We All Stand on Ashes

Posted: March 2, 2015 by writingsprint in Science fiction, We've Got Your Back
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Part 7 of “We’ve Got Your Back,” a Mass Effect fan fiction. This story has spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3.
Liara and Miranda held on as Joker threw the Normandy hard evasive. Miranda heard the Normandy’s guns firing again. Hopefully something evil just died. Garrus was having a busy day. Liara peered at a holographic map of the base of the Citadel that EDI had created. Liara said, “It reminds me of ancient prothean temples and government buildings. The structure is similar.”

“The Citadel was made by the Reapers, not the protheans.”

“We all stand on the ashes of those who came before us. The protheans copied Citadel architecture. There were prothean cities whose layouts showed clear similarities with causeways on the Citadel.”

“All right, then. How does it help us?”

“In the temples, these areas would be galleries. Then, like spokes on a wheel—as we see here—there is an approach to a central altar, or court, or focus.” Liara pointed. “If Shepard is alive, he’ll be there.”

“EDI, scan for access points. Airlocks. Vents. Anything in that area that we can use to get inside.”

* * *

Another dreadnought fell. Hackett said, “First wing, fall back.” The geth and the quarians. “Second wing, move up.” The turians, asari and the Alliance. They needed to rotate the ships to give shields time to recharge and damage control teams time to respond. They were still dropping like flies. The Churchill went down before his eyes.

He looked at the communications officer, who shook his head. Nothing from Shepard.

If they didn’t hear from him soon, none of this would matter.


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