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p class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst" style="line-height: normal; border: none; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .75pt; padding: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;"Commander Shepard is standing by a wounded Turian. He's mean looking, and I know I've seen him before. His name is on the tip of my tongue, as the humans say. I check my references real fast to confirm the suspicion – his name's Nihlus Kryik. A Turian spectre. Whoever wounded him is out of the frame. If the table didn't look so damn flappable, maybe I wouldn't want to trash it./p
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p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; border: none; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .75pt; padding: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;""Are you alright? How bad is the injury?"/p
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p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; border: none; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .75pt; padding: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;""I'm fine. The gunshot barely nicked me." His subvocals are annoyed. He was never known for keeping his cool in a difficult situation. Especially if it's the betrayal he proposed to the Council. His own mentor tried to shoot him from the back in cold blood. Actions of a emcoward/em./p
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p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; border: none; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .75pt; padding: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;"Shepard tries to help him up, but he brushes her off and stumbles up on his own. Shepard's upper lip curls over her teeth and her brows pull together over her eyes – her empurple/em eyes; I wonder if she's that transparent, or if she has something else on her mind./p
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p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; border: none; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .75pt; padding: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;""You're welcome. Hey – is someone there?" She cuts herself off to shout towards something off camera. It must be the dock worker in her report. They both begin to leave the frame to investigate, but not before Shepard looks back – locking eyes with the camera. Her brows rise and her thick lips part. I think she's relieved./p
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p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; border: none; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .75pt; padding: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;"Am I overanalyzing?/p
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p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; border: none; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .75pt; padding: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;"This investigation is trashing me. Shepard's report indicated that a dock worker reported the name as Saren, and Nihlus' report confirms his own personal report, yet I have no damn evidence – real evidence that c-sec will accept – to indicate him. Saren's the Council's top agent, and it'd take more than words to revoke the powers that be./p
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p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="line-height: normal; border: none; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .75pt; padding: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;"I shove myself out of my chair and it swirls and swivels away helplessly, stopping only when it bumps my cubicle wall. I just barely hear it; I'm already gone./p
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