Sent: December 7, 2186, Current Era, Palaven
To: John Shepard
The fucking Krogan cavalry has arrived that’s what! And I’ve been having the pleasure of fighting alongside a platoon of ‘em. They’re no Grunt, but with some of the kids backing them up, and me behind them or in front, whatever, we make a good team.
Look, before I get any further I’m really, REALLY SORRY I didn’t reply sooner. I mean it. And don’t tell me not to be sorry ALRIGHT? I just kept deleting everything. 5 times now. None of it felt right. I didn't want you to think I was ignoring you or something so I promised myself this would be the last.
I’ve been seeing a lot of action on the northern Dermenes region. Lots of trees and mountains up here. The Reapers have left it mostly untouched. Would’ve been a sweet place to go camping if it weren’t for all the Marauder packs prowling the woods. I heard that's what people back on Earth do for fun in places like this. Weather's much cooler than the rest of Palaven to.
So this Krogan platoon I mentioned, they come from a clan that I can’t even pronounce. They didn't like having biotics attached with them, at first. Then the seeker swarms showed up, boy were they glad to have someone who just happened to be the one keeping them from our little suicide squad. Bastards got bigger with their Reaper upgrades. Good news is they're easier to shoot at now, bad news is they shoot back. Krogans can shrug off their toxin rounds so long as the drones don't concentrate their fire. And if they do, well, my boys and girls will bring out what we like to call an umbrella. The word rain started to take on a different meaning every time they swarm the sky.
I know you're worried about my biotics turning my brain to paste, but don't worry. I learned that keeping my students alive has a lot more to do in making sure they don't land in a situation where I have to use my powers in the first place. I know I must've fucked up somewhere if that's their only chance. And I've fucked up a little. Milton Wood, tall, pale, did well in my class. Always has his girlfriend around to pass on whatever I teach, since she wasn't as sharp. We were out on a recovery mission through a particularly well preserved forest. The terrain is rugged so we were all on foot. He was guarding some of the Krogan heavies, who were covering our approach to the rally point. I was at the rear making sure the coast was clear. I must've missed them, because suddenly Mil is taking fire from the rear. Marauders hiding up on the trees concentrate fire on him, his shield pops. I biotically flew down there, pulled them down from their hidey spots, the Krogans finished them off with their Typhoon guns. Mil got his head hurt real bad. He can't talk right now. Marauders tried to take him out with a head shot but his shield and a tough helmet saved his life. I always tell the kids to keep a basic shield up at all times, even when they have to take a shit. ESPECIALLY that.
He'll live, but his jaw and throat got messed up. It would take some more weeks for the docs to replace his tounge and mend his throat. His girlfriend is with him at the infirmary watching him recover.
There's been a few more close calls before that but luckily. No, not luckily, their asses got saved because of me. Course, I have you to thank for not encouraging them to head to the front. After that ambush, we still had to fight our way to the objective. I won't say what we found since the Turian hierarchy thought it's too important to be spread around. Those idiots could've just fetched their own shit if it's that important. The censors will scrub it out if I tried talking here, so I'll just leave it be for now.
So, curing the genophage. Damn. Heavy topic. I saw the reports come in days ago, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing for a sec. Then your face shows up on the vid. On one hand, I have to thank you for bringing the Krogans on board. Else Palaven would have a lot more husks marching around. Seems like it's a good thing now, but I think I understand why you'd be worried about what MIGHT happen once this war's over. But like you said, you can rest easier knowing your brother Wrex is at the top. I only know him based on what you and your crew know and countless other debates in extranet forums. I'm not the best person to be giving predictions about this but I think so long as Wrex and Eve are calling the shots, I think the Krogans won't be tearing the galaxy a new asshole anytime soon. And if or when that happens, let another another guy, another Commander Shepard deal with it. WE on the other hand have a lot of catching up to do.
Mordin. I'm sorry he's gone. Did you recover his body at least? I don't know what else to say about that, at least not in writing. Sorry. I think it's better if we talk, face to face. Well, in vidcomm that is.
I'm down for some RNR, and I could head to the nearest spaceport. Let's set up a chat. I'm getting tired of writing everything down for fucksake. I wanna see your face. And that stupid smile of yours. Fuck. Yeah… I miss you too. Just give me a schedule.
Oh, and they still kept my bunk down there in Engineering? I loved that. Nice and sturdy. And sorry to crush your fantasy but I didn't put that toy down there. That sounds more like something Tali would do. You know as well as I how crazy she was for you back then. Maybe she still is, but she knows I'm on a whole 'nother level of Vorcha shit crazy. Just kidding. Plus she collects some playthings herself, I'm sure you saw some sitting on her console everytime you chat with her. So yeah, definitely her. Wanna bet?
Be patient my boy, once I make sure Milton is patched up and everyone is accounted for, I'll see if Captain Rickson would agree to give me a few days off-world. Let's talk about it on vidcomm.
I'm gonna catch some shut-eye after I write this. Hope that kid ain't messing with your dreams anymore. I would've strangled the little shit till his eyes pop out if it were me fresh outta Pragia.
Sleep well, big guy.
It's Jennifer Henderson Cash now. Liara told me. It's about time, I say.
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This is part of my "Lightyears Away" fanfic series, focusing on the long distance relationship between Jack and John Shepard in Mass Effect 3.
This can be read as a series of one-shots but I do have an over-arching plot in place.
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I especially love the part about the engineering deck and the ship. Very well executed and how she acknowledges Tali's infatuation with Shepard.
I was very torn between her and Tali and this resonated for me.
Seriously loving this series.
The model ship that can be found down in engineering in ME3 always intrigued me because it was hiding in a spot where it seemed as if someone deliberately placed it there for someone to find. So my imagination went wild with who this person might be.
I personally didn't have the dilemma between Tali and Jack when I played Heinrich because I actually forgot about Tali, yeah I said it, I actually forgot that Tali is even there and is "available". That should give you an inkling at how hard I fell for Jack. Tali is cute, very cute, but she struck me more as a little sister that I never had. She obviously wanted to be more than that though.