Running Out of Time

Posted: March 8, 2015 by writingsprint in Science fiction, We've Got Your Back
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Part 12 of “We’ve Got Your Back,” a Mass Effect fan fiction. This story has spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3.
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The team fanned out as they entered what looked like a gallery at the top of the stairs leading up from the reactor chamber.

“Looks like three bodies,” Ashley said. “Oh God. There he is.”

Miranda ran through to the front of the team. “Jack, Vega, check those other bodies,” she said. Grunt was already breaking out the evac stretcher. Shepard lay face down at the base of a console covered with prothean symbols. Pools of his blood spotted the floor.

Ashley and Miranda gently rolled Shepard over. Miranda was grateful for her ice princess demeanor. The hologram had looked bad, but Shepard looked worse in person.

Ashley scanned Shepard with her omni tool while Miranda unpacked a medical kit. “Bullet wounds in the belly. Major blood loss. Injuries all over his body but nothing else that’ll kill him.”

“Vitals?”

“Shitty.”

Miranda smeared the bullet wounds with medigel, then injected him with a compound of synthetic blood, painkillers, and wound sealant. Ashley slapped down a field bandage to stop the bleeding. She wrapped an oxygen mask around Shepard’s face, then wrapped his head and hands with duraplas bags to protect him from vacuum.

“Shit, it’s Anderson. He’s dead,” Vega said.

“This one’s the Illusive Man. Dead,” Jack said. “Looks like he went apeshit with Reaper implants.”

The stretcher was ready. Miranda and Ashley lifted Shepard onto it and started belting him down.

“Should we take Anderson’s body?” Garrus asked.

“There’s no time. Vega, Grunt, pick up Shepard and haul ass. Everyone go!” Miranda hurried over to Anderson’s body. She found dog tags. “I’m sorry, sir,” she said. She took the tags, gave him a quick salute and sprinted for the exit.

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