Say Hello to the Galaxy
A/N: Hello people of fanfiction! This is my first attempt at writing a story and I have to say, I am excited! (Especially because it's a mass effect story)
Alright well, let's get one thing straight. I do not own a lot of the characters in this story, the great company of Bioware made them. Of course there will be a few of them that are mine, but hey.
Okay, this story is written in a first person point of view but is not a S.I. The main character (narrator) is just a person I made up for the story; as well as some other characters you'll find.
Before we start, I would just like to say: I am only Fifteen, so if you find things that are a bit...Bleh! Don't hesitate to tell me, and I apologize for the cliché moments.
As far as the Romance goes, I have an idea on how it's going to go. But if you guys want to make some options, go right ahead. I would appreciate it.
(Update!): This was my first time writing a story, so the writing and (or) plot line get's better as the chapters go on :)
Alright, well enjoy!
Chapter 1- Frightening information
As I hold her, her now soulless body, I begin to think. Why is it that my life always leads to pain and regret? Why does everything have to be this way? Why me? The sound of the gunfire and screaming has become faint as I look into her lifeless eyes. I feel nothing but sorrow and rage grow within me; it grows ever so strongly. I'm done holding back; no more limits. It's time for them to pay...
3 days earlier...
"Are you sure you don't need me to go with you?" my sister asks.
I roll my eyes and assure her, "I'll be fine Lunar, you worry too much. Just stay here and relax for me, okay?"
My sister looked into my eyes; hers filled with worry, and says, "Fine, just promise me you'll be careful, alright?"
I nod as I left the warehouse and Lunar behind.
The year is 2170. I live on a small, border colony in the Attican Traverse called Mindoir. My name is Michael Sanders (born in 2153), and I have a pretty hard life. We lost our mother when I was only seven years old, and it was a really tough time for us. However, the worst was yet to come. A few years after that, our father realized he didn't have what it took to raise us by himself, so he left us; and I've always despised him because of it. I mean, he left me and my sister all alone to fend for ourselves against this big, cruel world we call our home. Looking back at my father, and what he did to us, the only word I can think to describe him with is coward. But it's more than that. He's the root of all our problems. It's because of him that I had to resort to stealing. It was something he forced me to do; how else was my sister going to eat at night? With me stealing for food, clothing, and supplies, everyone began to see us as trash. It ended up getting me some invites to gangs, which I figured would give me a chance to feed Lunar better. However, I knew that joining a gang could ruin her personality. So I refused them.
To be honest, I didn't care how people saw me. But Lunar? She doesn't deserve how people treat her. She is probably the most down to earth person I know; she believes that all life is precious. Something I can't agree with, which makes her a better person than me, I guess. About the only person on Mindoir that's always been nice to us, is a friend of ours named Jane Shepard. Weird last name for a girl right? Yeah I know. But she's a good friend none the less. In fact, sometimes she even gives some food of her own so we don't have to go and steal some later. Anyways, the colony itself is pretty much the same as any other colony, except for the fact that this colony has its own 'Mad' Scientist. I've heard that he's working on an implant that could raise a Humans biotic ability without any side effects, which is a bit odd considering that L3's are already around.
I turned around in broad daylight, and locked the warehouse door. Once I made sure the door was actually locked, I began walking towards my destination. Yesterday, I got a message from Jane telling me to go by her house today. I don't know why, but it's probably nothing serious. The walk to her house was quite uneventful. I got the same hateful and disgusted looks I get every day from the "happy" towns people.
With those last thoughts on my mind, I arrived at Jane's house. I realize right away that she's not on her front porch like she usually is, so I decide to go around and see if she's in her backyard. After I jumped her little backyard wall, I found her sitting on her backdoor patio.
Jane had not yet noticed my presence, so I said, "You know," the abrupt sound of my voice seemed to make her jump, "you could have told me you were going to be back here instead of your front porch." Quietly, I take the seat next to Jane.
"Sorry" she replied with a weak smile "I just have a lot on my mind I guess."
"Yeah, I've noticed" I said back with a grin plastered on my face. "So, what's up?"
"Well, first things first." she hands me a canister filled with food and says "Here, it's last night's dinner. I'm sure Lunar will love it; it's chicken, her favorite."
"Thanks." I say taking the canister from her. "But, what else did you call me out here for?"
"Okay." she says as she takes a breath. "Yesterday, my Father and his associa-" she hesitated. Hmm, something must really be bothering her.
"Jane, is everything alright?" I ask, my voice clearly filled with concern.
She takes a deep breath, shaking her head in the process. "My father and his associate were at his office yesterday and they picked something up on their computers. A few Batarian ships were caught on the satellites that were placed precisely along the outskirts of the planet."
