"Are you sure it's safe?" Fha asked, eyeing the geth platform with clear distrust.
AI775 tilted their head towards the sound of his voice, the lights around their photoreceptor dark and a few wires dangling from their blackened eye.
"As long as this platform is rendered blind, we are of no danger to creator Fha'Ora," they said.
Fha was clearly unimpressed. He took a step back, hand reach towards his pistol. Zha grabbed hold of his arm a bit tighter than would have been strictly necessary, yanking it away. "That is to say," she said, the other hand reaching to pat AI775 on their shoulder. "As long as we haven't figured out how to get rid of the Overseer's programming, we've disabled their photoreceptor." She turned a grin at Fha, a wasted effort if there ever was one. "It's a good thing they take everything so literally. Otherwise we might have been in trouble."
"I don't like this, Zha," he said, crossing his arms.
"Yeah. Well. That's too bad, dad. If you want to stay on this ship, you better learn to deal with her crew. So there."
"Besides, it's only a few more days before we're back to Gavannah anyway."
"I take it you won't be staying long?"
"On a planet with a quarter of its population quarians? We'd better not. I think I've had enough of quarians for a while."
"Hm. Reasonable," Fha said.
Zha held onto AI775's shoulder while she led them into the cockpit where she took seat on the pilot's chair. She didn't know what life would bring after Gavannah. To be honest, life always seemed to make plans for her, with or without her consent and all she could do was follow along and make best of it. She might not have had a proper job, a great status in society or even that much money, but she had her family with her and that was better than she could have hoped for, to be honest. She was happy.
Zha turned to look at her crew, beaming at the sight of them. Yeah. She had her family with her, so how bad could it actually be?
And she was pretty sure that soon enough it would be VI-19's turn to join the fun.
Author's note: I can't believe it's actually done. The story is finished! It took me four years, but I got it done!
This has probably been my most ambitious writing project ever. Certainly the lengthiest, and even though it has been a struggle every now and they, I can't say I didn't enjoy it all the way through. Thank you so much for reading this! And thank you to everyone who thought this good enough to favorite and those of you who left reviews. Those things always filled me up with strength and determination to keep writing, keep coming back to this even when I felt like it was getting nowhere. This has been a great learning process and has cemented writing fanfiction as my favorite pastime.
Thank you everyone!
I have now migrated to ao3, and from now on I'll put all my fics there. So if you're interested to see what I'll work on next, that's where I'll be. The same username, a different platform. There isn't much there at the moment and I doubt I'll be coming back to Mass Effect any time soon. I'm a little tapped out on it at the moment and I love wandering over to new fandoms whenever I come across something that interests me, so there's a big chance I won't be writing Mass Effect fics after this one. But if you're just interested to see what I'm working on next, that's where I'll be! Otherwise, it has been a pleasure. Hope you liked reading this fic as much as I loved writing it.
You've all been wonderful! Wish me luck on my future projects!