Disclaimer: I own nothing. Mass Effect and all its characters belong to BioWare.

Author's note: Hello! I first must apologize for not updating The Tempest in a while, I've been busy and having MAJOR writer's block. I'm sorry.

Anyway, my first Mass Effect fan-fic. : )



Sometimes Garrus couldn't stand his boss Executor Pallin. Heck, sometimes he couldn't stand working for C-sec.

"Saren's hiding something," he said to Pallin. "Give me more time. Stall them."

The look on Pallin's face told Garrus that his boss thought he was crazy to ask such a request.

"Stall the Council?" Pallin shook his head. "Don't be ridiculous. You're investigation is over Garrus." Then he departed, denying Garrus any chance to persuade his boss to give him more time.

Garrus clenched his talons into fists, but calmed down when he saw three humans coming up the stairs. His eyes examined each one.

One was a tall male with a sturdy build. He had brown eyes and dark black hair. The other was a human female with black hair that was put up into a ponytail. She had the same colored eyes. Garrus thought they all looked the same except some different faces features. However, the other human female that lead the group had short black hair that went down to her shoulders. Her eyes were a beautiful blue, darker than the blue color of the Citadel's artificial sky. The features of her face were delicate and relaxed, yet had a serious tone to them. Quite possibly, she was the most beautiful being he had ever seen.

Garrus shook his head and walked up to her to introduce himself.

"Commander Shepard. Garrus Vakarian. I was the officer in charge of the C-sec investigation into Saren."

Shepard noticed fierce determination in the tone of his voice. "Sound like you really want to bring him down."

"I don't trust him. Something about him rubs me the wrong way. But he's a Spectre. Everything he touches is classified. I couldn't find any hard evidence."

"I think the Council is ready for us, Commander," the male human said.

Garrus held back a glare toward the male human. Instead, he simply smiled at Shepard. "Well, good luck Shepard. Maybe they'll listen to you."

She smiled back at him. "Thanks."

Garrus decided to continue his investigation, despite what the Executor said. He was determined to prove that Saren was up to something illegal or, at least, some action that meant bad news. When he began to walk to the elevator that led down to the Presidium, he accidentally bumped into the Commander. Time slowed down for him. He look down at her while she looked at him, their gazes meeting one another.

Garrus returned to the present when he felt something touch his leg followed by his name begin called. He also jerked up, which was a bad idea. When he did, he hit his head on the Mako's underside where he had been working before he started daydreaming about his meeting with the Commander.

Elena jerked her hand away and gasped when she heard Garrus bang his head. She lied all the way until she was able to see the bottom of the Mako. "Are you all right?" She got back up when Garrus slid out from under the vehicle. She had to giggle when she saw him rubbing his head. "I'm so sorry, Garrus, I didn't know you were so immersed in your work. I probably should've given you a heads up or something."

"Yeah. You could say that," he said. Then he gave a confused look. "Heads up?"

She laughed again."It's a human expression."

"I see."

"Here, let me see." She gently took hold of his hand and removed it from his head.

Garrus wasn't quite sure what he was going to do. She hadn't done something like this before. As her hand stroked his head to examine the very insignificant injure he received, he realized she was getting closer and closer to him. When she eventually halted, her body was on top of his, he took a deep breath. Her sweet fragrance made him dizzy and lose his focus for a quick second. The engineering and storage area was not very noisy, he hoped that no one, especially her, could hear his racing heart. He was knocked back into reality when he heard her say his name.

"Garrus? Garrus? Are you okay? Should I get Dr. Chakwas?" she asked.

He slowly shook his head. "No. I'm fine." Then he noticed her cheeks turning red when he smiled at her. "Are you feeling well, Commander?"

She turned her gaze away to try to calm down and regain her bearings. "Yeah. I'm fine."

"Very well. Did you need something?"

"Yes. I came down here to inform you that I'll be taking you and Ash with me on the mission to Noveria. We'll be arriving in less than an hour, so gear up ASAP."

He nodded. "Yes ma'am."

She smiled and then she made her way over to Chief Williams.