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
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 13Peter walked to chemistry class quietly, sitting at his table.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 13 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"You okay?" Matt asked as he sat next to him, looking at him warily.
"Huh?" Peter blinked, looking disoriented. Alex had literally made him swoon with a simple hello.
"I said, are you okay?" Matt repeated.
"Oh, yeah, I'm fine, totally fine," Peter said, clearing his throat. He opened up his chemistry book, pretending to read it in an attempt at stopping any more incoming questions. But it didn't work.
"So, how do you know our math teacher?" Matt asked, sitting back on his seat.
"What? What makes you think I know him?" Peter questioned instantly, tensing up. Matt blinked and arched an eyebrow.
"Because you told me?" he said slowly, making a weird face.
"Right, I forgot. Eh, he's a friend of the family's," Peter said, his eyebrows furrowing.
"What sort of friend?" Matt continued, leaning his chin on his palm. He didn't seem to care one bit that class had started. Though the questions were simple, Peter felt like he was being
Mirrors from Afar -IntroSummary: Peter lives a lie.Mirrors from Afar -Intro in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He plays a sport that he despises for the sake of his father's love, and hides his true sexuality from the world, except his two best friends.
He dreams that life was simpler, so that he wouldn't have to hide.
Because, as much as he hides it, he can't escape from himself, or the feelings he has for another man.
A man who can never love him back.
A man who after 11 years has begun to get closer to Peter.
But is it for better, or for worse?
As Peter's life slowly turns upside down, Peter will realize that every wrong decision comes with great consequences.
Things are about to change.
The six year old boy sat on the carpet of his grandparents' house, raising a couple of action figures and making sound effects on his own. In his imagination they flew in an attempt to beat his boredom. The house was not meant for kids to play in, but the large yard was far too cold to play in. He had only brought a couple of toys with him, and they would only
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 27"Holy-!" Alex took a step back, covering his mouth. He looked even more shocked than Peter was. The boy blinked as he was harshly brought back from his trance. He felt like he should say something, but it was as if the kiss had stolen his ability to form words.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 27 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Oh God " Alex muttered, backing another step. Peter could only stare at him, still wondering if he was awake or merely dreaming.
"I'm so sorry!" Alex exclaimed, which made Peter blink.
"Sorry ?" he repeated in confusion, finally getting his speech back.
"I don't know what oh God I'm so sorry!" Alex looked almost panicked. Peter had never seen him this way before.
"E-erm, don't be sorry," Peter stuttered, having no idea how he should react to Alex's words. Alex was apologising? Why?
"It must have been the wine! It must have been Oh God " Alex continued talking quickly and making excuses, his hands on his head in panic. Peter felt like he should comfort him in some way, but had no idea how. He couldn
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 8"Is Jenny coming, mummy?" Anna asked once Harold parked the car in front of the large family estate.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 8 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"No, Jenny was just visiting from France with her mother, remember?" Louise explained to her daughter. Peter wasn't paying any attention to the unimportant conversation, looking out the window. He was looking at the large garden that was surrounded by tall fences that he used to play as a kid in the summer, and to the spacious two story house that many of his relatives were gathered for one of his many family gatherings. Alex would be among them too, most likely.
"Come on, we're late again, your grandma is going to scold me," his mother said as she unbuckled Anna's seatbelt and got her out of the car.
"Grandma scolds you?" Anna questioned with a giggle.
"She is my mother, so yes," Louise said with a smile. Peter got out of the car, taking a deep breath.
They all walked through the gates and the garden, arriving at the front door. Before they even rang the doorbell, the door opened, and,
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 34The more Peter thought about it, the more he was getting angry at his dad. Instead of calming down and simply getting over the events that happened just a little over an hour ago with his sister, Peter was obsessing over how irrational the situation was in the first place. Now he had to not only worry about his own problems, but worry about his sister's welfare too, both emotional and physical. He was worried. And that worrying was getting him angry. Was he angry at his dad alone or also at himself for not standing up more and stopping him? But what good would that have brought anyway? His dad seemed to be in a place where he wouldn't listen to sense.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 34 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The car parked in front of his grandparents' estate, the small family getting out quietly. The tension was thick in the air, despite neither one of them talking about it. Harold walked ahead of the rest of the family, his steps quick as he walked through the garden and to the front door.
And what was with that anyway? His father had insis
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 35"I feel like a parent with a very rebellious child."Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 35 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Relax, Momma Matt, I'm sure everything's fine."
"Seriously! I'm worried! I don't like Emma hanging out with Chuck! He's bad news."
"You're telling me?" Peter rolled his eyes when Matt held his arm as they walked down the sidewalk. Even so, he made no move to stop him. He and Matt had decided to go to town that day instead of their usual hang outs, so the chances of them bumping into anyone familiar were slim to none. Peter couldn't help but wonder if the reason why nobody had looked at them weird was because they couldn't tell Matt was a guy and not because they were open minded. But he didn't know if Matt would appreciate it if Peter said anything about it.
Matt had dragged Peter inside a good number of clothing stores including female ones, much to Peter's embarrassment and slight amusement. The store clerks seemed to share the same feelings, but Matt appeared to either not notice or simply not care.
"Besides, there's nothing we c
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 2The seventeen year old boy opened his eyes as the far too familiar sound of his alarm clock woke him up from his peaceful sleep. He was dreaming of flying through the city, like the whole town was in space and that he was the only one that could float. He loved those dreams the most. Well, almost.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He turned on the side and glared at the time that was shown on the nightstand, reaching and turning off the annoying beeping sound of the alarm. Mondays. He hated Mondays.
He would have fallen back asleep, the pillow and mattress taunting him with their pleasant softness, but he felt a little hand shaking his. He opened his eyes again and recognized his sister's face, Anna. She was four years old, tiny in height and with blonde hair like his. The only difference was that she had taken her mother's blue eyes, while he had inherited his father's brown ones, so dark they almost looked black.
