee shop.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 28 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Yeah " Peter muttered, sighing and looking at Chuck's text message again before shoving his cell phone inside his pocket.
"Aren't you mad?" Matt asked, frowning as he turned to him.
"Yeah, but, what do you want me to do?" Peter asked, searching for his smokes.
"I don't know, seem more shocked about it?" Matt shrugged.
"But I'm not shocked. This is just like Chuck," Peter said, taking a deep breath. It was true. Dirty mind games like these were exactly what Chuck would do. He had probably planned on Peter noticing that he had sent a text message to Emma at the same time. If he had found out that Emma was with them then he most likely wanted to taunt Peter. To show him that just because he wasn't there, that didn't mean that he couldn't control him. Chuck was just that kind of person.
"Let's not talk about it anymore," Peter said as he lit up a smoke and took a drag. He felt too tired to r
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 10It was a cloudy morning that Monday, but it wasn't something unusual for this time of the year. Peter kept glancing at the sky as he walked to school, hoping that the rain wouldn't decide to start on the day that he forgot to bring an umbrella. Not that he ever brought one, but still.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 10 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He started approaching the school, seeing a lot of his classmates walk past the school gates. When Claire looked up from her group of girlfriends and noticed him she waved, smiling. He made a small wave back, smiling at her slightly as she walked over to him.
"Morning, Claire," he said, stopping in front of the gates. He glanced over at the groups of girls that were looking at their direction and giggling among themselves.
"How was your weekend?" she asked as both of them started to walk again.
"It was okay," he said, spotting Emma as he walked inside the school yard. She pretended not to notice him, most likely because she didn't want to talk to Claire. The feeling was probably mutual. If some
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 39Peter wasn't sure what had just happened exactly. He only knew that instead of Alex dropping him off at home like always, they were instead making their way to none other than Alex's place. Alex's home. His house. The place in which he lived. Alone.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 39 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Peter would have probably been hyperventilating by this point just by thinking about it and overanalysing it as usual, but instead he was just not really thinking about anything. His fever had made him disoriented and sleepy, and by the time Alex had arrived at his apartment building, Peter was practically asleep again.
"Okay, this is it," Alex said, turning and looking at Peter with raised eyebrows. Peter looked back at him, not even realising that he was supposed to move right away. Alex shook his head with a smile before leaning over Peter to open the car's door. Peter was forced to reluctantly get out of the car and follow Alex inside his apartment building.
"I still haven't fully moved in so there are boxes everywhere. Sorry about
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 22Peter got home after half an hour, taking advantage of the early time to take a walk around and clear his head. Or at least think calmly without any interruptions. Even after something so abnormal to him, he still felt strangely calm as he walked through the quiet streets until he reached his house. It wasn't particularly cold that night, only a light breeze gently pushing his hair back as he walked. He figured that any other guy would just think of the date he just had, wondering if he had done well, how the goodnight kiss felt yet all he could think about was his best friend. As if he had already forgotten about his outing with Claire. While he was with her he had pushed it to the back of his mind, but now he had no choice but to think about their fight. The more time passed the guiltier he felt, and the more anxious he got. What if he had lost Matt for good? What if he tried to fix it and it would be too late?Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 22 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
No, I won't accept this.
Once he got inside, he evaded h
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Chapter 1 Hunt
"Someone should learn how to drive," Garrus Vakarian thought shaking his head while he investigated the damaged Mako in the cargo hold of the Normandy. He held a great deal of respect toward Commander Shepard, but her driving wasto put it mildlyreckless. Mako was designed to be used in extreme conditions, but at times he thought that Shepard was asking too much from the vehicle and it was his job to fix anything her driving broke. "Next time she comes around, I'll tell her to stop driving like mad, I sure will," Garrus thought.
"Hi there," Shepard's voice jarred him out from his thoughts. "How's she looking?"
Garrus started to turn to face herhe fully intended to speak his mind about the matterbut she was standing much closer than he had expected and for a reason he couldn't understand her hand, which was resting right next to his, gave him a pause. He had never really paid any attention to her hands be
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Chapter 5 Betrayal
After his angry burst Garrus noticed that his men had started to keep eye on him, especially Sidonis, but they did their best to be subtle about it. He didn't want to tell them off because he didn't want to start another argumenthis men would have just claimed that hey had not done anythingbut after the situation had gone on almost two weeks, it started to get on his nerves.
Sitting on the balcony's rail and leaning his back on one of the supporting pillars Garrus kept an eye out on the bridge below him. His rifle was cradled on his lap, ready to be used if anyone tried to attack his men, who were re-positioning the crates they used as barricades. Sidonis was on the other side of the room leaning his rifle on the pillar while he watched the work.
"I actually wanted to talk to you, Garrus," Sidonis said suddenly, but didn't turn his head. "I might have a job. There is a contact who wants to meet us."
"'Us'" Garrus repeated throwing
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Chapter 31 Message from past
The Normandy headed out the same evening and turned its course toward Illium. Shepard informed Garrus that in addition to finally getting the cannon she had promised him, there would be two potential recruits she hoped to find from there. As they prepared to land Garrus was surprised to see Kasumi Goto joining him and Shepard on the ground team. The young thief was so inconspicuous on board the ship that Garrus had almost forgotten she even existedhe started to have an idea, why she was so good at what she did for a living.
"Oh, we are just picking up something special I ordered for Shepard," she replied when Garrus inquired why she wanted to come with them.
"Logged, commanding officer is ashore," EDI reported as they passed through the airlock. "XO Lawson has the deck."
With Shepard's lead they walked out, but were almost immediately stopped by an asari and two security mechs.
"Welcome to Nos Astra, commander Shepard,"
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Chapter 15 The Council
A fast shuttle ride took them to the Presidium and the ambassadorial suite. They had barely gotten out of the shuttle when they were already shown to captain Anderson's office. When the door opened, they could hear Anderson's voice
"cilor, I represent the voice of humanity and the Alliance. Shepard will be here any" Anderson turned to see them come in. "Oh, commander. We were just talking about you."
Shepard walked forward and Garrus saw her smiling as she shook hands with her former commanding officer. Miranda sat on a couch further backsilently Garrus admitted to himself that he was kind of happy to see her clearly uncomfortable and out of her element.
"It's been a long time, Anderson," Shepard said, ignoring the holographic representations of the three members of the Council. "I hope the last couple of years have treated you right."