I pause and for a moment to take in the information. Batarian ships? I mean, I know Humans haven't been on great terms with the Batarians ever since we actually joined the galactic community, but as far as I know, we haven't done anything wrong to them. Hmm, maybe Jane will know why? "Why would the Batarians be coming here?"
"I don't know" she replied "My Dad said that he's going to have us leave Mindoir."
Unknowingly, a small gasp of air escaped from my lips. She is the only friend Lunar and I have, if she were to leave, then that would make things even harder on us. But it's not my place to say whether she stay here or not. There was a long silence before I responded to her comment. "When are you... leaving?" I found it difficult to say that last word for some reason.
"Well," she begins "my dad says the Batarians will most likely arrive at around four days so, were leaving in three. I asked my dad if we can take you and Lunar but, he refused just as fast as I asked."
Strange... "You didn't ask to bring any of your other friends?" I asked raising an eyebrow.
"I wanted to," She quietly replied "but then I figured you two would need the evacuation more, seeing as how they have parents and you don't."
Maybe I should feel a bit peeved at that comment but, I'm not. She went out of her way to do this, and of all the people she could have asked to take, she asked for us. I give her a nod and give an appreciative smile. She tries to smile back, but it's filled with a bit of sadness.
"I wish I could do more" she says with a frown on her face.
Noticing this I immediately said "Jane, you have already done so much for me and Lunar that I don't even know how the hell I'm gonna pay you back for everything!" She begins to open her mouth and I interrupt her. "We'll be fine, so don't worry about it." She looks down for a few seconds, then raises her head and gives me a reassured but sad smile. To be honest, I'm lying. I mean, I have no idea how Lunar and I are gonna get out of this mess. But I can't tell her that, she'd end up staying here, and I couldn't let her do that. Besides, warning us about this right now is a better chance than anyone else has... Wait a minute.
"Does anyone else in the colony know what's coming?" I ask.
"I don't think so" She replied "my father said I couldn't tell anyone, no matter how much I protested. He said he didn't want to start a panic. Hell, he even disabled my terminal right after I sent you the message." She opened up her Omni-tool and tried accessing her messaging system, but a big red X appeared instead.
I guess that explains that.
Her face began to sour and her voice dripping of contempt after every word."I hate how selfish my father is being. Everyone on this colony, all my friends, deserve to know what's heading this way, but he doesn't care. Just because of my safety being in jeopardy, he doesn't give a shit about anybody else!"
Before processing whether I should say something or not, I harshly say "Actually, I kind of agree with him." This caused her to look at me in disgust. "I'm just saying, everyone here has always treated Lunar and I like dirt. If you ask me, I'd say they're getting what they deserve."
"And what about you!" she spat back. "You've done so many bad things to the people here, and I understand why you did them, but don't you dare say that these people deserve this, because you deserve it just as much as they do!"
She takes a breath and continues. "All my friends tell me I'm crazy to even be talking to you, because they think you're a lunatic! But I always ignored them because I knew they were wrong." She pauses glaring at me. "You're just a homeless kid who gets a thrill out of stealing from good people."
Offended by Jane's last comment, I stare at her with shock. Is that really what she thinks of me? That I steal from people just because I think its fun? My blood is now boiling from that last statement as I begin to clench my fist. But, I refrain myself. After awhile, I get up from the spot I had claimed from her steps without a word and turn to face her. "If that's really how you feel then I apologize, I shouldn't have said that. And I thank you for everything you've done for me and Lunar. My eyes hit the ground and I continued.
"I appreciate you warning us about this whole thing as well." Her sour expression clearly switched back to sadness at a moment's notice. "If there is anything you want to say before I leave, now is the time to say it." She began to come a bit closer but then hesitated. At this, I look up and stare deeply into those marvelous emerald eyes of hers. "Goodbye Jane."
I break eye contact and turned around to head back to Lunar. But before I begin to walk, Jane stop's me. Her arms are wrapped around my waist now and I realize; Jane is trying to hug me. Smiling a bit, I turn around and returned her embrace, making our hold stronger. We stood there for what felt like an hour until she lifted her head and whispered:"I'm sorry, I didn't mean what I said. I know you always had good intentions when it came to your sister."
Aaww! She does care...
With a smirk on my face, I replied "It still hurt though."
She chuckled a little and rested her chin on my shoulder. Soon after, her voice still at a whisper, she said "Good luck."
After the little chat I had with Jane, I decided to take a shortcut and head back to the warehouse so Lunar could stop worrying.
Okay, what are we going to do for the day? Jane already took care of food for us so I guess that's covered. Maybe we can cause a little mischief around the colony? Nah, she wouldn't agree to that. What if I help her out with one of her drawings? Yeah, I think that'll do it. She is constantly asking me to do that with her anyway, we might as well start on it today. Now, on to more important matters. The Invasion.