"Morning!" the little girl said cheerfully, smiling happily. He couldn't understand how anyone could smil
Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 18Peter didn't know how long he was holding onto Alex. His mind was disoriented, and his body felt completely exhausted from what had just happened. All Peter knew was that Alex was allowing him to hold him, to wrinkle his jacket from the tight grip Peter had on it, for as long as he needed. Alex's arms were warm, and Peter felt protected in their embrace. As if for some reason, everything would turn out alright. So, he decided to let himself get lost in that delusion for a couple more minutes.Mirrors from Afar -Chapter 18 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
But, he knew that he had to come back to reality at some point, and after a while he pulled himself away from Alex's chest, looking to the side in shame. He was still sitting on the floor, and Alex was still on his knees in front of him.
"Are you feeling better?" Alex was the first to break the silence. Peter didn't dare to look at him and simply made a small nod.
"Do you want me to take you home?" Alex asked. His voice didn't sound pitying or patronizing. Just sincere and serious. Peter nodded as
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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 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 4 Deathwish
"Honestly, Garrus," Lantar Sidonis said shaking his head while the two of them were investigating the cargo they had intercepted. "Do you have a deathwish?"
Looking at the dead mercenaries who were lying haphazardly around the cargo hold Garrus thought about the matter. Was the work he was currently doing a sign that he had a deathwish? It was dangerous, there was no question about that, but was he taking risks to help the others or was he trying to get himself killed? If the answer was later, he wasn't doing very good job at it as he had stayed alive for more than a year while taking down criminal elements of Omega. But on the other hand, when had his job ever ended the way he had planned it?
"I mean," Sidonis continued when his commander didn't answer his question. "We have been hitting on the three major gangs on the Omega, plus several of the smaller ones. Sooner or later they have to take action against us... Against you. You might be kn
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Chapter 20 Thoughts
Few hours after they had returned to the Normandy, Shepard appeared to the doorway of the main battery.
"Garrus," she said. "Do you have a minute?"
"Can it wait, Shepard?" Garrus asked, without turning around. "I'm in the middle of some calibrations."
"Oh, sure," she said, but Garrus could hear she was disappointed. "I'll talk to you later."
Garrus listened as Shepard's footsteps faded away down the hallway. He had just been thinking about calibrating the gun, yes, but hadn't actually started working on it yet. He had never lied to Shepard before but he didn't really feel like talking with heror with anyone elseright now.
There were two topics of conversation he was afraid she would bring up, and he suspected they wereor at least one of them waswhat she had wanted to talk about. She either had more questions about Sidonis and his team, or she wanted to talk about their visit to the Purgatory. He knew Sido
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Chapter 14 Dead woman walking
When Garrus, Shepard, and Miranda arrived to the docking facility of Citadel Zakera Ward, first thing Garrus noticed was a group of Human Alliance people. It was kind of hard not to notice them because, the officer's loud voice almost drowned all the other voices around the docking bay.
"This, recruits, is a 20-kilo ferrous slug," the officer shouted at the two young men standing in front of him. "Feel the weight. Every five seconds, the main gun of an Everest-class dreadnought accelerates one to 1.3 percent of light speed. It impacts with the force of a 38-kiloton bomb"
Garrus and Shepard glanced at each other, smiling. They both had military background and they both had been at the receiving end of those speeches in their time.
"That is three times the yield of the city-buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth." Garrus had no idea what Hiroshima was, or what had happened there, but Shepard grimaced and that was enough to tell him
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Chapter 6 Reunion
Three days later Garrus was surprised to find himself still alive and fighting.
The day before he had been able to take down a gunship Blue Suns had send against him, but he was growing tired despite the medical injections he had been taking. He had not eaten properly since before heading to that fake meeting with Sidonis, he had only slept couple of hours at random intervals and even that had been restless. But he was not going to give up, the mercs had killed his team and while they would eventually succeed in killing him too, he would make them sweat blood before that. He would go out fighting, and taking as many mercenaries with him as he could.
The mercs had taken into habit of sending waves of freelancers at himwhile he had no particular hatred toward the people who freelanced their weapons, he knew that if they got to him, he would die, so he kept killing anything that came on the bridge. Sooner or later mercs would have to change
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Chapter 3 Breaking up
Garrus was playing with his drink while the four of them sat in a small booth in what had once been the nightclub called Flux. He, Wrex, Tali and Liara had been brought to the Citadel after the destruction of the Normandy, but Ashley Williamswho had been with them earlierhad already headed out with Alliance military leaving her alien crewmates to take care of themselves.
"What Shepard saw in her visions about Protheans is going to be a big help for my future work," Liara said poking at a nut that had fallen on the table. "What ever I'm going to find out, I'll dedicate it to her."
"What Shepard showed me about my own people, about genophage, I will use to help my people," Wrex said sternly. "She showed me what it means to be a battlemaster and now I can be battlemaster to my people."
"I have to take information we found out about the geth back to flotilla," Tali said. "Shepard helped me to complete my pilgrimage and I owe
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Chapter 17 Not another gang
In less than two hours, Garrus was back on board the Normandy with his new armour and an improved comlink system he had gotten with the deal. Within those two hours he had also managed to speak with couple of his old C-Sec contacts, who had promised to keep him updated if they learned anything about Sidonis. He had already learned some things about his former turian team member, which made his blood to boil, as it proved Sidonis had indeed sold them out.
"Damn weasel," Garrus cursed, throwing his old, battered armour to the footlocker with too much force. "I'll make you pay for your betrayal."
"Hey," Shepard's voice made him spin around suddenly. "You look like a shining knight in that new armour. Nice."
"Thanks, Shepard," Garrus replied even though he wasn't sure what a 'shining knight' was. But if comparing him to one made Shepard happy, he believed it to be good. "Need me for something?"
"Just wanted to talk," Shepard
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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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*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
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
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
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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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Shepard walked along the beach the warm sand under her feet. She walked towards the water letting it rush around her feet and ankles.
"Mommy! Mommy!" shouted a little voice. "Look what I found!"
She turned her head to see her son, a little barefaced tan turian who couldn't be more than four years old, running towards her. He was holding a huge shell in his hands and he extended it out to her.
"Oh wow, it's beautiful baby," she exclaimed.
"I got it for you!"
"I love it! Thank you so much."