"There've been some rough spots," Anderson admitted, nodding a greeting to Garrus
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Chapter 28 That's what friends do
They were again on their way to CitadelGarrus had overheard Shepard giving the order to Jokerafter their post-action debriefing. During the talk Garrus had noticed that Shepard's heart was not in the meeting and guessed that she was still musing on the horrible things Ashley Williams had said to her. An incoming call from the Illusive Man had cut the debriefing short, and now the crew was back to their normal posts.
Garrus heard the telltale sound of footsteps behind his back, and turned to face Shepard.
"Need me for something?" he asked.
"Garrus..." He had never heard Shepard's voice so broken before, and she was blinking her eyes rapidly again. "I just need to talk."
"Sure," Garrus replied, gesturing toward the footlocker Shepard usually sat when she visited him.
"You are my only true friend now," she sighed as she sat down heavily. "Ashley..."
Garrus closed the door and sat next to Shepard.
"She was too hard on yo
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Chapter 8 Mercenaries
"You're kicking ass, Shepard," Garrus complimented her. "They barely touched us. And we got Jaroth in the process. I've been hunting that little bastard for months."
"Why were you after him?" Shepard asked, smiling while she headed to see if the two other humans who had come with her were unhurt. It was simply right that the two of them were together againshe missed all of her friends from the previous Normandy, but more than others she had missed Garrus. The turian had not said so, but she thought that maybe he had missed her too, at least a little.
"He's been shipping tainted eezo all over Citadel space," Garrus spat out, feeling disgustedhe had wanted to arrest that slimy salarian when he had still been a real law enforcement officer, but Jaroth had stayed out of reach. "Half the goods I seized back at C-Sec came from his team here on Omega. I took out a big shipment a while back and killed his top lieutenant in the pr
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Chapter 32 Liara
Together they walked across the market area and headed up the stairs leading to administrative offices. An asari behind a desk greeted them.
"Hello, commander Shepard," she said. "Liara will be pleased to see you."
"You're Liara's assistant?" Shepard asked, stopping by the table.
"Yes," the asari replied. "Liara relies upon me to acquire useful intelligence. I don't have her network of contacts, but I supply her with supplemental data. It's really an honour to work with her."
"What's Liara's reputation here on Illium?" Shepard asked, picking on the admiring tone the asari was using.
"She's greatly respected," she answered. "In a few short years, she's amassed a sizeable network of connections. She could have even more political power than she already wields if she weren't so focused on her personal goals. But I believe she should tell you about that, not me."
"We'll go and see her," Shepard said, nodding.
"Of course, commander," the asari said r
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Chapter 12 On board
Later that night, Garrus opened his private message log for the first time since informing the families of his team about their death. There were total of seventeen messages from Solana, each more alarmed than the previous one, each asking where he was and if he was still all right.
Dear Sol. Miracles do happen. Tell you more when I can. Love you all. Garrus
Then there were nine messages from nine family members of his men, asking details about their deaths, but he couldn't bring himself to reply to them. He knew part of it was survivor's guiltwhat business he had being alive when their loved ones lie deadand only thing he could do for them now was to make sure Sidonis would be punished for his betrayal.
The oldest message made him smile despite himself. It was from Tali:
Dear Garrus. I don't know if you read this. Haven't heard from you in ages. But you have to know: SHEPARD IS ALIVE! I met her on Freedom's Progress. Ge
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Chapter 7 Catching up
"How did you manage to piss off every major merc organisation in the Terminus Systems?" Shepard asked, jarring Garrus out from his thoughts.
"It wasn't easy. I really had to work at it," Garrus answered. Suddenly he felt like in the old days when Shepard had come down to the cargo hold to talk with himthey had changed stories about their lives in the military, memories from their families and highlights of their careers. They had laughed together, they had relaxed together and felt comfortable in each other's companyGarrus couldn't even start to think how much he had missed that, and how much he had missed her. "I'm amazed that they teamed up to fight me. They must really hate me."
Garrus wasn't exactly sure if he was proud of accomplishing something he had thought to be impossible, or if he was ashamed of everything he had done since Normandy's destruction.
"Since when did you start calling yourself 'Archangel'?" Shepard
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Chapter 51 – Weyrloc
Carefully they headed down the stairs. Garrus stole a look over the railing and spotted the source of the noise.
“A varren,” he informed Shepard and Mordin. Leaning over the railing he took aim and placed a shot through its head. “Dead one.”
Shepard rolled her eyes to him and shook her head as they continued down.
When they rounded a corner at the base of the stairs an unexpected—and rather unwelcome—sight greeted them: a dead human was lying on the floor.
“That body,” Mordin said, hurrying ahead of the others. “Human. Need to take a look.”
Shepard knelt next to Mordin, while Garrus kept watch, listening in to his companions’ conversation intently.
“Sores, tumors, ligatures showing restraint at wrists and ankles,” Mordin listed. “Track marks for repeated injection sites. Test subject. Victim of experimentation.”
“I don’t suppose there’s
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"Fang, are you listening to me?!" The Gran Pulsian warrior in question tore her gaze away from the burning fire and found it land on eyes a lighter shade of green to her own. Before she could stop it, she found the corners of her mouth twitch upward as gradually took in the rest of her fellow Oerban's face. 'Sugar and rainbows', a phrase she'd often heard Sazh use to describe Vanille's personality. More often than not, Fang found the term hard to disagree with. Vanille was always so cute when she was angry. It was only a second later when Fang noticed a strange seriousness in the smaller woman's eyes that she very rarely saw.
"I said we need to talk." Vanille repeated the question unheard by Fang the first time asked. While she was usually ready to drop anything and everything for the sake of pleasing Vanille, Fang was actually starting to feel stress and fatigue both physically an
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This fanfiction piece takes place after the events of the game.
--meaning spoilers abound.
--meaning if you haven't finished the game... you should probably go do that. Now-ish.
Great, now that you have been warned let's continue, shall we?
Early to Rise
The crystal clear waters of Lake Oerba remained undisturbed by the flickers of sunlight spreading across it, dancing on it's surface. It was the lone swimmer approaching the edge of the water that marked the first movement of the day. The swimmer exited the cool lake and walked up the steps near a dock, towards a pile of what looked like a towel and clothes. Grabbing the towel and throwing it around their shoulders, the swimmer turned towards the growing source of light on the horizon. A gentle breeze rustled the leaves of the trees along the waterfront, and gently tickled at the damp pink locks of the early riser. With a small yet s
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Semi-AU, pointless fluff, pointless consumption of kiddy snacks, ...general pointlessness all around.
"...Seriously?" Lightning looked between her girlfriend and the small sealed bag she'd tossed her, "Animal crackers?"
