Racing the End

Posted: March 11, 2015 by writingsprint in Science fiction, We've Got Your Back
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Part 15 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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“Ya like that, Harbinger?” Joker cried. He pulled the Normandy up and came around the top of the dead Reaper’s body as the shuttle came out from Harbinger’s back side. Joker lined them up perfectly. Cortez had once told him that he could land a Kodiak on the Normandy blindfolded. This time he practically had to. There wasn’t time to do it by the numbers.

Joker felt a thump through the deck as the shuttle landed. “Shuttle on board. Securing airlocks and cargo bay doors,” EDI said. Joker’s heart pounded. The indicators for the cargo bay went to green.

“Get us out of here, Joker. Medical team to the cargo bay!” Jacob said.

Joker took them to FTL before he finished his first sentence. Almost immediately he had a radiation warning behind the ship.

Joker pushed the Normandy to full speed. The radiation warning showed that the wave was gaining on them.

“EDI, you’d better shut down,” Joker said.

“No, Jeff. You need me to help bring the Normandy out of FTL.”

“I flew this baby solo before you came on board. I can handle it.”

“Not at this speed. The SR-2’s top speed is 15% faster than the SR-1.”

“I know that, EDI.” The radiation was getting closer.

EDI began making adjustments as well as Joker. The ship began shaking. “The radiation is making our FTL field unstable. You need me to help control the ship.”

“EDI, we don’t know what’ll happen when that radiation gets here.”

“I won’t risk losing you.”

“Shit…,” Joker pushed the Normandy to 105% speed. “Adams, I’m going to need more.”

“You’ve got it, Joker.”

110%. The roar of the Normandy’s engine filled the ship. Even if the engine could handle it, could the ship? He slowly edged it up to 115%, waiting for Adams or EDI to yell there was a problem. EDI adjusted their drive field with him to keep the ride steady. He trimmed the engines so that they gained power at the same time.

The radiation had closed half the distance and was still coming steadily towards them.

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