His face was beaming with pride at his mother's reaction. He turned back and yelled, "Mommy loves it!"
Shepard looked up to see who her son was shouting to. Her eyes locked with the piercing blue eyes of the turian approaching Garrus. He walked up beside her and put his arm around her waist.
Garrus chuckled, "We were down in that cove for hours trying to find the perfect one. He w
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Shepard took up a holo conference with the Illusive Man. Shepard was upset to discover that he lured the Collectors to the colony because he was not willing to wait any longer for them to strike. Bastard! He assured Shepard that no other colonies would be sacrificed and that he would find a way for them to successfully pass through the Omega 4 relay; the gateway used by the Collectors. No other ship had gone through the relay and return safely. The Illusive Man encouraged Shepard to continue building her team and gave her three more dossiers.
Shepard set a course for Illium; two of her candidates were at that location. Kill two birds with one stone.
They docked at Nos Astra and Shepard didn't waste any time heading out, Garrus and Jack in tow. As they left the docking bay they were approached by a concierge. "Welcome to Nos Astra Commander Shepard. We've
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Shepard chose Garrus and Jack as her squad mates for the mission on Horizon. They had to move fast; the Collectors had started moving colonists onto their ship. "We've got to hit them hard! Stop them before they get away," said Shepard.
They fought through the Collectors, pushing their way further into the colony. They came across an unharmed colonist, a mechanic named Delan. "You need to get the laser towers operational! It's our only chance!" he told Shepard.
They fought their way to the tower, through a mass attack of husks. These husks weren't made here, the Collectors brought them with them. What is going on?! Shepard and her squad finally made it to the tower and got it online but the lasers needed time to charge. "Damn it! We've got to defend this position!" They held off swarm after swarm. C'mon! How long does this thing take to warm up?!
After what seemed like
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Wow, an actual easy mission this time, Shepard thought as she entered the geth's virtual world alone.
Geth fighter squadrons had targeted quarian liveships with attacks that would have a serious impact on their fleet. Shepard, along with the help of Legion and Garrus, had gone to the Geth Comm Hub on Rannoch to disable the server controlling the geth fighters.
Shepard followed the virtual path, disrupting the Reaper code infections along the way and making it to her first data cluster. She cleared out the cluster and then a new path was revealed that led her to the next cluster. She repeated this pattern a few more times until she had finally cleared out all infections. Then she made her way to the access point to exit the virtual world and back to reality where her squad was waiting for her.
Shepard was curious to see what her actions had done as she exited the virtual chamber. Sudd
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Garrus had gone five rounds on the hardest setting of the VI combat training program and yet felt no difference in the level of hostility that had overtaken his body. He was on his sixth round and was too busy imagining Kaidan as his opponent to notice that his father had entered the room. Artus stood silently in the corner observing his son; something was definitely bothering him. Garrus finally felt the presence of his father and quickly turned his head to the side to view him.
"What's got you so aggravated?" Artus asked as he took a seat on a nearby bench.
"Nothing, just keeping my combat skills sharp," Garrus replied catching his breath as he walked over and joined his father on the bench.
"You're not a good liar, son. What's going on? Something with Shepard?"
"No yes I mean, sort of," Garrus sighed. "Major Kaidan Alenko. I've told you some stories that involved him from back in the da
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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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Chapter 21: LETTER
Sera walked through the airlock and glanced at Joker who had his head resting heavily in his hand, looking as miserable as ever. EDI was sitting calmly in the co-pilot’s seat, methodically analyzing the ship’s systems. It was apparent he hadn’t noticed her arrival and an irresistibly mischievous thought curled her lips into a sly grin. Treading carefully toward the cockpit, taking care not to make any obvious noise, Sera came up behind Joker and stifled a laugh when she heard him snore lightly. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw EDI turn and open her mouth to speak. She put a finger to her lips, signaling the AI to hold off on what was undoubtedly a report of one kind or another. EDI blinked in reply, confused by her commanding officer’s sudden gesture.
Leaning up against the console, Sera folded her arms across
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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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Silence .well, not perfect silence but a familiar and comforting one nonetheless. The hum of the ship and its crew going about their daily activities was something Shepard had come to find a certain peace in. The Alliance had given her a sense of belonging and the people she met and served with gave her a sense of family. Following in her parents footsteps gave her a sense of purpose. She never expected to come as far as she had. Still, it made her sad to know that her father would never know or see what his daughter had accomplished. Standing in the cockpit with Joker looking out the window, watching the stars streak by in the vast expanse of space, she was lost in thought
"Commander? ....Joker to Shepard .Hello?"
" ..what?" she absently answered still staring out the window.
"Oh nothing, you know, just trying to fly the ship here. Waiting for your orders while the Reapers hunt our ass and Cerberus gets away the usual."
Peeved, she turn
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Garrus left Liara's office more frustrated than when he went in. He understood her predicament but that didn't mean that he had to like it far from it but there was nothing he could do about it either. He had kept his word to Shepard and never told a soul about their time together, so he couldn't very well start now.
Shit. Now what?
He could feel the tension throbbing within him. He needed to do something to get rid of it or ..not good. He headed toward the elevator. Perhaps some sim sparring would help. It had before and it had been a while since he had done any no need to really, war was a perfect substitute.
In the docking bay, Vega had set up a corner for just such a purpose. He had even hung up his old punching bag from home. As Garrus got off the elevator he could hear Vega grunting as the rattling chains that held the bag echo throughout the bay.
He rounded the corner. "Vega!"
"Hey, Scars!" Vega huffed out.
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The elevator came to a halt at the Embassy level and opened its doors. Shepard stepped out and headed toward Anderson's office. Her omni-tool blinked and she pulled up the messages one from Gardner with all of the items he needed for the ship, one from Traynor with the location of the florist, one from Dr. Chakwas with the manifest of medical supplies to trade with Tactus and one from her mother. She opened the last one:
I just arrived and got your message from Specialist Traynor. I'll see you in a little while for dinner.
She sighed heavily as she stood in front of Anderson's office door.
Hopefully this doesn't take long.
She pressed the keypad and the doors slid open. Anderson's personal assistant looked up from behind his desk.