"Hey don't look at me," Fang shrugged as she threw herself down on the couch next to the pinkette, "It ain't my fault you let Vanille do the shopping this week." Fang didn't need to have look to see Lightning roll her eyes in response.
"It's your fault you let me." The pinkette grumbled, making another face at the fist-sized packet as she handed it back to Fang, who just chuckled while adjusting her position so Lightning could more sufficiently snuggle against her. One arm around the other woman, Fang held up the packet to the dim light.
"Oh come on, look, they're chicken flavored."
"That's kind of stupid… unless all the crackers inside are chicken shaped." Lightning grabbed the packet and pulled it open, peering inside, "And then even if they we
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Her body floated motionless through the air.
She couldn't move her body at all. All she could do was wait for her vision to adjust and take in what was right in front of her.
...Above her? ...Or was it below? There was no way to know, there was no right-side up nor upside-down where she was.
Glowing mechanical rings slowly rotated around her as she pass through them in silence, forming an endless, broken tunnel. The haze between each ring obscuring anything that lay beyond them.
Lightning... ake... p...
How long has she been here? Where was here? Why was she here? And where was she going?
Lightning, wake up...
Who was calling her?
"LIGHTNING! WAKE UP!"
The pinkette gasped, shooting up into a sitting position, just about knocking over the person kneeling over her. Her eye still adjusting to the bright light, she felt a pair of
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If you read Part I before the 2010.12.15, I suggest you go back and re-read it because I made changes to where I split the story. So the previous Part II is now added to Part I.
...basically if the first few sentences of this part seem to make no sense whatsoever, stop and go back to re-read part I.
Good? Good ^^
"No, this is going to be settled now." There was a finality in Vanille's voice that kept Fang rooted in place. It was a moment later that Fang noticed Vanille looking past her. Somewhere deep in the back of her mind she knew she'd regret following the smaller Gran Pulsian's gaze. But Fang had the reputation of acting before thinking. She turned and found herself staring into cerulean orbs.
"Oh, ya gotta be kidding me "
Fang found herself facing none other than one Lightning Farron. With her arms folded over her chest, a look on her face that dared Fang to try and move her, the pin
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Lightning approached the main building of the CRYSIS Corps. training facility. Having the clearance to continue through Crystallinus, the shuttle had flown directly to the training facility to drop her off. Large enough to be its own district, the CRYSIS Corps. HQ was actually located nearest the base of Cocoon's crystal pedestal. Spanning a good few miles across, the base of operations was what linked the rest of Crystallinus to the crystal pillar. The CRYSIS Corps. Training Facility was tucked away in the corner, farthest from the HQ main gate.
Drawing nearer the administration building, Lightning found a member of military personnel waiting outside. While relaxed, leaning against one of the crystal pillars outside the double doors, his uniform was crisp, his posture firm giving off a seriousness that didn't suit the age he lookedand he looked like couldn't have been much older than twenty. His light hair was gelled back leaving only a few ba
-FFalterXIII- Chapter 19-FFalterXIII- Chapter 19 in General Fiction More Like This
A crystal shard floated among a dark red mass, slowly pulsating with a dull light. The flashes were slow but steady—as if mimicking a heartbeat. No, accompanying a heartbeat, for faint thumps in time with the pulses of light began to fade into the foreground. Eventually it seemed as though the crystal shard was a heart, as light from it began shooting through veins, now apparent in the increasing glow. Moments later, the speed of the beats began to increase, the pause between each one, shortening. Quicker and faster, the crystal's luminosity growing strong still. As the pulses grew quicker, the crystal seemed to crack, dark lines streaming from it, twisting, wrapping, coiling themselves around the veins, around the crystal itself. It began to block the light emanating from it, snapping the veins connected to it. Soon the crystal split completely down the middle, darkness seeping forth, devouring the light and swallowing the area in darkne
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"Hey, sis," Snow's voice invaded Lightning's ears, causing her to scowl, "What's for dinner? I'm starving!"
"So go find something to eat, nobody's stopping you." Lightning replied curtly, "And stop calling me that." Her eyes ever left the gunblade in her lap or the small cloth she was running against it gentlyas if to soothe it against the brashness of Snow's presence.
"But didn't someone already head out to find something?"
"If they did, they obviously aren't back yet. Because if they were, you'd be busy stuffing your mouth and we wouldn't be having this conversation." Lightning corrected herself silently; Snow was not the type of person to let a mouthful of food prevent him from at least attempting to converse with someone. The thought made her frown.
"Whoa whoa, chill chill, I know you're probably still stressed about us getting lost today," Snow said with a grin, displaying his somewhat impressive a
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There were many things about Fang that intrigued Lightning.
Much to her irritation, the Pulsian woman often invaded her thoughts. While it was usually Fang who forced her attention through playful provocation, more often than not as of late, Fang only needed to be within Lighting's line of sight to invoke a whirlpool of thoughts and emotions that the solder had found increasingly difficult to handle. The Pulsian could merely be standing as she was then, at the back of the group, during a break in their seemingly never-ending journey. Weight on one leg, her right hand on her hip, her eyes on the sky, and her hair dancing on the slight breeze that whispered through the tight ravine path.
Lightning would never admit that she was ever so slightly jealous of Fang's hair. Free, flowing, wild and untamableperfectly fitting for the Pulsian. No single strand of Fang's hair had a set place, yet none ever seemed out of place
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"Again, I feel pretty bad bringing you out here so soon into your leave-"
"It's not a problem, Amodar," Lightning spoke into the communication device held between her cheek and shoulder as she closed the door to her home and placed the rather large duffel bag in her other hand on the porch near the stairs, "You know me, too much quiet makes me restless."
"I know you still don't know how to take it easy, Farronyou've gotten better but you could stand to relax a little more."
"Says the man who called me back in during the middle of my leave." Lightning retorted half-jokingly. Her former superior office chuckled on the other end of the line. Now with a free hand, the pinkette grasped the comm. device and pulled it over to her other ear.
"I wouldn't have called you out if I didn't think it were completely necessary."
"I know." Lightning voiced in unnecessary agreement at the serious
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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
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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
A Week to RememberGarrus was excited as he packed his bags. He was going to spend a week with his father, Aetius, on the Citadel. Garrus had never been there before and he could hardly wait to see it. It had been six months since he had seen his father; his last visit the week of Garrus' tenth birthday. With his father's work at C-Sec, he wasn't able to make it home very often. His mother, Tacita, suggested that father bring him to the Citadel during his week off from school and to Garrus' happy surprise, his dad accepted.A Week to Remember in Short Stories More Like This
"You all packed?" his mother chuckled as she leaned against the door frame of his bedroom.
