"Cortez, I need an ETA on your arrival." Miranda's voice called over the comm of the shuttle, clearly strained.
"We'll be five minutes." He replied.
"Good. As soon as you arrive I need Jack to come straight to the med-bay." Garrus was pulled out of his bondmate's pain for a moment as Jack looked concerned.
"Why the f- hell do you need me?!" She cried at the comm and a burst of static sounded before Miranda's voice returned.
"There have been... complications. We need to sedate Shepard but right now her biotics are flaring like crazy and Liara and I aren't strong enough to get through them." Jack frowned at that.
"No way is Shepard powerful enough to keep both you and the asari out. I've seen her fight. She's good but she's not that good." She said but Garrus shook his head, finally contributing.
"She always reigns herself in. She is conscious of not wanting to hurt those that she is trying to protect and keeps her power levels low enough to avoid unnecessary damage. Even she doesn't know how powerful she would be if she ever lost control." He said and Jack looked at him with wide eyes.
"You mean when she goes all biotic warrior on people she's reigning herself in?!" Jack exclaimed and Garrus nodded.
"She came close to losing control once, the second time she used her biotics, but she never fully gave in. She single-handedly killed over a hundred heavily armed men." He told her and Jack just nodded, understanding. If Shepard wasn't as quiet and reserved as she was, none of them wanted to think about how much power she would wield. They returned to silence and as soon as they landed everyone headed for the med-bay. Jack was allowed in but everyone else was kept back. Garrus answered EDI's attempt to keep him out with a growl.
"I'm sorry Garrus but the doctors need to operate. Your presence will only hinder their work." She told him and he frowned.
"EDI, what's going on?" He asked, frowning as he couldn't read the mech's face. It was extremely frustrating and he didn't understand how EDI was one of the people his wife understood the most.
"Shepard's body was not designed to deliver a turian baby. It was suspected that a natural birth would not be possible but her biotics have... complicated matters. Jack is holding her biotic energy at bay while the doctors operate." Garrus nodded remembering countless conversations with Doctor Chakwas about how to go about delivering the baby and any problems that might occur. In hind sight it was obvious, but at the time none of them had considered the possibility of Shepard's biotics going haywire. Especially given the fact that they had been all but non-existent over the last nine months.
"EDI, her biotics went off line because her body couldn't spare the energy. Is she... how..." He struggled to phrase what he wanted to say and EDI placed her hand on his arm.
"Shepard's body is under a lot of stress. We cannot be certain of how long she will be able to keep up this level of energy output." She said sympathetically and his sub-harmonics rang out with pain. Sol moved to his side to comfort him but his mind was elsewhere. It was concentrating on his bond with Jane, trying to send her as much of his energy and strength as he could to pull her through.
Solana waited patiently beside her brother, making sure that no one disturbed him. He hadn't moved in over an hour and she was sure that he was with his bondmate, trying to make sure she came out alive. Eventually Doctor Chakwas left the med-bay and Sol wondered if everything was alright.
"She's... she's still breathing and her heart is still beating but that's all I can say. I'm not even sure how. Her cybernetics are rebooting but it's taking time. Time she may not have. She's still out but I think having Garrus close will help thanks to whatever bond it is they have." Sol nodded and wondered if her brother had heard but the subtle change in his sub-harmonics to an even greater sound of distress told her that he was still listening.
"What about the baby?" Sol asked and the doctor smiled.
"She's going to be fine." She said and Garrus's head snapped upwards in response.
"She?" He asked quietly and the doctor's smile widened a little.
"Yes, Garrus. Congratulations, you're the father to a healthy baby girl but right now your wife needs you." She told him and he nodded silently in response, getting up to enter the med-bay. What he saw shocked him. His bondmate, the love of his life, lying pale and grey on a blood soaked medical bed. He felt as if his heart was being ripped from his chest as she struggled to hold on to life and he collapsed beside her. He knew that he probably mixed up the words and he was butchering the pronunciation but he didn't care, he spoke Human Common as he whispered in her ear.
"Come back to me, my love. I need you. I can't do this alone. Our daughter needs you. She needs you for all of the times I mess up as a dad and need you to cover for me. All those difficult conversations about boys and things. She needs her mother and I need my wife. So come back to us, my heart, please... just come back." He said, not really expecting an answer as his head rested on his hand which held her own so tight.
And then, ever so softly that he might have missed it, she squeezed back.
"Don't worry, ani. You can't get rid of me that easily." She told him quietly, a grin painted across her pale face, colour returning slowly but surely. Her voice was small and she was shaking with the effort but every second she seemed to grow visibly stronger. He breathed a sigh of relief.
"Jane..." He breathed and she laughed a little, her grin widening.
"My cybernetics just needed to reboot. They're back to full power now and my biotics are back so they're also giving a helping hand." She said, still grinning as he stared at her with disbelief. At that moment he very much believed that nothing could kill this woman. She laughed a little at the thought as if he had said it aloud.
"Well, maybe not nothing but I am pretty tough to kill. You should know that by now, ani." She said, purposefully using the term to reinforce in his mind that she was back. "Now, I believe you said something about a daughter." She said, still grinning but he could see her biting her lip as they both wondered just what she would look like. As if knowing what they were about to ask Chakwas was already approaching with a small bundle, placing it in Shepard's arms. She looked down at it and his sub-harmonics instantly responded to the look of pure adoration and love on her face as she gasped softly.
"Garrus..." She said softly as he moved over to see his daughter, his heart swelling with pride as he looked at the small child in his wife's arms, her brilliant blue eyes copies of his own, the same dark skin where humans would normally have pink around the eyes, although the same shape as a human's. "She has your eyes." Jane said, grinning as he continued to look at the way turian and human physiology had meshed to create a child that obviously had a turian muscle structure and a few plates in places but all covered by very human skin, the same golden colour as his wife's. Her head was covered by tufts of golden hair, although her forehead showed a similar shape to the shorter fringes of female turians. She smiled at them, revealing a mouth full of small teeth similar to those of humans but a little more pointed and Jane gasped a little. "She already has teeth... like a little turian." She said at Garrus, giving him a grin that he returned.
"Though, they are smaller like a human's." He pointed out and she smiled as their daughter raised her hand to him and he kept grinning as he let her grasp a finger. "Five digits." He pointed out and his wife smiled before biting her lip again.
"I guess we never did settle on a name..." She said and he lowered his forehead to hers.
"I kind of liked the two that you said before the mission." He said and she smiled.
"Sarah and Angel?" She asked and he nodded a little. "But which one?" She asked and he kept grinning.
"Well, Angel would make a fine addition to Shepard and Archangel but I think Sarah would be better for Jane and Garrus." He told her and she smiled.
"She gets a crime-fighting nickname too?" She joked and he grinned.
"Shepard, it's our daughter. There's no way she isn't going to kick ass one way or another." He said and she smiled, turning back to the baby in her arms.
"Hey there Sarah 'Angel' Shepard-Vakarian. Welcome to the Normandy. Welcome home..."
... For Now
AN: Hey! It's the end of the story but never fear; a sequel is on the way! Finding Me will follow on from this story and the first chapter should be posted in the next few days along with the start of a series of one-shots surrounding the characters of the two stories in the events that aren't shown in the stories themselves (back story and the like).
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