"Ah! Commander Shepard! Councilor Anderson is expecting you. Please go on in," he said as he opened the doors to the inner office.
Anderson and the Salarian Dalatrass were arguing but quickly stopped w
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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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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
ME:TBFS Chpt 15.3Michael, Solana and Tali where chatting away with some coffee.ME:TBFS Chpt 15.3 in Drama More Like This
"So, Mikey tell me..."
Michael and Solana turned to Tali.
"...Is your girlfriend open to threeways?"
Michael blushed. He had been in a few with Tali and another Quarian. Hisven was her name. while Tali says shes not bi, She is.
He said. Looking at her. She had been all up for having one with Kat, but what about his ex...
"Ive always wondered what a Quarian was like in bed."
Solana and Tali giggled. Michael chuckled.
"Oh, And to the matter at hand...."
he leaned forward. Seriousness etched into his face.
"Tali, I asked you to come back to give me a hand with a little...problem."
She looked at him and made an audible sigh.
"Sorry, has to be done"
"Im being hunted by a group of ruthless mercenarys, Insane, well funded, well trained mercenarys.
She gasped. grabbing his forearm. Solana noticed, but didnt really care, they where obviously close. They did date for al
ME:TBFS 14.1Michael had headed home, he was standing in the shower, the hot water poring off of him like a waterfall. He stood there, lost in thought. Meanwhile Solana, Garrus, Jack and Claire where having a few drinks and having a good time.ME:TBFS 14.1 in Drama More Like This
"Ill be right back"
Solana said walking into the kitchen. She found Michaels note.
"Guys, Mikey went home a while ago...Im gonna go check on him."
They told her not to worry and he was probably tired. She wasnt so sure.
Michael had got out of the shower, drying himself off absent-mindedly. He climbed into bed and rolled onto his right shoulder, thinking.
"Mikey! Im home!"
Solana said. Walking in the door She already had her pants off.
He said, tonelessly his hair was still a bit wet and covered his eyes. She walked in the room. Expecting to see him laying out on the bed naked. Ready for her. Big let down.
"Im tired. Sorry if you expected something else."
He saw the let down in her face. It hurt him a little seeing her let down. She climbed into t
ME:TBFS Chpt 15.1Michael and Solana got dressed. They where picking up Tali from the docks today.ME:TBFS Chpt 15.1 in Drama More Like This
"So, whats your history with Tali?"
"We dated for about 4 years"
She looked at him....Competition?
"She said she didnt want to go back to Rannoch without me, I had nearly been torn to threads by a brute. you wounder why i have these scars on my chest?"
"I got torn to pieces, Im lucky to be able to sing at all."
She stroked his face while he drove.
"I was in hospital for a year. she left to Rannoch and got back to life. So did I. I met Hurin blah blah blah."
"Then i met the love of my night while out on a gig."
she blushed and giggled. They arived at the dock.
Michael turned around, being pounced on by a smallish quarian. Tali'Zorah vas Rannoch. She was wearing the same suite that she wore 3 years ago. The black, blue and white one. It was quite funny seeing a six foot six tank being taken down by a 5 foot 7 quarian. Solana laughed loudly.
"So, I suppose i shoul
ME:TBFS Chpt 14Mcihael smiledME:TBFS Chpt 14 in Drama More Like This
"yeah Jack, Its great to see you"
He hugged her. She smiled and gave Garrus a hug.
She jumped at her, giving her a tight hug.
Garrus, Claire, Jack and Solana chatted, Michael walked outside. He wanted to think.
He recognized that voice. Turning around slowly.
It was her, dressed in a black and red suit the hood lining a dark orange. She had even wider hips then the average quarian and she stood there. After everything she had done to him.
"I..I saw that your being hunted by a group of..."
she stopped. He was crying. quitely.
"do you think...That I will just forgive you or what you did to me?"
She looked at her feet.
she whispered. He laughed.
"Im not that stupid Heron. you broke me, left me for some dickhead and, best part, took everything i owned."
She looked at him. he could hear her sobbing
"I know...he left me two weeks later...Im only after working up the courage to talk to you. I feel awful and I regret every
ME:TBFS 15.2while Michael, Tali and Solana where talking over a nice cup of coffee, Garrus and Claire where out on the presidium what you could call there first official date. while sober.ME:TBFS 15.2 in Drama More Like This
"So, Claire. Ive been meaning to ask you something."
Garrus said, Claire was holding him by the arm.
"What might that be Gar?"
She had a nickname for him.
"Where is your favourite place on the citadel?"
She thought for a minute.
He laughed. Smiling down at her.
"Mines right here. with you."
"your a giant softy you know that?"
He chuckled. They walked along and chatted. They got a few nasty glaces every know and then. from both Human and Turian eyes. Inter-species couples where still frowned upon by some people. Garrus and Claire didnt really care. most looks where kind eyes and it wasnt as rare to find a Turian and human couple ...But a select few still hated it.
"Hey you! alien lover!"
It was a human male. He looked sickened to see a Turian with a young beautiful woman of his specie
ME:TBFS Chpt 12Michael and Garrus where sitting at the C-sec commanders desk.ME:TBFS Chpt 12 in Drama More Like This
"So, We got Tali, Jack and Miranda. But we need a dedicated biotic....Maybe Liara?"
Micheal asked. Garrus shook his head.
"Shes busy working as the shadow broker....but i know someone...but your not going to like this."
Micheal took a second to realise who he was talking about
"Fine. Make the call."
Garrus looked at him.
"Dude. shes not that bad."
he looked up at him.
"just do it."
Garrus walked outside. Michael began checking over some dossiers, checking the Silver Veinses history. known members, leaders, possible HQ location.
Garrus was calling Claire Arrit (Check description.) an old "Friend"
He said as she picked up her onmi-tool. she was just out of the shower.
"Garrus!! what a surprise. We havent talked in a while"
He smiled. He liked her and it had been to long since he had chatted to her.
"pity this isnt a social call. I have a murderious band of phyico women
ME:TBFS Chpt 13.1Garrus and Claire where after waking up. They looked at each otherME:TBFS Chpt 13.1 in Drama More Like This
Garrus said in a low drawl. kissing her forehead. she giggled and sighed happily.