"Think so," Garrus chirped.
"Mama, where's daddy?" Solana said sweetly as she entered the doorway.
"He should be here any minute," she replied warmly as she patted Solana's back.
Suddenly, they heard a sound from the living room the sound of a door opening.
"Daddy!" Solana yelled as she ran down the hallway and into the living room. Garrus zipped
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 Keeper 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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Garrus slowly opened his eyes, adjusting to how bright the room was.
"You're finally awake, how do you feel?" a familiar voice asked.
He slowly turned his head and saw that it was Dr. Chakwas. Confused he looked around the room, a room that looked like the Normandy's med bay. He shut his eyes again.
"What's going on? Where am I? Where's Shepard?"
"It's alright Garrus; you're on the Normandy II, built by Cerberus. Shepard is in command, alive and well."
He was so confused and was drowsy from the meds.
"It's a long story Garrus. When you are feeling better you should find Shepard she'll do a better job of explaining everything. Bottom line is you're alive and Shepard is back."
Shepard is back. The words resonated deep within him. He allowed himself to fall back asleep; knowing the sooner he recovered the sooner he could speak to Shepard.
"How's he do
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Her head was throbbing and the room was entirely too bright as Shepard slowly opened her eyes. She pushed herself up to a seated position and rubbed her forehead. She squinted as she scanned the room there was a glass of water and something else on her desk. She got up and stumbled over to her desk by the glass of water there were two pills and a note. She picked up the note and stared sharply at it...waiting for her vision to focus in.
For the headache. Don't worry, they won't make you forget the best night of your life.
She laughed and picked up the pills. She tossed them back quickly, followed by the glass of water. She did have a fun night but it wasn't the best night of her life - the best nights of her life involved Garrus. Her heart sank as thoughts of him ran through her tired mind.
Shepard walked back over to her bed and laid down. Her eyes were sore and her body felt weak...all energy completely drained from her.
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The past few weeks had not been kind to Garrus. His vision was hazy he could hear nothing other than the low humming in his head. He had hardly eaten in the past few days, only consuming what was necessary for the energy he needed to accomplish his tasks each day. When at home, he confined himself to his room ignoring the occasional knocks on the door from his concerned family. There was only one person he needed only one person he missed his best friend his lover his everything. The light had left his eyes his spirit was nowhere to be found he was a hollow shell a broken turian. He was lost without her everything was wrong felt wrong. He had receded inside himself unable to find the words to speak when asked the simplest of questions by his family. All hope had left his body all will to continue on he
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Shepard left Mordin's lab and headed for the elevator. She needed to get suited up before they arrived at the Migrant fleet's location to speak to the Admiralty Board.
Jack was headed to the elevator as well. She caught eyes with Shepard
Shepard's lips were still puffy and the fact that she was coming from the direction of Mordin's lab Shepard could see Jack's mind at work.
Jack smirked, "Nice lips what's your secret?"
"Shut up Jack."
"You didn't waste much time did you?" Jack said with a laugh.
"Please keep your voice down."
Jack proceeded to follow Shepard to the elevator.
"Well?" asked Jack, "you gonna give me the details? We had an agreement."
"Yes I know! We took a shower together and I well, I caused a situation that I had to take care of."
"Wow Shepard, I'm impressed you were able to fit all of that in "
"So how did you oh it was a collaborative effort, eh?"
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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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It didn't take long for Shepard to bring Garrus up to speed. She died, she was brought back to life, she found him and he's been with her every step of the way since. Most of Garrus' questions had to do with Cerberus' intentions. Shepard didn't really have answers she didn't know what was going on herself and she didn't like working for them. She was using it to her advantage though and Garrus knew that no matter what, he could always trust Shepard.
"What about you?" she asked. "How did you end up on Omega?"
Garrus' story was much longer than hers had been. He talked about her death, her funeral
"It was hell Shepard. Without you, there was no one left to take on the Reapers; nobody saw it as a real threat. It was frustrating! I tried, believe me I tried Shepard! I ended up getting so angry that I just couldn't take being on the Citadel anymore.
It Takes Time: Part IShepard is signing books when the assassin hits.It Takes Time: Part I in Romance More Like This
He sees it out of the corner of his eye-
the flash of a gun,
the curl of fingers.
He's out of practice.
Slower than usual.
But he's been Alliance for longer than he's been retired,
and his reflexes kick in anyway,
turning over the table,
pushing the woman in front of him down,
dropping to the floor himself.
He hears the gun fire.
He rolls, using the table for cover.
Rattled thoughts ram through his brain.
What the fuck-
Who the hell-
Are you kidding me?
He wishes he had his gun,
and as he glances around for something useful,
his thoughts become more orderly.
There's only one exit.
If I can find a way to move the civilians out-
no, not enough time.
Gotta take him down.
Fuck, I need backup!
As if in answer to a prayer-
not that Shepard believes in those,
he hears a familiar voice.
His hand snaps
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Waves crashing over me
in a gentle rhythm.
with no control.
I'm okay with that.
when you don't have to worry
My mind is blissfully blank.
The black waves roll over me
It would be wonderful
to stay here forever.
To give up
To throw away
of needing to take another breath
of needing to lift my chest
of needing to...
Something echoes in the back of my mind and my train of thought stops, half-processed.
Echoing throughout my inky world,
prodding me sharply,
tearing a hole in the blackness.
don't you dare!
I recoil from the words,
and feel a rush of relief as the darkness smothers them.
I embrace the ocean again;
rack my brains.
What was I saying, again?
Before I was interrupted.
Something about throwing things away.
But as my body slips beneath the waves,
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and sets the glass down,
too far for Kaidan to get at it again.
His hand is still on Kaidan’s shoulder
and Kaidan is deathly white
and about to faint.
His lips part,
“I must be really drunk,”
and Shepard’s amusement morphs into something close to guilt.
“Sorry about that.
I probably could’ve handled this better.
Garrus told me where he thought you’d be, and…
I just thought I’d stop in.
Kaidan’s still trying to breathe.
He wants to reach out and touch him.
To assure himself that he’s real,
that he’s here.
But he can’t be.
It’s just not possible,
because he’d heard the news,
straight from Anderson’s lips,
the Normandy’s gone
so is the Commander.
Shepard’s fingers are firm and steady on his arm,
his eyes are the gray that Kaidan remembers so well,
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It sounded better in my head-
most things do-
but I say it anyway and blush afterwards.
We're back in Canada for the holidays,
Shepard and I.
London is our home;
Shepard wanted to live there,
and after his near death on the Citadel,
I wasn't arguing.
