Welcome all to my first fan fiction story. I’ve never really put much stock in fan fiction because to me, it isn’t original. Writers of fan fiction are writing about characters already created with a story that’s already been written.
However, Several years ago when my favorite video game trilogy of all time – Mass Effect – ended with more questions than answers, I found myself lost.
I started grieving over my fictional character that Bioware allowed me to create, only to see the end of her story come to an distressing end. This left me with a strong desire to finish the story on my own. Fan Fiction was still unfamiliar to me though.
Then there was someone who did write the end to his character’s story and he published it online. It got rave reviews too. I started looking at what other Mass Effect fans were writing. It was incredible! The fan fiction I read tugged at my heart strings. These fans were feeling the same way I was feeling and their stories were amazing!
I started my own story about my FemShep and her ending. So began my first step into the fan fiction world. I thought this would be something different to share with you all. Many of you aren’t knowledgeable about this world but I do hope you enjoy the read!
The reapers have been destroyed. The geth and Edi went offline. The mass relays and the Citadel were severely damaged. The Normandy crash landed on an unknown jungle planet somewhere within an unknown system. On board with Joker is the rest of the crew including Garrus, who didn’t want to leave Earth or leave his beloved Paige. Having been wounded during the battle on Earth, Paige Shepard called the Normandy and, handing Garrus off to Liara, insisted they leave. He still remembers her last words to him as she said goodbye. Dr. Chakwas patched him up nicely but now he is stranded on another planet away from the woman he loves, not knowing if she survived or not.
So, in order to keep himself busy he is helping the rest of the crew clean up and fix the Normandy. Tali and Samantha Traynor work together to get EDI back online while Liara helps Joker in the cockpit. When Garrus is alone, however, he often finds himself in Shepard’s cabin where he spent every spare minute he could with her. This evening he wanders down there again, just walking through the cabin, looking at the broken fish tank and packing up the model ships she collected at various shops in the galaxy. He works his way over to feed her space hamster who was remarkably unscathed during the crash.
Tali walks into the cabin with a tray of food. He hasn’t eaten much since they left Earth and Tali is the only one on the ship who eats the same food as him. A memory of Paige flashes through his brain at that moment. She surprised him with a meal because he had been working really hard and had just made a difficult decision with the Primarch.
Tali snaps him back to the present holding out a plate for him. “Garrus, your dinner.” With a low growl, not intended for Tali but just in frustration at being dragged out of his memory, he takes the plate and sets it down next to Shepard’s private terminal. “I’m not hungry Tali but thank you.” Tali is quiet for a minute as Garrus heads over to the model ships and continues packing them. Tali follows, picking up his plate.
“Garrus you have to eat something. As soon as the Normandy is fixed Joker says we are heading back to Earth. Maybe once we get back there we will be able to find out once and for all what happened to Shepard. She could still be alive Garrus. She came back from the dead once already. If anyone can beat death, it’s our Paige.”
Garrus looks up at Tali, flaring his mandibles. “I do have hope Tali! I will never give up on Paige until I see with my own eyes that she’s…” He lowers his head, holding onto Shepard’s favorite model ship, the Normandy. He didn’t realize he was holding it so tight until some of the paint chipped off from his grip.
Tali leaves the cabin with her head held down. It’s sad to see one of her best friends in so much pain. She lost Shepard too. Shepard, Garrus, and Liara have been best friends since they met on the citadel a little over three years ago. Those were the days. The mission to stop Saren was what brought them together. Even Wrex grew on her after a while. When you fight side by side with someone for so long you get close, especially in life and death situations, which is what always seemed to happen with this group.
Tali knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that she would die for them. They’ve been through hell and back too many times and Shepard even helped her get her home world back, uniting the Quarians and Geth for the first time. The Geth are no longer active but Tali is confident that she and her people can fix them and they can honor Shepard’s wish for unity among organics and synthetics. Her heart aches for Garrus to lose the one person in this galaxy he loves more than anything. It’s cruel that they found each other only to be ripped apart by the reapers. Tali decides to leave Garrus alone with his thoughts.
That’s it everyone! I have more that I may publish down the road. I hope you all enjoyed this little venture into the Mass Effect world.
I also made a music video to accompany my little story, which you can watch below or on my YouTube channel.
Thanks so much for reading!
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