"That was a great night, thank you"
"who ever said that it was one night only?"
she blushed and stroked the left side of his face. they lay there for a few minutes
"I think its time for you to take me to see that close friend of yours."
he nodded and slid out of bed. getting dressed. he looked over as Claire walked over to the bathroom. completely naked.
Garrus said outloud. She shook her hips
"Sprites im in heaven."
She laughed and walked into the bathroom. he got dressed and almost 5 minutes later she walked out
"and your sure you cant get me pregnant?"
"Yes im sure."
she sighed. getting dressed. Garrus was pulling his armor on. she pulled her cat suit on.
"I love that damn suit"
Garrus said, looking at Claires body. she kissed him. They headed to Solanas, Michaels was under cons
ME:TBFS Chpt 15Michael was just walking in the door after a recording session, He and Solana had been dating two weeks and he decided she deserved a little surprise. He had gotten home early, having bought a box of expensive Turian chocolate and flowers, he had rose petals and scented candles. Snowberry and Honey. he also had picked up the new spur piercing she had looked at. He fuckin knew how to be suave.ME:TBFS Chpt 15 in Drama More Like This
"yo body rockin' keep me up all night.."
he hummed as he set up the chocolate and rose petals. He had about a half an hour before Solana got home from work he had the petals laid out and he himself was laying in the middle of the bed, with no shirt, no boxers and nothing but a lose baggy pair of shorts.
Solana walked into the house. she was glad the day was done and wanted to get a shower. She walked up the stairs, she smelt the candles.
she said, her jaw dropped as she saw her boyfriend laided out on the bed, scented candles, and that incredibly hot bod.
"Hey there sexy, I got home earily
ME:TBFS Chpt 13.2Michael was standing on a balcony overlooking the presidium. He was pissed off.ME:TBFS Chpt 13.2 in Drama More Like This
Was all he said. He stood there overlooking the presidium. Spotting a Human/Quarian couple. feeling bitter hatred for Haren. He continued to watch the couple. The Quarian was the male. about 6 foot. the woman about 5 foot 7 inches. they talked and she laughed a few times. His anger faded as his mind returned to Solana. Sure, He loved her even more than Haren... but Haren had stolen a piece of his heart the day they met. She was a part of who he was now.
It was Solana, she had came out in nothing but her shirt, not even a belt to hold it down.
"Solana! what are you doing? you'll catch your death! its freezing"
He ran over to her and had his jacket off. he drapped it around her shoulders. She hugged him tightly
"I wanted to be sure you where ok"
He smiled. hugging her tightly.
"Im fine. Just a little shook up."
She managed, just barely, to rest her forehead against his. They stood the
ME:TBFS Chpt 12.2Garrus and Claire where at Garruses house. they where both a little drunk.ME:TBFS Chpt 12.2 in Drama More Like This
"So G. When are you gonna take me to your bedroom?"
Garrus laughed. He slammed another shot and looked at her.
"how about we just do it on the counter?"
She stood up and let her jacket drop off.
"Lets see if that legendary reach of yours"
Garrus smiled and pulled off his shirt. Claire dived across the counter, Garrus caught her.
"ohh. My knight in shining armor."
they both giggled. Garrus took her into the bed room.
she removed his pants slowly. the bulge in the front of his pants showing his reach.
"Someones not been laid in a while"
Claire said, noticing his eagerness.
"you know its more then that."
he said, she looked up. He did his best to kiss her. She held his head to her and began interlacing there tongues, Claire won.
he ended up sitting on the bed with her on her knees infront of him, she slipped off his boxers, a good 7 and 3/4 inches of turian meat stood at attention.
Garrus laughed a
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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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Oh, come on; that didnt hurt.
It did. Ow! Force, watch what youre doing!
Pipe down, you big baby. Its only a kolto patch.
Yeah, I know, butow! Dammit, stop pulling hairs!
You are not. And stop laughing!
It didnt work. Carth Onasi glared, arms folded protectively over his chest as Lire Dakaar doubled over with laughter. He was sitting on the medbay table, naked from the waist up, feeling somewhat vulnerable, and bleeding from a few new holes, and she had the audacity to laugh at him. &
You Know You're A Browncoat..YOU KNOW YOU'RE A BROWNCOAT WHEN . . . (!!!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!!)You Know You're A Browncoat.. in Humor More Like This
1. Youve been admiring and drooling over that gorgeous calf-length military-style brown velvet coat in the Newport News catalog.
2. You actually own said gorgeous calf-length military-style brown velvet coat.
3. You refer to your car/truck/SUV/RV/dromedary camel as your boat.
4. You keep plastic dinosaurs on the dashboard of your car/truck/SUV/RV/dromedary camel.
5. You play with said plastic dinosaurs, complete with dialogue to the effect of Everything looks good from here. Yes, this is a fertile land and we will thrive. We will rule over all this land, and we will call it . . . This Land!
6. You fear the Alliance more than you fear the combined forces of terrorists, inflation, and Ted Kennedy.
7. You insist upon calling your sleaziest friend Badger.
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Hed never seen her cry before.
That sudden realization left Kaidan staring at the far wall in a strange hybrid of sympathetic compassion and shock. This was the first time hed actually seen his CO cry. It was like stumbling across some innovative physics law and feeling as if dawn had just brokenenlightenment, he figured. Having never before seen this basic human emotion from her, it had been as if hed forgotten that she did have those emotions. The shock came from realizing that she wasnt just crying: she was sobbing.
But the Shepard kneeling on the cold floor panels and weeping over that unfortunate corporals body wasnt the Shepard he knew.
The Shepard he knew had the courage to look right into the jaws of death and laugh
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That Mysterious Beat
Phoenix Shepard was worried. Normally, she would perfectly understand if Kaidan didnt come out of his dorm after extensively using his biotics, because then hed have a migraine and would require much rest. That she could deal with. This was totally . . . strange. For one thing, they hadnt had combat action in close to four days. He couldnt possibly have a headache from biotic overload. It just wasnt likely! What was worse was all the thumping noises coming from his dorm; everyone on the quarters level or down in the garag
The Naughty LibrarianTHE NAUGHTY LIBRARIAN a true storyThe Naughty Librarian in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
I volunteer at the local library, four hours a week divided over two days. Basically, its all of the work and none of the glory, especially since Im stuck in the childrens department with the picture books and no air conditioner. Seriously, the ladies room has better air conditioning.