It's noisy, yes.
all the same.
It's different here-
a nice break from the business of the city.
The silence is gratifying;
it comes in a rush of relief.
We step onto the bridge,
hands twined around one another,
Shepard squeezing my fingers gently every so often,
and the snow gusts around us, dancing in a cloud of white and gray.
The flakes leap up over the railing,
throwing themselves towards the sidewalk,
twisting up again before they hit.
And so is Shepard.
The streetlamp beside us throws his face into a sharp contrast,
illuminating the tip of his nose,
the curve of his cheek,
the small scars still tracing his forehead.
The flap of his jacket curves up to br
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The chair is hard
and a sickly cream color.
The color that Shepard is today.
He woke up this morning with an intense craving for food.
Not the liquid kind
being pumped into him with a thin clear tube
attached to his arm.
The solid kind
that makes your mouth water when you smell it.
I'd kill for a piece of chicken right now."
I'd told him that he couldn't eat that yet.
He'd given me an intense look
and an angry frown.
in that voice of his
that would make the toughest Krogan in the galaxy quake.
"Get me some goddamn chicken."
I talked to the head nurse about it.
With a bright, cheery attitude
that Shepard hates.
But I like her:
she really cares about him,
about how he's doing
I asked her about the chicken.
shaking her head.
"That's not really a g
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It's a hell of a first impression
when the people you most want to impress
come home to find you making out with their son pinned against the wall.
It doesn't help that Kaidan's blushing.
This is the most awkward silence
I have ever experienced.
Kaidan's mom's face is unreadable.
Kaidan's dad's face is thunderstruck.
Kaidan gestures to me.
He clears his throat.
"This is Commander Shepard,"
and his blush deepens even further.
Something kicks in.
I don't know if it's from years of defying others,
or just another one of my act-fast, think-later instincts.
But I yank Kaidan closer to me
and slide an arm around his waist.
"Kaidan and I are getting married,"
I say unabashedly,
like it's no big deal,
and Kaidan's mom's eyes get so big
I think they might burst.
"We stopped by and you weren't here,"
I tell them.
says Kaidan's mom faintly.
It Takes Time: Part IIIThey tell him that his name is Spectre Major Kaidan Alenko.It Takes Time: Part III in General Fiction More Like This
That he served the Alliance for a good portion of his life.
That he teaches biotics down at the Alliance headquarters in Canada.
That he's been shot in the head.
A few days ago.
Maybe a week.
"At least I'm up and kicking, yeah?"
He always was positive.
They tell him that, too.
He hasn't forgotten everything.
He remembers the Normandy.
It's not those things that he's confused over.
It's the people.
for the most part-
and the aliens.
she introduces herself.
"Dr. Liara T'soni.
You were a part of the team that rescued me-"
He breaks in eagerly.
"-on Therum, right?
You were on Therum."
She looks surprised,
"You remember me?"
remember saving you.
He doesn't know how to explain it.
He remembers saving her.
He remembers the assets she brought to the team.
But he can't,
for the life of
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staticky over the intercom,
and in that one word,
I know something's wrong.
"Kaidan, can you...
can you come down here?"
His voice is quiet.
Breathed into the comlink.
And pleading with me.
"I'm coming, Shepard."
I'm already moving,
taking the turns through the hallways towards his quarters.
I don't ask what it is.
I already know.
Everyone on the ship knows.
Shepard's locked himself in his room a grand total of one time,
and that was after the destruction of Earth.
this is Earth all over again.
I tried to go to him before.
In the hours after we'd boarded, I'd went to his room,
only to find it locked tight and refusing to budge.
I'd called his name,
banging on the metal with my fist.
and when that didn't work,
I resorted to
He still didn't answer.
I was worried,
but I stopped trying after a few days.
I knew he'd come around eventually.
And I guess I was right.
In the end: Part IKaidan isn't sure how many drinks he's had.In the end: Part I in Romance More Like This
The bartender is looking wary
and his tongue feels heavy in his mouth,
so he assumes he can down a few more before he's completely wasted.
He's been drinking heavily all week.
It always happens this time of year.
a quick-witted turian-
has become something of a sympathetic voice in his life,
nodding to him when he comes through the door
and mixing up the shard wine before Kaidan even asks.
The drink is batarian in nature and origin.
He hates it.
the eye-watering repercussions
when he finally chokes it all down.
He remembers going out to the Citadel,
looking for something good for poker night,
because Joker decided that he'd want to try his hand at cards, for once,
and Liara said she might play,
And he'd look through the menu and there it would be,
and white-hot in your throat,
and he'd whip out his credits and buy the whole damned cask,
because it was all wor
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Come on, Shepard.
Open your eyes.
I know you can hear me.
It's time to get up.
Open your eyes.
He's dead, Kaidan.
I don't think so.
That's not possible.
He's just sleeping.
Come on, Shepard.
Look at him, Kaidan.
He's just tired.
There's blood all over him.
That's not blood. That can't be blood.
Shut up, why don't you?
Open your eyes.
He's just sleeping-
Why won't you wake up?
Don't do this to me,
not after all this time,
not after what you promised me-
you said we'd be together,
you said you would be waiting-
And I wake up.
Covered in icy cold sweat,
Shepard's arm is draped over me.
He mumbles something as I pull myself up;
his hand slides off of my chest and falls
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard RomanceCHAPTER 7: TRAPChimera: A Garrus / Shepard Romance in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 11Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 11 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 11 - Trials and Tribulations II Pt. 1
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
That painful reminder that we needed to find the guilty party quickly returned to our minds. The fact that our lives were hanging in the balance casually strolled back into our thoughts. I slowly looked to Sayaka as she did with me.
“Do you think we can do this?” She wondered.
“I’m sure we’ll figure it out,” I replied, managing only a small grimace.
“Do we have enough evidence?”
“I’m not sure. It’ll be close, that’s for sure.”
“We’d better head down.”
As the two of us walked through the red door hand in hand, we looked at each other without saying anything more. However, someone decided to callously break the silence.
“So… The game has started its second round, I see…”
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 9Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 9 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 9 – High School Swim Meet of Despair
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
A few more days had passed, with everyone finally coming to terms with our situation, to Monokuma’s clear dismay. Celeste, unfortunately, fell ill once again, but all of the girls did what they could to help her. We were helping each other up and keeping our spirits high. Everyone kept up with their duties and everything seemed right as rain.
