Yes, I am alive. No, this is not an update and I apologise for it.
Ok before anyone decides to have me shot for desertion or treason, first and foremost, I would like to offer my sincerest apologies for having gone quiet for the last couple of years. It's been a really interesting (for lack of a better word) time for me personally and I hope you all can accept my reasoning.
When I started writing this story, I was still happily in uni dodging and avoiding the responsibilities of adulthood - after all, ignorance is bliss. Since the last update, I have graduated from uni, effectively deported (btw this is an exaggeration but it's what I tell myself to make myself feel better) from 1 country, become a slave to capitalism and like all of you, lived through a global pandemic. You might think that the work from home life would mean that I would have more time to write and continue the story and in most cases, you're probably right. But I am a lazy being whose middle name is "procrastination".
Besides no longer having the time to balance this, work, a regenerating social life and sleep, I have to admit that I just lost interest in this story for now. The Mass Effect remake did spark my interest again for a bit, but time and capitalism reared their ugly heads and killed that faster than a Grunt being shot in the head (minus the confetti). Perhaps I might pick this up again when Halo: Infinite comes out (whenever it does). There is a chapter to this fanfic that I was working on, but I regret to inform you that it will be on hiatus until further notice. If you would REALLY like to see what had that chapter has so far, I'm more than happy to send it to you - though you must be warned that it has not gone through nearly enough editing and proofreading.
Perhaps I might even consider rewriting most of the story as we know it, but who knows what I'll feel like down the road?
I spent the better part of an afternoon just reading through the comments over the last couple of years and I would like to thank those who offered their support and constructive criticism. Trust me when I say that your comments on my writing and the story thus far will improve the quality of the overall project. But some people, man, they make it sound like they have some sort of vendetta against this. To them, I simply say, thanks for the comment but at the end of the day - it's my take on this crazy alternate universe. If they wanna see their version of it, start typing away my friend.
On a side note, I've seen a fair amount of "ooh Turians didn't have carriers prior blah blah blah" and stuff like that. Like seriously? That's what you wanna nitpick me on? Have some creativity and just imagine a load of "what if?" scenarios.
Summarising what I've said: this story is going officially on hiatus. I just haven't had the time to work on this and my motivation to continue writing this has dwindled lately. To all of you, I apologise for being a ghost the last couple years. I hope that I will revisit this soon when I've found the balance in my own life and finish the work I started years ago.
To finish, I would like to thank you all for your continued support through these times and I hope to continue this story for you soon. Until then, stay safe and I'll catch ya'll on the next update.