Well, I guess I started out incorrectly: my sister and I both volunteer at the library, on the same days, for the same length of time. Today was our fourth or fifth time wearing our bright red pins emblazoned with VOLUNTEER, and for the first time, we had nothing to do. Janine (names have been changed to protect both the innocent and the stupid), the head of the childrens department, was busy with childrens programs and couldnt give us any work orders. So my sister and I went to work on the shelv
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.
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.
Angel of PainWhy do I let her torment me so?Angel of Pain in Free Verse More Like This
Will I move on or will this pain never go?
Can I trust loved ones to care about me?
Will it be too late by the time they see?
If I wasn't torn up before
I have to be now,
cause of this new revelation
my tears strengthen their flow.
I've been taught to fight,
battle for what I love.
If one more person tells me how I feel
I'll snap, I've had enough.
If I could turn back time
I'd make different choices,
like what I can stand
and where my mind sits.
If you read this and wonder
why you haven't heard it before
it's because when I'm with you
tormented voices are easy to ignore.
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.
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
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.
My friendRegardless of the scarsMy friend in Free Verse More Like This
across my chest,
there's always a place
for your head to rest.
No matter what it is
you think you've lost,
I'll be there to help find it
whatever the cost.
We had our troubles
yet here we are,
proving our friendship
is the best by far.
You find such sadness
that I can't correct,
I only offer a shoulder
and the chance to reflect.
I'll offer my advice,
even on my dying day,
cause through any pain
I'll be there for you in every single way.
For LalmieusWhen you had to leave,For Lalmieus in Free Verse More Like This
it pained me to see you go.
Now that you have gone
it's amazing how little I know.
We used to be so close
but now you want to blame me
for problems in your life,
and how things have to be.
Despite your constant moaning,
I miss you everyday.
The little things that annoy me
are the reasons I wish you'd stay.
I miss the way you laugh
but wish you'd blame me face to face.
I miss your frowning smile
now you're in a far off place.
So even if we fight
my feelings will never change.
You mean the world to me,
you weren't some stupid craze.
I know you blame me now
and we bicker about nothing at all,
but I know when you return
you'd catch me when I fall.
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 8)Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 8) in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 8: Take a Leap of Faith
The courtroom was as it was before, it's black and white marble columns and floors gleaming in the artificial light of the chandeliers above. The crowd of still astonished and perturbed students around me slowly but surely found our way to our respectful stands; silence erupting throughout the room. Monokuma laughed his signature laugh from his place at his ridiculously high throne, waving down at us from above.
"Ah, there 'ya bastards are!" He cheered, seemingly ecstatic to get the trial underway at last. "Welcome back to the courtroom, otherwise known as Heaven!" The bear was answered with nothing but dull glares from his captives, everyone still too broken up over the creature's sudden actions towards one of our own to think straight.
Monokuma had killed Rokuro, just like that. With
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 2)Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 2) in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter Two: Let the Games Begin
Day 1 - Morning
Our first night in Heaven's Summit Academy was an anxious one. I, personally, barely got a wink of sleep; my nerves getting the better of me throughout the night. Being in a strange place with strange people can do that to anyone, though, I suppose.
Of course, there was also the looming threat of an impending murder to worry about.
Someone would have to be ignorant beyond belief to commit such a crime under such little pressure as this, however. There was no way of knowing if that bear had been telling the truth about letting a murderer run free, and there was also still the chance that if we were patient and calm enough then we could find a way to escape.
Of course...I've never been that patient of a person, myself. W
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 5)Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 5) in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 5: Your Fate is not Sealed, but Only Time can Change it
Without so much as a word, all of the remaining students had dispersed to their rooms; I not accompanying them, my form being frozen to the floor in complete and utter horror for quite some time after their departure. Tears had stained several of my fellow captive's cheeks after the trial, but no one's had been more shocking than the ones littering my own.
When had been the last time I had cried? I found myself riddled by the question as I simply slid to my knees, hands gripping the ebony bars separating me from the execution arena. My eyes refused to budge from the pink-stained floor before me, my sobbing almost nonexistent despite the rivers of sadness flowing forth from my eyes.
Perhaps it was when my mother had died? Had I...really not
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 1)The birds chirped vividly in the light afternoon breeze, the sun heavily resting on the horizon above. There was nary a cloud in sight, the aforementioned sun seeming almost lonely upon its bed of light-bleached hues. A grassy, similarly empty park rested below the descending rays of light; its once luscious green shades tinting ever so slowly with the early signs of the approaching autumn.Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 1) in General Fiction More Like This
A figure hurriedly pushed through said park, seemingly either unaware to the events transpiring around them or, more likely, simply uncaring towards them. Black dress shoes left their mark in the plant life below them as they set themselves at a brisk pace, the person donning them traveling rather urgently through the patches of grass. Abruptly, the swift traveler came to a stop; the black suitcase by their side swinging to lightly rap against their black knee-high clad legs as a result.
Steely gray eyes moved to study the tall, much too tall, black Victorian-style wrought iron fence and gate before
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 4)Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 4) in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter Four: Within the Depths of Despair, a Speck of Hope...
A bright whiteness consumed my line of vision as the barred elevator doors wrenched themselves open, the sheer power of the light and sudden contrast of shades causing me to blink in surprise. Narrowing my gaze against the wall of seemingly tangible brightness, the intensity finally began to subside; allowing actual visual of the new area before me to come into sight.