Or rather, it would, had it not been for the fact I was stumped. I was having a very difficult time thinking of a way out. Could we use one of the pillars in the art room as a battering ram and tear down a wall? No, it was too heavy for even Mondo and Sakura combined. Can we tear the metal off the windows and escape through there? No, the metal was too strong to tear off by hand and there were no tools that could take out the bolts. The main door? No, it seems indes
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 10Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 10 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 10 – Invitation to Despair’s Investigation
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
Within about five minutes after that announcement, everyone was at the pool where Sakura, Sayaka and I found Aoi’s dead body. While waiting for the others, Sayaka explained to me that the announcement would come on whenever a body was discovered by three or more people. No one took the news well, but it was obvious who took it the worst.
“Whoever killed Hina will not need to worry about Monokuma executing them. That will be my job!” Sakura roared, completely filled with rage and hatred. She looked she was ready to kill somebody, and given her declaration just moments before, something told me that she wouldn’t hesitate to do so.
“Sakura, please calm down…” I suggested in a very calming tone.
“Why should I!? My best friend was murdered!!”
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 12Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 12 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 12 – Trials and Tribulations II Pt. 2
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
“S-Seriously, Anzai!? You know who the killer is just from that!?” Ishimaru gasped.
“Yeah… But before I get into that, I want to let Hagakure know that I found his crystal ball,” I replied.
“You really found it, dude? Thanks, man! Where is it?” Hagakure queried, sounding like a five year old on Christmas morning.
“Unfortunately, when I found the crystal ball, it wasn’t intact. I found the crystal ball, or should I say glass ball, at the bottom of the pool, completely shattered.”
“Wait, a glass ball!? … Damn it! That guy conned me out of all of my savings from fortune-telling!” Hagakure cried.
“By all of your savings, how much are we talking?” Leon interrogated.
“Well, it was about three years’ worth
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 4Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 4 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 4 - Can Despair be Overcome?
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
It would be rather safe to say that I had no idea how to react. Despite how cliché it sounds, it all happened so fast. However, it is what happened. Sayaka Maizono, the Ultimate Pop Sensation, was kissing me, the type of student you would usually see as having their books thrown into a trashcan and being shoved into a locker. My first kiss… Would it be melodramatic for me to say that I felt I just stepped into a dream?
Just as I finally realized what had happened, the kiss was over. Sayaka was still gazing into my eyes as I was gazing into hers, as if we were trying to see into each other’s souls. Neither of us made a single movement or sound. It was like time had stood still once more.
“S-Sayaka?” I finally asked in a soft whisper, sounding completely flustered.
“Shin… You are the one who will be
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 18Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 18 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 18 – Trials and Tribulations III (pt. 2)
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
“Alright, if I may, I’d like to give an explanation to what is going on,” Ishimaru requested. As I nodded, he continued. “So, given the positioning of the bodies and the surrounding crime scenes, we could determine this is not the work of any amateur. Shin and Toko cannot possibly be the killer due to post-trauma stress from the deaths of their fathers. Sayaka also cannot be the killer because of her alibi - she was with Shin the entire night. As for now, anyone else in this room can be considered suspects.”
“At this point, this is all the info we have. Thank you, Ishimaru,” I replied. “Are there any questions so far?”
“I do have one, Mr. Anzai,” Hifumi said. “About Mr. Ishimaru’s first statement, when he said it couldn
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 17Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 17 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 17 – Trials and Tribulations III (pt. 1)
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
“Well, there’s the buzzer…” I said after hearing the announcement. “We’d better get going.”
“Yes,” Sayaka nodded, holding my hand tightly as we walked back down towards the large door.
As Sayaka and I opened the door, we noticed that we were the first ones there. We took the opportunity of us being alone to give each other a soft kiss. Just as we finished, some of the others arrived. Since some of the other students were on the fifth floor examining Mondo’s corpse, it made sense that some took a little longer than others to arrive.
“I see… So once again, I’m not the first to arrive,” Ishimaru stated as we walked in and saw the others in the room before. “Once again, I’ve been disgraced.”
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 3Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 3 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 3 - Surprises Around Each Corner
MAJOR SPOILERS FOR DANGANRONPA: TRIGGER HAPPY HAVOC AND DANGANRONPA: THE ANIMATION
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
After we had all finished our lunch, a few of us split up to check out what we hadn’t personally seen yet. Sakura and Aoi had gone to the gymnasium to run a few laps. Hifumi and Chihiro had gone to the AV room to see what equipment could be found there. Meanwhile, the rest went back to our dorms for a little while to get more settled in. I had just finished unpacking and putting everything away when I got a knock on my door.
“The door’s unlocked,” I called out to the knocker. The door opened as Hagakure walked in.
“Hey bro! I just wanted to thank you for making me feel better back in the hall," Hagakure said. It took a moment, but I realized he had been talking about my speech in the hall.
Dangan-Ronplay 2nd Case SummaryThis case began with the motives that Monokuma gave to us; the DVDs showing something terrible that happened to a loved one. Although none of us knew for sure whether what they saw was true or not, some people started to realize that the only way to know for sure is to kill someone.Dangan-Ronplay 2nd Case Summary in Plot Outlines & Synopses More Like This
Saiko Oshima was one of them. She came up with a plan to kill and she had just the person in mind. Unable to find the person she had in mind, Saiko went to ask Shin if he knew where her target was. When she did, though, she was thrown completely off-guard by finding her target in the room as well. Saiko must have thought that if they asked Shin about the victim’s location, it would raise suspicion if the person died shortly after, so she came up with a new plan: kill her intended target and Shin at the same time.
With that process in mind, Saiko raised her guitar with intention to strike down her target. However, her intentions wouldn’t come to pass. Seeing the potential killer make her move, Sh
Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 8Danganronpa: Alternate Destiny Chapter 8 in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 8 – Sweet Music to my Ears
SPOILERS FOR DANGANRONPA: TRIGGER HAPPY HAVOC AND DANGANRONPA: THE ANIMATION
Shin Sayaka Makoto Byakuya
Mondo Sakura Aoi Celeste
Kyoko Hagakure Ishimaru Junko
Hifumi Toko Leon Chihiro
The days slowly seemed to roll by. We all did our basic routine and had little change between each day. To me, it seemed as though we were willing to accept the fact that we don’t need to kill each other to escape this place. Everyone seemed to realize that, if given enough time, we would find a way to get out of here. Of course, we did have our little arguments here and there. It’s to be expected, though, when you live with thirteen other people and they are the only thirteen people you ever see in the run of a day.
We all had our own little routines. We had our “assemblies”, run by Ishimaru, during each of our dinners, just so we would be up to speed on how everyone was doing. Byakuya and Celeste handled laundry
I've FallenI've fallen so hardI've Fallen in Free Verse More Like This
it's thundered right through.
