MASS EFFECT 4: REFUGE

...The last thing Shepard saw was the flames of the fusion coils of the Crucible, releasing a red explosion throughout the galaxy. Saving those who he loved. Saving all of the species that owed nothing, but yet he has given everything over and over again...but yet, to his friends and allies, and to his Love, Tali'Zorah Vas Normandy...it looks like saving the galaxy a third time costed him too much...


•Prologue•

Her eyes snapped open with a sharp gasp, hands vigorously clenching the white soft sheets of the bed, well at least she remembered them being soft the last time she actually felt this bed...of HIS bed...it was just another nightmare of hers. But yet, her pain and suffering lived on ever since never seeing any evidence of her human being still alive for...weeks. The nightmares reminded her of the reality her pain ever since that day. She couldnt handle it. She couldnt handle it at ALL. Her eyes began to tear up, but she couldn't reach to remove them with her mask over her face, feeling to weak and too distressed to want to move.

Keelah...Get up..he's gone...just get up.

As she began to unconfidently get up from the bed, she stood up and took a second to look at HIS cabin...shed locked himself in here ever since seeing the Citadel erupt in red from aboard the Normandy, and there was no COMs, no cheesy one liner, not even a word from the deep yet touching voice she had come to fall in love with. Nothing. And that's when Joker hauled the Normandy as fast as he could away from the red burst emitting from the Citadel, but they lost distance between it and crash-landed on a remote garden planet, but over the course of the past few weeks the whole crew was contributing to repairs..well almost everyone..EDI shut down ever since the crash. She remembered the look on Joker's face, and the pain he felt. But he pulled through it. He wasn't the one who couldnt pull herself together, he wasn't the one who locked herself in HIS cabin and havnt spoken a word to anyone since. But, for now, they seem to have taken refuge on a planet that seemed to not to have ever been colonized at all...it was beautiful...she wished he was there to see it...but the others wanted to go back to Earth...She didn't know why the others were in such a rush to go back...

WHAT was there? What could possibly be there for them?...For me?

She thought and grieved; missing the ferm and strong, yet gentle touch of the hands of the man she had fallen in love with, the hands that she had trusted with her life with, the hands that had always guided her when things were rough and the countless times he had saved her. In between thoughts of grievance and suffering, she jumped as the entrance hatch slid apart and revealed her dearly close friend, Garrus; who wore an expression of deep loss and an attempt to disguise that loss. Some of the crew whispered around that Garrus quickly overcame the fact that his best friend was dead. But she knew better. Garrus was a hard man to sway, one who had seen battle and near death countless times...but the man whom he had always survived and fought alongside all those countless times...was dead. Garrus' Turian mandibles retreated in the attempted to form a friendly smile to her, but was weak and shallow. She knew because shed seen it on the faces of the whole crew, it had hit them all as hard. Some more than others..

Garrus sighed in his grating yet calm and assuring voice, and sat down beside her on the bed and sat in silence for a moment. Even with that purple veiled mask over her face, Garrus knew that under it, her expression was much more desperate beyond all of theirs combined "...We all miss him Tali...We all do..."

Why am I grieving, crying, and mourning so much? Why have I refused to accept that my only love was gone? Gone. Saving the galaxy without even a goodbye, with all the words we've said to each other being so little, with so little time. I still loved him. I still wanted him. I still NEEDED him... But...why was I just chasing a shadow?...


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