The thought sends a chill down my spine, causing me to shiver a little bit. I still can't believe this is going to happen, but I have to get a hold of myself and focus. With the Batarians coming, we're gonna need a safe place to hide until they leave. No doubt they're going to be thorough, so the warehouse is a no-go. A high point possibly? No, that would just make us easier to spot. Out in the woods? ... No, they'd probably send their varren to scout around there. Alright so the only option left is... underground maybe? Like a cave or tavern of some sorts? It's not the best idea, but it's all I've got. Great! Now that that's sorted out, the next topic to think about is supplies.
I don't know how long this thing is gonna last but I'm pretty sure we won't be able to hold out with what we have right now...
I look down to my hands, staring at the canister Jane gave me. I doubt this is gonna last us a whole week, if the invasion turns out be that long. Well, I don't have a problem with stealing from these people. I mean, they are about to lose everything... right? It may be a harsh point of view, but I have no choice. Anyway, I guess that about covers every-
This breaks my thoughts and my eyes point to where the sound came from. Who the hell thinks they can rudely get my attention? ... Okay never mind that thought. But who could it be? I don't know many people enough for them actually 'want' to talk to me. It can't be Jane, she said she was gonna go say bye to a few of her friends. I know it can't be Lunar; she's still inside the warehouse. I wonder who it is then. Only one way to find out I guess.
With this, I turn my body a whole 180 degrees and witness a Giant, a Red-head, and some normal looking guy in a sort of triangle formation. I notice almost immediately that they all have the same insignia on their collars. Oh great, the last people I'd like to see in this damn colony.
They may not sound like much, but they can very dangerous. They do things a little differently then how normal groups do them. In fact, they're main tactic is to basically ruin them bit by bit, kind of like bug bites I guess. They actually offered me a spot on their little crew not too long ago. I didn't ask why I had gotten the invite in the first place, because I knew I was going to refuse them anyway. I've heard they only confront a person for two reasons: One, because you're a recruitment possibility or Two, you somehow pissed them off. I already did the first one, so I guess it's the second option. They must not take rejection very well.
"Can I help you with something?" I ask with a sort of frown on my face.
The one on the right shifts a little and says "Actually, it's what you can help yourself with."
I raise an eyebrow at this and give him a confused look. "What do you mean?"
"The boss was a bit disappointed about your answer to his offer." The Red-headed one in the middle said. Strange, you don't see too many people with red hair around these parts. Well... Other than Jane that is.
"So?" I bluntly replied.
"So," he continues "he is willing to offer you a second chance into joining us. Hell, he even said he'd be willing to sweeten the deal."
Sweeten the deal huh? That's actually quite intriguing. If I join them now, than I might be able to use some of their supplies for the Invasion. Or is it too risky? Maybe I shouldn't... Or... I don't know. However, there is one thing that I've been pondering in my head for a while now. Why does the 'Boss' of The Cobras want me in his shitty group anyway? As far as I know, He's never sent an invitation twice to the same person. Come to think of it, I don't think he's ever sent an invitation to a minor before either.
I bite my lower lip and say "I'm still just a minor, why the hell does he want me to join his Idiotic crew so badly?"
I can tell I'm beginning to get under their skin, as the giant man on the left grimaces at my last remark. I'm not sure but I think he mumbled "Punk" too. I can't help but smile at that.
The red-head clenches his teeth. I must be getting him pissed off too huh? "From what he told me, he is greatly impressed on how you can manage to take well guarded items with ease. That reason being, because he has seen none of us pull stunts such as the one's you have. Minor or not, he could use someone with your capabilities. And I suggest you say yes to this offer. "
I ignore his threat, or, at least it sounded like a threat, as he doesn't actually scare me. They want me because I'm a quick thinker? That's a bit strange. The last thing I would expect someone to call me is smart. I mean, sure, I got some 'Educational info' from Jane every now and then, but not that much. Besides, there's nothing to it really. You just have to come up with a plan. Anywho, If they think they're gonna have me be one of their Boss' little pets, then they're sadly mistaken.
"And if I say no?" I say as I cross my arms.
He gestures to the two men standing beside him. Then, as if on cue, they begin to crack their knuckles. "Then you will become our enemy."
So, if I say no, they're going to beat me senseless? Damn, talk about a sense of pride. Well, I guess my day is about to become a little more exciting. I uncross my arms and get into a more stable stance.
"You know what?" I ask as I give them a smile. "Out of every pansy ass leader that sent a representative of their group to come talk to me; I have to say, you were probably the kindest one."
He squints his eyes at this comment.
"Thanks for the offer, but," my smile turns into a devilish grin "I refuse." With this, I turn around and immediately begin running as fast as I can! I'm barely able to register the "Get him!" the Red-head orders. Okay, time to think of a way out.