I've tumbled from heights
I climbed to with you.
Haunted by your scent
when I lay down to rest.
Surrounded by your essence,
finding no space inside my chest.
I've tried to turn away,
to live normal for a week.
I've tried to remain strong
and not let my tears leak.
I don't know what you've done
but I've never felt it before.
Snatched away so sharply
I can't feel anymore.
I sense remorse,
pain and sadness.
I doubt I will pass
if this is one more test.
There's a hole where you were
deep in my heart.
Not being able to hold you
is tearing me apart.
I miss you dearly
but I won't beg and plead.
If you take me back
I want it to be for me.
I don't want you to feel guilty,
sorry for what I've become.
If you feel you love me
or that you'd rather we had fun.
I'll fight your fears beside you
morning, noon and night.
I want to be your saviour
and make everything alright.
I want to be your equal,
your lover so passionate.
But most of all I want to be
Ode To FriendshipLets drink to the demiseOde To Friendship in Free Verse More Like This
of the greatest trio ever known.
Two of them wedlock bound
and one doomed to walk alone.
A leopard never changes it spots
so gazelle, my former friend, beware,
it's only a matter of time
before new fingers run through her hair.
I don't want to say
that she might be a whore,
bitterness aside I
go on history, nothing more.
So a former friendly warning
to the "happy" prey to be,
you might be the flavour now
but she has a lot more of the world to see.
Beautiful Eyes No MoreEyes dulled nowBeautiful Eyes No More in Free Verse More Like This
by countless sorrows,
Forgotten gleam of
Eyes so bright
that shine more,
just memories left
of the beautiful eyes I once bore.
Call it what you likeMoving up,Call it what you like in Free Verse More Like This
Not always happy,
Not always right,
Not always getting
peaceful sleep at night.
as I suppress a frown.
mauled by thugs.
I wanted you back.
or torment consumes me.
until freedom is mine.
RememberedI have been rememberedRemembered in Free Verse More Like This
probably when he was not around
and some words have been written,
their meaning quite profound.
But they're written without knowledge
of how's or where's or why's
and you lack this knowledge
because you won't listen to my cries.
I don't care anymore
'cause you stopped my beating heart.
I don't talk anymore
'cause my love was pointless from the start.
I respond so you know,
too avoid a future fight,
if you write about me again
please make sure you're right.
Walk AloneI see the lightWalk Alone in Free Verse More Like This
others refuse to see.
"I'm not good enough"
is what they say too me.
It seems to be a pattern
that gives meaning to my life
to see the beauty in the women
that cause me so much strife.
No matter what they say,
no matter how I feel,
I love no less
no matter how much has to heal.
I wander lonely roads,
flitting from love to love
and every one I meet,
I'll feel they are enough.
It's my curse to walk alone
except for brief moments in time
where I find the "perfect" woman
and painful happiness is mine.
Three's a crowdTo want so much,Three's a crowd in Free Verse More Like This
to have so little,
to need you here
makes me feel so brittle.
Which you I need
I'm not so sure.
If I want so much
is my heart truely pure?
One so young
yet hardly known.
A colleague, she
has me thrown.
One so trusting
she doesnt understand
that how I feel
isn't quite what she planned.
not long alone,
but longed for
since I have known.
The lines are blurred
between love and lust.
I have to work this out
decide which feelings to trust.
BrokenI stand here broken hearted,Broken in Free Verse More Like This
numbness replaces feelings departed.
I was fooled by emotions
we both claimed to have.
I understand space
but still miss our "love".
I always said I wouldn't get hung up,
not on a woman, not on you.
Looks like I've failed but still
hanging's the last thing I'll do.
Yes it hurts
but life goes on.
I hope we get back
together as one
but if thats unlikely
I'll try to have fun.
It won't be straight away,
it might even take months.
All I can promise is that
your friendship can be enough.
RemindersI bear these scarsReminders in Free Verse More Like This
as slim, bleak reminders
of a time when I once cared.
I endure these dreams,
of the placebo endured.
I take these communications
so I can always remember
how much worse I could have fared.
I take all these reminders,
painful times you've left with me,
I take all these reminders
so the future is brighter to see.
AfterthoughtIt's eating meAfterthought in Free Verse More Like This
from inside to out.
Why can't I tell you
about how much I doubt?
I truely love you
in every single way
but I'm struggling to believe
you find it that easy to say.
Before it made you nervous,
struck deep with worry and fear.
Now everytime you say it
I fight to hide my tears.
There's something there between you
that much is plain to see.
The fact you acted on it
makes things unclear to me.
I don't want to give you up
and I'd never throw you away
because you're all I think about
each minute of the day.
Give me an honest answer
when I ask you what you want.
Spare me the empty phrases
if I'm just an afterthought.
Garrus VS Valentines DayMass EffectGarrus VS Valentines Day in Romance More Like This
In which Garrus listens to Joker and tries to find the perfect Valentine's Day present for Shepard.
It was one of the stranger sights Garrus Vakarian had seen on the Citadel. Odd enough to make him stop in place and wonder if he should be in amazed, confused, or slightly intimidated. Probably all three at once, he decided at last.
He had never seen so much pink in his life. Well, pink mixed with plenty of reds, whites, and the occasional smattering of purple. This was the third human shop he had seen with those decorations (although this was the gaudiest one to date),and if the crowds around it were any indication, he was going to have to admit that maybe Joker had actually been serious when he insisted that Valentines Day was one of the most important of human holidays.
When the pilot had first mentioned Valentines Day to him, Garrus had been more than a little skeptical. It sounds exactly like the kind of joke the man would
ME: Nail CareME: Nail Care in Romance More Like This
On her first night together with Garrus, Shepard had been mildly concerned about the talons that she knew turians possessed. She trusted Garrus with all of her heart and knew that he never intentionally harm her, but there was that instinctual distrust of sharp claws near her softer human flesh. Of course she had been thinking of entirely different things by the time that evening reached the stage where his gloves came off, and then she didn't' have the luxury to think about minor details until after they had blow the Collector base to bits.
Being under house arrest had given her more than enough time to think, and Garrus was one of the happy memories she had she to stave on the crushing boredom. One of the questions those memories brought up was if turian anatomy charts and Alliance descriptions of turian talons as 'vicious natural weapons' were overly exaggerated or if Garrus had blunted his just for her.