The room itself was rather large in space, the sheer size of the location taking me slightly by surprise. The floors and walls seemed to be constructed from the finest pearl white and black marble, the questionably high ceilings made of rainbow hued stain glass. Despite such a display, no light seemed to protrude from said glass,
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 6)Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 6) in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 6: Mutilated Peace
As Monokuma had told us, the staircases to the second floor were indeed now open for entrance. The wrought iron bars once blocking the path now seemed to have disappeared, the shining white steps almost appearing inviting if they hadn't been placed in this God-forsaken school. Adjusting my glasses, I followed the rest of the students up warily; my imagination getting the better of me as we ascended the flight of stairs. What if that damned bear was just setting us up? Could there be a weaponry or something on the second floor that he wants to allow us access to, that way we can kill our friends with ease?
The thought made me feel ill, my expression contorting into a silent frown as the new hallways came into view. No, of course something as silly as a weaponry wouldn't be here.
From the Heart [AkitoxIzuru]From the Heart [AkitoxIzuru] in General Fiction More Like This
It was a weird tradition, Izuru noted; the brunet leaning idly against the soft cushions of the couch in his and Akito's apartment as he yawned, still struggling to completely wake up. His amber orbs blinked away his dreariness as he rubbed at them subconsciously, the baggy, long sleeve of his plain white night shirt falling back to his lap unceremoniously as he cuddled his worn stuffed rabbit closely.
The TV blared on before him, playing some talk show he wasn't quite familiar with as he sat tiredly in the early morning hours. Despite his lingering exhaustion or apparent indifference, based solely on his blank expression, the gamer was paying close attention to the women on screen's actions and words.
"Next up, we get a special look into the treats your special someone is sure to love! Who could say no to these delicacies on Valentines Day?"
The Tenth Diary user couldn't help but tilt his head in confusion and light curiosity as the women went on and on about the nearing holiday; the
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 9)Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 9) in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 9: Thinking of You, Wherever You Are...
The courtroom sank into a state of complete and utter silence. The monitor above our forms slowly flickered into death, static dancing about the screen as the object retreated back into its place hidden within the wall. The tree statue, and the deadly snake perched within it's many branches along with it, rose from the floor once again; resting with an eerie 'click' into its rightful place.
The execution chamber below it was now silent. Silence, in fact, was all that seemed to remain following the horrible sight.
Tsubaki...Had killed Nobu and Shiori. Now, she was dead; as well.
My grip on the stand before me tightened to the point of causing my knuckles to take on a pale hue, my steel gray gaze wide in varying emotions as I faced the floor far below; barely notic
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chapter 11)Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chapter 11) in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 11: Fragmented Hope
Upon hearing Monokuma's words, a thick tension settled in the air of the cafeteria. Everyone's expressions mimicked my own, being ones of shock and lingering unset. Another motive? Tsubaki had barely been put to rest twenty four hours ago, and the mastermind was already getting bored of watching us try and regain our senses? This revelation caused my chest to swirl in a new wave of horror, my expression no doubt sinking to reveal such a happening. Whoever the mastermind is...Could their lust for bloodshed among us really be growing to such a level that they can't stand waiting even a day to try and trigger more?
"No one cares to hear your bullshit." I spat, my normally flat tone taking on a sharp edge as the nine other teenagers in the room looked on in surprise at my actions. Pushing my seat b
Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 3)Danganronpa: High School Life of Hell (Chap. 3) in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter Three: Trial and Error
"Ding dong, bing bong~ A body has been been discovered. After a short amount of investigation time, a class trial will be held!"
Monokuma's voice ricocheted off the the walls of the library, the stuffed animal appearing overhead on the nearby monitor accompanied by the sound of momentary static. The entirety of my fellow students now inhabited the room meant to display books, all fourteen pairs of their eyes locked onto the same odd display as my own.
"Upupupu~ Of course, none of you idiots would know anything about what I mean by that, so meet in the auditorium at your earliest convenience for an explanation." The sadistic toy continued, a glass of wine swishing about in his padded gra
Deliverance, Chapter 10Deliverance, Chapter 10 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There seemed to be increased activity in the chamber outside his room, Thane thought. People came and went a lot more frequently than had been usual in the time he had been here, and none of them stopped, as was part of their routine, too, at the diagnostics' consoles that stood just outside the cubicle of reinforced glass he was contained in.
Something must be going on, the assassin thought; he wondered if it was something he might be able to use to get out of this place.
A couple of armed men swept past the room, disappearing through the far door and into the tunnel beyond at some point. Heavily armed men, Cerberus insignia on their equipment. Thane frowned briefly. Cerberus. Of course.
It made even less sense, though, he mused; Cerberus had been, in part, the reason he had died in the first place. Why would they bring him back from the dead, let alone cure him?
The answer was even more obvious than the question. Shepard. It all had to come back to her. The Illusive Man wanted to get
Deliverance-Chapter 4Deliverance-Chapter 4 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I do not like this place," Javik remarked grimly, pausing, along with Garrus on a small ridge overlooking the mining settlement that was their destination. Both of them took care to keep behind some rocky outcrops that lined the cliffside, keeping out of sight, without either of them mentioning it; they were both soldiers, after all, trained in battle and both their instincts said the same things when it came to staying alive.
"Yes, me neither," Garrus huffed back, leaning out of their makeshift cover to look ahead through the scope of his sniper rifle. The settlement seemed awfully quiet, and he could see no sign of any movement at all, which did very little to reassure him. "There could be a whole army down there, hiding out, waiting for us to walk right into them".
"Small problem, that," Javik shrugged back, motioning towards a small, almost invisible path that seemed to lead downwards and into the neatly arranged group of containers that formed the settlement
Deliverance-Chapter 8Deliverance-Chapter 8 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Save your lives?"Shepard asked carefully, raising a puzzled eyebrow.
The blonde sitting comfortably across from her nodded, seemingly indifferently tucking a lock of her long hair behind her ear. "You are in the business of saving people, Commander; not asking you to do something all that extraordinary".
Shepard scoffed. "I am really in no mood for games and with every passing moment, what patience I have mustered is dissipating rapidly," she said sharply, stealing a glance towards the new dark monitors across the room. Seeing Thane had cracked her wall of strict self control, not to mention her determination to keep a cool head in this, she was well aware. She was just about to tell this Elena person to get on with it and name her terms; only she knew that sort of reaction would put her directly in the Cerberus' operative's power and she knew she couldn't afford that.
