Chapter 1 - Black Box

Hey guys! This is one of the stories of a Request I've received. I thought it was a good idea. I'm going to make a few changes about Kasumi, one; She no have crush on Jacob. Aha, and you'll notice the other differences. Sorry, if the crush takes away the fun of the story.

Bear with me, I never made her destroy the Blackbox, so I don't know how the conversations went.

I hope you don't mind me starting here;

"If that's what he wants, then you should do it."

"But...this is the only memory I have of him!"

"He's just trying to protect you."

"I know! It's just...hard."

"Kasumi, you can this. Be strong for him."

She nodded, "Thanks, Shep. Let me just have one last look at him..." She said as her visor activated one more time, then terminated it. A tear flowed down her cheek as she took the Black Box out of the socket of the computer, then placed it on the ground. Her hand trembled as she took her locust and aimed at it. She struggled to pull the trigger.

Benjamin Shepard stepped next to her, and put his hand over hers on the Locust,

"Come on, you can do it," he said to her.

She nodded. She closed her eyes as her finger slowly pressed the trigger, then went a round, followed by a cackling electric sound as the Black Box device was vaporized.

She let a breath of nervousness out. Ben stepped back to give her some room. He went to shut the computer down. He closed the screen to see Kasumi sitting down. He walked and sat down across from her.

"Are you ok?" Ben asked.

"I'm fine. I...just need time," she replied.

Ben nodded, then sitting back. Looking out into space as the Cerberus Shuttle reached The Normandy.

Ben, who was cloaked, walked silently up the bridge, to Joker.

He tapped on his shoulder. The pilot turned to see nobody there.

"Huh, That's creepy," he muttered.

"Is there a problem, Mr. Moreau?" EDI asked.

"No," he told the AI, "Kasumi, I know it's you!"

Ben chuckled as he uncloaked, "you know Kasumi's not the only one who uses that, right?" He said as he walked up next to the Pilot.

"Oh shit! You scared me," Joker replied.

"That's a lie," Ben told him, grinning.

"Yeah, it was," he said to Ben.

Ben shook his head again, then thought of something,

"Have you seen Kasumi, by the way?"

Joker shook his head, "No, I haven't, she hasn't pulled anything on me, yet."



"Thought so," Ben replied, "Anyway, I'm going to go check on her." He said as he turned to walk.

"Alright, See ya! Don't walk in on her!"

"Screw you, Flight Lieutenant!" Ben replied when he was halfway down the corridor. Joker died laughing.

The elevator dinged as the doors opened, Ben stepped out and headed right, leading to Kasumi's room.

Instead barging in, he knocked.

He heard a "Come in."

The door opened to reveal a certain Kasumi, sitting on the usual couch in front of her bed. Legs bent with her arms wrapped around. Her head was resting on her knees.

Ben silently walked over to the couch and sat in front of her.

"How are you doing?" Ben asked softly.

"Trying to get by," came a muffled response.

"I haven't heard about you pranking people, lately."

"I...don't feel good."

"Is there anything I can do to help?" Ben asked as he looked at her curled figure.

She looked up from her fetal position with a smile, "You being here is helping me already, Shep."

He nodded, "If it helps you, then I'll be here." He said with a warm smile.

She unfolded her legs, then threw them off the couch to where she's sitting properly.

"Thanks," She said to him.

"No Problem," Ben replied.

"You know, I've never met anyone like you who could match my skills at stealth. You'd make a great thief," Kasumi told him.

"I would, wouldn't I?" He replied, grinning.

She grinned back, "You certainly would."

"I think Joker's stating to miss you picking on him, because earlier, I snuck up on him and tapped him on the shoulder. He sits there and goes, 'Kasumi, I know that's you!'," Ben told her before he laughed.

The Thief joined him.

"What did you say?" She asked after she gathered her composure.

"I told him that you aren't the only one who Sneaks up on people," Ben answered her, grinning.

"It's fun, ain't it?" She asked.

"Yeah, I'm glad I got around to doing it, and thank you for pranking me that day," Ben said as he smiled.

She chuckled, "No problem!"

"Alright, I've got to go see what else we have to do," Ben said as he stood up.

"Ok, And thank you, Ben, for coming to see me," she replied as she smiled.

Ben smiled back, "Just call my name if you need anything, ok?"

"I sure will," she said to him.

Ben nodded and he walked out of her room, leaving her with some thoughts and a Smile.

And there's the First Chapter!

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