Mini The Shepard-Vakarian Files - Lazy Evening~*~*Mini The Shepard-Vakarian Files - Lazy Evening in General Fiction More Like This
The Shepard-Vakarian Files
Mini-fic: Lazy Evening
It's a quiet evening at home for Garrus, Shepard, and Aetius. Well, mostly quiet.
Lilliana Shepard, the former captain of the Normandy, liked showers. There was just something soothing about the feeling of the warm water cascading down, caressing her skin, and now that she was (semi) retired, she would indulge in stupidly long ones.
This was especially when Garrus was home to watch Aetius, and she didn’t have to worry about the little turian getting into some sort of trouble. Which he would if you took your eyes off him for even a second. Everyone said that it was just the age he was at, but it didn’t make it less stressful for either of his parents.
With a sigh she hit the control panel to shut off the water flow and grabbed for a towel. As much as she loved Garrus for being willing to indulge her like this, it wasn’t fair to leave him as the sole parental authority when she they were both
Intercept Chapter 5B“As I said before, the people in charge don’t know as much as they would like,” Hannah said, “which is part of the reason I think they’ve been keeping quiet about it. What we do know is that whatever that energy blast was that took out the Reapers, it did make the trip through the Relays. We’re fairly sure it would have affected all the other Reapers the same way it did here.” She rubbed a thumb over the top of her cane. “We’ve also confirmed the energy blast is the reason the Relays shut down. According to the scientists we have up there, it overloaded and triggered something they think is a fail-safe of sorts. It’s locked down all systems.”Intercept Chapter 5B in General Fiction More Like This
“All right,” Solana said slowly. “So we know what happened. I take it we don’t know how to fix it yet?”
“Not yet,” Hannah was forced to admit, “they have made a bit of progress though. I just g
Intercept 4AEverything was murky, fuzzy. A single thought took a massive effort to form. She felt heavy too, like she was made of stone. Maybe moving wasn't a good idea.Intercept 4A in General Fiction More Like This
Somewhere, somehow, Shepard knew this should be a bad sign. She should be worrying. She just couldn't remember why. There were other things she was supposed to be remembering. Important things. Very, very important things. It was just hard to recall why they were so very important.
Besides, it was dark. That wasn't good either.
Eventually some part of her remembered opening her eyes might help with that dark thing. After some thought, she decided it was worth a try. It proved to be harder than she remembered it being. It felt like her eyelids were made of lead, and didn't want to move very much. Still, for some reason she knew this was important. Slowly, bit by bit, she forced her lids to raise.
She winced at the first crack of light that leaked. She hadn't
ME: SurpriseShepard was not surprised to find Garrus away from the control console in the main battery when she walked in. It had been a bit of a shock at first, but she was glad he had figured out that he didn't need to be calibrating that damn gun all the time. The only downside was having to hunt all over the ship for him when she wanted his company, although he had taken a liking to the lounge area, making that her usual first stop when looking for him.ME: Surprise in Romance More Like This
This time, however, she quickly realized that it wouldn't be needed. A glanced showed that he was over at the workbench that he been installed on the right wall. He'd half turned to see her come in and seemed frozen now.
"Shepard." He said by way of greeting. "Hey." Shepard felt her eyes narrow slightly. Although he was trying to keep his voice level, his mandibles were twitching nervously and he had turned slightly to the side to hide whatever he was working on. "Some
Past and Present__Past and Present in General Fiction More Like This
After Kaidan comes back on board the whole crew is just waiting for a fight to occur between him and Garrus. Garrus decides to disappoint them. (FemShep/Garrus)
One of the most useful skills Garrus had picked up during his C-sec days was the ability to read the mood of a room the moment he walked into it. He'd always had a feel for it even back when he was in the military, but it was on the Citadel where he had really refined it. That skill had saved his life more than once on Omega.
Now, that old skill made sure he was aware of the strange feeling in the air on the crew deck as he traced the path from the main battery to the kitchen. He hadn't noticed it when he had first walked down the stairs, but as he rummaged around in the fridge he felt that slight shift. There was a sudden silence, then a flurry of whispers among the few crew members he had seen, and a few accompanying twitters.
He looked behind him in complete confusion, wondering
Intercept 4BShepard heard Garrus' voice. It was far off, but she'd know those familiar dual-tones anywhere. He was annoyed, even without seeing him she could heard that much although she couldn't tell who he was annoyed with. Sucks to be them, she thought cheerfully as silence fell.Intercept 4B in General Fiction More Like This
Curiosity overcame her and she slowly opened her eyes. Same hospital room, but curiously she couldn't see the turian anywhere close by.
"Lillie?" That wasn't Garrus. It was a voice that was even more familiar to her than his.
She felt something in her chest lurch. "Mom?" she whispered in disbelief as she finally focused on the woman sitting in a chair on her right side.
The older woman seemed to sag in relief herself and smiled. "Welcome back to the world, sweetheart. You've been sleeping a long time."
Lil just stared at her mother wide-eyed. "What are you doing here, Mom?"
"What, I'm not supposed to come visit my daughter when I find out she's been through hell and back?" her mother crossed her arms and leaned
ME: Intercept 1There were so many machines in the room that their soft beeping drowned out the breathing of the patient they were monitoring. Commander Lilliana Shepard, hero of the galaxy, the one who enabled them to win the war and drive back the Reapers, lay in the center of them all amidst a tangle of wires.ME: Intercept 1 in Romance More Like This
Her mother stood at the foot of her bed, her hand resting on the edge as she watched the gentle rise and fall of her daughter's chest. It was the only sign that she was still alive. Admiral Hannah Shepard knew that the machines around her would be able to tell her the same, but she didn't know what the various readouts meant and quite frankly she did not care. Her daughter was breathing on her own now. That was enough to tell her there was an improvement.
She picked up her hand and walked around the edge of the bed until she reached the stool that had been placed near the head of it. Hannah lowered herself ont
ME: Intercept 2(FemShep/Garrus. Garrus Vakarian meets Hannah Shepard at her daughter's bedside.)ME: Intercept 2 in Drama More Like This
If you had asked Garrus Vakarian less than an hour ago, he would have said honestly that their families weren't something that he and Shepard had talked about much. Not that he had hadn't thought of his before, in the down shift hours when she was curled up in bed next to him and he had wondered how he was going to bring up the topic of an alien girlfriend to his father. That it was Commander Shepard might either make things worse or better depending on how his father chose to see things.
But Lil's own family? The mother had he had heard mentioned once or twice? That was something he hadn't thought of much, aside from being happy for Shepard when she had told him that her mother was all right. He had known in the back of his mind that he would have to meet her someday, the woman who had raised his Shepard. Really introduce himself to her, not l