She forced herself to draw in a deep breath, acutely aware of Elena watching her
Deliverance-Chapter 9Deliverance-Chapter 9 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Liara glanced to Kolyat with a sigh; the younger drell was busy across the small room, typing into the keyboard of the computer hub that served as pretty much the only piece of equipment inside the otherwise bare chamber.
The asari noticed his hands were shaking, though his expression was grim and almost completely still, revealing nothing of his all too clear distress.
"How are you getting along?" she asked casually.
"Almost hacked in; their encryption is ridiculous and there aren't as many cameras as one would expect a place like this would have," he replied a bit tersely.
"Kolyat take a moment, if you need it," Liara said calmly, hoping not to sound too patronizing.
The young drell stopped with his work, turning to shoot her a dark look. "I can't; my father might be somewhere down there. We need to breach these bastards' network so we can look for him; Shepard might need the help too," he groaned, the last words clearly an afterthought-or an attempt to get her to back off,
Deliverance-Chapter 6Deliverance-Chapter 6 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Commander Shepard glanced back to the now shut door behind her, not without some apprehension, though she made sure it wasn't visible. The man who had negotiated with her stood by her side, giving her an encouraging, if shifty smile, his comrades moving away to remove their helmets and their weapons as well.
Shepard noticed the neat weapon racks lining the small antechamber that stood just past the entrance to the mining complex; the men seemed to arrange their gear with practiced ease, she thought, which was probably the case. Her escort joined them briefly, setting his own helmet and rifle in one of the spaces before returning to her.
He was older than she had thought, a stately-looking man with a bit of gray in his temples. His expression was grim, though not unfriendly and he had not stopped watching her for a single moment, through knowing, steel-gray eyes that seemed to peer into her soul.
He reminded her a bit of Admiral Anderson, she thought vaguely; the same portly demeanour,
Deliverance-Chapter 7Deliverance-Chapter 7 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It took longer than it should have for Garrus and Javik, now accompanied by Kasumi and the two drell, to rendezvous with Liara and Vega, though they all felt they had very little time to spare at the moment.
As it were, the latter group was the first to arrive, since the meeting point was practically right by the spot they had been taking cover in to begin with. Both of them raised their weapons at the dry, muffled sound of footprints in the sand nearby, rolling their eyes at each other, as well as the larger party that joined them a few moments later.
Feron smiled suavely to Liara, noticing her frowning at him. "You're going to tell me off for this one later on, aren't you?" he asked airily.
Liara snorted. "Yes. You're supposed to keep me in the loop, not go off gallivanting on your own like this," the asari replied smoothly, though there was more relief than ire in her voice.
"Well, chew him out later, if you want to," Garrus intervened coolly, having moved to examine the somewhat ba
Deliverance-Chapter 2Deliverance-Chapter 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Shepard sighed, having just woken up from a nightmare again; it was actually beginning not to disturb her at all, she groaned, which was probably disturbing enough on its own. She was becoming accustomed to the constant restlessness that made a good night's sleep elude her almost every single night; hell, if she did manage to get a good night's sleep at this point, she reasoned she'd be speechless with surprise the next day. Not that a restful night was likely to occur any time soon, she mused, more than a little sarcastically, as she pulled free of her blankets and got to her feet. On the up side, she continued her musing, as she mechanically rummaged her footlocker for a towel and headed for the shower, she was well aware of the cause for her restlessness this time-at least she hoped she was.
"Shepard is awake again," EDI announced, sounding none too pleased. The small group cloistered in the lounge at the Crew Deck all looked towards the A.I. in her humanoid for
Deliverance-Chapter 3Deliverance-Chapter 3 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The small, uninhabited planet seemed even more desolate, inhospitable and dismal than the digital images they had seen-and those had seemed pretty bleak, to be sure, but they did no justice to the actual locale. Rocky crevasses of rock so dark red it almost seemed black-until one squinted their eyes and looked a bit closer-alternated with flat expanses of baked orange-tinged earth, dotted with the occasional darker-shaded dunes where-presumably- thresher maws burrowed in and out of the ground. All that was overshadowed by a bloody red, sunless sky that rendered the landscape into an even grimmer, almost ominous red haze of a light that seemed to restrict visibility and confuse distances remarkably. It was impossible to tell if the next dune that the naked eye meandered to was a few paces away or a few dozen miles.
The shuttle landed, a little less aptly than usual in a small crevice between two rocky hills of crimson stone, a good distance from their destination. "Sorry abou
Deliverance-Chapter 1Deliverance-Chapter 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She could almost feel the stares, but she didn't really care; her entire attention was focused on the screen before her. Absently, she thought she would have done better to take this incoming mail upstairs in her cabin, but it had been too late to do that the moment she read the opening line.
"We have someone you're familiar with "
Normally, she'd have dismissed the transmission at once, consider it a cruel, malicious joke or even a scam-there were a lot of those going round the extranet, after all-but she had instead read through it. And she was sure she had been staring at her screen for a goodly amount of time by now; given she normally didn't stand still for this long, it was no wonder people were getting concerned.
"Everything alright, Commander?" a hesitant voice finally asked and she blinked, recognizing it as her appointed assistant. She had been the one to point her to the unread message a few long minutes ago; she nodded, looking up, trying to seem as fo
Deliverance, Chapter 12Deliverance, Chapter 12 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Not the time for this kind of nonsense," Javik cut in roughly, sounding more than a little irritated. "These earthquakes; they are caused by thresher maws, are they not?" he demanded.
Shepard was tempted to swear at him; the damn Prothean possessed all the subtlety of a blunt axe, she thought darkly.
She drew in a deep breath instead. "They are; Garrus warned us about it; I'm hoping he's on his way up, but we can't really wait for him," she said grimly. She was not leaving Garrus behind, that was out of the question, but they'd still need to evacuate Elena and her people and hope her best friend could take care of himself and would catch up. Still, and despite her cool assessment of the situation, concern nagged at the back of her mind; she set it aside for the moment.
"One problem at a time,",she continued, not sure if she was telling that to the others or to herself. "Cerberus mercs take priority; they're an obstacle to both the evacuation and our own way to th