I can probably lose them if I can find some way to impede their progress. But what? ... Wait a minute. If we keep going in this direction, we'll run right into the Farmers Market. Until then, I guess I'll have to try and do some maneuvering. Alright, Zig-zag formation, here we go!
The Zig-zag seems to have thrown them off because one of them almost tripped. It's working then, good. At this rate, I'll lose them no Tim-
I almost just lost MY footing! I better stay focused. Otherwise, they'll get me for sure. As I'm running, I feel as if something is holding me back. Then, the thought hits me.
Damn! The food canister is slowing me down! I can see the Farmer's Market from here, but I guess I don't have a choice. I grunt at this unfortunate fact. I'm gonna have to drop it... Hmm. Well, if I'm gonna drop it, I might as well have these Great fellows enjoy some of it. Got to think of others right? This thought causes me to grin immensely. Good, I just need to get to the Farmer's Market first. I begin to speed up and am now sprinting. After I gain quite a distance from them, I Notice I'm only a few meters away from my destination. I stop in my tracks and turn around, opening the canister while I do this. Wow, it's only now that I realize that they weren't so far back after all. Okay, just a little closer...
I throw the contents of the food canister in a sort of wave like motion. As soon as it splashes on them, I don't even wait two seconds before I turn around and continue my escape. I have to say, that went spectacularly well! I mean, I simply can't believe that worked. This chase is beginning to be better than the ones I get from the marketing owners! My breathing begins to get faster and faster. Ah Crap, I don't think I'll be able to keep running for much longer.
And now they're back to chasing me too. Damn that was fast! I let out a short sigh, "Persistent bastards aren't they?" I mumbled to myself. Oh well, It's back to doing zig-zag's I guess.
I continue the same routine for awhile until I end up running into a dead end. "Shit!" I exclaimed. My body whips around very quickly and I realize, they got me.
"You have nowhere else to run you little twerp!" The giant man yelled with fury.
"Let's hold him down and beat him till' he dies!" The normal guy ferociously said. I think I'll refer to him as the crazy guy from now on.
I hesitantly take a fighting stance, knowing that I have no chance of beating these three by myself. The crazy one comes at me first and throws a powerful looking right hook. On instinct, I immediately go under his arm and manage to strike him in the stomach, causing him to exhale a gust of air. I have no time to marvel at what I had just accomplished as the giant begins charging towards me. I shut my eyes close and flinch at this as I feel the Giant impact himself against me. Next thing I know, I'm on the ground with the big guy pinning my arms down as the lunatic does the same to my legs. I open my eyes to find the Red- head standing above me. He gives me a cold glare as he punches me in the face a few times. Yep! I'm tasting blood now, and my jaw does not feel good!
"I'll tell you what kid," The Red-headed douche bag begins "I'll let you off the hook, if you beg us to forgive you." He has the most devious looking smile I've ever seen in my life.
He wants me to beg! That's like asking me to be a Dog! I stare at him with a glare of my own and give him my answer. My answer being, I spat a bit of blood on his face and grinned back at him. "I'm not your dog!" I replied with a whisper.
He clenches his teeth and wipes the blood off his face. Then, he begins to reach for something in his coat pocket. Oh Crap, that probably isn't good. When his hand slithers out of his coat, he's holding something shiny and sharp. A shock coursed through my body as I laid my eyes on the object. A Knife! I begin to thrash around, trying to break free from their hold, but it's not working. Crap! If I don't do anything he's going to KILL ME! No! Lunar still needs me, I can't die now! Damn it!
"You had your chance kid, but you blew it." He says "I'm gonna enjoy doing this."
NO! I DON'T WANNA DIE. NOT YET!
"GET AWAY!" I screamed as my leg broke free. In a split second, my leg begins to glow a beautiful blue and I kick him in the chest, sending him flying against the wall. As his body comes in contact with the hard surface, I hear a bone crushing crack before a loud ringing comes to my ears. A massive headache follows soon after. The pain is unbearable! All of my movable limbs are free now as the other two men let go. Without a second to waste, I quickly put both hands on my Ears. Because of the ringing, I barely hear what they say.
"He's dead man! Why didn't anyone tell us he was a Biotic!"
"Come on man! Let's get the hell outta here!"
What? I'm... I'm a Biotic? This is crazy... The pain! It hurts so much!
Next thing I know, my eyesight is occupied by an old guy in a white coat wearing glasses.
After that, my mind Blacks out...
A/N: Well, that concludes the first chapter. And with a Cliffhanger too!
I hope you guys enjoyed the first chapter because I had a lot of fun writing it :) Oh, and sorry for the gang name; it was all I could come up with on such short notice.
Sadly, because exams are coming up, I won't be able to update for a little while. But rest assured, I will still be working on chapter two while testing goes.
Anyway, tell me what you guys think and don't be afraid to give me any useful tips because I could really use some!
Well, until next time! Laterz!